~Rene Lachemann 1945 (Cubs manager 2002)
Lachemann was a backup catcher in his playing days (mostly for the Kansas City A’s) before becoming a big league manager in some pretty challenging situations. He managed the Mariners during their early years, the Brewers during their 20-year under .500 streak, and Marlins during their early years. He never finished better than 4th place. With the Cubs he managed exactly one game. He took the reigns after Don Baylor was fired, before Bruce Kimm arrived in Chicago to manage the rest of the season. The Cubs lost the game.
~John Lackey 1978 (Cubs 2016-2017)
After the 2015 season the Cubs realized they needed one more big starter to take them to the next level. Lackey was signed to a free agent contract to fill that role. The 2-time World Series champ (with Angels & Red Sox) was exactly the veteran presence the Cubs were looking for–he won 11 games, posted a solid 3.35 ERA, and held down a spot in the postseason rotation (although he didn’t win any of those games). He is now a 3-time World Series champ. Lackey finished his Cubs career in 2017. He went 12-12 and gave up a league-leading 36 homers. While he didn’t make the NLDS roster against the Nationals, Lackey did pitch in three games in the NLCS (all in relief). He was lit up. His worst moment (9.82 ERA) was in Game 2 when he gave up the game winning walk off homer in the bottom of the ninth.
~Pete Lacock 1952 (Cubs 1975-1976)
Two bits of trivia about Pete LaCock. His father was the host of Hollywood Squares–Peter Marshall. He also once walked into P.K. Wrigley’s office at the Wrigley building because he wanted to see if he really existed or not. The Cubs traded him to the Royals after the 1976 season, and he got to play in three ALCS with Kansas City.
~Doyle Lade 1921 (Cubs 1946-1950)
The Cubs got him from the White Sox during the 1946 season, and Doyle stayed with the Cubs the rest of the decade. His best season was 1947. He won 11 games and posted a 3.94 ERA pitching for a less-than-stellar Cubs team. After that season, he was mostly used as a spot starter until his release in spring training 1951. Lade was a farm boy from Nebraska, and his teammates called him Porky. (Photo: 1949 Bowman Baseball Card)
~Bryan LaHair 1982 (Cubs 2011-2012)
LaHair was a slugger in the minor leagues, and then stormed out of the box in the beginning of the 2012 season for the Cubs. He was among the league leaders in homers for the first few months and made the all-star team. Then…reality set in. At the end of the year he still had 16 homers. By the next season he was in Japan. He spent the 2014 season in the Indians minor league system and hit only 5 homers all year. (Photo: Topps 2012 Baseball Card)
~Junior Lake 1990 (Cubs 2013-2015)
Lake wasn’t considered one of the best prospects in the talented Cubs minor league system, but he forced his way up to the Cubs with his performance. He made a big splash in the big leagues in his first season, hitting .284. 2014 was a different story–as Lake struggled mightily—and struck out a lot. In July of 2015 the Cubs traded him to the Orioles for reliever Tommy Hunter.
~Steve Lake 1957 (Cubs 1983-1986, 1993)
Lake spent eleven years in the big leagues as a backup catcher, beginning and ending his career with the Cubs. He was known as a great defensive catcher. He ranks ninth on the all-time list for percentage of baserunners thrown out trying to steal. But Steve also wasn’t much of a hitter. In nearly 1200 lifetime at bats, he hit only eighteen homers, and batted only .237. Probably the highlight of his career came in 1987 as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. He got the start behind the plate in the deciding Game 7 of the World Series versus the Twins. The Twins won the game, but Lake played well. He went 1 for 3, drove in a run, and threw out Kirby Puckett trying to steal third base. (Photo: Topps 1986 Baseball Card)
~Blake Lalli 1983 (Cubs 2012)
Lalli made a very brief stop in Chicago. He went 2 for 15 for the Cubs in May of 2012, with 2 RBI. His first at bat was in a Cubs/Sox game (won by the Sox). He grounded out to the shortstop in the ninth inning for the second to last out of the game. The catcher/first baseman is now in the Diamondbacks organization.
~Jack Lamabe 1936 (Cubs 1968)
The Cubs were the last stop of the big league tour for Jack. The righthander pitched seven seasons for seven teams in the bigs, and won a World Series with the 1967 Cardinals. With the 1968 Cubs, he appeared in 42 games, and posted an ERA of 4.30. The Cubs included him in the trade with the Expos (along with Adolpho Phillips) that brought Paul Popovich to Chicago, but Lamabe never pitched for Montreal.
~Pete Lamer 1873 (Orphans 1902)
His real first name was Pierre, and he played only two games for the Cubs (then known as the Orphans) in September of 1902. The catcher got nine trips to the plate, and singled twice.
~Dennis Lamp 1952 (Cubs 1977-1981)
His major league debut came late in the 1977 season, when he was called up to help out the fading Cubs team that had started so strong that season. Judging by his 6.30 ERA, he wasn’t quite ready for prime time. Lamp was a member of the starting rotation the next few years, and even won 11 games in 1979 (a year in which he also gave up Lou Brock’s 3000th hit), but sadly, it wasn’t until he was traded to the White Sox in 1981 that somebody figured out his rubber arm belonged in the bullpen. He may have given up Cal Ripken Jr.’s first career hit pitching in that role, but that’s also where he made his mark in the big leagues. He was a key member of the 1983 White Sox playoff team, and later pitched in the playoffs for the Blue Jays and the Red Sox. (Photo: 1980 Topps Baseball Card)
~Les Lancaster 1963 (Cubs 1987-1991)
Lancaster was a key part of the bullpen for the 1989 division winners. He had a pretty good career with the Cubs, winning 34 games and saving 22 in five seasons with Chicago. After his playing days were over, he went into coaching, and continues to coach in the minor leagues.
~John Records Landecker 1947 (Cubs singer since 1993)
John Records Landecker is a radio legend (WLS, WJMK, WCKG, etc) in Chicago. During the 1990s he led the band “Landecker & The Legends” and they did several songs about the Cubs. Listen to them below…
Cubs 94: Hats Off To Harry: SOSA: Baseball Striking Again:
Landecker’s book, Records Truly Is My Middle Name, was co-written by our editor-in-chief Rick Kaempfer, and is available at Eckhartz Press.
~Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis 1866 (Cubs fan 1893-1944)
On this day in 1866, the future first commissioner of baseball was born, Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis. He is best remembered as the man who banned the Black Sox for life, and saved the game from the evils of gambling, but Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis was a Chicago Cubs fan long before he took over baseball, and remained a Cubs fan until his dying day. He was named a federal judge by President Theodore Roosevelt during the heyday of the Chicago Cubs championship run. As a judge, he became nationally famous for standing up to the richest man in the world, John D. Rockefeller. While he was beloved as a trust-busting judge, Landis was also a regular at West Side Grounds, home of the Chicago Cubs. He openly rooted for the Cubs against the White Sox in the 1906 World Series, something White Sox fans never forgot. When the Cubs moved to what is now Wrigley Field, he was a regular there as well. He loved baseball and watched it intently, leaning forward in his seat, devouring every moment of the game. During World War 1, Judge Landis became even more popular with the general public. A fervently patriotic nation cheered the judge who threw the book at anyone who dared speak ill of his country (which was against the law at that time, thanks to the Espionage Act of 1917 and the Sedition Act of 1918). It was during this era, however, that gamblers began to take over Landis’ beloved game of baseball. With horse racing banned by President Wilson during the war, the gamblers shifted their attention to another sport–the national pastime. Rumors swirled during the 1918 Series (which featured Landis’Cubs), and then reached a fever pitch during the 1919 Series between the White Sox and the Reds. When a Cubs player (Claude Hendrix) was accused of sports betting on another game in the 1920 season, baseball owners knew something had to be done. The idea of naming Landis Commissioner of baseball actually came from one of the minority owners of the Cubs, Albert Lasker. He was an advertising mogul in Chicago who realized that the game would be forever tainted if it didn’t act. Who better to save the game than the man who stood up to Rockefeller? Landis accepted the job and became as tough on players who gambled as he had been on Americans disloyal to the War. After his harsh punishments against the White Sox players (and several other players in the following years), rumors of game-fixing virtually disappeared from the game. While a sport like boxing (which was just as popular back in those days) slipped into an underworld morass, baseball emerged more popular than ever. The credit for that goes to a Cubs fan…Judge Kenesaw Mountain Landis.
Another interesting story involving Judge Landis, Gabby Hartnett, and Al Capone, courtesy of the book “The Cubs Quotient”…
~Hobie Landrith 1930 (Cubs 1956)
Hobie was a catcher who lasted fourteen seasons in the big leagues, including 1956 with the Cubs. That season Hobie got over 300 at bats for the only time in his career, but he didn’t take advantage of the opportunity. He led all big league catchers in errors, and only hit .221. The Cubs traded him to the Cardinals after the season. (Photo: Topps 1956 Baseball Card)
~Bill Landrum 1957 (Cubs 1988)
The Cubs got Landrum from Cincinnati in a trade for infielder Luis Quinones. He had been a pretty effective reliever for the Reds, but he didn’t do much in a Cubs uniform. They let him go after the season, and Landrum signed with the Pirates. They made him their closer and he saved 56 games for them over the next three years.
~Ced Landrum 1963 (Cubs 1991)
Landrum was a speedster. The outfielder appeared in 56 games but only got 99 plate appearances because he was used mainly as a pinch runner. Landrum stole 27 bases for the Cubs that year. If he ever figured out a way to steal first base, he would have been a keeper. He batted only .233.
~Don Landrum 1936 (Cubs 1962-1965)
Landrum was mostly a backup outfielder during his big league career, but he did get some extensive playing time with the Cubs in his final season with the club. Unfortunately, he only hit .226. But he served the Cubs well because he was included in a trade (along with Lindy McDaniel) that brought two important players to Chicago–Randy Hundley and Bill Hands. That remains one of the best trades the Cubs ever made.
~Walt Lanfranconi 1916 (Cubs 1941)
The small (5’7″) righthanded pitcher only got a cup of coffee with the Cubs in September of 1941 (two appearances) before being drafted into the military. He spent the rest of the war working for Uncle Sam. Lanfranconi never pitched for the Cubs again, but he did get one more cup of coffee with the Braves in 1947.
~Bill Lange 1871 (Colts/Orphans 1893-1899)
Bill Lange was one of the star players for the 1890s Cubs/Colts. A flashy charismatic outfielder that played with grace, he was just as well known for his fancy dance moves off the field. They called him “Little Eva”. So how is it that you may never have heard of Little Eva? Because, at the age of 28, while still at the peak of his career, he abruptly retired. Little Eva had met an extremely wealthy girl, and the girl’s father, who controlled the purse strings, would not allow his daughter to marry a ballplayer. In those days ballplayers were held in low regard by proper society. So, Little Eva retired for his sugar mama. Unfortunately for him, the marriage ended in divorce, just like his baseball career. Bill Lange was a 6-time .300 hitter, a 5-time 80-RBI man, and the fastest player on the Cubs. In his last season he stole 41 bases. But even though he also stole a girl’s heart, she jumped out of her crouch in time to throw out the last few productive years of his potential career.
~Terry Larkin 1856 (White Stockings 1878-1879)
Larkin pitched over a thousand innings and won 60 games in just two seasons with the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings). He was in the top 5 in the league in wins both seasons, and in the top 6 in innings pitched, and his team finished in 4th place both years. Not surprisingly, by 1880 he didn’t have anything left in the tank. He tried to pitch for Troy but he was lit up. Larkin was a very troubled man in the years after his baseball career ended. In 1893 he shot his wife, and tried to kill himself. In 1884 he threatened to shoot his dad. In 1894 he challenged someone to a duel and was committed to a mental institution. While he was in there, Larkin slit his own throat and killed himself. He was only 38 years old.
~Dave LaRoche 1947 (Cubs 1973-1974)
He was supposed to be the closer for the Cubs when they acquired him from the Twins before the 1973 season (for Bill Hands and Joe Decker), but LaRoche couldn’t do the job. His ERAs were 5.80 and 4.79. Of course he managed to rediscover his touch after leaving Chicago. In the next five years he saved 90 games and pitched in the all-star game for Cleveland in 1976 and 1977, and the playoffs in 1979 for the Angels. His sons Adam and Andy both played major league ball.
~Vic LaRose 1944 (Cubs 1968)
Vic was a starter on the Cubs AAA team for the entire 1968 season, and was called up in September to get a taste of the big leagues. He backed up Glenn Beckert and Don Kessinger for a few weeks, and got into four games. That was the extent of his cup of coffee. Vic never got another chance. In three big league plate appearances, he didn’t get a hit.
