~The Ides of March (Cubs song)
The Ides of March were a very popular band in the 60s and 70s putting out memorable hits like “Vehicle” and “LA Goodbye”. Their lead singer Jim Peterik went on to lead the band Survivor. In the late 90s he reunited with his first band, and they released this great original song about the Cubs. It’s called “Finally Next Year”…
~Kasey Ignarski (Cubs blogger/author)
Kasey maintains the website cubsbythenumbers.com, which literally lists every Cub by the uniform number they wore. He is also the co-author of 2009 book Cubs By The Numbers along with Al Yellon and Matthew Silverman.
~Blaise Ilsley 1964 (Cubs 1994)
Blaise pitched for the Cubs during the strike season of 1994. He was a 30-year-old rookie who had bounced around the minor leagues, and it didn’t go well with the Cubs. In ten appearances he registered an ERA of 7.80. (Photo: 1994 Fleer Baseball Card)
~Monte Irvin 1919 (Cubs 1956)
Irvin was nicknamed “Mr. Murder” for the way he murdered the baseball. He was a star in the Negro Leagues and didn’t make his debut in the Majors until 1949 at the age of 30. But even though he only played a few big league seasons and hit only 99 career homers, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1973. He had a few great seasons with the Giants, leading them to the National Leauge pennant in 1951, and the World Series championship in 1954. When the Cubs got him in 1956, he was already 37 years old. His power stroke was diminished, but he was still the best leftfielder in the league. In his last big league season he led the National League in fielding percentage and range. When he died in 2016 he was the oldest living major leaguer.
~Charlie Irwin 1869 (Colts 1893-1895)
The team was still known as the Colts when Charlie manned third base and shortstop for Chicago. In 1894 he had a great season with the bat (100 runs batted in), but he was also the worst infielder in all of baseball. That season he committed 91 (91!) errors. He later played for the Reds and Brooklyn during a pretty respectable 10-year big league career, and he settled in Chicago after his playing days were over. That’s where he was hit by a bus and killed in 1925.
~Frank Isbell 1875 (Orphans 1898)
Isbell got his start with the Cubs (then known as the Orphans), but his best years were with the White Sox. He was the starting second baseman on the 1906 White Sox team that beat the Cubs in the World Series. Frank was prematurely bald and was a little sensitive about it, so naturally his teammates called him “The Bald Eagle”. The Bald Eagle could fly. He stole over 250 bases in his career, only three of which were for the Cubs.
~Cesar Izturis 1980 (Cubs 2006-2007)
He will always be remembered by Cubs fans as the player the Cubs got in return for Greg Maddux. Cesar was a slick-fielding shortstop, but his stay in Chicago was a relatively short and unhappy one. All told he was with the Cubs for about one calendar year before they shipped him off to Pittsburgh. Nevertheless, Izturis has enjoyed a long and productive big league career. He has played for nine different teams in 13 seasons, and has been an All-Star and Gold-Glove winner.