Today’s Cub Birthday

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    ~Babe Herman 1903 (Cubs 1933-1934) That’s right, “Babe” played for the Cubs. Unfortunately, it wasn’t “THE” Babe. His real name was Floyd Caves Herman, but his manager in the minors called him “Babe” after he got a hit in his first at bat. Babe Ruth was...
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    Jun 24th, 2017
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    ~Rollie Hemsley 1907 (Cubs 1931-1932) Rollie was the backup catcher on the Cubs in 1931 and 1932, but he didn’t get along with manager Rogers Hornsby. Although Hornsby was a degenerate gambler, he was also a tee-totaler that really cracked down on the team drinkers. Offenders included just abou...
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    ~Jack Hardy 1877 (Cubs 1907) One of the most obscure members of the first World Series champion Cubs team, Hardy played in exactly one game for Chicago. The catcher went 1 for 4, with a single and a strikeout. He got a few more cups of coffee in the big leagues with Cleveland (his hometown […]...
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    ~John Dillinger 1902 (Cubs fan 1902-1934) He was Public Enemy #1–so hounded and hunted by the FBI that he underwent drastic plastic surgery to change his appearance. The surgery left him disfigured, but didn’t do a very good job of disguising his appearance. Other bank robbers and gangste...
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    ~Rick Sutcliffe 1952 (Cubs 1984-1991) The nickname “The Red Baron” was given to Rick Sutcliffe by Harry Caray, because of intimidating presence (he was 6’7″) and red beard. 82 of his 171 career wins came with the Cubs, including 16 in his Cy Young winning season of 1984. He wa...
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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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    Jun 19th, 2017
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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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    ~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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    ~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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    ~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 […]...