Today’s Cub Birthday

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    ~Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown 1876 (Cubs 1904-1912, 1916) He was born in 1876, the same year the Cubs played their very first season in the National League. Three Finger probably owns one of the best nicknames in baseball history, and he earned it the hard way. As a seven-year-old boy, M...
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    Oct 18th, 2017
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    ~Don Young 1945 (Cubs 1965, 1969) Young remains infamous in Cubs history for a dropped fly ball in 1969. His teammate Ron Santo called him out in a postgame rant to the press, and many people think it damaged the kids’ psyche and team unity. Santo apologized the next day, but Young was never th...
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    Oct 17th, 2017
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    ~Paul Derringer 1906 (Cubs 1943-1945) To say that Derringer was a colorful personality is to understate the case. *He once woke up from an operation in the recovery room, swung at a nurse, and knocked her out cold. *In 1936 he got into a fight at the Bellevue Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia. He knock...
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    Oct 16th, 2017
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    ~Milo Allison 1890 (Cubs 1913-1914) Milo played a grand total of three games for the Cubs over two seasons in West Side Grounds. The outfielder did manage to get a few hits and a stolen base in his extremely limited playing time. He later played for Cleveland as well. After his playing career, Milo s...
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    Oct 15th, 2017
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    ~Bill Henry 1927 (Cubs 1958-1959) Bill led the league in appearances in his second and final season with the Cubs. He served as their closer that year, winning 9 games, and saving 12. After the season ended, Henry was traded (along with Lou Jackson & Lee Walls) to the Reds for slugging third bas...
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    Oct 14th, 2017
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    ~Joe Girardi 1964 (1989-1992, 2000-2002) Girardi was a rookie catcher on the Cubs team that suprised everyone and won their division in 1989. Even in his younger days he was seen as a calm force on the team. The Northwestern Grad (and Peoria native) seemed to really enjoy playing in his home state. B...
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    Oct 13th, 2017
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    ~Rube Waddell 1876 (Orphans 1901) Rube was a common nickname for hayseeds and farmboys, and Rube Waddell was definitely that. He only pitched one season for the Cubs (before they were even called that) in 1901, and was only a .500 pitcher that season, but he blossomed as a pitcher the next season whe...
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    Oct 12th, 2017
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    ~Lou Novikoff 1915 (Cubs 1941-1944) Lou was known as “The Mad Russian”. He was born to Russian immigrant parents in Arizona, so the second half of his nickname is obvious.The “mad” part came from his eccentric proclivities. He had a colorful past before joining the Cubs, worki...
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    Oct 11th, 2017
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    ~Bob Chipman 1918 (Cubs 1944-1949) The Cubs traded their young second baseman Eddie Stanky for Chipman, who was really just a journeyman pitcher. Stanky went on to play in three World Series, was named to three All-Star teams, led the league in on-base percentage twice, and most famously started the ...
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    ~Bill Killifer 1887 (Cubs 1918-1921) Bill Killifer was nicknamed Reindeer for his lumbering running style. Reindeer was a catcher and he ran like one. But he wasn’t just any catcher. Killifer was the personal catcher for Grover Cleveland Alexander, and he was the only one who could handle him o...