By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jan 31st, 2017
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    ~Ernie Banks 1931 (Cubs 1953-1971) Ernie is not only a Hall of Famer, he’s the first African American player to ever play for the Chicago Cubs. The way he became a Cub is almost a fluke. At the end of the 1953 season, Gene Baker was called up to be the first African-American Cubs player. [&hell...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jan 30th, 2017
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    ~Davey Johnson 1943 (Cubs 1978) Davey Johnson had a very distinguished playing career before he became a manager. He was a four-time All-Star, three time Gold Glove second baseman, two-time World Series champ, and once hit 43 homers in a season, but by the time he came to the Cubs, those days were in...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jan 29th, 2017
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    ~Kevin Roberson 1968 (Cubs 1993-1995) In his rookie year of 1993, Roberson did get a fair amount of playing time (180 at bats) and did deliver some power (9hrs, 27RBI), but his lifetime batting average was .197. (Photo: Topps 1994 Baseball Card) ~Bill Krieg 1859 (White Stockings 1885) He played one g...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Jan 28th, 2017
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    HOW LONG AGO WAS 1908? Meet Orval Overall. He is one of the pitchers on the defending World Champion Chicago Cubs, and is celebrating his 27th birthday this week (Feb 2). Orval’s not much like the other guys on the team–he’s a college boy who attended the University of California at...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jan 28th, 2017
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    ~Bob Muncrief 1916 (Cubs 1949) When the Cubs acquired Muncrief in 1949, he had already pitched in an All-Star Game (1944) and two World Series (1944 with the St. Louis Browns and 1948 with the Cleveland Indians). With the Cubs he didn’t do much. He went 5-6 in 34 games out of the bullpen. He [&...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jan 27th, 2017
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    ~Andy Lotshaw 1880 (Cubs Trainer 1922-1952) Andy was the Cubs trainer and also served in the same capacity for the Chicago Bears. Andy actually played an important role in the career of Cubs pitching great Guy Bush. Bush was one of the mainstays of the Cubs pitching staff during most of the 1920s and...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jan 26th, 2017
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    ~Rip Russell 1915 (Cubs 1939-1942) He real first name was Glen, but Rip Russell was known for being able to rip line drives. He also came to the Cubs just after another first baseman named Rip Collins played for the team, so it was only natural that his teammates started calling him Rip. Russell play...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jan 25th, 2017
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    ~Lucky Glade 1876 (Orphans 1902) Glade had one start for the Cubs (then known as the Orphans) in 1902, and gave up eight runs in eight innings and took the loss. But he got his nickname “Lucky” when he was with the St. Louis Browns in 1905. That year he made 32 starts and won […]...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1945
    Jan 25th, 2017
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    This Week, the Last Year the Cubs Were in the World Series World War II Rages On… *Future movie and television star James Arness (photo) is discharged from the Army after receiving several battle awards and medals. He is wounded, but recovering. *Swedish ships bring food to the millions of peop...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jan 24th, 2017
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    ~Cliff Heathcoate 1898 (Cubs 1922-1930) He became a Cub in 1922 when he was traded to the team between games of a double header with the Cardinals. The Cardinals got Max Flack in return, and both players played for both teams that day. Cliff was an excellent defensive outfielder and played with the C...