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    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Weeks Historical Events
    Jun 19th, 2021
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    When the Rolling Stones came to Chicago in 1972, they were huge stars How huge? They stayed at the Playboy Mansion with Hugh Heffner. Robert Greenfield’s book, “S.T.P.: A Journey Through America with the Rolling Stones,” describes that Chicago trip this way… “The couches...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Jun 18th, 2021
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    June 20, 1953. The official temperature in Chicago is 104 degrees; the hottest recorded day in Chicago history. The heat doesn’t stop the Cubs or Dodgers, who play a day game in the unrelenting sun at Wrigley Field. Incredibly, 17,000+ fans come out to smolder in the steamy hot ballpark and wat...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In This Week In Wrigley History
    Jun 11th, 2021
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    June 14, 1949 Eddie Waitkus became a household name in America, but he certainly didn’t want it to happen the way it did. While he was with the Cubs, the young first baseman was known for his great defense, his smoking line-drives, and his left-handed bat. The pinnacle of his Cubs career came i...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Mar 17th, 2021
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    ~Charlie Root 1899–1970 (Cubs 1926-1941) In 1969 Root was named the all-time greatest Cubs right-hander, but despite all his accomplishments, he’ll always be most remembered for something that probably never happened…Babe Ruth’s called shot during the 1932 World Series. Root always denied that ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Jan 3rd, 2021
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    ~Adrian Garrett 1943 (Cubs 1970, 1973-75) Garrett was primarily used as a pinch hitter because he had a lot of power. He hit 280 homers in the minors and 102 in Japan. His little brother Wayne was a member of the 1969 Miracle Mets. (Photo: Topps 1974 Baseball Card) ~John Fluhre 1894 (Cubs 1915) He [&...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 10th, 2020
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    ~Mike Vail 1951– (Cubs 1978-1980) He was already in his fourth big league season when the Cubs acquired Vail in the trade that sent Tarzan Wallis to the Indians. Vail was a talented hitter who hit well over .300 in his time with the Cubs, but he didn’t have a lot of power, didn’t walk […...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Nov 6th, 2020
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    ~Chick Tolson 1898–1965 (1926-1930) Chick was a backup first baseman and pinch hitter for the Cubs in the late 1920s. His teammates called him “Slug” for his less-than-speedy wheels. Slug played four seasons for the Cubs, and had his best season in 1929, when the Cubs won the pennant. He had a ...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 27th, 2020
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    ~Ralph Kiner 1922–2014 (Cubs 1953-1954) He was one of the most feared sluggers in the league when he played for the Pirates, but by the time the Cubs got him (1953), he was not the same player. He led the league in home runs all seven seasons with the Pirates, and though he did have […]...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 22nd, 2020
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    ~Jimmie Foxx 1907 (Cubs 1942, 1944) He was nicknamed the Beast because of his imposing physical presence. Foxx is one of the all-time greatest sluggers: a two time World Series champ, a three time MVP, winner of two batting titles. Foxx led the league in home runs four times, RBI three times (despite...
    By Rick Kaempfer
    In Today's Cub Birthday
    Oct 7th, 2020
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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. Needless to say, the hammer and clouting parts ...