Greatest Moments: No. 2, Merkle's Boner

By Chris Rewers on Friday, April 22, 2011

The Cubs' chances of winning a second straight world championship and third straight National League pennant were not looking promising on Aug. 16, 1908 when Philadelphia right-hander George McQuillan outdueled the Cubs' Jack Pfiester in a 1-0 Phillies victory at Chicago's West Side Grounds.

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The Phillies' Phenomenal Rotation

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, March 3, 2011

There are several interesting storylines heading into the 2011 major league season. Among them:

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Greatest Moments: No. 6, The Double No-Hitter

By Chris Rewers on Monday, January 31, 2011

(Editor's Note: Twenty-fifth in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

A gathering of about 3,500 fans turned out at Weeghman Park (now Wrigley Field) on May 2, 1917 and were fortunate enough to witness something that had never happened before in the major leagues and has not happened since.

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Greatest Moments: No. 7, Cubs Repeat as World Champions

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, January 29, 2011

(Editor's Note: Twenty-fourth in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

It can be argued that from 1906-10 the Cubs were the greatest team in baseball history.

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Rest in Peace, Ronnie

By Chris Rewers on Friday, December 3, 2010

Life has thrown me more than a fair share of curveballs, but throughout my many trials and tribulations, I have tried my best to maintain my optimism and to reflect on my many blessings.

And I could not have a better role model in regards to having a sunny disposition in the face of adversity than former Cubs star and longtime radio broadcaster Ron Santo.

It was very sad to learn Friday morning that Santo, the greatest third baseman in Cubs history, had died at age 70 from complications of bladder cancer.

Santo was one of my father's favorite ballplayers and I was very familiar with the nine-time All-Star's playing exploits long before he joined the Cubs broadcast team in 1990. Say what you will about Santo's on-air style ("Who's this guy pitching, Pat?"), but understand that listening to a Cubs game on the radio will never be the same.

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13 Moments to Forget

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, November 21, 2010

You don't put together a 103-year championship drought without a few infamous and embarrassing moments. Cubs history is full of head-scratching and gut-wrenching moments. I believe these are the 13 worst:

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1908: Merkle's Boner

By Chris Rewers on Monday, October 4, 2010

The Cubs' chances of winning a second straight world championship and third straight National League pennant were not looking promising on Aug. 16, 1908 when Philadelphia right-hander George McQuillan outdueled the Cubs' Jack Pfiester in a 1-0 Phillies victory at Chicago's West Side Grounds.

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A Fitting Tribute to Billy Williams

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, September 9, 2010

Whenever announcers or writers refer to a star athlete as "a natural," I believe that they are discounting all the hard work that it takes for that player to make it to the top of his profession.

Much has been said and written about the wonderful, "sweet" swing of Cubs Hall of Famer Billy Williams, and it is often said that the Hall of Famer was blessed with that swing. It is true that Williams brought a great deal of natural ability with him when he became the Cubs everyday left fielder in 1961, but I wonder how many people realize how hard the man worked to become one of the finest hitters of his era.

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One Hack of a Season

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The story of Hack Wilson's incredible 1930 season began the previous autumn, on Oct. 12, 1929 at Philadelphia's Shibe Park.

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Brave New World, Same Old Lee

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Derrek Lee, again batting out of the cleanup spot, went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts in Atlanta 5-2 loss at Colorado on Tuesday night.

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A Tip of the Cap to Dawson

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, July 22, 2010

Andre Dawson's Hall of Fame plaque will feature his likeness sporting a Montreal Expos cap, but the Hawk will always be fondly remembered by Cubs fans for the thrills he provided during his fabulous 1987 MVP season.

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Thumbing My Nose At Sabermetrics

By Chris Rewers on Monday, July 19, 2010

I'm sure Tony La Russa had has reasons for deciding to bat his pitcher eighth back in 2007, but I was suspicious of his motives.

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The Case For Santo in Cooperstown

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, June 27, 2010

I was often my team's third baseman when I played youth baseball and whenever I made a nifty play, I'd hear my father yelling, "Nice play, Chris. Just like Ron Santo!"

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Brewers 3, Cubs 2

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Hero: Ted Lilly was spectacular for most of the night, surrendering just four hits over eight innings while walking none and striking out eight. But Lilly made one critical mistake. After his offense finally staked him a run in the top of the eighth, Lilly promptly coughed it up as National League home run leader Corey Hart crushed a hanging sinker over the left-field fence to lead off the bottom of the eighth. It was Hart's 15th round-tripper of the season.

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Lack Of Speed Kills Big Z Bullpen Experiment

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Give Lou Piniella credit for thinking outside the box.

The experiment of using Carlos Zambrano as a setup reliever was scrapped after just four weeks, but the low-risk, high-reward gamble was worth a try.

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The Robin Who Flew Away

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, May 6, 2010

Hall of Fame pitcher Robin Roberts died Thursday at the age of 83.

Roberts' best years came with the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1950s and he was perhaps baseball's best pitcher during the first half of the decade. Roberts finished his career with the Cubs well after his prime in 1966, but he very well could have spent his dominant years with the North Siders if the Cubs front office had any kind of a clue about how to identify talent.

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Hawk Talk

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, May 5, 2010

In 1987, the final year of the Dallas Green regime and an exclusive day schedule at Wrigley Field, Andre Dawson treated Cubs fans to one of the greatest individual seasons in franchise history.

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