~Eddie Haas 1935 (Cubs 1957)
Eddie Haas went 5 for 26 as a September call up backup outfielder for the 1957 Cubs. He knocked in 4 runs. He got two more brief shots with the Milwaukee Braves before he went into coaching. In 1985 Haas was given a shot to manage the Atlanta Braves. The Braves were 21 games under .500 when he was fired in the midst of his first and last season as a big league manager.
~Stan Hack 1909 (Cubs 1932-1947)
Smiling Stan Hack played his entire career for the Cubs , anchoring four World Series teams (and hitting .348 in those series), and a few not so good teams. He also managed the team for awhile, and throughout his many years in a Cubs uniform, was known for having a smile on his face. The person that noticed Stan’s perpetual smile was none other than Bill Veeck, Jr. Veeck was only 21 when he came up with a Stan Hack promotion for the Cubs in 1935. Fans were given mirrors labeled “Smile with Stan”, with Hack’s face on the reverse side. Unfortunately for Veeck, the fans used the mirrors to reflect sunlight into the eyes of opposing batters. The umpires threatened to forfeit the game if they didn’t stop, and the league banned any future promotions involving mirrors. Smilin’ Stan was the National League’s best third baseman in the late 1930s and early 1940s. The leadoff hitter batted .301 lifetime, scored 100 runs seven times, led the league in hits and stolen bases twice, and was a four-time All Star. His .394 career on base percentage was the highest by a 20th-century third baseman until Wade Boggs exceeded it in the late 1980s, and remained the best in the National League until 2001. Smilin’ Stan died in 1979. (Photo: 1935 Diamond Stars Baseball Card)
Watch Stan get the hit that wins Game 6 of the ’45 series, the last WS game the Cubs won before 2016…
~Warren Hacker 1924 (Cubs 1948-1956)
Hacker was a starting pitcher for the Cubs in the 1950s, and had a few pretty good seasons for less than stellar teams. In 1952 he went 15-9 with a sparkling 2.58 ERA. He tossed 12 complete games and five shutouts that season. Hacker had a few more double digit win seasons in 1953 and 1955, but he was traded to the Reds (along with Dick Hoak) in 1956.
~Casey Hageman 1887 (Cubs 1914)
Casey was not a typical pitcher in many ways. When he was a minor league pitcher in 1909, he killed a batter with a pitch. He never totally got over that. He was also a rebel. In 1912 he was sent to the minor leagues by the Red Sox, and he refused to go. That led to an early challenge of baseball’s reserve clause and made him an undesirable, despite his great promise. The Cubs gave him another shot in 1914 when they still played at West Side Grounds. He won one game and saved another, and pitched respectably for the club. But there was another way that Casey was far from a typical relief pitcher. He batted 15 times, and his average was an astounding .467. After the season he and the Cubs couldn’t come to an agreement on a contract, and he quit big league baseball for good at age 27.
~Rip Hagerman 1886 (Cubs 1909)
His real name was Zerah Zequiel Hagerman, but his Cubs teammates opted to reject that mouthful and call him Rip. Rip pitched very well for the Cubs during his only year in Chicago. His 1.82 ERA in 79 innings pitched were a real help to the team that year. He later pitched for Cleveland with less success. He was only 43 years old when he died in 1930.
~Jerry Hairston Jr. 1976 (Cubs 2005-2006)
Hairston’s claim to fame in Chicago will always be that he was the player the Cubs got in exchange for Sammy Sosa. He had a decent if unspectacular debut season with the Cubs as a jack-of-all-trades utility man, but the following year the Cubs were desperate for power, so they traded Hairston to the Texas Rangers for Phil Nevin. The following year Jerry was named as a PED user by the Mitchell Report, a charge he vehemently denied. Hairston got his first and only World Series ring as part of the 2009 Yankees championship team. Jerry’s uncle John and brother Scott also played for the Cubs. (Photo: Topps 2005 Baseball Card)
~John Hairston 1944 (Cubs 1969)
Five Hairstons played big league baseball in Chicago. John’s father (Sam) and brother (Jerry) played for the White Sox, and his nephews (Jerry Jr. & Scott) later followed in his Cubs footsteps. Johnny Hairston has the distinction of being the first ever second-generation African American big leaguer. He was a September call up during the infamous 1969 Cubs collapse. He got into four games as a catcher, left-fielder and pinch hitter. His only hit came on September 18, 1969; a squib single against Phillies pitcher Grant Jackson.
~Scott Hairston 1980 (Cubs 2013)
His grandfather Sam was a big-leaguer, so was his father Jerry Sr., and his brother Jerry Jr. Scott probably had the most power of any of them. He had a few very good power seasons for the Padres (17 Hrs twice) and Mets (20 homers). But he was supposed to platoon in right field with Nate Schierholtz in 2013, and it didn’t work out too well. Scott only hit .172 before being traded to the Washington Nationals.
~George Halas 1895 (Cubs fan 1900-1983)
Growing up in Chicago during the Cubs championship era (the first decade of last century), George Halas was a die-hard Cubs fan. When he was a boy, he and his friends used to hang around the player’s entrance at West Side Grounds and wait for Frank Chance to show up. When he arrived, the boys would beg the Peerless Leader to let them into the games for free. Chance obliged them on several occasions, something George Halas never forgot. Halas later became a baseball player himself. A month after World War 1 ended, he signed as a free agent with the New York Yankees. He eventually made it to the show for part of the 1919 season, but an injury ended his career after only 22 at bats. The next year the Yankees had another right fielder; a little known fella with the last name of Ruth. Halas obviously also excelled at football, and was one of the founders of the National Football League. He patterned the team colors after his college team (the University of Illinois), but he named them “The Bears” as a tribute to his favorite baseball team: The Chicago Cubs. Halas’ Bears even shared Wrigley Field with the Cubs for nearly 50 years. George Halas is a member of Pro Football’s Hall of Fame, and Chicago Bears fans will always revere him for his incredible success. But never forget, George Halas was a Cubs fan even longer. (Photo: Bain News Service)
~Drew Hall 1963 (Cubs 1986-1988)
For the most part, Dallas Green did a very good job drafting during his time at the helm of the Cubs, but in 1984 he spent the third overall pick on pitcher Drew Hall. (Mark McGwire was picked a few picks later). Hall had an electric arm but was never able to harness it. His time with the Cubs was memorable for how badly it went. He was hit hard, was wild in the strike zone, and after three seasons was shipped off to Texas along with two other projects who had slightly better careers (Rafael Palmeiro and Jamie Moyer). Hall pitched his last pitch in the big leagues at the age of 27.
~Jimmy Hall 1938 (Cubs 1969-1970)
Hall’s career started out well with the Minnesota Twins. He was All-Star in 1964, and got to replace Mickey Mantle in centerfield that game. In 1965, he made the All-Star team again, but when the Twins went to the World Series, he spent most of it on the bench. By then his inability to hit lefties had been exposed, and a little-known lefty named Koufax started three games for the Dodgers in that series. By the time the Cubs got him in 1969 to help with their playoff push, the pitchers had caught up to him. He hit less than .200 and was shipped off to Atlanta in June of 1970.
~Mel Hall 1960 (Cubs 1981-1984)
Hall really burst onto the scene during the 1983 season. After getting a taste of the big leagues at the end of the ’81 and ’82 seasons, he won a job in 1983, and responded with a great year. Mel slugged 17 homers, hit .283 in just over 400 at bats, and finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting. He was in the opening day lineup in 1984 too, and was on his way to a decent (if unspectacular) year when he was called into the manager’s office on June 13th. That’s when he found out he had been traded to the Cleveland Indians along with Joe Carter for pitcher Rick Sutcliffe. Sutcliffe led the Cubs to the playoffs, and Hall had three good, but not great seasons with the Indians, before being traded to the Yankees. Before his career was over, Hall had clubbed 134 homers in 13 big league seasons, and another 64 in Japan. But that’s only the baseball part of the Mel Hall story. At first people just thought he was an eccentric, but there was a much darker side to Hall as well. That story is chronicled at SB Nation: The Many Crimes of Mel Hall. Hall is a convicted sexual predator, and was sentenced to 45 years in prison. (Photo: 1983 Topps Baseball Card)
~Jimmy Hallinan 1849 (White Stockings 1877-1878)
The Irish born Hallinan came to the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings) when his previous team the Reds ran into financial difficulty. Hallinan was a pretty good hitter, but Chicago had trouble finding places for him to play on the field because he was a terrible fielder. In his career he made 161 errors in only 111 games. In the middle of the 1878 season he had to quit because he became ill. The following year he died at the age of 30, from what was then described as “inflamation of the bowels”; likely due to excessive drinking.
~Cole Hamels 1983 (Cubs 2018-Present)
The Cubs picked up the former World Series MVP and Cy Young winner at the trading deadline and Hamels pitched like he had been doused in the fountain of youth. After struggling in Texas, Hamels dominated in his 12 starts with the Cubs. He had a 2.38 ERA, struck out 72 in 74 innings, and was the team’s best pitcher down the stretch. He pitched so well, the Cubs picked up his option for 2019.
~Milo Hamilton 1927 (Cubs announcer 1955-1957, 1980-1982)
Milo is a Hall of Fame baseball announcer. As a young broadcaster he worked for the Cubs alongside Vince Lloyd, but was moved out of the booth when Lou Boudreau became available. He went on to broadcast for many other teams including the White Sox, Braves and Pirates. (Milo, of course, is most famous for his call of Hank Aaron’s 715th home run) He came back to the Cubs in 1980, and at first enjoyed it. He was promised Brickhouse’s job when Jack retired, but when that time actually came, Harry Caray was brought in instead. Milo couldn’t stand Harry Caray. In his autobiography, he explained why…
*After Harry left the White Sox to take over the Cubs job, he talked to Milo. Harry told him “Well, kid, if I were you, I’d leave town.”
*Milo didn’t like the way he broadcasted. “He rode the managers, he rode the players, it didn’t matter. He treated everyone the same way. In short, he was a miserable human being.”
*When Milo was hospitalized for leukemia in 1982, Harry responded on the air that he “Couldn’t understand how a guy can take time off during the season. Unlike some other broadcasters I know, I’ve never missed a game
Milo took Harry’s advice and left town. He landed in Houston and broadcast games there until his retirement in 2012. Milo passed away on September 17, 2015 at the age of 88.
~Steve Hamilton 1934 (Cubs 1972)
Hamilton was a 37-year-old 12-year veteran when the Cubs acquired the lefty reliever in 1972. He appeared in the final 22 games of his big league career for the Cubs that year, posting a 4.76 ERA as a situational lefty. Hamilton retired after the season.
~Jason Hammel 1982 (Cubs 2014-2016)
Hammel was signed as a free agent by the Cubs prior to the 2014 season and responded with the best year of his career. He was 8-5 with 2.98 ERA when the Cubs traded him along with Jeff Samardijza to the Oakland A’s in July. He didn’t pitch as well in Oakland, but he did get into the playoffs. Unfortunately for Jason, he gave up the game winning hit. After the season, he became a free agent again, and the Cubs signed him again. In 2015 Hammel had a great first half, but slumped after the all-star break, and really struggled in the playoffs. His 2016 season was much better. Hammel won 15 games, but was hurt toward the end of the year, and was kept off the postseason roster. The Cubs granted him free agency after the World Series.
~Ralph Hamner 1916 (Cubs 1947-1949)
Hamner came up to the big leagues after the war, but because of the interuption in his playing time, he was already 29 years old. They called him Bruz. He had flashes of brilliance, pitching seven complete games, but in 220 career innings, Bruz allowed an astounding 368 baserunners.
~Justin Hancock 1990 (Cubs 2018)
Hancock was acquired in a trade with the Padres for Matt Szczur in 2017, and made his big league debut as a 27-year-old in May of 2018. He pitched well in limited duty (10 appearances) for the Cubs.