~Don Larsen 1929 (Cubs 1967)
When the MLB channel debuted, the first full game they showed was the only perfect game in World Series history. Everyone remembers that game, pitched by the immortal Don Larsen. Did you know that same Don Larsen also pitched for the Cubs? It’s true.He was known as one of the greatest clutch postseason pitchers of all time, but was five years removed his final World Series (the year the Cubs had their worst season ever–1962) by the time he put on a Cubs uniform. Even though Larsen hadn’t pitched in the majors at all in 1966, the Cubs signed him for the 1967 season. (They must have seen that Camel ad–he looks ready to go). Larsen pitched a total of four innings for the Cubs, the last four innings of his major league career. His ERA was 9.00. Our guess is that the MLB channel won’t be showing those four innings any time soon.
~Dan Larson 1954 (Cubs 1982)
Larson was one of the Phillies brought over by Dallas Green after becoming general manager of the Cubs. He came over in the Keith Moreland/Dickie Noles for Mike Krukow trade. Unlike his fellow ex-Phillies, Larson didn’t have much success with the Cubs. He began the 1982 season with the team, went 0-4 with a 5.62 ERA, and was shipped out by July 1st. Chicago was the last stop of his big league career. (He had also pitched for Houston before joining the Phillies)
~Tony LaRussa 1944 (Cubs 1973)
On April 6, 1973, the Cubs won the opener 3-2 over the Expos in the bottom of the ninth, after the best relief pitcher in baseball, Mike Marshall, walked in two runs. The winning run was scored by Tony LaRussa, in his only game as a Cub. He came in as pinch runner for Ron Santo. Of course after his unexceptional playing career, LaRussa became a Hall of Fame manager, winning the World Series with both the Oakland A’s and St. Louis Cardinals. (Photo: Topps 1974 Baseball Card)
~Al Lary 1928 (Cubs 1954, 1962)
Lary was a pitcher in the Cubs system for twelve seasons and won over 100 games in the minor leagues, but he only had two very brief cups of coffee with the big league club. The first came in 1954. He actually made his big league debut as a pinch runner in a blowout loss to the Milwaukee Braves. He ran for the incredibly slow Hank Sauer. He later made one start as a pitcher, in the second-to-last game of the season (against the Reds), but didn’t get a decision in the Cubs win. Lary didn’t return to the mound in the big leagues until 8 years later. In 1962 he was brought up and made 15 appearances as a 33-year-old, mostly out of the bullpen. He didn’t fare well. His ERA was over seven.
~Albert Lasker 1880 (Cub minority owner 1910s/1920s)
Lasker was an advertising pioneer, a minority owner of the Cubs (the one who convinced Weegham to buy the Cubs, and William Wrigley to take it over a few years later), and he also played an important role in the presidency of Warren G. Harding. In 1920, Harding was nominated by Republican party leaders in a smoke-filled Chicago hotel room; Suite 4046 on the 13th floor of the Blackstone hotel. Albert Lasker was one of those Republican operatives who helped Harding secure the nomination in that smoke-filled room. Unfortunately he also introduced Harding to another Cubs minority owner, Harry Sinclair. Sinclair was later a key figure in the Teapot Dome Scandal that forever tarnished Harding’s legacy.
~Tommy La Stella 1989 (Cubs 2015-present)
The Cubs front office really saw something in La Stella because they traded one of their prized pitching prospects (Viscaino) to the Braves to acquire him. La Stella was given the second base job on Opening Day, but was injured and missed most of the season. When he returned to action, he became a valuable bat and reliable glove off the bench. He served in that role for most of the 2016 season as well, but when the Cubs faced a roster crunch, they sent Tommy to the minors. He did not respond well. For several weeks he refused to report to Iowa. He eventually did come back, and made it back up to the big leagues to help the Cubs down the stretch. In 2017 he remained with the big league club for most of the season.
~Chuck Lauer 1865 (White Stockings 1890)
Chuck was playing in the Central Interstate League, which featured teams from Illinois and Indiana, when he was snapped up for a short stay in Chicago. He played two games at catcher, made three errors, and promptly returned to the Central Interstate League.
~Jimmy Lavender 1874 (Cubs 1912-1916)
He won only 63 games in his MLB career (all but six of them for the Cubs), but for one glorious day, he was unhittable. On August 31, 1915, he made his mark in history. Lavender pitched a no-hitter in the first game of a double header in New York against the Giants. He walked one and struck out eight. With the victory, the Cubs got back to .500. Unfortunately, they lost the second game and fell back under. 1915 was the last season the Cubs played their home games at West Side Grounds, and it was a year of transition for the team. Among Lavender’s teammates that season were the last two remaining members of the 1908 Champs (Wildfire Schulte & Heinie Zimmerman), and the man who would lead them to the World Series a few years later, pitcher Hippo Vaughn. (Photo: Chicago Daily News)
~Vance Law 1956 (Cubs 1988-1989)
Vance Law’s nickname (The long arm of the Law) was always a bit of a stretch, because Law didn’t have the greatest range as an infielder, but he did have one crucial requirement for the nickname; his last name. Part of a baseball family, Law’s father Verne starred in the majors himself. Law signed with the Cubs as a free agent for 1988, had a productive first half, and made the NL All-Star team. A bad back limited him in 1989, and he struck out in all three of his LCS at-bats.
~Matt Lawton 1971 (Cubs 2005)
The Cubs acquired the two-time all-star at the trading deadline in 2005, thinking they were still in the pennant race. They unloaded him less than a month later when they realized they weren’t. Lawton hit .244 in 19 games.
~Tony Lazzeri 1903 (Cubs 1938)
Poosh ‘Em Up Tony got his nickname from being one of the best clutch hitters in baseball history. The Yankees could always count on him to push up the runners. Lazzeri’s a Hall of Famer thanks to his contributions to those great Yankees teams of the 1920s and 1930s, but by the time the Cubs acquired him after the 1937 season, Tony Lazzeri was toast. For the Yankees Lazzeri had over 100 RBI seven times. For the Cubs, he had 23. For the Yankees he had great speed, hitting over 10 triples in seven seasons, and stealing more than ten bases in eight seasons. For the Cubs he had zero triples and zero stolen bases. Lazzeri played in 54 games for the Cubs in ’38 as a backup infielder and pinch hitter. He got two at-bats in the ’38 World Series loss to his former team, striking out once. (By contrast, in the ’32 World Series as a Yankee, he hit two home runs against the Cubs). The Cubs were swept in ’38, and Lazzeri was let go after the season. He played one more season in New York with the Giants and Dodgers before retiring. Tragically, just a few years later, Tony slipped and fell at his home when no one else was there. He was found dead from the head injuries he sustained in the fall. He was only 42 years old.
