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    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Mar 17th, 2019
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    ~Charlie Root 1899–1970 (Cubs 1926-1941) In 1969 Root was named the all-time greatest Cubs right-hander, but despite all his accomplishments, he’ll always be most remembered for something that probably never happened…Babe Ruth’s called shot during the 1932 World Series. Root always denied that ...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jan 3rd, 2019
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    ~Adrian Garrett 1943 (Cubs 1970, 1973-75) Garrett was primarily used as a pinch hitter because he had a lot of power. He hit 280 homers in the minors and 102 in Japan. His little brother Wayne was a member of the 1969 Miracle Mets. (Photo: Topps 1974 Baseball Card) ~John Fluhre 1894 (Cubs 1915) He [&...
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    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 [...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 6th, 2018
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    ~Chick Tolson 1898 (1926-1930) He was a backup first baseman and pinch hitter for the Cubs in the late 1920s. His real name was Charles, and in the 20s, Chick was an appropriate nickname for Charles, but he was also known as “Slug” for his less than speedy wheels. Slug played four seasons...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 27th, 2018
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    ~Ralph Kiner 1922 (Cubs 1953-1954) He was one of the most feared sluggers in the league when he played for the Pirates, but by the time the Cubs got him (1953), he was not the same player. He led the league in home runs all seven seasons with the Pirates, and though he did have […]...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 22nd, 2018
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    ~Jimmie Foxx 1907 (Cubs 1942, 1944) He was nicknamed the Beast because of his imposing physical presence. Foxx is one of the all-time greatest sluggers: a two time World Series champ, a three time MVP, winner of two batting titles. Foxx led the league in home runs four times, RBI three times (despite...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 7th, 2018
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    ~Chuck Klein 1904 (Cubs 1934-1935) Chuck Klein had two great nicknames: “The Hoosier Hammer” and “The Clouting Kraut”. The Hoosier part of his nickname came from his Indiana roots, and the Kraut part, of course, came from his German heritage. Needless to say, the hammer and cl...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Sep 26th, 2018
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    ~Dave Martinez 1964 (Cubs 1986-1988, 2000) Martinez came up through the Cubs system and debuted in the big leagues with the Cubs. At the time, he was only 21 years old. In 1987 he won the starting centerfield job. He hit .292 with 16 stolen bases. Why did the Cubs trade the youngster the following [&...
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    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Aug 27th, 2018
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    August 29, 1918 The Cubs clinched the National League pennant with a double-header sweep of the Cincinnati Reds. Lefty Tyler wins his 18th game in the opener, and Claude Hendrix wins his 20th game in the nightcap. It is the earliest any team in National League history clinched a pennant, but that rec...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 27th, 2018
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    ~Emil Verban 1915 (Cubs 1948-1950) Verban played second base for the Cubs. They called him the antelope because of his speed, but by the time Verban played for the Cubs, he wasn’t exactly tearing up the basepaths. In his three seasons with the Cubs he stole a total of seven bases. To say that V...