~John Mabry 1970 (Cubs 2006)
Mabry played his most productive seasons with the Cardinals early in his career, but he held on in the big leagues for 14 seasons. His second-to-last year was with the Cubs. In over 200 at bats, Mabry hit only .205. (Photo: 2006 Upper Deck Baseball Card)
~Robert Machado 1973 (Cubs 2001-2002)
Machado had a very respectable nine year big league career as a backup catcher, including two seasons with the Cubs (2001-2002). He backed up Todd Hundley and Joe Girardi. Machado also played for the White Sox, Expos, Mariners, Brewers, and Orioles.
~Jose Macias 1972 (Cubs 2004-05)
He was a utility man (infielder/outfielder/pinch hitter) who was a favorite of manager Dusty Baker. He played for the Tigers and Expos before coming to Chicago.
~Bill Mack 1885 (Cubs 1908)
The college boy from Syracuse may have only pitched in two big league games (both for the Cubs), but he achieved something that most Cubs cannot claim to achieve. He was part of a Cubs World Series championship team.
~Ray Mack 1916 (Cubs 1947)
Mack had a chance to play in Wrigley Field years before he joined the Cubs because he was drafted by the Chicago Bears in 1938. He opted for baseball instead, and joined the Cleveland Indians organization. The second baseman saved Bob Feller’s Opening Day no-hitter with an incredible lunging catch in 1940 and made the all-star team that season, but he was 30 when he joined the Cubs in September of 1947. It was the last gasp of his playing career. His son Tom chose football instead of baseball–and the Los Angeles Rams lineman made it into Pro Football’s Hall of Fame. Unfortunately Ray didn’t live to see it. He died of cancer at the age of 52.
~Steve Macko 1954 (Cubs 1979-1980)
His story is one of the most tragic tales in Cubs history. His father was a coach with the Cubs, and Steve was one of their hot young phenoms. He was a middle infielder, and made it to the majors in 1979. In August of 1980, he was injured in a collision at second base. During the physical examination after the injury, the doctors discovered that Macko had cancer. He never played with the Cubs again. In his final season he hit .300 and had a 1.000 fielding percentage. He died just two years later, at the age of 27, on November 15, 1982. (Photo: 1981 Donruss Baseball Card)
~Andy MacPhail 1953 (Cubs President 1994-2006)
The Wunderkind who led the Twins to two World Series titles had no such luck during his twelve years in Chicago. The Cubs finished 3rd, 4th, 5th, 2nd, 6th, 6th, 3rd, 5th, 1st, 3rd, 4th, and 6th during his years. They finished in last place twice as many times (4) as they made the playoffs (twice), and never made the World Series.
~Len Madden 1890 (Cubs 1912)
Madden was a lefthanded pitcher, so naturally his teammates called him Lefty. The Cubs were the only team he pitched for in the big leagues, and it wasn’t exactly a lengthy stay. He pitched in six games and was hit pretty hard. He gave up 16 hits and walked nine men in only twelve innings of work. If you ever want to travel back in time to watch him, set the wayback machine to August 31, 1912. You’ll only need to stay in the past until September 19th, and you can witness his entire big league career.
~Clarence Maddern 1921 (Cubs 1946-1949)
Maddern was an outfielder in the Cubs system before the war, but didn’t make it up to the big leagues until after the war. He hit with power in the minor leagues, but in his only real chance at a big league job (1948), he managed only 4 homers in over 200 plate appearances. Those weren’t the kind of numbers the Cubs were looking for out of their corner outfielders. Clarence played in the minor leagues until 1957.
~Joe Maddon 1954 (Cubs 2015-present)
The day Joe Maddon appeared at the press conference announcing his hiring, Chicago was instantly smitten. Maddon bought the entire press corp a beer, and said that he expected the Cubs to compete for the World Series title (after five years in a row in last place). Maddon’s low-key approach really connected with the young Cubs and he led the team to 97 wins and two playoff series victories in his first year. In 2016 he brought the Cubs to the promised land–the World Series championship. He previously managed the young Tampa Rays to the World Series in 2008.
~Greg Maddux 1966 (Cubs 1986-1994, 2004-2006)
Early in is his Cub career Greg Maddux acquired one of the best baseball nicknames, “Mad Dog.” Maddux’s nickname is a combination of truth and irony. His looks are deceiving; a slightly-built boyish looking player with a soft and unassuming voice. He hardly looked like a “Mad Dog.” He was, however a tenacious Mad Dog on the mound who mercilessly used every flaw he could find in an opponent. He famously raised his hand at one of his first team meetings to ask what the brushback sign was. Maddux was not all warm and cuddly. He was quite simply the best pitcher to ever come out of the Cubs farm system (No-one else is even close), and is in the Hall of Fame for his 350+ wins, 3000+ strikeouts, and 4 Cy Young awards. He won 133 of those games and that first Cy Young with the Cubs (’92). But to Cubs fans, Mad Dog also symbolizes what is wrong with the Cubs. They let him go in free agency for a petty amount of money, and he had his greatest years with the Braves, winning three Cy Youngs and a World Series. In fairness to the Cubs, they realized they made a mistake by letting him go. They tried to atone by bringing him back at the end of his career, and retiring his uniform number when he left the game. His #31 flies from the flagpole in Wrigley Field. They also hired Maddux in the front office as a special assistant to the general manager. Their genuine regret seems to have been taken as an apology by Greg. When it came time to choose which cap he would wear in the Hall of Fame, he opted not to wear the Braves cap even though he probably should have. He said his years in Chicago meant too much to him to snub the Cubs. (Photo: Topps 1987 Baseball Card)
~Bill Madlock 1951 (Cubs 1974-1976)
Bill Madlock’s first nickname was not Mad Dog, that came later. His Cubs teammates noticed his big keester, and nicknamed him “Buns”. But Mad Dog suited him better because of his competitive nature, and it stuck. He was fined by the league in 1975 for arguing about a third strike. In 1976 he charged the mound against the Giants and started a brawl. The same year he got mad at his own pitchers for not protecting him from brushback pitches. He was the anti-Ernie, the kind of player that owner P.K. Wrigley just didn’t like. There was no way he was going to pay him a big raise after his second batting title, and that’s the main reason he was shipped out after the 1976 season.
~Sal Madrid 1920 (Cubs 1947)
Sal got his only big league cup of coffee with the Cubs in the September of 1947. He didn’t take advantage of the opportunity. He played in eight games and only managed three hits. In his last game on Spetember 28, 1947 (a 3-0 win against the Cardinals), Cubs pitcher Johnny Schmitz had a better batting average than Sal.
~Dave Magadan 1962 (Cubs 1996)
Magadan was a professional hitter. In nine of his sixteen big league seasons he hit .280 or better, including a .328 season in 1990, good for 3rd in the league. His career on-base percentage was also outstanding. At .390, it’s the 101st best in baseball history. But when he was with the Cubs, Magadan wasn’t anywhere near that level. He hit only .254 as a part-time third baseman. After his playing career ended, “Mags” (as he was called by his teammates) went into coaching. His cousin (and godfather) was also a famous coach/manager. Perhaps you’ve heard of him: Lou Piniella. (Photo: 1996 Collector’s Choice Baseball Card)
~Lee Magee 1889 (Cubs 1919)
Magee was the first player in big league history to get five hits in a row. He came to the Cubs after stints with St. Louis (Cardinals and Browns), Brooklyn, New York (Yankees), and Cincinnati. He was also a player/manager in the Federal League. The Cubs were his last stop. He .292, stole 14 bases, while playing every position except for pitcher, catcher and first base. His real name was Leo Hoernschemeyer.
~George Magoon 1875 (Orphans 1899)
George was a shortstop on the Cubs (then known as the Orphans) in 1899, and hit .228 in 59 games. He was called “Maggie” and “Topsy” by his teammates.
~Freddie Maguire 1899 (Cubs 1928)
Freddie was the starting second baseman for the Cubs in 1928, but he couldn’t have been too disappointed to be replaced the following season, because the man who took his place was none other than Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby. In fact, Freddie was part of the five man trade package needed to get Hornsby from the Braves. Freddie started at second base the next three seasons for the Boston Braves.
~Ron Mahay 1971 (Cubs 2001-2002)
The journeyman reliever pitched 14 seasons in the big leagues, including two with the Cubs. He pitched fairly well out of the bullpen in 2001, but then followed that up with a terrible 2002. Mahay also pitched for the Red Sox, A’s, Marlins, Rangers, Braves, Royals, and Twins.
~Paul Maholm 1982 (Cubs 2012)
Maholm had a good half-season with the Cubs as a member of their starting rotation, but he was traded (along with Reed Johnson) to Atlanta for prospects, including fireballing Arodys Vizcaino. Maholm won 9 games in his four-month-long Cubs career. One of his claims to fame was pitching to comedian Billy Crystal during spring training 2008. He struck him out.
~Pat Mahomes 1970 (Cubs 2001)
Mahomes was a well-traveled journeyman pitcher who lasted eleven seasons in the big leagues. He pitched for the Twins, Red Sox, Mets, Rangers, Pirates, and Cubs. His lifetime ERA was over five, and he never registered double digits in either wins or saves, but he pitched in over 300 big league games. With the Cubs, Mahomes was 1-1, with a 3.86 ERA.
~Mike Mahoney 1972 (Cubs 2000, 2002)
Mike made his big league debut with the Cubs as a 27-year-old in 2000. The backup catcher was a September call up and only got into a handful of games. He spent the entire 2001 season in the minor leagues, but got another shot with the Cubs in 2002. Again, he only played in a handful of games. In all, Mike caught 20 games for the Cubs.
~Scott Maine 1985 (Cubs 2010-2012)
He was a very effective closer in Iowa, but big league hitters were not fooled. In 2011 he gave up four homers in only seven innings pitched.
~Willard Mains 1868 (Cubs 1888)
His teammates nicknamed the youngster “Grasshopper” when he pitched for the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings). He went 1-1 in his two starts. His son Jim pitched in the big leagues a full 55 years later, with the Philadelphia Athletics. Jim was born the year before Willard died.
~Oswaldo Mairena 1975 (Cubs 2000)
The Nicaraguan lefty pitched in two games for the Cubs in September of 2000. He was hit very hard, giving up seven hits (including a homer) and walking two in only two innings pitched. He later had a similarly brief cup of coffee with the Marlins in 2002.
~George Maisel 1892 (Cubs 1921-1922)
Maisel had a very unusual big league career. He got his first shot with the St. Louis Browns way back in 1913, and had another cup of coffee with the Tigers in 1916, but then languished in the minor leagues until the Cubs gave him a shot in 1921. He responded with a very good seaon. He started in centerfield for the Cubs, and was among the best fielding outfielders in the league that year. He also hit over .300 and stole 17 bases. But the 29-year-old was replaced by Jigger Statz the following year, and was finished at age 30. George had a brother (Fritz) and a cousin (Charlie) who also played in the big leagues.
~Mike Maksudian 1966 (Cubs 1994)
Mike was another backup catcher who spent some time in a Cubs uniform. When the Cubs got him in 1994, he was already known as the catcher who ate insects in the Blue Jays bullpen. He actually got the most at-bats of his career with Cubs. He batted 26 times, and got seven hits, including two doubles. He also walked 10 times, which means his OBP was .472. In his final at bat he pinch hit for Dave Otto and grounded out to the pitcher. The next day, baseball players went on strike, and Maksudian never returned to the bigs. He was 28.
~Bernard Malamud 1914 (Author)
Malamud was born in Brooklyn and was almost certainly not a Cubs fan, but he was inspired by a few players in Cubs history–namely Billy Jurges and Eddie Waitkus. Both of those Cubs players were shot by crazed fans–and Malamud wrote a novel about a great player who was shot by crazed fan. The film version of the book even has a memorable scene that takes place against the Cubs in Wrigley Field.
~John Malarkey 1872 (Orphans 1899)
Malarkey’s nickname was not “Bunch Of”, which is what we would have called him. His teammates nicknamed him “Liz”. He only pitched one game for Chicago, but it was a complete game. He gave up 19 hits and 13 earned runs. It happened on September 13, 1899, and the Cubs (then known as the Orphans) lost to the New York Giants 13-2. In 1902 Malarkey made baseball history while with Boston when he became the first pitcher to win a game by hitting a walk-off home run.
~Candy Maldonado 1960 (Cubs 1993)
Candy Maldanado had several good seasons…none of them with the Cubs. He arrived in town during the offseason the Cubs got rid of two Hall of Famers; Greg Maddux and Andre Dawson. Maldanado was supposed to replace Dawson. He didn’t. Candy hit .186 in 70 games and was traded to the Indians for GlenAllen Hill.