~Tommy Leach 1877 (Cubs 1912-1914)
He arrived in Chicago in 1912 in exchange for two key members of the 1910 World Series Cubs team (King Cole & Solly Hofman). Leach was a renowned hitter–with a lifetime on-base percentage of .340. He had previously led the league in runs, triples, and homers with the Pittsburgh Pirates, and was part of their 1909 World Champion team. Tommy still had a few more good seasons in the tank. With the Cubs he led the league in runs again, stole more than 50 bases, and hit more than 90 extra base hits in two and half seasons.
~Fred Lear 1894 (Cubs 1918-1919)
When your last name is “Lear”, there’s a good chance that even the semi-literate baseball crowd will nickname you “King”, and that’s what happened to Fred. King Lear was a backup infielder during his two seasons in Chicago. He only had a cup of coffee with the 1918 pennant winners (2 at bats), but then got the most extensive playing time of his career the following year. The Cubs traded him to the Giants in 1920.
~Hal Leathers 1898 (Cubs 1920)
Leathers was a scrappy little infielder (only 5’8″, 150 lbs) who played in the minor leagues for seven seasons, but did get one brief cup of coffee with the Cubs in 1920. He backed up Charlie Hollocher and Zeb Terry for the last few weeks of the season, and hit .304. Unfortunately, he also committed seven errors in only nine games, and that was it for Hal. He never got another chance in the big leagues.
~Jack Leathersich 1990 (Cubs 2017)
Jack got into exactly one game in a Cubs uniform and it didn’t go well for the reliever. He faced seven batters and five of them reached base–four of them via walks. The Cubs released him shortly thereafter and he signed with the Pirates.
~Bill Lee 1909 (Cubs 1934-1943)
Lee was a great pitcher for the Cubs, winning 130 games, and having a few dominant seasons including the World Series years of 1935 and 1938. His teammates nicknamed him after the Confederate general from the Civil War because of his last name (they called him General), but also because he truly was a Southern gentleman. In 1940, Lee developed eye problems and had difficulty seeing the catcher’s signs. He eventually got thick glasses, which helped a bit, but he was never the same. After he retired, he underwent delicate surgery for two detached retinas and eventually lost his sight.
~Derrek Lee 1975 (Cubs 2004-2010)
D-Lee was one of the most popular Cubs during his time in Chicago. Cubs fans quickly forgot that he had gotten the big hit during the Bartman game as a member of the Marlins in 2003. In 2005, Lee had a career season. He won the batting title, led the league in hits and doubles, finished second in homers (46), seventh in RBI, and third in the MVP voting. He also won a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger award. In his stellar 15-year career, Derrek was a two-time all-star (both times with the Cubs), a three time Gold Glover (twice with the Cubs), and hit 331 homers (189 with the Cubs). (Photo: 2009 Topps Baseball Card)
One of his most famous moments with the Cubs…
~Don Lee 1934 (Cubs 1966)
He pitched in 16 games for the Cubs and went 2-1 with a 7.11 ERA. That was a very bad team…in fact, it still has the worst record in Cubs history (103 losses). His stint in Chicago marked the end of his big league career. He finished up with 40 wins in nine big league seasons with the Tigers, Senators, Twins, Angels, Astros and Cubs. His father Thornton also pitched in the Major Leagues (mostly for the White Sox)
~Tom Lee 1862 (White Stockings 1884)
Lee was a pitcher and shortstop with the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings). He appeared in only six games before jumping leagues to play in Baltimore. It was his only year in big league baseball.
~Jim Lefebrve 1942 (Cubs manager 1992-1993)
He was a Rookie of the Year, All-Star, and World Series champ with the Dodgers, and was brought aboard by Cubs GM Larry Himes to bring a “winning attitude” to the Cubs. Lefebrve managed for two full seasons and finished with a .500 record—which makes him one of the best managers in Cubs history.
~Craig Lefferts 1957 (Cubs 1983)
Lefferts was a promising young rookie lefthanded reliever with one good season under his belt when the Cubs included him in the trade that brought Scott Sanderson to the Cubs. Lefferts ended up in San Diego in that three-way trade, and had a very good career there as a reliever. Ironcially, the highlight of his career was probably the 1984 NLCS against his old team, the Cubs. Craig appeared in three of those games and was the winning pitcher in both games that crushed the hearts and spirits of Cub fans–the Garvey game (Game 4) and the Leon game (Game 5). He later also pitched against the Cubs in the 1989 NLCS for the San Francisco Giants. Lefferts saved over a hundred games in his twelve year big league career.
~Hank Leiber 1911 (Cubs 1939-1941)
The outfielder hit over .300 and made the All-Star team for the Cubs, but suffered a few horrible beanings and retired in 1942.
~Jon Leicester 1979 (Cubs 2004-2005)
He was a right-handed reliever for the Cubs for a few seasons during the Dusty Baker era. He last pitched in the big leagues in 2007 (for the Orioles).
~Lefty Leifield 1883 (Cubs 1912-1913)
One of the great names in baseball history, Lefty was a 20-game winner with the Pirates before coming to the Cubs. He was known as a pitcher who didn’t have good stuff, but managed to keep hitters off balance by throwing it where they couldn’t hit it. In parts of two seasons, he won seven games with the Cubs. He coached for the Browns, Tigers, and Red Sox after his playing career ended.
~DJ LeMahieu 1988 (Cubs 2011)
DJ was one of several LSU infielders to play for the Cubs. He was a highly rated prospect (2nd round draft choice), but didn’t play much for the Cubs. They included him in the trade for Rockies third baseman Ian Stewart; a bad trade in retrospect. LeMahieu has gotten a much more extended shot with the Rockies and has hit well as their everyday second baseman. Stewart didn’t work out in Chicago and was gone the following year. LeMahieu has appeared in the All-Star game for the Rockies.
~Dick LeMay 1938 (Cubs 1963)
The lefty reliever pitched in nine games for the Cubs and was hit hard. In just over 15 innings pitched, he gave up 26 hits. He never pitched in the big leagues again.
~Dave Lemonds 1949 (Cubs 1969)
He was the first overall pick of the 1968 Amateur draft by the Cubs, a left-handed pitching star from the University of North Carolina (ahead of fellow first round picks Bart Johnson and Steve Garvey). He came up briefly in 1969 with the Cubs, but during their pennant chase he wasn’t considered reliable enough for manager Leo Durocher. He started one game in June and was quickly sent back down to the minors. Lemonds never made it back to the big leagues for the Cubs. He later got a little more playing time with the 1972 Cubs.
