• EveryCubEver

    Author "Rick Kaempfer"

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 13th, 2019
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    ~Johnny Kling 1875–1947 (Cubs 1900-1911) Kling was one of the best catchers in baseball; a grizzled veteran who was so good defensively, he caused former catcher Frank Chance to move positions (to first base). Hall of Fame pitcher Mordecai “Three...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 12th, 2019
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    ~Sammy Sosa 1968– (Cubs 1992-2004) Sammy was a phenomenon during his time with the Cubs. He holds the all-time record for homers hit in a Cubs uniform (545), and many of them were hit in dramatic fashion. His chase of the Roger Maris record (alon...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 11th, 2019
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    ~Rabbit Maranville 1891–1954 (Cubs 1925) His real name was Walter. Nicknamed for his speed and rabbit-like leaps, Rabbit Maranville was always a great fielder, but he was even better known for his partying. When he was with the Pirates he was kno...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Feature
    Nov 11th, 2019
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    Veteran’s Day is observed on November 11 because 11/11/18 is the day the Armistice was signed to end World War I. The following Cubs served during that War… ~Vic Aldridge 1893 (1917-1924) On the day President Harding died, the Cubs beat the...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Nov 10th, 2019
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    How Long Ago Was 1908? The city of Chicago is abuzz with tons of new construction. The big shoulders are getting stronger and sturdier, especially downtown. City Hall is being built a few blocks away, but that project is dwarfed by the structure going ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 10th, 2019
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    ~Mike Vail 1951– (Cubs 1978-1980) He was already in his fourth big league season when the Cubs acquired Vail in the trade that sent Tarzan Wallis to the Indians. Vail was a talented hitter who hit well over .300 in his time with the Cubs, but he ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 9th, 2019
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    ~Walt Lanfranconi 1916–1986 (Cubs 1941) The small (5’7″) right-handed pitcher only got a cup of coffee with the Cubs in September of 1941 (two appearances) before being drafted into the military. He spent the rest of the war working for Uncle Sam...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 8th, 2019
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    ~Henry Rodriguez 1967– (Cubs 1998-2000) Henry started in left field for the Cubs in 1998, 1999, and 2000, and became a fan favorite. The left field bleacher bums would throw Oh Henry bars at him when he returned to his position after hitting a ho...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 7th, 2019
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    ~Joe Niekro 1944–2006 (Cubs 1967-1969) His brother Phil was already a star pitcher for the Braves when Joe Niekro was drafted in the third round by the Cubs in 1966. In his rookie season in Chicago (1967), Joe won 10 games. He won 14 games for th...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 6th, 2019
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    ~Chick Tolson 1898–1965 (1926-1930) Chick was a backup first baseman and pinch hitter for the Cubs in the late 1920s. His teammates called him “Slug” for his less-than-speedy wheels. Slug played four seasons for the Cubs, and had his best season ...