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    Andy Pafko

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 11th, 2019
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    ~Milt Pappas 1939–2016 (Cubs 1970-1973) Milt had some of his best seasons as a big league pitcher with the Cubs at the tail end of his career. In 1971 he became one of only ten pitchers in big league history to strike out the side on nine pitches. In 1972 he came just one out […]...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    May 8th, 2019
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    May 9, 1873 Future Chicago mayor Anton Cermak is born. Throughout the last century many of Chicago’s mayors have been White Sox fans (most notably the Daleys), but there have been a few notable exceptions, and Mayor Cermak may have been the most famous. He loved the Cubs. When the Cubs and Yank...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1945
    Feb 22nd, 2019
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    This week during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series… World War II Rages On… *In the Battle of Iwo Jima: A group of United States Marines reach the top of Mount Suribachi on the island and are photographed raising the American flag. The photo, Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima (tak...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 27th, 2018
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    ~Johnny Schmitz 1920 (Cubs 1941-1951) He was nicknamed Bear Tracks because of his lumbering shuffle to the mound. Schmitz was only twenty when he was called up to the majors, and pitched two seasons for the Cubs, but was drafted to serve in World War II in 1942. Bear Tracks was one of the rare [&hell...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 10th, 2018
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    ~Mike Vail 1951 (Cubs 1978-1980) The Cubs acquired Vail in the trade that sent Tarzan Wallis to the Indians. Vail was a talented hitter who hit well over .300 in his time with the Cubs, but his manager Herman Franks considered him to be a bit of a complainer. Nevertheless, Vail got the most playing [...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 7th, 2018
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    ~Joe Niekro 1944 (Cubs 1967-1969) His brother Phil was already a star pitcher for the Braves when Joe Niekro drafted in the third round by the Cubs in 1966. In his rookie season in Chicago (1967), Joe won 10 games. He won 14 games for the Cubs in 1968, but manager Leo Durocher, never very […]...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 20th, 2018
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    ~Wid Matthews 1896 (Cubs GM 1950-1956) OWhen Matthews came to the Cubs in 1950, he arrived with a sparkling reputation. Wid had been an assistant to Branch Rickey with the Dodgers, and he promised to return the Cubs to their glory days. He did do one thing that was long overdue before left town; he [...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Oct 1st, 2018
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    October 1, 1932 The most famous moment in Wrigley Field history occurred. Or did it? It was Game 3 of the World Series. The Yankees had won the first two at Yankee Stadium. Soon-to-be President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (sitting next to Chicago mayor Anton Cermak) threw out the first pitch. In the st...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Sep 23rd, 2018
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    September 24, 1943 The Cubs call up outfielder Andy Pafko from their Los Angeles minor league team, and put him in the lineup. He would remain there for the next eight seasons. His first game at Wrigley Field is played in absolutely miserable weather conditions. It is freezing cold, the wind is howli...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 21st, 2018
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    ~Tuffy Rhodes 1968 (Cubs 1993-1995) In 1994, the Cubs had a memorable home opener against the New York Mets. A little known player named Tuffy Rhodes hit three homers that day to power the Cubs to a victory. Cubs fans had delusions of grandeur after that game, but Tuffy hit only five more homers the ...