Archive for the 'Cubs History' Category

Concepcion Goes For A Spin In Wrigley

Saturday, August 25th, 2007

I’ve heard of baseball players being superstitious and doing strange things to try and readjust their mojo, but sometimes they just seem like idiotic 20-something boys. Case in point, I give you David Ismael Concepcion.
It was 1976. The Reds were in Chicago in April playing the Cubs, and the only thing colder than the […]


Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Ron Santo played third base from 1960 untill 1974. 14 of those 15 years were for the Cubs, all were for the City of Chicago, but none were on a post-season team. He was an All-Star nine times, won the Gold Glove five years in a row, led the NL in walks four […]

The More Things Change…

Monday, February 19th, 2007

“Baseball as at present conducted is a gigantic monopoly, intolerant of opposition and run on a grab-all-there-is-in-sight policy that is alienating its friends and disgusting the very public that has so long and cheerfully given it the support that it has withheld from other forms of amusement.” -Cap Anson, 1900
from “The Cubs Chronology” by Tim […]

A Little History

Thursday, May 18th, 2006

As Al Yellon points out, today is the anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game at Wrigley Field.  The Dodgers beat the Cubs 4-2 that day but Robinson went 0-4, which broke a 14 game hitting streak.
The game on May 18, 1947 was attended by 46,572 which was actually the second largest crowd ever at Wrigley […]

(Not-So) Perfect

Friday, May 5th, 2006

Sure, right after I go on and on about how great Maddux and Cedeno are doing, the team lands in Arizona and both guys have a lousy couple of games. This makes me fear the next Seam Marshal start.
The whole team played terribly, but, for some reason, the Cubs can never seem […]

History of the Shawn-O-Meter

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

Almost one year ago, I posted about the fact that I found out that the Shawn-O-Meter was now archived in the Chicago Historical Society.  One of the signs’ creators just provided a nice history of the sign in the comments of that post.  Check it out and thank to Melinda for contributing her story.

You Never Knew They Were Cubs No. 3 - Rule V Draft Edition

Sunday, December 11th, 2005

Meet Louis “Bobo” or “Buck” Newsom. Despite the fact that he only pitched in one inning for Chicago, he had a very Cub-like career in that he showed flashes of brilliance but injuries and wildness hampered any consistency.
The son of a farmer, Newsom was born in Hartsville, SC on August 11, 1907. He played shortstop […]

You Never Knew They Were Cubs No. 2 - Veteran’s Day Edition

Friday, November 11th, 2005

Meet Billy Herman. Herman was born in 1909 in New Albany, Indiana. He started his career in 1928 with Vicksburg of the Cotton States League where he played 2nd base and hit .332 in 106 games. In 1931, while playing for Louisville of the American Association, he was sold midseason to the Cubs for $50,000.
In […]

You Never Knew They Were Cubs No. 1

Thursday, November 10th, 2005

Meet Rollie Zeider. Born Nov.16, 1883, in Indiana, Rollie started playing professional ball in 1906 for Springfield, IL in the Three-I League and then from 1907 to 1909, he played for San Francisco in the Pacific Coast League. In 1910, he broke into the majors with the White Sox, played in 136 games at short […]