Author "Rick Kaempfer"

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1945
    Mar 29th, 2017
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    This week during the last year the Cubs won the pennant (before 2016)… World War II Rages On *American troops liberate their first Nazi concentration camp, Ohrdruf death camp in Germany. They are shocked by the conditions there. (Photo left: Colo...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Mar 29th, 2017
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    ~Domingo Ramos 1958 (Cubs 1989-1990) He was a backup infielder for the Yankees, Blue Jays, Mariners, Indians, and Angels before coming to the Cubs in 1989. But Ramos proved be an invaluable member of that division winning Cubs team in 1989. He got the ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Mar 28th, 2017
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    ~Lon Warneke 1909 (Cubs 1930-1936, 1942-1945) His nickname, “The Arkansas Hummingbird”, was given to him by sportswriter Roy Stockton because of his “sizzling fast and darting form of delivery.” And, of course, because he hailed...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Mar 27th, 2017
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    ~Johnny Gill 1905 (Cubs 1935-1936) His teammates called him “Patcheye”. As you can tell by the picture, Johnny didn’t wear a patch over his eye, although he must have at least once, because the nickname “Patcheye” stuck wi...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Mar 26th, 2017
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    ~Jimmy Lavender 1874 (Cubs 1912-1916) He won only 63 games in his MLB career (all but six of them for the Cubs), but for one glorious day, he was unhittable. On August 31, 1915, he made his mark in history. Lavender pitched a no-hitter in the first gam...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Mar 25th, 2017
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    ~Dutch Leonard 1909 (Cubs 1949-1953) Dutch was one of the oldest players to ever suit up for the Cubs, and the oldest player in all of baseball during his time with the Cubs. Dutch was already 40 when the Cubs acquired the three-time All-Star in 1949. ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Mar 24th, 2017
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    How long ago was 1908? The first few years of the century the Cubs conducted spring training in Frank Chance’s home state of California (in Los Angeles and Santa Monica). During their first pennant season of 1906, they trained in Champaign, Illin...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Mar 24th, 2017
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    ~Starlin Castro 1990 (Cubs 2010-2015) The Dominican shortstop burst onto the scene as the youngest player in the big leagues (age 20) in 2010, and was an immediate smash. He hit .300 as a rookie, became an all-star and led the league in hits in his sec...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Mar 23rd, 2017
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    ~Mike Remlinger 1966 (Cubs 2003-2005) Jim Hendry was big believer in signing veteran relievers, and Remlinger was one of the guys he brought in to help put that 2003 team over the top. He was in his eleventh season in the big leagues (having already pi...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1945
    Mar 22nd, 2017
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    This week during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II Rages On *The end is near for Hitler. He is seen in public for the last time (March 22) *The Arab League is formed with the adoption of a charter in Cair...