~Bob Lennon 1928 (Cubs 1957)
Lennon once hit 64 homers in a season in the minor leagues, but he only hit one in the big leagues, and it came for the Cubs against his favorite boyhood team, the Brooklyn Dodgers. Lennon was injured frequently (arm, ankle), and never really got a chance at a regular big league job. Unfortunately, he couldn’t adjust to the pinch hitting role, and hit only .165. His nickname was Archie.
~Ed Lennox 1883 (Cubs 1912)
Eggie, as he was known by his teammates, was a slick-fielding backup third baseman (to Heinie Zimmerman) on the Cubs for one season. That was a season in transition for the Cubs–the last season that saw Tinker, Evers, and Chance on the field at the same time. Eggie also played for Philadelphia, Brooklyn, and Pittsburgh of the Federal League.
~Dutch Leonard 1909 (Cubs 1949-1953)
Dutch was one of the oldest players to ever suit up for the Cubs, and the oldest player in all of baseball during his time with the Cubs. Dutch was already 40 when the Cubs acquired the three-time All-Star in 1949. They switched the knuckleballer to the bullpen, and in 1951, Dutch Leonard made the all-star team a fourth time, at the tender age of 42. Dutch Leonard’s impressive 20-year big league career ended in 1953. He was 44 years old at the time. After his retirement, Dutch became the Cubs pitching coach for three seasons. (Photo: Bowman 1951 Baseball Card)
~Roy Leslie 1894 (Cubs 1917)
Leslie was a first baseman who got limited playing opportunities backing up Fred Merkle. He later got a cup of coffee with the 1919 Cardinals and 1922 Phillies, but Roy was mostly a career minor leaguer. He had over 5000 plate appearances in the minors.
~Jon Lester 1984 (Cubs 2015)
The three-time all-star and two-time World Series champ became the highest paid pitcher in Cubs history before the 2015 season began. He was brought in to be one of the final pieces of the puzzle and help lead the Cubs to the promised land. His son can see it: “Look Dad! There it is.” Lester struggled mightily with his throw over to first base during his first season in Chicago, but he did help lead the Cubs to the playoffs. He posted a very respectable 3.34 ERA, but was snakebitten. His record at the end of the year was only 11-12. However, in 2016 he lived up to his promise. He had a tremendous year–winning 19 games, finishing in second in the Cy Young voting, and serving as the ace of the Cubs during their World Series run. He was the MVP of the NLCS, won the crucial Game 5 of the World Series in Chicago, and then even pitched a few innings in relief in Game 7. His follow up season in 2017 was mostly a disappointment. Lester had to be shut down for a while because of a dead arm, and finished the year with a 13-8 record and a 4.33 ERA. He was pulled in the 5th inning of Game 2 in the NLCS after walking five batters and throwing more than a hundred pitches.
~Darren Lewis 1967 (Cubs 2002)
Lewis was a speedy Gold Glove winning outfielder for the Giants, and had a few good years with Boston, but by the time he came to the Cubs in 2002, he was 34 years old. He hit .241 in 91 plate appearances. Darren had 247 career stolen bases, but only one of those was with the Cubs. Chicago was the last stop of his big league career.
~Carlos Lezcano 1955 (Cubs 1980-1981)
The Puerto Rican centerfielder got a cup of coffee with the Cubs in the early 1980s. Unfortunately, he was a bit overmatched by big league pitching, and posted a .186 average. That was his only stint in the majors. He currently coaches in the San Diego Padres farm system.
~Jon Lieber 1970 (Cubs 1999-2003, 2008)
When the Cubs acquired Lieber from the Pirates for Brant Brown, it was one of the best deals they ever made. Lieber anchored the rotation, winning 10, 12, and 20 games in his first three seasons. One day during a rain delay in his fourth season with the Cubs, Lieber said he could come back out again when the game resumed. He did, but he was never the same after that. He eventually missed the entire 2003 season recovering from arm surgery. Lieber did come back and pitch a few more seasons for the Yankees and Phillies before finishing his career on the north side in 2008. (Photo: Topps 2003 Heritage Baseball Card)
What is Lieber up to now?
~Gene Lillard 1913 (Cubs 1939)
Gene was a righthander who pitched for the defending NL Champs in 1939. Needless to say, they did not repeat. Gene pitched as a starter and a reliever, and appeared in twenty games.
~Brent Lillibridge 1983 (Cubs 2013)
The former White Sox utility man made the Cubs during spring training of 2013 when the Cubs suffered a few injuries. Unfortunately for Lillibridge, he didn’t exactly make the best of his opportunity. In 24 at bats he got exactly one hit (an .042 average), and struck out nine times. By June he was in the Yankees organization.
~Ted Lilly 1976 (Pitcher, Cubs 2007-2010)
Ted Lilly was a fan favorite during his time with the Cubs. His full name is Theodore Roosevelt Lilly, and yes he was named after the president. Although he didn’t really walk softly and carry a big stick. He was simply a reliable pitcher, something all too rare on the North Side of Chicago. (Photo: 2009 Upper Deck Baseball Card)
In 2009 Ted was the only Cub in the all-star game. Unfortunately that game was in St. Louis, so he was booed…
~Chang-Yong Lim 1976 (Cubs 2013)
Lim had a brief stint in the Cubs bullpen during September of 2013. He pitched well enough, but after the season he returned to his native South Korea.
~Freddie Lindstrom 1905 (Cubs 1935)
Lindstrom was a big star in New York for the Giants. In his rookie season of 1924, he came up late in the year and led the Giants to the World Series. He had many great seasons in New York, especially 1928, when he finished 2nd in the MVP voting, but the Chicago boy (Lane Tech grad) must have been thrilled when he became a Chicago Cub in 1935. Not only did the Cubs go to the World Series that year, they set a record that still stands today by winning 21 games in a row. That turned out to be Lindstrom’s only season in Chicago. He played one more season in the big leagues, but retired after the 1936 season at the age of 31. Fred settled back in his home town after his career was over, where he got to see his son make the big leagues with the White Sox in 1958. The senior Lindstrom was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the veterans committee in 1976. He passed away in 1981, and is buried in All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines. (Photo: 1933 Goudey Baseball Card)
~Cole Liniak 1976 (Cubs 1999-200)
Liniak was a highly regarded prospect with the Red Sox and Cubs who never quite made it in the big leagues. He played twelve seasons in the minors but only got into fifteen games in the bigs, all with the Cubs. He was a third baseman.
