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Baseball history unpacked, December 29

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Happy birthday to Kevin Hart and other stories.

Happy birthday to Cub Kevin Hart!
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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: Ken Rudolph, Kevin Hart.

Today in History:

  • 1170 - English Archbishop of Canterbury, Thomas Becket assassinated before the high altar of Canterbury Cathedral by four knights.
  • 1566 - Danish student and future astronomer Tycho Brahe loses part of his nose in a sword duel over who is the better mathematician (he wore a prosthetic nose the rest of his life).
  • 1845 - Texas admitted as the 28th state of the Union.
  • 1911 - Sun Yat-sen elected first President of the Republic of China.
  • 1965 - CBS purchases NFL TV rights for 1966-68 at $18.8 million per year

Common sources:


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.