Today’s Cub Birthday

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    ~Domingo Ramos 1958 (Cubs 1989-1990) He was a backup infielder for the Yankees, Blue Jays, Mariners, Indians, and Angels before coming to the Cubs in 1989. But Ramos proved be an invaluable member of that division winning Cubs team in 1989. He got the most extensive playing time of his career that ye...
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    Mar 28th, 2017
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    ~Lon Warneke 1909 (Cubs 1930-1936, 1942-1945) His nickname, “The Arkansas Hummingbird”, was given to him by sportswriter Roy Stockton because of his “sizzling fast and darting form of delivery.” And, of course, because he hailed from Arkansas. He wasn’t just the owner of...
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    ~Johnny Gill 1905 (Cubs 1935-1936) His teammates called him “Patcheye”. As you can tell by the picture, Johnny didn’t wear a patch over his eye, although he must have at least once, because the nickname “Patcheye” stuck with him throughout his career. He was a Minor-Leag...
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    Mar 26th, 2017
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    ~Jimmy Lavender 1874 (Cubs 1912-1916) He won only 63 games in his MLB career (all but six of them for the Cubs), but for one glorious day, he was unhittable. On August 31, 1915, he made his mark in history. Lavender pitched a no-hitter in the first game of a double header in New York […]...
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    Mar 25th, 2017
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    ~Dutch Leonard 1909 (Cubs 1949-1953) Dutch was one of the oldest players to ever suit up for the Cubs, and the oldest player in all of baseball during his time with the Cubs. Dutch was already 40 when the Cubs acquired the three-time All-Star in 1949. They switched the knuckleballer to the bullpen, a...
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    ~Starlin Castro 1990 (Cubs 2010-2015) The Dominican shortstop burst onto the scene as the youngest player in the big leagues (age 20) in 2010, and was an immediate smash. He hit .300 as a rookie, became an all-star and led the league in hits in his second year, and improved his power numbers and made...
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    Mar 23rd, 2017
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    ~Mike Remlinger 1966 (Cubs 2003-2005) Jim Hendry was big believer in signing veteran relievers, and Remlinger was one of the guys he brought in to help put that 2003 team over the top. He was in his eleventh season in the big leagues (having already pitched for Atlanta, Cincinnati, the Mets and the G...
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    –Dick Ellsworth 1940 (Cubs 1958-1966) Ellsworth experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows during his Cubs career. The lefthander won 20 games one year (one of only six lefties to lead the team in wins since World War II), and lost 22 games another year. He made the All Star team, but fi...
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    ~Shawon Dunston 1963 (Cubs 1985-1995, 1997) He was the first overall pick in the amateur draft, and had one of the greatest arms of any shortstop in baseball history. He was also a fan favorite (fans kept track of his batting average with the Shawon-O-Meter), and had a successful 17-year major league...
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    Mar 20th, 2017
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    ~George Altman 1933 (Cubs 1959-1962, 1965-1967) Big George, as he was known, had a few great seasons in the big leagues, and he was wearing a Chicago Cubs uniform when he did it. He joined Chicago after completing his military service and had an immediate impact. His two best seasons came during the ...