Cubs Trivia

I received a 2007 Cubs desk calendar that every once in awhile comes up with a good trivia question. If there's one that stumps me that I need to go search for the answer on google(well actually I just have to look at the bottom of the calendar), I may post them on the slow days. So try and answer without a web search:
"Who was the first member of the Cubs to hit an All-Star Game home run?"
If you're the first to answer correctly, you'll win eternal fame and glory without having to give up your soul.


Without a web search he says. What fun is that?

I'm in for Gabby Hartnett.

Candy Maldonado.

and no, I didn't cheat.

I may post them on the slow days.

This is a slow day? This is the third post of the day! :)

By the way...I kinda' miss the preview comment feature.

p.s... again...

Is Christian still a writer here? Especially now that he has his own blog?

He has his own blog?

Is it Carlos Zambrano?

Andre Dawson?

well he crossed over with Gabby Hartnett's Cubs career....

I requested a preview button on the comments, hopefully soon.

Is Christian still a writer here? Especially now that he has his own blog?

not much baseball there and as far as I know he's still a part of TCR.....

You guys really need to either have MVN fix their hosting problems or drop out of the MVN family. Cubs Reporter is down for a day or two every week or other week. It's ridiculous.

MVN owns TCR, so that is kind of impossible Jackson.

this is a tough one, I had never even heard of the guy.....

Hint #2: shares a first name with a recent middle infielder known for his glove (Not Neifi)

I vote Ernie Banks. Just a guess...

I'm saying George Altman.

I know I should be all up in arms about this, but I have DirecTV so I can't feign the anger. Anyway looks like DirecTV is paying about $700 million over 7 years and in good news (if you have DirecTV), be the exclusive host of the 24 hour all-new MLB channel.

Hint #1: Career crossed over with Gabby Hartnett

Hint #2: shares a first name with a recent middle infielder known for his glove (Not Neifi).

I know he hit one and I think it was in Shea Stadium. There was a news interuption and we nver got to see it. I may be confusing it with one Billy Williams hit, but I know George's was before Billy.

Augie Galan 1936.

Bogey wins...hopefully he didn't cheat.

Tuesday, July 7, 1936 at Braves Field. Off Schoolboy Rowe, 5th inning, 1 out, none on.

One of my partners knew and he swears he didn't look it up.

One of my partners knew and he swears he didn’t look it up.

My wife would be pretty upset if I had more than one partner... :)

I think there have been a grand total of six Cub All-Star HRs: Galan 1936, Sauer 1952, Banks 1960, Altman 1961, Williams 1964 and Dawson 1991.

Next time this comes up, everyone can be prepared.

augie galan

augie galan 3/44

a rather non-prolific home run hitter at that, but an OBP machine (390 for his career)

Dombrowski looking to trade Neifi for Galan

it was a "fun fact" during a scoreboard trivia game at the AS game at Comerica Park season before last. Never heard of him up till that point. I've seen it in the SB Tribune as a Cubs history note before too.

Eternal fame and glory are yours Bogey...use it wisely.

Hey everyone...yes I'm still officially a writer here, but I look at it as more "writer emeritus" which means don't expect anything from me, but I might pop in with something to say if the feeling strikes me.

I got really burned out (on a lot of things) last year and my participation in TCR was one of the things which fell by the wayside. Fortunately Rob, Phil and Trans were more than capable of picking up the slack and that made it a lot easier to walk away from day-to-day writing duties, something I had been doing for five years. I've still been reading every day, though, so even though I'm not posting I'm still here to see what's going on.

I'm still around and since I started my personal blog last month I've realized that I miss writing. By the way, thanks for the hits -- I tripled my traffic yesterday from all the visits from the comments here (which gives you an idea of how small my reading audience is), and if you're interested in reading about where I travel to, what I eat, and how I raise my daughter, I hope you'll come back and visit more. Tell your friends!

