Today’s Cub Birthday

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    ~Ray Burris 1950 (Cubs 1973-1979) Ray anchored the Cubs rotation in the mid-70s, twice winning 15 games in a season (’75 & ’76). Unfortunately for Ray, expectations were very high for him. He arrived on the Cubs just as Fergie Jenkins was departing, and the team hoped that Burris cou...
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    ~Tuffy Rhodes 1968 (Cubs 1993-1995) In 1994, the Cubs had a memorable home opener against the New York Mets. A little known player named Tuffy Rhodes hit three homers that day to power the Cubs to a victory. Cubs fans had delusions of grandeur after that game, but Tuffy hit only five more homers the ...
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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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    ~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-present) 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 highly regarded prospect C.J. Edwards in the deal. Grimm has been a solid reliever [...
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    Aug 15th, 2017
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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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    ~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...