Today’s Cub Birthday

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    ~Wayland Dean 1902 (Cubs 1927) Wayland Dean was one of those tragic stories that pepper baseball history. He was deeply troubled; a chronic alcoholic that suffered from depression. But he had a live fastball and made his way up to the majors in 1924 with the New York Giants. The Giants under John McG...
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    ~Blake Parker 1985 (Cubs 2012-2014) Parker was a Cubs draft choice who got a lot of action of out the bullpen during the 2013 season. He appeared in 49 games for the Cubs that year and pitched fairly well, registering an ERA of 2.72, while striking out 55 batters in 46.1 innings. He began the [&helli...
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    Jun 18th, 2018
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    ~Lou Brock 1939 (Cubs 1961-1964) It’s not the Cubs didn’t realize they had a good potential player on their hands. It’s just that they didn’t know how to develop him. Brock came up through the Cubs system during their ill-fated College of Coaches era. Every few weeks Lou was g...
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    Jun 17th, 2018
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    ~Phil Douglas 1890 (Cubs 1915-1919) They called him “Shufflin’ Phil” Douglas because he sort of shuffled his feet when he walked, but he was one of the best pitchers on the Cubs-a starter in their 1918 pennant winning rotation. Unfortunately, Douglas was also a notorious drunk. The Cubs manager at th...
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    Jun 16th, 2018
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    ~Kerry Wood 1977 (Cubs 1998-2008, 2011-2012) He wasn’t even 21 years old when he came up to the majors in May of 1998, but he made his mark right away. On May 6, 1998, he took the mound on a very cold and wet day in Wrigley Field, and pitched one of the best games […]...
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    Jun 15th, 2018
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    ~Billy Williams 1938 (Cubs 1959-1974) Billy Williams (Sweet Swinging Billy from Whistler) got his nickname because of his nearly perfect swing and his hometown; Whistler, Alabama. He played for the Cubs from 1959-1974 and is simply one of the greatest players to ever wear a Cubs uniform. Sweet swingi...
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    Jun 14th, 2018
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    ~Hal Manders 1917 (Cubs 1946) Hal pitched for the Tigers before being drafted into military service during World War II. When he returned, he pitched briefly for them again before being sent off to the team they beat in the previous year’s World Series. He got one start in September for the Cub...
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    Jun 13th, 2018
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    ~Carroll Yerkes 1903 (Cubs 1932-1933) The lefty pitcher (nicknamed “Lefty”, of course) was a member of the 1929 A’s team that beat the Cubs in the World Series, but fell on hard times after that season, and didn’t reemerge until the 1932 Cubs pennant winning season. He only ap...
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    Jun 12th, 2018
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    ~Bob Thorpe 1935 (Cubs 1955) Thorpe was a minor league phenom, winning 28 games in the lower minors in 1954. The Cubs brought him all the way up the big leagues the following season, and he pitched in a few games out of the bullpen at the beginning of 1955. He wore the now retired […]...
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    Jun 11th, 2018
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    ~Charlie Hollocher 1896 (Cubs 1918-1924) Charlie’s life was a series of very high highs and very low lows. He was one of the greatest hitters on the Cubs in his seven seasons in the big leagues. He led the 1918 team to the pennant, and led the league in hits. In 1922, he only struck […]...