Author "Rick Kaempfer"

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Sep 25th, 2017
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    ~Pat Malone 1902 (Cubs 1928-1934) Malone was a two-time 20-game winner with the Cubs and led the team to the 1929 and 1932 World Series, but he also hung out with Hack Wilson. When they weren’t playing baseball, they were either drinking or brawl...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Sep 24th, 2017
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    ~Rafael Palmeiro 1964 (Cubs 1986-1988) Two incredibly bright prospects came up to the Chicago Cubs around the same time. Unfortunately, both Mark Grace and Rafael Palmeiro played the same position (first base). To get both of their bats into the lineup...
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    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Sep 24th, 2017
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    September 27, 1876 The last game of the first official National League season is played. The Chicago White Stockings (today’s Cubs) beat the Hartford Dark Blues 16-10. Because Chicago ends the season seven games ahead of the second place St. Loui...
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    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Sep 23rd, 2017
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    September 24, 1943 The Cubs call up outfielder Andy Pafko from their Los Angeles minor league team, and put him in the lineup. He would remain there for the next eight seasons. His first game at Wrigley Field is played in absolutely miserable weather c...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Sep 23rd, 2017
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    ~Dennis Lamp 1952 (Cubs 1977-1981) His major league debut came late in the 1977 season, when he was called up to help out the fading Cubs team that had started so strong that season. Judging by his 6.30 ERA, he wasn’t quite ready for prime time. ...
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    In This Week in 1908
    Sep 22nd, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? The Cubs are in New York to play the biggest series of the year. If they lose the series against the Giants, they will be all but eliminated from the race, and the Giants will win the pennant. The Cubs win a double header on Sept...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Sep 22nd, 2017
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    ~Lou Johnson 1934 (Cubs 1960, 1968) His nickname was Sweet Lou or Slick. Lou played for the Cubs in two different seasons, his rookie year and his second to last season in the big leagues, and neither of those seasons were particularly remarkable. Lou ...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Sep 21st, 2017
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    ~Bill Murray 1950 (Cubs fan 1950-present) He’s the ultimate Celebrity Cub fan. Born into a Cubs family, Bill Murray has never stopped following his favorite team. He’s been there during the good times (?) and bad, showing up to watch them a...
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    In This Week in 1945
    Sep 20th, 2017
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    This week (Sept 20-26) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *Marlene Dietrich (photo) goes to Berlin for the first time since 1931. *36-year-old Eduard Wirths, the chief SS doctor at Auschwitz concent...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Sep 20th, 2017
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    ~Zeke Bonura 1908 (Cubs 1940) Bonura was a track and field star as a teen, setting a record for the javelin throw. Zeke started off his baseball career with a bang too; averaging 20 homers and 100+ RBIs four seasons in a row for the White Sox. After go...