I do feel bad about just sort of walking away from the site the way I did, but understand that that was how it had to be. I was ready to give it up completely but the guys here convinced me that wasn't the best decision and they were right.

Like I said, the site is in very capable hands with Rob, Trans and Phil, and you guys. Hopefully MVN can get its act together soon and figure out a way to keep the site up 24 hours a day, and then we can all get back to doing what we like to do, which is root for the Cubs.


Christian, it's really good to hear from ya; I've wondered a lot about how you're doing.

Augie Galan?

Re: MLB and DirecTV...

F*CK SELIG!!!!!!!!!

"Re: MLB and DirecTV…

F*CK SELIG!!!!!!!!!"

It's a wonderful deal for baseball and for MLBAM. They would be nuts to pass it up.

"It’s a wonderful deal for baseball and for MLBAM. They would be nuts to pass it up."

Except it SUCKS for a very large percentage of fans. But hey, who needs fans, right?

They could also start putting ads on the players jerseys, hey that could be a great deal for MLB too. Turning a blind eye to the steroid problem was a wonderful deal for MLB too, look how much money they have made the past 10 years.

Just because it was a good deal financially doesn't mean it is a good idea overall. This deal just eliminates the chance of millions of eyes seeing more baseball and that is a shame. But I can't say i expect anything different from Selig.

No, Manny, I'm as pissed off as you are. But from a business perspective, 30 extra million dollars for alienating a couple hundred of fans that aren't going to stop watching games (and will switch to is a win/win situation for MLBAM. Can't blame them, but we can indeed hate them.

BTW, 750,000 EI Packages were sold last year. MLBAM expects to lose 100-200K subscriptions that will likely be offset by the boost in MLBAM-MLBtv subscriptions.

Genious move, Selig is a man of money.

"30 extra million dollars for alienating a couple hundred of fans that aren’t going to stop watching games (and will switch to is a win/win situation for MLBAM."

Couple hundred??? HA HA I even think the MLB numbers of 100-200K is low. But hey, I won't be switching to DirecTV and I will not be doing the crappy internet thing. I have only heard horror stories about that. I guess everything is about the all mighty dollar in sports and screw the fan. Sad but true, but again, just because you make more money doing something does not mean it is a smart business move.

"Genious move, Selig is a man of money."

Hopefully he will be a man out of a job soon...

Do those comments seem disengenous coming from an self acknowledge and proud ticket scalper? Last time I checked it was Selig actually worked for MLB. What's your excuse?

Couple hundred thousand, I tried to say.

Like Joe Sheehan said, who knows far more than I do:

"MLB is going to tick off a subset of that group: EI subscribers who either have Dish Network or cable. However, they’re not going to lose that group of people as fans of MLB as a whole. Some of those people will switch to DirecTV, others will make do with, still others will not purchase a package and live without the extra games. The number of fans that MLB will lose because of this decision, however, could fit in my living room. You simply don’t go from being such a big fan of baseball that you would purchase 1200 games a year on satellite to a non-fan based on one decision."

I don't recall anyone making a fuss when NFL decided to sell its exclusive Big Ticket rights to DirecTV.

The Real Neal:
"Last time I checked it was Selig actually worked for MLB."

Hopefully not for long...

And I am actually giving people the opportunity to go to Cubs games. Selig is actually limiting the chances for many to see MLB games. How is that the same? Nice try though...

You and Joe Sheehan are probably right, but it still SUCKS and it just adds another reason to HATE Selig. Man that list is getting long...:)


Oh sorry, I didn't realize you were 'giving' the tickets. I thought you were selling them, my bad. And since, you already bought the season tickets, their value is a sunk cost. Quite noble of you.

So we have one person, scalping free tickets, deriving profit from an entity which he does not belong to. A lamprey, would be the most apt way I can describe that. And we have a second person, working for an organization and trying to make it as profitable as he can. And the lamprey is deriding the other guy. Amazing.

