~Don Eaddy 1934 (Cubs 1959)
Eaddy was a great athlete. He starred in three different sports at the University of Michigan (baseball, football, and basketball). The Cubs signed him just before he was drafted by Uncle Sam. Don had to serve in the Air Force for three years. When he finally returned to baseball, the Cubs brought him up to the big leagues to use him as a pinch runner. He got into fifteen games in that capacity, but only got into one game as a position player. On August 1, 1959, he came in to play third base. Two balls were hit to him and he made an error on one of them. He also got his only big league at bat in that game. He struck out. They never let him hit or field again.
~Bill Eagan 1869 (Colts 1893)
He was known as “Bad Bill” and it appears there was good reason for that. Bad Bill wasn’t so much known for his hitting or fielding (he hit .263 for the 1893 Cubs–then known as the Colts). He was known for his bad behavior and drinking. A few years after he left the Cubs (when he was playing with Pittsburgh) he threatened to murder his wife and blow his own brains out. The police got to him before he could do it, and sent him off to an asylum. Bad Bill died at the age of 35.
~Howard Earl 1869 (Colts 1890)
They called him “Slim Jim” because he was a tall and lanky infielder. He played first, second, and third base for the second place team. Hall of Famer Cap Anson was his manager during his only year in Chicago.
~Arnold Early 1933 (Cubs 1966)
Early was a lefty reliever for the Cubs in 1966, and posted a 3.57 ERA in 13 appearances. He previously pitched for the Red Sox, and finished his career with the Astros.
~Mal Eason 1879 (Orphans 1900-1902)
They called him “Kid” because he was only 21 when he came up to the Cubs (then known as the Orphans) in 1900. He pitched a complete game on the last game of the season that year, so the team thought they had a pitcher. Not so much. The following season he started 25 games and lost 17 of them. He was released early in the 1902 season. Kid eventually pitched for Boston, Detroit, and Brooklyn, but his liftime record was more than 30 games under .500. He became an umpire, and umped in the big leagues until 1917.
~Roy Easterwood 1915 (Cubs 1944)
It’s safe to say that Roy wouldn’t have made it to the big leagues if it wasn’t for World War II. He played fifteen seasons in the minors, but only for the Cubs during the war season of 1944. Even on a war-depleted roster, Roy didn’t get much playing time. His teammates called him Shag.
~Rawly Eastwick 1950 (Cubs 1981)
Rawly was the shutdown closer for the Big Red Machine team that won two World Series for Cincinnati (1975-1976). By the time he came to Chicago five years later he was a shell of his former self. He actually pitched fairly well (2.28 ERA in 43 innings), but the Cubs released him just before the 1982 season and nobody gave Eastwick another chance.
~Vallie Eaves 1911 (Cubs 1941-1942)
Vallie was part Cherokee Indian, so naturally his teammates called him “Chief”. Eaves was a pitcher. In 1941, he completed four of his seven starts and posted a respectable 3.53 ERA. It was really his last hurrah in the big leagues. He appeared in two more games in 1942, but the rest of his career was spent in the minor leagues. Eaves was 46 years old when he retired in 1957. He was 48 when he died in 1960.
~Angel Echevarria 1971 (Cubs 2002)
By the time Angel arrived in Chicago, the first baseman was already 31 years old. He had a few cups of coffee with Colorado and Milwaukee before playing for the Cubs. Angel hit pretty well (a career high .306) and drove in some big runs (21 RBI), but was never given another shot at the big time.
