• EveryCubEver

    Today’s Cub Birthday

    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Mar 27th, 2023
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    ~Johnny Gill 1905–1984 (Cubs 1935-1936) His teammates called him “Patcheye.” Johnny didn’t wear a patch over his eye, although he must have at least once, because the nickname “Patcheye” stuck with him throughout his career. He was a minor-league lifer, playing more than 23 seasons. He was one ...
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    Mar 26th, 2023
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    ~Jimmy Lavender 1874–1960 (Cubs 1912-1916) Jimmy won only 63 games in his MLB career (all but six of them for the Cubs), but for one glorious day, he was unhittable. On August 31, 1915, he made his mark in history. Lavender pitched a no-hitter in the first game of a double header in New York [&...
    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Mar 25th, 2023
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    ~Dutch Leonard 1909–1983 (Cubs 1949-1953) Dutch was one of the oldest players to ever suit up for the Cubs, and the oldest player in all of baseball during his time with the Cubs. Dutch was already 40 when the Cubs acquired the four-time All-Star (with the Senators during the war years) in 1949...
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    Mar 24th, 2023
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    ~Starlin Castro 1990– (Cubs 2010-2015) The Dominican shortstop burst onto the scene as the youngest player in the big leagues (age 20) in 2010, and was an immediate smash. He hit .300 as a rookie, became an All-Star, led the league in hits in his second year, and improved his power numbers and ...
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    Mar 23rd, 2023
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    ~Mike Remlinger 1966– (Cubs 2003-2005) Jim Hendry was big believer in signing veteran relievers, and Remlinger was one of the guys he brought in to help put that 2003 team over the top. He was in his eleventh season in the big leagues (having already pitched for Atlanta, Cincinnati, the Mets an...
    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Mar 22nd, 2023
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    –Dick Ellsworth 1940 (Cubs 1958-1966) Ellsworth experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows during his Cubs career. The lefthander won 20 games one year (one of only six lefties to lead the team in wins since World War II), and lost 22 games another year. He made the All Star team, but fi...
    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Mar 21st, 2023
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    ~Shawon Dunston 1963– (Cubs 1985-1995, 1997) Dunston was the first overall pick in the 1982 amateur draft, and had one of the greatest arms of any shortstop in baseball history. He was also a fan favorite (fans kept track of his batting average with the Shawon-O-Meter), and had a successful 17-...
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    Mar 20th, 2023
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    ~George Altman 1933– (Cubs 1959-1962, 1965-1967) Big George, as he was known, had a few great seasons in the big leagues, and he was wearing a Chicago Cubs uniform when he did it. He joined Chicago after completing his military service and had an immediate impact. His two best seasons came duri...
    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Mar 19th, 2023
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    ~Richie Ashburn 1927–1997 (Cubs 1960-1961) While it was great to have the Hall of Famer Ashburn covering centerfield for the 1960 and 1961 Cubs, the lifetime .308 hitter was long past his prime. He put up those Hall of Fame numbers mostly for the Philadelphia Phillies. The stories about Ashburn...
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    Mar 18th, 2023
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    ~Dick Littlefield 1926–1997 (Cubs 1957) Littlefield was the very definition of the well-travelled journeyman pitcher. Before coming to the Cubs, he pitched for the Browns, White Sox, Tigers, Orioles, Pirates, Cardinals and Giants. His best season in the big leagues was probably 1954, when he wo...