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    Billy Williams

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Jun 26th, 2019
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    June 27, 1932 The three major contenders for the presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention 1932 (held at the Chicago Stadium from June 27 – July 2, 1932) were Franklin Roosevelt (Gov of NY), Speaker of the House John Nance Garner and former governor of New York and 1928 pres...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Jun 25th, 2019
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    June 29, 1969 The Cubs celebrated “Billy Williams Day” at Wrigley Field. They were playing a double-header against the Cardinals, and the surging Cubs didn’t disappoint, winning both games. Fergie Jenkins won the opener 3-1, and Dick Selma followed suit in the second game, winning 1...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jun 20th, 2019
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    ~Wayland Dean 1902–1930 (Cubs 1927) Wayland Dean was one of those tragic stories that pepper baseball history. He was deeply troubled; a chronic alcoholic who suffered from depression. But he had a live fastball and made his way up to the majors in 1924 with the New York Giants. The Giants unde...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Jun 19th, 2019
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    When the Rolling Stones came to Chicago in 1972, they were huge stars How huge? They stayed at the Playboy Mansion with Hugh Heffner. Robert Greenfield’s book, “S.T.P.: A Journey Through America with the Rolling Stones,” describes that Chicago trip this way… “The couches...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jun 15th, 2019
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    ~Billy Williams 1938– (Cubs 1959-1974) Billy Williams got his nickname (“Sweet Swingin’ Billy from Whistler”) because of his nearly perfect swing and his hometown: Whistler, Alabama. He played for the Cubs from 1959-1974 and is simply one of the greatest players to ever wear a Cubs uniform. Swe...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1945
    Jun 14th, 2019
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    This week (June 14-20) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *Eisenhower welcomed in England… In Chicago *What had once been the NBC Blue Network officially becomes known as ABC under its new owner, Edward J. Noble (who had bought it in 1943 an...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jun 11th, 2019
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    ~Charlie Hollocher 1896–1940 (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 [&hell...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Jun 11th, 2019
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    June 14, 1949 Eddie Waitkus became a household name in America, but he certainly didn’t want it to happen the way it did. While he was with the Cubs, the young first baseman was known for his great defense, his smoking line-drives, and his left-handed bat. The pinnacle of his Cubs career came i...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    May 29th, 2019
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    June 1, 1967 The Beatles, who have recently announced they will never tour again, finally release their new studio album. It’s called “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”, and is an immediate sensation. It’s dubbed an instant classic, and to this day is considered by many critics to be the best al...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 25th, 2019
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    ~Jim Marshall 1931– (Cubs 1958-1959, Cubs manager 1974-1976) Marshall was both a player and a manager with the Cubs, although neither part of his career was particularly memorable. His best season as a player was in 1959. He got the most playing time of his career (331 AB) and hit 11 HR. As a m...