~Pat Malone 1902 (Cubs 1928-1934)
Malone was a two-time 20-game winner with the Cubs and led the team to the 1929 and 1932 World Series, but he also hung out with Hack Wilson. When they weren’t playing baseball, they were either drinking or brawling. The stories are legendary. In Malone’s first season with the Cubs his roommate was Percy Jones. They didn’t get along. Jones insisted on getting a new roommate after Malone trapped some pigeons on a hotel ledge and put them in Jones’ bed as he slept. One night Malone and Wilson got into a huge fist fight in a hotel. They were walking down the hallway of their hotel, and Wilson laughed. Someone in a hotel room mimicked his laugh. Wilson and Malone broke into the room and beat the hell out of four men, until all of them were out cold. One of the men was still standing and Malone kept punching. Wilson pointed out that he was already knocked out. “Move the lamp and he’ll fall.” Malone moved the lamp, and the man fell to the ground. It didn’t end well for either man. Wilson was only 48 years old when he drank himself to death. Malone didn’t even last as long as Hack. He was only 40 years old when he died in 1943. (Photo: 1934 Goudy Baseball Card)
~Billy Maloney 1878 (Cubs 1905)
He only played one season with the Cubs, but the converted catcher had a heck of a year in the outfield for the 1905 Cubs. He led the National League in stolen bases that year with 59. His season was good enough to draw the interest of other clubs. The Cubs coaxed Jimmy Sheckard out of Brooklyn for Maloney, and Sheckard became a key part of their championship era team. Maloney lost his touch in Brooklyn. He led the league in strikeouts three seasons in a row, and couldn’t get on base enough to make an impact with his speed.
~Gus Mancuso 1905 (Cubs 1939)
Blackie, as he was known, was a two-time all-star with the Giants before he came to the Cubs. He shared catching duties with his manager, Gabby Hartnett. It was his only season with the Cubs. Mancuso played throughout the war for the Cardinals, Giants, and Phillies, but even he admitted those last four years he only logged big league time because so many players were at war. After his playing career, Gus became a pitching coach for the Reds, and then a broadcaster. In the early 50s, Mancuso worked alongside a little known St. Louis Cardinals radio announcer named Harry Caray.
~Hal Manders 1917 (Cubs 1946)
Hal pitched for the Tigers before being drafted into military service during World War II. When he returned, he pitched briefly for them again before being sent off to the team they beat in the previous year’s World Series. He got one start in September for the Cubs and was hit pretty hard. It was his last hurrah in baseball. In all, Manders pitched three seasons in the big leagues, which under normal circumstances would have given him bragging rights at family gatherings. Unfortunately for Hal, his cousin was Bob Feller.
~Garth Mann 1915 (Cubs 1944)
His nickname was Red, and Red appeared in exactly one major league game. On May 14, 1944, he came to pinch run for Lou Novikoff, the Mad Russian. Mann later scored on an Andy Pafko single. The big Texan never got a chance to pitch (he was a pitcher) or hit in the big leagues. He played 11 seasons of minor league ball.
~Les Mann 1892 (Cubs 1916-1919)
Mann was nicknamed Major after the World War 1 flying ace, Major Harry Mann. He was an outfielder for the Cubs in their inaugural season at the ballpark now known as Wrigley Field, but had also played there the year before, with the Federal League Whales. He actually became famous for a few things he did off the field, more than his career on the field (which was pretty good). Mann headed a player revolt for better shares in the 1918 World Series as a member of the pennant-winning Cubs. Late in his career he turned in a former 1918 Cubs teammate, Giant pitcher Phil Douglas, for writing him a letter inviting a bribe in 1922. In 1936, after his playing days were over, he convinced the World Olympic Committee to add baseball as an exhibition event, and brought two teams over to play in Nazi Germany for the 1936 Olympics. They drew a larger crowd in Berlin than had ever attended a World Series game in America.
~Joe Mantegna 1947 (Cubs fan 1947-present)
Actor Joe Mantegna doesn’t need to prove his Cubs credentials to anyone. In his younger years, Joe attended so many games at Wrigley Field, it inspired him to co-write the classic play “The Bleacher Bums.” (Photo: Original Bleacher Bums at the Organic Theater) The play describes what it used to be like to watch a game from the bleachers in Wrigley Field. In the 1970s those bleacher seats were the cheap seats, and every single game was played during the day, so the crowd was a little different than it is today. Joe and his co-writers captured it perfectly. Of course, Mantegna’s gone on to stardom in Hollywood, but he has never forgotten where he came from. He not only visits Chicago often, he brought Chicago out to Los Angeles. He opened a restaurant called “Taste Chicago.” On the walls of that restaurant you’ll see lots of pictures of Joe in Chicago, and even a picture of him starring in the SNL skit “Super Fans.” Anytime Hollywood revisits the Cubs story of woe, Joe participates. In 2004, he narrated the film “This Old Cub,” which told the story of one of his all-time favorite Cubs players–Ron Santo. Joe Mantegna is the real deal. A die-hard Cubs fan.
~Dick Manville 1926 (Cubs 1952)
The tall righthanded reliever appeared in 11 games for the 1952 Cubs–the best Cubs team of the decade (which isn’t saying much). He had a rough go of it, however, posting an ERA of nearly 8. He never made it back to the big league again. On the other hand, the Harvard AND Yale man had a fairly good education to fall back on.
~Rabbit Maranville 1891 (Cubs 1925)
Nicknamed for his speed and rabbit-like leaps, Rabbit Maranville was always a great fielder, but he was even better known for his partying. One time when he was on the Pirates, there was a ‘no drinking’ rule on the team (which was understandable considering it was against the law at the time). A teammate, Moses Yellowhorse, wouldn’t pitch unless he got something to drink. Maranville summoned the infield around, pulled a flask out of his pocket, and gave the pitcher a snort. He once took a pair of glasses out of his pocket, polished them, and handed them to an umpire. Another time (with the Cubs in spring training 1925) he was goofing around on the golf course with Charlie Grimm, who laid on his back and put a tee in his mouth with a ball on it, as a joke. Maranville hit the ball with a driver, scaring the hell out of Grimm. Another time he dove into a fishpond at the Buckingham hotel in St. Louis, and came out of the water with a goldfish in his mouth. Once when he was in New York, he arranged for pitcher Jack Scott to chase him through Times Square shouting”Stop Thief!” Another time his teammates heard wild noises coming from within his locked hotel room; screams, gunfire, breaking glass…..the Rabbit moaning “Eddie, your killing me!” It sounded like a murder in progress! When the door was finally broken down, the Rabbit and two accomplices paraded right by his shocked teammates as if nothing happened, with the Rabbit greeting them with a “Hiya fellas!” The first night after he became Cubs manager, he barged into the players Pullman cars and threw cold water on their faces, saying “there will be no sleeping under Maranville management”. That same night he got into a fight with a cab driver in New York after the Cubs arrived there over the cabbie grumbling about his tip. He had to be separated from the cabbie by the cops. After they separated him, he went after the cops and was arrested along with two of his players. He had no set rules for the team except that they couldn’t go to bed before him. Another time he held the Cubs traveling secretary out of a hotel window by his feet. Yet another time, and as it turns out, the final incident, he ran through the train throwing the contents of a spittoon at his players. With Rabbit as manager, the Cubs finished in last place for the first time in franchise history. He was fired after eight weeks. Rabbit played for another ten years (with Brooklyn, St. Louis and Boston), and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1954. His real name was Walter.
He’s still in all-time top 20 in triples…
~Carlos Marmol 1982 (Cubs 2006-2013)
For several years in the mid-to-late 00s, Marmol was one of the most feared relief pitchers in the game. His slider was so nasty he made batters look absolutely foolish. It was largely on Carlos’ arm that the Cubs dashed into the playoffs in 2007 and 2008, and it clearly wasn’t his fault they were swept. Still, as nasty as Carlos could be, he also had a tendency to be very wild. It was not uncommon at all for Marmol to walk the bases loaded before striking out the side. He saved over 100 games in a Cubs uniform, but it was a wild and bumpy ride. The Cubs finally had enough of the roller coaster in 2013, and shipped him off to the Dodgers.
~Gonzalo Marquez 1946 (Cubs 1973-1974)
Gonzalo was a star in his native Venezuela, leading his team to the Caribbean World Series in 1970. The big first baseman was never more than a fringe player in the big leagues, but he did show flashes of power with both Oakland and the Cubs. After his time in the majors was over, he went back to Venezuela and played there until his death. He was on his way home from a winter league game when he was killed in an automobile accident. Marquez was only 38 years old. (Photo: Topps 1974 Baseball Card)
~Luis Marquez 1925 (Cubs 1954)
The Puerto Rican outfielder began the season with the Cubs in 1954, but was traded in June to the Pirates for Hal Rice. During his time with the Cubs, Luis stole three bases and batted .083.
~Jason Marquis 1978 (Cubs 2007-2008)
For the first nine seasons of his big league career, Jason Marquis’ teams were in the playoffs every year. The streak began in 2001 in his rookie season in Atlanta, and it ended when his 2010 Washington Nationals team didn’t make the playoffs. In between then, his Atlanta, St. Louis, Cubs, and Rockies teams all made the playoffs. He won the World Series with the Cardinals and made the All-Star team with the Rockies. His time with the Cubs was not exceptional, but he took the ball every five days during his two playoff seasons with the Cubs, and pitched more than 350 innings. He was also a strong hitter. He hit three homers and knocked in 14 runs during his Cubs tenure. Jason’s last appearance with the Cubs was in the 2008 NLDS. He pitched one inning and gave up a homer to Dodgers catcher Russell Martin. As of 2014 he is still an active pitcher in the Philadelphia minor league system. (Photo: 2008 Topps Baseball Card)
~William Marriott 1893 (Cubs 1917-1920)
Marriott was a utility man for the Cubs, playing a little everywhere including 2B, SS, 3B and OF. The problem was he didn’t play often. In parts of three seasons, he appeared in a total of 47 games. He later got a lot more playing time with Brooklyn and Boston.
~Doc Marshall 1875 (Cubs 1908)
He was a backup catcher and outfielder for the last Cubs team to win the World Series. Marshall didn’t play much. He came to the Cubs around Memorial Day, and played in only twelve games the rest of the season. He didn’t even sniff the World Series that year, but Doc got a ring. He was a bit of a baseball vagabond, also playing with Philadelphia, Boston, New York, and Brooklyn in his five year big league career.
~Jim Marshall 1931 (Cubs 1958-1959, Cubs manager 1974-1976)
Marshall was both a player and a manager with the Cubs, although neither part of his career was particularly memorable. His best season as a player was in 1959. He got the most playing time of his career (331 AB), and hit 11 HR. Among his teammates that year: Ernie Banks, Bobby Thomson, Billy Williams, Moe Drabowsky, Tony Taylor and Al Dark. As a manager, his 1975 and 1976 Cubs teams posted identical 75-87 seasons. Among his players on that team: Bill Madlock, Manny Trillo, Jose Cardenal, Rick Monday, Jerry Morales, Rick Reuschel and Steve Stone. (Photo: 1960 Topps Baseball Card)
~Sean Marshall 1982 (Cubs 2006-2011)
Marshall had moments of brilliance as a starting pitcher in his first few years with the Cubs, but the 6’7″ lefty really found his niche when he was moved to the bullpen. In his last two years in Chicago he appeared in 158 games, saved six, and posted a sparkling ERA in the mid-2s. He became one of the first players traded by the new Cubs braintrust before the 2012 season. The Cubs got Travis Wood in return.
~Frank Martin 1878 (Orphans 1898)
Martin played in exactly one game for Chicago. He started at second base, batted four times and struck out three times. That may be why he never played in another game for the Cubs (then known as the Orphans). He also played briefly for Louisville and the New York Giants.
~J.C. Martin 1936 (Cubs 1970-1972)
The veteran catcher was brought aboard as Randy Hundley’s backup after his previous team (the 1969 Mets) won the World Series. Martin was known as a good handler of pitchers and a good defensive backstop, but he couldn’t hit. His lifetime batting average over 14 big league seasons was only .222.
Some bad hitting luck for J.C.…
~Jerry Martin 1949 (Cubs 1979-1981)
The Cubs acquired Martin in a big trade just before the 1979 season along with catcher Barry Foote, and second baseman Ted Sizemore for Manny Trillo, Dave Rader, and Greg Gross. He had a couple of good years with the Cubs, hitting 19 and 23 homers in his first two years with the team. After he slumped in 1981, the Cubs traded him to the Giants. Martin will unfortunately always be known as one of the first active big league players to serve time in prison. When he was with the Royals in 1983, he and teammates Willie Wilson (a future Cub), Willie Aikens, and Vida Blue were sentenced to prison on cocaine charges. He later returned to the big leagues with the Mets, but wasn’t nearly the same player.
~Mike Martin 1958 (Cubs 1986)
Martin played nine seasons in the minors and got only one brief taste of the big time with the Cubs at the end of a disappointing 1986 season. He backed up Jody Davis and appeared in a grand total of eight games. In 13 at bats, Martin got one hit.
~Morrie Martin 1922 (Cubs 1959)
Morrie was a lefty reliever, so naturally his nickname was Lefty. He was a World War II veteran who was badly wounded in Germany. He nearly had his leg amputated. But Martin worked his way back up to the big leagues. Lefty pitched for six clubs before coming to the Cubs in 1959 for his swan song. The song was off-key. He appeared in three games in April, and was released with an ERA of 19.29.