~Bill Hands 1940 (Cubs 1966-1972)
Bill Hands was nicknamed “Froggy” because his style was reminiscent of Don Larsen, who was with the Cubs at the end of his illustrious career and the beginning of Hands career. Larsen was nicknamed Froggy, so Hands was given the nickname too. Hands became a 20-game winner in 1969 and helped the Cubs to a second-place finish behind the Mets. He won another 18 games for the Cubs in 1970, and on August 3, 1972, he had his best performance as a Cub, beating the Montreal Expos 3-0. With Hands one out away from a no-hitter, Ken Singleton hit a little ground ball toward second base, and Hands tried to catch it. It went off his glove and away from second baseman Paul Popovich, ending the no-hitter. The Cubs traded him after the 1972 season to the Minnesota Twins for Dave LaRoche. After pitching for two seasons with the Minnesota Twins, and one more with the Rangers, Hands retired after the 1975 seasons. Where did he go after his career? Well, according to Baseball Savvy: Where are they now (2006); “Drive two hours east of New York city, to the rural hamlet of Orient, Long Island. There, you’ll likely need to make a pit stop at the only gas station for miles. If you’re lucky, the tall, skinny man pumping your gas won’t be just any local. He’ll be former Chicago Cubs pitcher, William ‘Froggy’ Hands, Jr.” He passed away in 2017 at the age of 76. (Photo: Topps 1970 Baseball Card)
~Chris Haney 1968 (Cubs 1998)
Haney was a lefthanded pitcher who managed to pitch for six different teams over an eleven year big-league career despite posting a career ERA over 5. He appeared in five games for the Cubs, covering five innings, and managed to give up two homers. His ERA in Chicago was 7.20.
~Fred Haney 1896 (Cubs 1927)
Haney had 3 at bats in four games with the Cubs in 1927, and didn’t get on base. As a manager, he led the Milwaukee Braves to two World Series in a row, winning it all in 1957, and losing to the Yankees in 1958. Despite his championship, he wasn’t considered a great manager. Baseball historian/statistician Bill James says that Haney had one of the worst seasons as a manager in baseball history in 1959. The stacked Braves lost the NL to the vastly inferior Los Angeles Dodgers, largely (according to James) because of Haney’s mistakes.
~Todd Haney 1965 (Cubs 1994-1996)
Haney was a backup infielder for the Cubs in the mid-90s, mostly backing up Ryne Sandberg and Steve Buechele. He was one of three Todds on the 1995 Cubs, along with Todd Pratt, and Todd Zeile; one of the most Todd-heavy teams in Cubs history.
~Frank Hankinson 1856 (White Stockings 1878-1879)
Frank played in the big leagues for ten years, the first two of which were in Chicago. Over the course of his career he played every position except catcher. The Cubs (then known as the White Stockings) had him pitch and play third base and outfield. As a pitcher he won 15 games for the team in 1879 and didn’t allow a single home run in over 230 innings. As a batter, he finished tied for fifth in the league in homers. He hit one.
~Bill Hanlon 1876 (Cubs 1903)
Big Bill played one year in the big leagues. His role with the Cubs was backing up first baseman Frank Chance. He hit .095 in limited chances.
~Dave Hansen 1968 (Cubs 1997)
Hansen was one of the best pinch-hitters of his generation. He played one full season for the Cubs in 1997, but that turned out to be a rather unpleasant experience. After being on a perpetual winner in Los Angeles, the 0-14 start the Cubs had in 1997 must have scarred him. After the season he left the country–and played in Japan for a year. He returned to play another seven big league seasons. In spring training of 2005, the Cubs signed him again. They cut him the day before the season began–so he finished his career with the Seattle Mariners. (Photo: Team Issued 1997 Baseball Card)
~Ollie Hanson 1896 (Cubs 1921)
He got a very brief shot with the Cubs in 1921. Very brief. Eight days, to be precise. In those eight days he was the starting pitcher twice. In his first start on April 27, 1921 at Redland Field, he pitched pretty well against Cincinnati. He went the distance and gave up only two runs in a 2-1 loss. His second start was his only one at Wrigley Field (then known as Cubs Park). He gave up five earned runs in one inning and was yanked out of the game. Ollie never made it back to the big leagues.
~Ed Hanyzewski 1920 (Cubs 1942-1946)
Ed was a Notre Dame product who pitched for the Cubs during the war years. His best season was 1943 when he won 8 games with a 2.56 ERA. Unfortunately for Ed, he didn’t get much of an opportunity during the pennant season of 1945. He only appeared in two games, and wasn’t on the postseason roster.
~Ian Happ 1994 (Cubs 2017-present)
Happ was an invaluable member of the Cubs right out of the box. The former first rounder came up to the big league club during the 2017 season and hit 24 homers, drove in 68 runs, stole 8 bases, and played five positions (2B, 3B, RF, CF, LF). He earned the lead-off job out of spring training in 2018 and led off the season with a homer–but it went downhill from there. Happ did manage to hit 15 homers and play well defensively in the outfield, but his strikeouts spiked and his batting average dipped to .233.
~Bill Harbridge 1855 (White Stockings 1878-1879)
They called him Yaller Bill and during the 1878 season he was the main catcher for the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings). Unfortunately for his teammates, Yaller Bill wasn’t so great at that position. He lead the league with 56 passed balls. The following year they moved him to the outfield, and that turned out to be his last season with Chicago. He also played for Hartford, Troy and Philadelphia.
~Rich Harden 1981 (Cubs 2008-2009)
The Cubs knew they were getting a fragile but talented pitcher from the A’s during their division winning season of 2008, but gambled that he could help. When he got on the mound, he did. Harden had a 5-1 record after being acquired, but he wasn’t available to pitch every five days, and in his one start of the playoffs against the Dodgers he was hit pretty hard. Unfortunately for the Cubs, they included a future all-star and potential MVP in the deal to acquire Harden. In addition to Matt Murton and Eric Patterson, the A’s received third baseman Josh Donaldson. Harden won 9 games in 2009, but it was clear his arm wouldn’t hold up, and he was allowed to leave via free agency after the season. Donaldson became a star in Oakland a few years later. (Photo: 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter Baseball Card)
~Lou Hardie 1864 (White Stockings 1886)
Hardie played catcher, infield and outfield for the 1886 champs. It was his only season in Chicago. He also played for Philadelphia, Boston, and Baltimore in his big league career.
~Bud Hardin 1922 (Cubs 1952)
A veteran of World War II, Hardin made the club out of spring training as a 29-year-old rookie 2B/SS. He backed up Roy Smalley and Eddie Miskus for a few weeks before being sent back down the minors. Hardin appeared in a grand total of three Cubs games, and registered one hit. He played in the minors until he was 35 years old.
~Jason Hardtke 1971 (Cubs 1998)
Hardtke got a cup of coffee with the Cubs during their playoff season of 1998. He played a little third base and outfield during his brief stay, and hit .238. Before coming to the Cubs he got a similarly brief shot with the Mets, but most of his career was spent in the minors. He also played one season in Japan.
~Alex Hardy 1876 (Cubs 1902-1903)
Hardy was a Canadian-born pitcher who started seven games over two seasons for the Cubs more than a hundred years ago. He went 3-3, with a 4.34 ERA. Of the seven games he started, he completed five of them.
~Jack Hardy 1877 (Cubs 1907)
One of the most obscure members of the first World Series champion Cubs team, Hardy played in exactly one game for Chicago. The catcher went 1 for 4, with a single and a strikeout. He got a few more cups of coffee in the big leagues with Cleveland (his hometown team) and the Washington Senators, but played the majority of his time in the minor leagues. His longest stint was with Montreal. Hardy died in 1921 at the age of 44.
~Dan Haren 1980 (Cubs 2015)
The Cubs picked up the 3-time all-star and 150-game winner at the trading deadline, and Haren took a spot in the rotation for the rest of the season. In his eleven starts he posted a respectable 4-2 record with a 4.01 ERA. After the Cubs were eliminated from the playoffs, Haren announced his retirement.
~Alan Hargesheimer 1954 (Cubs 1983)
Alan was a Chicago boy who bounced around the big leagues with stops at Kansas City and San Francisco, but he also got to pitch for his hometown Cubs in five games during the 1983 season. The righthanded reliever gave up four earned runs in his four innings pitched, to finish his Cubs career with an ERA of 9.
~Bubbles Hargrave 1892 (Cubs 1913-1915)
His real name was Eugene Hargrave, but everyone called him Bubbles because he stuttered every time he said a word that started with the letter “B”. As much as Bubbles hated his nickname, he must have known that it could have been worse. His younger brother also played in the majors, and his nickname was Pinky. Bubbles was a catcher for the Cubs from 1913-1915, but didn’t get a lot of playing time because the two catchers ahead of him, Roger Bresnahan and Jimmy Archer, were both all-star caliber players. The Cubs released him after the 1915 season, and he didn’t make it back to the majors until 1920 (with the Reds), but when he got another chance, he took full advantage of it. In 1926, he became the first full-time catcher to win the batting title when he hit .353 for the Reds.
~Mike Harkey 1966 (Cubs 1988-1993)
Mike Harkey was a first round pick of the Cubs who had a very promising 1990 season, winning 12 games. The following year he was goofing around in the outfield before the game doing handsprings and cartwheels. He landed wrong, tore up his knee, and was never the same pitcher. He did manage to win 10 games in his final season with the Cubs, but that was accompanied by a 5.26 ERA.
~Dick Harley 1872 (Cubs 1903)
Harley was a starting outfielder for the Cub in 1903, but he simply didn’t hit. In over 450 plate appearances, he managed only ten extra base hits, with a batting average of .231. He had some speed (27 stolen bases that season), but not enough to keep his job. He never played in the big leagues again.
~Jack Harper 1878 (Cubs 1906)
Harper may be the greatest example of “what goes around, comes around” in baseball history. In 1904 when he was a pitcher with the Reds, Harper beaned Cubs first baseman Frank Chance several times. One time he knocked him out cold. Chance didn’t get mad, he got even. By 1906 Chance was calling the shots for the Cubs. He contacted the Reds to see if they would be interested in trading Harper. Sure enough…they traded him to Chance. Frank let him start one game, pulled him in the first inning, and let him fester on the bench for the rest of the year. Harper never pitched in the big leagues again.
~Ray Harrell 1912 (Cubs 1939)
The Cubs got Harrell in the off-season after their World Series loss to the Yankees, and had high hopes for him. Ray pitched horribly (8.31 ERA) however, so they included him in the trade that brought Claude Passeau to the Cubs. That turned out to be a great trade for Chicago as Passeau anchored their rotation for several years, including their 1945 pennant season.
~Brendan Harris 1980 (Cubs 2004)
Harris made his big league debut for the Cubs on July 6th of 2004, and before the month was over he was involved in a big trade. Harris was one of the players in the Nomar Garciaparra trade. Harris was a utility infielder in the big leagues for eight seasons with the Expos, Nationals, Reds, Rays, Twins and Angels.
~Lenny Harris 1964 (Cubs 2003)
Lenny holds the all-time record for most pinch hits in a career (with 212). He was part of the Cubs team that won the division in 2003, although he had been let go by the time the playoffs began. Lennie also played for the Reds, Dodgers, Mets, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Brewers, and Marlins.
~Vic Harris 1950 (Cubs 1974-1975)
Harris can always say that he was traded for Hall of Famer Ferguson Jenkins. It’s true, he was the throw in to the trade that brought Bill Madlock to Chicago. The Cubs had high hopes for Harris and handed the second base job to him at the beginning of the 1974 season, but he just couldn’t hit, and was sent down to the minors. He hit .179 for the Cubs in 1975, and that was all she wrote for Vic. He was traded to the Cardinals for another infielder who couldn’t hit–Mick Kelleher.
~Kevin Hart 1982 (Cubs 2007-2009)
Kevin had flashes of effectiveness out of the bullpen for the Cubs for a few seasons, including the playoff years of 2007 and 2008. He even made the 2007 postseason roster as a 24-year-old rookie. The Cubs traded him to the Pirates midway through the 2009 season in a trade they clearly regret. It wasn’t because Kevin turned out to have such a good Pirates career (he didn’t–after 2009 he never appeared in the big leagues again). It’s because the prospect thrown in to the deal (Josh Harrison) has gone on to become an all-star. In return the Cubs got two pitchers who didn’t do much with the club–Tom Gorzelanny and John Grabow.
