Today’s Cub Birthday

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    ~Jimmie Foxx 1907 (Cubs 1942, 1944) He was nicknamed the Beast because of his imposing physical presence. Foxx is one of the all-time greatest sluggers: a two time World Series champ, a three time MVP, winner of two batting titles. Foxx led the league in home runs four times, RBI three times (despite...
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    Oct 21st, 2018
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    ~George Bell 1959 (Cubs 1991) Bell was a three-time all-star and former MVP when the Cubs signed him to a big free agent contract before the 1991 season. He had a good year with the Cubs, slugging 25 homers and hitting .285, but his long-term value to the Cubs came during the following offseason. The...
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    ~Wid Matthews 1896 (Cubs GM 1950-1956) OWhen Matthews came to the Cubs in 1950, he arrived with a sparkling reputation. Wid had been an assistant to Branch Rickey with the Dodgers, and he promised to return the Cubs to their glory days. He did do one thing that was long overdue before left town; he [...
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    Oct 19th, 2018
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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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    ~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, 2018
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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, 2018
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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, 2018
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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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    ~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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    ~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...