Johnny Schmitz

    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 Today's Cub Birthday
    May 11th, 2019
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    ~Milt Pappas 1939–2016 (Cubs 1970-1973) Milt had some of his best seasons as a big league pitcher with the Cubs at the tail end of his career. In 1971 he became one of only ten pitchers in big league history to strike out the side on nine pitches. In 1972 he came just one out […]...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Apr 23rd, 2019
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    April 23, 1914. One day after the Cubs drew the smallest Opening Day crowd in their history, a new ballpark opened on Addison & Clark. At the time, it was called “Weeghman Park”, and the team that played there was in the Federal League. This is how the Chicago Tribune described that ...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 27th, 2018
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    ~Johnny Schmitz 1920 (Cubs 1941-1951) He was nicknamed Bear Tracks because of his lumbering shuffle to the mound. Schmitz was only twenty when he was called up to the majors, and pitched two seasons for the Cubs, but was drafted to serve in World War II in 1942. Bear Tracks was one of the rare [&hell...
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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 3rd, 2018
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    ~Dennis Eckersley 1954 (Cubs 1984-1986) He was a 2-time All-Star as a starting pitcher, and a 4-time All-Star as a relief pitcher in 24 big league seasons. Eck won 20 games in a season and threw a no-hitter as a starting pitcher, and then as a reliever won a Cy Young, an MVP, and a […]...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jun 27th, 2018
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    ~Jim Edmonds 1970 (Cubs 2008) Edmonds was an eight-time Gold Glover and four-time all-star with the Angels and Cardinals before coming to the Cubs from the Padres in the middle of the 2008 season. He had been a hated rival while a member of the World Series champion Cardinals, but Cub fans warned to ...