Today’s Cub Birthday

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    ~Jack Pfiester 1878 (Cubs 1906-1911) Jack was an important member of the starting rotation during the Cubs dynasty. The team went to the World Series four of his six seasons. He won 20 games for the 1906 team that won a record setting 116 games before losing the World Series to the White Sox. He [&he...
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    May 23rd, 2017
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    ~Augie Galan 1912 (Cubs 1934-1941) Augie was the leadoff man on the Cubs team that set the all-time record by winning 21 games in a row in 1935. He was the hottest hitter of all the Cubs during the streak. Augie hit 5 of his 12 home runs that season and batted an astounding .358 […]...
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    May 22nd, 2017
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    ~Coleman Griffith 1893 (Cubs psychologist–1938) Griffith was a psychology professor at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign). In 1938 Griffith was asked by PK Wrigley to do a complete psychological analysis of the Cubs for a project he called “Experimental Laboratories of the Chicago Na...
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    May 21st, 2017
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    ~Bob Molinaro 1950 (Cubs 1982) He was a member of Baseball Digest’s all-rookie team with the White Sox in 1978, but by the time Bob Molinaro became a Cub in 1982 it was clear that he was merely a backup outfielder. In 66 at-bats for the Cubs he hit one home run, stole one base, […]...
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    May 20th, 2017
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    ~Bobby Murcer 1946 (Cubs 1977-1979) It’s not like the Cubs went looking for Bobby Murcer. They had one thing in mind after their disastrous 1976 season, and that was getting rid of disgruntled two-time batting champion Bill Madlock. Madlock was going to cost too much money; therefore he had to be tra...
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    May 19th, 2017
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    ~Curt Simmons 1929 (Cubs 1966-1967) He was a three time all-star that led his team to a World Series title, but of course, that team was not the Cubs. Curt Simmons was only two seasons removed from taking the Cardinals to the 1964 World Series when the Cubs acquired him in 1966. They hoped they [&hel...
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    May 18th, 2017
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    ~Eric Young 1967 (Cubs 2000-2001) EY was acquired from the Dodgers in 2000 in a very good trade for the Cubs. The Cubs got a starting second baseman and a starting pitcher (Ismael Valdes) in exchange for a relief pitcher (Terry Adams). Young was a dynamic lead off man. In 2000, he hit .297 and [&hell...
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    May 17th, 2017
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    ~Hal Carlson 1892 (Cubs 1927-1930) Hal Carlson was a veteran starting pitcher acquired by the Cubs in 1927 from the Pittsburgh Pirates. He pitched for them for several seasons, and didn’t make much of an impact. He had a pretty high ERA, and his record was under .500, but in 1930, the Cubs were...
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    May 16th, 2017
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    ~Rick Reuschel 1949 (Cubs 1972-1981, 1983-1984) His real name was Rick Reuschel, but to his teammates he was Big Daddy. The nickname obviously had nothing to do with the Adam Sandler movie (because it didn’t come out until many years after he retired), and it had nothing to do with the Burl Ive...
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    May 15th, 2017
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    ~Bill North 1948 (Cubs 1971-1972) It isn’t that difficult to understand what the Cubs were thinking on November 21, 1972. They were coming off four consecutive seasons where the pitching faltered at the end of the year. Cubs management believed that a better bullpen would save their starters, a...