Author "Rick Kaempfer"

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Feb 18th, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
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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...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Feb 15th, 2018
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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...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1945
    Feb 15th, 2018
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    This week during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series… World War II Rages On… *Venezuela declares war on Nazi-Germany. That’s right, Venezuela. Hitler may have a few bigger problems. *Hitler visits the Eastern front, which ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Feb 14th, 2018
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    ~Ace Stewart 1869 (Colts 1895) Ace wasn’t given that nickname because of his stellar play, his real first name was Asa, and Ace was just a shortened way of saying that. The Indiana native (Terre Haute) was a second baseman for Chicago in his only...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Feb 13th, 2018
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    ~Bill Bradley 1878 (Orphans 1899-1900) Chicago signed him as a shortstop, but he made eight errors in his first five games, so they moved him over to 3B. When his career ended 14 years later, he was considered one of the top third basemen in baseball h...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Feb 12th, 2018
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    ~Sweetbread Bailey 1895 (Cubs 1919-1921) His real name is Abraham Lincoln Bailey because he shares a birthday with the famous president. What is the origin of his nickname? Well, “sweetbreads” is defined as “the thymus or, sometimes, ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Feb 11th, 2018
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    ~Willie Smith 1939 (Cubs 1968-1970) Willie’s greatest day as a Cub happened on April 8, 1969. He hit a pinch-hit 2-run walk off home run to win the game on Opening Day. That began a year long love affair between the Cubs and their fans. On Septem...