Author "Rick Kaempfer"

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Feb 22nd, 2017
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    ~Steve Barber 1938 (1970) Barber was a two-time All-Star pitcher for the Orioles in the 1960s. He was also a 20-game winner. But by the time he arrived in Chicago, he had endured less successful stints with both the Yankees and the Seattle Pilots. He w...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1945
    Feb 22nd, 2017
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    This week during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series… World War II Rages On… *In the Battle of Iwo Jima: A group of United States Marines reach the top of Mount Suribachi on the island and are photographed raising the American f...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Feb 21st, 2017
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    Adam Greenberg 1981 (Cubs 2005) His Cubs career was undeniably unique. On July 9, 2005, the Chicago Cubs called him up to the big leagues. They were in Miami facing the Florida Marlins. Greenberg’s entire family flew down to Florida from Connecti...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Feb 20th, 2017
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    ~Frank Gustine 1920 (Cubs 1949) Frank was coming off three consecutive all-star seasons when he arrived in Chicago in December of 1948. The Hoopeston Illinois native was probably excited to be playing for the Cubs after spending the previous ten season...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Feb 19th, 2017
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    ~Jim Cosman 1943 (Cubs 1970) Though Cosman is listed as a “Rookie Star” on this Topps baseball card, he pitched briefly for the Cardinals in 1966 and 1967 before coming to the Cubs. The big right-hander (6’5″) had control proble...
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    In This Week in 1908
    Feb 18th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? This week in 1908, Chicago is hit with the worst one day snowstorm in it’s history on February 18th. Eleven and a half inches of snow fall in less than 24 hours, bringing the entire city to a standstill. Neither the horse-d...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Feb 18th, 2017
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    ~Jerry Morales 1949 (Cubs 1974-1977, 1981-1983) Jerry was acquired in the trade with the Padres that cost the Cubs fan favorite Glenn Beckert, but Morales would have a very respectable Cubs career. For parts of two decades his reliable glove patrolled ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Feb 17th, 2017
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    ~Doyle Lade 1921 (Cubs 1946-1950) The Cubs got him from the White Sox during the 1946 season, and Doyle stayed with the Cubs the rest of the decade. His best season was 1947. He won 11 games and posted a 3.94 ERA pitching for a less-than-stellar Cubs t...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Feb 16th, 2017
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    ~Carl Lundgren 1880 (Cubs 1902-1909) Lundgren pitched for three Cubs pennant winners (1906, 1907, & 1908). Even though he was a great pitcher, he never pitched in the World Series during those pennant winning seasons because there were even better...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Feb 15th, 2017
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    ~Nate Schierholtz 1984 (Cubs 2013-2014) Nate was one of the budget free agent signings by the Epstein/Hoyer regime. He won a ring with the 2010 Giants, but he was never really given a chance to be a fulltime player until he arrived in Chicago. In his f...