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Baseball history unpacked, December 8

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

Happy birthday, Reed Johnson!
Photo by Bruce Kluckhohn/Minnesota Twins/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: Kid Camp, Reed Johnson*. Also notable: Mike Mussina HOF.

Today in history:

  • 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues his Amnesty Proclamation and plan for Reconstruction of the South.
  • 1940 - National Football League Championship, Griffith Stadium, Washington, D.C.: Chicago Bears beat Washington Redskins, 73-0. It’s the most one-sided victory in NFL history and the first NFL title game broadcast on national radio.
  • 1941 - US and Britain declare war on Japan, US enters World War II.
  • 1980 - John Lennon is murdered in New York City.

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.