This Week In Cubs History – 03/18/07

Two weeks and counting….

This is the week a spot was created for Ernie Banks when the Cubs traded Roy Smalley to the Braves. Shawon Dunston was born, Joe Borowski broke his arm in 2005, Jack Quinlan was killed, Glenallen Hill was born and the Cubs traded for Gary Matthews, Jr.

Now to the ‘Way Back Machine’…..

March 18

  • 1984 – Charlie Lau, hitting instructor, died

March 19

  • 1989 – The Yankees trade Joel Skinner and a Minor Leaguer to the Indians for Mel Hall (1981-1984)
  • 1965 – Cubs radio announcer Jack Quinlan (1956-1964) was killed in Arizona when he lost control of his car and slammed into back of a truck. Quinlan was returning from a golf outing.
  • 1955 – The Cubs sold Dave Cole (1954) to the Phillies

March 20

  • 2006 – In his first appearance in a Nationals’ uniform, Alfonso Soriano refused to play the outfield in an exhibition game against the Dodgers. Soriano was in the line-up as the starting left fielder for Frank Robinson’s team.
  • 2002 – The Brewers traded Henry Blanco (2005 to present) to the Braves for Paul Bako (2003-2004) and Jose Cabrera
  • 1955 – The Cubs beat their Los Angeles farm team 7-0 in Arizona and the Giants beat the Indians 7-3 in Wrigley Field. A rematch of the previous year’s World Series drew 24,434 fans to Wrigley.
  • 1954 – The Cubs traded Roy Smalley (1948-1953) to the Braves for Dave Cole (1954). This trade paved the way for Ernie Banks to become the Cubs starting shortstop.
  • 1912 – The Cubs jumped off the train long enough to lose to the Montgomery, AL Billikens, 4-1. The Cubs managed just 4 hits.
  • 1909 – Catcher Johnny Kling (1900-1910, 1911) wired manager Joe Tinker (1902-1912, 1916 – Manager 1916) in Shreveport that he quit the team citing the need to take care of business interests in Kansas City as the reason.
  • 1888 – Albert Spalding (1876-1878, Manager 1876-1877 – Owner 1882-1902) announced a baseball tour to Australia the next winter that would feature his Chicago team (Cubs) and a squad of National League All-Stars.

March 21

  • 2005 – A line drive fractured the arm of Joe Borowski (2001-2005) while playing an exhibition game against the Kansas City Royals.
  • 1963 – Shawon Dunston, born
  • 1942 – The TSN quotes a spokesman for Cubs owner P.K. Wrigley on night baseball. “If the fans do not come out in satisfactory numbers, especially to the Sunday doubleheaders we’ve scheduled, then the organization will take it that they want night ball, and we’ll give it to them.” The Cubs were collecting equipment for night baseball, including shipping transformers from Catalina Island.

March 22

  • 2004 – The Cardinals traded Matt Duff to the Red Sox for Tony Womack (2003, 2006)
  • 1997 – The Baltimore Orioles traded Manny Alexander (1997-1999) and Scott McClain (2004-2005) to the New York Mets for Hector Ramirez
  • 1965 – Glenallen Hill, born
  • 1960 – Matt Sinatro, born
  • 1877 – The National League published its 1877 game schedule, the first league-wide schedule ever issued. The failure of the athletics and the Mutuals to finish the 1876 season convinced the NL of the necessity of agreeing on a schedule.

March 23

  • 2000 – The Cardinals traded Kent Bottenfield (1996-1997) and Adam Kennedy to the Angels for Jim Edmonds
  • 2000 – The Cubs traded Rodney Myers (1996-1999) to the Padres for Gary Matthews, Jr. (2000-2001). Matthews was optioned to Triple-A Iowa.
  • 1974 – The Cubs traded Jim Hickman (1968-1973) to the Cardinals for Scipio Spinks (1974)
  • 1968 – In a spring training game, Jim Ellis (1967) created the “Lip Pass” by going to his mouth on a 3-1 count to issue an intentional walk. Cubs manager, Leo Durocher, who was opposed to the new strict enforcement of the rule preventing pitchers from going to their mouth while on the rubber, was warned not to repeat the “Lip Pass” or he would be fined. He did not but the rule was relaxed.
  • 1966 – Mike Remlinger, born
  • 1959 – The Giants traded Bill White and Ray Jablonski to St. Louis for Sam Jones (1955-1956)
  • 1957 – At Los Angeles’ Wrigley Field, Willie Mays belted two home runs to lead the Giants to a 9-3 Cactus League win over the Cleveland Indians.

March 24

  • 1962 – The Phillies traded Andy Carey and Lou Vassie to the White Sox for Cal McLish (1949, 1951)
  • 1879 – The National League met in Buffalo and adopted an 8-team, 84-game schedule.

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