Johnny Callison

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Apr 10th, 2019
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    April 13, 1992 The city of Chicago was undergoing one of the strangest events in it’s colorful history. 250 million gallons of water were flooding the basements of Loop office buildings and retail stores because workers doing rehabilitation work on the Kinzie Street Bridge crossing the Chicago ...
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    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Apr 9th, 2019
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    On April 12, 1933, the Wrigley Field crowd is happier than it has been since 1919. This is the first game at Wrigley Field since Prohibition has been repealed, although it would be another month before beer is officially available again. The Cubs are the defending NL Champs, and the crowd of 25,000 w...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Mar 12th, 2019
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    Johnny Callison 1939 (Cubs 1970-1971) The Cubs acquired him in November of 1969, in a trade that they hoped would put them over the top. They traded pitcher Dick Selma (who had been a favorite of the Bleacher Bums because of his cheerleading routine from the bullpen) and a young prospect, to the Phil...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Dec 20th, 2018
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    ~Gabby Hartnett 1900 (Cubs 1922-1940) Gabby was one of the greatest Cubs of all-time. His real name was Charles Leo Hartnett. No surprise where that nickname came from, he was known as someone who was “constantly talking” when he was catching. Gabby is known as one of the all-time greats,...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 4th, 2018
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    ~Dick Selma 1943 (Cubs 1969) He was nicknamed Mortimer Snerd by his teammates after Edgar Bergen’s famous dummy. Selma was a key member of the 1969 Cubs. He won 10 games for them and led the staff in strike outs per nine innings after being acquired from the Padres. Selma became a fan favorite almost...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Aug 28th, 2018
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    September 1, 1918 For the first time in baseball history, the season was ended a month early, by mutual agreement between baseball and President Wilson. Baseball was hit hard by the World War I. Some of the greatest players were shipped out. Cubs pitcher Grover Cleveland Alexander was among them. He ...