Apparantly Macias doesn't like suchi or fighting hams because he's back in the bigs...well kind of. Washington Post reporting he's signed a minor league deal with the Nats. If there was any doubt the Nationals would contend for worst club in the bigs this season, this move should put them over the top.

or sushi

Hm, I just noticed John was removed from the author list... he'll make a hell of a ! after Neifi if he ever comes back. Oh well, his insight will be missed.

yeah, British college babes and invading the States seems to have kept John away from his true calling. He shall be missed.

From Sullivan today, regarding Barrett's contract:

"In stark contrast to the Zambrano talks, the Cubs and catcher Michael Barrett aren't even whispering yet. Barrett also becomes a free agent after 2007 and will likely seek a four-year deal. Barrett knows Hendry is working on completing the long-rumored deal for free-agent outfielder Cliff Floyd, and isn't worried about his own fate."

Also, this shocking headline from the Daily Herald:

'Higher on-base percentage to take higher priority with Cubs"

I would rather have Bernie Williams for a year than Cliff Floyd-

Reeeally, Jac?

The Real Neal:
"Oh sorry, I didn’t realize you were ‘giving’ the tickets. I thought you were selling them, my bad."

I never said I was giving them away. I said I was giving people the opportunity to go to Cubs games.

"Quite noble of you."

Thanks, do you want to buy them? :) No friend discount for you though...

"So we have one person, scalping free tickets, "

HA HA what a fucking tickets?? HA HA

Switch hitter, healthy, kills lefty pitching.

Platoon him with JJones againtst leftys; can give Murton a day off against real tough righties.

Played for a winner all his career.

I know his glove has some holes, but you don't need him every day.

Floyd looks like he could turn into Kal Daniels in a hurry.

Instead of being upset at MLB for selling only via DirectTV, why don't you direct your anger at TribCo? After all, it was TribCo suits who in their ultimate wisdom decided not to give their crappy product away for free 130-140 times a year.

Or, you could direct some negative karma to my cable operator, who has WGN on the lineup a mere 10 miles from my town but not actually in my town. Nice.

hell, im upset about the MLB-EI thing, but what manny or anyone else does with tickets or what anyone's local cable provider does with WGN i could care less about.

that's just me being my selfish self, though...

seriously, this EI-exclusive crap sucks. we can hold it 'business being business' but it doesnt serve the fans.

someone brought up the topic of public service vs. business earlier...nice piece, really...tieing into govt/public services. if we ran govt. like a business we wouldnt have well maintained roads, public transportation, and other things we take for granted that are pretty much run at a loss for the sake of the community at large.

this may be good for MLB the business, but the long/short of it is the deal was made at the expense of the most hardcore of supporters of the product based on the speculation (that's mostly true) that people who care enough to pay 140 a year to watch baseball wont abandon the game.

to quote bill hicks..."its kinda a cock suck...isnt it?"

AMEN Crunch...

I was thinking about switching to Direct TV, but Dish Network gives me WGN, and Comcast Sports Net on the mid level package for much cheaper. I get 95% of the Cubs games and I am happy.

It is almost like being back in the old days when WGN used to carry most of the Cubs games. Though I would like that MLB channel. Baseball is far behind the other leagues in establishing that.

Paul Sullivan:

-Zambrano wants "Barry Zito-like money--around $18 million a year or more, for six or seven years."

-Hendry nicknamed Zambrano, "Z-Biscuit"

-"the Cubs could have Floyd and rookie Felix Pie to back up in either corner outfield spot"...what a terrible fucking idea.

Mike, you still live in the Chicago area, right?

shouldn't Z at least get a Cy Young before he gets "Zito Money?"

I still live in the Chicago area? The closest I ever lived to Chicago was a little town called Paris, Illinois and that was when I was like 5 years old.

Did Arizona for over 20 years, and Georgia for 3, and now on the far western side of Iowa.

Then how do you get cubs games on comcast? Are you still the 'local' chicago area?

