February 19th – February 26th
The last week of February….position players report on Monday and the first Spring Training game is in 10 days. 2006 is here, are you ready? This was the week the Cubs traded Manny Trillo and blew up the Bartman Ball. This was also the week that lights were approved for Wrigley Field. Will the Cubs write any history this week?
Now to the way back machine…. February 19
1957 – The Kansas City Athletics traded Art Ditmar, Bobby Shantz (1964), Jack McMahan, Clete Boyer, Curt Roberts and Wayne Belardi to the New York Yankees for Maury McDermott, Tom Morgan, Gary Coleman, Jack Urban, Irv Noren, Billy Hunter and Milt Graff
1963 – Bob Kennedy (1963-1965, part of the College of Coaches) was named manager of the Cubs
1943 – P.K. Wrigley and Branch Rickey chartered the All-American Girls Softball League. The league operated around the Chicago area and was formed as a sports backup in case the government shut down Major League Baseball. The league later changed its name and switched to hardball with a pitching distance of 40 feet and bases 68 feet apart.
1920 – The Cubs gave an unconditional release to Lee Magee (1919) after they learned he had been betting against his team. Magee sued the Cubs for his salary of $4,500
1958 – Ed Bouchee (1960-1961) plead guilty to a series of sex offenses, such as indecent exposure, involving young girls. He received a 3-year probationary sentence and entered a rehabilitation program until the end of May 1958
1957 – Walter O’Malley “traded” Minor League franchises with P.K. Wrigley. O’Malley gave up the Dodgers’ Ft. Worth Texas Club for the Los Angeles Angels of the Pacific Coast League
1914 – Charles W. Murphy (Owner, 1905-1914) sold the Cubs to Charles P. Taft (Owner, 1914-1916) of Cincinnati
1922 – Pickles Dillhoefer (1917) died from typhoid fever following an operation
2000 – Cubs’ manager Don Baylor (Manager, 2000-2002) named four captains: Mark Grace (1988-2000), Sammy Sosa (1992-2004), Kevin Tapani (1997-2001) and Rick Aguilera (1999-2000). These were the first Cubs’ Captains since Ron Santo (1960-1973)
2000 – The Padres signed Matt Clement (2002-2004) to a 4-year deal
1988 – A committee of Chicago alderman voted 7-2 to allow the Cubs to install lights and play up to 18 night games a year at Wrigley Field. The Cubs feared losing the 1990 All-Star Game, as well as future playoff and World Series games, if lights were not installed.
1979 – The Cubs traded Manny Trillo (1975-1978, 1986-1988), Greg Gross (1977-1978) and Dave Radar (1978) to the Phillies for Barry Foote (1979-1981), Jerry Martin (1979-1980), Ted Sizemore (1979) and two Minor Leaguers
1921 – The Boston Braves trade Rabbit Maranville (1925) to the Pirates for Billy Southworth, Fred Nicholson and Walter Barbare
1914 – Chicago Federals President Charles Weeghman announced work had begun on the building of Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) at the corner of Clark and Addison. Construction crews tore down a few frame home and seminary buildings before ground-breaking ceremonies a week later.
Nothing found on this date in Cubs History
1999 – The Diamondbacks acquired Tony Womack (2003) 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
1946 – The Chicago White Sox handed out the first media guide
1941 – The Yankees sold Babe Dahlgren (1941-1942), the man than took over for Lou Gehrig to the Braves. Dahlgren was traded to the Cubs during the season.
1940 – Ron Santo, born
1905 – The Cubs go to Santa Monica, CA for Spring Training
2004 – The Steve Bartman Ball was blown up at Harry Caray’s restaurant in Chicago
2001 – The Dodgers traded Devon White to the Brewers for Marquis Grissom (2006)
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
Maybe, just maybe the Cubs will make some history this week….