Author "Rick Kaempfer"

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Apr 23rd, 2018
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    April 23, 1914. One day after the Cubs drew the smallest Opening Day crowd in their history, a new ballpark opened on Addison & Clark. At the time, it was called “Weeghman Park”, and the team that played there was in the Federal League...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Apr 23rd, 2018
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    ~Dolph Camilli 1907 (Cubs 1933-1934) After Cubs owner William Wrigley and team president Bill Veeck Sr. died, the club was handed to an inexperienced fish wholesaler named William Walker. He traded Dolph to the Phillies for Don Hurst. Camilli went on t...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Apr 22nd, 2018
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    ~Mickey Morandini 1966 (Cubs 1998-1999) The Cubs acquired the Indiana University graduate for Doug Glanville before the 1998 season, and Morandini stabilized the infield and the lineup for the Cubs team that made the playoffs that season. He reached ca...
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    In This Week in 1908
    Apr 21st, 2018
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    How long ago was 1908? Opening day is a huge day in Chicago for the defending champs. The Cubs have their home opener at the newly refurbished West Side Grounds (April 22). Owner Charles Murphy has turned the ballpark into a shrine for his players. The...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Apr 21st, 2018
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    ~Bill Faul 1940 (Cubs 1965-1966) Some players are known as characters. Some are known as eccentrics. Still others seem to have come from another planet. Bill Faul was one of those guys…and he wasn’t even a lefty…or a Californian. Faul...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Apr 20th, 2018
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    ~Justice John Paul Stevens 1920 (Cubs fan 1920-present) He was a moderate Republican when he was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Gerald R. Ford in 1975, and is now considered the most liberal member of the Supreme Court, but Supreme Court J...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Apr 19th, 2018
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    ~Harry Craft 1915 (Cubs Manager/College of Coaches 1961) Harry was a centerfielder nicknamed “Wildfire” for the Reds during his playing days (late 1930s-early 1940s) before going into coaching. He was Mickey Mantle’s first coach in th...
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    In This Week in 1945
    Apr 19th, 2018
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    This week during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II Rages On *Adolph Hitler turns 56 years old in his Berlin bunker. He can already hear the gunfire above ground. His world is closing in on him. When he in...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Apr 18th, 2018
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    ~Mike Paul 1945 (Cubs 1973-1974) The Cubs acquired Paul from the Texas Rangers for Larry Gura during the 1973 season. He pitched pretty well out of the bullpen at the end of the 1973 season, but the Cubs released him in April of the following season. L...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Apr 17th, 2018
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    April 21, 1986 It’s hard to imagine a more heavily hyped television program than Geraldo Rivera’s broadcast on April 21, 1986 from the former Al Capone headquarters (1928-1931) at the Lexington Hotel in Chicago. The hotel was about to be re...