• EveryCubEver

    Author "Rick Kaempfer"

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 12th, 2021
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    ~Lou Novikoff 1915–1970 (Cubs 1941-1944) Lou was known as “The Mad Russian”. He was born to Russian immigrant parents in Arizona, so the second half of his nickname is obvious. The “mad” part came from his eccentric proclivities. He had a colorfu...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 11th, 2021
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    ~Bob Chipman 1918–1973 (Cubs 1944-1949) The Cubs traded their young second baseman Eddie Stanky for Chipman, who was really just a journeyman pitcher. Stanky went on to play in three World Series, was named to three All-Star teams, led the league...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 10th, 2021
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    ~Bill Killefer 1887–1960 (Cubs 1918-1921, Cubs manager 1921-1925) Bill Killefer was nicknamed Reindeer for his lumbering running style. Reindeer was a catcher and he ran like one. But he wasn’t just any catcher. Killefer was the personal catcher ...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 9th, 2021
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    ~Joe Pepitone 1940– (Cubs 1970-1973) On July 29, 1970, the Cubs traded their top prospect, shortstop Roger Metzger (who went on to play a decade in Houston) to the Astros for a player that had just walked out on his team because they tried to giv...
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    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Oct 9th, 2021
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    This week in history, the Cubs were actually involved in historical events… October 9, 1907 The Cubs were playing the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. It was Game 2 of the series–the first game had ended in a tie (called because of darkn...
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    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Oct 8th, 2021
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    October 8 In 1929, the Cubs fall 3-1 to Philadelphia in first World Series game at Wrigley Field. On this day in 1945, the Cubs won a World Series game for the very last time. It was Game 6 of the series versus the Detroit Tigers, and it was captured o...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 8th, 2021
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    ~Mike Morgan 1959– (Cubs 1992-1995) For a few years Mike Morgan shared the record for playing on the most big league teams (he pitched for 12 different teams) until it was broken by Octavio Dotel. He pitched 22 seasons in the majors, making his d...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 7th, 2021
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    ~Chuck Klein 1904–1958 (Cubs 1934-1935) Chuck Klein had two great nicknames: “The Hoosier Hammer” and “The Clouting Kraut.” The Hoosier part of his nickname came from his Indiana roots, and the Kraut part, of course, came from his German heritage...
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    In This Week in 1908
    Oct 6th, 2021
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    How long ago was 1908? The Cubs and Giants end the season tied. A one game playoff between Cubs and Giants will decide the pennant: The replayed Merkle game (Oct 8) in New York at the Polo Grounds. The doors open at 11:00, and tickets are available on ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 6th, 2021
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    ~Jay Baller 1960– (Cubs 1985-1987) He pitched out of the Cubs bullpen for three seasons (’85-’87) and got progressively worse each season (3.46 ERA, 5.37 ERA, 6.35 ERA). After the ’87 season, the Cubs sent him packing. He later had a cup of coffe...