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    Leon Durham

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Sep 10th, 2019
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    September 12, 1998 Sammy Sosa becomes the first Cubs player to hit 60 home runs in a season. He does it in the sixth inning of wild slugfest against Milwaukee Brewers reliever Valerio de los Santos. Sammy’s homer is memorable, but it isn’t the most dramatic homer of the game. On a day the...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 31st, 2019
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    ~Leon Durham 1957– (Cubs 1981-1988) Of course, his real name was Leon, but it was hard to be named Durham without getting the nickname Bull. No Cubs fan will ever forget him. Durham had a pretty good career with the Cubs, making the All-Star team twice, hitting more than 20 homers five times, a...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 27th, 2019
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    ~Leo Durocher 1905–1991 (Cubs manager 1965-1972) How did people really feel about Leo Durocher? A quote from Jack Brickhouse: “In the early days Leo was an SOB, but a sharp SOB. By the time he finished in Chicago he was just an old SOB.” Suffice it to say, Leo was not beloved. When he was [&hel...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jun 24th, 2019
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    ~Rollie Hemsley 1907–1972 (Cubs 1931-1932) Rollie was the backup catcher on the Cubs in 1931 and 1932, but he didn’t get along with manager Rogers Hornsby. Although Hornsby was a degenerate gambler, he was also a teetotaler that really cracked down on the team drinkers. Offenders included just ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Jun 4th, 2019
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    June 5, 1985 The Cubs played the game featured in the movie “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”. If you’ve seen the movie, you probably remember the three goof offs spending the day at the ballpark. It wasn’t a recreated game–it was an actual Wednesday afternoon game at Wri...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    May 22nd, 2019
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    May 24, 1923 Colonel Robert McCormick broke ground on the Tribune Tower. Sixty years later the Cubs would be run by the men in that tower, but in 1923, they were still run by William Wrigley. Wrigley had commissioned the building of his own magnificent structure across the street from McCormick’...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 21st, 2019
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    ~Bob Molinaro 1950– (Cubs 1982) He was a member of Baseball Digest’s all-rookie team with the White Sox in 1978, but by the time Bob Molinaro became a Cub in 1982 it was clear that he was merely a backup outfielder. In 66 at-bats for the Cubs he hit one home run, stole one base, […]...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Apr 24th, 2019
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    ~Glen Hobbie 1936–2013 (Cubs 1957-1964) Hobbie was part of the Cubs rotation in the late 50s and early 60s; one of the worst stretches in Cubs history. Hobbie’s lifetime record was nearly twenty games under .500, and he lost twenty games in one season (1960), but he did have some moments of bri...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    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...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Dec 1st, 2018
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    December 2, 1965: Cubs acquire Bill Hands and Randy Hundley December 3: In 1971, Cubs acquire Jose Cardenal…In 2003, Cubs sign LeTroy Hawkins. December 4, 2002: Cubs trade Todd Hundley for Grudzielanek and Karros December 5, 1987: Cubs trade Palmeiro, Moyers and others for Mitch Williams Decemb...