Cubs Trivia

2 for you today...
What is the full birth name (first, middle, last) of Harry Caray?
Which Cubs pitcher was the first African-American to throw a no-hitter in the Major Leagues? Bonus points for the opponent and the year.
As always, web searches are discouraged. And for what it's worth, I've never even heard of the player that is the answer to the second question.


Well i don't think it's Fergie Jenkins then cause I'm pretty sure you've heard of him. Then again, you never know with the clowns that run this site.

Sam "Toothpick" Jones?

My Dad use to tell me about him, in the 50's after he came over in a trade from Pirates.

Caribini I believe is Harry's last name.

Announced Attendance for last nights game at Fenway Park...36,733.

I thought I heard by someone on TCR that the Red Sox expanded the capacity to almost 39,000. If so, then why did the Red Sox not sell those extra 2,000+ tickets. The demand HAD to be there.

Press take up some seats? And wasn't there a difference in day and night games although I don't recall which was which.


it's a sad day for baseball when a team can't even sell out a World Series game. Maybe I should put them on my "Teams to be Contracted" list.

for the UMPTEENTH effing time,

Fenway renovations on schedule
02/08/2006 5:16 PM ET
By Mike Shalin / Special to

BOSTON -- With the home opener some 62 days away, Fenway Park currently looks anything like a stadium that will host the Red Sox and Toronto Blue Jays on April 11.
But mark this down: The old place will be ready, complete with all kinds of new stuff.

The Red Sox, in their latest move at renovating and upgrading a ballpark that opened in 1912, have torn the upper portion of Fenway apart, in what club president/CEO Larry Lucchino calls "the largest renovation in the history of Fenway Park."

Wednesday, the Sox gave the media a tour of the site, complete with hard hats. A walk out to the Green Monster seats, an earlier upgrade of this regime, showed a look at the home plate area that looks entirely different. Gone is the high glass that sat in front of what was the .406 Club. That area will be open now, with a lower half -- the EMC Club, a $275 seat that will be heated -- and upper half known as the Home Plate Pavilion.

The top portion will connect with the roof boxes that have also been replaced by what will now be a permanent base structure.

The capacity for this season, according to the fire code, will be 38,805, up from 36,298 last year. After the club finishes all upgrades -- this is the fifth one so far under current ownership -- by the park's 100th birthday in 2012, the capacity is projected to be 39,968.

If that is really the capacity, why are they not selling those seats/SRO's? Find any articles about that?

oh yeah, Jacos was write

Sam Jones on May 12, 1955 vs the Pirates, a 4-0 victory

Harry Christopher Carabina

"The capacity for this season, according to the fire code, will be 38,805, up from 36,298 last year."

who cares...that's how many people they can legally fit into the place.

they didnt do it or they didnt do it right. they got 36.5K seats, still.

they do have standing room for "special games" but i dunno how or if they counted it.

they didnt break 3m again this year and they wont until they actually make their improvements.

speaking of which...the new layout of the cubs grounds will drop the actual height of the field a few feet which will eventually lead to more expansion of high $$ seats.

given the cubs are getting ready to "sell" it'll probably be years from now when they actually expand.

btw btw...dunno if anyone is following Zell, but he's ALL about some newspaper and very little about some baseball. he recently called out the newspaper industry saying theyre "doing it wrong" (not a direct quote) and he has the vision to make newspapers "work" again. g'luck didnt tip your hand how you plan on doing it, yet.

needs more blogs, less Paul Sullivan.

I kid, I kid.

needs less Phil Rodgers too.

Rob G --

Have you ever heard the LP record put out after the 1970 season by Jack Brickhouse called "Great Moments in Cubs History?" It includes a clip from the Sam "Toothpick" Jones no-hitter. Jones walked the bases loaded to open the 9th inning, then struck out Dick Groat, Roberto Clemente and Frank Thomas (or, in the words of Jack Brickhouse, Slugging Frank Thomas -- not inaccurate; between 1953 - 62 he hit from 23 to 35 per season - an off year in '59 with only 15).

That record was a must for Cubs fans of the late 60's-early 70's Durocher Cubs -- had some of the best audio calls of the 1969-1970 highlights. I can still hear them in my mind as I sit here.

I hadn't heard of that record but it sounds fantastic. What's a record though?

I kid....

Sam Jones was a very good starting pitchers during the fifties. I never understood why the Cubs traded him away to the Cards after two years.

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  • Yeah, but he kills lefties.

    billybucks 52 min 5 sec ago view
  • wow...instant hardcore rain.

    rain delay.

    crunch 59 min 32 sec ago view
  • it was massive...hit off the bottom of the LF scoreboard.

    crunch 1 hour 31 min ago view
  • Projected at 461 ft, with a 108 mph exit velocity - longest Cub HR this year by 20 ft (I think Arrieta had the longest?)

    Eric S 1 hour 39 min ago view
  • this team is full of horrible walkup music...rizzo uses 'marky mark and the funky bunch' more than he should...which is any at all.

    d.ross uses alphaville 'forever young' because lulz.

    lastella was using (still might be) 'oh what a night' by the four seasons.

    turrible turrible stuff.

    crunch 1 hour 40 min ago view
  • ROSS #100!

    cubs lead 1-5, bottom 4.

    crunch 1 hour 57 min ago view
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    misterwhipple 2 hours 7 sec ago view

    crunch 2 hours 7 min ago view
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    johann 3 hours ago view
  • Probably a good idea to give Rizz a couple of days off (slumps happen to the best -- Harper just broke a 4-for-33 with a HR yesterday). Never been a big fan of an all-RH lineup. The pitcher has the same look and same target for every hitter. At least, as a mediocre HS pitcher, facing a mixture of LH/RH hitters messed me up. A lack of talent and weak-ass stuff may have also been contributing factors.

    billybucks 3 hours 26 min ago view
  • Would you say Brooks doesn't have any upside going forward? Seems like he could be one of those hybrid starter reliever types maddon seems to like having in his bullpen. But I haven't seen a ton of him, and he got hit around pretty good last year in mlb

    Koyies Bansaw 3 hours 27 min ago view
  • Thanks, Phil!

    Charlie 4 hours 1 min ago view
  • Well executed!

    I've been wracking my brain to work a "Room With a View" reference in there but I just haven't gotten it to work.

    JoePepitone 5 hours 20 min ago view
  • Bryant might be playing SS during an infield shift, no? Usually he is moved to 2B but it could happen.

    Cubster 5 hours 32 min ago view
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    Old and Blue 5 hours 33 min ago view
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    Myrtle Beach has a couple of guys--Trevor Clifton and Jake Stinnett--worth keeping an eye on.

    South Bend has the best record in the Midwest League but it's more about their bats than their starting pitching.

    VirginiaPhil 6 hours 24 min ago view