~Dennis Eckersley 1954 (Cubs 1984-1986)
He was a 2-time All-Star as a starting pitcher, and a 4-time All-Star as a relief pitcher in 24 big league seasons. Eck won 20 games in a season and threw a no-hitter as a starting pitcher, and then as a reliever won a Cy Young, an MVP, and a World Series title while saving an astounding 390 games in eleven seasons. As you might have guessed, very little of that happened in Chicago. He was acquired by the Cubs from the Red Sox in exchange for Bill Buckner, and contributed greatly to their 1984 division winning club. The next two seasons were a nightmare, however. He later admitted he was struggling mightily with an alcohol problem at the time. In 1986, he managed to win only 6 games in 32 starts for the Cubs. Of course, he rediscovered his magic touch as soon as he was traded by the Cubs for four minor leaguers that never made it to the show. He got sober, and became one of the greatest closers of all-time. Eckersley was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004. (Photo: Topps 1984 Baseball Card)
~Eckhartz Press (Cubs book publisher)
Eckhartz Press is the publishing wing of Just One Bad Century and has published “Cubsessions” by Becky Sarwate-Maxwell and Randy Richardson (a book featuring interviews with famous Cub fans talking about their love of the team), “Best Seat in the House: Diary of a Wrigley Field Usher” and Randy Richardson’s “Lost in the Ivy”. They’ve also published several of the books written by our editor in chief Rick Kaempfer, including “Father Knows Nothing,” “Records Truly Is My Middle Name” (co-written with John Records Landecker), and “The Living Wills” (co-written with Brendan Sullivan), and a book written by our marketing director David Stern (“The Balding Handbook: Five Stages of Grieving for Your Hair Loss”). All are worth a read if you’re a fan of this site. Click here to go Eckhartz Press.
~Charlie Eden 1855 (White Stockings 1882)
He was a second baseman in Chicago for one season and later also played in Cleveland and Pittsburgh, but is apparently no relation to “I Dream of Jeannie” star Barbara Eden.
~Tom Edens 1961 (Cubs 1995)
Edens had already pitched for the Mets, Brewers, Twins, Astros and Phillies before he arrived in Chicago. He only appeared in five games for the Cubs, the last five of his big league career. His last appearance came in a 11-1 loss to the Cardinals on May 10, 1995.
~Jim Edmonds 1970 (Cubs 2008)
Edmonds was an eight-time Gold Glover and four-time all-star with the Angels and Cardinals before coming to the Cubs from the Padres in the middle of the 2008 season. He had been a hated rival while a member of the World Series champion Cardinals, but Cub fans warned to Edmonds pretty quickly. He slugged 19 homers, many of them dramatic, and played a great centerfield. That turned out to be the last hurrah of Jimmy Baseball’s career. The Cubs opted not to re-sign him after the playoff collapse that year, and Edmonds finished his career with the Brewers and Reds in 2010. (Photo: 2008 Topps Baseball Card)
~Bruce Edwards 1923 (Cubs 1951-1954)
Edwards was a two-time all-star catcher with the Dodgers who had appeared in two World Series when the Cubs acquired him, but he would never live down how he came to Chicago. He was part of the trade that sent Andy Pafko to Brooklyn. Edwards (nicknamed “Bull”) played parts of three seasons with the Cubs, and really had more value as a pinch hitter than he had as a catcher. He hit .363 as a pinch hitter his first year with the Cubs. Among his career highlights; Bruce was the starting catcher in Jackie Robinson’s first game in the big leagues.
~Carl Edwards Jr. 1991 (Cubs 2015-present)
The stringbean slinger, as he is also known, was the key acquisition in the trade that sent Matt Garza to the Rangers. The Cubs also acquired Justin Grimm, Mike Olt, and Neil Ramirez in the deal, but Edwards was the top pitching prospect. He was brought up to the big league club toward the end of the 2015 season so he could get a taste of the winning atmosphere. He performed well in a relief role (4Ks in 4 innings), but didn’t make the postseason roster. In 2016, however, Edwards became a crucial cog in the bullpen. Manager Joe Madden used him in more and more high pressure situations and Carl responded. He was on the mound in the 9th inning of the 7th game of the World Series, a moment he will surely never forget. In 2017, he became the primary set up man for the Cubs and pitched well for most of the year, but during the playoffs the wheels came off. Edwards couldn’t find the plate and finished the NLDS with an ERA of 23.14. His 2018 was remarkably similar to 2017; flashes of brilliance followed by inexplicable ineffectiveness.
~Hank Edwards 1919 (Cubs 1949-1950)
Edwards was a backup outfielder who provided some pop off the bench. In 1950 he hit .364 in limited opportunities, and slugged 7 homers. THe Cubs traded him to the Dodgers for Dee Fondy and a little known first baseman named Chuck Connors–who would go on to become a television star.