Call me a throwback but I've got no cable, and instead I'm using the savings to attend all the Cubs visits to PNC. Otherwise I stick to the audiofeed from MLB online- easier to work in the lab listening to just radio anyway. Are the MLB suits going to screw me too? Like exclusivity for Sirius or something?

it's exclusive to XM radio actually, but the Internet TV and radio feeds I think are going to remain the same.

I may invest in the EI package this year and get a slingbox since I'm rarely home when the games are on...

Rob, I'll do you one better. Just buy the sling box and hook it up in a family member's house in the chicago area. This way you will get all the games for free and no blackouts. I'm think of doing this as my mom has a spare bedroom back in chicagoland that has a cable hook up but no tv!

not a bad idea, my folks don't have cable but my brother does. Unfortunately I imagine him being a douche about it if I asked...

Of course I'd like to watch the games in my house on my big screen on the days I am home as well...

We'll see or you can just give me the access info to see your feed. :)

wsox land erstad for those that care...

oops...wrong thread and still late news anyway...


Ask someone who has taken an accounting class to explain the concept of 'sunk cost' to you. It has a lot of relevance to baseball, so it would behoove you to understand it, outside of your ticket scalping operation.

The Real Neal,
What Mickey Mouse school did you go to? Here is the definition of "sunk cost": "A past outlay or loss that cannot be altered by current or future actions."

I can very well alter that outlay currently or in the future by selling those tickets for a big profit. Nice try........

Oh really you can?

Explain to me how you can change the amount you pay for season tickets 'by current or future actions'. Are you going to call up the Cubs box office and say 'you know what, these tickets aren't scalping to well this year, I am going to go ahead and sell them back to you'.

The money is spent, you're not getting it back. Sure you can scalp the tickets, like but you're not getting the money back from the Cubs, are you? You're also not 'giving' anyone anything, you're selling. Do you not understand the difference between giving and selling? I think you're future employers may want to check that PSU degree, maybe even your HS diploma.

The Real Neal:
"you’re not getting the money back from the Cubs, are you?"

I bet you I could...And someone on that wait list of thousands would be very happy. :)

Oh yeah genius...

Here is another definition from

"Sunk costs are investment costs incurred before a certain activity takes place which cannot be recovered by the possible sale of the asset they produced."

You should be paying my tuition for this classroom session.

Here is another definition from a university Econ 310 class website...

"Sunk costs are those parts of the purchase cost that cannot later be salvaged or modified through resale or other changes in operations."

Will you be paying for these classes up front or should I bill you monthly?


I didn't say that the tickets were a sunk cost. I only said they were a sunk cost for you, because you were altruisticly giving them away. If you're giving them away, you're not going to recover them by a possible sale, are you?

Here's the pertinent quotes:

"And I am actually giving people the opportunity to go to Cubs games."

"Oh sorry, I didn’t realize you were ‘giving’ the tickets. I thought you were selling them, my bad. And since, you already bought the season tickets, their value is a sunk cost."

Refering them to them as a sunk cost, was only in the context that you give them away, which I know you don't do, being a lamprey. So in additon to being a lamprey, you're also a hypocrite for getting upset at someone who is doing his job to the best of his abilities (and to the benefit of his employers), when you willing and happily use that same enterprise to improve your own wealth at the expense of the very same people you're so worked up about defending. I am not sure if scalping tickets via ebay or whatever is against the law in IL and whichever state you now reside in, but the associated income tax evasion certainly is.

If you were giving the tickets away, however, you would have a moral leg to stand on.

Have you seen the movie Fever Pitch? That's what real fans do with their season tickets.

Sounds like someone is jealous...maybe I will give you a pair of tickets for free just to make you feel better...Nah!!! :)

Oh yeah, if you can ever afford to own a home and sell it for more, I guess that makes you and every person in the world who has sold their house for more a lamprey. Or should we home owners just give our houses away? is that what real Americans do? HA HA

Woo internet!!!

