Wildcard Wednesday: “Stop eating people’s old French fries, pigeon; have some self respect!”

These things happened on this day:

-German opera composer Engelbert Humperdinck was born (1854)

-Martha, the last known passenger pigeon, died at Cincinnati Zoo (1914)

-The first triple-header in baseball history took place between Boston and Pittsburgh (1890)

-A 24-inning game between Boston and the Athletics was played. Starting pitchers Joseph Harris and Jack Coombs both went the distance. (1906)

-The baseball season was ended early due to World War I (1918)

-World War II started this day in 1939, with Germany invading Poland, and ended this day in 1945 with Japan surrendering.

-Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell walked nine men and still pitched a shutout (1958)

-St. Louis pitcher Curt Simmons stole home plate (1963)

-Bobby Fischer defeated Boris Spassky for the world chess title (1972)

-Tom Seaver became the first man to strike out 200 batters in 8 consecutive seasons (1975)

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