~Speed Martin 1893 (Cubs 1918-1922)
His real name was Elwood, but they called him Speed because he could get the ball up to the plate in a hurry. He was a member of the pennant winning 1918 Cubs team, but only appeared in nine games for them that year, and didn’t appear in the World Series. Speed became a bigger part of the team the next few years (winning 11 games in 1921), but he also started getting hit pretty hard. By 1922, his time in the big leagues was done. Speed ended his career with a losing record (29-42) and a high ERA for that era (3.78), but with one of the coolest nicknames in Cubs history. (Photo: 1922 Strip Baseball Card)
~Stu Martin 1912 (Cubs 1943)
He was an all-star in rookie season for the Cardinals in 1936 and led National League second basemen in fielding percentage in 1939, but by the time came to the Cubs Stu was strictly a backup. The infielder hit .220 in the last 64 games of his big league career.
~Carmello Martinez 1960 (Cubs 1983)
Martinez showed plenty of promise during his rookie season of 1983. In only 96 plate appearances, he clubbed six homers and knocked in 16 runs. It appeared he would be a corner outfielder in Chicago for years to come. Instead, he was the centerpiece in the trade that helped the Cubs acquire starting pitcher Scott Sanderson. Martinez had a pretty good career in San Diego, hitting over a hundred career homers, but he didn’t turn out to be the stud Cub fans feared they were trading away. On the other hand, Martinez was able to do one thing with San Diego that he never would have been able to do with the Cubs. He played in the 1984 World Series.
~Dave Martinez 1964 (Cubs 1986-1988, 2000)
Martinez came up through the Cubs system and debuted in the big leagues with the Cubs. At the time, he was only 21 years old. In 1987 he won the starting centerfield job. He hit .292 with 16 stolen bases. Why did the Cubs trade the youngster the following season for the much older Mitch Webster? There have been unsubstantiated rumors for years about this (involving teammate Ryne Sandberg’s first wife Cindy), but no-one has ever confirmed or denied anything. Is it possible that they traded a young outfielder with a very bright future for one who was near the end of his career for baseball reasons? Of course it is. The Cubs have done that countless times. Regardless of the reason, the Cubs clearly got the short end of that deal. Martinez went on to have a very good career. He played sixteen seasons in the big leagues with the Expos, Reds, Giants, White Sox, Blue Jays, Rays, Rangers, Braves, and the Cubs. His second stint with the Cubs did come after Ryne Sandberg retired, but that doesn’t prove a thing. Martinez won a ring with the Cubs in 2016, when he served as the right-hand man/bench coach for Joe Maddon. (Photo: 1988 Fleer Baseball Card)
~Ramon Martinez 1972 (Cubs 2003-2004)
Ramon was a backup infielder for the Cubs during two pretty successful years. He backed up Grudzielanek at second base, Alex Gonzalez (and later Nomar) at shortstop, and Aramis Ramirez at third base. During his two years in Chicago he got a lot of playing time because of his reliable glove.
~Sandy Martinez 1970 (Cubs 1998-1999)
Martinez was a backup catcher in the big leagues for eight seasons, but he will always be remembered for what he did on May 6, 1998, while wearing a Cubs uniform. Sandy was the catcher for Kerry Wood’s famous 20-strikeout game.
~Brian Matusz 1987 (Cubs 2016)
The Cubs were in the midst of a tremendous winning streak after the 2016 All Star break but they needed a pitcher to come up for a spot start. The way the team was going, it appeared that just about anyone could have come up and pitched the team to victory. Not true. Matusz was rocked. He never got another chance to pitch for the Cubs. The former #1 draft pick of the Orioles ended the season in the minors. His Cubs ERA stands at 18.00.
~Joe Marty 1913 (Cubs 1937-1939)
Marty was the fourth outfielder for the pennant winning Cubs in 1938. He was the first Cub to ever homer in a night game (in Cincinnati), and had a great World Series, going 6 for 12 with a homer and 5 RBI. The Cubs traded him to the Phillies the following year. That turned out to be a good trade for the Cubs, because it brought Claude Passeau over to Chicago.
~Randy Martz 1956 (Cubs 1980-1982)
Martz was a first round draft choice of the Cubs (12th overall) after he was the College Baseball MVP at the University of South Carolina. He had a few unimpressive seasons with some very bad Cubs teams before being sent to the White Sox as part of the trade that brought Steve Trout to the Cubs. (Photo: Topps 1983 Baseball Card)
~The Marx Brothers (Cubs fan 1909-1920)
The Marx family moved from New York to Chicago in 1909. For much of that time they lived in a large house at 4512 South Grand Boulevard (now called Martin Luther King Boulevard). The house is still there. The Marx Brothers (Gummo, Groucho, Harpo, Chico, and Zeppo) were already a traveling Vaudeville Act in April of 1917 when America entered World War I. They had been touring in the south when War was declared. But the war forced them to take drastic measures: they purchased a farm in LaGrange, Illinois. Their mother had heard that farmers were going to be exempt from military service, and she wanted to do whatever was necessary to keep her boys out the fight…even if it meant becoming farmers. This is the way Groucho Marx described his days on the LaGrange farm…”The first day we got up at 5 in the morning. The second morning we dawdled until 6. By the end of the first week we slept until noon, which gave us just enough time to catch the 1:07 train to Chicago to see the Chicago Cubs play.” They became regulars at Wrigley Field (then known as Cubs Park) during the World Series year of 1918. The Marx family moved back to New York in the fall of 1920 and a decade later they moved west to Hollywood. But the boys came back to Chicago often to perform. In 1930, the same year they filmed “Animal Crackers,” they also performed the stage version of the play with the same cast at Chicago’s new Civic Opera House. Each time they returned to Chicago, they made a pilgrimage to their old stomping grounds at Wrigley Field. They may have been the worst farmers in American history, but farming’s loss was the Chicago Cubs’ gain.
Groucho was obviously a baseball fan. Here he is with a 22-year-old Don Drysdale and his wife…
~Mike Mason 1958 (Cubs 1987)
Mason pitched most of his big league career with the Texas Rangers, but he did spend the bulk of the 1987 season with the Cubs. He won four games and posted an ERA of 5.68. The Cubs released him during spring training of 1988, and he finished his career with the Twins.
~Gordon Massa 1935 (Cubs 1957-1958)
He had two great nicknames (“Moose” and “Duke”) and he had a lifetime batting average of .412, but not many people remember the Cubs career of Gordon Massa. Why is that? Probably because he only batted 21 times over a two-year period. Massa spent most of his career in the minors. There he hit only .257. Moose finally hung his spikes after the 1963 minor league season.
~Andy Masur 1967 (Cubs announcer 2000-2007)
Masur was a local Chicago kid (Maine East High School, Bradley University) who got his big baseball break at WGN Radio when Pat Hughes decided he needed an inning break during the games. We interviewed Andy a few years ago (when he was the Padres radio play-by-play man), and he considers that Cubs experience his big break too: “I certainly do. I can remember when Dave Eanet the sports director at WGN radio asked me if I would mind doing a half inning of play by play in addition to my pre game and post game responsibilities, I’m not sure the entire question came out of his mouth before I said, I’LL DO IT! People may not realize how tough it was though to do just 3 outs a game. It was difficult to get into a rhythm with anything, but hey I wasn’t going to complain. It was such a pleasure to share the microphone with Pat and Ron. Imagine me, a kid growing up in Chicago, now in the booth as one of the announcers. It was amazing. The break certainly worked out in my favor and I can’t thank everybody there enough.”
~Juan Mateo 1982 (Cubs 2006)
Mateo was a starting pitcher from the Dominican Republic that threw the ball very hard. The Cubs gave him a shot in their rotation the last two months of the 2006 season, and he really struggled. His ERA was over 5, he walked too many men, and he didn’t pitch deep into games. He never got another chance in the big leagues. He pitched a few years in the minors, before moving to Mexico and pitching in the Mexican League.
~Marcos Mateo 1984 (Cubs 2010-Present)
He pitched parts of two seasons with the Cubs in 2010 and 2011 before requiring Tommy John surgery in 2012, and missing the entire season. The Diamondbacks drafted him as a Rule V pick, but returned him to the Cubs in spring training in March 2014.
~Joe Mather 1982 (Cubs 2012)
The former Cardinals utility-man became a Cubs utility man in 2012. He played a little outfield, third base, first base, and even pitched once. Unfortunately, he also only hit .209. The Cubs allowed him to leave via free agency, and he never made it back up to the big leagues.
~Nelson Mathews 1941 (1960-1963)
Mathews was a centerfielder with pop, but he couldn’t break the Cubs lineup. He served as a backup for several seasons, getting his most extensive shot in 1963. The Cubs traded him to Kansas City after the season, and the A’s gave him the starting centerfield position. He hit 14 homers, but led the league in strikeouts. That was his last shot at a starting position in the big leagues.
~Gary Matthews 1950 (Cubs 1984-1987)
Gary Matthews earned the nickname Sarge for his dugout leadership, take-charge attitude and competitive playing. He embraced the name, and beginning early in the ’84 season, he would salute the legions of LF bleacher fans who would cheer his every appearance in the outfield. In August of that year, he arranged for caps with “sergeant stripes” and his name to be distributed to all bleacher fans. He was one of the most important players on the 1984 Cubs team that came within a few outs of the World Series. Sarge’s on-base percentage was over .400, he hit 14 homers and stole 17 bases, and though he wasn’t the fielder he was earlier in his career (with the Giants and Phillies), he played with toughness and grit. He played several seasons for the Cubs in the 1980s, but really only had one more good year (1986). He was getting up in age by that time. He later coached for the Cubs, and his son Gary Matthews Jr. began his major league career with the Cubs too. (Photo: Topps 1987 Baseball Card)
How about some foreshadowing?
~Gary Matthews Jr. 1974 (Cubs 2000-2001)
Gary’s dad was the reigning National League Rookie of the Year when Gary Jr. was born in 1974. He followed in his father’s footsteps by becoming a big league ballplayer (and a Cub–just like his dad). His time in Chicago wasn’t quite as sucessful as his father’s. He got a fair amount of playing time with the Cubs, but had trouble hitting over .200. The Cubs released him in August of 2001. Turns out, he had a little more left in the tank. He played in the big leagues for the next ten seasons, including an all-star season with the Angels in 2006. His legacy, however, was tarnished by being mentioned in George Mitchell’s report about steroids.
~Wid Matthews 1896 (Cubs GM 1950-1956)
OWhen Matthews came to the Cubs in 1950, he arrived with a sparkling reputation. Wid had been an assistant to Branch Rickey with the Dodgers, and he promised to return the Cubs to their glory days. He did do one thing that was long overdue before left town; he signed the first two African-American players in Cubs history–Ernie Banks and Gene Baker. Unfortunately, this was seven full seasons after Jackie Robinson had broken the color line, and three full seasons after Matthews arrived in Chicago. It was far too little, and far too late. Wid Matthews had a knack for trades…that is, trades that helped the other team. He traded fan favorite Andy Pafko, all-star pitcher Johnny Schmitz, and two other players to the Dodgers for catcher Bruce Edwards (who had a grand total of 250 at-bats as a Cub), Joe Hatten (a pitcher with an ERA over 5), outfielder Gene Hermanski (who managed a total of 8 home runs as a Cub) and Eddie Miskus (the main player the Cubs wanted–a mediocre shortstop who never hit higher than .251 in his four Cubs seasons). That deal was so bad people in Chicago wondered if he was still on Branch Rickey’s payroll. He also traded Smoky Burgess, who could have been the Cubs starting catcher for a decade or more for two guys who played a total of 23 games. Matthews simply wasn’t a good judge of talent. When asked how he rated prospects, he said… “When I shake hands with a boy and he has a good grip, that’s one of the essentials. Then I pat him on the shoulder to see how muscular he is.” In 1952 he was holding a press conference before the season, predicting things were just about to turn around, when P.K. Wrigley walked into the press conference and ripped Matthews in front of the press, saying “I believe it’s about time we stopped our daydreaming and wishful thinking and faced things as they are.” When people starting hanging Matthews in effigy in 1956, Wrigley finally faced things as they were and got rid of him.
~Bobby Mattick 1915 (Cubs 1938-1940)
Bobby looked good in his rookie season with the Cubs, so they traded their shortstop Dick Bartell and gave Mattick the starting job in 1940. Unfortunately, big league pitchers figured him out, and Mattick only managed to hit .218. The Cubs traded him to the Reds after the season, the third straight off-season that they traded their starting shortstop.
~Gene Mauch 1925 (Cubs 1948-1949)
During his playing days, Gene Mauch was a backup second baseman and shortstop for the Cubs for two seasons (1948-1949). He was well-liked by his teammates, especially the guy playing ahead of him, shortstop Roy Smalley. Smalley eventually married Mauch’s sister. Gene was never much of a hitter (5 career homers and a .239 lifetime batting average in nine ML seasons), and he played for some of the worst teams in history. Did his stint with the Cubs affect him as a manager? Judge for yourself. Despite having managed in more major league games than all but three other managers (at the time of his retirement), he never won a pennant. His 1964 Phillies probably had the most dramatic collapse in baseball history. Leading by 6 ½ games with two weeks to go, the Phillies blew it. Yes, I think it’s safe to say…his stint with the Cubs did rub off on him.
