Greatest Moments, No. 23: Cavarretta's 'Greatest Day in Baseball'

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, January 2, 2011

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

Poor Phil Cavarretta.

On July 22, 1951, Cavarretta, the pride of Lane Tech High School, was rewarded for his 18 outstanding years of service with the Cubs when owner Philip K. Wrigley named him player-manager.

Thanks a lot, Mr. Wrigley.

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A Salute to Phil Cavarretta

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, December 19, 2010

I would guess that I am not the only Chicago boy who, while attending a game at Wrigley Field, has imagined what it would be like to play for the Cubs.

Phil Cavarretta, who grew up not far from the Friendly Confines and attended Lane Tech High School, was fortunate enough to live that dream.

Cavarretta, who put together a terrific 20-year career with the Cubs from 1934-53, died Saturday in Lilburn, Ga. at age 94.

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Win One For Pops

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, April 11, 2010

Nobody has accompanied me to Cubs games at Wrigley Field more than my grandfather.

Pops took me to several games each season. He took me to my first Jacket Day in 1976, he made sure I was at the Friendly Confines the day in 1982 that they retired Ernie Banks' No. 14, and in 1988 he took me to the first scheduled night game at Wrigley Field It was at that game that he bought me my first Wrigley beer.

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The [Monday] Sports Pages

By Chris Rewers on Monday, April 5, 2010

Cubs fans have heard it before. Manager Lou Piniella believes this could be the year that the Cubs end their 102-year world championship drought.

"I think the Cubs, their time is coming to win the World Series," Piniella said after Saturday's spring training finale in Phoenix. "Hopefully, it's very, very, very soon.

"When we do, it will be an event," he added.

You think?

Of course, each of the 30 major league managers will say that his team is capable of achieving October glory if his players stay healthy and perform to the best of their abilities. But does anybody really believe that Pittsburgh manager John Russell really thinks his Pirates have a shot?

Perhaps the most honest preseason managerial assessment of a team from the Cubs' Phil Cavarretta in 1954.

"The Cubs have to win now," Cavarretta said late in spring training. "They are losing fans by the thousands. But the material isn't there. The future looks even worse. There just isn't any good talent coming up. The Cubs have to get some big league talent or they're sunk."

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Sincerely, JCB

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