May 12 Is A Notable Anniversary In Cubs History
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And I'm not talking about the 45th anniversary of Ernie Banks' 500th home run, which is certainly worthy of note. Here's the boxscore from May 12, 1970. Of interest: it took another homer in the ninth inning, by Billy Williams off Hoyt Wilhelm, to tie

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Wrigley Field Construction Update: April 4
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The original location of the statue is in the construction zone, so the pedestal is now located in front of the marquee. I went over to the catch the very end of the return of the Ron Santo statue. It is back at its original location at Addison and

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Wrigley Field Construction Update: March 15
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The next thing I did was to check out the Ron Santo statue. Mike Bojanowski had sent me a message asking if I knew when it had been removed. Mike was right, the statue was gone. Just after I took photos, one of the Cubs security staff walked by. I

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2015 Spring-Training Countdown, Day 10: Ron Santo
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Of course, today is Ron Santo Day in the countdown. How could it have been otherwise? Today, we remember Santo as a great player, a Hall of Famer, and also as a broadcaster who, though he often was tongue-tied, represented Joe EveryCubsFan in the …

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The 1967 Cubs And The 2015 Cubs: Parallels
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Setting aside the fact that Durocher's rough handling ruined the career of the sensitive Phillips, that brought two rotation starters and a starting catcher to a team that had two hitters entering their primes in Ron Santo and Billy Williams. Ernie

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The Wrigley Renovation Nation Challenge
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I returned from the 'sordid travels' of the 2014 Cubs baseball season 20 pounds heavier than when I went to Spring Training. A steady diet of specialty ball park hot dogs washed down with beer propelled my weight from a svelte casino-going dude hanging …

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Cubs vs. Rockies Preview, Wednesday 8/6, 7:40 CT
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Just for fun I looked at what significant Cubs had done in their second big-league start (in the case of Ron Santo, his second day because he debuted on the day of a doubleheader). In all cases I did the player's second start, rather than their second …

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Lou Brock For Ernie Broglio: 50 Years Ago
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Young players Ron Santo and Billy Williams were beginning to come into their prime years, and Dick Ellsworth had posted a monster season in 1963, winning 22 games with a 2.10 ERA. Management obviously felt that one more starting pitcher, to add to a …

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Hey, Crane Kenney! Here For Another 5 Years? Here's Some Advice
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From the mistakes made on the Wrigley 100 murals to the phone call made to Ron Santo's son asking if the late Ron Santo could come to the 100th-anniversary celebration to tossing out Santo memorabilia and the silly cake-discarding incident to refusing

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50 Years Ago Today: A Remembrance Of Ken Hubbs
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Active pallbearers were Hubbs' manager with the Cubs, Bob Kennedy, and teammates Ron Santo, Dick Ellsworth, Don Elston and Glen Hobbie. The Cubs organization was also represented by vice presidents John Holland and Charlie Grimm, and traveling 

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