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Welcome to today’s section of Cub Follows news and notes ™. Here we have material from current beat writers, bloggers and occasionally in-house habitué, moonlight. These pieces are centered around #Kids, #MiLB and #MLB baseball.

The kids are going to buy from the scrap heap, it seems. Players worth having disappear quickly. The Cardinals have rolled out that welcome Matz, thereby thwarting part of my expected list, and it’s starting to look like the only Cooperstown most of the lineup will visit has foot-long weiners on the menu and a Hall-of-Fame lefty on the management team. Sorry!

What a move it is, these gold lamb jeans.

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Today in Cubs and MLB history:

  • 1941 With just three years of major league experience, shortstop Lou Boudreau has been named the Cleveland Indians’ manager. He takes on Roger Peckinpaugh, who moves up to the front office as the Indians’ general manager. At the age of 24, four months and eight days, Boudreau becomes the youngest skipper to lead a team in the 20th century. Scotland-born Jim McCormick ruled Cleveland in 1879 at the age of 23.
  • 1944 – Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, the first Major League Baseball Commissioner, dies of a heart attack at age 78 in Chicago. Landis had ruled baseball since November 1920 in the wake of the Black Sox scandal, and exercised unparalleled authority in any other industry. Landis had been admitted to the hospital on October 2nd. He will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on December 9 by a special ballot.
  • 1958 – Baseball Writers Association of America names Chicago Cubs slugger Ernie Banks as National League Most Valuable Player. Willie Mays of the San Francisco Giants is in second place.
  • 2003 – The Chicago Cubs swap first baseman Hee Seop Choi (who beat .210 with 10 homeruns and 32 RBI) and Mike Nannini to world champion Florida Marlins in exchange for Gold Glove first baseman Derrek Lee (.271, 31, 92).

Kids’ birthdays: Frank Corridon, Bert Cunningham, Jakie May, John Pyecha, Joe Vernon, Randy Veres, Ben Wade, Jim Weaver, Chico Walker. Also noteworthy: Joe DiMaggio HOF.

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