~Hal Mauck 1869 (Colts 1893)
Hal was a Princeton boy…Princeton, Indiana. The right hander was a starting pitcher for the Cubs (then known as the Colts) at West Side Grounds in 1893. He was 8-10 in 18 starts, but what might have been most remarkable about his season was his strikeout total. He pitched 143 innings that year and struck out only 23 batters. After he was released by Chicago he pitched in the minor leagues until 1900. One season in the minors, he struck out only ten batters.
~Carmen Mauro 1926 (Cubs 1948-1951)
Carmen was a local kid (Morton High School in Cicero) who got his first real chance to play in the big leagues with the 1950 Cubs. He served as the Cubs fourth outfielder that season, backing up Hank Sauer, Andy Pafko, and Bob Borkowski. Unfortunately for Carmen, he wasn’t much of a hitter. He hit only .227 that season, and his lifetime batting average was only .231. He later also played for the Dodgers, Senators, and A’s.
~Dobie Maxwell 1963 (Cubs fan/Comedian)
Dobie has been a touring stand up comic in America for the past twenty-plus years, and though he’s from Milwaukee originally, he’s been based out of Chicago for many years. This is a great story about an afternoon in the bleachers…
~Jason Maxwell 1972 (Cubs 1998)
Maxwell was a September call up during the Cubs Wild Card season of 1998. Because every game mattered, Maxwell didn’t get many opportunities. He was used as a pinch hitter, and did hit one homer in his three at bats. It came in a 13-11 loss against the Brewers. Sammy Sosa hit his 59th homer in the same game. The Cubs cut Maxwell during spring training in 1999, and he later had a cup of coffee with the Minnesota Twins.
~Derrick May 1968 (Cubs 1990-1994)
Derrick was a first round Cubs draft choice in 1986, and made his big league debut in 1990. The son of big leaguer Dave May didn’t really get regular playing time until 1992, but in his final three seasons with the Cubs he did show some promise. In ’93 he had his best campaign, hitting 10 homers and driving in 77 while batting .295. After the 1994/1995 strike, May was permitted to leave as a free agent, and later played with the Brewers, Astros, Phillies, Expos, and Orioles.
~Jakie May 1895 (Cubs 1931-1932)
The little lefty (only 5’8″) pitched 14 seasons in the big leagues, the last two of which were for the Cubs. He was used almost exclusively out of the bullpen. Jakie won 7 games and saved 3. He retired after the 1932 World Series loss to the Yankees, a few months shy of his 37th birthday. He had been rocked for seven runs in only two innings pitched in that series.
~Scott May 1961 (Cubs 1991)
He was a September call up at the end of the 1991 season and appeared in two games. The righthanded reliever gave up six hits and four earned runs in only two innings (an ERA of 18.00). It was his last chance at the big leagues. He previously had a cup of coffee with the Rangers.
~Ed Mayer 1931 (Cubs 1957-1958)
Mayer was another left-handed reliever. Over two seasons he appeared in 23 games; winning two and saving one. It was Mayer’s only time in the majors. He pitched in the minor leagues for eight seasons. (Photo: Topps 1958 Baseball Card)
~Bill McAfee 1907 (Cubs 1930)
McAfee faced exactly ten batters while pitching in a Cubs uniform. Unfortunatly for him, it was the year of the hitter, and five of those ten batters reached base. The righthander later pitched for Washington, Boston, and the St. Louis Browns.
~Jim McAnany 1936 (Cubs 1961-1962)
McAnany was a backup outfielder for five big league seasons, all of which were in Chicago. The first three were on the south side, and the last two were with the Cubs. Over two seasons, he got 18 at bats.
~Ike McAuley 1891 (Cubs 1925)
The Cubs inexplicably gave the starting shortstop job to McAuley at the beginning of the 1925 season even though he hadn’t been in the big leagues for eight years, and hadn’t really played much when he was. McAuley didn’t play terribly. He hit .280 in the first 37 games, but he also made ten errors. The Cubs cut him loose in May. Ike passed away only three years later at the age of 36.
~Algie McBride 1869 (Colts 1896)
Algie (real first name Algeron) was thought to be the answer in left field for Cap Anson’s 1896 Colts, but Cap grew weary of his light hitting, and sent him packing just a few weeks later. Algie later played for Cincinnati and the New York Giants.
~Bill McCabe 1892 (Cubs 1918-1919)
The local Chicago boy made it up to the big leagues during his hometown team’s pennant winning season of 1918. He was a utility man for the 1918 Cubs, logging a little time at all three outfield postions and second base. He even got into three games of that 1918 World Series as a defensive replacement. Unfortunately, Bill wasn’t much of a hitter. His lifetime average was only .161.
~Dutch McCall 1920 (Cubs 1948)
McCall pitched one full season in the majors (1948) as a 27-year-old rookie, and was among the league leaders in several categories, most notably walks and losses. In fact, he set the Cubs record by recording 13 losses in a row. He also led the Cubs in home runs allowed, and the Cubs starters in highest ERA…and he was their #3 starter. The Cubs finished 27 ½ games out of first place that year, in dead last.
~Alex McCarthy 1889 (Cubs 1915-1916)
Alex was acquired from the Pirates in 1915, which means he was on the roster when the Cubs played their last game at West Side Grounds, and their first game at Wrigley Field. In 107 at-bats in 1916, the infielder hit .243, with zero homers and only six RBI. The Cubs traded him back to Pittsburgh in the middle of the 1916 season.
~Jack McCarthy 1869 (Cubs 1903-1905)
Jack was a starting outfielder for the Cubs for a few seasons, but he wasn’t considered anything special. He was part of the package that was offered to Brooklyn to acquire Jimmy Scheckard, who became one of the key members of the Cubs championship dynasty.
~Joe McCarthy 1887 (Cubs Manager 1926-1930)
Joe McCarthy was given the nickname of “Marse Joe” by sportswriters. “Marse” is a Southern English rendition of the word “master,” and from the moment he took over the Cubs in 1926, Marse Joe let it be known that he was in charge. He led them to the National League pennant in 1929, and never had a losing season as Cubs manager, but they fired him after the 1930 season because they didn’t think he had what it took to get to the next level. Unfortunately for the Cubs, they never got to that next level without him, and he got to the next level with Yankees seven times. Two of those times he beat the Cubs. Marse Joe is in baseball’s Hall of Fame.
~Jim McCauley 1863 (White Stockings 1885)
McCauley was a catcher and outfielder for the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings) in 1885 for a grand total of three games. He got one hit. Jim played small parts of three seasons in the big leagues, never quite catching on with Chicago, St. Louis, Providence or Buffalo (both of whom were big league franchises at the time), but he must have loved the game because McCauley played in the minor leagues until 1897.
~Harry McChesney 1880 (Cubs 1904)
Harry had one of the great baseball nicknames. His teammates called him “Pud”. Pud had a very brief big league career. He backed up Kangaroo Davy Jones in the outfield, and got into 22 games for the Cubs. The rest of his baseball career (he played until 1915) was spent in the minor leagues. Pud was also one of the best football punters of his era.
~Scott McClain 1972 (Cubs 2005)
Scott got a very brief call up with the Cubs in 2005 as a 33-year old 1B/3B. He hit .143 in 16 plate appearnaces. Scott had similar cups of coffee with the Tampa Rays and the San Francisco Giants.
~Bill McClellan 1856 (White Stockings 1878)
McClellan got to play for his hometown Cubs (then known as the White Stockings) in only their third season in the National League. He played second base and shortstop, and hit .224 in just over 200 plate appearances. It was his only season in Chicago. He retired to his hometown after stints with Providence, Philadelphia, Brooklyn and Cleveland, and is buried in Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago.
~Llyod McClendon 1959 (Cubs 1989-1990)
Lloyd McClendon came up as a catcher, but he didn’t play there much for the Cubs (only 5 games). During the 1989 season he platooned with Dwight Smith in left field, playing mostly against left-handed pitchers. He even started one game of the 1989 NLCS against the Giants, going 2 for 3. McClendon was traded to the Pirates at the end of the 1990 season
~George McConnell 1877 (Cubs 1914, 1916)
One of the last of the two-way players, McConnell both pitched and played outfield. He didn’t have a tremendous amount of success doing either with the Cubs. He was 4-12 as a pitcher, and batted .158 as an outfielder. His best season in the big leagues was the year between his two years with the Cubs. That year (1915), the spitballer pitched for the Chicago Federals, and won a league-leading 25 games. The slender 6’3 pitcher was nicknamed “Slats”.
~Barry McCormick 1874 (Colts/Orphans 1895-1901)
Barry was a very valuable player for the Cubs (then known as the Colts, and then the Orphans). He was a middle infielder, but he started nearly the same number of games at second base, third base, and shortstop in his six years with Chicago. He jumped to the upstart American League for the last few years of his career, performing the same role for the St. Louis Browns and the Washington Senators.
~Jim McCormick 1856 (White Stockings 1885-1886)
In the early days of the National League, Jim McCormick was one of the first pitching stars. One season (1880), he won 45 games and pitched an astounding 657.2 innings (with 72 complete games). Obviously the rules were a little different in that era, but you can’t take away his 265 career wins. In his two seasons with the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings), McCormick won 20 and 31 games. Chicago won the National League both years. After the 1886 season, Cubs owner Al Spalding sold McCormick (and several of his teammates) because he didn’t approve of their hard-drinking lifestyle.
~Clyde McCullough 1917 (Cubs 1940-1948, 1953-1956)
Clyde actually had three different stints with the Cubs. The pre-war stint (1940-1943) when he was a young gun catcher with a great arm, the post war years after his military service (1945-1948) which began with one at bat in the World Series (a strikeout) and ended with an all-star appearance, and the final stint at the end of his career (after spending a few years with Pittsburgh), which featured yet another all-star appearance. When he returned to the Cubs for that last stint, he was already 36 years old. His teammates didn’t consider him one of the smarter players in the leauge. One anonymous teammate remarked in the book “Wrigleyville”: “We used to swear he had to put his head down to see how many fingers he was putting down.” (Photo: 1951 Bowman Baseball Card)
~Lindy McDaniel 1935 (Cubs 1962-1965)
The Cubs picked up Lindy McDaniel from the Cardinals in 1962, and he had a few very good years for the team, despite the fact that the Cubs were awful while he was there. In 1963 he even led the league in saves. That same year he might have had his best day in baseball. On June 6, 1963, he came in to save the game. The bases were loaded in the 10th inning of a tied game, and there was one out. McDaniel promptly picked Willie Mays off second base for the second out. Then he retired Ed Bailey for the third. Then, in the bottom of the tenth inning he came up to bat, and promptly hit a homer to win the game. That game obviously made an impression on the Giants, because they traded for McDaniel just a few years later. In return the Cubs got two prospects that became key members of their late 60s contenders; catcher Randy Hundley and pitcher Bill Hands. (Photo: Topps 1965 Baseball Card)
~Darnell McDonald 1978 (Cubs 2013)
Darnell was a first round draft choice of the Orioles who played parts of seven big league seasons, including the last few weeks of the 2013 season with the Cubs. The Cubs thought highly enough of him to ask him to stay in the organization as a coach after the season. Darnell’s best season was with the 2010 Red Sox. He hit nine homers and batted .270 in over 300 at bats.
~Ed McDonald 1886 (Cubs 1913)
He played in exactly one game for the Cubs on April 13, 1913 against the Pirates at West Side Grounds. He came in as a pinch runner, and didn’t score. He never batted, and never fielded a ball. He did, however, previously play for the Boston Braves for two seasons as a third baseman. After leaving the Cubs he played another nine seasons in the minors. There’s no record whether or not Ed McDonald had a farm. (E-I-E-I-O)
~John McDonough 1953 (Cubs executive 1983-2007)
John served many roles with the Cubs, but is probably best remembered for his many innovative years as the team’s marketing director. Under McDonough’s direction Cubs attendance surged. Among his innovations–the creation of the Cubs Convention, and the guest conductor of the 7th inning stretch. In his final years he became the president of the club. Among his moves in that role–hiring Lou Piniella and signing Alfonso Soriano. He left the team to run the Chicago Blackhawks, and he has led that organization to two Stanley Cup titles.
~Chuck McElroy 1967 (Cubs 1991-1993)
McElroy was acquired from the Phillies in the trade that sent Mitch Williams to Philadelphia. The Cubs used him a lot of the bullpen. The lefty pitched in almost 200 games in his three seasons with the Cubs. In 1991 he finished fifth in the Rookie of the Year voting after posting a 1.95 ERA in 71 games. Over his three years with the Cubs, Chuck saved nine games and won 12. He was traded to the Reds after the 1993 season.
~Monte McFarland 1872 (Colts 1895-1896)
Monte started only five games over two season for the Cubs (then known as the Colts). The righthanded pitcher had a record of 2-4 with a 6.36 ERA. He passed away in Chicago at the way too young age of 41. His brother Chippy later played for the Cardinals.
