By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1945
    May 31st, 2018
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    This week (May 31-June 6) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *The Allies capture Nazi loot and criminals… *The U.S., Russia, England and France agree to split occupied Germany. *The Allied Control Council, military occupation governing body ...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 31st, 2018
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    ~Kenny Lofton 1967 (Cubs 2003) Lofton is a local kid, born in East Chicago. He wasn’t on the Cubs for long, just half a season (2003), but he might have been the key acquisition that propelled the Cubs into the NLCS. Lofton was the leadoff man and centerfielder for the Cubs after Corey Patterso...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 30th, 2018
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    ~Turk Lown 1924 (Cubs 1951-1958) His real name was Omar Joseph Lown, but everyone called him Turk because he loved to eat turkey. The Cubs thought he was a starter, but after his 16-27 record as a starter—with an ERA over 5, they moved him to the bullpen once and for all in 1956. They […]...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    May 29th, 2018
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    June 1, 1967 The Beatles, who have recently announced they will never tour again, finally release their new studio album. It’s called “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, and is an immediate sensation. It’s dubbed an instant classic, and to this day is considered by many critics to be the best al...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 29th, 2018
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    ~Jerry Hairston Jr. 1976 (Cubs 2005-2006) Hairston’s claim to fame in Chicago will always be that he was the player the Cubs got in exchange for Sammy Sosa. He had a decent if unspectacular debut season with the Cubs as a jack-of-all-trades utility man, but the following year the Cubs were desp...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    May 28th, 2018
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    May 30, 1922 The goat of the 1918 World Series, Max Flack, was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for fellow outfielder Cliff Heathcote between games of a double header. Flack was a fan favorite until he dropped a crucial fly ball in the ninth inning of the deciding game of the 1918 World Series. [&he...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 28th, 2018
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    ~Randy Martz 1956 (Cubs 1980-1982) Martz was a first round draft choice of the Cubs (12th overall) after he was the College Baseball MVP at the University of South Carolina. He had a few unimpressive seasons with some very bad Cubs teams before being sent to the White Sox as part of the trade that [&...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 27th, 2018
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    ~Jerry Kindall 1935 (Cubs 1956-1961) The Cubs signed Jerry (nicknamed Slim) as a Bonus Baby, but he never quite made the impact they anticipated. His best season with the Cubs was 1961. He hit .242 that year. Jerry played on the Cubs for parts of five seasons, and later played with the Indians and Tw...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    May 26th, 2018
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    How long ago was 1908? The Chicago Cubs were all set to play a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at West Side Grounds. Cubs outfielder Jimmy Sheckard, a known prankster, began teasing Cubs backup infielder Heinie Zimmerman about his terrible fielding. The players had to be separated on the field. A...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 26th, 2018
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    ~Jason Bere 1971 (Cubs 2001-2002) Bere came up as a rookie with the White Sox and made an immediate impact–winning 12 games and pitching in the ALCS in 1993. He was runner up for Rookie of the Year. The following year was even better, as Bere became an all-star. Unfortunately for the fireballer...