~Chuck Hartenstein 1942 (Cubs 1966-1968)
His real name was Charles Oscar Hartenstein, but he got the nickname Twiggy because he was so thin. At 5’11, 165 pounds, he looked like he was barely capable of pitching, let alone intimidating the opponent. Twiggy pitched for the Cubs from 1966 to 1968. He did fairly well in 1967, winning nine games and saving ten. After a less productive 1968, the Cubs traded him to the Pirates for Manny Jimenez, an outfielder who only batted six more times in his major league career. Twiggy pitched two more seasons in the National League, then re-emerged in 1977 for one final season with the expansion Toronto Blue Jays.
~Gabby Hartnett 1900 (Cubs 1922-1940)
Gabby was one of the greatest Cubs of all-time. His real name was Charles Leo Hartnett. No surprise where that nickname came from, he was known as someone who was “constantly talking” when he was catching. Gabby is known as one of the all-time greats, probably the best catcher of the first half of the 20th century. Gabby was the National League’s catcher in the first six all-star games. He played in four World Series for the Cubs, as a backup catcher/pinch hitter in 1929, the starting catcher in ’32 and ’35 (he won the MVP that year), and in 1938, his “homer in the gloamin” won the pennant for the Cubs. He was also the manager of that team. As a player he was beloved. As a manager, he was hated. His nickname as the manager was “Drizzlepuss” or “Old Tomato Face”. He left the Cubs after 1940 and his last year was spent as a player/manager for the New York Giants. He is buried in All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, the same cemetery as Harry Caray. (Photo: 1961 Fleer Baseball Greats Card)
AUDIO: Homer in the Gloamin…
Gabby in a newsreel video
~Topsy Hartsel 1874 (Orphans 1901)
Topsy set a record while playing for the Cubs (then known as the Orphans). On September 10, 1901, he set the record for putouts by a Left Fielder in a nine-inning game: 11 against Brooklyn. The next season he led the American League in stolen bases and runs scored. He later played against the Cubs in the World Series (1910) with the Philadelphia A’s.
~Jeff Hartsock 1966 (Cubs 1992)
Jeff came to the Cubs in a trade from the Dodgers for fellow reliever Steve Wilson. Wilson pitched well for the Dodgers, but Hartsock only made four appearances in September of 1992. They were the only four appearances of his big league career. He pitched seven seasons in the minors.
~Zaza Harvey 1879 (1900 Orphans)
He only got three at-bats for Chicago, but later got a little more playing time in Cleveland.
~Ron Hassey 1953 (Cubs 1984)
Hassey had a long and successful career as a backup catcher (14 seasons in the big leagues). He came to the Cubs along with Rick Sutcliffe in the trade that sent Joe Carter and Mel Hall to the Indians. Hassey didn’t get a lot of playing time backing up Jody Davis, but he was a part of the team that won the division. The Cubs traded him to the Yankees after the 1984 season.
~Billy Hatcher 1960 (Cubs 1984-1985)
Hatcher was a bright young prospect in the Cubs system who came up at a time that the outfield was crowded with veterans. He was traded to Houston, and it didn’t take long for the Cubs to realize they made a mistake. Billy Hatcher turned out to be a postseason juggernaut after he left the Cubs. He led the 1986 Astros to the NLCS and hit a dramatic homer in the bottom of the 14th inning of Game 6 to tie the game against the Mets. But he will always be remembered for his performance in the 1990 World Series. Hatcher hit an incredible .750 for the series (9 for 15) and helped lead the underdog Reds to a sweep of the heavily favored Oakland A’s. (Photo: 1986 Donruss Baseball Card)
At least this was against the Mets…
~Grady Hatton 1922 (Cubs 1960)
Hatton was an all-star second baseman, and a rare breed for his era–an infielder with power. Naturally all of that occured before he came to the Cubs. He was 37 years old when he joined Chicago for the last 28 at bats of his career.
~Joe Hatten 1916 (Cubs 1951-1952)
He served in the military during World War II, and didn’t make his big league debut until he was nearly 30 years old. He had a couple of good seasons with Brooklyn (including World Series seasons 1947 & 1949) before being included in that incredibly unfortunate (for the Cubs) deal that sent Andy Pafko to the Dodgers. Hatten won six games over two seasons as a spot starter in Chicago, and didn’t do well. After his time with the Cubs was over, he pitched another eight seasons in the minors before hanging up his spikes for good at the age of 43.
~LaTroy Hawkins 1972 (Cubs 2004)
The Cubs signed LaTroy to be their closer after Joe Borowski went down with an arm injury. Hawkins, a local kid from Gary Indiana, had pitched incredibly well with the Twins the previous few seasons. He had some good moments with the Cubs too, but he also had some very bad moments. He saved 25 games, but he blew consecutive saves down the stretch at the worst possible time. The Cubs had a playoff spot in their hands and LaTroy blew it. Hawkins gave up ten homers that year–a very big number for a closer. The Cubs shipped him off to the Giants in 2005. Latroy later led the 2007 Rockies to the World Series. He also pitched for the Orioles, Yankees, Astros, Brewers, Angels, Mets, and Rockies again. His final appearance of the 2014 season was the 1000th appearance of his big league career.
~Jack Hayden 1880 (Cubs 1908)
Hayden was part of the 1908 Cubs team that won the World Series, but he didn’t play much. He hit .200 in eleven games, and played rightfield.
~Bill Hayes 1957 (Cubs 1980-1981)
In 1978 Tom Brunansky was taken right after the Cubs picked Bill Hayes. Brunansky led his team to the World Series. Hayes got nine big league at-bats. The catcher got two hits and struck out three times.
~Egyptian Healy 1866 (1889 White Stockings)
They called him Egyptian because he hailed from Cairo…Illinois. His real first name was John. Healy was a pitcher in the 1880s and early 1890s, and not a very good one at that. Although he lasted eight big league seasons, he once lost an amazing 29 games in a single season. For his career he was 58 games under .500. In his one season in Chicago, Egyptian was 1-4 in five starts for a third place club.
~Bill Heath 1939 (Cubs1969)
Bill Heath was a backup catcher for the Cubs in 1969, and with less than 200 career at bats, certainly qualifies as a “cup of coffee.” His story has a very dramatic ending by the way. Heath was catching on August 19, 1969. If you’re a real stats geek, you may remember that Ken Holtzman threw a no-hitter for the Cubs that day. Even though Heath started the game, he wasn’t around for that dramatic last out. Early in the game he was hit by a foul tip and broke his hand. Gene Oliver finished the game at catcher, and Heath was placed on the DL. He never played in the majors again. Ironically, Ken Holtzman’s second no hitter for the Cubs (June 3, 1971), also was caught by a cup-of-coffee backup catcher who rarely played (Danny Breeden). Breeden and his brother Hal were both on the Cubs for a very short time that year. (Photo: Topps 1970 Baseball Card)
~Cliff Heathcoate 1898 (Cubs 1922-1930)
He became a Cub in 1922 when he was traded to the team between games of a double header with the Cardinals. The Cardinals got Max Flack in return, and both players played for both teams that day. Cliff was an excellent defensive outfielder and played with the Cubs until 1930. On 8/25/22 he was part of the highest scoring game in baseball history. He reached base seven times during that 26-23 win. Cliff died tragically at the way too young age of 40 in 1939 from a pulmonary embolism. (Photo: 1933 Goudy Baseball Card)
~Richie Hebner 1947 (Cubs 1984-1985)
Richie Hebner was famous for working as a gravedigger at a cemetery run by his father during the off-season, and that’s where the nickname “The Gravedigger” originated. He played the last two seasons of his career with the Cubs (84-85), mainly as a pinch hitter, but got several key hits during the Cubs division winning season of 1984. In his years with the Pirates, Phillies and Cubs, he played in the NLCS eight times, and won it only once (1971 Pirates). He played 18 seasons in the big leagues, and hit over 200 home runs, but only five of them came with the Cubs.
No Cubs talk, but this is absolute gold from Hebner…
~Mike Hechinger 1890 (Cubs 1912-1913)
He had a cup of coffee with his hometown Chicago Cubs at the tail end of the 1912 season and the beginning of 1913, but the backup catcher got only five at bats, and didn’t manage to get a hit. He finished his career with Brooklyn.
~The Heckler (Cubs blog/website)
The Heckler has been dishing satirical slices of Cubs pie for several years. The website also skewers football, basketball, and hockey teams, but the Cubs are clearly the easiest target in professional sports, and the Heckler does a great job of poking fun at the Cubs and their fans. Recommended only for Cub fans with a sense of humor (I have heard from enough of you to know that’s not a universal trait).
~Jim Hegan 1920 (Cubs 1960)
They called him “Shanty”. Hegan was a five-time all-star catcher for the Cleveland Indians, including their World Series championship year of 1948. Shanty was never a great hitter (lifetime .228 in 17 big league seasons), but he was one of the best defensive catchers of his era. He played his final season in the big leagues in Chicago for his old Indians manager, Lou Boudreau. The 39-year-old was one of eight catchers for the Cubs that year. After his playing career ended, Hegan went into coaching and scouting for the New York Yankees, mentoring the likes of Thurman Munson and Rick Dempsey. Hegan’s son Mike also played in the big leagues, and was himself an all-star first baseman for the Seattle Pilots.
~Aaron Heilman 1978 (Cubs 2009)
Heilman was a steady reliever who made nearly 500 career relief appearances, including 70 with the Cubs in 2009. Chicago acquired him for Ronnie Cedeno that year, and although Heilman gave up his fair share of longballs and walks, he was trotted out to the mound on a regular basis by manager Lou Piniella. Heilman also pitched for the Mets and Diamondbacks in his nine year big league career.
~Al Heist 1927 (Cubs 1960-1961)
Heist was with the Cubs during the ill-fated College of Coaches era. One of those coaches in 1961 apparently liked him, because he got the bulk of playing time at centerfield during the 1961 season. Heist batted .255 with 7 homers. The Cubs left him unprotected in the 1962 expansion draft, and Houston picked him up. He didn’t play much with the Colt 45s in 1962, but that team actually finished higher in the standings than the 1962 Cubs.
~Ernest Hemingway 1899 (Cubs fan 1899-1962)
Hemingway grew up in Oak Park and was a precocious boy of 9 when the Cubs last won the World Series. He had more than a passing knowledge of that great Cubs team. His father was the doctor for Cubs owner Charles Murphy, and young Ernest saw his share of Cubs games at West Side Grounds. In 1949, he wrote a letter to his friend Ed recalling those days. He wrote: “I would say ‘Dear Lord, this isn’t as bad as what Frank Chance goes through every day, but please give me the courage to bear it like he does.’ Frank Chance couldn’t duck if they threw at his head. After he had his first concussion after I think it was Marquard hit him he would freeze, and nobody threw him anything that wasn’t high and inside. Finally he had such awful headaches that it was tough for me, a punk kid, to see him.” In the 1940s Hemingway invited ex-Cubs players like Billy Herman, Larry French, Augie Galan, and Curt Davis to hang out at his house in Cuba. But though he eventually became a Dodgers fan (all of those players ended up playing on the Dodgers after they left the Cubs–and the Dodgers trained in Cuba), his baseball teeth were cut in Chicago, watching the World Champion Chicago Cubs.
