By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Apr 30th, 2017
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    May 2, 1917. Only one pitcher in Major League history has lost a no-hitter to another pitcher throwing a no-hitter. Of course, that player was a Cub: Hippo Vaughn. Only 3500 fans were in the stands at Weeghman Park (now known as Wrigley Field). Fred Toney was pitching for the Reds. Vaughn was the ace...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Apr 30th, 2017
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    ~Bob Hendley 1939 (Cubs 1965-1967) Hendly only won 10 games in his 2 1/2 seasons with the Cubs, but he had a few moments of shining glory. His most memorable game in a Cubs uniform came on September 9th, 1965 at Dodgers Stadium. The score was 0-0 in the bottom of the fifth and neither […]...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Apr 29th, 2017
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    ~Freddy Rodriguez 1924 (Cubs 1958) Poor Freddy. Somewhere along the way he got on Mike Royko’s bad side. Every year in the 60s and 70s, Royko would print a Cubs Quiz making fun of some of the lesser Cubs of his lifetime, and Freddy was nearly always featured. Royko liked to say that Freddy was ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In News
    Apr 29th, 2017
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    A tribute to Bushes, Forrests, Trees, and Woods in honor of Arbour Day… ~Guy Bush 1901 (Cubs 1923-1934) The Mississippi Mudcat got his nickname because he came from Mississippi and had a very strange delivery. It was described like this by F.C. Lane in Baseball Magazine (1930): “On the hu...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Apr 28th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? In nearby Portage Indiana, a notorious murder starts to make the news. It starts with the discovery of three children and a headless woman after a fire in Portage. Upon investigation, however, details begin to emerge. It turns out the woman who owned the farm, Belle Gunness, ha...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Apr 28th, 2017
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    ~Luis Quinones 1962 (Cubs 1987) The Cubs acquired him in a straight up mustache for mustache swap (Ron Cey) with the A’s. Luis played exactly one season for the Cubs (1987) as a utility infielder, and hit a whopping .218, but Quinones was a welcome addition to the Cubs bench because of his good...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Apr 27th, 2017
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    ~Rogers Hornsby 1897 (Cubs 1929-1932) It’s hard to imagine that one of the greatest players in history was not popular in Chicago–but Hornsby clearly was not. Hornsby had one great season for the Cubs, their World Series year of 1929, and he became the manager at the very end of the follo...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1945
    Apr 26th, 2017
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    This week during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series… World War II Rages On It was probably the worst week ever for European fascists. *It begins when the Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini is captured. Mussolini and his mistress, Clara Petacci, are executed by Italian partis...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Apr 26th, 2017
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    ~Hack Wilson 1900 (Cubs 1926-1931) Hack led the league in homers four of his six seasons in Chicago (Photo: 1928 Baseball Card), and is still remembered for his record 1930 season when he drove in 191 runs. That year he was so fearsome at the plate, he inspired this poem in The Sporting News. (author...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Apr 25th, 2017
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    ~Jacob Rubenstein 1911 (Cubs fan 1911-1967) On this day in 1911, Cub fan Jacob Rubenstein was born in Chicago. He was one of eight children of Jewish parents who had immigrated from Poland. He didn’t have a happy childhood. His parents divorced when he was 11. By the time he was 14, his mother ...