Today’s Cub Birthday

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    Jun 13th, 2018
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    ~Carroll Yerkes 1903 (Cubs 1932-1933) The lefty pitcher (nicknamed “Lefty”, of course) was a member of the 1929 A’s team that beat the Cubs in the World Series, but fell on hard times after that season, and didn’t reemerge until the 1932 Cubs pennant winning season. He only ap...
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    Jun 12th, 2018
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    ~Bob Thorpe 1935 (Cubs 1955) Thorpe was a minor league phenom, winning 28 games in the lower minors in 1954. The Cubs brought him all the way up the big leagues the following season, and he pitched in a few games out of the bullpen at the beginning of 1955. He wore the now retired […]...
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    Jun 11th, 2018
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    ~Charlie Hollocher 1896 (Cubs 1918-1924) Charlie’s life was a series of very high highs and very low lows. He was one of the greatest hitters on the Cubs in his seven seasons in the big leagues. He led the 1918 team to the pennant, and led the league in hits. In 1922, he only struck […]...
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    Jun 10th, 2018
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    ~Frank Demaree 1910 (Cubs 1932-1938) Frank had a very unusual upbringing growing up in California to deaf-mute parents, but he managed to thrive in both school and athletics. Demaree became an important cog for a very strong Cubs team in the 1930s. The outfielder appeared in three World Series (̵...
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    Jun 9th, 2018
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    ~Roy Smalley 1926 (Cubs 1948-1953) Roy had good pop for a shortstop, hitting 21 home runs one year, but his lifetime batting average was only .227, and he didn’t draw many walks either. In his first season, his on-base percentage was .265. That’s a pretty stunning total for a player with ...
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    Jun 8th, 2018
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    ~Tim Donahue 1870 (Orphans/Colts 1895-1900) His teammates may have nicknamed him “Bridget”, but Donahue was one of the toughest men in the league when he played for the Cubs (then known as the Orphans and Colts). He was so tough, he once caught an entire game with two splints on broken fi...
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    Jun 7th, 2018
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    ~George Mitterwald 1945 (Cubs 1974-1977) While the Cubs were surging toward their final National League pennant, future Cubs catcher George Mitterwald was born in California. Acquired in a trade for Randy Hundley in 1974, Mitterwald started the 1970s mustachioed Cubs catcher tradition. Steve Swisher,...
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    Jun 6th, 2018
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    ~Bill Lange 1871 (Colts/Orphans 1893-1899) Bill Lange was one of the star players for the 1890s Cubs/Colts. A flashy charismatic outfielder that played with grace, he was just as well known for his fancy dance moves off the field. They called him “Little Eva”. So how is it that you may never have hea...
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    Jun 5th, 2018
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    ~Jeff Garlin 1962 (Cubs fan 1962-present) He is best known for his portrayal of Larry David’s manager in the HBO Series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” but stand up comedian, “Wall-E” voice over star, and “The Goldbergs” star Jeff Garlin is also known for his over-th...
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    Jun 4th, 2018
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    ~Rick Wilkins 1967 (Cubs 1991-1995) Wilkins came out of nowhere to hit 30 homers for the Cubs in 1993. He had previously never hit more than 17 homers in a season, and that was in the low minor leagues. Unfortunately for the Cubs, the following season the prince turned back into a frog. He never [&he...