~Mark Edwards (Cubs fan/Cubs blogger)
Mark is the bravest of all Cub fans–an openly practicing Cubs rooter living in the middle of Cardinal nation. His blog is called Mark’s Cubs Worship Pulpit. In addition to writing about and promoting the Cubs from within the belly of the beast, Mark is a social media and branded content expert, and the CEO of Mark Edwards Worldwide.
~Dave Eggler 1849 (White Stockings 1877)
Eggler played for Chicago the same season Jones (above) did. Eggler was not a home run hitter (he didn’t hit a single one in 11 big league seasons). He was the centerfielder. Eggler hit .265 in his one year with the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings). He died in 1902 in Buffalo, New York, when he was hit by a train.
~Ed Eiteljorge 1871 (Colts 1890)
Ed was born in Berlin, Germany, but came to America as a boy. When he joined the Cubs (then known as the Colts), he was still only 18. If you want to see Ed pitch in a Chicago uniform, set the wayback machine to May 2, 1890. He pitched two innings and gave up seven runs. He never pitched for Chicago again.
~Lee Elia 1937 (Cubs player 1968, Cubs manager 1982-1983)
Elia was a big league shortstop who got a cup of coffee as a player with the Cubs in 1968. He got 3 hits in 17 at bats. The following spring he was traded to the Yankees for Nate Oliver. Cub fans don’t remember Lee for his playing days, however. They remember him for his stint as Cubs manager. Elia was the first manager brought in by Dallas Green after he was named general manager. That Cubs team didn’t have a ton of talent, and Elia got a bit frustrated by the impatience of the fans. It blew up on him on that infamous day in April of 1983. That memorable tirade is captured beautifully here within the cheerful Cubs jingle…(Photo: Topps 1968 Baseball Card)
~Pete Elko 1918 (Cubs 1943-1944)
Piccolo Pete, as he was known, was a war-time player for the Cubs. Pete backed up Cubs legend Stan Hack at third base at the end of two different seasons, and got a grand total of 56 big league plate appearances. Unfortunately for him, he managed only one extra base hit (a double). Piccolo Pete wasn’t quite good enough to make the 1945 pennant winning roster, and once the veterans all returned from military service, he knew his days in baseball were numbered. But Elko plugged away at it in the minor leagues until 1950.
~Allen Elliott 1897 (Cubs 1923-1924)
The first baseman was called Ace by his teammates. He backed up the oft-injured Ray Grimes, and got quite a bit of playing time (especially in 1923) as a result. His stint with the Cubs was his only taste of the big leagues.
~Carter Elliott 1893 (Cubs 1921)
Elliott was called up in September of 1921 and handed the shortstop job because starter Charlie Hollocher was ailing. Elliott hit .250 and played a respectable shortstop, but it apparently wasn’t good enough. He never got another shot at the big leagues.
~Rowdy Elliot 1890 (Cubs 1916-1918)
His real name was Harold Elliot, but his teammates called him Rowdy. The reason for his nickname has been lost to time, but when you hear Rowdy Elliot’s story, you can probably make an educated guess. He was a catcher for the Cubs from 1916 to 1918. His first year with the Cubs was the first year they played in what is now known as Wrigley Field. Rowdy was one of eight catchers to play for the Cubs that year. The 1916 group includes Nick Allen (four games), Jimmy Archer (61 games), Clem Clemens (nine), Rowdy Elliot (18), Bill Fischer (56), Bucky O’Connor (one), Bob O’Farrell (one) and Art Wilson (34). His Cubs career ended in May of 1918, when he suddenly left the team and enlisted in the Navy to fight in World War I. Rowdy played one more big league season after the war (with Brooklyn), and he bounced around in the minors after that. He played in the minors until 1929. Five years later Rowdy was dead. He fell from an apartment window and died from the injuries. Though the rumor was never confirmed, it’s been reported that Rowdy was drunk at the time of his death. A collection was taken up by friends to keep Rowdy Elliott, who was penniless, from being buried in a potter’s field.