~Rollie Hemsley 1907 (Cubs 1931-1932)
Rollie was the backup catcher on the Cubs in 1931 and 1932, but he didn’t get along with manager Rogers Hornsby. Although Hornsby was a degenerate gambler, he was also a tee-totaler that really cracked down on the team drinkers. Offenders included just about everyone on the team, particularly their best pitcher (Pat Malone), and their backup catcher, Rollie. Hemsley didn’t play often because he was Gabby Hartnett’s backup and Hartnett played every day, so Rollie often hung out in the illegal speakeasies with his teammates without fear of playing with a hangover. In the 1932 season, the team finally couldn’t take any more of Hornsby, and lobbied the young owner of the team (PK Wrigley) to fire him. They got their wish, and everybody’s best pal, first baseman Charlie Grimm was named the player-manager. Wrigley took a chance on Grimm–but not before he got Grimm’s word that he would make sure the players stayed out of trouble. The first meeting after he was named manager, the new manager told his team to please play it straight for a little while, ending his speech with; “Fellas, we got a darn good chance to win this thing. Everybody take good care of yourselves.” That same night, Rollie Hemsley had to be bailed out of jail after he went out and got drunk. Mr. Wrigley and Charlie Grimm were not amused. The Cubs traded Rollie to the Reds after the World Series that year (he batted three times in the 1932 series and struck out all three times). Hemsley went on to have a pretty darn good major league career with the Browns, the Phillies, the Indians and the Yankees, making the all-star team five times, but Charlie Grimm never forgot that first night he was the manager of the Cubs, when a backup catcher almost ended his managing career the same day it began.
~Ken Henderson 1946 (Cubs 1979-1980)
Henderson was an acrobatic outfielder who was beloved on the south side of Chicago during his days with the White Sox (1973-1975), but by the time he returned to Chicago in a Cubs uniform, he was running out of gas. He filled in at all three outfield positions for the Cubs, but he only hit .235 and .195 in his two seasons on the north side. They were the final two seasons of his career.
~Steve Henderson 1952 (Cubs 1981-1982)
The Cubs got Henderson from the Mets in the trade that sent Dave Kingman back to New York. Truth be told, the Cubs would have taken a bag of balls for Kingman by that point because he had so thoroughly worn out his welcome. Henderson was much better than that, but he never quite lived up to his potential. Scouts saw him as a can’t miss power hitter (he had earlier been part of the trade that sent Tom Seaver to the Reds), but he never hit more than twelve homers in a season. He hit only seven in Chicago over two full seasons. After the 1982 season the Cubs traded him to the Mariners for Rich Bordi.
~Bob Hendley 1939 (Cubs 1965-1967)
Hendly only won 10 games in his 2 1/2 seasons with the Cubs, but he had a few moments of shining glory. His most memorable game in a Cubs uniform came on September 9th, 1965 at Dodgers Stadium. The score was 0-0 in the bottom of the fifth and neither pitcher had allowed a single base runner. That ended when Hendley walked Dodgers outfielder Lou Johnson to lead off the inning. The next batter, Ron Fairly, bunted the ball a little too hard–right to the pitcher. Hendley was prepared to whirl toward second and throw out the lead runner, but he took his eye off the ball for a second, dropped it, and had no choice but to throw to first. While the next hitter was up to bat, Jim Lefevbre, Johnson took off for third. Cubs catcher Chris Krug threw to Santo, but the Cubs great couldn’t handle the throw, and Johnson ran home with the first and only run of the game. The Dodgers had scored without the benefit of a hit. Hendley didn’t give up a hit until the 7th inning, and that harmless double was the only hit he allowed all game. It was a truly incredible pitching performance by Hendley, but it wasn’t good enough. The other pitcher was just a little more incredible. His name was Sandy Koufax, and all he did was pitch a perfect game. (Photo: Topps 1967 Baseball Card)
~Harvey Hendrick 1897 (Cubs 1933)
Gink, as he was known to his teammates, was a utility man in the big leagues for eleven seasons, including one year with the Cubs. He backed up defensively-challenged outfielders Babe Herman and Riggs Stephenson and third baseman Woody English. Gink’s story does not end well. Just a few years after his playing career ended, he shot himself to death at the age of 43.
~Elrod Hendricks 1940 (Cubs 1972)
He was the starting catcher for three consecutive Baltimore Orioles World Series teams, including the 1970 World Series champions. By 1972, he had fallen out of favor in Baltimore, so they traded Elrod to the Cubs for Tommy Davis. Davis played incredibly well for Orioles, and Hendricks didn’t do much for the Cubs, so the Cubs traded Elrod back to the Orioles in 1973. Hendricks played in another ALCS for the Orioles in 1974.
~Jack Hendricks 1875 (Orphans 1902)
His lifetime average as a Cub (then known as the Orphans) is one of the best in club history…he hit .571 for the team. Unfortunately, he only got seven at bats. He got another shot with the Senators the following season for one of the more unusual reasons in baseball history. He replaced Ed Delahanty, who fell to his death over Niagra Falls (after being kicked off a train for threatening passengers with a straight razor). After his playing career ended, Hendricks went into coaching. Jack managed the Reds and the Cardinals, although he never finished better than 2nd place.
~Kyle Hendricks 1989 (Cubs 2014-present)
The Cubs acquired Hendricks in the trade that sent Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers. The youngster quickly worked his way through the Cubs minor league system, and made his debut in 2014. He was outstanding as a rookie, going 7-2 with a 2.46 ERA in 13 starts. Hendricks finished in seventh in the Rookie of the Year voting despite not being called up to the big leagues until July. In 2015, he was a member of the rotation for the entire season, and posted a record of 8-7, with a 3.95 ERA, in 32 starts. But in 2016, Hendricks became a star. He led the league in ERA, won 16 games, won the clinching game that brought the Cubs to their first World Series since 1945, and started Game 7 of the World Series. He finished third in the Cy Young voting. An injury in 2017 slowed his progress, but Kyle still managed to win a crucial Game 1 vs. the Nationals in the NLDS. In 2018 it appeared he was having an off-year, but when the dust settled he had won 14 games, posted a 3.44 ERA, and pitched just shy of 200 innings.
~Claude Hendrix 1889 (Cubs 1916-1920)
Claude Hendrix may be one of the most important figures in early Wrigley Field history. He started the very first game played in the ballpark (as a member of the Chi Feds), and the very first game the Cubs played there. On the other hand, his career ended with a gigantic asterisk. Team president Bill Veeck got a telegram before a game in August of 1920, saying that there had been an unusual amount of betting against the Cubs. The starting pitcher that day, Claude Hendrix, reportedly bet $5000 himself. The Cubs didn’t let him start the game. Grover Cleveland Alexander started instead (and was offered a $500 bonus if he won the game)—but the Cubs still lost 3-0. Though he had no proof it was true, Veeck ruled that the spitballer Hendrix, couldn’t play for the Cubs the rest of the season. (History fails to note that Hendrix was running out of gas at the time anyway). Veeck also reported the incident to Judge Kenesaw Landis. In Judge Landis’ autobiography, he admitted that he quietly banned Hendrix for life. No public announcements were made. While Hendrix suffered greatly for his role in this case, he didn’t suffer as badly as the team across town. The investigation into this game didn’t turn up anything against Hendrix, but it did turn up a much bigger scandal: The Chicago White Sox had fixed the 1919 World Series. The Sox were acquitted in court, but banned for life by baseball anyway. Unlike Hendrix, they will forever be branded as the most notorious cheaters in baseball history. (Photo: 1916 Sporting News Baseball Card)
~Jim Hendry 1955 (Cubs GM 2002-2011)
Hendry did some good work when he was scouting director of the Cubs in the late 90s. For a few years the Cubs farm system consistently provided the team with good arms, including the likes of Kerry Wood, Mark Prior, and Carlos Zambrano. As a GM he had a few good moments (trading for Aramis Ramirez) and a few clunkers (signing Todd Hundley), but perhaps his biggest sin is that he let the farm system atrophy. When he left after the 2011 season, the cupboard was nearly bare.
~George Hennessey 1907 (Cubs 1945)
Because of the travel restrictions placed on baseball during World War II, the Cubs played their spring training in French Lick, Indiana. On March 3rd, 1945, when they gathered at Chicago’s Dearborn Train Station to board the train to camp, Hennessy was one of only six players on that train. He was a 37-year-old minor leaguer at the time. That perserverence eventually paid off, because George did get into two games for the Cubs during that pennant-winning season. His nickname was “Three Star” after the famous brandy (at the time) Hennessey’s 3 Star.
~Bill Henry 1927 (Cubs 1958-1959)
Bill led the league in appearances in his second and final season with the Cubs. He served as their closer that year, winning 9 games, and saving 12. After the season ended, Henry was traded (along with Lou Jackson & Lee Walls) to the Reds for slugging third baseman/first baseman Frank Thomas. Henry became an all-star with the Reds, and saved more than 60 games over the next few seasons. He pitched in the big leagues until 1969 (at the age of 42). (Photo: Topps 1959 Baseball Card)
~Roy Henshaw 1911 (Cubs 1933-1936)
Roy Henshaw was not a big man. The University of Chicago product was no taller than 5’8” and didn’t weigh a pound over 155. But he was also one of the best starting pitchers on the 1935 Cubs team that would win the National League pennant before losing to the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. Henshaw had a sterling 13-5 record, and for one glorious day—June 28, 1935—he thought he was perfect. He didn’t get flustered in the 6th inning when Pirates pitcher Mace Brown hit a ball that Cubs centerfielder Freddie Lindstrom camped under, had two hands on, and dropped. Everyone in the crowd and both dugouts assumed the play had been ruled an error. They had no way of knowing, because in those days the scoreboard didn’t record that information (scoring decisions or the number of hits allowed), and the public address announcer was still using a giant megaphone, and that was only used to announce who was batting or who was pitching. So when the game ended, everyone thought Henshaw had thrown a no-hitter. The crowd erupted and the players swarmed their hero on the mound. It wasn’t until after the game, in the clubhouse, that they discovered the sad news. The ball hit by the Pittsburgh pitcher had been ruled a hit. Henshaw had only thrown a one-hitter. But it was still the best game of his career.
~Felix Heredia 1985 (Cubs 1998-2001)
Felix was picked up for the playoff drive of 1998. He had been a part of the ’97 champion Marlin’s team and was an important part of their bullpen, but he didn’t pitch well for the Cubs. He had a very high ERA for a reliever, but the lefty got plenty of opportunities over the next few years. The Cubs finally gave up on him in 2001. His nickname was “El Gato Flaco”, which is Spanish for “Skinny Cat”.
~Babe Herman 1903 (Cubs 1933-1934)
That’s right, “Babe” played for the Cubs. Unfortunately, it wasn’t “THE” Babe. His real name was Floyd Caves Herman, but his manager in the minors called him “Babe” after he got a hit in his first at bat. Babe Ruth was playing then, and the manager said, “You’re my babe.” The name stuck. He was always a good hitter (he finished his career with a .324 average), but his fielding was notoriously bad. He led the league in errors two years in a row, playing outfield and first base. One of his former Brooklyn teammates liked to joke that the only reason Babe wore a glove was because it was the custom. As bad as he was in the field, his baserunning was even worse. His most legendary baserunning error was one for the ages. He accomplished something that was almost impossible…he doubled into a double play. Babe was tagged out at third base when he was the third one to arrive at the base.
~Billy Herman 1909 (Cubs 1931-1941)
He was named William Jennings Bryan Herman after the famed orator, and this Billy had an incredible big league career. He was a 10-time All-Star in 15 big league seasons (and his first two years, the All-Star game hadn’t been invented yet). He was considered the best hit and run man to ever play the game. His lifetime batting average was .304. He led the league in hits, doubles, triples, and sacrifices, but he was even better known for his glove. In his 15 years as a second baseman he led the league in put outs seven times, not to mention leading the league in assists, fielding percentage and range. And he was elected into baseball’s Hall of Fame in 1975. But sadly, Herman didn’t spend his entire career with the Cubs. The team somehow traded him to the Dodgers in 1941. Leo Durocher, the Dodgers manager at the time, tells how this happened in his book “Nice Guys Finish Last.” It’s not a pretty story…
“About two weeks into the season, I was awakened by a call at about four in the morning. ‘Are you awake?’ came the booming voice of Larry MacPhail (Dodgers GM). ‘No I’m bowling, Larry. I’m cruising down the Potomac on the Presidential yacht. I am now. What the hell’s the matter with you?” Say hello, he said, ‘to your new second baseman.’ ‘Hello buddy,’ came the weary voice of Billy Herman. ‘I’ll see you at the ballpark if that boss of yours lets me go back to sleep.’”
