Today’s Cub Birthday

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    ~Angel Pagan 1981 (Cubs 2006-2007) Pagan came up to the big leagues with the Cubs and served as their fourth outfielder during his two years in Chicago. He got sick in his second season in Chicago, and lost a lot of weight. Cubs GM Jim Hendry didn’t think he would be able to contribute much, [&...
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    ~John Clarkson 1861 (White Stockings 1884-1887) John Clarkson would have several Cy Young Awards if he wasn’t a contemporary of Young. He started 70(!) games for the Cubs in 1885 and won 53(!) of them, easily the most in the league. 10 of those wins were shutouts. In 1887 he led the league in w...
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    ~Mark Grudzielanek 1970 (Cubs 2003-2004) Mark was an all-star early in his career with the Expos and a Gold Glover at second base for the Royals late in his career, but he also made several other big league stops along the way, including Los Angeles, St. Louis, Cleveland, and of course, the Cubs. He ...
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    ~John Boccabella 1941 (Cubs 1963-1968) Boccabella was considered one of the brightest prospects in the Cubs organization. He was so highly touted that Cubs manager Leo Durocher couldn’t wait to play him at first base and send Ernie Banks out to pasture. In the only season Boccabella got over 20...
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    ~Mark Grace 1964 (Cubs 1988-2000) They called him Amazing Grace, after the song, and because of his amazing glove work around first base. Mark Grace anchored first for the Cubs for more than a decade and became one of Wrigley Field’s fan favorites. He won four gold gloves, hit .300 nine times, led th...
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    Jun 27th, 2017
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    ~Jim Edmonds 1970 (Cubs 2008) Edmonds was an eight-time Gold Glover and four-time all-star with the Angels and Cardinals before coming to the Cubs from the Padres in the middle of the 2008 season. He had been a hated rival while a member of the World Series champion Cardinals, but Cub fans warned to ...
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    Jun 26th, 2017
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    ~Howie Pollet 1921 (Cubs 1953-1955) The Cubs acquired Pollet in the trade that also brought Ralph Kiner and Joe Garagiola to Chicago. Pollet was a former 20-game winner (twice) and all-star (three times), but was toward the end of his career by the time the Cubs got him. He won 17 games in his three ...
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    Jun 25th, 2017
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    ~Babe Herman 1903 (Cubs 1933-1934) That’s right, “Babe” played for the Cubs. Unfortunately, it wasn’t “THE” Babe. His real name was Floyd Caves Herman, but his manager in the minors called him “Babe” after he got a hit in his first at bat. Babe Ruth was...
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    Jun 24th, 2017
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    ~Rollie Hemsley 1907 (Cubs 1931-1932) Rollie was the backup catcher on the Cubs in 1931 and 1932, but he didn’t get along with manager Rogers Hornsby. Although Hornsby was a degenerate gambler, he was also a tee-totaler that really cracked down on the team drinkers. Offenders included just abou...
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    Jun 23rd, 2017
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    ~Jack Hardy 1877 (Cubs 1907) One of the most obscure members of the first World Series champion Cubs team, Hardy played in exactly one game for Chicago. The catcher went 1 for 4, with a single and a strikeout. He got a few more cups of coffee in the big leagues with Cleveland (his hometown […]...