Jackie Robinson

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    May 14th, 2019
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    May 15, 1960 In his first start since being acquired from the Phillies, Cubs pitcher Don Cardwell has the most miraculous debut in Cubs history. He is facing the St. Louis Cardinals in the second game of a double header at Wrigley Field. Stan Musial was given the game off, but the Cardinals lineup st...
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    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Apr 24th, 2019
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    April 29, 1997 Mike Royko passes away at the age of 65. As one final tribute to him, the Cubs win only their sixth game of the season (out of 24), 14-8 versus the Expos. Few Chicagoans were more closely associated with the Chicago Cubs than Mike Royko. As a columnist for the Daily News, […]...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Dec 14th, 2018
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    ~Bill Buckner 1949 (Cubs 1977-1984) In his first season with the Cubs in 1977, Bill Buckner hit a respectable .284, but is there any doubt that Buckner’s mustache was the finest mustache in the entire National League that year? Billy Buck went on to have a great Cubs career, capped off by a bat...
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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 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 17th, 2018
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    ~Paul Derringer 1906 (Cubs 1943-1945) To say that Derringer was a colorful personality is to understate the case. *He once woke up from an operation in the recovery room, swung at a nurse, and knocked her out cold. *In 1936 he got into a fight at the Bellevue Stratford Hotel in Philadelphia. He knock...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Sep 19th, 2018
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    ~Mike Royko 1932 (Cubs fan 1932-1997) Few Chicagoans were more closely associated with the Chicago Cubs than Mike Royko. As a columnist for the Daily News, The Chicago Sun Times, and the Chicago Tribune, he often wrote about his favorite team; bleeding Cubbie blue right onto the page. Other than a br...
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    In This Week in 1945
    Aug 23rd, 2018
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    This week (Aug 23-Aug 29) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *The depth of the destruction in Japan is slowly seeping out. From the New York Times: “30,000 MORE DIE SLOW DEATH IN HIROSHIMA: JAPS – Report Many Sufferers Cry, ‘Kill...
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    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Aug 14th, 2018
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    August 14, 1908 In the midst of the Cubs final championship season, a horrible race riot broke out in Springfield Illinois. Before the race riots were over, forty homes were burned to the ground, 24 businesses were destroyed, and seven people were dead: two black people (lynched by the angry mob) and...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 5th, 2018
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    ~Rube Novotney 1924 (Cubs 1949) Novotney was a University of Illinois product who got one short cup of coffee with the Cubs in 1949. He was a backup catcher who appeared in 22 games. He hit .269 in his limited appearances. Rube also played nine seasons in the minor leagues. ~Tony Jacobs 1925 (Cubs 19...