This Week in Cubs History – 02/12/06

February 12th – February 18th

Another week has come and gone and we are that much closer to Pitchers and Catchers reporting; just 3 short days….and the position players report in 8 days. This is the week we all lost Harry Caray. I cannot believe it has been eight years….where has the time gone? Unfortunately Harry has been in the news this past week due to Milo Hamilton’s new book. Hamilton was all over the news this past week and I wish he had picked another week to release his book. This is the week the Cubs Faithful likes to celebrate his life. The timing by Hamilton is just horrible.

This is also the week the Cubs resigned Greg Maddux….could Jim Hendry have anything up his sleeve for this week? Don’t forget to check out the Street & Smith’s 2006 prediction for the Cubs….and way to go Jim on avoiding arbitration on Carlos Zambrano (scroll down). Now into the way back machine…. February 12

1988 – The Padres traded Rich “Goose” Gossage (1988) to the Cubs for Keith Moreland (1982-1987) the deal also included 2 Minor Leaguers
1912 – The Braves traded Mike Donlin to the Pirates for Vin Campbell (1908)

February 13

1996 – The Cardinals traded Steve Montgomery to the A’s for Dennis Eckersley (1984-1986)
1986 – Ron Hassey (1984) was traded back to the Yankees from the White Sox, along with 3 Minor Leaguers, for Neil Allen, Scott Bradley and Glen Braxton. Hassey was traded back to the Sox in July of 1986.
1968 – The Giants traded Tom Haller and Frank Kasheta to the Dodgers for Ron Hunt and Nate Oliver (1969)

February 14

1959 – The Orioles purchased Whitey Lockman (Manager, 1972-1974) from the Giants and traded him to the Reds in June for Walt Dropo
1952 – The St. Louis Browns traded Matt Batts, Cliff Mapes, Dick Littlefield (1957) and Ben Taylor to the Tigers for Dick Kryhoski, Gene Bearden and Bob Cain
1948 – Mordecai Brown, died
1911 – Reach introduced a cork-centered ball and the number of .300 hitters jumped from 8 in 1910 to 27 in 1911. The ERA rose from 2.53 to 3.34 in the American League
1887 – The Chicago National League Ball Club sold Mike King Kelly (1880-1886) to Boston for $10,000

February 15

2001 – The Yankees signed Henry Rodriguez (1998-2000) to a 1-year contract
1990 – Major League owners refused to open the spring training camps without a new Basic Agreement with the Players’ Association. The lockout lasted 32 days and postponed the start of the regular season by one week.
1964 – Chicago Cub, Ken Hubbs (1961-1963) at the age of 22 died in a private plane crash near Provo, Utah while in route to Colton, California.
1948 – Ron Cey, born
1934 – Boston, Chicago, Detroit and Cincinnati granted radiobroadcast rights

February 16

1953 – The Braves traded Earl Torgeson to the Phillies for Russ Meyer (1946-1948, 1956). Meyer was then traded to the Brooklyn Dodgers for Rocky Bridges and Jim Pendleton. Bridges was then sent to the Reds for Joe Adcock

February 17

1976 – Scott Williamson, born
1955 – The Orioles traded Frank Kellert (1956) along with cash to the Dodgers for Erv Palica
1937 – The Yankees buy Babe Dahlgren (1941-1942) from the Red Sox
1924 – Frank Chance (1898-1912 – Manager, 1905-1912) resigned after three months of being the White Sox Manager because of illness. Johnny Evers (1902-1913 – Manager, 1913, 1921) was named acting Manager. Chance never returned and died on September 24, 1924 – (Tinker to Evers to Chance)

February 18

2004 – Greg Maddux resigned with the Chicago Cubs after spending 11 seasons with the Atlanta Braves
1998 – Harry Caray died four days after collapsing at a Valentine’s Day dinner.
1958 – Cleveland Indians traded Jim Hegan (1960) and Hank Aguirre (1969-1970) to the Tigers for J.W. Porter and Hal Woodeshick

I miss hearing Harry Caray call the Cubs games….he made them fun!!!
Maybe, just maybe the Cubs will make some history this week….

Source – www.baseballlibrary.com, www.cubs.com, www.nationalpastime.com and www.todayinbaseballhistory.com