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Baseball history unpacked, December 6

A M-W-F digest, replete with #Cubs, #MLB, and #MiLB content, gathered from reputable sources. Happy birthday, Stan Hack! And other stories.

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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: Harry Wolverton, Tony Lazzeri HOF, Stan Hack*, Tommy Brown, Larry Bowa. Also notable: Jocko Conlan HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1240 - Mongols led by Batu Khan occupy and destroy Kyiv after an 8 day siege; out of 50,000 people in the city only 2,000 survive.
  • 1790 - The U.S. Congress moves from New York City to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • 1825 - US President John Quincy Adams suggests establishment of a national observatory.
  • 1865 - 13th Amendment of the United States Constitution is ratified, abolishing slavery (except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted).
  • 1877 - Thomas Edison enters the offices of Scientific American and turns the crank on his cylinder phonograph, astonishing those present with the recording, “Good morning. How do you do? How do you like the phonograph?”.
  • 1964 - ”Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer” first airs on TV.

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.