Author "Rick Kaempfer"

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 20th, 2017
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    ~Gary Woods 1954 (Cubs 1982-1985) He was a backup outfielder for the Cubs in the early to mid 80s, and hit in the .240s during his stay on the North Side, but we salute him here for his very respectable mustache. He also played for Oakland, Toronto, an...
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    In This Week in 1945
    Jul 19th, 2017
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    This week (July 19-25) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series… World War II *French marshal Philippe P├ętain (photo), who headed the Vichy government during World War II, goes on trial for treason. *American radio broadcasts call o...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 19th, 2017
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    ~Phil Cavarretta 1916 (Cubs 1934-1954) Philabuck, as he was known, had a tremendous career for the Chicago Cubs. The local Chicago boy (Lane Tech High School) wore a Cubs uniform for twenty seasons, including the last few when he was a player/manager. ...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 18th, 2017
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    ~Larry McLean 1881 (Cubs 1903) Larry had a 13-year big league career as a catcher and first baseman, but even if he lived in the days of highlight reels, he wouldn’t have included his Cubs stint on that highlight reel. He only played one game for...
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    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Jul 17th, 2017
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    July 18, 1910 The poem “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon” written by Franklin Adams was published in the New York Evening Mail. It’s probably the most famous poem ever written about the Cubs, and it was so memorable it probably got Joe Ti...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 17th, 2017
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    ~Don Kessinger 1942 (Cubs 1964-1975) Kessinger had a brilliant career with the Cubs, holding down the starting shortstop position for over a decade during the Cubs resurgence of the late 60s/early 70s. Kessinger was an All-Star five years in a row (68-...
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    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Jul 16th, 2017
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    July 16, 1916. In the midst of their first year playing in this fancy new ballpark, the Chicago Cubs become the first team to allow their fans to keep the balls hit into the stands. That was the brainchild of their owner Charlie Weeghman (photo), who w...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 16th, 2017
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    ~Lee Elia 1937 (Cubs player 1968, Cubs manager 1982-1983) Elia was a big league shortstop who got a cup of coffee as a player with the Cubs in 1968. He got 3 hits in 17 at bats. The following spring he was traded to the Yankees for Nate Oliver. Cub fan...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 15th, 2017
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    ~Bubbles Hargrave 1892 (Cubs 1913-1915) His real name was Eugene Hargrave, but everyone called him Bubbles because he stuttered every time he said a word that started with the letter “B”. As much as Bubbles hated his nickname, he must have ...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 14th, 2017
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    ~Steve Stone 1948 (Cubs 1974-1976) Of course we all remember Steve Stone’s long run as the TV color man for the Cubs, but he also pitched for them three seasons in the mid 70s (74-76). The Cubs acquired him from the White Sox (along with catcher ...