Baseball history unpacked, November 26th

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On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue brings you a light-hearted, Kids-centric look at baseballs colorful past, with plenty of the doctrine and dive deep into various narratives that expand over time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you keep up. Do not be afraid to click on the links to ‘inside baseball’ on the posts, which change from year to year as we review the topics again.

Today in baseball history:

  • 1948 National League President Ford Frick steps in and pays $ 350 for the funeral, including the cost of a coffin, for the uncollected body of Hack Wilson. The former slugger, who probably died of alcohol abuse a few days earlier at a Baltimore hospital, has only been identified as a white man. (2)
  • 1961 – The professional baseball rules committee votes 8-1 against legalizing saliva ball. Only the National League’s Referee Supervisor Cal Hubbard votes in favor. (1,2)
  • 1996 Less than three weeks after major league owners voted 18-12 against ratifying baseball’s new agreement, the owners are voting again and approving it this time with a 26-4 vote. The landmark deal brings interleague games to the regular season for the first time, as well as revenue sharing among owners and a payroll tax on players. (1,2)
  • 1999 – Arbitrator Alan Symonette rejects the owners ‘attempt to dismiss the judges’ complaint, giving the 22 umps that were started as a result of last season’s disastrous mass resignation strategy a chance to get their jobs back. Symonette will hear the complaint from December 13th. (2)

Kids’ birthdays: Hugh Duffy HOF, Jim Canavan, John Churry, Richie Hebner, Larry Gura, Jay Howell, Ron Meridith, Matt Garza. Also notable: Lefty Gomez HOF.

Today in world history:

  • 1789 – 1st National Thanksgiving in America.
  • 1868 – First baseball game played in closed field in San Francisco, on 25th & Folsom.
  • 1917 – NHL forms with Montreal Canadiens, Montreal Maroons, Toronto Arenas, Ottawa Senators & Quebec Bulldogs; National Hockey Association dissolves.
  • 1922 – English archaeologist Howard Carter opens Tutankhamun’s largely intact tomb in Egypt.
  • 1969 – Cream’s last concert (Royal Albert Hall).
  • 2003 – The supersonic plane Concorde makes its last flight ever and returns to Bristol, England.

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