William Wrigley

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Jul 31st, 2018
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    August 2, 1923 President Warren G. Harding dies unexpectedly. He wasn’t from Chicago, but Chicago nevertheless played an important role in the his presidency. For one thing, in 1920 he was nominated by Republican party leaders in a smoke filled Chicago hotel room; Suite 4046 on the 13th floor o...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 13th, 2018
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    ~Footsie Blair 1900 (Cubs 1929-1931) His real name was Clarence Vick Blair, and he was primarily a backup second baseman (he also backed up 1B and 3B) with the Cubs from 1929-1931. In 1930, he became the regular second baseman after Rogers Hornsby broke his ankle. That 1930 team had five future Hall ...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jun 5th, 2018
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    ~Jeff Garlin 1962 (Cubs fan 1962-present) He is best known for his portrayal of Larry David’s manager in the HBO Series “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” but stand up comedian, “Wall-E” voice over star, and “The Goldbergs” star Jeff Garlin is also known for his over-th...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Apr 23rd, 2018
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    ~Dolph Camilli 1907 (Cubs 1933-1934) After Cubs owner William Wrigley and team president Bill Veeck Sr. died, the club was handed to an inexperienced fish wholesaler named William Walker. He traded Dolph to the Phillies for Don Hurst. Camilli went on to hit over 200 home runs, made two all-star teams...
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    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Jan 1st, 2018
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    (Wrigley Field Postcard, 1940s) ~On January 1, 2009, Wrigley Field was turned into an ice arena. The Detroit Red Wings came to town and played the Chicago Blackhawks in an actual NHL regular season game. They called it the 2009 NHL Winter Classic. It was the first sporting event at Wrigley that wasn&...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 11th, 2017
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    ~Rabbit Maranville 1891 (Cubs 1925) Nicknamed for his speed and rabbit-like leaps, Rabbit Maranville was always a great fielder, but he was even better known for his partying. One time when he was on the Pirates, there was a ‘no drinking’ rule on the team (which was understandable conside...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Sep 30th, 2017
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    ~William Wrigley Jr. 1861 (Cubs owner 1918-1932) William Wrigley LOVED baseball. He didn’t buy the Cubs as an investment. He bought the team because he loved the game, and had since he was a boy. This is William Wrigley in his own words, in Time Magazine in 1930… “Outside of school ...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Sep 17th, 2017
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    ~Wildfire Schulte 1882 (Cubs 1904-1916) Wildfire (real name Frank) didn’t get his nickname for his style of play (although he stole home 22 times), or his tendency to hit the town (although Frank Chance used to chide him for that in the press). He got it because he named his favorite pony after...