Today’s Cub Birthday

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    ~Claude Hendrix 1889 (Cubs 1916-1920) Claude Hendrix may be one of the most important figures in early Wrigley Field history. He started the very first game played in the ballpark (as a member of the Chi Feds), and the very first game the Cubs played there. On the other hand, his career ended with a ...
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    ~Moose Moryn 1926 (Cubs 1956-1960) His real name was Walter Moryn. He was a big boy, 6’2, 205 pounds, which undoubtedly led to his nickname. Moose had a few good power years, knocking in 88 runs in 1957 and hitting 26 home runs in 1958. In ’58 he had three homers in one game (5/30/58) [&h...
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    ~Hank Schenz 1919 (Cubs 1946-1949) Hank was mainly a backup infielder during his time in Chicago, but he did get one shot at starting in 1948. That season, a really bad one for the team, Schenz hit .261 and played a servicable second base. The Cubs traded him to the Dodgers the following year for [&h...
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    ~Chuck Connors 1921 (Cubs 1951) The physically imposing 6’5″ Connors played first base for the Cubs in 1951 and hit a whopping two home runs in 200 at bats, not exactly the kind of power you want from a big first baseman. That performance earned him a trip back to the minors. Luckily for ...
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    ~Hippo Vaughn 1888 (Cubs 1913-1921) Hippo Vaughn got his nickname because of his size (he was about the same size as Rick Reuschel). In 1917 he became famous for the double no-hitter game, when Vaughn pitched a no-hitter for nine innings and lost the game to another pitcher throwing a no-hitter, Fred...
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    ~Kirby Higbe 1915 (Cubs 1937-1939) Higbe didn’t get a lot of playing time with the Cubs in parts of three seasons in Chicago, including the 1938 pennant winning year. The Cubs used him primarily out of the bullpen. They traded him in the 1939 season, and Higbe later became a two-time All-Star a...
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    ~Bill Stoneman 1944 (Cubs 1967-1968) Stoneman was a local Chicago-area boy (Oak Park) the Cubs drafted in 1966. By July of ’67 he was up with the big club, and pitched pretty well out of the bullpen. He saved four games and nearly struck out a man an inning. The following year the Cubs sent [&h...
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    ~Phil Regan 1937 (Cubs 1968-1972) Phil Regan wasn’t known as the Vulture until he was converted to a reliever by the Dodgers in 1966. He was given his nickname by Sandy Koufax for picking up (cheap) wins in short relief. He went 14-1 that year with a 1.62 ERA, and a National League leading 21 [...
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    ~Ron Campbell 1940 (Cubs 1964-66) Ron was a backup infielder for the Cubs, but he did get one month as a starter. In September of 1964, he was the team’s starting second baseman. He hit fairly well (.272) and had several clutch hits (including six doubles, a triple, and a homer), but when 1965 ...
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    ~Mickey Owen 1916 (Cubs 1949-1951) Mickey led a fascinating life in and out of baseball. He was a four-time All-Star with the Brooklyn Dodgers during early 40s, and though he set a fielding record as a catcher in 1941, he is best remembered for a fielding error he made in Game 4 of the World [&hellip...