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Jan. 23, 1943: Ski Jumping at Wrigley Field

Jan. 23, 1943: A ski jumping competition sponsored by the Norge Ski Club of Cary, Illinois, draws over 6,000 fans to Wrigley Field.

Jan. 20: Ozzie Guillen born

Jan. 20, 1964: Ozzie Guillen born in Ocumare del Tuy, Venezuela. White Sox shortstop 1985-97 & manager 2004-11.

Jan. 20: Sam Hairston born

Jan. 20, 1920: Sam Hairston is born in Crawford, Mississippi.

Jan. 19: Chick Gandil born

Jan. 19, 1888: Arnold “Chick” Gandil born in St. Paul, Minnesota. White Sox first baseman 1917-19.

Jan. 17: Don Zimmer born

Jan. 17, 1931: Don Zimmer born in Cincinnati. Cubs infielder 1960-61 & manager 1988-91. All-Star in ’61. Read his SABR bio

Jan. 16: Jack McDowell born

Jan. 16, 1966: Jack McDowell born in Van Nuys, Calif. White Sox pitcher 1987-94. Three-time All-Star, Cy Young winner in 1993.

Jan. 13: Kevin Foster born

Jan. 13, 1969: Kevin Foster born in Evanston.

Jan. 11: Paddy Driscoll born

Jan. 11, 1895: John “Paddy” Driscoll born in Evanston. Played 13 games as an infielder with the Cubs in 1917.

Jan. 10: John Houseman born

Jan. 10, 1870: John Houseman born in the Netherlands.

Jan. 6: Early Wynn born

Jan. 6, 1920: Early Wynn born in Hartford, Alabama. Pitched five of his 23 major league seasons for the White Sox (1958–1962), winning the Cy Young award in 1959

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