January 21st – January 28th
Welcome to a new feature here at Chicago Cubs Online, This Week In Cubs History. I am a history buff and I believe you can learn a lot from the past. Satchel Paige said, “Don’t look back, something might be gaining on you.” The Chicago Cubs have a rich history full of interesting characters and events that should never be forgotten. Some of us think that if it ‘happened before I was born, it does not matter’….well the CCO believes it does, so here is a look at yesteryear. January 22
1976 – Robin Roberts (1966) was voted into the Hall of Fame
1975 – Ralph Kiner (1953-1954) was voted into the Hall of Fame
1932 – Dodgers acquired Hack Wilson (1926-1931) from the Cardinals who had just acquired Wilson from the Cubs in December traded him to the Dodgers. The Dodgers signed him for $16,500
1900 – Roger Bresnahan (1900, 1913-1915, Manager 1915) became one of the first players to occasionally wear a protective headgear known as the ‘Reach Pneumatic Head Protector’ who was granted a patent for the product by the A.J. Reach Company
1953 – Tim Stoddard (1984), born
2002 – The Brewers signed free agent Matt Stairs (2001)
1949 – Lou Boudreau (Manager 1960) was rewarded a 2-year annual contract as a player-manager for $65,000 by the Cleveland Indians
1945 – The New York Yankees were sold by the Ruppert Estate to Larry MacPhail, Dan Topping and Del Webb for $2.8 million dollars. Larry MacPhail is Andy MacPhail’s grandfather
1899 – The Cubs trade Bill Dahlen (1891-1898) to Baltimore for Gene Demontreville (1899), Dahlen ended up with the Dodgers before the season started
1895 – Cap Anson (1871-1897) noted that “nobody likes to see a play made with the aid of gloves.” He is of the opinion that only catchers should be permitted the luxury of wearing gloves.
1974 – Jose Macias (2004-2005), born
1983 – The White Sox traded Steve Trout (1983-1987) and Warren Brusstar (1983-1985) to the Cubs for Randy Martz (1980-1982), Dick Tidrow (1979-1982), Pat Tabler (1981-1982) and Scott Fletcher (1981-1982)
1951 – Jimmie Foxx (1942, 1944) was voted into the Hall of Fame
1932 – William K. Wrigley died at the age of 70. He had been the majority owner of the Cubs since 1919. His only son, Phillip K. Wrigley inherited the Cubs and the Minor League, Los Angeles Angels. Most of the day to day operations was still handled by Team President William Veeck, father of Bill Veeck.
1982 – The Philadelphia Phillies traded shortstop Larry Bowa (1982-1985) and a little known Minor League infielder Ryne Sandberg to the Cubs for Ivan DeJesus (1977-1982)
1943 – Cubs paid cash to Reds for Paul Derringer (1943-1945)
1973 – The Hall of Fame Special Veterans Committee put George Kelly (1930) into the Hall of Fame
Will the Cubs make any History this week?