Oh yeah, in post #42 you say:
"And since, you already bought the season tickets, their value is a sunk cost."

But in post #74 you say:
"I didn’t say that the tickets were a sunk cost."

So which is it? You are contradicting yourself...

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  • I figured this was going to be the most meaningless regular season in Cubs history...and it is pretty much on point, although I certainly didn't think we'd have close to a 14 game lead.

    But, one bad hop in game 1 in October could change absolutely everything we will remember about this year.

    blockhead25 6 min 27 sec ago view
  • This is awesome.

    (CSN Chicago will air Vin Scully's call of the Sunday Cubs vs. Dodgers game)


    Rob G. 18 min 22 sec ago view
  • oh he's great, there's like 10 great pitchers in the NL right now that can flat out dominate though. Picking #2 (behind Kershaw) doesn't matter much to me right now. Much like whom the Cubs will play in the playoffs won't matter much, they're gonna be good teams.

    Rob G. 19 min 29 sec ago view
  • The Cubs great pitching has a lot more to do with their great defense this year and plenty of good luck  (#1 in ERA, #4 in FIP behind Nats, Mets and Dodgers with a rather ridiculous .258 BABIP against Cubs' pitchers).

    Cubs pitchers do strike out more hitters than Giants pitchers and do walk more hitters than Giants pitchers so that's a few more balls in play. Cubs' pitchers actually have a higher groundball rate though. Crawford is just really good and baseball happens.

    Rob G. 21 min 56 sec ago view
  • i do what i want.

    i run with 12 gangs and we only commit hate crimes.

    i do what i want.

    crunch 1 hour 26 min ago view
  • I was asking how well Scherzer holds on runners.


    BTW, your used underwear remark sounds rather specific. Please don't project. Thanks.

    Tito 1 hour 54 min ago view
  • nothing gets you going like someone talking about lester, eh?

    i hope you're on his payroll or he sends you used underwear or whatever you're into.

    btw, he holds runners like shit. he does things with runners i've never seen another pitcher do in my life...even going back before i was born as far as i can tell. would you like to discuss it? that sounds like it could be educational and fun. hit me up, bruh.

    crunch 1 hour 57 min ago view
  • last year they won 97...and came in 3rd in the division. crazy game on a year-to-year basis.

    this year it's likely no one else in the division will win 90, though it's technically possible at this point.

    no matter what, this is a special team, though...very well rounded...and should be mostly intact next year with a bonus schwarber. chapman may not be around, but whatever...rondon and crew are capable even if not on chapman's level.

    crunch 1 hour 58 min ago view
  • How well does he hold on runners?


    Tito 3 hours 53 min ago view
  • It's August 26. Cubs with 14 game lead. And not for #1 draft pick.

    Words I never thought I would type together.

    Jackstraw 4 hours 8 min ago view
  • One more victory to ensure a winning season!

    billybucks 6 hours 25 min ago view
  • If I were a betting man

    Give me the Dodgers tonite, not just because of
    Monty on mound.

    Two nights in LA for the kids? Woooo

    /Prove me wrong

    jacos 6 hours 25 min ago view
  • When Scherzer is on his game, he might the the most dominant and intimidating pitcher. A couple of games he has pitched against the Cubs when he had his stuff, and his mound presence was just powerful.

    billybucks 6 hours 26 min ago view
  • So are lack of chances due to the great pitching?

    jacos 6 hours 29 min ago view
  • TLS watch: 0-4 with Iowa last night. Saving his pinch hits for September.

    Cubster 7 hours 19 min ago view
  • Objectively true. Scherzer's FIP is almost a half point higher than his ERA, mostly I deduce because his BABIP is .249 so something ridiculous like that. It's not like the guy can't be scored on, but when I watch him, I sometimes feel that he's the most in control of the game moving around him.

    John Beasley 8 hours 3 min ago view