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  • Wrigley 100 4/6: LaRussa Scores For Cubs

    41 years ago today was a triumphant Opening Day on the North Side with a special twist. The Cubs man of the hour that day was none other than later-to-be-nemesis-as-Cardinals manager Tony LaRussa, who scored the winning run on what was truly a walk-off win. Tony laughed when he told me the story last year. “To me it’s a great example of what a lousy career I had. One of my highlights is that I scored the winning run for […]

  • Cubs By The Numbers

    Let’s talk numbers. A snapshot using OPS (on base % + slugging %) to see where the Cubs rank position by position in the NL. League average for all non-pitchers is .720. OPS isn’t the end all, but it’s a quick and easy way to get a sense of how guys are stacking up with the rest of the league. Catcher: Castillo and Baker have combined for an OPS of .660 good for 11th in the league. League average for […]

  • Hot Stove Cool Music

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Hot Stove Cool Music Pays Homage to Chicago’s Rock, Soul & Blues with Tom Morello, Jimmy Chamberlin and John Stirrat as They Take the Stage at Wrigleyville’s Metro for 3rd Annual Hot Stove Cool Music Chicago Concert hosted by Lin Brehmer Cubs President Theo Epstein, Hall of Fame Baseball Writer Peter Gammons and Cubs’ Broadcaster Len Kasper Team Up to Raise Money for Nonprofits Serving Disadvantaged Chicago Youth a Benefit Presented by Vicory Park Capital & Giordano’s […]

  • Wrigley 100 4/8: Willie Smith Wins It

    After Opening Day in 1969, there was no doubt that it was going to be the Cubs’ year. They had posted back-to-back winning seasons in 1967 and 1968 and were poised for a breakthrough as they took the field against Philadelphia on April 8 to open the season. What followed that day set the stage for a Wrigley Field summer of love like no other. The love-in started for Ernie Banks when he received a standing ovation during the pregame […]

  • Wrigley 100 4/7: MJ Plays At Wrigley

    Interleague play in Chicago in 1994 was still a thing of the future save for a yearly Crosstown Classic exhibition between the Cubs and White Sox. The real novelty on April 7, 1994 wasn’t seeing the town’s two teams hook up, it was seeing basketball’s greatest player standing in Wrigley’s right field wearing a Chicago White Sox road uniform. Michael Jordan surprised the nation by retiring from baseball just five months before and had opted to chase his childhood dream […]

  • Author George Will sings the stretch

    April 6, 2014

  • Wrigley 100 4/6: Billy Ends HOF Pitching Duel

    On April 6, 1971, fans attending a chilly Wrigley Field Opening Day were treated to a true Hall of Fame exhibition. For nine innings, the Cardinals Bob Gibson matched Fergie Jenkins allowing only one run through regulation play. Fergie allowed only three hits all day and set the Cards down in order in the 10th. After a Glenn Beckert ground-out, Billy Williams let loose with one of the sweetest swings of his career, driving a Gibson pitch into the right-centerfield […]

  • Ernie Banks

    Wrigley 100 3/31: Mr. Banks Gets His Statue

    Opening Day on March 31, 2008 was a raw, rainy affair, but nothing was going to rain on Ernie Banks parade. Mr. Cub was honored that day as the first player from the franchise to have his own statue and the dedication ceremony was held along Clark Street at 11am that morning. Local sculptor Lou Cella used a Banks at-bat vs. Warren Spahn in 1959 as the inspiration for the statue and when it was unveiled, Banks loved the new […]

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  • Cubs Game Notes For Monday @ Pittsburgh

    * When Francisco Liriano takes the hill for the Pirates, he will be the seventh different Opening Day starter in seven years for the team. * Liriano missed the first month and a half of last season, but still ended up with a 16-8 record. Over a four-month stretch from May to September, he had a decision in 23 straight starts, going 16-7 with a 2.92 ERA over that stretch. * Like last year’s Opening Day at PNC Park, the […]

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