~Dick Littlefield 1926 (Cubs 1957)
Littlefield was the very definition of the well-travelled journeyman pitcher. Before coming to the Cubs, he pitched for the Browns, White Sox, Tigers, Orioles, Pirates, Cardinals and Giants. His best season in the big leagues was probably 1954, when he won ten games for the Pirates. With the Cubs he was used almost strictly in relief. He saved four games, but also struggled with his control (a career long issue) and the long ball. In his only Cubs season he gave up 12 homers in only 68 innings. Littlefield’s claim to fame is probably the fact that he was the only person ever traded for Jackie Robinson. The Giants traded him to the Dodgers for Robinson, but Jackie refused to report, and retired instead. (Photo: Topps 1958 Baseball Card)
~Jack Littrell 1929 (Cubs 1957)
Future Cub shortstop Jack Littrell got a few cups of coffee with the Athletics before coming to the Cubs in 1957. Even though he was backing up the league’s MVP that season (Ernie Banks), Jack got the most extensive playing time of his career in 1957. He also got a little time at second base and third, and did a very respectable job with his glove, but Jack never quite got the hang of big league pitching. His lifetime batting average was .204. 1957 turned out to be his last year in the big leagues. After he retired he became a railroad brakeman on the L&N/CSX Railroad.
~Mickey Livingston 1914 (Cubs 1943-1947)
The Cubs acquired Mickey from the Phillies in exchange for our one-time pitching ace Bill Lee. Mickey was slated to be the starting Cubs starting catcher after Clyde McCullough was drafted into the military, but Mickey’s draft board decided to reclassify his medical status, and drafted him too. After boot camp, they discovered that their initial ruling was correct. He was experiencing horrible headaches because of a previous concussion. So, he was reclassified once again, and reported for duty with the Cubs instead. He was very lucky. His Army company fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Only 300 of the 5000 men in his company survived. Mickey had a pretty good year for the Cubs in 1945 as their primary catcher. He only struck out six times in over 200 at bats, and in the World Series he hit .364 and drove in four runs. Livingston played with the Cubs until 1947, and in the big leagues until 1951.
~Vince Lloyd 1917 (Cubs announcer 1954-1986)
Vince was part of the Cubs broadcast team in four decades—mostly paired with his good friend Lou Boudreau. He became the main radio play-by-play man after the death of Jack Quinlan in 1965, and remained in that role for many years. He also broadcast games for the White Sox (and interviewed President Kennedy during one game), the Bears, and the Bulls. Vince died in 2003 of stomach cancer.
~Hans Lobert 1881 (Cubs 1905)
Hans played briefly with the Cubs in 1905, but the bulk of his 14-year big league career was spent with the Reds and the Phillies. He hit .300 or better in three different seasons with those clubs. A near riot broke out on Opening Day in 1908, thanks to Hans. He was the Reds third baseman at the time, and went into the stands, in the rowdy section known as “Rooter’s Row,” to spit at a heckler. After the game, he went into the stands to beat up a different heckler, landed a few punches, and was suspended.
~Bob Locker 1938 (Cubs 1973-1975)
When you look at that baseball card of Cubs relief pitcher Bob Locker, try not to focus on the fact that the Cubs traded one of their rare home-grown position players (Billy North) to get him. Sure, North was the speedy leadoff hitter that ignited the lineup of the World Champion Oakland A’s, and sure Bob Locker was already 35 years old when the Cubs got him, but look at that mustache. It wouldn’t surprise us if a jealous Rollie Fingers engineered that trade just to get his strongest mustache competition out of Oakland. That’s how good Bob Locker’s mustache was in 1973. Locker went back to Oakland in 1974, but the Cubs traded for him again in 1975. That time it only cost them Billy Williams. (Photo: Topps 1974 Baseball Card)
~Whitey Lockman 1926 (Cubs manager 1972-1973)
Whitey got his nickname when he was a kid. For his hair color, not his skin color. His real name was Caroll Walter Lockman, and he had been an all-star player for the New York Giants team that Leo Durocher took the championship. But Whitey Lockman also replaced Leo Durocher as the Cubs manager in 1972. Under Whitey’s tutelage, the Cubs went south fast. In his one full season (1973), they finished in fifth place.
Brad Palmer interviews Whitey after Cubs game…
~Kameron Loe 1981 (Cubs 2013)
Loe pitched in the big leagues nine seasons for the Rangers, Brewers and Mariners before arriving in Chicago during the 2013 season. A starter earlier in his career, Loe was strictly a reliever for the Cubs. He appeared in seven games and posted a 5.40 ERA. The Cubs let him go and he signed with Atlanta for the rest of the year. Loe was hard to miss on the mound. He is 6’8″ tall.
~Kenny Lofton 1967 (Cubs 2003)
Lofton is a local kid, born in East Chicago. He wasn’t on the Cubs for long, just half a season (2003), but he might have been the key acquisition that propelled the Cubs into the NLCS. Lofton was the leadoff man and centerfielder for the Cubs after Corey Patterson was hurt, and gave them something they haven’t had before or since; a true leadoff man with a great on-base percentage, the ability to steal a base, score some runs, and disrupt a pitcher’s game plan. In the NLDS against the Braves, Lofton stole three bases against his former team. In the NLCS against the Marlins, he certainly did his part too, hitting .323 in the seven game series. Unfortunately, the Cubs opted not to re-sign him before the 2004 season because management reasoned that Lofton was nearing the end of his career. But while the Cubs were watching the playoffs at home the next few seasons, Lofton played in the postseason three of the next four years with the Yankees, Dodgers, and Indians. (Photo: Fleer 2004 Baseball Card)
~Tom Loftus 1856 (Cubs manager 1900-1901)
Loftus managed the Cubs, then known as the Orphans, for the first two years of the 20th century. He was brought in to replace Tom Burns, and while his roster may have had a few Hall of Famers (Roger Bresnahan, Frank Chance and Clark Griffith), Bresnahan and Chance were just kids, and Griffith was 30 years old. Loftus couldn’t lead this team of youngsters and oldsters to the promised land. In his two seasons the Cubs finished sixthboth years. Loftus was replaced after the 1901 season by Hall of Famer Frank Selee.
