• EveryCubEver

    Today’s Cub Birthday

    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Jul 19th, 2019
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    ~Phil Cavarretta 1916–2010 (Cubs 1934-1954) Philabuck, as he was known, had a tremendous career for the Chicago Cubs. The local Chicago boy (Lane Tech High School) wore a Cubs uniform for twenty seasons, including the last few when he was a player/manager. Phil was Mr. Cub before Ernie Banks. H...
    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Jul 18th, 2019
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    ~Larry McLean 1881–1921 (Cubs 1903) Larry had a 13-year big league career as a catcher and first baseman, but he only played one game for the Cubs in 1903, and went 0 for 4, with a walk. Granted, that walk came with the bases loaded, so he does have one RBI in a Cubs uniform. […]...
    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Jul 17th, 2019
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    ~Don Kessinger 1942– (Cubs 1964-1975) Kessinger had a brilliant career with the Cubs, holding down the starting shortstop position for over a decade during the Cubs resurgence of the late 60s/early 70s. Kessinger was an All-Star five years in a row (68-72) and a two-time Gold Glover. He and Gle...
    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Jul 16th, 2019
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    ~Lee Elia 1937– (Cubs player 1968, Cubs manager 1982-1983) Elia was a big league shortstop who got a cup of coffee as a player with the Cubs in 1968. He got 3 hits in 17 at-bats. The following spring he was traded to the Yankees for Nate Oliver. Cubs fans don’t remember Lee for his […]...
    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Jul 15th, 2019
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    ~Bubbles Hargrave 1892–1969 (Cubs 1913-1915) His real name was Eugene Hargrave, but everyone called him Bubbles because he stuttered every time he said a word that started with the letter “B”. As much as Bubbles hated his nickname, he must have known that it could have been worse. His younger b...
    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Jul 14th, 2019
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    ~Steve Stone 1947– (Cubs 1974-1976) Of course we all remember Steve Stone’s long run as the TV color man for the Cubs, but he also pitched for them three seasons in the mid-70s (‘74-‘76). The Cubs acquired him from the White Sox (along with catcher Steve Swisher) for Ron Santo, who toiled away ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Jul 13th, 2019
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    ~Footsie Blair 1900–1982 (Cubs 1929-1931) His real name was Clarence Vick Blair, and he was primarily a backup second baseman (he also backed up 1B and 3B) with the Cubs from 1929-1931. In 1930, he became the regular second baseman after Rogers Hornsby broke his ankle. That 1930 team had five f...
    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Jul 12th, 2019
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    ~Tom Gorzelanny 1982– (Cubs 2009-2010) The homegrown pitcher (Marist High School) was acquired by the Cubs in the summer of 2009 when their starting rotation suffered a few injuries. He had pitched for the Pirates the previous 4 1/2 seasons, and had been a bit of a Cubs-killer. When he put on t...
    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Jul 11th, 2019
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    ~Jimmy Slagle 1873–1956 (Cubs 1902-1908) One of the wily old veterans on the last Cubs team to win the World Series (1908) in the 20th century. Slagle was 35. He was known as Rabbit (because of his speed), and Shorty (because of his height — 5’7″), but most of his teammates referred to him as [...
    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Jul 10th, 2019
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    ~Andre Dawson 1954– (Cubs 1987-1992) Andre Dawson was a fan favorite with the Cubs from 1987-1992. Warren Cromartie, one of Andre’s teammates with the Expos, explained Andre’s nickname in his autobiography: “Andre’s nickname was the ‘Hawk’ because his facial features resembled a hawk’s. He had ...