~Jim Ellis 1945 (Cubs 1967)
Jim was a promising young starter in the Cubs minor league system> They promoted him the big club at the end of the 1967 season. He was 22 years old at the time. Ellis only got into eight games, but showed enough promise to attract the attention of the Dodgers. They traded for him (along with Ted Savage) after the season in return for Jim Hickman and Phil Regan–one of the best trades in Cubs history. Ellis got one last cup of coffee with the Cardnials in 1969, and was out baseball by 1971.
–Dick Ellsworth 1940 (Cubs 1958-1966)
Ellsworth experienced the highest highs and the lowest lows during his Cubs career. The lefthander won 20 games one year (one of only six lefties to lead the team in wins since World War II), and lost 22 games another year. He made the All Star team, but finished that season with a sub .500 record. He pitched for the Cubs during their darkest days (two 100-loss seasons), and was traded (for Ray Culp in 1967) right before they got good. But he also won more than a hundred games in a very solid thirteen year big league career. His career record may have been under .500, but Hall of Famer Willie McCovey once told the Sporting News: “Don’t let Dick’s won-and-lost record fool you. It’s misleading. He’s tough on any hitter.” (Photo: Topps 1963 Baseball Card)
~Bob Elson 1904 (Cubs announcer 1928-1941)
Elson was mainly known for broadcasting White Sox games (which he did until 1970), but he also broadcast Cubs home games for many years during the radio era. Elson famously recruited Jack Brickhouse to join the broadcast team. He was inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1979.
~Don Elston 1929 (Cubs 1953, 1957-1964)
Elston’s career really took off when he was converted into a reliever in 1958. In his first two seasons in the pen he led the league in appearances. In 1959 he was recognized for his stellar relieving by being named to the All-Star team. He got the save in the National League’s 5-4 victory. After pitching more than just about any other pitcher in the league for five solid years, however, Elston began to run out of gas in 1964. His ERA rose above five for the season. During spring training of 1965, the Cubs and Elston finally parted ways. (Photo: Topps 1965 Baseball Card)
~Mario Encarnacion 1975 (Cubs 2002)
The outfielder got to bat exactly nine times in a Cubs uniform. He didn’t get a single hit. The Dominican played nine seasons in the minors, mostly in the Oakland A’s organization.
~Steve Engel 1961 (Cubs 1985)
The lefty started eight games for the injury-riddled Cubs of 1985. He wasn’t really up to the task. Engel posted a 1-5 record with a 5.57 ERA. That was his only stint in the big leagues.
~Woody English 1906 (Cubs 1927-1936)
Woody was an all-star shortstop for the Cubs, but he also played quite a bit at third base. He was part of three Cubs pennant winning teams (1929, 1932, & 1935). Woody would have had a chance to be a hero in Game 6 of the 1935 series, but he and his buddies on the Cubs bench razzed the umpire so loudly that the entire bench was kicked out of the game. Instead of Woody going up to pinch hit in the 9th, with the winning run on third base, Charlie Grimm had to let his pitcher Larry French bat. French stranded Stan Hack on third and gave up the series winning run in the bottom of the inning. English was traded to Brooklyn in 1937 and finished his career with the Dodgers.
~Al Epperly 1918 (Cubs 1938)
Epperly was the youngest player in the majors when he was called up by the 1938 Cubs. He was like a babe in a tub. That’s why his teammates nicknamed him Tub. Epperly pitched only 27 innings for the team, but the Cubs still had high hopes for his future. Unfortunately for Tub, he didn’t make the team the following year, and languished in the minors several more years before being drafted into the service during the war. In what can only be described as a Hollywood ending, Tub made it back to the big leagues five years after the war ended. Brooklyn called him up in 1950, at the age of 32. Epperly got to pitch in the big leagues one last time, making five appearances for the Dodgers.