~Casey McGehee 1982 (Cubs 2008)
Casey was a September call up during the season the Cubs led the league in victories. He didn’t get much playing time backing up Aramis Ramirez. The Cubs thought he wouldn’t be needed, so they essentially gave him away to Milwaukee. McGehee (pronounced ‘Mcgee’) responded by starting at third base and hitting over 20 homers and driving in more than 100 runs for Milwaukee in 2010. He was eventually replaced in Milwaukee by a free-agent signing…Aramis Ramirez.
~Willie McGill 1873 (Colts 1893-1894)
They called him “Kid” because he was only 16 when he came up to the big leagues in 1890 with Cleveland. By the time he pitched for the Cubs, McGill was a wise old man of 19. He won 17 games for the Cubs (then known as the Colts), but had a terrible year in 1894 and was cut loose. By the time he was 22 years old, Kid was finished.
~Dan McGinn 1943 (Cubs 1972)
McGinn was hit pretty hard during his one season with the Cubs. He appeared in 42 games, but he posted an ERA of 5.89. He also pitched for the Reds and Expos during his big league career.
~Gus McGinnis 1870 (Colts 1893)
Gus went 2-5 with a 5.35 ERA in his half-season with the Cubs (then known as the Colts). He finished that season with Philadelphia, and won one last game. He never pitched in the big leagues again. Just eleven years after his final big league pitch, Gus was dead at the age of 33.
~Lynn McGlothen 1950 (Cubs 1978-1980)
Big Lynn was an All-Star with the Cardinals before coming to the Cubs. The Cubs got him from the Giants in exchange for third baseman Hector Cruz, and Lynn had a few good seasons in Chicago, winning 30 games for the Cubs. Unfortunately, he developed elbow problems, and was never the same after that. He was only 32 years old when he was forced to retire. McGlothen’s story ends tragically. He passed away in a mobile home fire in 1984. He was only 34 years old. (Photo: 1980 Topps Baseball Card)
~Fred McGriff 1963 (Cubs 2001-2002)
He was nicknamed the Crime Dog because of his last name’s similarity to the “actual” crime dog McGruff. Our crime dog, it’s safe to say, was at best a reluctant Cub. He refused to be traded to the Cubs at first, and then when he finally agreed to the trade, he seemed to be a bad luck charm as the surging Cubs faded out of contention shortly after he arrived in 2001. He had a great season in 2002 (30 HR, 103 RBI), but that team was headed nowhere. He played two more seasons after he left Chicago, and ended his career with 493 home runs. During his big league career he was one of the premier sluggers in the game. (Photo: Donruss 2002 Baseball Card)
~Harry McIntire 1879 (Cubs 1910-1912)
Harry pitched for the pennant winning 1910 Cubs. He won 13 games that year, but ended his career 46 games under .500.
~Jim McKnight 1936 (Cubs 1960, 1962)
The Cubs got McKnight from the Cardinals in exchange for their slugging outfielder Moose Moryn. Moryn admittedly didn’t have much left in the tank, but McKnight was not ready for prime time. He spent the full 1962 season on the Cubs roster and was used mainly as a pinch hitter. He hit .224 and managed exactly one extra base hit (a triple). The Cubs traded him to the Giants after the season. McKnight was prototypical 4A player–pretty good in the minors (nine seasons with double digit homers), but not quite good enough for the big leagues.
~Polly McLarry 1891 (Cubs 1915)
His real name was Howard McLarry, but everyone called him Polly. He wasn’t much of a major leaguer, including his stint with the Cubs in 1915, but he was a minor league superstar. Polly was the best player on one of the best minor league teams in history (the 1921 Memphis Chicks), and the first baseman led the team in hitting (.353) and entire league in RBI and walks. His minor league numbers were staggering. He had an unbelievable 2723 hits in a 18 year minor league career, and his lifetime average was .317. It was a different story in the big leagues. Polly played for the White Sox briefly in 1912, and got one last shot with the Cubs three years later. That year he spent the entire season on the Cubs roster, but appeared in only 68 games, and hit only .197. When the Cubs started the 1916 season in their new ballpark (now Wrigley Field), Polly was back in the minor leagues. He would never return to the show.
~Larry McLean 1881 (Cubs 1903)
Larry had a 13-year big league career as a catcher and first baseman, but even if he lived in the days of highlight reels, he wouldn’t have included his Cubs stint on that highlight reel. He only played one game for the Cubs in 1903, and went 0 for 4, with a walk. Granted, that walk came with the bases loaded, but it was still his only appearance as a Cub. He later played for the Cardinals, Reds, and Giants, and became a pretty good defensive catcher. He was 6’5″, which makes him the tallest catcher in big league history. His career ended after he got into a fight with his Giants manager John McGraw. (Photo: 1909 Tobacco Card)
~Cal Mclish 1925 (Cubs 1949, 1951)
Calvin Coolidge was the president at the time of McLish’s birth, and was widely regarded as the most boring man to ever serve in that capacity. Despite that, the young couple in Oklahoma named their son after him, and added a few more names for good measure. Not sure how they managed to fit it all on the birth certificate. The boy’s name was Calvin Coolidge Julius Caesar Tuskahoma McLish. When he grew up, Cal McLish pitched for the Chicago Cubs (in 1949 and 1951). His time with the Cubs was nothing to write home about, but he blossomed a few years later. In 1958 he won 16 games for the Cleveland Indians. In 1959, he won 19, and was named to the All-Star team. McLish passed away in 2010 in his native Oklahoma.
Jimmy McMath 1949 (Cubs 1968)
Jimmy was the youngest player in the big leagues (19) when the Cubs called him up in 1968. He only managed 2 hits in 14 big league at bats. In many ways, Jimmy’s story was typical of Cubs draft choices from that era. He was a high school stud, drafted in the second round of the 1967 draft, and started off well in the low minors (hitting .388 for the Quincy Cubs). He worked his way all the way up to the big leagues in September of that year, but by the next spring began working his way back down the ladder. He went from AAA to Double-A, and then back down to Quincy. After the 1971 season he was released, and his career was over at the age of 22. The draft is an inexact science, to be sure, but that 1967 draft was stocked with future big leaguers. Here are a few other players taken in that same round of that same draft, and all of them were taken after McMath: Vida Blue (A’s), Dave Kingman (Angels), Jerry Reuss (Cardinals), and Don Baylor (Orioles)
~Norm McMillan 1895 (Cubs 1928-1929)
Called “Bub” because of his southern origins, Norm McMillan’s most productive season came in 1929 with the Chicago Cubs when he hit .271 in 459 at-bats with 5 home runs and 55 runs batted in. He also had 13 stolen bases. That season he was involved in one of the stranger plays in baseball history. On Aug. 26, 1929, the Cubs and Reds were tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning of a game at Wrigley Field, when McMillan hit an inside-the-park grand slam. The outfielder couldn’t find the ball in the bullpen. After the game, Cubs reliever Ken Penner picked up his jacket in the bullpen and found the missing ball in his right sleeve. McMillan was a 33-year-old well traveled utility man and surprised everyone by winning the starting 3B for the Cubs in 1929, but he only managed 2 hits in 20 at bats in the World Series. The following year Woody English took McMillan’s spot, and good ol’ Bub never played in the majors again. Following his career in baseball, McMillan owned and ran a drug store in his native South Carolina.
~Brian McNichol 1974 (Cubs 1999)
Brian’s big league career lasted two games. His first big league game was a start against the Reds in the second game of a double header. He was pounded for six runs in only four innings. Mike Cameron and Greg Vaughn both homered against him In a 10-3 loss. McNichol got his second (and last) start against the Phillies in Philadelphia. Mike Lieberthal took him deep, but he only gave up two runs on six hits in 5 innings. McNichol got the loss as the Cubs lost 2-1.
~Brian McRae 1967 (Cubs 1995-1997)
The son of big league standout Hal McRae had a very respectable ten year Major League career. He was an outstanding defensive centerfielder with power and speed. One year with the Mets he was a 20/20 man. He was a valuable member of the team in his two years in Chicago. He hit .288 in ’95 and scored 111 runs in ’96, but he slipped to a .240 average in 1997 and was traded to the Mets along with Mel Rojas and Turk Wendell for Lance Johnson, Matt Clark and Manny Alexander. In ten big league seasons he never made it to the postseason.
~Cal McVey 1849 (White Stockings 1876-1877)
McVey played for the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings) in the National League’s very first season. He was already a veteran at the time, having played for Boston and Baltimore in the National Association before that. He played every single position on the field, including pitcher, but he was best known for his hitting. McVey played in the big leagues for nine seasons and finished with a lifetime average of .346. After his playing career he endured tragedy after tragedy. His wife was seriously injured in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Cal worked as a miner and was crippled in a 30-foot fall. But in 1919 he was the guest of the Cincinnati Reds during the World Series. They were honoring the 50th anniversary of professional baseball that day. Little did they know the White Sox were cheating–throwing the series to eventual champion Cincinnati.
~George Meakim 1865 (Colts 1892)
George had the sort of pitching line that would give today’s pitchers nightmares: 9 IP, 18 hits, 11 earned runs, 2 walks, and no strikeouts. Even in 1892 it was bad enough to ensure he would never get another start for the Cubs (then known as the Colts). He later pitched for Cincinnati and Louisville with similar results.
~Yoervis Medina 1988 (Cubs 2015)
Medina was acquired by the Cubs in the trade that sent Wellington Castillo to the Mariners in 2015. He only got a cup of coffee with the Cubs, appearing in five games, all in relief. It didn’t go so well for him. In nine innings of work, his ERA was 7.00.
~Russ Meers 1918 (Cubs 1941-1947)
World War II interrupted Meers’ big league career. In all, he pitched three seasons for the Cubs (1941, 1946, 1947), mostly as a middle reliever. Meers was nicknamed “Babe”.
~Dave Meier 1959 (Cubs 1988)
Meier was a journeyman outfielder who played the final two games of his big league career with the Cubs. The outfielder/pinch hitter got two singles in five plate appearances. He had earlier played for Minnesota and Texas.
~Sam Mejias 1952 (Cubs 1979)
The Dominican was a defensive specialist in the outfield. With the Cubs he got into 31 games, but only batted fourteen times. Sam served a similar role for the Expos, Reds and Cardinals. After his playing days, he went into coaching, and spent several years on the big league staffs of the Mariners and Orioles.
~Jock Menefee 1868 (Orphans/Cubs 1900-1903)
Jock was a pitcher for the Cubs, and is the last National League pitcher to ever pull off a successful steal of home.
~Rudy Meoli 1951 (Cubs 1978)
Because Joe Pepitone had retired from baseball a few seasons earlier, the Cubs were in desperate need of a player who looked just like him. They weren’t disappointed when Rudy Meoli showed up in camp. He had the same wild look as Pep, but he had one other quality that Pepitone only dreamed of having…a truly fantastic mustache. On the other hand, Pepitone could hit. Meoli could not. The backup infieder for the Cubs in 1978 hit a whopping .103 for the season. His bat and glove weren’t a big help, but his mustache fit right in with the other legendary mustaches on a Cubs team that got within sniffing distance of .500 (79-83). (Topps 1978 Baseball Card)
~Orlando Merced 1966 (Cubs 1998)
Merced had a few very good years with Pittsburgh in his 13-year big league career, and also played for Toronto, Minnesota, Boston, Montreal, and Houston. He was with the Cubs for less than one month in 1998. The Cubs acquired him to help with the playoff push that season, and he definitely made his presence felt. Orlando hit a dramatic game winning homer in the closing days of the season. If he had been acquired a week earlier, the Cubs probably would have put him on the postseason roster, but because he arrived after September 1st, he was ineligible. Merced signed with Montreal as a free agent after the season.
~Kent Mercker 1968 (Cubs 2004)
Merker was a good relief pitcher for the Cubs in 2004, appearing in 71 games as a left-handed specialist and registering a 2.55 ERA, but he is most remembered for his role in driving Steve Stone away from the Cubs broadcasting booth. On September 30, 2004, after the Cubs had choked away a nearly certain playoff spot, Steve Stone assessed the team on the air. He said the 2004 Cubs were: “(a) bunch of talented guys who want to look at all directions except where they should really look and kind of make excuses for what happened. … At the end of the day, boys, don’t tell me how rough the water is, you bring in the ship.” Kent Mercker was particularly vocal about what he considered a betrayal. Stone resigned after the season.
~Ron Meridith 1956 (Cubs 1984-1985)
Ron was brought up in September of their division winning 1984 season but the lefty reliever didn’t really contribute much to that team. The following season he pitched in 32 games for the Cubs and posted an ERA of 4.47. The Cubs traded him to the Rangers in 1986.
