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    Orval Overall

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Aug 4th, 2019
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    How long ago was 1908? Many historians consider Big Jim Colosimo the father of the Chicago mafia. His official title in 1908 is precinct captain (for First Ward Aldermen Kenna & Coughlin), but his real job is providing muscle, and collecting bribes. In exchange for these services, he is allowed ...
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    In This Week in 1908
    Jun 2nd, 2019
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    How long ago was 1908? One of the biggest stories in Chicago is the “epidemic of white slavery.” White immigrant girls and innocent White American farm girls are being lured from all over the country to come to Chicago under false pretenses. They think they have received marriage proposal...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    May 24th, 2019
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    ~Jack Pfiester 1878–1953 (Cubs 1906-1911) Jack was an important member of the starting rotation during the Cubs dynasty. The team went to the World Series four of his six seasons. He won 20 games for the 1906 team that won a record-setting 116 games before losing the World Series to the White S...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    May 19th, 2019
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    This week (May 19 – May 25) in 1908 How long ago was 1908? The 1907 Championship flag is raised amid great fanfare at West Side Grounds in front of sold out crowd. Cubs owner Charles Murphy thinks it’s a bad omen when the flag gets stuck halfway up the flagpole. A who’s who of [&hel...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Apr 28th, 2019
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    How long ago was 1908? In nearby Portage Indiana, a notorious murder starts to make the news. It starts with the discovery of three children and a headless woman after a fire in Portage. Upon investigation, however, details begin to emerge. It turns out the woman who owned the farm, Belle Gunness, ha...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Apr 14th, 2019
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    How long ago was 1908? The Cubs open the 1908 season as the defending champions. They play in Cincinnati against the Reds, one of the worst teams in the National League. Stud pitcher Orval Overall has a shaky first inning, but settles down after that and the Cubs win the game in the ninth. Pinch [&he...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Feb 2nd, 2019
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    ~George Halas 1895 (Cubs fan 1900-1983) Growing up in Chicago during the Cubs championship era (the first decade of last century), George Halas was a die-hard Cubs fan. When he was a boy, he and his friends used to hang around the player’s entrance at West Side Grounds and wait for Frank Chance...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Dec 1st, 2018
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    ~Javier Baez 1992 (Cubs 2014-Present) Baez was the 9th overall pick of the 2011 draft; the last first round pick of the Jim Hendry era. At each level of the minors, Baez was a superstar. He joined the Cubs in August 2014 and hit a game-winning homer in his first game. He hit nine homers […]...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 23rd, 2018
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    ~Harpo Marx 1888 (Cubs Fan) The Marx family moved from New York to Chicago in 1909. For much of that time they lived in a large house at 4512 South Grand Boulevard (now called Martin Luther King Boulevard). The house is still there. The Marx Brothers (Gummo, Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo) were alr...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Nov 17th, 2018
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    How Long Ago Was 1908? Cubs outfielder Jimmy Sheckard celebrates his 30th birthday (Nov 23). Sheckard was one of the first players Frank Chance had acquired when he took over the Cubs in 1905/06. He gave up four players and $2000 (a high price) to Brooklyn to acquire him—but he knew that Brooklyn was...