~Theo Epstein 1973 (Cubs President of Baseball Operations 2011-Present)
When Epstein took over control of the Cubs baseball operations, they were a team in disarray. The minor league system was considered one of the worst in the league, and the big league club’s roster was full of bloated veteran contracts. He told Cub fans that it would take awhile, and he certainly wasn’t lying about that. After several last place finishes, the Cubs finally emerged from the darkness in 2015, in no small part due to the work of Theo Epstein. Before coming to the Cubs, of course, Theo led the Boston Red Sox to two World Series titles. His grandfather Phillip G. Epstein won an Academy Award for co-writing the screenplay for “Casablanca”, widely regarded by screenwriters as the best screenplay ever written. But when Theo wrote the script for the Cubs World Series championship in 2016, he surpassed his grandfather’s incredible accomplishment, and ensured a future place for himself in the baseball Hall of Fame.
~Paul Erickson 1915 (Cubs 1941-1948)
Erickson pitched for the Cubs throughout the war, including their pennant winning season of 1945. In fact, he (or Vandenberg) probably should have started Game 7 of that series. Cubs manager Charlie Grimm went with his ace Hank Borowy on short rest (very short rest–one day), and the Cubs got killed in that final game. His teammates called Erickson Lil Abner after the comic strip character. One of the least proud moments of his career came in Jackie Robinson’s first game against the Cubs. Erickson was one of the Cubs pitchers who threw at Robinson–but he was the only one who threw at his head.
~Frank Ernaga 1930 (Cubs 1957-1958)
Ernaga did a good job as a pinch hitter for the Cubs in 1957. In his very first game he hit a homer and a triple against Warren Spahn. For the season Frank hit .314 with seven extra base hits (out of 11 hits) and drove in seven runs. The following year he couldn’t repeat that success and was sent back down to the minors where he finished his career.
~Dick Errickson 1912 (Cubs 1942)
He was born on the exact same day as fellow Cub Jim Gleeson (above), but they were never teammates. Errickson was a relief pitcher. It should come as no surprise that Errickson was nicknamed “Lief” by his teammates. He pitched his final game in the big leagues as a Cub. In the first game of a double-header against his former team the Boston Braves on September 13, 1942, he was lit up for five hits and three runs in an 11-6 loss.
~Jim Essian 1951 (Cubs manager 1991)
Essian was named Cubs manager midway through the 1991 season, replacing Don Zimmer who had led the Cubs to the division championship in 1989. Essian didn’t fare so well. Even though he was considered an up and coming managerial candidate at age 40, his Cubs didn’t respond to him at all. They finished four games under .500 and Essian was sent packing after the season. He never managed in the big leagues again.
~Shawn Estes 1973 (Cubs 2003)
He was the fifth starter on a Cubs team that also sent Wood, Prior, Zambrano, and Clement to the mound. Estes was clearly the weak link. Dusty Baker remembered him fondly for his 19-win All-Star season with the Giants (Dusty was his manager), so he kept sending him out there every five days, and Estes kept getting rocked. His ERA in 28 starts was 5.83. The Cubs unloaded him after the season and he won 15 games for the Rockies in 2004. Shawn’s claim to fame (other than his incredible 1997 season) happened on May 24, 2000. He became the first Giants pitcher to hit a grand slam home run.
~Chuck Estrada 1938 (Cubs 1966)
He pitched for the Orioles for several seasons before coming to the Cubs, leading the American League in wins as an All-Star rookie in 1960, and in losses in 1962. He got one start with the Cubs in 1966 and didn’t make it out of the first inning. His final Cubs ERA after pitching out of the bullpen the rest of the season was 7.30.
~Uel Eubanks 1903 (Cubs 1922)
Uel’s cup of coffee was both empty and full. In his one month on the Cubs, he pitched 1.2 innings and got exactly one at bat. In that one at bat, he got a hit, so his lifetime average is 1.000. But he was rocked hard on the mound. His final ERA is 27.00. Eubanks was in the minors for six seasons after his little nibble of the big leagues, but he never got another shot in the Show.
