Today’s Cub Birthday

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    ~Rabbit Warstler 1903 (Cubs 1940) His real name was Harold Burton Warstler, but they called him Rabbit because of his quickness in the field. He was a backup infielder for 11 seasons, and his last team was the Cubs in 1940. When Rabbit was in the American League, Connie Mack called him “the bes...
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    Sep 12th, 2017
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    ~Fred Luderus 1885 (Cubs 1909-1910) Luderus was a rugged German-American first baseman who backed up Hall of Famer Frank Chance during his first two seasons in the big leagues. He only hit one homer for the Cubs, and it was an inside-the-park shot against the team he played for the rest of his career...
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    ~Ray Grimes 1893 (Cubs 1922-1925) Ray Grimes was an instant phenom for the Cubs when he joined them for his rookie season of 1922. He was an absolute RBI machine, one of the great clutch hitters of his era. During that season he set a record that still stands today when he got an RBI […]...
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    Sep 10th, 2017
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    ~High Pockets Kelly 1895 (Cubs 1930) Kelly was a member of the legendary 1930 Cubs team that blew the pennant in the last few days of the season. Tall for his time (6’4″), Kelly was nicknamed Highpockets and Long George by the press; but to his teammates he was Kell, a reserved and even-t...
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    Sep 9th, 2017
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    ~Frank Chance 1876 (Cubs 1898-1912) His real name was Frank Chance, but even his teammates called him “The Peerless Leader.” (Sometimes they just shortened it to “PL”). He was the undisputed leader of the best Cubs team in history, the Cubs of the ’00s. With the Peerless...
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    ~Johnny Schulte 1896 (Cubs 1929) Not to be confused with superstar outfielder Wildfire Schulte (no relation), this Schulte was a backup catcher for the Cubs (and the Browns, Cardinals, Phillies, and Braves). His one season in Chicago just happened to be a pennant winning year, although Johnny didn...
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    Sep 7th, 2017
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    ~Mark Prior 1980 (Cubs 2002-2006) Prior was considered the franchise. He was the second overall pick of the draft, and he pitched like it initially. He finished in the top ten in Rookie of the Year voting in 2002, and then put it all together in 2003. He won 18 games, struck out 245, and […]...
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    Sep 6th, 2017
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    ~Steve Macko 1954 (Cubs 1979-1980) His story is one of the most tragic tales in Cubs history. His father was a coach with the Cubs, and Steve was one of their hot young phenoms. He was a middle infielder, and made it to the majors in 1979. In August of 1980, he was injured in […]...
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    Sep 5th, 2017
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    ~Bob Newhart 1929 (Cubs fan 1929-present) Bob Newhart was born and raised in Chicago. He went to St. Ignatius High School on the West Side, and grew up rooting for the Chicago Cubs. He got his big break when a Chicago DJ named Dan Sorkin played a funny tape Bob made to entertain his colleagues. [&hel...
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    Sep 4th, 2017
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    ~Eddie Waitkus 1919 (Cubs 1941-1948) Eddie Waikus was a fresh faced young first baseman for the Cubs who joined the Cubs briefly in 1941 before being drafted into the military. He returned for the 1946 season as a highly decorated military hero (four battle stars) and promptly took over the starting ...