This Week In Cubs History – 03/25/07

The Cubs end Spring Training for the third year in a row in Las Vegas this week against Lou Piniella’s former team, the Seattle Mariners. The 2007 MLB season starts one week from today with the Cubs’ season just 8 days away in Cincinnati.

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 North Side of Chicago….plus the Chicago National League Ball Club received a new President.

Now to the ‘Way Back Machine’….

March 25

  • 2004 – The Cubs traded Juan Cruz (2001-2003) and Steve Smyth (2002) to the Atlanta Braves for Andy Pratt (2004) and Richard Lewis (2005-2006)
  • 1997 – The Braves traded David Justice and Marquis Grissom (2006) to the Indians for Kenny Lofton (2003) and Alan Embree
  • 1989 – The Pirates traded Felix Fermin (1996) to the Indians for Jay Bell
  • 1985 – An Illinois judge ruled that state and city laws which effectively banned night games at Wrigley Field were constitutional. The Cubs had sued to overturn the laws after being forced to give up a home game during the 1984 NLCS. The Cubs also threatened to play future post-season games at another stadium to accommodate the networks schedule.
  • 1981 – The Braves traded Gary Matthews (1984-1987, Coach 2003-2006) to the Phillies for Bob Walk
  • 1980 – Neal Cotts, born
  • 1963 – Philadelphia purchased Johnny Klippstein (1950-1954) from the Reds
  • 1962 – Elvin Tappe (1954-1956, 1958, 1960, 1962, Manager 1962) was added to the College of Coaches
  • 1935 – The Cubs sold Pat Malone (1928-1934) to the Yankees
  • 1891 – Albert G. Spalding retired from active participation from the Chicago National League Ball Club, Inc. and the National League. James A. Hart became the new president of the future Cubs.

March 26

  • 1997 – The Marlins acquired Cliff Floyd (present) from the Expos for Dustin Hermanson and Joe Orsulak
  • 1984 – The Cubs traded Stan Boderick and Stan Kyles to the Oakland A’s for Tim Stoddard (1984)
  • 1982 – The Cubs traded Paul Mirabella and Paul Semall to the Texas Rangers for Bump Wills (1982)
  • 1968 – Jose Vizcaino, born
  • 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, Coach 2003-2006), 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
  • 1967 – Jaime Navarro, born
  • 1951 – Dick Ruthven, born
  • 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

  • 2006 – The Cubs traded Todd Wellemeyer (2003-2006) to the Florida Marlins for Lincoln Holdzkom and Zach McCormack
  • 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
  • 1981 – Cubs traded Dennis Lamp (1977-1980) to the White Sox for Ken Kravec (1981-1982)
  • 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)
  • 1975 – Julio Zuleta, born
  • 1969 – The Cubs purchased Charley Smith (1969) from the Giants. Smith hurt his knee and retired after a few at bats.
  • 1967 – Shawn Boskie, born
  • 1947 – Johnny Evers, died

March 29

  • 2005 – The Cubs traded Ronald Bay to the Cleveland Indians for Cliff Bartosh (2005)
  • 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) recorded 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)
  • 1958 – Domingo Ramos, born
  • 1954 – After a 5-15 record in Spring Training, Phil Cavarretta (1934-1953, 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.
  • 1933 – Kiki Cuyler (1928-1935) broke his right leg in a Spring Training game and would not appear in a Cubs’ lineup until June 22nd. Cuyler had missed half of the 1932 season with a broken left leg.
  • 1867 – Cy Young, born

March 30

  • 2006 – The Cubs announced the name of the newly renovated Wrigley Field bleachers. The naming rights were sold to Anheuser-Busch and were named the “Bud Light Bleachers.”
  • 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)
  • 1988 – The Cubs traded Wade Rowdon (1987) to the Baltimore Orioles for Tom Michno and Nick Ramirez
  • 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

  • 2006 – The Cubs traded John Koronka (2005-2006) and a PTBNL to the Texas Rangers as a part of a three team deal with the Oakland A’s. The Cubs received Freddie Bynum (2006) in the deal.
  • 2003 – The Cubs pounded out 16 hits and defeated the Mets 15-2 for the most lopsided opening day win since 1951. Corey Patterson had 4 hits, 2 home runs and 7 RBI’s to lead the Cubs.
  • 2003 – Lou Piniella (present) won his debut as the manager of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 6-4, over the Red Sox.
  • 1999 – The Cubs obtained Dan Serafini (1999) from the Twins for cash
  • 1988 – The Cubs traded Mike Curtis to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Mike Bielecki (1988-1991)
  • 1964 – The Washington Senators traded Lou Piniella (present) to the Baltimore Orioles for Buster Narum and cash. Piniella played briefly for the Orioles before heading back to the minors. Piniella resurfaced in 1968 with the Cleveland Indians. The Seattle Pilots would draft Piniella in 1969 and trade him to the Kansas City Royals where he would be named Rookie of the Year.
  • 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

Will the Cubs make any History this week?

Sources – www.baseballlibrary.com, www.cubs.com, www.nationalpastime.com, www.todayinbaseballhistory.com, the Vine Line, Day by Day in Cubs History and Chicago Cubs Online

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