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Baseball history unpacked, December 25

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Happy Holidays from us to you! Remember — there is no sanity clause!

Holiday Shoppers Looks For Gifts At German Style Christmas Market Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images

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: Barry McCormick, Herb Hunter, Allen Elliott, Charles George, Dick Manville, Chris Krug, Manny Trillo, Scott Bullett, Tarrik Brock. Also notable: Pud Galvin HOF, Nellie Fox HOF, Rickey Henderson HOF.

Today in History:

  • 274 - Roman Emperor Aurelian dedicates a temple to Sol Invictus in Rome, on supposed day of the winter solstice, fulfilling vow made during campaign in Palmyra.
  • 597 - England adopts Julian calendar.
  • 800 - Pope Leo III crowns Charles the Great (Charlemagne), Roman Emperor.
  • 1223 - St Francis of Assisi assembles 1st Nativity scene (Greccio, Italy).
  • 1492 Christopher Columbus’ flagship the Santa María runs aground and sinks on the north coast of Hispaniola. The crew are left to found a colony as Columbus returns to Spain.
  • 1741 - Astronomer Anders Celsius introduces Centigrade temperature scale.
  • 1776 - American Revolutionary War: George Washington crosses the Delaware River into New Jersey, surprises and defeats 1,400 Hessians.
  • 1888 - First indoor baseball game played at fairgrounds in Philadelphia; 2,000 watch the Uptowners beat the Downtowners, 6-1.
  • 1914 - Legendary “Christmas Truce” takes place on the battlefields of WWI between British and German troops. Instead of fighting, soldiers exchange gifts and play football.
  • 1939 - Montgomery Ward introduces Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer.
  • 2021 - NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope launched in joint effort with ESA (European Space Agency) and the Canadian Space Agency on an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, South America.

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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.