Today’s Cub Birthday

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    ~Fred Norman 1942 (Cubs 1964-1967) He was one of their bright young prospects in the mid-60s, but the 5’8″ screwball expert was traded to the Dodgers in 1967. Norman finally came into his own in the 1970s with the Cincinnati Reds. He was part of the rotation for two consecutive World Seri...
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    ~Tim Blackwell 1952 (Cubs 1978-1980) Look at that shrubbery on his face! Now, that’s a mustache! With Blackwell on the roster from 1978-1980, the Cubs knew that they had someone who could hit against both lefties and righties (he was a switch hitter), and if necessary, an emergency understudy f...
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    ~Burleigh Grimes 1893 (Cubs 1932-1933) Grimes never shaved on days he pitched, because the slippery elm he chewed to increase saliva irritated his skin, so he always had stubble on his face when he took the mound. That led to his nickname, Ol’ Stubblebeard. He wasn’t just known for his st...
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    Aug 17th, 2018
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    ~John Buzhardt 1936 (Cubs 1958-1959) Buzhardt burst onto the scene in September of 1958 and immediately made his presence known. In his first two big league starts he beat Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale. The following year he tossed a one-hitter for the Cubs before developing elbow problems. The Cubs ...
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    ~Justin Grimm 1988 (Cubs 2013-2017) Grimm was acquired in the trade that sent Matt Garza to the Texas Rangers. It turned out to be a great trade for the Cubs because they also got 3B Mike Olt, RP Neil Ramirez, and current bullpen mainstay Carl Edwards Jr. in the deal. Grimm was a solid reliever [&hel...
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    Aug 15th, 2018
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    ~Barney Schultz 1926 (Cubs 1961-1963) Barney had the misfortune of pitching for the Cubs during the College of Coaches era. He was not a young pup either. The journeyman who had never spent a full season in the majors was 34 years old in 1961. His teammates called him “Mr. Old Folks”. The...
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    Aug 14th, 2018
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    ~Juan Pierre 1977 (Cubs 2006) He was named after Hall of Famer Juan Marichal, but this Juan also had a great career. Chicago fans knew him well before he played for them thanks to his impressive series against the Cubs in the 2003 NLCS. He hit .300, got ten hits, and scored five runs as […]...
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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 League. His nickname was “Thunder” and he hi...
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    Aug 12th, 2018
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    ~Don Hurst 1905 (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 ballpark that was a bandbox for left handed hitters. To get H...
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    ~Bob Scheffing 1913 (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 1945 World Series from afar, because he didn’t get out o...