Heinie ZImmerman

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Apr 14th, 2019
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    How long ago was 1908? The Cubs open the 1908 season as the defending champions. They play in Cincinnati against the Reds, one of the worst teams in the National League. Stud pitcher Orval Overall has a shaky first inning, but settles down after that and the Cubs win the game in the ninth. Pinch [&he...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Feb 9th, 2019
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    ~Heinie Zimmerman 1887 (Cubs 1907-1916) Heinie saw some of the biggest moments in Cubs history, including both of their World Series championships, their last ever game at West Side Grounds, and their first ever game at Weeghman Park (now known as Wrigley Field). He was a great hitter–he nearly...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Feb 2nd, 2019
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    How long ago was 1908? Cubs backup infielder Heinie Zimmerman celebrates his 21st birthday (Feb 9) this week. The youngster will have a big impact on the Cubs this year, but not in a good way. He will eventually become a great hitter (winning a batting title in 1912 and nearly winning the triple crow...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 3rd, 2018
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    ~Ken Holtzman 1945 (Cubs 1966-1971) He would become one of the rarest animals on the North American continent…a quality home grown Chicago Cubs starting pitcher. The Cubs had the smallest staff of scouts in baseball, and they had virtually no instructors in the minor leagues. In the late 40s an...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Oct 2nd, 2018
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    October 3, 1915 The Cubs play their final game in the dilapidated ballpark known as West Side Grounds. It has been their home since 1893, but it is considered a fire (made of wood) and safety (falling apart) hazard. Cubs owner Charles Murphy simply refuses to spend any money on the park’s upkee...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Sep 4th, 2018
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    September 9th, 1965. The place was Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles. 29,130 fans in the stands witnessed one of the best pitched games in Major League History. On the mound for the Dodgers was Sandy Koufax, on his way to his second Cy Young (he would a third in 1966). For the Cubs, Bob Hendley, [&helli...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    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...