Today’s Cub Birthday

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    ~Johnny Kling 1875 (Cubs 1900-1911) Kling was one of the best catchers in baseball; a grizzled veteran who was so good defensively, he caused former catcher Frank Chance to move positions (to first base). Hall of Fame pitcher Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown often said that his secret weapon...
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    ~Sammy Sosa 1968 (Cubs 1992-2004) Sammy was a phenomenon during his time with the Cubs. He holds the all-time record for homers hit in a Cubs uniform (545), and most of them were hit in dramatic fashion. His chase of the Roger Maris record (along with Mark McGwire) captivated the world in 1998. Durin...
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    ~Rabbit Maranville 1891 (Cubs 1925) Nicknamed for his speed and rabbit-like leaps, Rabbit Maranville was always a great fielder, but he was even better known for his partying. One time when he was on the Pirates, there was a ‘no drinking’ rule on the team (which was understandable conside...
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    ~Mike Vail 1951 (Cubs 1978-1980) The Cubs acquired Vail in the trade that sent Tarzan Wallis to the Indians. Vail was a talented hitter who hit well over .300 in his time with the Cubs, but his manager Herman Franks considered him to be a bit of a complainer. Nevertheless, Vail got the most playing [...
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    ~Billy Sunday 1862 (White Stockings 1883-1887) One of the most famous players in Chicago baseball history. The story of his fame began in the summer of 1886. Sunday was out carousing in Chicago with his fellow players Mike King Kelly, Ned Williamson, and Silver Flint on Van Buren Street, nearby the m...
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    Nov 8th, 2017
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    ~Henry Rodriguez 1967 (Cubs 1998-2000) At the turn of last century, an insane asylum was located just past the left field fence at the Cubs old ballpark; West Side Grounds. The asylum patients would literally scream crazy things out of open windows during the game. Thanks to that odd auditory ambianc...
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    Nov 7th, 2017
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    ~Joe Niekro 1944 (Cubs 1967-1969) His brother Phil was already a star pitcher for the Braves when Joe Niekro drafted in the third round by the Cubs in 1966. In his rookie season in Chicago (1967), Joe won 10 games. He won 14 games for the Cubs in 1968, but manager Leo Durocher, never very […]...
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    Nov 6th, 2017
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    ~Chick Tolson 1898 (1926-1930) He was a backup first baseman and pinch hitter for the Cubs in the late 1920s. His real name was Charles, and in the 20s, Chick was an appropriate nickname for Charles, but he was also known as “Slug” for his less than speedy wheels. Slug played four seasons...
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    ~Bryan LaHair 1982 (Cubs 2011-2012) LaHair was a slugger in the minor leagues, and then stormed out of the box in the beginning of the 2012 season for the Cubs. He was among the league leaders in homers for the first few months and made the all-star team. Then…reality set in. At the end of [&he...
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    ~Dick Selma 1943 (Cubs 1969) He was nicknamed Mortimer Snerd by his teammates after Edgar Bergen’s famous dummy. Selma was a key member of the 1969 Cubs. He won 10 games for them and led the staff in strike outs per nine innings after being acquired from the Padres. Selma became a fan favorite almost...