Today on JOBC (February 25)
Today’s Cubs birthdays could be the most impressive one day collection of the year: two of the greatest players to ever put on a Cubs uniform (Pafko & Santo), plus a Marx Brother, another Hall of Famer, Slim Jim, a broadcaster, a GM, and the other Henry Rodriguez.
The AV Club features the inspiring medical story of today’s birthday boy Ron Santo.
A brand new This Week in 1908 has also been posted this morning. How long ago was 1908? You’ll meet Johnny Kling, the Cubs catcher. His teammates call him “The Jew”. Not kidding. There’s much more at the link, including a movie from that year, and we check in with little babies named Tex Avery, Earl Scheib, and Theodore Geisel.
In current Cubs news, the Cactus League rotation has been set, here’s a Q & A with Albert Almora (who is one of the most exciting prospects in the pipeline), it looks like Jose Veras will be the closer this year, there won’t be any collisions at home plate this year (it’s now illegal), and here’s a closer look at Mike Olt.
Also, yesterday was a sad day not only for Cubs fans and Chicagoans, but for anyone who likes to laugh. The great Harold Ramis passed away. Read his obit here. The photo below shows him throwing out the first pitch at Wrigley Field.