• EveryCubEver

    Frank Chance

    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Sep 17th, 2023
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    ~Wildfire Schulte 1882–1949 (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 ...
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    Sep 15th, 2023
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    How long ago was 1908? Republican presidential nominee William H. Taft turns 51 (Sept 15). He is the hand-picked successor of Teddy Roosevelt, having served as his Secretary of War. The Republicans nominated him in June, and the Democrats nominated William Jennings Bryan to oppose him. Taft is from O...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Sep 12th, 2023
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    ~Fred Luderus 1885–1961 (Cubs 1909-1910) Luderus was a rugged German-American first baseman who backed up Hall of Famer Frank Chance during his first two seasons in the big leagues. He only hit one homer for the Cubs, and it was an inside-the-park shot against the team he played for the rest of...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Sep 11th, 2023
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    ~Ray Grimes 1893–1953 (Cubs 1922-1925) Ray Grimes was an instant phenom for the Cubs when he joined them for his rookie season of 1922. He was an absolute RBI machine, one of the great clutch hitters of his era. During that season he set a record that still stands today when he got an RBI [&hel...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Sep 10th, 2023
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    ~High Pockets Kelly 1895 (Cubs 1930) Kelly was a member of the legendary 1930 Cubs team that blew the pennant in the last few days of the season. Tall for his time (6’4″), Kelly was nicknamed Highpockets and Long George by the press; but to his teammates he was Kell, a reserved and even-t...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Sep 9th, 2023
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    ~Frank Chance 1876–1924 (Cubs 1898-1912) His real name was Frank Chance, but even his teammates called him “The Peerless Leader.” (Sometimes they just shortened it to “PL”). He was the undisputed leader of the best Cubs team in history, the Cubs of the ’00s. With the Peerless Leader at the helm...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Sep 8th, 2023
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    How long ago was 1908? Frank Chance celebrates his 31st birthday (Sept 9) in Chicago with a win against the Cardinals–putting the Cubs 28 games over .500 (but still in third place, three games out of first.) Chance was more than just the first baseman and clean up hitter for the 1908 Cubs–...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week in 1908
    Aug 25th, 2023
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    How long ago was 1908? The city of Chicago has officially gone crazy for the Cubs. The Chicago Tribune sets up an electronic scoreboard outside their headquarters at the corner of Madison & Dearborn to provide “scoring updates” of the Cubs-Giants games in New York. The electronic sco...
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    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 27th, 2023
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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...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jul 21st, 2023
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    ~Johnny Evers 1881–1947 (Cubs 1902-1913, Cubs manager 1913) Johnny Evers was the starting second baseman for the greatest Cubs team of all-time, the 1906-1910 dynasty. He got his nickname, the Crab, for the way he sidled up to grounders, but he lived up to his nickname in another way. Evers was...