Friday, June 25, 2010

Ron Santo

Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of Ron Santo's first game as a Chicago Cub. He batted sixth and played third base.

In the second inning, he singled in his first Major League at bat.

In the fifth inning, with the Cubs trailing 2-0, Pirates pitcher Bob Friend intentionally walked Cubs outfielder George Altman to load the bases, so he could face the rookie third baseman again.

This time, Santo cleared the bases with a double, the first three RBIs of his big league career.

He was twenty years old.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Jack Dempsey

Jack Dempsey was born on this day in 1895.

He was one of the most famous Americans in the 1920s. During that time he became acquainted with a certain scarfaced gangster in Chicago--and that caused him quite a bit of embarrassment the night of his biggest fight.

Several of the Chicago Cubs were on hand to witness it.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Most Notorious Cubs Fan Ever

It's a pretty stiff competition; there are a few that could claim the title.

But we say it's this guy.

After all,  he was Public Enemy #1.

He was born on this day in 1902.