• EveryCubEver

    Today’s Cub Birthday

    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Apr 4th, 2020
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    ~Mickey Owen 1916–2005 (Cubs 1949-1951) Mickey led a fascinating life in and out of baseball. He was a four-time All-Star with the Brooklyn Dodgers during early 40s, and though he set a fielding record as a catcher in 1941, he is best remembered for a fielding error he made in Game 4 of the Wor...
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    Apr 3rd, 2020
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    ~Alex Grammas 1926–2019 (Cubs 1962-1963) Grammas was a big league infielder for ten years, the last year and half of which were with the Cubs. He came to the Cubs (along with Don Landrum) from the Cardinals in the midst of the College of Coaches fiasco. The veteran glove man backed up young Cub...
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    Apr 2nd, 2020
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    ~Jon Lieber 1970– (Cubs 1999-2003, 2008) When the Cubs acquired Lieber from the Pirates for Brant Brown, it was one of the best deals they ever made. Lieber anchored the rotation, winning 10, 12, and 20 games in his first three seasons. No Cub pitcher won 20 games again until Jake Arrieta did i...
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    Apr 1st, 2020
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    ~Jake Jaeckel 1942– (Cubs 1964) His real first name was Paul, but his teammates called him Jake. Jaeckel got a cup of coffee as a September call up for the last place 1964 Cubs. He pitched two scoreless innings in his debut, retiring the likes of Sandy Alomar, Matty Alou, Rico Carty, and Joe To...
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    Mar 31st, 2020
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    ~Gonzalo Marquez 1946–1984 (Cubs 1973-1974) Gonzalo was a star in his native Venezuela, leading his team to the Caribbean World Series in 1970. The big first baseman was never more than a fringe player in the big leagues, but he did show flashes of power with both Oakland and the Cubs. After hi...
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    Mar 30th, 2020
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    –Ripper Collins 1904–1970 (Cubs 1937-1938) His real name was James Anthony Collins, but everyone called him Rip or Ripper. He said he got his nickname when, as a boy, he hit the team’s only ball and snagged it on a fence nail, ripping its cover. Collins was a star with the Cardinals, and to be ...
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    Mar 29th, 2020
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    ~Domingo Ramos 1958– (Cubs 1989-1990) Domingo was a backup infielder for the Yankees, Blue Jays, Mariners, Indians, and Angels before coming to the Cubs in 1989. Ramos proved be an invaluable member of that division winning Cubs team in 1989. He got the most extensive playing time of his career...
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    Mar 28th, 2020
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    ~Lon Warneke 1909–1976 (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 a great nickname, ...
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    Mar 27th, 2020
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    ~Johnny Gill 1905–1984 (Cubs 1935-1936) His teammates called him “Patcheye.” 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-league lifer, playing more than 23 seasons. He was one ...
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    Mar 26th, 2020
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    ~Jimmy Lavender 1874–1960 (Cubs 1912-1916) Jimmy 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 [&...