~Bob Logan 1910 (Cubs 1937-1938)
Bob Logan was a pitcher with a bit of a wild streak. He walked 17 batters in 22 innings. He also pitched briefly with Detroit, Cincinnati, and Brooklyn, but during the war he got his one extended shot with the Boston Braves. After not starting a single game in his previous big league career, he went 7-11 as a member of Boston’s rotation. Logan was a left-handed pitcher, so naturally, his nickname was Lefty.
~Bill Long 1960 (Cubs 1990)
Long was acquired from the White Sox, and pitched one season for the Cubs out of the bullpen. He went 6-1 with a 4.37 ERA. Long is the only Cubs player in history to be born on Leap Day.
~Dale Long 1926 (Cubs 1957-1959)
Dale Long had a pretty good career as a Cubs first baseman, but one game is probably remembered more than any other. On August 20, 1958, Cubs catcher Moe Thacker was in the hospital. The Cubs started that game with only two catchers on the roster; Cal Neeman and Sammy Taylor. Taylor was pinch hit for, and Neeman came in to take his place. But Neeman was ejected from the game…meaning the Cubs didn’t have a catcher in uniform to take his place. So, Cubs manager Bob Scheffing sent the ever-reliable Dale Long in to take over. When he entered the game he became the first left-handed catcher in baseball in more than 50 years. (The last before that was in 1906). He did it again a month later on September 11, 1958. There wasn’t another left-handed catcher until 1980 (Mike Squires with the White Sox in a similar emergency role). Benny DiStefano of the Pittsburgh Pirates also did it in 1989. That makes it a grand total of three men in more than one hundred years of Major League baseball; and Dale Long of the Chicago Cubs is the charter member of that exclusive club.
~Davey Lopes 1945 (Cubs 1984-1986)
He was thought to be on the descent of his career when the Cubs acquired late in 1984 to provide bench help during the pennant run, but the following season Lopes proved he still had quite a bit left in the tank. At the age of 40, he switched positions and learned to play outfield. When Cubs regulars like Bobby Dernier were hurt, Lopes filled in. He took advantage of this second chance and stole 46 bases during the 1985 season. Davey was traded the following year for Frank DiPino, and helped the Astros make the post season too. He retired after the 1987 season with more than 550 career stolen bases. (Photo: Topps 1986 Baseball Card)
~Rafael Lopez (Cubs 2014)
The rookie catcher was 26 years old when he was called up in September of 2014. He appeared in only 7 games and hit .182.
~Rodrigo Lopez 1975 (Cubs 2011-2012)
The Mexican-born Lopez was a two-time 15-game winner for the Orioles, but by the time he came to the Cubs, he was getting by on fumes. In 30 appearances over two seasons his ERA was over 6, and he allowed 18 homers. Chicago was the last stop of his big league career.
~Andrew Lorraine 1972 (Cubs 1999-2000)
Lorraine was a highly regarded prospect who had been traded for Jim Abbott and Danny Tartabull before arriving on the Cubs doorstep as a free agent. By then he had pitched for four big league teams with limited success. His time with the Cubs was about the same. He started 16 games over two seasons, and his ERA was over six. The lefthander later also pitched for Cleveland and Milwaukee.
~Andy Lotshaw 1880 (Cubs Trainer 1922-1952)
Andy was the Cubs trainer and also served in the same capacity for the Chicago Bears. Andy actually played an important role in the career of Cubs pitching great Guy Bush. Bush was one of the mainstays of the Cubs pitching staff during most of the 1920s and the early 1930s. He won double digit games in nine seasons in a row (including 20 wins one year), but was really best known for his incredible endurance. He was always among the league leaders in games pitched, and often served as the closer between his starts. During his Cubs years he pitched an amazing 2201 innings and completed 127 games. The rest of the league wanted to know what his secret was, but Guy Bush would never reveal it. There was a very good reason for that–he didn’t know what it was. Cubs trainer Andy Lotshaw applied a “secret dark liniment” to Guy’s arm, and Guy was convinced that liniment was what kept his arm loose. Andy wouldn’t even tell Guy what it was. It wasn’t until the Cubs traded Bush to the Pirates in 1935 that Lotshaw finally admitted the ingredients of the secret dark liniment to the pitcher. It was Coca-Cola. (Photo: 1946)
~Jay Loviglio 1956 (Cubs 1983)
Jay only played in one game for the Cubs, on July 26, 1983. He pinch hit for Warren Brusstar in the 7th inning against the Dodgers and struck out against Fernando Valenzuela. Mel Hall struck out right after him and threw a tantrum and was tossed out of the game. Fernando and the Dodgers beat the Cubs at Wrigley Field, 5-2.
~Grover Cleveland Lowdermilk 1885 (Cubs 1912)
When your real name is a mouthful like Grover Cleveland Lowdermilk, you’re bound to get tagged with a nickname. He was tall (6’4″) and lanky (190 lbs), so his Cubs teammates dubbed him “Slim”. Slim was born just a few months before President Cleveland officially took office. He didn’t fare so well with the Cubs. His ERA was 9.69. He was later a member of the 1919 Black Sox (but wasn’t implicated in their cheating).
~Bobby Lowe 1865 (Cubs 1902-1903)
Lowe had a very impressive 18-year big league career, mostly for Boston and Detroit, but he also played two seasons in Chicago with the Cubs. He was their starting second baseman in 1902. He was nicknamed “Link”, which was a catchy way of saying he turned a double play nicely. Unfortunately for Bobby, his replacement Johnny Evers did it just as well, if not better. And Evers had the advantage of the poet’s pen. Otherwise it could have been Tinker, to Lowe, to Chance.
~Terrell Lowery 1970 (Cubs 1997-1998)
Lowery was a Rule V draft pick out of the Mets system. The centerfielder got into 32 games with the Cubs over two seasons. He later played for Tampa Bay and San Francisco.
~Turk Lown 1924 (Cubs 1951-1958)
His real name was Omar Joseph Lown, but everyone called him Turk because he loved to eat turkey. The Cubs thought he was a starter, but after his 16-27 record as a starter—with an ERA over 5, they moved him to the bullpen once and for all in 1956. They eventually traded him for Hersch Freeman, who had 8.31 ERA in nine games for the Cubs in 1958 before he was released. What happened to Turk? He went to the White Sox and pitched on their pennant winning team of 1959. He led the American League in saves that year.
