John McGraw

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Dec 22nd, 2018
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    How Long Ago Was 1908? In New York, National League president Harry Pulliam starts showing signs of a nervous breakdown during an owners meeting. He has been the target of unrelenting heat from the New York Giants brass (especially their irascible manager John McGraw) about his ruling regarding the M...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Oct 6th, 2018
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    How long ago was 1908? The Cubs and Giants end the season tied. A one game playoff between Cubs and Giants will decide the pennant: The replayed Merkle game (Oct 8) in New York at the Polo Grounds. The doors open at 11:00, and tickets are available on a first come, first serve basis. There […]...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Aug 25th, 2018
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    How long ago was 1908? The city of Chicago has officially gone crazy for the Cubs. The Chicago Tribune sets up an electronic scoreboard outside their headquarters at the corner of Madison & Dearborn to provide “scoring updates” of the Cubs-Giants games in New York. The electronic sco...
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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...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Aug 11th, 2018
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    How long ago was 1908? One of the ugliest racial riots in American history occurs this week (Aug 14) in Springfield, Illinois. Before the race riots are over, forty homes are burned to the ground, 24 businesses are destroyed, and seven people are dead: two black people (lynched by the angry mob) and ...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 18th, 2018
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    ~Larry McLean 1881 (Cubs 1903) Larry had a 13-year big league career as a catcher and first baseman, but even if he lived in the days of highlight reels, he wouldn’t have included his Cubs stint on that highlight reel. He only played one game for the Cubs in 1903, and went 0 for 4, […]...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jun 20th, 2018
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    ~Wayland Dean 1902 (Cubs 1927) Wayland Dean was one of those tragic stories that pepper baseball history. He was deeply troubled; a chronic alcoholic that suffered from depression. But he had a live fastball and made his way up to the majors in 1924 with the New York Giants. The Giants under John McG...