~Donald G. Evans (Cubs author/editor)
In 2008 was in the editor in chief of a great Cubs book called “Cubbie Blues: 100 Years of Waiting for Next Year.” The book is is an anthology chronicling the longest losing streak in sports history. Acclaimed authors such as Rick Kaempfer (Just One Bad Century’s Editor-in-Chief), Scott Simon, James Finn Garner, and Sara Paretsky take their places besides fans like the Shawon-O-Meter inventor, Mike Murphy and Pat Brickhouse. The unique blend of voices, ranging from best-selling authors to long-time beer venders, explores the relationship these loyal fans have to their dubious team. It’s available via Can’t Miss Press.
~Bill Everitt 1868 (Colts/Orphans 1895-1900)
They called him “Wild Bill” and he played third base for his first few years with the Cubs (then known as the Colts) until switching over to first base for his final three years with the team. Wild Bill was an excellent hitter (.317 lifetime average) with excellent speed (179 stolen bases in six years). In 1901 he jumped to the upstart American League, and finished his career with Washington.
~Johnny Evers 1881 (Cubs 1902-1913)
Johnny Evers was the starting second baseman for the greatest Cubs team of all-time, the 1906-1910 dynasty. He got his nickname, the Crab, for the way he sidled up to grounders, but he lived up to his nickname in another way. Evers was only 120 pounds, but he was known as tough and humorless. For instance, he didn’t talk to the other half of his double play combination, shortstop Joe Tinker, for many years. According to Evers, Tinkers started the fight in 1907 by throwing a ball too hard at Evers, breaking his finger. Then he laughed…which is of course, unforgivable. The two didn’t talk other than what they needed to say on the field, for over thirty years. First Baseman/Manager Frank Chance also didn’t like to listen to Evers’ constant bitching. He once considered moving him to the outfield just so he didn’t have to hear him in his one good ear. But Johnny Evers was a great fielder, a sparkplug on the offense, and despite his grumpy disposition, deserves his status as a member of baseball’s Hall of Fame. (Photo: 1910 Tobacco Baseball Card)
~The Evil Eye (Cubs 1939)
In the midst of the Depression, the average yearly American worker’s salary was $1250. We really have no way of tracking how much baseball players were making before 1934, but after the New Deal passed, publicly held companies were forced to reveal all salaries in excess of $15,000. In 1934, the Cubs had exactly two players in the $15000+ club: slugger Chuck Klein ($30,000), and Charlie Grimm ($18,361). Two years later, Gabby Hartnett, the biggest Cubs star of the 1930s, joined the club with a whopping $19,385 salary. Meanwhile, P.K Wrigley was wisely putting his money where it could do the most damage. During one fateful season during the Depression, he hired an “Evil Eye” expert to “put the whammy” on the opposition. That’s not a joke. According to Bill Veeck, who worked with the Cubs at that time, Wrigley had witnessed the “Evil Eye” achieve incredible success in the wrestling ring, and wanted him to recreate that success with the Cubs. When Wrigley brought this up at a team meeting, none of the people working for him wanted to embarrass the boss by pointing out how stupid he was to fall for this obviously staged gimmick, so no one stopped him from making the hire. Instead, they told him to keep it quiet–to make sure the rest of the league didn’t find out. The Evil Eye’s salary was $5000 (about 25% of star player/manager Gabby Hartnett’s salary that year), and he was promised an additional $25,000 if the Cubs won the pennant. At first he sat in the pitcher’s line of vision and tried to “put the whammy” on him from there. Soon he discovered that nine innings was a real long time, and Wrigley Field could be a real cold place, so he requested to put the whammy on the play-by-play ticker in the privacy of the boss’ warm office instead. Needless to say, it didn’t work out so well. The Cubs didn’t win the pennant that year (1939), and the “Evil Eye” idea was scrapped after that season. Is it possible that the “Evil Eye” put “the Whammy” on the Cubs by mistake? That sure would explain a lot.
~Scott Eyre 1972 (Cubs 2006-2008)
Eyre was a veteran bullpen guy when he came to the Cubs as a 34-year-old in 2006. He pitched quite a lot in his first season, but fell out of favor quickly when Lou Piniella became the team’s manager the following season. It got so bad at one point that Lou honestly couldn’t even remember Eyre’s first name. The Cubs traded him to the Phillies in 2008, and Eyre had the last laugh. He and his Phillies teammates won the World Series.