Note the time of day this phone call was made. According to Durocher, who got this information directly from MacPhail, the trade was made during a night of drinking. MacPhail was invited to the suite of the Cubs GM Jim Gallagher when the Cubs were in New York. MacPhail was a well known drunk, but he figured out pretty quickly that Gallagher and manager Jimmy Wilson were trying to get him drunk to talk trade. So, instead of drinking the brandy, MacPhail only pretended to drink it while he was actually pouring it out in flower pots, toilet bowls, and wherever else he could. Meanwhile, every time the Cubs poured MacPhail a drink, they also poured themselves one. Instead of getting him drunk, they got themselves drunk. By 4 AM MacPhail had acquired the best second baseman in baseball in exchange for a backup outfielder and a utility infielder. The deal was put in writing on the back of an envelope. And yes, MacPhail’s grandson later became the president and general manager of the Cubs: the infamous Andy MacPhail. (Photo: 1935 Diamond Stars Baseball Card)
Billy inducted into the Hall of Fame…
~Chad Hermansen 1977 (Cubs 2002)
Hermanson was acquired from the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Darren Lewis. He didn’t get a lot of playing time with the Cubs (35 games), but he did play enough to catch the eye of the Dodgers. Hermanson was included in the Todd Hundley trade, which brought Eric Karros and Mark Grudzielanek from the Dodgers to the Cubs.
~Gene Hermanski 1920 (Cubs 1951-1953)
During his time with the Dodgers, Gene was one of the first players to accept Jackie Robinson as a teammate. He once joked that all of the Dodgers should wear the number 42 so that snipers didn’t know which one was Jackie. Hermanski came to the Cubs from the Dodgers in one of the most lopsided trades in team history along with light-hitting shortstop Eddie Miskus, Bruce Edwards and Joe Hatten in exchange for the most popular player on the Cubs (Andy Pafko), one of their best starting pitchers (Johnny Schmitz), catcher Rube Walker, and Wayne Terwillinger. The trade was so lopsided fans thought that Cubs GM Wid Matthews, a former Branch Rickey protege, was still on Rickey’s payroll. The Dodgers won the pennant in 1952 with those players while the Cubs finished 19 1/2 games behind them. Hermanski was mainly the fourth outfielder in Chicago during his time with the Cubs.
~Chico Hernandez 1916 (Catcher, Cubs 1942-43)
His teammates called him “Chico” and in 1942 he and Cubs pitcher Hi Bithorn formed the very first all-Latin battery in big league history. Chico was from Cuba. Bithorn was from Puerto Rico.
~Jose Hernandez 1969 (Cubs 1994-1999, 2003)
Hernandez was a long-time mainstay on the Cubs during the slugging Sammy Sosa era, and Jose fit right in. He was an oddity in that he was a swing-for-the-fences shortstop, but he did club 71 homers as a Cub. He also struck out 504 times. Jose was a good glove man too–playing every position in the infield, and occasionally even in the outfield. He was picked up by the Cubs again at the tail end of the 2003 season, although he didn’t make the postseason roster. Between his two stints with the Cubs, Jose was an all-star with Milwaukee–and led the league in strikeouts twice.
~Ramon Hernandez 1940 (Cubs 1968, 1976-1977)
Ramon was known for his herky-jerky deceptive delivery that worked like a charm while he was a member of the Pittsburgh Pirates, but not so much as a member of the Cubs. His lifetime ERA was 3.03, but those very good stats (including 46 career saves) benefited our divisional rival Pittsburgh. In his two stints with the Cubs (1968 & 1976-77), Ramon pitched a grand total of 18 innings. In those 18 innings, he gave up 16 earned runs. But in a Cubs locker room stuffed to the gills with quality mustaches, the stash on the face of Ramon Hernandez took second place to no-one. (Photo: Topps 1977 Baseball Card)
~Willie Hernandez 1954 (Cubs 1977-1983)
He was a pretty good relief pitcher for the Cubs in the late 70s and early 80s, pitching in over 50 games during 5 of his 6 Cubs seasons. The Cubs traded him to the Phillies for Dick Ruthven in 1983. Ruthven won a total of 22 games for the Cubs in four mediocre seasons. Hernandez went on to pitch in the World Series for the Phillies in 1983. He also won the MVP and Cy Young after leading the 1984 Detroit Tigers to the World Series championship. Was that a good trade for the Cubs? Of course not. Hernandez was not only a better pitcher than Ruthven…he had a far superior mustache. (Photo: Topps 1978 Baseball Card)
~Tom Hernon 1866 (Colts 1897)
Tom spent most of his career in the minor leagues, but did get a brief cup of coffee with the Cubs (then known as the Colts) at the end of the 1897 season. He was 30 years old at the time–and didn’t quite seize the day. In his four games in the lineup as the team’s leftfielder, Hernon hit only .063. He died of Bright’s Disease in 1902 at the age of 35.
~Jonathan Herrera 1984 (Cubs 2015)
With the youngest infield in the league in 2015, the Cubs needed a veteran backup, so they signed Herrera as a free agent. He had previously served as a backup infielder (2B, SS, 3B) for the Rockies and Red Sox. Herrera had several clutch hits during the season, and played an excellent 2B and 3B, but with the emergence of Javy Baez and Addison Russell, his playing time diminished significantly. He didn’t make the postseason roster.
~Leroy Herrmann 1906 (Cubs 1932-1933)
He pitched in relief for the pennant winning 1932 Cubs, but didn’t make it on the postseason roster. Leroy pitched in 16 games over his two Cubs seasons, earning two wins and a save, but struggling mightily with big league hitters. His lifetime ERA is over 6.
~John Herrnstein 1938 (Cubs 1966)
Herrnstein was a power hitter in the minor leagues, but in his one extended big league opportunity (with the Phillies in 1964), he didn’t really produce. The Cubs were one of the three teams John played for in 1966. In seventeen at bats with Chicago he managed three hits. All three were singles.
~Buck Herzog 1885 (Cubs 1919-1920)
Herzog had a 13-year big league career with the Giants, Braves, Reds, and Cubs, but he will always be remembered for the way his career ended. Team president Bill Veeck got a telegram before a game in August of 1920, saying that there had been an unusual amount of betting against the Cubs. The starting pitcher that day, Claude Hendrix, reportedly bet $5000 himself. The Cubs didn’t let him start the game. Grover Cleveland Alexander started instead (and was offered a $500 bonus if he won the game)—but the Cubs still lost 3-0. Though he had no proof it was true, Veeck ruled that the spitballer Hendrix, a man that started and won the first game in Wrigley Field history, couldn’t play for the Cubs the rest of the season. Veeck also reported the incident to Judge Kenesaw Landis. In Judge Landis’ autobiography, he admitted that he quietly banned Hendrix for life. No public announcements were made. The other implicated Cubs player was Buck Herzog. Buck was also quietly shoved out of baseball by Landis. After the season he was attacked by a fan who called him a crook. During the melee, a friend of the fan stabbed Herzog three times (he recovered from his injuries).
~Jason Heyward 1989 (Cubs 2016)
When the Cubs signed the 3-time Gold Glover to an eight-year contract after the 2015 season, Cub fans were beyond excited. St. Louis Cardinals fans (where he had played the previous season) didn’t feel the same way. (Click on this link to see some of their reactions, but don’t do it unless you can handle incredibly salty language. Wow.) But he had a rough first season in a Cubs uniform, hitting only .230 and driving in a measely 49 runs. On the other hand, he is credited with firing up his teammates with a crucial pep talk during a rain delay in the 7th game of the World Series after the Indians tied the game in the 8th inning. Heyward also won another Gold Glove for his incredible defensive skills in right field. His hitting improved a bit in 2017, but once again it was steady glove that made him valuable. He won another Gold Glove in 2017. He has his best offensive season with the Cubs in 2018 (hitting .270), and had some incredible clutch hits, including a dramatic walk off grand slam. On the other hand he still only managed 8 homers for the year.
~Jack Hiatt 1942 (Cubs 1970)
Hiatt was a backup catcher for the Cubs in 1970, getting pretty extensive at-bats during a year Cubs starter Randy Hundley was sidelined. He hit .242 in that role. It was his only season in Chicago. He previously served as a backup catcher in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Montreal, and finished up his career with the Houston Astros. The Cubs acquired him from Montreal for Boots Day.
~Greg Hibbard 1964 (Cubs 1993)
Hibbard was drafted away from the White Sox by the Marlins in the 1992 expansion draft, who promptly turned around and traded the lefthander to the Cubs before the 1993 season. Greg had the best season of his career with the Cubs, winning 15 games and posting an ERA under four. He signed a big free agent deal with the Mariners the next year, but blew out his arm early in the year and never pitched in the big leagues again.
~John Hibbard 1864 (White Stockings 1884)
Hibbard was a local Chicago boy who got two starts for the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings) in the summer of 1884. He completed both games, and one of them was a shut out. But Hibbard went to the University of Michigan in the fall of that year, and his big league baseball career ended.
~Bryan Hickerson 1963 (Cubs 1995)
The Cubs used Hickerson quite a bit during the first half of the 1995 season (38 appearances), but he was rocked hard. By the time they dumped him off to the Rockies in July, Hickerson’s ERA was 6.82.
~Eddie Hickey 1872 (Orphans 1901)
Hickey was a backup third baseman for the 1901 Cubs (then known as the Orphans). Among his teammates on that team–future Hall of Famers Frank Chance and Rube Waddell. He hit .162 in his limited shot at the big time. The rest of his 14 year baseball career was spent in the minor leagues.
~Jim Hickman 1937 (Cubs 1969-1973)
After eight forgettable seasons with three different teams, Jim Hickman was magically transformed from a perennial struggler to a powerful slugger. In 1970 at the age of 33, “Gentleman Jim” somehow batted .315, with 32 home runs, 115 runs batted in, and 102 runs scored for the Chicago Cubs. Not bad for a player whose previous career bests were a .257 average, 21 homers, 57 RBI and 54 runs scored. He also drove in a hard-charging Pete Rose with a 12th inning single in that season’s All-Star Game (probably the most famous moment in All-Star Game history). When asked to explain his surprising turnabout, Hickman replied, “I really don’t know. If I knew, I’d tell you.” His manager Leo Durocher loved him because he was a gentleman (hence the nickname) and because he would defend the boss against what Durocher considered the “trouble-making” faction of Milt Pappas and Joe Pepitone. Hickman passed away on June 25, 2016 during the Cubs World Championship year. (Photo: 1971 Topps Baseball Card)
The most unforgettable moment of Hickman’s career…
~Kirby Higbe 1915 (Cubs 1937-1939)
Higbe didn’t get a lot of playing time with the Cubs in parts of three seasons in Chicago, including the 1938 pennant winning year. The Cubs used him primarily out of the bullpen. They traded him in the 1939 season, and Higbe later became a two-time All-Star and 20-game winner with the Brooklyn Dodgers. He didn’t respond well to the arrival of Jackie Robinson in 1947, however, and was shipped off to Pittsburgh. Thanks to the movie “42”, he’ll forever be remembered as a villain. It’s probably a pretty accurate portrayal of Higbe, who grew up in South Carolina, and claimed to have developed his throwing arm by throwing rocks at black people.
~Irv Higginbotham 1882 (Cubs 1909)
Higginbotham was an effective relief pitcher for the Cubs (2.19 ERA) in his final big league season (1909). Unfortunately for Irv, his timing was less than ideal. If he had arrived in any other year that half-decade he would have been part of a pennant-winning team. The 1909 crew fell just a little short.
~Bobby Hill 1978 (Cubs 2002-2003)
Hill was supposed to be the Cubs second baseman of the future. Cubs brass considered him to be their top prospect. He got significant playing time during the 2002 season, and showed enough promise to convince the Pittsburgh Pirates to trade their young third baseman Aramis Ramirez to the Cubs. That turned out to be a great trade for Chicago. Hill only played part of one season for the Pirates before disappearing into their minor league system. Ramirez anchored the hot corner for the Cubs for the better part of a decade.