~Fred Merkle 1888 (Cubs 1917-1920)
Maybe the most unfairly maligned player in baseball history, Fred Merkle was known as “Boner” or “Bonehead” for nearly all of his major league career. Despite a very solid 16 year career in which he played in five World Series, Merkle will always be remembered for a baserunning error during his rookie season of 1908. On the play that should have provided the Giants with the game winning run to clinch the 1908 pennant (over the Cubs), Merkle was the runner on first base. In a move that will haunt him for the rest of his life, he tried to escape the rioting Polo Grounds mob storming the field instead of touching second base (as he was technically required to do in those days). The Cubs noticed he didn’t touch the base, got the ball back somehow, and fighting their way through New York’s rowdiest and drunkest fans, touched second base. Merkle was called out, the game was declared a tie, and it was ordered to be replayed at the end of the season by the president of the National League. The Cubs won the replayed game, and the pennant. Merkle was blamed by the NY fans for the rest of his life. His last name actually became a synonym for “a dumb mistake.” Good ol’ Bonehead later played four seasons with the Cubs (1917-1920) and was the starting first baseman for the 1918 pennant winners. Though he played in five World Series for three different teams, his team never won. (Photo: 1915 Cracker Jacks Baseball Card)
~Lloyd “Citation” Merriman 1924 (Cubs 1955)
Though Merriman played five seasons in the big leagues, that was the least of his accomplishments. Lloyd Merriman was a genuine war hero in two different wars, World War II and the Korean War. Before he went to war, he was better known as a football star at Stanford. He was nicknamed Citation after the legendary horse because of his blinding speed on the football field. The Chicago Bears drafted him, but he chose service to his country instead. After World War II, he played three seasons of Major League baseball, before returning to the service to fly combat missions in Korea. He played two more seasons in the majors after his return from Korea, the last of which was for the Cubs in 1955. Merriman may not have been one of the best players to put on a Cubs uniform, but he was certainly among the most impressive. (Photo: Bowman 1952 Baseball Card)
~Bill Merritt 1870 (Colts 1891)
Merritt began his career with the Cubs (then known as the Colts), and though he didn’t get much playing time (11 games), the Catcher/first baseman eventually played eight seasons in the big leauges with other teams, including Boston, Pittsburgh, and Cincinnati.
~Sam Mertes 1872 (Orphans 1898-1900)
Sandow, as he was called, was a utility man for the Cubs (then known as the Orphans) near the turn of last century. Sam played mostly second base and outfield, but he was ready to play whatever was needed. He literally played every single position in his big league career. With Chicago, he hit nearly .300 and was a very reliable RBI man. After he left the Cubs, he even led the league in that category. Mertes played in the big leagues for ten seasons.
~Lennie Merullo 1917 (Cubs 1941-1947)
Lennie was the starting shortstop for the Cubs in the 1940s, including the pennant winning season of 1945. He wasn’t known as a great fielder or hitter. Merullo averaged an error every three and half games or so (172 errors in 602 games), a home run every 345 at-bats (6 in 2071), and had a lifetime average of .240. But he was one of the team leaders. One time he fought former Cub Eddie Stanky, leading to a benches clearing brawl. While Stanky and Merullo punched each other repeatedly, Cubs pitcher Claude Passeau attacked the most hated man in baseball, Leo Durocher—-tearing off his shirt in the process. (Leo would become the manager of the Cubs in the 1960s.) The day after the Stanky/Durocher beating, Lenny and Phil Cavarretta were attacked by Dixie Walker before the game, and had to be pulled off by the police. Walker lost a tooth and chipped another. Merullo got an eight game suspension. Lenny Merullo retired after the 1947 season. When Lenny passed away at the age of 98 in 2015, he was the last surviving member of the last Chicago Cubs World Series team.
He came to Wrigley again in 2014…
~Steve Mesner 1918 (Cubs 1938-1939)
The third baseman was only 20 years old when he got the September call up to play for the pennant winning Cubs, but on a team stocked with talent, he didn’t play much. He later got a full-time third base job for three full seasons during the war with the Cincinnati Reds.
~Wayne Messmer 1950 (Cubs Singer/Public Address Announcer)
Wayne was a radio newsman for several stations in town, but has been a part of the Cubs family in one way or another since 1985. For years he served as the public address announcer, but he is more known for his rousing version of the National Anthem. Wayne has performed it hundreds of times for Wrigley fans, but he also has performed it for the Blackhawks, White Sox and Chicago Sting, as well as the Chicago Wolves, where he currently serves as senior executive vice president.
~George Metkovich 1920 (Cubs 1953)
His teammates called him “Catfish”. The clean-shaven outfielder/first baseman may be the only “catfish” who wasn’t nicknamed for his whiskers. He was given the nickname by Casey Stengel when he injured himself trying to pull a hook from a catfish. Catfish played ten years in the big leagues for the Red Sox, White Sox, Indians, Pirates, Braves and of course, the Cubs. In his career he never hit ten homers and never hit .300, but he did have a little speed and was known as a good glove man in centerfield. He hit .234 in his season with the Cubs, the second-to-last season of his career (’53).
~Charlie Metro 1918 (Cubs manager 1962)
Charlie was one of the College of Coaches who got a shot at managing the team in 1962. He managed the last 100+ games that season, and led the Cubs to a 9th place finish. Believe it or not, he got another shot at managing in 1970 with the Royals and did even worse.
~Roger Metzger 1947 (Cubs 1970)
Metzger only played in one game with the Cubs in June of 1970, and the former first rounder went 0 for 2 against Gaylord Perry in Candlestick Park in his big league debut. The following year the Cubs traded him to the Astros for Hector Torres in a straight shortstop for shortstop swap. Torres bombed out in Chicago. Metzger went on to become a gold glover and eight year starter for the Astros. His career ended thanks to a freak accident. He accidentally sawed off the tips of four of his fingers with a table saw.
~Alex Metzler 1903 (Outfieler, Cubs 1925)
He was just a 22-year-old kid with the Cubs when he got some playing time at the end of the 1925 season, but he really blossomed after he left the team. In 1927 he was the best defensive centerfielder in the league for the Chicago White Sox.
Russ Meyer 1923 (Cubs 1946-1948, 1956)
Not to be confused with the B-movie director who was obsessed with large breasts, this Russ Meyer was known as Mad Monk because he had a vicious temper and didn’t take to coaching. One night he ran into an old girlfriend at a bar the players frequented. They began to argue and she got so mad at him that she bit off the tip of his nose. It was still hanging there, but he had to have it stitched back together. The next day he had to sneak into the clubhouse, but he couldn’t hide his face forever. It was all bandaged up and he had two black eyes. The woman claimed she was retaliating for being bitten on the nose herself, and filed suit. It was quietly settled out of court near the end of the 1947 season. Shortly after that he was traded to Philadelphia (1948). Mad Monk frequently angered his teammates, opponents, and the umpires, often to his own detriment. He would lose his cool on the mound after a base hit or an infielder’s error. Once, with the Phillies, after being knocked out of a game, he took off his spikes and hurled them into the shower ceiling, where they stuck. He won 17 games for the Phillies in 1949, and helped the Braves win the pennant in 1953. He returned to the Cubs only after he was washed up. While he was away from the Cubs he went 24-3 against them. Those 24 wins were almost one third of this 79 overall wins. (Photo: Topps 1956 Baseball Card)
~Chad Meyers 1975 (Cubs 1999-2001)
Chad was a utlity man for the Cubs, playing second base, third base, and all three outfield slots when he was needed. Unfortunately for Meyers, he wasn’t a very strong hitter. In 212 lifetime big league at bats, his batting average was only .208. Meyers finished his career with the Mariners.
~Lee Meyers 1946 (Cubs minor leaguer 1964-1967)
Lee Meyers was a Cub minor leaguer pitcher who never tasted the show, but he certainly tasted show business. On May 4, 1966, Meyers, then with the Cubs Class A affiliate Lodi Crushers (The California League), married actress and sex symbol Mamie Van Doren. Mamie had recently broken up with Angels pitcher (and playboy) Bo Belinsky when she found herself attached to this very young man. The marriage lasted longer than Meyer’s baseball career. The lefty never made it higher than Triple-A Tacoma for the Cubs, who released him in 1967. He and Van Doren were divorced on January 3rd, 1969. Meyers seemed to be recovering nicely from the divorce after inheriting a large sum of money from his grandfather, the publisher of McCall’s magazine. Sadly, his new found wealth didn’t last long. On April 27, 1972, Meyers died in a car accident in Huntington Beach, California. Van Doren married 5 times and dated a Who’s Who of Hollywood big-wigs, including Clark Gable, Howard Hughes, Johnny Carson, Elvis Presley, Burt Reynolds, Jack Dempsey, Steve McQueen, Johnny Rivers, Robert Evans, Eddie Fisher, Warren Beatty, Tony Curtis, and Joe Namath. While she dated a lot of A-list stars, her own film career never made it out of the minor leagues…just like her third husband, Lee Meyers.
~Gene Michael 1938 (Cubs manager 1986-1987)
In his playing days Michael was a slick fielding shortstop nicknamed “Stick” because he was so skinny. He was no longer quite so skinny when he came aboard to manage the Cubs after Dallas Green fired Jim Frey. That 1986 team was a mess, so no-one was surprised that Michael couldn’t turn them around. The following year he and Green feuded, and even though the Cubs had a 68-68 record, Green fired him. Michael was only 49 years old at the time, but he never managed again. He went back to the Yankees and took a front office job with them.
~Ralph Michaels 1902 (Cubs 1924-1926)
Michaels was a backup infielder (third & short) who played sparingly for the Cubs in the mid-20s. His most extensive playing time came in 1925, the first season the Cubs ever finished in last place. Ralph played twenty-two games for that dysfunctional outfit. He later played in the minor leagues until 1937.
~Ed Mickelson 1926 (Cubs 1957)
Ed was mainly a career minor leaguer, but he did get three cups of coffee in the big leagues. His last one was with the Cubs in 1957. The first baseman was used mainly as a pinch hitter, and was 0 for 12. His most notable achievement in the big leagues occured in 1953. He knocked in the final run in St. Louis Browns history. The team moved to Baltimore in 1954.
~Matt Mieske 1968 (Cubs 1998)
He was a fourth outfielder for the Cubs in their wildcard winning season of 1998, and an important bat off the bench. He hit nearly .300 in that capacity. The Cubs let him go after the season and he played another four years (for Seattle, Houston & Arizona)
~Pete Mikkelsen 1939 (Cubs 1967-1968)
He came to the Cubs off waivers from the Pirates during the 1967 season, and was traded to the Cardinals in the middle of the 1968 season. Mikkelsen didn’t pitch much. He appeared in ten total games for the Cubs, with an ERA north of 6. In all, Pete pitched in the big leagues for nine seasons with the Yankees, Pirates, Cardinals, and Dodgers.
~Hank Miklos 1910 (Cubs 1944)
Hank was a Chicago-born and bred lefthanded pitcher who had been out of baseball for five years when he tried out for the Cubs during the war. The Cubs gave the 33-year-old a shot, and he appeared in the only two games of his big league career. His ERA was 7.71.
~Aaron Miles 1976 (Cubs 2009)
He was coming off a good season with the Cardinals (.317 average) and appeared to be a good signing by the Cubs, but Aaron Miles never put it together in Chicago. By August the fed up Cubs shipped him off in a trade to Oakland.
~Damian Miller 1969 (Cubs 2003)
Miller was coming off an all-star season in Arizona when the Cubs signed him to be their starting catcher in 2003. He handled the pitching rotation of Wood, Prior, Zambrano and Clement quite well, but his lack of hitting (.233 average) left the Cubs searching for a replacemnt. In the 2003 postseason Miller was only 3 for 22. After the season ended he was traded for catcher Michael Barrett.
~Doc Miller 1883 (Cubs 1910)
The Canadian-born Miller got exactly one bat for the pennant-bound Cubs on May 4, 1910. He couldn’t crack the Cubs lineup, and they needed pitching, so they traded him eight days later to Boston for pitcher Lew Ritchie. It turned out to be a good trade for both teams. Miller became the starting right fielder for Boston. He led the league in hits the following year and batted .333. Meanwhile Ritchie won 42 games over the next three seasons for the Cubs.
~Dusty Miller 1876 (Orphans 1902)
Miller played one season for the Cubs (then known as the Orphans), and it was only season in the big leauges. The left-fielder hit .246 with ten stolen bases. The remainder of his career was spent in the minors. He retired in the year of the Cubs last World Series championship, 1908.
~Hack Miller 1894 (Outfielder, 1922-1925 Cubs)
Hack Miller (Cubs 1922-1925) got his nickname because of he looked like a famous Russian wrestler of the era, Hackenschmidt. His real first name was Lawrence. He was a short squat guy, about 5’9, 200 pounds, but he was tough as nails and strong as can be. His father was a circus strongman (Sebastian the Strongman), and Miller used to entertain his teammates by bending iron bars, smashing large stones and hammering nails through 2-inch thick boards with his fist. After he retired from baseball, which happened pretty quickly—he was amazingly slow, he became a longshoreman. He only played six seasons in the majors, but his career batting average was .323.
~Kurt Miller 1972 (Cubs 1998-1999)
Miller was a righthanded reliever who got a taste of the big leagues with the Florida Marlins before joining the Cubs. He got into a handful of games in 1998, and then made the club at the beginning of the 1999 season. However, he had a rough outing at the end of April against his former team, and injured his rib cage. He rehabbed in the minors at Iowa, before signing a contract to pitch in Japan.
