This Week In Cubs History – 02/25/07

Happy Birthday Ron Santo!

The Cubs 2007 Cactus League schedule gets underway on Thursday at Mesa against the San Francisco Giants. The Cubs have announced Jason Marquis will take the ball on the opening day of spring training. Tuesday is the other big day on the calendar this week….Ron Santo will find out if he has been elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee, what a great belated birthday present for Santo who turns 67 today. Harry Caray would have turned 93 on Thursday.

Now to the ‘Way Back Machine’….

February 25

  • 2003 – Joe Carter (1983) was selected for induction into the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame
  • 1999 – The Diamondbacks acquired Tony Womack (2003, 2006) from the Pirates for Paul Weichard and a PTBNL
  • 1994 – The veterans committee elected Phil Rizzuto and Leo Durocher (Manager, 1966-1972) to the Hall of Fame
  • 1973 – A new 3-year Basic Agreement was reached between the players and the owners. Among the provisions of the agreement are a $15,000 minimum salary, salary arbitration and the “10 and 5” trade rule. The rule permits a player with 10 years in the Major Leagues, the last five of which are with his current team, to veto any trade involving him.
  • 1971 – Billy Williams (1959-1974) became the first player in Cubs History to sign a $100,000 contract
  • 1956 – Ed Lynch, born
  • 1954 – Bob Brenly, born
  • 1946 – The Chicago White Sox handed out the first media guide
  • 1941 – The Yankees sold Babe Dahlgren (1941-1942), the man that took over for Lou Gehrig, to the Braves. Dahlgren was traded to the Cubs during the season.
  • 1940 – Ron Santo, born
  • 1921 – Andy Pafko, born
  • 1905 – The Cubs went to Santa Monica, CA for Spring Training

February 26

  • 2004 – The Steve Bartman Ball was blown up at Harry Caray’s restaurant in Chicago. Grant DePorter had purchased the ball at auction for $113,824.
  • 2001 – The Dodgers traded Devon White for Marquis Grissom (2006)
  • 1991 – Bill Veeck was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veteran’s Committee
  • 1975 – Mark DeRosa, born
  • 1957 – The New York Giants traded Hoyt Wilhelm (1970) to the Cardinals for Whitey Lockman (Manager, 1972-1974)
  • 1935 – Babe Ruth was released by the Yankees
  • 1906 – Charles Murphy announced the Cubs would not train in California, instead they would train in West Baden, Indiana and Champaign, Illinois
  • 1894 – In a series of rules changes designed to help pitchers, foul bunts began to be called strikes and the infield fly rule was instituted
  • 1887 – Grover Alexander, born

February 27

  • 1970 – The FBI arrested Lawrence Bankhead in Chicago and charged him with making threatening phone calls to Ernie Banks (1954-1971)
  • 1968 – Matt Stairs, born
  • 1953 – Ron Hassey, born
  • 1908 – The sacrifice fly rule is adopted. No time an at bat is charged if a run scores after the catch of a fly ball. The rule will be repealed in 1931, then reinstated or changed several times before permanent acceptance in 1954.
  • 1901 – The National League Rules Committee decreed that all foul balls are to count as strikes, except after two strikes. The American League will not adopt this rule for several more years.

February 28

  • 1981 – The Mets traded Steve Henderson (1981-1982) and an estimated $100,000 to the Cubs for Dave Kingman (1978-1980). Kingman led the National League in Home Runs in 1979 with 48
  • 1975 – The Mets purchased Dave Kingman (1978-1980) from the Giants
  • 1972 – Dizzy Trout (Pitcher, 1939-1952, 1957) died in Chicago. Dizzy was father of Cubs’ pitcher Steve Trout (1983-1987)
  • 1966 – Leo Durocher (Manager, 1966-1972) became the Manager of the Cubs

February 29

  • Nothing found on this date in Cubs History

March 1

  • 2005 – Construction for an additional 1,790 bleacher seats at Wrigley Field was approved and will begin after the season ends and is due for completion in time for Opening Day 2006. The deal was reached for expansion because the Cubs agreed to pay the city $3.1 million dollars prior to the start of the work and contributed funds for a local school park and a $400,000 traffic signal system near the ball park.
  • 1914 – Harry Caray, born

March 2

  • 1992 – Ryne Sandberg (1982-1994, 1996-1997) became the highest paid player in baseball history. Ryno signed a 4-year contract extension worth $28.4 million dollars
  • 1976 – The Cardinals traded Ted Sizemore (1979) to the Dodgers for Willie Crawford

March 3

  • 2006 – The opening game of the inaugural World Baseball Classic was played between South Korea and Taiwan at the Tokyo Dome.
  • 1998 – Larry Doby, Lee MacPhail, George Davis and “Bullet” Joe Rogan were elected to the Hall of Fame by the Veterans Committee
  • 1998 – Jack Brickhouse (Broadcaster, 1941-1945; 1947-1981) had surgery to remove a tumor from the lining of his brain

Will the Cubs make any History this week?

Sources –,,,, the Vine Line and Day by Day in Cubs History

Quote of the Day

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