• EveryCubEver

    Today’s Cub Birthday

    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Jan 26th, 2020
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    ~Rip Russell 1915 (Cubs 1939-1942) He real first name was Glen, but Rip Russell was known for being able to rip line drives. He also came to the Cubs just after another first baseman named Rip Collins played for the team, so it was only natural that his teammates started calling him Rip. Russell play...
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    Jan 25th, 2020
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    ~Lucky Glade 1876 (Orphans 1902) Glade had one start for the Cubs (then known as the Orphans) in 1902, and gave up eight runs in eight innings and took the loss. But he got his nickname “Lucky” when he was with the St. Louis Browns in 1905. That year he made 32 starts and won […]...
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    Jan 24th, 2020
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    ~Cliff Heathcoate 1898 (Cubs 1922-1930) He became a Cub in 1922 when he was traded to the team between games of a double header with the Cardinals. The Cardinals got Max Flack in return, and both players played for both teams that day. Cliff was an excellent defensive outfielder and played with the C...
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    Jan 23rd, 2020
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    ~Joey Amalfitano 1934 (Cubs 1964-1967) He not only played for the Cubs, he also managed them twice (1979-1981) as an interim manager after Herman Franks resigned and Preston Gomez was fired. He didn’t have a lot of success as a player or a manager, but has been continually employed in baseball ...
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    Jan 22nd, 2020
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    ~Jophery Brown 1945 (Cubs 1968) The story of Jophery Brown’s Cubs career is a short one. He pitched exactly two innings of one game on a Saturday afternoon, September 21, 1968, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Joe Niekro started that game for the Cubs against the Pirates, but he simply didn’...
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    Jan 21st, 2020
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    ~Mike Krukow 1952 (Cubs 1976-1981) Mike Krukow shares a nickname with singer Bobby Vinton (The Polish Prince), but Mike Krukow was not known for botching the National Anthem. He was known for his stellar career as a starting pitcher for the Cubs, the Phillies and the Giants. He never quite managed to...
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    Jan 20th, 2020
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    ~Earl Smith 1891 (Cubs 1916) He got his cup of coffee with the Cubs in their first season at their current ballpark. During that 1916 season, the corner outfielder got only twenty-seven at-bats, all of them in the month of September. He did manage seven hits, including a double and a triple, but the ...
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    Jan 19th, 2020
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    ~Ken Frailing 1948 (Cubs 1974-76) He was part of the Ron Santo trade with the White Sox (along with Steve Stone and Steve Swisher). He was mainly used as a swing man, switching between the bullpen and starting. He did pitch one complete game. (Photo: Topps 1975 Baseball Card) ~Ollie Hanson 1896 (Cubs...
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    Jan 18th, 2020
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    ~Babe Twombly 1896 (Cubs 1920-1921) The Cubs have had lots of players nicknamed “Babe” over the years, but unfortunately none of their last names were Ruth. Babe Twombly played for the Cubs for two seasons and hit over .300 in a part-time role, but he never managed to secure a full-time s...
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    Jan 17th, 2020
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    ~Don Zimmer 1931 (Cubs 1960-1961) (Photo: 1961 Topps Baseball Card) Most modern day Cub fans know the tale of his managing days in Chicago, but not many know about his interesting stint as a Cubs player. In April of 1960, the Cubs made a trade with the reigning World Champion Dodgers to acquire one o...