By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 31st, 2017
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    ~Ramon Hernandez 1940 (Cubs 1968, 1976-1977) Ramon was known for his herky-jerky deceptive delivery that worked like a charm while he was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, but not so much as a member of the Cubs. His lifetime ERA was 3.03, but those very good stats (including 46 career saves) benef...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 30th, 2017
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    ~Kiki Cuyler 1898 (Cubs 1928-1935) His real name is Hazen Shirley Cuyler. Cuyler was called “Cuy” by his school teammates. It was while winning the MVP title of the Southern Association with Nashville in 1923 that he acquired the Kiki nickname. Fans heard the players shout for him to take...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1945
    Aug 30th, 2017
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    This week (Aug 30-Sept 5) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *The final official surrender of Japan is accepted by the Supreme Allied Commander, General Douglas MacArthur, on board the American battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. *Ho Chi Minh an...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 29th, 2017
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    ~Henry Blanco 1971 (Cubs 2005-2008) Affectionately called “Hank White” by the Cubs broadcasters (Blanco means White), Blanco was a backup catcher for the Cubs for some of their playoff years (2007-2008). The veteran served as a stabilizing force on the pitching staff, and also provided a ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 28th, 2017
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    ~Charlie Grimm 1898 (Cubs player 1925-1936, Cubs manager 1932-1938, 1944-1949, 1960) They called Charlie Grimm “Jolly Cholly” because he was a fun-loving guy who always seemed to be happy during his 20 seasons as a player. He played the banjo to loosen up the team on long train rides, and...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Aug 28th, 2017
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    September 1, 1918 For the first time in baseball history, the season was ended a month early, by mutual agreement between baseball and President Wilson. Baseball was hit hard by the World War I. Some of the greatest players were shipped out. Cubs pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander was among them. He ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Aug 27th, 2017
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    August 29, 1918 The Cubs clinched the National League pennant with a double-header sweep of the Cincinnati Reds. Lefty Tyler wins his 18th game in the opener, and Claude Hendrix wins his 20th game in the nightcap. It is the earliest any team in National League history clinched a pennant, but that rec...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 27th, 2017
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    ~Emil Verban 1915 (Cubs 1948-1950) Verban played second base for the Cubs. They called him the antelope because of his speed, but by the time Verban played for the Cubs, he wasn’t exactly tearing up the basepaths. In his three seasons with the Cubs he stole a total of seven bases. To say that V...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 26th, 2017
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    ~Sparky Adams 1894 (Cubs 1923-1927) His real name was Earl John Adams, and he was an energetic little guy; only 5’5″. Adams spent 1923 and 1924 as the Cubs’ semi-regular shortstop, but came into his own when he was switched to second base for 1925 after second baseman George Grantha...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 25th, 2017
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    ~Rube Kroh 1886 (Cubs 1908-1910) His real name was Floyd Kroh, but Rube was a common nickname in the first half of last century, indicating that the player was a country boy. Rube Kroh certainly fit that description. He grew up in a small town in New York named Friendship. Kroh’s first season w...