~Glenallen Hill 1965 (Cubs 1993-1994, 1998-2000)
The bulging biceps and nasty scowl on Hill’s face may have come from artificial sources (as the Mitchell Report intimated in 2007), but he will always be remembered for a home run he hit on May 11, 2000. That day Hill became the only player in history to hit a homer onto the rooftop of the building across the street. It was a momumental blast, estimated at well over 500 feet.
~Koyie Hill 1979 (Cubs 2007-2011, 2012)
Koyie was a backup catcher for most of his time in a Cubs uniform, but he’s not really remembered for anything he did behind the plate or with the bat. He’s remembered for a horrific injury he was able to overcome. He was using a table saw and his hand got caught in the blade, severing his thumb and damaging his fingers. He, somehow, miraculously was able to continue playing baseball. One other bit of Koyie Hill trivia: he was the catcher who went in the game to replace Michael Barrett after Barrett and Carlos Zambrano got into a fistfight during a game on June 1, 2007.
~Rich Hill 1980 (Cubs 2005-2008)
When he was a young lefthander coming up through the Cubs organization, the team really thought they had something special. Hill was tall (6’5″) and commanding on the mound, and he threw a wicked curve ball. In 2007, that took him a long way. He struck out 183 batters in 195 innings and won 11 games for the division winning Cubs. But the following year he couldn’t find the strike zone, and has been struggling with it ever since. The Cubs gave up on him and sold him to the Orioles before the 2009 season. He has managed to stay in the big leagues as a specialty lefty reliever. In 2013 with the Indians, he pitched in 63 games, but didn’t even register 40 innings pitched. He simply doesn’t pitch to righthanded batters anymore. But Rich was put back into the starting rotation by the Oakland A’s in 2016 and after experiencing a resurgence was traded to the Dodgers. He shut out the eventual World Champion Chicago Cubs in the NLDS for the Dodgers.
~Hillebrand (Orphans 1902)
His first name has been lost to time, and virtually nothing is known about the man who was listed as “Hillebrand” and played right field for the Cubs on August 29, 1902. We don’t know if he batted righthanded or left. We don’t know when he was born or where. We just know he went 0 for 4 with a walk (and a run scored) in a 9-3 win over the first place Pirates in Pittsburgh.
~Frank Hiller 1920 (Cubs 1950-1951)
One of the many Cubs nicknamed “Dutch” (because of his German heritage), Dutch was a righthanded swing starter. He had a very good year in 1950, going 12-5 with a 3.53 ERA. The following year was the opposite (6-12, 4.84 ERA), so the Cubs traded him to the Reds for Willie Ramsell. Hiller lacked a strikout pitch, which was his Achilles heel as a reliever. In over 533 innings pitched, he only struck out 197 batters.
~Dave Hillman 1927 (Cubs 1955-1959)
Hillman appeared in over a hundred games for the Cubs in the 1950s. The righthander worked both as a starter and reliever, and had a respectable ERA, but he had the propensity to give up the long ball. After the 1959 season Hillman was traded to the Red Sox. He spent two years in Boston–the last season of Ted Williams’ career, and the first of Carl Yastremski’s. (Photo: Topps 1959 Baseball Card)
~Larry Himes (Cubs GM 1992-1994)
Yes, he traded for Sammy Sosa, but Larry Himes will always be remembered for letting Hall of Famer Greg Maddux go for no good reason. When he signed Jose Guzman, he said it would make up for the loss of the best pitcher of his generation. Um…not so much. Himes was also known for his prickly and harsh personality. He instituted nitpicky rules like dress codes for players and no beer allowed in the clubhouse, which needless to say, didn’t win him any friends on the team. Cubs players, managers, and fans couldn’t stand him, and when he left everyone cheered. In his years with the Cubs, they finished 4th, 4th, and 5th.
~Vedie Himsl 1917 (Cubs manager 1961)
Vedie was one of the coaches during the College of Coaches era, and had three stints during the 1961 season at the helm of the team. The combined record was 10-21. By1962 he was out of the rotation.
~Paul Hines 1855 (White Stockings 1875-1877)
Hines played in the very first game the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings) played as a member of the National League. In those days before mitts, when the mound was closer, and the rules hadn’t been quite been nailed down yet, Hines was a centerfielder, first baseman and second baseman. In that first NL season, he led the league in doubles. He left Chicago after the 1877 season and promptly won the triple crown for Providence. Hines played 20 seasons in the big leagues, and is considered one of the best players of his era.
~Alex Hinshaw 1982 (Cubs 2012)
Hinshaw pitched in only two games for the Cubs, and the last one was bad enough to keep him out of the big leagues ever since. He faced five batters, and all five of them reached base. Actually, three of them only briefly did, as they touched every base on their home run trots. (Aramis Ramirez, Ryan Braun, and Corey Hart)
~Gene Hiser 1948 (Cubs 1971-1975)
Hiser was a first round pick of the Cubs in 1970, and quickly made it up to the big leagues. But he never really broke through. He served mainly as a pinch hitter and extra outfielder for a few seasons, finishing up with a career batting average of .202.
~Don Hoak 1928 (Cubs 1956)
He was a Marine, and a boxer before he came to baseball, so it’s no wonder his teammates called him Tiger. Before he made it to the big leagues, Hoak played in Cuba for a part of a season and faced future dictator Fidel Castro in a game. He was a World Series champ with the Dodgers in 1955, and shared third base with an aging Jackie Robinson that season, so the Cubs were excited to get him (along with Russ Meyer and Walt Moryn) a few weeks after the series ended. Unfortunately, he had a terrible season in Chicago in 1956. In over 400 at bats, he hit only .215, so the Cubs got rid of him. Of course, after he left the Cubs, he immediately became an All-Star (in 1957). Then, in 1960, he finished 2nd in the MVP voting and led the Pittsburgh Pirates to the World Series championship. Hoak died of a heart attack while chasing his brother-in-law’s stolen car. He was only 42 years old.
~Glen Hobbie 1936 (Cubs 1957-1964)
Hobbie was part of the Cubs rotation in the late 50s and early 60s; one of the worst stretches in Cubs history. Hobbie’s lifetime record was nearly twenty games under .500, and he lost twenty games in one season (1960), but he did have some moments of brilliance in a Cubs uniform. He threw eleven shutouts for the Cubs, and won 16 games in two different seasons. He worked for the Roller Derby Association after he retired from baseball. (Hobbie passed away in the summer of 2013.) (Photo: Topps 1963 Baseball Card)
Russ Hodges 1910 (Cubs announcer 1935-1938)
Hodges was a Cubs radio announcer during two of their pennant seasons (35 & 38), but then moved on to New York. He is best remembered for his call on Bobby Thomson’s home run that won the pennant for the Giants: “The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant! The Giants win the pennant!” He is in baseball’s Hall of Fame as a winner of the Ford Frick award.
~Billy Hoeft 1932 (Cubs 1965-1966)
Billy was a former All-star pitcher when he came to the Cubs. He pitched mostly in relief, and pitched quite well; a 2.81 ERA. One of Billy’s claims to fame is that he gave up first home run in Harmon Killebrew’s career.
~Guy Hoffman 1956 (Cubs 1986)
Guy was a lefthanded swing starter for the Cubs in 1986 and posted respectable, if unspectacular numbers. He was 6-2, with a 3.86 ERA. The Cubs traded him to the Reds the following year and Hoffman had his best season in the big leagues. He won 9 games in 22 starts for the 1987 Reds. That was his last good year. By 1988 he was out of baseball.
~Larry Hoffman 1878 (Orphans 1901)
The native Chicagoan got one small taste of the bigtime with his hometown Cubs (then known as the Orphans) in 1901. He hit over .300 in 25 plate appearances, but spent the rest of his baseball career (which lasted another ten years) in the minors. Hoffman played second and third base.
~Micah Hoffpauir 1980 (Cubs 2008-2010)
The big first baseman was considered one of those 4A players–too good for AAA, but not quite big league material. He got his longest shot in 2009 with the Cubs and hit 10 homers in only 239 at bats. After he spent the 2010 season mainly in Iowa, Hoffpauir went to Japan.
~Solly Hofman 1882 (Cubs 1904-1912, 1916)
His nickname was Circus Solly, and he played for the Cubs during their most dominant era, and was a key member of four World Series teams. At first he was a utility man, but by the time his Cubs tenure was through, he was their full-time centerfielder. Circus Solly was only a lifetime .269 hitter, but in the World Series he took his game up a notch. He hit .298 in 57 World Series at-bats, and made some spectacular plays in the outfield. His most famous moment in a Cubs uniform, however, occured during the infamous Merkle Boner game in 1908. When that game supposedly ended, the ball was in Circus Solly’s hands. Johnny Evers called for it, but when Hofman threw it, it sailed over Evers’ head. Why? According to baseball historian Paddy Keough, a friend of Hofman, the throw from Hofman got past Evers in the confusion of the near riot because Circus Solly could not resist clowning, even on that crucial play, and threw a curveball to Evers. Evers did finally get his hands on the ball, and touched second base. That resulted in the force-out that cost the Giants the pennant. Circus Solly played for the Cubs from 1904-1912, and then returned to finish his career with them in their first season at what is now known as Wrigley Field, in 1916. (Photo: 1910 Tobacco Card)
~Brad Hogg 1889 (Cubs 1915)
Hogg pitched in two games for the Cubs, including a complete game shutout. He finished up his career in Philadelphia with the Phillies in 1919.
~John Holland 1910 (Cubs GM 1957-1975)
Holland oversaw the resurgence of the Cubs in the 1960s and 1970s. He acquired Ferguson Jenkins, Glenn Beckert, Jim Hickman and Randy Hundley, and signed or drafted the likes of Ron Santo, Billy Williams, and Don Kessinger. On the other hand, he also traded Lou Brock. You can’t win ‘em all. As a matter of fact, he never won a single time. In all of his years at the helm of the Cubs, they never made the playoffs a single time.
~Todd Hollandsworth 1973 (Cubs 2004-2005)
Hollandsworth was the 1996 Rookie of the Year for the Dodgers, and was part of that 2003 Florida Marlins team that broke the hearts Cubs fans in the playoffs, but he was mostly a fourth outfielder for the Cubs in his time here. He hit a few dramatic homers and contributed to the team in both of his seasons in Chicago, but the Cubs traded him for a pair of minor leaguers once they determined they were out of the pennant race in 2005. Hollandsworth now works in the Comcast studios doing pre and post-game analysis during the Cubs television broadcasts.
~Ed Holley 1899 (Cubs 1928)
Holley was a reliever for the Cubs in his rookie season of 1928. He appeared in 13 games and registered a 3.77 ERA. After leaving the Cubs he became a 13-game winner for Philadelphia in 1933; clearly the best season of his big league career.
~Jesse Hollins 1970 (Cubs 1992)
He made four appearances for the Cubs out of he bullpen after being called up in September, and was hit hard. He hurt his arm the next season and never made it back to the big leagues. On July 9, 2009, Jessie passed away at the age of 39. His body was found floating in a lake, apparently the victim of a fishing accident.
~John Hollison 1870 (Colts 1892)
His nickname was Swede. He pitched in only game for the Cubs (then known as the Colts) on August 13, 1892; a 6-2 loss to the first place Cleveland Spiders. He relieved HOFer Clark Griffith, pitching four innings, and giving up one run—a home run.
~Charlie Hollocher 1896 (Cubs 1918-1924)
Charlie’s life was a series of very high highs and very low lows. He was one of the greatest hitters on the Cubs in his seven seasons in the big leagues. He led the 1918 team to the pennant, and led the league in hits. In 1922, he only struck out four times in 509 at-bats, still the best ratio in Cubs history. In two different seasons he was in the top ten in hitting, and he anchored the team’s defense at shortstop. He seemed destined to have a Hall of Fame career. But Charlie was a very troubled man. In 1923 he developed a strange stomach problem. In August of that season, he left a note for his manager one day, saying he was going to quit for the year. He was convinced that baseball was making him sick. This is what his letter said:
“Feeling pretty rotten so made up my mind to go home and take a rest and forget baseball for the rest of the year. No hard feelings, just don’t feel like baseball for the rest of the year.”
