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A Brief History On June 13, 1956, Real Madrid defeated Reims 4–3 in the final of the 1955–56 European Cup at Parc des Princes, Paris.   After many years of planning, the European Cup took place for the first time at the beginning of the 1955 football season. It was inspired by the South American Championship of Champions, which had been a regular fixture since 1948 and the top teams from each European country were invited to participate. There were 16 participants in total with competitors including Hibernian, Servette, Anderlecht, Stade de Reims and Real Madrid – the latter two made…

A Brief History On August 20, 1938, Yankees’ first baseman and “Iron Horse” Lou Gehrig hit his 23rd Grand Slam of his career, a monumental major league baseball record that stood for 75 years until topped by Alex Rodriguez.  Previously we listed “10 Awesome Baseball Records,” “What a Day For Baseball Records,” and “What a Day For Baseball Records, The Sequel.”  Today we go after another 10 baseball records that we think are incredibly hard to match and incredibly impressive.  Or just nifty records.  In a word, awesome!  Many pitching records will be hard to match now that relief pitching…

A Brief History On August 12, 1994, major league baseball players went on strike, ending the 1994 major league baseball season and causing the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.  Sacrilege!  Any labor dispute that cause the cancellation of anything as publicly visible as the World Series is sure to get attention, though labor or protest strikes outside of the sporting world can also be highly visible or even intrusive to the public at large.  Today we list “10 Famous Labor or Protest Strikes” that have particular historical interest or consequence.  What strikes would you add to the list?  (Note:…

A Brief History On August 11, 1929, George Herman “Babe” Ruth hit his 500th home run at Cleveland’s League Park, the first major league baseball player to achieve that lofty status.  Obviously, Ruth was the greatest long ball slugger of his day, and his career total of 714 home runs was not eclipsed until Hammerin’ Hank Aaron beat it in 1974.  Since then, the much reviled Barry Bonds of steroid induced mega-muscles has surpassed Ruth and Aaron both, ending his career in 2007 with an all time best 762 career homers.  Today we are going to compare the top 10…

A Brief History On August 9, 1969, members of the Manson Family, followers of cult leader Charles Manson, murdered actress Sharon Tate, her unborn baby, coffee heiress Abigail Folger and 3 other people.  Although definitely nutty people with bizarre, cult ideas about sparking a race war through senseless murder, none of these people successfully played the insanity card.  Charles Manson died in prison in November of 2017 one seriously deranged dude that seemed to be a shoo in for the loony bin.  We previously discussed “9 Blatantly Nutty People Not Found Insane” and today we nominate another 3 goofy people to…

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