• EveryCubEver

    Leo Durocher

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 7th, 2020
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    ~Billy Herman 1909–1992 (Cubs 1931-1941) He was named William Jennings Bryan Herman after the famed orator, and this Billy had an incredible big league career. He was a 10-time All-Star in 15 big league seasons (and his first two years, the All-Star game hadn’t been invented yet). He was consid...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jun 29th, 2020
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    ~John Boccabella 1941– (Cubs 1963-1968) Boccabella was considered one of the brightest prospects in the Cubs organization. He was so highly touted that Cubs manager Leo Durocher couldn’t wait to play him at first base and send Ernie Banks out to pasture. In the only season Boccabella got over 2...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jun 20th, 2020
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    ~Wayland Dean 1902–1930 (Cubs 1927) Wayland Dean was one of those tragic stories that pepper baseball history. He was deeply troubled; a chronic alcoholic who 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 unde...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jun 11th, 2020
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    ~Charlie Hollocher 1896–1940 (Cubs 1918-1924) Charlie’s life was a series of very high highs and very low lows. He was one of the greatest hitters on the Cubs in his seven seasons in the big leagues. He led the 1918 team to the pennant, and led the league in hits. In 1922, he only struck [&hell...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1945
    Jun 7th, 2020
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    This week (June 7-13) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *The Franck Committee recommends against a surprise nuclear bombing of Japan. The committee was led by Manhattan Project scientist, Nobel Prize winning physicist James Franck (photo). His co...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1945
    May 24th, 2020
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    This week (May 24–May 30) during the last year the Cubs went to the World Series (before 2016)… World War II *Americans pause reverently to pay homage on Memorial Day… *William Joyce (“Lord Haw-Haw”) is captured. He is later charged with high treason in London for his En...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 11th, 2020
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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 Today's Cub Birthday
    May 10th, 2020
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    ~Jim Hickman 1937–2016 (Cubs 1969-1973) After eight forgettable seasons with three different teams, Jim Hickman was magically transformed from a perennial struggler to a powerful slugger. In 1970 at the age of 33, “Gentleman Jim” somehow batted .315, with 32 home runs, 115 runs batted in, and 1...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 5th, 2020
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    ~Lennie Merullo 1917–2015 (Cubs 1941-1947) Lennie was the starting shortstop for the Cubs in the 1940s, including the pennant winning season of 1945. He wasn’t known as a great fielder or hitter. In fact, Merullo averaged an error every three and half games or so (172 errors in 602 games, inclu...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Wrigley Field Memories
    Feb 9th, 2020
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    As the nation gathers around the television this weekend to watch the Academy Awards, Just One Bad Century features some of the Cubs connections to Hollywood over the years. BEFORE HOLLYWOOD Essanay Studios 1907-1917 Not many people realize that Chicago was once the movie capitol of the world. That t...