He wrote that note on the day President Warren Harding died, so it didn’t get much attention in the Chicago press. The Cubs simply described his problem as “nervousness,” and vowed he would return the following season. It seemed like everything was fine when he came back the next year, but he couldn’t shake the stomach problems. He saw dozens of doctors and specialists, but no one could figure out what he had. After the 1924 season, at the ridiculously young age of 28, he retired…with a lifetime average of .304. When his playing days were over, he dropped out of public view and drifted from job to job, but Hollocher continued to suffer mightily, both physically and mentally; most likely from clinical depression. His return to baseball was rumored nearly every year, but the demons that ended his playing career eventually ended his life. In 1940, at the age of 44, he bought a shotgun and shot himself in the throat. Charlie Hollocher is buried in Oak Hill Cemetary in Kirkwood, Missouri. (Photo: 1921 Baseball Card)
~Billy Holm 1912 (Cubs 1943-1944)
The local Chicago boy got his shot with his hometown Cubs during the war. He was in 30s when he broke in to the big leagues. Billy was a decent catcher, but unfortunately Holm simply couldn’t hit big league pitching. In two seasons in Chicago he hit .067 and .136, respectively.
~Fred Holmes 1878 (Cubs 1904)
Holmes played exactly one game for his hometown Cubs on April 24, 1904. He was the catcher for Three Finger Mordecai Brown against St. Louis at West Side Grounds. Fred went 1 for 3 with a double and a run scored.
~Ken Holtzman 1945 (Cubs 1966-1971)
He would become one of the rarest animals on the North American continent…a quality home grown Chicago Cubs starting pitcher. The Cubs had the smallest staff of scouts in baseball, and they had virtually no instructors in the minor leagues. In the late 40s and the 1950s, they had exactly one minor league pitching coach…a roaming instructor who went from team to team. The results were predictable. Between Bob Rush (who wasn’t even that good) in the late 40s and Ken Holtzman in 1965, the Cubs didn’t produce a single quality starting pitcher from their farm system. Those twenty seven years (1948-1967) just so happen to coincide with the worst teams in Chicago baseball history. Holtzman was the real deal. He went 9-0 for the Cubs while serving in the National Guard in 1967, and when his military service was over, he followed that up with back-to-back 17 win seasons in 1969 and 1970. Holtzman also pitched a no-hitter in each of those seasons. When he had an off-year in 1971, and started arguing with Leo Durocher (who allegedly was mad because Holtzman beat him at gin rummy), he was shipped off to Oakland in the trade that brought Rick Monday to the Cubs. In four seasons with Oakland he won an astounding 77 games, was named an all-star twice, became a three-time World Series champ, won four games in those World Series, and even hit a home run. He returned to the Cubs in 1978 for the last two seasons of a very impressive career. (Photo: Topps 1970 Baseball Card)
AUDIO: No hitter…
~Marty Honan 1869 (Colts 1890-1891)
Honan appeared in parts of two seasons for the Cubs (then known as the Colts), but just barely. The backup catcher played in one 1890 game, and five in 1891. He got two hits including a triple, and drove in four runs. He also committed two errors. Honan died during the last Cubs championship season in 1908 at the age of 39.
Burt Hooton 1950 (Cubs 1971-1975)
Hooton got off to an incredible start in his big league career. He came up at the end of the 1971 season and had three tremendous starts (2-0, two complete games, one shutout, 22 Ks in 21 innings). In fact, he was so good, the Cubs felt they could afford to trade Ken Holtzman in the offseason. It sure looked good early when Hooton used his incredible knuckle-curve to pitch a no-hitter in his fourth career start. In fact, he pitched well the entire 1972 season, despite going only 11-14. (Photo: Burt Hooton 1973 Topps Baseball Card) But Hooton slumped a bit in 1973 and 1974, and in the early part of 1975, the Cubs shipped him off to the Dodgers for Geoff Zahn and Eddie Solomon. That turned out to be a terrible trade for Chicago. Hooton was still young and only needed a little guidance, something he got in Los Angeles. He won 18 games for the Dodgers that year, went on to pitch another eleven seasons, became an All-Star, a World Series champ, and a runner-up for the Cy Young Award. Don’t ask what the players the Cubs got in return for him did. Here’s a little bit of Burt Hooton Cubs trivia. On the day Elvis Presley performed at the Chicago Stadium in Chicago in 1972, Hooton pitched a shutout against the Dodgers at Wrigley Field. (Photo: Topps 1973 Baseball Card)
~Trader Horne 1899 (Cubs 1929)
His real name was Berlyn Dale Horne and he was a right-handed reliever for the 1929 pennant winning Cubs. The nickname came from real-life trader and adventurer Alfred Aloysius “Trader” Horn, who was famous at the time for his safaris in Africa. Trader Horne the pitcher was a 30-year-old rookie finally living his dream on that great 1929 Cubs team, and Cubs owner William Wrigley had a soft spot for this 10-year minor league veteran. Unfortunately for Horn, he simply couldn’t find home plate. He gave up 21 walks and 24 hits in 23 innings. By the time the Cubs made it to the World Series against the A’s that year, Trader had pitched in his final major league game.
~Rogers Hornsby 1897 (Cubs 1929-1932)
It’s hard to imagine that one of the greatest players in history was not popular in Chicago–but Hornsby clearly was not. Hornsby had one great season for the Cubs, their World Series year of 1929, and he became the manager at the very end of the following year. Despite managing a notoriously rowdy team, he ruled with an iron fist. He didn’t just ban drinking (which, of course, was illegal at the time), he banned reading, movies, soda pop, smoking, and eating in the club house. He was so hated by his players that when the 1932 team won the pennant (after he was fired), the players voted to give him zero cents of a playoff share, even though he had been with the team for 4 months. Their hatred of him went much deeper than his strict rules. He was in deep debt to many of the players on the team. The Commissioner of Baseball, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis, became so alarmed by the reports he was getting about Hornsby, that he sent letters warning the team and the players about him. He also sent one to the NL President demanding any and all information he had about Hornsby’s gambling. Hornsby was defiant about it until the very end: “Gambling’s legal,” he would say. He never bet on baseball, only the horses. Probably influenced by Hornsby’s star power, Landis chose not to punish him. But his letters to the club led to an internal Cubs investigation. Team owner William Wrigley and team president William Veeck discovered that Hornsby had borrowed $11,000 from his own players. That’s when they fired him and replaced him with Charlie Grimm. Grimm led the 1932 team to the World Series. Hornsby never experienced the playoffs again. Later in life he was hired by Wrigley’s son Phillip to become the teams first minor league batting instructor. The same prickly personality and inability to understand why people couldn’t naturally hit as well as he did, however, made him as lousy at that job as he was as a manager. As a player Rogers Hornsby had very few peers. His lifetime batting average is .358. He hit .400 three different times. He narrowly missed it a fourth time (.397). He won two MVP awards, two triple crowns, and seven batting titles. And he did all that while gambling away nearly every dime he earned. (Photo: 1931 Dean’s Baseball Card)
~Tim Hosley 1947 (Cubs 1975-1976)
Hosley was a backup catcher in his nine-year big league career, and his best season in baseball was with the 1975 Cubs. That year he backed up Steve Swisher and George Mitterwald and got over a hundred at-bats and hit six homers. The Cubs let him go early in the 1976 season, and he returned to the Oakland As.
~John Houseman 1870 (1894 Colts)
He was the first big leaguer born in the Netherlands. Not the actor who did the Smith Barney commercials in the 70s and 80s.
~Tyler Houston 1971 (Cubs 1996-1999)
He was a catcher and first baseman with a little pop in his bat, but could never claim a starting position. He was part of the 1997 Cubs team that started the season 0-14.
~Del Howard 1877 (Cubs 1907-1908)
On Christmas Eve 1877, a boy named George Elmer Howard was born in Kenney, Illinois. During his childhood everyone began calling him Del. Good ‘ol Del became a big league ballplayer with the Chicago Cubs. He was a backup outfielder, first baseman, and second baseman on the only Cubs teams to win the World Series, the 1907 and 1908 Cubs. Del Howard only hit two homers in his two seasons in Chicago, but he also won two rings. (Photo: 1909 Tobacco Card)
~Cal Howe 1924 (Cubs 1952)
If you want to travel back in time to watch Cal pitch, set the wayback machine for September 26, 1952. It was his only appearance in the big leagues, and it happened in St. Louis’ Sportsman’s Park. Cal pitched the final two innings of a 10-3 Cubs loss. Even though he only pitched in that one game, he did face and retire two Hall of Famers (Red Schoendienst & Stan Musial) and the son of another (Dick Sisler, George Sisler’s son). Howe didn’t give up a hit, and finished his big league career with a perfect 0.00 ERA.
~Jay Howell 1955 (Cubs 1981)
Howell went 2-0 for the Cubs during the strike-shortened 1981 season, but they traded him in the off-season to the Yankees for Pat Tabler. Howell went on to become a three-time all-star closer, and World Series champion. Tabler was included in the package that brought Steve Trout to the Cubs the following season.
~Bob Howry 1973 (Cubs 2006-2008, 2010)
Howry was signed as a free agent after proving he was over arm problems with a solid season in Cleveland. He had previously pitched for the White Sox and served as their closer. With the Cubs, he was a key member of their bullpen his first two seasons, and even pitched in the 2007 playoffs. But in 2008 he began to get hit pretty hard. He still appeared in over 70 games, but he gave up 90 hits, including 13 homers–a very large number for a reliever. The Cubs let him go after the season. Howry pitched for the Giants and Diamondbacks the next two seasons, but when he was waived by Arizona, the Cubs gave him one last shot. His final pitches in the big leagues came for the Cubs.
~Jed Hoyer 1973 (Cubs GM 2011-Present)
Hoyer was brought in to be the general manager of the Cubs by his former colleague at the Red Sox, Theo Epstein. Hoyer came aboard after a successful stint as GM for the San Diego Padres. One of his first trades as the Cubs GM was acquiring a player he had drafted in Boston, and traded for in San Diego–first baseman Anthony Rizzo. He has since acquired several top level prospects in trade deadline deals, and helped lead the Cubs out of their long darkness. Theo gets all the credit, but Jed is his essential partner.
~Mike Hubbard 1971 (Cubs 1995-1997)
Mike was the Cubs backup catcher behind Scott Servais for three seasons in the 90s. He also served as a backup for Montreal, Texas, and Atlanta.
~Trent Hubbard 1964 (Cubs 2003)
He was born in Chicago, went to Southern Illinois University, and got to fulfill a childhood dream by playing in the big leagues in his home town. His last 16 big league at bats were for the Cubs. He went 4 for 16 with 2 RBI in July of 2003 before being returned to the minors. In his career he also played for the Giants, Rockies, Indians, Dodgers, Braves, Orioles, Royals, and Padres.
