By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Jul 31st, 2017
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    August 2, 1923 President Warren G. Harding dies unexpectedly. He wasn’t from Chicago, but Chicago nevertheless played an important role in the his presidency. For one thing, in 1920 he was nominated by Republican party leaders in a smoke filled Chicago hotel room; Suite 4046 on the 13th floor o...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 31st, 2017
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    ~Leon Durham 1957 (Cubs 1981-1988) Of course, his real name was Leon, but it was hard to be named Durham without getting the nickname Bull. No Cubs fan will ever forget him. Durham had a pretty good career with the Cubs, making the all-star team twice, hitting more than 20 homers five times, and stea...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 30th, 2017
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    Steve Trout 1957 (Cubs 1983-1987) Steve Trout was nicknamed Rainbow by his high school teammates for obvious reasons…the Rainbow Trout. He was a flaky lefty who probably would have been nicknamed Dizzy if not for his father who already laid claim to the nickname. Dizzy Trout pitched for the Det...
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    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Jul 30th, 2017
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    July 30,1962 The All-Stars gather in Chicago’s Wrigley Field to play their second All-Star game of the season. The first one was played in Washington in early July. There are 21 Hall of Famers in the game on this Monday afternoon (yes, that’s right, a Monday afternoon All Star Game). The ...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 29th, 2017
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    ~Ken Kravec 1951 (Cubs 1981-1982) Kravec had been a 15-game winner for the White Sox just a few years before he was acquired by the Cubs in a rare crosstown trade (for Dennis Lamp). This one worked out for the Cubs, but not in the way you might expect. Kravec was terrible as a Cubs […]...
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    In This Week in 1908
    Jul 28th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? Meet Hinky Dink Kenna, one of the two Aldermen who represent Chicago’s red-light district, The Levee. The official name of the area, of course, is the First Ward, and Alderman Kenna is a proud and vocal supporter of his constituents. If anyone asks about the seediness of ...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 28th, 2017
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    ~Joe E. Brown 1892 (Cubs fan/movie star) His name isn’t remembered by many people today, but Joe E. Brown was an actor, comedian, and baseball nut. He was also one of the biggest movie stars in America during the 1930s. He made his mark in a series of baseball movies, and in his two biggest [&h...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 27th, 2017
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    ~Leo Durocher 1905 (Cubs manager 1965-1972) How did people really feel about Leo Durocher? A quote from Jack Brickhouse: “In the early days Leo was an SOB, but a sharp SOB. By the time he finished in Chicago he was just an old SOB.” A quote from Vin Scully after it was announced Durocher took [&helli...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 26th, 2017
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    ~Hoyt Wilhelm 1923 (Cubs 1970) The future Hall of Famer was 47 years old when the Cubs got him in 1970. He will be remembered for his great knuckleball, and his outstanding career as a reliever. When he retired he held the record for most games and wins in relief, and was the first relief […]...
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    In This Week in 1945
    Jul 26th, 2017
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    This week (July 26-Aug 1) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *Winston Churchill resigns as the United Kingdom’s Prime Minister after his Conservative Party is easily defeated by the Labour Party in the 1945 general election. Clement Attlee b...