~Peanuts Lowrey 1917 (Cubs 1942-1949)
His nickname came from his grandfather, who described him as “no bigger than a peanut.” He was also a child actor, playing bit parts in silent films. Supposedly, actress Thelma Todd got him to perform with promises to buy him peanuts. Peanuts played with the Cubs from 1942-1949, and was a starter on the last Cubs World Series team, but he never totally lost the acting bug. He also had a speaking part in “The Winning Team,” which starred Ronald Reagan as Grover Cleveland Alexander. (He plays a pitcher that beans Ronald Reagan.) While the public and press called him Peanuts, that nickname was only used some of the time by his teammates, who gave him another one…they also called him “Goober.” Lowrey’s Cubs playing career ended in 1949 when he was traded to the Reds for Hank Sauer; one of the best trades in Cubs history. He returned to the Cubs as a coach in the 1970s. (Photo: Bowman 1949 Baseball Card)
~Pat Luby 1869 (Colts 1890-1892)
In his rookie season of 1890, Luby won 18 straight games for the Cubs (then known as the Colts). That was a strange year in baseball history because there were three professional leagues, including a Player’s League (featuring many former Chicago players). After that season Luby only 20 more games in his career.
~Fred Luderus 1885 (Cubs 1909-1910)
Luderus was a rugged German-American first baseman who backed up Hall of Famer Frank Chance during his first two seasons in the big leagues. He only hit one homer for the Cubs, and it was an inside-the-park shot against the team he played for the rest of his career, the Philadelphia Phillies. Chance traded Luderus to the Phillies in the middle of the 1910 season because catcher Jimmy Archer could handle first base too. Unfortunately for the Cubs, Fred became a big run producer for Philadelphia, finishing in the top ten in homers in eight of the ten seasons of the 1910s. In 1915, he became the first Phillies player to hit a homer in the World Series. Luderus started at first base for Philadelphia until 1920. The player the Cubs got in return for him (pitcher Bill Foxen) was out of baseball by 1911. (Photo: 1914 Cracker Jack Baseball Card)
~Mike Lum 1945 (Cubs 1981)
Lum had a very solid 15-year big league career, played mostly with the Braves (11 years) and the Reds (3 years). One of his most memorable days actually happened at Wrigley Field on July 28, 1977. He was one of the nine players to hit homers that day in a 16-15 Cubs win over the Reds. His last season in the big leagues was spent with the Cubs. He hit two homers and knocked in seven runs in limited action during the strike year of 1981. After his playing career ended, Lum became a well respected hitting coach.
~Carl Lundgren 1880 (Cubs 1902-1909)
Lundgren pitched for three Cubs pennant winners (1906, 1907, & 1908). Even though he was a great pitcher, he never pitched in the World Series during those pennant winning seasons because there were even better pitchers on the team (like Mordecai Brown, Orval Overall, and big Ed Reulbach). Lundgren was especially effective early in the season in cold weather, which led to his nickname “The Human Icicle.” He won 17 games for the ’06 pennant winners and 18 games for the ’07 champs (with an unbelievable ERA of only 1.17 for the season), but slumped in ’08 and managed to only win 6 games. After the next season his career was over. Lundgren’s teammates didn’t just think of him of as their fifth or (sometimes) sixth starter. He was a shrewd baseball man; just as valuable on the bench as he was on the field. Lundgren later went on to succeed Branch Rickey as the baseball coach at the University of Michigan, before ending his career in his dream job, as the coach of his alma mater, the University of Illinois. (Photo: 1909 Tobacco Card)
.~Tom Lundstedt 1949 (Cubs 1973-1974)
The local boy (Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect) was a first round pick of the Cubs in 1970 after a stellar career at the University of Michigan. He made it up to the big leagues in September of 1973 and got to play alongside some of players he grew up watching like Billy Williams and Ron Santo. Lundstedt got a little more playing time as a backup catcher in 1974, and the Cubs traded him after the season to the Minnesota Twins.
~Dummy Lynch 1926 (Cubs 1948)
Dummy Lynch was a war hero–a paratrooper in World War II. He only got a few at-bats on that very bad 1948 Cubs team, but in his very first big league game, he hit a homer against future Hall of Famer Warren Spahn. That makes Lynch one of only 26 players since 1908 to hit a homer in his first career game, and never hit another one in his career. Despite the less than flattering nickname, Lynch was no dummy. After his baseball career, he became a practicing attorney in Texas.
~Ed Lynch 1956 (Cubs 1986-87, Cubs GM 1994-2000)
Lynch was a journeyman starter for the Mets in his seventh big league season when the Cubs acquired him in June of 1986. The Mets would go on to the win the World Series without Ed, while the Cubs finished in 5th place. After a year and a half with the Cubs, Lynch retired. He worked in management with the Padres for a while before being named the General Manager of the Cubs in 1994 by team president Andy McPhail. He made some good trades (acquiring Henry Rodriguez) and some bad trades (trading Jon Garland for Matt Karchner), but he was mainly let go because the Cubs only reached the post season one time during Lynch’s years at the helm. He’s currently working as a scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.
~Henry Lynch 1866 (Colts 1893)
Lynch was a parttime right fielder for the worst 19th century team Chicago ever put on the field. They finished in ninth place that season. Lynch didn’t help much. He hit only .214 in limited playing time–his only stint in the major leagues. After the season, he went back to his native Massachusetts, where he lived the rest of his life.
~Mike Lynch 1875 (Orphans 1902)
Lynch was a little centerfielder who started the season with the 1902 Cubs (then known as the Orphans). Unfortunately he couldn’t even hit his weight…and he only weighed 155 pounds. His .143 batting average didn’t cut it in the big leagues, and he was released in May of that year. He played 13 more seasons in the minors.
~Thomas Lynch 1863 (White Stockings 1884)
Lynch was born in Southern Illinois during the Civil War. If you’d like to go back in time to see him play baseball, you need to set your wayback machine to August 5, 1884. That’s the day the 21 year old got his one and only start in the big leagues. He pitched seven innings and gave up two earned runs against Cleveland, as the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings) lost 8-5 in their home field, Lake Front Park.
~Red Lynn 1913 (Cubs 1944)
Red was a 20-game winner for the Cubs minor league team in Los Angeles, but when he was brought up to the big leagues in 1944, he struggled with command. He pitched a total of 22 games for the Cubs, including 7 starts, and posted a 4.06 ERA. He pitched in the minor leagues until 1956 and won 244 games.
~Dad Lytle 1862 (Colts 1890)
They called him “Dad” and “Pops” because he was a 28-year-old rookie when he arrived in the big leagues. The outfielder played exactly one game for the Cubs (then known as the Colts) on August 11, 1890. He went 0 for 4 in a 6-4 loss in Pittsburgh.