Today’s Cub Birthday

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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 the Cubs...
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    Jul 11th, 2017
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    ~Jimmy Slagle 1873 (Cubs 1902-1908) One of the wily old veterans on the last Cubs team to win the World Series (1908), Slagle was 35 when the Cubs won their last championship. He was known as Rabbit (because of his speed), and Shorty (because of his height—5’7″), but most of his teammates...
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    Jul 10th, 2017
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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 feature...
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    Jul 9th, 2017
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    ~Willie Wilson 1955 (Cubs 1992) Willie Wilson was one of the most dynamic players in baseball during the 1980s. Unfortunately, he wasn’t on the Cubs during those years. He was one of the all-time great leadoff hitters, a two-time all-star and silver slugger, and a batting champion, but it was h...
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    Jul 8th, 2017
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    ~Hank O’Day 1862 (Cubs manager 1914) He was the umpire who made the most controversial call in baseball history…the play that became known as “The Merkle Boner.” The NY Giants never forgave him for favoring the Cubs on that play, and were especially suspicious of him because h...
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    Jul 7th, 2017
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    ~Billy Herman 1909 (Cubs 1931-1941) He was named William Jennings Bryan Herman after the famed orator, and this Billy had an incredible big league career. He was a 10-time All-Star in 15 big league seasons (and his first two years, the All-Star game hadn’t been invented yet). He was considered ...
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    Jul 6th, 2017
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    ~Lance Johnson 1963 (Cubs 1997-1999) Johnson had a very impressive 14-year big league career that included playoff appearances with the Cardinals (1987) White Sox (1993), and Cubs (1998), and an all-star appearance as a member of the Mets (1996). He was a speedy centerfielder who hit for average (lif...
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    Jul 5th, 2017
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    ~Goose Gossage 1951 (Cubs 1988) He was so universally referred to by his nickname when he arrived in Chicago in 1988, even the baseball card makers (in this case Fleer) didn’t bother using his real first name anymore. (It was Rich.) Unfortunately for the Cubs, Rich got richer pitching for the C...
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    Jul 4th, 2017
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    ~Chuck Tanner 1928 (Cubs 1957-1959) Chuck Tanner played in the big leagues for parts of eight different seasons. His career started with a bang–a home run in his very first big league at bat for the Milwaukee Braves in 1955. But the Braves didn’t really have a slot for him. Their outfield...
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    Jul 3rd, 2017
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    ~Moises Alou 1966 (Cubs 2002-2004) Moises had a borderline Hall of Fame career. He was a seven-time all-star, a two-time Silver Slugger award winner, a World Series champion, hit over .300 for his entire 17-year-career, and slugged more than 300 lifetime homers. Those numbers are very nearly HOF cali...