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Baseball history unpacked, December 22

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Comiskey buys a team, Bobby Bonds, Ryan Freel, and more.

RIP Ryan Freel
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On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue is pleased to present a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of the lore and various narratives to follow as they unfold over the course of time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you follow along.

Today in baseball history:

Cubs Birthdays: Elrod Hendricks. Also notable: Connie Mack HOF, Steve Carlton HOF.

Today in History:

  • 1590 - Army of Moroccan Pasha Ahmad al-Mansur begins its epic 135-day crossing of the Saharan desert on his way to defeat the Songhai Empire.
  • 1790 - Supposedly impenetrable Turkish fortress of Izmail stormed and captured by Suvorov and his Russian armies during the Russo-Turkish War (1787–92).
  • 1943 - Manufacturers get permission to use synthetic rubber for baseball core.

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Some of these items spread from site to site without being verified. That is exactly why we ask for reputable sources if you have differences with a posted factoid, so that we can address that to the originators and provide clarity if not ‘truth’. Nothing is posted here without at least one instance of corroboration.