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    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    May 15th, 2019
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    May 18, 1920 Future Pope (and Saint) John Paul II is born in Poland. Grover Cleveland Alexander is on the mound at Cubs Park in Chicago, and he beats the Giants 4-2. He also knocks in the game winning run. Cleveland could have never guessed that this boy born in Poland would one day be […]...
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    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 [...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 15th, 2018
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    ~Bill Henry 1927 (Cubs 1958-1959) Bill led the league in appearances in his second and final season with the Cubs. He served as their closer that year, winning 9 games, and saving 12. After the season ended, Henry was traded (along with Lou Jackson & Lee Walls) to the Reds for slugging third bas...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 13th, 2018
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    ~Rube Waddell 1876 (Orphans 1901) Rube was a common nickname for hayseeds and farmboys, and Rube Waddell was definitely that. He only pitched one season for the Cubs (before they were even called that) in 1901, and was only a .500 pitcher that season, but he blossomed as a pitcher the next season whe...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 2nd, 2018
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    ~Hector Villanueva 1964 (Cubs 1990-1992) Unlike most .230-hitting bad-fielding catchers, Hector managed to become a crowd favorite at Wrigley Field. Many fans saw themselves in Hector’s Ruthian physique. Others appreciated his “swing for the fences on every swing” approach to hittin...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Aug 6th, 2018
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    August 6, 1959 Billy Williams makes his major league debut with the Cubs. He plays left field and bats third, and in his first big league at-bat, facing journeyman Phillies pitcher Jim Owens, Billy drives in Tony Taylor with the first run of the game. That turns out to be the game winner, as the [&he...