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    By Rick Kaempfer
    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 This is the first game at Wrigley Field since Prohibition has been repealed, although it would be another month before beer is officially available again.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...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 20th, 2018
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    ~Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis 1866 (Cubs fan 1893-1944) On this day in 1866, the future first commissioner of baseball was born, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis. He is best remembered as the man who banned the Black Sox for life, and saved the game from the evils of gambling, but Judge Kenesaw Mountai...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 3rd, 2018
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    ~Ken Holtzman 1945 (Cubs 1966-1971) He would become one of the rarest animals on the North American continent…a quality home grown Chicago Cubs starting pitcher. The Cubs had the smallest staff of scouts in baseball, and they had virtually no instructors in the minor leagues. In the late 40s an...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Nov 1st, 2018
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    November 2, 2016 It didn’t happen at Wrigley, but who cares. We have to chronicle this forever… November 7, 1928 The Cubs acquired the greatest right handed batter in baseball history; Rogers Hornsby. He had one of the greatest seasons in Cubs history in 1929, got hurt in 1930, was named ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 19th, 2018
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    ~Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown 1876 (Cubs 1904-1912, 1916) He was born in 1876, the same year the Cubs played their very first season in the National League. Three Finger probably owns one of the best nicknames in baseball history, and he earned it the hard way. As a seven-year-old boy, M...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Sep 16th, 2018
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    ~Mel Hall 1960 (Cubs 1981-1984) Hall really burst onto the scene during the 1983 season. After getting a taste of the big leagues at the end of the ’81 and ’82 seasons, he won a job in 1983, and responded with a great year. Mel slugged 17 homers, hit .283 in just over 400 at […]...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Aug 31st, 2018
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    ~Ramon Hernandez 1940 (Cubs 1968, 1976-1977) Ramon was known for his herky-jerky deceptive delivery that worked like a charm while he was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, but not so much as a member of the Cubs. His lifetime ERA was 3.03, but those very good stats (including 46 career saves) benef...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jun 25th, 2018
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    ~Babe Herman 1903 (Cubs 1933-1934) That’s right, “Babe” played for the Cubs. Unfortunately, it wasn’t “THE” Babe. His real name was Floyd Caves Herman, but his manager in the minors called him “Babe” after he got a hit in his first at bat. Babe Ruth was...