On the eve of the Super Bowl, the city of Chicago is preparing for the biggest game for the franchise in 21 years. This past week there was a member of the mainstream media that used the word drought in reference to the just over two decades since the Bears had won the Super Bowl….drought? That amount of time is just a walk in the park. With all kidding aside, what if the Chicago was on the eve of the World Series, a series that included the team on the North Side of Chicago….one can dream.
Phil Rogers brought up a few points on Saturday morning and here is some useless Cubs info on the day before the Bears face Peyton Manning and the Colts.
- With Jacque Jones, Daryle Ward and Cliff Floyd on the roster, Rogers wonders how the Cubs will have room for Felix Pie. Rogers forgot to mention Matt Murton and stated Alfonso Soriano’s willingness to play center could make it very hard for Pie to make the roster when the team leaves Mesa. Rogers did not bring up any of the trade talk concerning Jones that he has from time to time this off-season. Someone will be lost in this mix and it would be better for Pie’s development if he had regular playing time in Iowa than sitting on a bench in Chicago….let’s hope Murton is not the odd man out.
- His second concerning the Cubs was the fact they should go to camp with at least 15 solid pitchers competing for 12 spots on the staff. Rogers stated those 15 possibilities does not include the likes of Sean Gallagher, Carlos Marmol, Angel Guzman, Juan Mateo, Jae Kuk Ryu, Clay Rapada and Rocky Cherry.
- Frank Chance set a major league record when he was hit by a pitch 5 times in a doubleheader on May 30, 1904
- Bill Madlock posted the highest batting average of any Chicago Cub in the 1970’s…. .366
- Augie Galan was the first member of the Cubs to hit a home run in an All-Star game. He accomplished the feat in 1936.
- In 1965 Ted Abernathy became the first National League player to pitch in over 80 games in one season (84).
- George Gore was the first player to collect over 100 walks in one season. Gore walked 102 times in 1886.
- Jim Tracy, manager of the Pirates, was the last Cub to wear number 23 before it was issued to Ryne Sandberg
- The Cubs were the first major league team to wear zipper-front jerseys in 1937
Well….that’s all I’ve got and thanks to John F. Turner, I’m sticking to it!!!