• EveryCubEver

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Aug 6th, 2018
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    August 6, 1959 Billy Williams makes his major league debut with the Cubs. He plays left field and bats third, and in his first big league at-bat, facing journeyman Phillies pitcher Jim Owens, Billy drives in Tony Taylor with the first run of the game. That turns out to be the game winner, as the [&he...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 5th, 2018
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    ~Rube Novotney 1924 (Cubs 1949) Novotney was a University of Illinois product who got one short cup of coffee with the Cubs in 1949. He was a backup catcher who appeared in 22 games. He hit .269 in his limited appearances. Rube also played nine seasons in the minor leagues. ~Tony Jacobs 1925 (Cubs 19...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 4th, 2018
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    ~Dallas Green 1934 (Cubs GM 1982-1987) Dallas Green may have been a pretty good judge of talent (he brought Maddux, Palmeiro, Sandberg, Dawson, Grace, Smith, Moyer, Dunston, Suttcliffe, et al to the team), and he may have been gotten the Cubs as close to the World Series as anyone else has, but he wa...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Aug 4th, 2018
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    How long ago was 1908? Many historians consider Big Jim Colosimo the father of the Chicago mafia. His official title in 1908 is precinct captain (for First Ward Aldermen Kenna & Coughlin), but his real job is providing muscle, and collecting bribes. In exchange for these services, he is allowed ...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 3rd, 2018
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    ~Rod Beck 1968 (Cubs 1998-1999) They called him “The Shooter” because he was like a gunslinger out there, and he didn’t waste any of his bullets. Rod Beck was the Cubs closer during the wild card season of 1998, saving 51 games in truly scary fashion. By the time he arrived with the...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1945
    Aug 2nd, 2018
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    This week (Aug 2-Aug 8) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *President Harry Truman announces the successful bombing of Hiroshima with the atomic bomb, while returning from the Potsdam Conference aboard the U.S. Navy heavy cruiser USS Augusta (CA-3...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 2nd, 2018
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    ~Lloyd “Citation” Merriman 1924 (Cubs 1955) Though Merriman played five seasons in the big leagues, that was the least of his accomplishments. Lloyd Merriman was a genuine war hero in two different wars, World War II and the Korean War. Before he went to war, he was better known as a foot...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 1st, 2018
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    ~Greg Gross 1952 (Cubs 1977-1978) He was a slap-hitting outfielder (zero home runs in about 1500 at-bats) for the Astros (in their rainbow pajama uniform era) when the Cubs acquired him before the 1977 season. The Cubs made a run at the division title before fading at the end of the year, and Gross w...