Author "Rick Kaempfer"

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1945
    May 24th, 2019
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    This week (May 24–May 30) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *Americans pause reverently to pay homage on Memorial Day… *William Joyce (“Lord Haw-Haw”) is captured. He is lat...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 24th, 2019
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    ~Jack Pfiester 1878–1953 (Cubs 1906-1911) Jack was an important member of the starting rotation during the Cubs dynasty. The team went to the World Series four of his six seasons. He won 20 games for the 1906 team that won a record-setting 116 ga...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 23rd, 2019
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    ~Augie Galan 1912–1993 (Cubs 1934-1941) Augie was the leadoff man on the Cubs team that set the all-time record by winning 21 games in a row in 1935. He was the hottest hitter of all the Cubs during the streak. Augie hit 5 of his 12 home runs tha...
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    In This Weeks Historical Events
    May 22nd, 2019
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    May 24, 1923 Colonel Robert McCormick broke ground on the Tribune Tower. Sixty years later the Cubs would be run by the men in that tower, but in 1923, they were still run by William Wrigley. Wrigley had commissioned the building of his own magnificent...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 22nd, 2019
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    ~Coleman Griffith 1893–1966 (Cubs psychologist 1938) In 1938, University of Illinois psychologist Coleman Griffith was asked by PK Wrigley to do a complete psychological analysis of the Cubs for a project he called “Experimental Laboratories of t...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 21st, 2019
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    ~Bob Molinaro 1950– (Cubs 1982) He was a member of Baseball Digest’s all-rookie team with the White Sox in 1978, but by the time Bob Molinaro became a Cub in 1982 it was clear that he was merely a backup outfielder. In 66 at-bats for the Cubs he ...
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    In This Week In Wrigley History
    May 21st, 2019
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    May 21, 1935 The immortal Babe Ruth played his last game at Wrigley Field. Ruth was a shell of his former self, struggling to stay afloat with the Boston Braves. And he made three outs his first three times to the plate, but in his last at bat ever in ...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 20th, 2019
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    ~Bobby Murcer 1946–2008 (Cubs 1977-1979) It’s not like the Cubs went looking for Bobby Murcer. They had one thing in mind after their disastrous 1976 season, and that was getting rid of disgruntled two-time batting champion Bill Madlock. Madlock ...
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    In This Week in 1908
    May 19th, 2019
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    This week (May 19 – May 25) in 1908 How long ago was 1908? The 1907 Championship flag is raised amid great fanfare at West Side Grounds in front of sold out crowd. Cubs owner Charles Murphy thinks it’s a bad omen when the flag gets stuck ha...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 19th, 2019
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    ~Curt Simmons 1929–(Cubs 1966-1967) Simmons was a three-time All-Star that led his team to a World Series title, but of course, that team was not the Cubs. Curt Simmons was only two seasons removed from taking the Cardinals to the 1964 World Seri...