• EveryCubEver

    Today’s Cub Birthday

    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Aug 5th, 2021
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    ~Rube Novotney 1924–1987 (Cubs 1949) Novotney was a University of Illinois product who got one short cup of coffee with the Cubs in 1949. He was a backup catcher who appeared in 22 games. He hit .269 in his limited appearances. Rube also played nine seasons in the minor leagues. ~Tony Jacobs 19...
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    Aug 4th, 2021
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    ~Dallas Green 1934–2017 (Cubs GM 1982-1987) Dallas Green may have been a pretty good judge of talent (he brought Maddux, Palmeiro, Sandberg, Dawson, Grace, Smith, Moyer, Dunston, Sutcliffe, et al to the team), and he may have been gotten the Cubs as close to the World Series as anyone else did ...
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    Aug 3rd, 2021
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    ~Rod Beck 1968–2007 (Cubs 1998-1999) They called him “The Shooter” because he was like a gunslinger out there, and he didn’t waste any of his bullets. Rod Beck was the Cubs closer during the Wild Card season of 1998, saving 51 games in truly scary fashion. By the time he arrived with the Cubs, ...
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    Aug 2nd, 2021
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    ~Lloyd “Citation” Merriman 1924–2004 (Cubs 1955) Though Merriman played five seasons in the big leagues, that was the least of his accomplishments. Lloyd Merriman was a genuine war hero in two different wars, World War II and the Korean War. Before he went to war, he was better known as a footb...
    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Aug 1st, 2021
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    ~Greg Gross 1952– (Cubs 1977-1978) Greg was a slap-hitting outfielder (zero home runs in about 1500 at-bats) for the Astros (in their rainbow pajama uniform era) when the Cubs acquired him before the 1977 season. The Cubs made a run at the division title before fading at the end of the year, an...
    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Jul 31st, 2021
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    ~Leon Durham 1957– (Cubs 1981-1988) Of course, his real name was Leon, but it was hard to be named Durham without getting the nickname Bull. No Cubs fan will ever forget him. Durham had a pretty good career with the Cubs, making the All-Star team twice, hitting more than 20 homers five times, a...
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    Jul 30th, 2021
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    ~Steve Trout 1957– (Cubs 1983-1987) Steve Trout was nicknamed Rainbow by his high school teammates for obvious reasons…the Rainbow Trout. He was a flaky lefty who probably would have been nicknamed Dizzy if not for his father who already laid claim to the nickname. (Dizzy Trout pitched for the ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
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    Jul 29th, 2021
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    ~Ken Kravec 1951– (Cubs 1981-1982) Kravec had been a 15-game winner for the White Sox just a few years before he was acquired by the Cubs in a rare crosstown trade (for Dennis Lamp). This one worked out for the Cubs, but not in the way you might expect. Kravec was terrible as a Cubs […]...
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    Jul 28th, 2021
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    ~Joe E. Brown 1891–1973 (Cubs fan/movie star) His name isn’t remembered by many people today, but Joe E. Brown was an actor, comedian, and baseball nut. He was also one of the biggest movie stars in America during the 1930s. He made his mark in a series of baseball movies, and in his two ...
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    Jul 27th, 2021
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    ~Leo Durocher 1905–1991 (Cubs manager 1965-1972) How did people really feel about Leo Durocher? A quote from Jack Brickhouse: “In the early days Leo was an SOB, but a sharp SOB. By the time he finished in Chicago he was just an old SOB.” Suffice it to say, Leo was not beloved. When he was [&hel...