• EveryCubEver

    Author "Rick Kaempfer"

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 13th, 2020
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    ~Andre Thornton 1949– (Cubs 1973-1976) Andre was acquired from the Braves in the trade that sent Joe Pepitone out of Chicago. That turned out to be a good deal for the Cubs, because Andre turned into one of the top young sluggers in the National ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Aug 13th, 2020
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    August 13, 1987 The Cubs retire the number of one of the all-time greats: Good Ol’ Number 26, Billy Williams. It is only the second number they ever retired (Ernie was first). Maybe there is some magic in the air, because the woeful Cubs come bac...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 12th, 2020
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    ~Don Hurst 1905–1952 (Cubs 1934) Hurst was a feared slugger in his day, leading the league in RBI, and slugging more than 100 homers. Unfortunately, his day was before he came to Chicago. Those gaudy stats were accumulated in Philadelphia, in a b...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Aug 11th, 2020
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    How long ago was 1908? One of the ugliest racial riots in American history occurs this week (Aug 14) in Springfield, Illinois. Before the race riots are over, forty homes are burned to the ground, 24 businesses are destroyed, and seven people are dead:...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 11th, 2020
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    ~Bob Scheffing 1913–1985 (Cubs player 1941-1950, Cubs manager 1957-1959) Scheffing was a Cubs catcher in 1941 and 1942, but was drafted into the military before the 1943 season. Unfortunately for him, he had to listen to his teammates make the 19...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 10th, 2020
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    ~Larry Corcoran 1859–1891 (White Stockings 1880-1885) In 1880 and 1881, Larry Corcoran was clearly the best pitcher in all of baseball. He was ambidextrous — he once pitched both left-handed and right-handed in a game. But the diminutive Corcoran...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 9th, 2020
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    ~Steve Swisher 1951– (Cubs 1974-1977) Swisher was acquired by the Cubs from the White Sox in the trade that sent Ron Santo over to the south side of the city. For most of his time with the Cubs, Swisher shared the catcher job with George Mitterwa...
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    In This Week in 1945
    Aug 9th, 2020
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    This week (Aug 9-Aug 15) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (befoer 2016)… World War II *The United States drops an atomic bomb nicknamed “Fat Man” on Nagasaki, Japan, at 11:02 a.m. (local time). *Japan offers to s...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 8th, 2020
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    ~Anthony Rizzo 1989– (Cubs 2012-present) Rizzo was one of the first young studs acquired by new Cubs president Theo Epstein after taking over the Cubs, and they built their whole club around him. The very highly regarded prospect had been drafted...
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    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Aug 7th, 2020
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    August 7, 1931. Former Cubs catcher Jimmy Archer adds to his legend. Jimmy was one of the best players on the Cubs during his decade in a Chicago uniform, being named to the “All American” team three years in a row (1912-1914). His throwing...