This Week in Cubs History – 02/05/06

February 5th – February 11th

It is time for another installment of ‘This Week in Cubs History’. I know it is Super Bowl Sunday, but with Pitchers and Catchers reporting to Spring Training in 10 days the 2006 Major League season is right around the corner and in my world the 2006 season starts as soon as the Super Bowl is over. This was the same week that the Cubs traded Bill Madlock and Kyle Farnsworth….could another trade be on the horizon?

Let’s step into the ‘Way Back Machine’….

February 5

1954 – The Orioles trade Johnny Groth and Johnny Lipon to the White Sox for Sam Mele and Neil Berry. Lipton was traded to the Reds on April 18th for Grady Hatton (1960)
1934 – Hank Aaron, born
1931 – Hack Wilson (1926-1931) signs with the Cubs for $35,000 dollars. In 1930 Wilson set National League and Major League records for the Cubs in home runs (56) and RBI’s (191). Wilson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1979
1903 – The Cubs and White Stockings. the first to play an inter-league series, announced a 15-game preseason City Series

February 6

1935 – Dizzy Dean (1938-1941) declared himself a holdout. He demanded $25,000 for the upcoming season. He signed the next day for $19,500.
1895 – George Herman ‘Babe’ Ruth, born

February 7

1994 – Michael Jordan signed a Minor League contract with the Chicago White Sox (I know this is not Cubs related, but it is Jordan)

February 8

Nothing found on this day in Cubs History

February 9

2005 – The Cubs traded reliever Kyle Farnsworth (1999-2004) and a PTBNL to the Detroit Tigers for Roberto Novoa (2005 – present), Scott Moore (2005 – present) and Bo Flowers
1994 – The Phillies traded Terry Mulholland (1997-1999) and a PTBNL to the Yankees for Bobby Munoz, Kevin Jordan and Ryan Karp
1988 – Don Baylor (Manager, 2000-2002) signed a 1-year contract with the Oakland A’s
1984 – The Dodgers waive Dusty Baker (Manager, 2003 – present). Baker vetoed a trade to the Oakland A’s during the Winter Meetings
1982 – The Reds traded Paul Moskau (1983) to the Orioles for Wayne Krenchicki
1927 – The Giants traded George Kelly (1930) along with cash to the Reds for Edd Roush
1916 – The National League votes down a proposal by the Giants, Braves and Cubs to increase club player limit from 21 to 22. The Reds wanted it decreased to 20.
1914 – Hank O’Day (Manager, 1914), a veteran umpire, signed on to manage the Cubs

February 10

1950 – The Reds sold Johnny Vander Meer (1950) to the Cubs for an undisclosed amount
1945 – Jimmie Foxx (1942, 1944) signed with the National League Philadelphia Blue Jays. Foxx hit just .050 in 1944 for the Cubs.
1920 – At a joint meeting in Chicago, all bleacher prices were raised to 50 cents, pavilion to 75 cents and grandstand seats to $1.00. The May 15th – August 30th player limits were raised from 21 to 25. The American League prohibited player transfers after July 1st, the National League after August 20th.
1916 – The Cubs sent cash to the sinking Chicago Whales (Federal League) and brought back Mordecai Brown (1904-1912, 1916), Clem Clemens (1914-1916), Mickey Doolan (1916), Bill Fischer (1916), Max Flack (1916-1922), Claude Hendrix (1916-1920), Les Mann (1916-1919), Dykes Potter (1916), Joe Tinker (1902-1912, 1916 – Manager, 1916), Rollie Zeider (1916-1918) and George McConnell (1914, 1916).

February 11

1993 – The Angels signed Scott Sanderson (1984-1989)
1977 – The Cubs traded Bill Madlock (1974-1976) the National League Batting Champion in 1975 and 1976 and Rob Sperring (1974-1976) to the Giants for Bobby Murcer (1977-1979), Steve Ontiveros (1977-1980) and a Minor League Pitcher. Madlock had hit .339 for the Cubs in 1976, which at the time tied him with Riggs Stephenson (1926-1934) for the All-Time Cubs’ leader in Batting Average. Bill Madlock is still the All-Time Cubs Leader in career batting average and single season. **Bill Buckner (1977-1984) hit .324 in 1980 and won the NL Batting Title and Derrek Lee (2004 – present) hit .335 in 2005 and won the NL Batting Title**
1928 – The Giants traded Burleigh Grimes (1932-1933) to the Pirates for Vic Aldridge (1917-1924)
1914 – Johnny Evers (1902-1913 – Manager, 1913, 1921) declined to remain with the Cubs after being fired as the manager. Evers was traded to the Boston Braves for Bill Sweeney (1907, 1914). Evers led the Braves to the pennant during the 1914 season.
1911 – The Cubs acquired Dave Shean (1911) from Boston for Scotty Ingerton and Jeff Pfeffer (1905, 1910). This was the second time the Braves had traded for Pfeffer with the Cubs.

Maybe, just maybe the Cubs will make some history this week….

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