This Week in Cubs History – 03/26/06

March 26th – April 1st

The Cubs go to Vegas this week to finish their Spring Training season and then it’s off to Cincinnati for Opening Day. Eight days left….are you ready for some baseball?

March 27th is a HUGE day in the History of the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs traded Dontrelle Willis to the Marlins and acquired Gary Matthews and Bob Dernier from the Phillies, both on March 27th….18 years apart. And the nickname the “Cubs” appeared for the first time in the Chicago Daily News in 1902. Will the Cubs add to their March 27th history this year?

This was also the week the Cubs opened the 2000 season in Tokyo and a little known outfielder from the White Sox came to the Northside of Chicago. Shaun is in Arizona and I will heading to Cincy for Opening Day this week….so into the way back machine….

March 26

1981 – The Phillies traded Bob Walk to the Braves for Gary Matthews (1984-1987, Coach 2003 to present)
1940 – Chuck Klein (1934-1936) signed with the Phillies
1935 – The Yankees purchased Pat Malone (1928-1934) from the Cardinals

March 27

2002 – The Cubs traded Julian Tavarez (2001), Dontrelle Willis, Ryan Jorgensen and Jose Cuetro to the Florida Marlins for Antonio Alfonseca (2002-2003) and Matt Clement (2002-2004)
1993 – The Cubs placed Ryne Sandberg (1982-1994, 1996-1997) (a broken hand) and Shawon Dunston (1985-1995, 1997) (lower back) on the DL. The two missed Opening Day for the first time in 9 years together.
1986 – Major League Baseball’s Rules Committee voted to change the DH rule for the World Series. This change allowed a DH to be used in all games played in AL parks. Since 1976, the DH had been used in alternating years.
1984 – The Phillies traded Gary Matthews (1984-1987), Bob Dernier (1984-1987) and Pori Altamirano (1984) to the Cubs for Bill ‘Soup’ Campbell (1982-1983), and Mike Diaz (1983). Dernier won the Gold Glove for the Cubs in 1984 and his 45 stolen bases was the most by a Cub since 1907.
1979 – The Phillies traded Richie Hebner (1984-1985) and Jose Moreno to the Mets for Nino Espinosa
1973 – The Red Sox traded Andy Kosco and Phil Gagliano (1970) to the Reds for Mel Behney
1938 – Luke Appling of the White Sox fractured his right leg in two places while sliding into 2nd base during a game against the Cubs
1902 – The Chicago Daily News used the name “Cubs” (both with and without the quotes) in print, but the Colts moniker would occasionally be used for another three years.

March 28

2001 – The Yankees traded Glenallen Hill (1993-1994, 1998-2000) to the Angels for Minor Leaguer Darren Blakely
2001 – The Padres gave up on Matt Clement (2002-2004) and sent him to the Marlins for Mark Kotsay. Omar Ortiz was also included in the trade.
2000 – The Phillies obtained Mickey Morandini (1998-1999) from the Expos for cash
1986 – The Yankees traded Don Baylor (Manager, 2000-2002) to the Red Sox for Mike Easler
1985 – Sidd Finch made his Major League Debut
1977 – Lenny Randle (1980) attacked manager Frank Lucchesi (Manager, 1987) for benching him during Spring Training. Lucchesi was sent to the hospital with a shattered cheekbone.
1977 – The Reds traded Joel Youngblood to the Cardinals for Bill Caudill (1979-1981)
1969 – The Cubs purchased Charley Smith (1969) from the Giants. Smith hurt his knee and retired after a few at bats.
1947 – Johnny Evers, died

March 29

2000 – The Cubs opened the Major League season in the Tokyo Dome in Japan. The Cubs defeated the Mets 5-3 in the first big league game ever played outside of North America. Jon Lieber (1999-2002) got the victory. Shane Andrews (1999-2000) hit the first home run of the new millennium. Mark Grace (1988-2000) also homered.
1960 – The Giants traded Al Worthington to the Red Sox for Jim Marshall (Manager, 1974-1976)
1954 – After a 5-15 record in Spring Training, Phil Cavarretta (Manager, 1951-1953) gave P.K. Wrigley an honest assessment of the team’s chances, and was fired for his “defeatist attitude”. Cavarretta was the first Manager to be fired during Spring Training. Stan Hack (Manager, 1954-1956) replaced him. The Cubs finished 7th in 1954.
1867 – Cy Young, born

March 30

2001 – The Marlins traded Manny Aybar (2001) to the Cubs for Oswaldo Mairena (2000)
2000 – The Mets beat the Cubs in the Tokyo Dome, 5-1 in 11 innings on Benny Agbayani’s pinch hit Grand Slam. Rey Ordonez (2004) committed an error ending his Major League record streak of 101 consecutive errorless games at shortstop.
1994 – The Cubs traded Jose Vizcaino (1991-1993) to the Mets for Anthony Young (1994-1995)
1992 – The Cubs traded George Bell (1991) to the White Sox for Sammy Sosa (1992-2004) and Ken Patterson (1992)
1987 – The Cubs traded Thad Bosley (1983-1986) and Dave Gumpert (1985-1986) to the Kansas City Royals for Jim Sundberg (1987-1988)
1978 – The Red Sox traded Bo Diaz, Ted Cox, Mike Wise and Mike Paxton to the Indians for Fred Kendall and Dennis Eckersley (1984-1986)
1956 – The Cubs traded Hank Sauer (1949-1955) to the Cardinals for Pete Whisenant (1956)

March 31

1999 – The Cubs obtained Dan Serafini (1999) from the Twins for cash
1961 – The Milwaukee Braves traded Andre Rodgers (1961-1964) and Daryl Robertson (1962) to the Cubs for Moe Drabowsky (1956-1960) and Seth Morehead (1959-1960)
1958 – Milwaukee purchased Dick Littlefield (1957) from the Cubs

April 1

1985 – David Lee Roth left Van Halen

Maybe, just maybe the Cubs will make some history this week….now Back to the Future

Sources –,,, and the Vine Line

Quote of the Day

"You can’t sit on a lead and kill the clock. You’ve got to give the other man his chance. That’s why baseball is the greatest game." - Earl Weaver