~Ox Miller 1915 (Cubs 1947)
His real name was John Anthony, and he was 6’1, 190 pounds, which by 1947 standards…was as big as an Ox. He finished his undistinguished (mostly war-time) career with the Cubs. Ox made 4 starts for the Cubs, went 1-2, and had an ERA of 10.13 (three of his four major league seasons he had ERA over 6.50). On the other hand, Ox actually hit pretty well for a pitcher. He hit a home run (a grand slam) for the Cubs and batted .429. Teammates on that 1947 Cubs team included Johnny Bear Tracks Schmitz, Swish Nicholson, Peanuts Lowery, Russ The Mad Monk Meyer, and both players who were shot by women during a season…Eddie Waitkus and Billy Jurges. (Waitkus wouldn’t be shot for another two years). The 1947 Cubs were interesting, but they were bad. They finished in 6th place with a 69-85 record.
~Wade Miller 1976 (Cubs 2006-2007)
The former 16-game winner (for the Astros) was coming off an arm injury when the Cubs gave him a chance to win the 5th starter job. Unfortunately for Miller, he was a shell of his former self. He started eight games for the Cubs over two seasons and didn’t win a single game.
~Ward Miller 1884 (Cubs 1912-1913)
Miller had not one, but two great nicknames. He was called “Windy” and “Grump” by his teammates. Grump was a fourth outfielder for the Cubs, backing up Frank Schulte, Tommy Leach and Jimmy Sheckard. He hit over .300 in his first season with the Cubs, but slumped to .236 the following year. After the 1913 season, he jumped to the Federal League.
~George Milstead 1903 (Cubs 1924-1926)
The Texas-born lefty was nicknamed “Cowboy” by his teammates. Cowboy pitched mainly out of the bullpen in his three seasons in Chicago–his only years in the big leagues. He won three games and registered a 4.16 ERA in 106 lifetime innings. Cowboy may have had a short big league career, but he pitched in the minor leagues for 25 years. Milstead was 47 years old when he finally retired after pitching in four different decades (20s, 30s, 40s, 50s).
~Paul Minner 1923 (1951-1957)
The big 6’4″ pitcher was nicknamed Lefty, and he pitched for the Cubs for seven seasons. Just like every ballplayer named Lefty, Minner was a left-handed pitcher. He was big and strong, and had a couple of very respectable years for the Cubs, including 1952 when he was 14-9. It’s true he was 17 games under .500 in his other six years, but those were some unbelievably lousy teams. His ERA was always respectable. (Photo: 1953 Topps Baseball Card)
~Fred Mitchell 1878 (Cubs manager 1917-1920)
Mitchell led the 1918 Cubs to the National League pennant during the only war-shortened season in big league history. He was also the team president that year. However, the following year the Cubs got off to a slow start and Mitchell was relieved of his president title when owner William Wrigley promoted William Veeck Sr. The following year Mitchell was gone as manager too. He later managed the Boston Braves.
~Mike Mitchell 1879 (Cubs 1913)
The Cubs traded their Hall of Famer Joe Tinker to the Reds to get Mitchell. He was a speedy outfielder who hit tons of triples (88 in six seasons) and stole lots of bases (165 in six seasons) with the Reds. Not so much with the Cubs. He was cut loose by the Cubs before the season was over.
~Sergio Mitre 1981 (Cubs 2003-2005)
He was one of the better starting pitchers in the Cubs organization at a time when they had a stacked pitching rotation. Luckily for Sergio, the Cubs pitchers kept getting injured. He started 18 games over three seasons, and didn’t have a tremendous amount of success, so the Cubs included him in the trade that landed Juan Pierre. Sergio stayed in the majors until 2011, and even pitched in the 2010 ALCS for the Yankees, but his lifetime record is 13-30.
~George Mitterwald 1945 (Cubs 1974-1977)
While the Cubs were surging toward their final National League pennant, future Cubs catcher George Mitterwald was born in California. Acquired in a trade for Randy Hundley in 1974, Mitterwald started the 1970s mustachioed Cubs catcher tradition. Steve Swisher, Dave Rader, Larry Cox, Barry Foote, and Tim Blackwell would all follow in his bushy facial footsteps before the end of the decade. Some of those other guys had better mustaches, but none would bring the lumber to the plate like big ol’ George. He hit 26 home runs for the Cubs. Granted, that was in four full seasons, but still. (Photo: Topps 1977 Baseball Card)
~Bill Moisan 1925 (Cubs 1953)
Moisan’s Cubs career lasted exactly eight days. He made three appearances between September 17 and September 25, 1953. Even though he only pitched five innings and had a 5.40 ERA, it was the pinacle of his long hard struggle. Moisan pitched ten long seasons in the minors.
~Jose Molina 1975 (Cubs 1999)
Yes, that’s right, the Cubs had a Molina. Jose was the middle brother of the big-league-catcher-brother-trio. He is a year younger than Benjie and seven years older than Yadier. Jose had a couple of career highlights, including winning a World Series with the Angels in 2002 and the Yankees in 2009, and hitting the last ever homer at old Yankees Stadium. But he only had 21 plate appearances in a Cubs uniform, and was released by the team in 2000. The Cubs really called that one. As of 2014, Molina is still playing in the big leagues (with Tampa). (Photo: 2000 Bowman Baseball Card)
~Bob Molinaro 1950 (Cubs 1982)
He was a member of Baseball Digest’s all-rookie team with the White Sox in 1978, but by the time Bob Molinaro became a Cub in 1982 it was clear that he was merely a backup outfielder. In 66 at-bats for the Cubs he hit one home run, stole one base, drove in twelve runs, and hit a whopping .197. Molinaro’s mustache was one of six Cubs mustaches roaming the outfield that year (Durham, Moreland, Woods, Morales, and Scot Thompson). (Photo: 1983 Donruss Baseball Card)
~Fritz Mollwitz 1890 (Cubs 1913-1914, 1916)
Fritz was born in Germany and played in the big leagues during World War I–a time when Americans were being told that the Huns (Germans) were eating babies. He certainly got his fair share of grief, but not as much in a very German town (at the time) like Chicago. Mollwitz was a backup first baseman for the Cubs. He didn’t get a lot of playing time in Chicago, but later had a very good season with the Pirates in 1918. His native country may have lost the war that year, but Fritz stole more than 20 bases as Pittsburgh’s starting first baseman.
~Rick Monday 1945 (Cubs 1972-1976)
Monday was a key member of the Cubs during the early-to-mid 70s. The former first overall pick in the draft cost the Cubs Kenny Holtzman to acquire him, but he was a rare combination of power and speed during his Cubs years, averaging over 20 homers a season out of the leadoff spot. But that’s not why he is remembered as a Cub. He’s remembered for one particular day. He was patroling centerfield for the Cubs against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Dodgers stadium on April 25, 1976 when two protesters came out on the field with an American flag, some lighter fluid, and some matches. Their plan was to set the American flag on fire. Their mistake was to do it within running distance of former United States Marine Reservist Rick Monday. While they were trying to set it on fire, Monday ran up to them and snatched the flag away just in time. Rick then ran it all the way over to the dugout to protect it. The crowd erupted into a spontaneous singing of the song “God Bless America,” the protestors were arrested and escorted out of the ballpark, and the next time Monday came up to bat—and mind you this was in an opposing team’s ballpark, the scoreboard flashed the following message to him: “Rick Monday…you made a great play.” The following year the Dodgers acquired Monday in the trade that brought Bill Buckner and Ivan DeJesus to the Cubs. (Photo: Topps 1973 Baseball Card)
~Craig Monroe 1977 (Cubs 2007)
The Cubs acquired Monroe from the Tigers to help them down the stretch during their division winning season of 2007. He had been a key contributor the Tigers’ World Series team the previous year, but he fizzled in Chicago, hitting only .204, and not making the postseason roster. Two bits of trivia about Monroe: his mother is named “Marilyn Monroe” and his cousin is former Bears defensive back Nathan Vasher.
~Luis Montanez 1981 (Cubs 2011)
Montanez was the third overall pick in the 2000 draft, but he moved very slowly through the Cubs minor league system. So slowly that they eventually gave up on him. But Monanez kept working at it, and finally made it to the big leagues in 2008 with the Baltimore Orioles. He was a reserve outfielder for them, and did well in limited action his rookie season, hitting .295. The Cubs eventually reacquired him before the 2011 season, and Montanez played his last big league season with the Cubs. Don’t be too upset with the Cubs. 17 of the players picked in that first round never made it to the big leagues. Of course, a few of them that did (Adam Wainright, Chase Utley, Rocco Baldelli) sure would have looked nice in a Cubs uniform.
~Miguel Montero 1983 (Cubs 2015)
The Cubs signed the two-time all-star catcher (with Arizona) as a free agent before the 2015 season. They brought the Venezuelan in because of his toughness, his renowned ability to frame pitches, and his lefthanded bat. He served as the Cubs primary catcher and contributed 15 homers. His handling of the staff was excellent, but he also had trouble blocking low pitches in the playoffs, which led to a few crucial runs scoring against the Cubs in the NLCS. 2016 was a much rougher season for Miguel. He hit only .216 and lost his starting job to rookie Willson Contreras. On the other hand, Montero also clubbed one of the most dramatic homers in Cubs history–a grand slam in Game 1 of the NLCS.
~Mike Montgomery 1989 (Cubs 2016-present)
The Cubs picked up Montgomery midseason from the Seattle Mariners to help fill a hole in the bullpen. They gave up a few good prospects for him too, including the highly-touted Dan Vogelbach. Mike wasn’t thrilled about the trade at first, and his performance showed it. But in the homestretch of the season he went into the starting rotation and pitched well. In the playoffs he was one of the only relievers Joe Maddon trusted. When the Cubs finally won their first World Series in 108 years, Mike Montgomery was the pitcher on the mound. It was his first career save.
~Al Montreuil 1943 (Cubs 1972)
The Louisiana native was a September call up for the Cubs in 1972. He was 29 years old at the time, and it was his only chance at the big leagues. The second baseman got one hit in eleven at bats. He played twelve seasons in the minors.
~George Moolic 1867 (White Stockings 1886)
George had one of the greatest nicknames in Cubs history. His teammates called him “Prunes”. He was a 19-year-old backup catcher and outfielder for the 1886 National League champs, but he didn’t make much of a contribution to the team. He hit only .143 in 56 at bats. That was the full extent of his big league career. Prunes may not have lasted long, but he could always say that he played on one of the most star-studded teams in Major League history. Among his teammates: Hall of Famers Cap Anson, King Kelly, and John Clarkson, plus stars in their day like Ned Williamson, George Gore, Jimmy Ryan, and Silver Flint. Oh, and the most famous of them all, future evangalist Billy Sunday. Prunes got a bloody nose in 1915 at the age of 47. Doctors couldn’t stop the bleeding, and after three weeks, he passed away. Official cause of death: nasal hemorrhage.
~Charley Moore 1884 (Cubs 1912)
The Indiana boy appeared in five games for the Cubs at West Side Grounds in 1912. That was the only taste of the big time in his big league career. He went 2 for 9 with a triple, and played a little second, short, and third.
~Donnie Moore 1954 (Cubs 1975, 1977-1979)
The Cubs traded him before he reached his prime. He became an all-star closer with the California Angels, but he also gave up the home run that knocked them out of the playoffs in 1986. That moment tormented him, and he was out of baseball just a few years later. The depressed Donnie took his own life in 1989.
~Earl Moore 1877 (Cubs 1913)
His Cubs career wasn’t anything special, but his nickname might have been the best ever. They called him “Steam Engine in Boots”. Moore was as cocky as they came–at the time many people believed that he came up with the nickname himself. Even if he didn’t, he certainly embraced it. “Moore carries the title of ‘Steam Engine in Boots,'” noted the Washington Post, “and after his name in the hotel registers always appears the letters ‘S.E.I.B.'” S.E.I.B was a two-time twenty game winner, and had 150 career wins under his belt by the time he came to Chicago in 1913, but he was also near the end of his career. He pitched in 7 games with the Cubs, won 1, and had a 4.45 ERA. The following year, he switched over to the Federal League for his final season of baseball. He died in 1961 at the age of 84.
~Johnny Moore 1902 (Cubs 1928-1932, 1945)
Johnny was the starting centerfielder for the 1932 NL Champion Cubs, but went 0 for 7 in the World Series and was traded in the offseason to the Cincinnati Reds for Babe Herman. By 1938, Moore was in the minor leagues, playing in the sunshine of Southern California for the AA Cubs team. He played eight full seasons there, and figured his big league career was over, but in September of 1945 as the Cubs were heading toward their last World Series, the big club called him up for one last shot. Johnny Moore appeared as a pinch hitter six times, got one hit (a single), and then gave up baseball for good. He was 43 years old.
~Scott Moore 1983 (Cubs 2006-2007)
Moore was a third baseman who played a bit for the Cubs at the end of the 2006 season, and was part of the trade package sent to the Orioles in 2007 for Steve Trachsel. Moore had a cup of coffee with the Orioles and Astros, and spent the 2014 season playing in the Cardinals minor league system.
