This Week in Cubs History – 01/29/06

January 29th – February 4th

Another week as come and gone so it is time for another installment of ‘This Week in Cubs History’. Last week the Cubs did add to the timeline with the signing of Wade Miller and the acquisition of Angel Pagan.

I cannot believe it, but this week is the one-year anniversary of the Cubs trading Sammy Sosa to the Orioles. With all that has happened over the last year, it seems to me he has been gone a lot longer than that. Sammy has really fallen from grace in a very short time. For someone who is only one season removed from hitting 35 home runs to a player most believe is through and cannot find a job.

Here is the rest of the week….

January 29

1996 – The Red Sox traded Lee Tinsley, Glen Murray and Ken Ryan to the Phillies for Heathcliff Slocumb (1991-1993), Rick Hollifield and Larry Wimberly
1994 – The Baltimore Orioles signed Lee Smith (1980-1987)
1948 – Commissioner Happy Chandler fined the Cubs $500 for signing High School Players (The Yankees and Phillies received the same fine)

January 30

1996 – The Phillies signed Benito Santiago (1999)
1987 – The Cubs traded Ron Cey (1983-1986) to the Oakland A’s for Luis Quinones (1987)
1984 – The New York Mets released Dave Kingman (1978-1980) after a disappointing season. Kingman will sign with the Oakland A’s, where he would finish his career
1978 – Larry MacPhail (Andy MacPhail’s Grandfather) was elected into Baseball’s Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee
1959 – The Reds traded Smokey Burgess (1949, 1951), Harvey Haddix and Don Hoak (1956) to the Pirates for Frank Thomas (1960-1961, 1966), Jim Pendleton, Johnny Powers, Whammy Douglas and cash. The trade is one of the worst in Reds History.
1923 – The Red Sox traded Herb Pencock to the Yankees for Norm McMillan (1928-1929), George Murray, Camp Skinner and $50,000
1917 – Grover Cleveland Alexander (1918-1926) announced he was ready to retire from professional baseball if his salary demands were not met. Alexander demanded a 3-year contract worth $15,000 per year

January 31

1962 – Ralph Kiner (1953-1954) became a part of the Giants announcers team
1956 – The Reds traded Jackie Collum (1957) to the Cardinals for Brooks Lawrence and Sonny Senerchia
1952 – A U.S. federal jury awarded Jorge Pasquel (Mexican owner), $35,000 for breach of contract by Mickey Owen (1949-1951)
1927 – National League President, John Heydler ruled Rogers Hornsby (1929-1932) could not continue to hold stock in the Cardinals and play for the Giants
1898 – Cap Anson was fired after 19 years as player-manager of the Chicago National League Ball Club, Inc. Anson won 1,288 games and 5 pennants and was very popular in Chicago. Tom Burns (1880-1891, Manager 1898-1899) replaced Anson and the team became known as the Orphans.

February 1

2002 – The White Sox signed Kenny Lofton (2003)
1995 – The owners agreed to revoke their arbitrarily imposed salary cap and return to the old agreement
1965 – Ed Bailey (1965) was traded to the Giants for Bill O’Dell. Bailey played 66 games for the Cubs in 1965
1962 – The National League released its first 162 game schedule
1954 – The Milwaukee Braves traded Johnny Antonelli, Don Liddle, Billy Klaus and Ebba St. Claire to the New York Giants for Bobby Thompson (1958-1959)
1919 – The Dodgers traded Jake Daubert to the Reds for Tommy Griffith (1925)
1912 – Jim Doyle (1911) died at the age of 30 after an appendicitis operation. He played only one full season in the Major Leagues
1910 – The Chicago National League Ball Club, Inc. acquired Ginger Beaumont (1910) from the Boston Braves for Fred Liese. Liese did not play a single game for the Chicago organization

February 2

2005 – After all the rumors and speculation, the Sammy Sosa trade to the Baltimore Orioles was made official. The Cubs sent Sosa to the Orioles for Jerry Hariston, Jr., Mike Fontenot and David Crouthers. (Link to about Sosa trade)
2005 – The Cubs sign Jeromy Burnitz (2005)
1976 – Fred Lindstrom (1935) was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee
1975 – Neifi Perez, born
1964 – Burleigh Grimes (1932-1933) was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Special Veterans Committee as a part of the largest Veterans Class ever
1943 – After experimenting with a vest worn over knit jerseys, the Cubs returned to conventional baggy flannels for 1943. The uniform change saved the Cubs $2,000 on the cost of uniforms.
1930 – The Yankees trade/sell Leo Durocher (Manager 1966-1972) to the Reds. Rumors were Durocher was stealing money and jewelry from his teammates according to Urban Shocker.

February 3

2000 – The St. Louis Cardinals signed three former Cubs: Shawon Dunston (1985-1995, 1997), Brian McRae (1995-1997) and Rick Wilkins (1991-1995)
1996 – The White Sox signed Kevin Tapani (1997-2001)

February 4

2005 – The Cubs avoided arbitration and signed Aramis Ramirez to a $8.95 million dollar, 1-year contract
1984 – The Cleveland Indians trade Toby Harrah and Rick Brown to the Yankees for George Frazier (1984-1986), Otis Nixon and Guy Elston.
1957 – Joe McCarthy (Manager, 1926) was elected to the Hall of Fame

Will the Cubs make any History this week?

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Quote of the Day

"People who write about Spring Training not being necessary have never tried to throw a baseball." – Sandy Koufax