~Ken Hubbs 1941 (Cubs 1961-1963)
He wasn’t even 20 when he debuted for the Cubs in September of 1961, but he made enough of an impact to be named the starting second baseman in 1962. It was a rough year for the Cubs (they finished with their worst record ever—behind even the expansion Houston Colt 45s, and ahead of only the worst team of all-time, the ’62 Mets), but it was a breakout year for Ken Hubbs. He won a gold glove for his play at second base and was named the Rookie of the Year. One of the roughest transitions for Hubbs had been the travel schedule. He was terrified of flying. (His roommate Ron Santo vividly describes the sheer terror Hubbs felt every time the Cubs had to fly in his autobiography “For the Love of Ivy,” a book we highly recommend). Instead of letting it get the best of him, Hubbs tackled it head on and learned how to fly himself. The technique worked. He purchased an airplane (a Cessna 172) in November of 1963, and got his pilot’s license in late January of 1964. By learning how to fly, he had conquered his fear. On February 13th, he took his life-long pal Larry Doyle up in the plane from their hometown in California to Provo Utah, to visit Doyle’s wife. On the way home, however, he made the mistake of taking off in a snowstorm. Ken Hubbs and Larry Doyle died when they crashed into a lake just five miles from the airport. Their bodies weren’t found until two days later. Hubbs was only 22 years old. (Photo: Topps 1963 Baseball Card)
AUDIO: Hubbs breaks a record…
~Johnny Hudson 1912 (Cubs 1941)
Hudson was a backup infielder who played seven seasons in the big leagues, but remained in the game for the rest of his life (mostly as a scout for the Giants). He was dubbed “Mr. Chips” by Dodgers broadcaster Red Smith because the movie “Mr. Chips” was popular at the time, and Johnny always seemed to come through when the chips were down. He came to the Cubs in the historically bad trade that sent Hall of Famer Billy Herman to the Dodgers. Hudson didn’t do much in Chicago. He hit .202, while Herman led the Dodgers to the pennant.
~Jim Hughes 1923 (Cubs 1956)
Jim was a career-long relief pitcher in a day when such a thing wasn’t nearly as common as it is today. Before coming to the Cubs, Hughes led the league in saves with the Brooklyn Dodgers. His 1956 Cubs team may have featured a burgeoning superstar in Ernie Banks, but their pitching staff was atrocious, including Hughes. He clearly no longer had whatever he had in Brooklyn. The Cubs finished in last place that year, while his former Brooklyn team finished in first.
~Joe Hughes 1880 (Orphans 1902)
His cup of coffee in the big leagues was only slightly longer than Adam Greenberg’s. Hughes played in exactly one game, on August 30, 1902 in Pittsburgh. He played right field and got three at bats (no hits) for the Orphans (Cubs) that day. The Cubs lost in the bottom of the 12th inning, 3-2.
~John Hughes 1950 (Filmmaker)
Hughes grew up in Northbrook, and set many of his films in and around his hometown. Among them, the film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” That movie is the reason for this listing. Among the famous locations featured in the movie; the Sears Tower, the Art Institute, the Board of Trade, and of course, Wrigley Field. The three friends catch a day game that day, and it was an actual Cubs game, not one recreated for the screen. The game took place on Wednesday, June 5, 1985 at Wrigley Field. The Cubs were hosting the Atlanta Braves, and the score was tied 2-2 in the top of the 11th inning with the Braves batting. Claudell Washington is batting against Lee Smith as Leon Durham holds Paul Zuvella on first base. (In the movie, the fry cook tells Mr. Rooney, who sees it on television, that the score at that point was 0-0.) The Cubs eventually lost that game in the 11th inning. Washington flied out for the first out of the inning. The batter after Washington was Rafael Ramirez and he hit a two run home run off Lee Smith to win the game.
~Pat Hughes 1956 (Cubs announcer 1996-present)
Pat has been the radio play by play for the Cubs for nearly 20 years and before that he worked in Milwaukee on Brewers broadcasts with Bob Ueker. We interviewed him once and asked him to compare and contrast Bob Uecker and Ron Santo. This is what he said: “In some ways the two of them are similar: They’re among the most popular figures in the history of their respective cities, they’re both ex-players, although granted—a slightly different caliber—Ron was a great player and Uecker was more of a mediocre one. But I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have worked with both of them. In addition, I worked with Harry Caray for two years, and did Marquette basketball with Al McGuire. Those are some larger than life personalities. I’m lucky to have known and worked with all of them.” Pat will also be in the Hall of Fame someday.
The Pat & Ron Show Promos…
~Roy Hughes 1911 (Cubs 1944-1945)
Roy was a member of the last pennant winning team in Cubs history and got some playing time in the 1945 World Series.
~Terry Hughes 1949 (Cubs 1970)
Hughes is a great example of the Cubs drafting prowess in the first twenty years of the amateur draft. The Cubs took Terry with the second overall pick in 1967. They could have had future all-stars Jon Matlack, John Mayberry or Ted Simmons instead. It’s not like those guys were surprises. All of them were chosen in the top ten picks, and all of them eventually played in the World Series. Hughes played in two games with the Cubs in September of 1970. He went 1 for 3, including 0 for 2 in his debut, a 17-2 shellacking of the Phillies at Wrigley Field. He later got a cup of coffee with Red Sox as a late inning defensive replacement for Rico Petrocelli.
~Tom Hughes 1878 (Orphans 1900-1901)
Long Tom Hughes was in the starting rotation the first two seasons of the 20th century. He pitched over 300 innings during the 1901 season and struck out 225 batters (leading the league in Ks/9 innings), but his record was woeful. He was 10-23 that season, his last with the Cubs (then known as the Orphans). After the 1901 season, he jumped to the upstart American League and eventually became a 20-game winner with the 1903 Red Sox. Long Tom was a bit of a tough luck pitcher. Despite a career ERA of only 3.09 over 13 seasons, he was 42 games under .500.
~James Hughey 1869 (Colts 1893)
They called him Coldwater Jim because he came from Coldwater, Michigan. Jim was also cold as ice on the mound. In seven big league seasons he was more than 50 games under .500. For the Cubs (then known as the Colts) he was 0-1 with an 11.00 ERA.
~Bob Humphreys 1935 (Cubs 1965)
He was coming off a World Series appearance with the Cardinals when the Cubs acquired him in 1965. Humphreys was known for his strange pendulum-style windup which he referred to as the rocking chair. Bob pitched well for the Cubs, winning 2 games in 41 appearances out of the bullpen. But Humphreys wasn’t a fan of all the day games the Cubs played, and asked out of Chicago. The Cubs obliged, sending him to the Washington Senators after the season.
~Bert Humphries 1880 (Cubs 1913-1915)
Bert was an important part of the Cubs pitching staff during the last few years they played at West Side Grounds. In 1913, he had a tremendous year, going 16-4, with a 2.69 ERA. In 1915, Bert was part of history. He got off to a bad start and was replaced by Zip Zabel. Zabel went on to pitch 18 1/3 innings of relief–a record that will never be broken. When the Cubs moved to their new ballpark in 1916, Bert was not asked to come along. He never pitched in the big leagues again.
~Randy Hundley 1942 (Cubs 1966-1973, 1976-1977)
Randy was a good ol’ boy from Martinsville, Virginia who talked with a Southern accent, and also had a fierce competitiveness. So naturally, his teammates called him Rebel. During his stellar Cubs career he was an All-Star and Gold-Glove winner (in an era that Johnny Bench also played in the NL), and in 1968 set a record that will probably never be broken. He caught 160 games for the Cubs that year–an astonishing achievement. Unfortunately, he was never really the same after that year. The Cubs traded him to the Twins in 1974 (for George Mitterwald), and he played one season for both the Twins and the Padres before ending his career back in Chicago right where it began. (His son Todd also later caught for the Cubs.) After his playing career was over Randy created the first Cubs fantasy camp, a program that still runs to this day. (Photo: Topps 1967 Baseball Card)
~Todd Hundley 1969 (Cubs 2001-2002)
This seemed like a no-brainer free agent signing. The slugging son of Cubs icon Randy Hundley, returning to the ballpark of his youth to relive the glories of his father. Well, it didn’t quite turn out that way. His time with the Cubs was an unhappy one for both player and team. He was booed mercilessly by Cubs fans because he hit only .187 in his first year with the team, and .211 the following year. In 2001 he struck out 89 times in only 246 at bats. Hundley was plagued with injuries too. But, he did have one shining moment in a Cubs uniform when he homered to beat the hated crosstown White Sox.
~Bonnie Hunt 1964 (Cubs fan 1964-present)
She’s a Chicago girl and makes no bones about it. Bonnie Hunt grew up in Chicago in a large Catholic family, along with three older brothers, two older sisters, and one younger sister. They lived in a neighborhood west of Wrigley Field and absolutely adored the Cubs. How deep is her Cubs love? She claims that she hasn’t missed a single opening day at Wrigley Field since 1977. When her daytime talk show started up in 2008, she came to Wrigley Field and had a little fun with Ryan Theriot. Bonnie Hunt isn’t one of those bandwagon jumpers claiming all things Chicago. She told the Tube Talk Podcast that being a Cubs fan is deeper than just loving baseball or Chicago. It’s a philosophy of life. “No matter how bad it gets, no matter how tough it gets, you get back up and do it again.” Needless to say, the Cubs have invited Bonnie to sing “Take Me Out To the Ballgame” a few times. (She can actually sing too). She may have starred in some of the best movies in the last twenty-five years (“Rain Man,” “Dave,” and “Jerry McGuire”), and she may be a talented screenwriter and director (“Return to Me”), not to mention a great voice over actress (“Monsters Inc.” and “Cars”), and a gifted improv artist (“Second City”) in addition to being an Emmy nominated talk show host, but Chicago girl Bonnie Hunt is something else first and foremost: A Cubs fan.
~Herb Hunter 1895 (Cubs 1916-1917)
The young infielder only got into a handful of games with the Cubs during the first two seasons they played at what is now known as Wrigley Field. He never got a hit in a Cubs uniform. He also played for the Giants, Red Sox, and Cardinals.
~Tommy Hunter 1986 (Cubs 2015)
The right-handed reliever and former closer was acquired from the Orioles at the trading deadline (for Junior Lake) to bolster the Cubs bullpen down the stretch. Unfortunately, Hunter never really found his rhythym. He gave up four long balls in only 15.2 innings and posted an ERA over 5. After the season he was permitted to leave via free agency.
~Walt Huntzinger 1899 (Cubs 1926)
His nickname was “Shakes” and pitched for the Cubs at the end of the 1926 season. He pitched very well out of the bullpen, but after the season was over, he went back to the minor leagues and never returned to the big leagues.
~Don Hurst 1905 (Cubs 1934)
Hurst was a feared slugger in his day, leading the league in RBI, and slugging more than 100 homers. Unfortunately, his day was before he came to Chicago. Those gaudy stats were accumulated in Philadelphia, in a ballpark that was a bandbox for left handed hitters. To get Hurst, the Cubs gave up their own young slugging first baseman, Dolph Camilli. Camilli became and all-star and an MVP. Hurst hit three homers in a Cubs uniform and was out of the game the following year. The trade remains among the most lopsided trades in Cubs history…and that’s saying something. (Photo: 1934 Goudy Baseball Card)
~Jeff Huson 1964 (Cubs 2000)
Huson managed to stay in the big leagues for twelve seasons, largely thanks to his reliable glove. The backup infielder (2B, SS, 3B) played for the Expos, Rangers, Orioles, Brewers, Mariners, Angels, and Cubs in parts of three different decades. The Cubs were his last stop. Among his career highlights; playing in Cal Ripken’s record setting game in 1995, and Nolan Ryan’s 7th no-hitter.
~Wild Bill Hutchinson 1859 (White Stockings/Colts 1889-1895)
The Yale man was born the year before Abraham Lincoln was first elected, and didn’t pitch for Chicago until he was 29 years old. Wild Bill had his season to remember in 1892. He led the league in wins the previous 2 seasons as well (with 44 and 41), but in 1892, Hutchinson had the whole package. He started 70(!) games, completed 67 of those, and led the league in wins (36) and strikeouts (314). During the three years of 1890-1892, he pitched nearly 1800 innings, far and away the highest total in the league. Of course the rules were quite different in his era, but he was still one of the best pitchers in the league.
~Ed Hutchinson 1867 (Colts 1890)
He was only 1 for 17 with Chicago. That one hit was a double. He never played for another big league team. He later became a manager in the minor leagues.
~Herb Hutson 1949 (Cubs 1974)
Hutson was a righthanded pitcher for the Cubs for a few different stints during the 1974 season. He had been a lifetime starting pitcher that the Cubs tried to use out of the bullpen. He had limited success (3.45 ERA in 20 appearances) and went back to the minors for the 1975 season. After that year, he hung up his baseball spikes at the age of 26.