Grover Cleveland Alexander

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Feb 26th, 2019
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    ~Grover Cleveland Alexander 1887 (Cubs 1918-1926) His 373 wins are the third most in baseball history. And yes, he was a Cub. He won 128 games in his years with the Cubs, and had one of the best seasons in baseball history in 1920, when he led the league in wins, ERA and strikeouts. But […]...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Dec 16th, 2018
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    ~Adolfo Phillips 1941 (Cubs 1966-1969) His nickname was the Panamanian Flash. The Cubs thought they were acquiring their next superstar when they got Panamanian outfielder Adolpho Phillips from the Phillies in 1966. That turned out to be true…but it was the pitcher that was thrown in on the dea...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Dec 15th, 2018
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    ~Mike Proly 1950 (Cubs 1982-1983) Proly pitched pretty well for some pretty bad Cubs teams. He won six games and saved two more in over 100 appearances with the Cubs. His ERA in 1982 was a very respectable 2.30. Proly also pitched for the White Sox, Phillies, and Cardinals. (Photo: 1983 Fleer Basebal...
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    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Dec 1st, 2018
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    December 5, 1933 The city of Chicago rejoiced because Prohibition was officially repealed. Prohibition had lasted for 13 years, and during those years the Cubs led the league in drunks. Rabbit Maranville, the manager of the Cubs for part of the 1925 season, played with a flask of whiskey in his pants...
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    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Dec 1st, 2018
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    December 2, 1965: Cubs acquire Bill Hands and Randy Hundley December 3: In 1971, Cubs acquire Jose Cardenal…In 2003, Cubs sign LeTroy Hawkins. December 4, 2002: Cubs trade Todd Hundley for Grudzielanek and Karros December 5, 1987: Cubs trade Palmeiro, Moyers and others for Mitch Williams Decemb...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Dec 1st, 2018
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    ~Javier Baez 1992 (Cubs 2014-Present) Baez was the 9th overall pick of the 2011 draft; the last first round pick of the Jim Hendry era. At each level of the minors, Baez was a superstar. He joined the Cubs in August 2014 and hit a game-winning homer in his first game. He hit nine homers […]...
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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 10th, 2018
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    ~Bill Killifer 1887 (Cubs 1918-1921) Bill Killifer was nicknamed Reindeer for his lumbering running style. Reindeer was a catcher and he ran like one. But he wasn’t just any catcher. Killifer was the personal catcher for Grover Cleveland Alexander, and he was the only one who could handle him o...
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    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Oct 8th, 2018
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    October 8 In 1929, the Cubs fall 3-1 to Philadelphia in first World Series game at Wrigley Field. On this day in 1945, the Cubs won a World Series game for the very last time. It was Game 6 of the series versus the Detroit Tigers, and it was captured on film. On this day […]...
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    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Sep 17th, 2018
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    September 21, 1919 Grover Cleveland Alexander takes the mound against the Boston Braves. Ol’ Pete has had a season for the ages, shutting out every single team in the league at least once. With the season coming to a close, and both teams out of the pennant picture, Alexander bears down and takes car...