Today’s Cub Birthday

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    ~Ray Prim 1906 (1945 Cubs) Prim was nicknamed “Pop” by his Cubs teammates for good reason; he was nearly 39 years old when he pitched on the 1945 Cubs. Pop was a classic war time player. He had been out of the big leagues for quite awhile before the war began, and saw an opportunity [&hel...
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    ~Ken Rudolph 1946 (Cubs 1969-1973) Ken served as the backup catcher to Randy Hundley for several seasons, beginning with the memorable 1969 season. He was only 22 years old when he broke camp with the Cubs that year. His best season in a Cubs uniform was probably 1973. He appeared in 64 games for the...
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    No Cubs were born on this day....
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    ~Dutch McCall 1920 (Cubs 1948) McCall pitched one full season in the majors (1948) as a 27-year-old rookie, and was among the league leaders in several categories, most notably walks and losses. In fact, he set the Cubs record by recording 13 losses in a row. He also led the Cubs in home runs allowed...
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    Dec 26th, 2017
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    ~Dave Rader 1948 (Cubs 1978) Rader was a Cub for only one season (1978), and he hit only .203 that season, but all three Cubs catchers in 1978 sported tremendous mustaches (the other two were Tim Blackwell and Larry Cox).That’s a feat that may never be replicated. Rader also caught for the Gian...
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    Dec 25th, 2017
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    ~Manny Trillo 1950 (Cubs 1975-1978, 1986-1988) Trillo was a prospect acquired from Oakland in the trade that sent Billy Williams to the A’s, and immediately became the team’s starting second baseman. He had a few very good years for the Cubs, finishing third in the Rookie of the Year voti...
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    ~Del Howard 1877 (Cubs 1907-1908) On Christmas Eve 1877, a boy named George Elmer Howard was born in Kenney, Illinois. During his childhood everyone began calling him Del. Good ‘ol Del became a big league ballplayer with the Chicago Cubs. He was a backup outfielder, first baseman, and second ba...
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    Ken Hubbs 1941 (Cubs 1961-1963) He wasn’t even 20 when he debuted for the Cubs in September of 1961, but he made enough of an impact to be named the starting second baseman in 1962. It was a rough year for the Cubs (they finished with their worst record ever—behind even the expansion Houston Co...
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    ~Steve Garvey 1948 (Cubs killer 1984) On December 22, 1948, a darkness fell over Chicago when a boy was born in Tampa, Florida. His parents named the innocent looking lad Steven Patrick Garvey. 34 years later he would grab a dagger and stick it into the collective hearts of Cub fans all over the worl...
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    Dec 21st, 2017
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    ~Bob Rush 1925 (Cubs 1948-1957) The big righthander was a two-time all-star for some pretty bad Cubs teams. He won over 100 games in a Cubs uniform, including a 17-win year in 1952, and four different seasons with 13 wins. The Cubs traded him to the World Champion Milwaukee Braves after the 1957 seas...