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On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, Bleed Cubbie Blue is happy to present a light-hearted, Cubs-centric look at baseball’s colorful past, with plenty of lore and diverse stories to follow over time. Here’s a handy Cubs timeline, to help you keep track.

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1912 – Frank Chance is sold by the Chicago Cubs to the Cincinnati Reds. When all National League clubs waived their claim in December, the Reds released Chance to manage the Yankees. (2)

1925 – Rabbit Maranville is traded to the Brooklyn Robins of the Chicago Cubs. (2)

1953 – Reaffirming its earlier position, the United States Supreme Court rules, 7-2, that baseball is a sport and not a business and therefore not subject to antitrust laws. The ruling comes in a case involving New York Yankees minor leaguer George Toolson, who refused to move from Triple-A to Double-A. (1.2)

1976 – The Oakland Athletics grant future Hall of Famer Billy Williams an unconditional release, ending his 18-year major league career. Williams, who spent all but two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, retires with 426 homers, 1,475 RBIs, 2,711 hits and a .290 batting average. (1.2)

1998 – Chicago pitcher Kerry Wood* was named National League Rookie of the Year after going 13-6 with a 3.40 ERA and helping the Cubs qualify for the playoffs. (2.3)

2004 – Hoping to fill the void created by Steve Stone’s resignation, the Chicago Cubs hire former Arizona Diamondbacks manager and current FOX TV analyst Bob Brenly to broadcast games on WGN. After spending 20 years in the broadcast booth, Stone left Chicago after his on-air comments about the team fainting in the wildcard race angered manager Dusty Baker and some of the players. (2)

Cub birthday parties: Harvey Hendrick, Walt Lanfranconi, Tony Barnette, Rowan Wick. Also note: Whitey Herzog HOF, Bob Gibson HOF.

Today in history:

1799 – Napoleon Bonaparte succeeds in a coup d’etat and becomes the dictator of France under the title of First Consul.

1925 – Robert A. Millikan confirms the existence of cosmic rays from outer space in a speech at the National Academy of Sciences in Madison, Wisconsin.

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There is a very active historic baseball community and there are many facets to their views. We long for clarity. Please note that we attempt to make the historical record as represented by our primary sources consistent and as accurate as possible. Nothing is posted here without corroboration. Some of these elements have spread from site to site without being verified. This is exactly why we ask for reliable sources, so that we can refer them to the authors.

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