Jake Mooty 1912 (Cubs 1940-1943)
He actually pitched pretty well as a swingman. He won 6 games 1940, with a 2.92 ERA, and 8 games in 41, with a 3.35 ERA. He also saved 6 games for the Cubs during his time with them.
~Jerry Morales 1949 (Cubs 1974-1977, 1981-1983)
Jerry was acquired in the trade with the Padres that cost the Cubs fan favorite Glenn Beckert, but Morales would have a very respectable Cubs career. For parts of two decades his reliable glove patrolled all three outfield positions for the Cubs. His best season in a Cubs uniform was probably 1977. Morales was named to the All-Star team that year, and even scored a run in the 1977 All-Star Game. But to many of his Chicago fans, Jerry Morales will remembered for his most impressive off-the-field accomplishment. In the era of the bushy mustache, Jerry managed to grow the bushiest. (Photo: Topps 1976 Baseball Card)
~Bill Moran 1869 (Colts 1895)
Moran was the third catcher on the 1895 Cubs (then known as the Colts). The Joliet native caught 15 games that year, and managed to only hit .164. That undoubtedly contributed to the end of his time in Chicago. After playing a few more seasons in the minors, Moran retired to his home in Joliet, where he passed away in 1916 at the age of 46.
Pat Moran 1876 (Cubs 1906-1909)
Moran was a member of the last two championship teams, the 1907 & 1908 Cubs, as their backup catcher. He later managed in the big leagues, and led the Cincinnati Reds to the World Series championship in 1919. It’s not Moran’s fault that the Reds’ opponent, the Chicago Black Sox, threw the series.
~Mickey Morandini 1966 (Cubs 1998-1999)
The Cubs acquired the Indiana University graduate for Doug Glanville before the 1998 season, and Morandini stabilized the infield and the lineup for the Cubs team that made the playoffs that season. He reached career highs in homers, RBI, and average in 1998, and led the league’s second basemen in fielding percentage. It was the “dandy little glove man’s” best season in the big leagues, but he’ll probably be more remembered for his time with the Phillies. He was the starting second baseman for the Phillies team that went to the World Series in 1993. As a Phillie he also pulled the rarest trick in baseball history…an unassisted triple play by a second baseman. It was only the second one in baseball history. (Photo: Topps 1999 Baseball Card)
~Seth Morehead 1934 (Cubs 1959-1960)
Moe, as he was called by his teammates, was a lefty reliever for some pretty bad Cubs teams. His record reflects that. During his time with the Cubs, he was 2-10. He also pitched for the Phillies and Braves during his big league career. After he retired from baseball, he went into banking.
~Ramon Morel 1974 (Cubs 1997)
Morel appeared in three games for the Cubs at the end of the 1997 season. The righthanded Dominican reliever must have liked the number three. In those three games he pitched three innings, gave up three hits, walked three batters, and struck out three more. Guess what number he wore with the Cubs? 33.
~Keith Moreland 1954 (Cubs 1982-1987)
He was a tough former Texas football player with the given name of Bobby Keith Moreland, but to his Cubs teammates, he was simply known as Zonk. One of the many former Phillies on the Dallas Green-led Cubs of the mid-80s, Moreland was the Cubs’ leading batter (.302) in 1983 and had his best season in 1985 (.307, 106 RBI). Moreland started as a catcher, but was a liability on defense, so they tried him all over the field. He eventually became a respectable right fielder, but not before some embarrassing growing pains. Steve Goodman famously references his defensive shortcomings in his song “A Dying Cubs Fan Last Request.” The lyrics contain the line: “Keith Moreland drops a routine fly ball.” The Cubs moved Zonk to third base in 1987 to replace Ron Cey, and he struggled defensively again. On the other hand, he hit a career-high 27 homers that season. The Cubs traded him to San Diego for Goose Gossage in 1988. (Topps 1987 Baseball Card)
~Bobby Morgan 1926 (Cubs 1957-1958)
Morgan was a big league infielder, who played for several teams as a backup before joining the Cubs in 1957. The Cubs gave him the starting second baseman job that year, and he responded by batting a whopping .207.
~Mike Morgan 1959 (Cubs 1992-1995)
For a few years Mike Morgan shared the record for playing on the most big league teams (he pitched for 12 different teams) until it was broken recently by Octavio Dotel. He pitched 22 seasons in the majors, making his debut as an 18-year-old, and pitching until he was 42. Morgan was an all-star with the Dodgers, but he probably had the best season of his career with the Cubs. He was 16 games in 1992 and posted a sterling 2.55 ERA. The following year he won another 10 games, but he ran into trouble in 1994. Morgan was minding his own business in his backyard, when he slipped on a boulder near his swimming pool, and was hurt badly enough to miss the first month of the season. The Cubs got rid of him shortly after the strike ended in 1995. They had no way of knowing that he would pitch another seven seasons. In 2001, at the age of 41, he finally won the World Series as a member of the Arizona Diamondbacks. (Photo: 1994 Ultra Baseball Card)
~Vern Morgan 1928 (Cubs 1955-1956)
Morgan was a third baseman, but with Randy Jackson firmly entrenched at that position, Morgan was used primarily as a pinch hitter. He batted .225 in 77 plate appearances over two seasons.
~Moe Morhardt 1937 (Cubs 1961-1962)
Moe played with the Cubs briefly during College of Coaches era as a first baseman and pinch hitter. He batted .206 in 34 career at bats.
~George Moriarty 1885 (Cubs 1903-1904)
He was just a local Chicago kid from the Back of the Yards when he got a one-game tryout at the end of the 1903 season with the Cubs. He went 0 for 5 and was visibly nervous, but the Cubs invited him to join the team the following year. He played another four games in 1904 before being shipped out. After he left the Cubs, however, Moriarity made his mark in the big leagues. His best stint was with the Detroit Tigers. He was their third baseman for five seasons, and displayed a terrific glove, leading the league in fielding percentage and assists. George was also known for his tendency to get into fights on the field, and his friendly personality off the field.
~Jim Moroney 1883 (Cubs 1912)
The lefthanded pitcher got three very brief tastes of the big time with three different teams, the last of which was the Cubs. He appeared in ten games for the Cubs in 1912, the final season of Tinker to Evers to Chance, and posted an ERA of 4.56. He previously pitched for the Phillies (1910) and Braves (1906).
~Ed Morris 1899 (Cubs 1922)
Big Ed got his first shot at the big leagues with the Cubs in 1922. He wasn’t quite ready for prime-time, posting an ERA over 8. It took him six more years to get another shot, but when he did (for the 1928 Red Sox), big Ed was ready. He became a 19-game winner.
~Frank Morrissey 1876 (Cubs 1902)
Morrissey was nicknamed “The Deacon” and pitched for the Cubs the last few weeks of the 1902 season. His won-loss record was nothing special (he was 1-3), but Frank did set a record in his short time in Chicago. He is the shortest player to ever pitch in the big leagues. Frank stood 5’4″ tall.
~Moose Moryn 1926 (Cubs 1956-1960)
His real name was Walter Moryn. He was a big boy, 6’2, 205 pounds, which undoubtedly led to his nickname. Moose had a few good power years, knocking in 88 runs in 1957 and hitting 26 home runs in 1958. In ’58 he had three homers in one game (5/30/58) against the Dodgers. Moryn was never exactly an acrobat in the field, but his outstanding shoestring catch with two outs in the ninth saved Don Cardwell’s no-hitter against the Cardinals in 1960. That was probably the highlight of his Cubs career. While Moose was a fan favorite, his teammate Jim Brosnan claimed Moose was never very happy with the Cubs. In the book “Wrigleyville,” Brosnan is quoted saying Moryn was constantly complaining that he was traded away from the Dodgers, because he always wanted to play on a pennant winner. Needless to say, with the Cubs he never did. (Photo: 1958 Topps Baseball Card)
Moose’s catch is in this video…
~Paul Moskau 1953 (Cubs 1983)
Moskau was in his seventh big league season (after stints with the Reds and Pirates) when he joined the Cubs in 1983. The righthanded pitcher started the season in the rotation, but posted a 6.75 ERA and won only three of his eight starts. The Cubs sent him to the minors in May and he never made it back to the big leagues.
~Jim Mosolf 1905 (Cubs 1933)
Mosolf was a backup outfielder for the 1933 Cubs; a team that featured the likes of KiKi Cuyler, Babe Herman, and Riggs Stephenson. He was a pretty good pinch hitter, hitting .268 with a homer and nine RBI. It was his last shot at the big leagues. He previously had played for Pittsburgh.
~Mal Moss 1905 (Cubs 1930)
Mal couldn’t have picked a worse year to pitch in the big leagues. Many people thought the ball was juiced that season–several hitting records were set that year including Hack Wilson’s 56 homers and 191 RBI. The college boy (from University of Chicago) didn’t have much of a chance. He registered an ERA of 6.27 in twelve appearances out of the bullpen. Mal’s final outing for the Cubs was a disaster. He faced seven batters, and retired only two of them. He gave up four walks and a hit, and every batter he allowed on base scored. The Cubs lost 15-5 to the Brooklyn Dodgers in front of a sold out crowd. (Hack Wilson hit his 40th homer of the season that game).
~Jason Motte 1982 (Cubs 2015)
The Cubs signed Motte before the 2015 season to provide some veteran leadership in the bullpen. Motte was coming off serious arm troubles he suffered in 2013 with the Cardinals. Just a few years earlier he had been their closer in the World Series. For a brief stint during the summer of 2015 he served as the Cubs closer, but he soon developed more arm problems. For the season he was 8-1, with 6 saves. After the season, he was granted his free agency and signed with the Rockies.
~The Mountain Goats (Cubs song)
This song came out in 1995. The Cubs as a metaphor…
~Jamie Moyer 1962 (Cubs 1986-1988)
He was known mainly as Digger Phelps’ son-in-law when he came up with the Cubs in 1986. The soft-tossing lefty had some good moments in a Cubs uniform. He was an innings-eater who pitched more than 200 innings twice with the Cubs, and he won 28 games over his three-year tenure. Unfortunately for Chicago, he was included in the trade that brought Mitch Williams to the Cubs. All Moyer did is pitch another 22 seasons in the big leagues and win 269 games. He also became an all-star and a World Series champ.
~Phil Mudrock 1937 (Cubs 1963)
If you want to go back in time to see Phil Mudrock pitch, set the wayback machine to April 19, 1963 and go to Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Mudrock came in to relieve Cubs ace Larry Jackson in the 8th inning. He faced only five batters in his big league career, but listen to who those batters were: Jim Davenport, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Orlando Cepeda, and Felipe Alou…Three Hall of Famers in a row (Mays, McCovey, Cepeda). He gave up a double to Davenport and a single to McCovey (who he later balked to third), but Mudrock got out of the inning. He watched from the bench in the top of the 9th as his teammates Ron Santo, Ernie Banks, and Lou Brock hit against Juan Marichal…Three Hall of Famers in a row against another Hall of Famer. Phil Mudrock’s career was only one inning long, but it sure must have been memorable.
~Bill Mueller 1971 (Cubs 2001-2002)
Mueller was a steady if unspectacular third baseman in the big leagues for over a decade, first with the Giants, and then with the Cubs. He was saving his best for last, however. The year after he left the Cubs he won the batting title with the Boston Red Sox. In his second season in Boston he was a key contributor to the Red Sox team that ended the 86-year World Series drought. He returned to the Cubs as a hitting coach in 2014.
~Terry Mulholland (Cubs 1997-1999)
He was a mediocre starting pitcher for the Cubs in 1997, but Mulholland was a key contributor out of the bullpen during their wild card season of 1998. He was the main lefty setup man, and when Rod Beck was resting his tired arm, Terry filled in for him. He finished 14 games and recorded three saves. He also made a few key starts for the Cubs when their starters were injured. After the Cubs got off to a slow start in 1999, he was traded to the Atlanta Braves for a few prospects who didn’t pan out. Mulholland probably appreciated the change of scenery. The Braves went to the World Series. In 20 career seasons in the big leagues, Mulholland won 124 games for the Giants, Phillies, Mariners, Pirates, Dodgers, Indians, Twins, Diamondbacks and Cubs. (Photo: Fleer 1999 Baseball card)
~Eddie Mulligan 1894 (Cubs 1915-1916)
Mulligan got his start in the big leagues with the Cubs during their last season at West Side Grounds. He also played for them the following year, their first season at Wrigley. He was predominantly a backup third baseman for Heinie Zimmerman, but he also played a little shortstop. Eddie later also played for the White Sox and Pirates.
~Jerry Mumphrey 1952 (Cubs 1986-1988)
Mumphrey was an excellent hitter. His lifetime batting average (with nearly 5000 career at bats) was .289. He also hit very well with the Cubs, posting averages of .304 and .333 in his first two seasons. But Jerry wasn’t really an everyday player anymore at that point in his career. He was essentially a fourth outfielder. In retrospect, he probably wasn’t worth the price the Cubs paid to get him: future World Series hero Billy Hatcher.
~Bob Muncrief 1916 (Cubs 1949)
When the Cubs acquired Muncrief in 1949, he had already pitched in an All-Star Game (1944) and two World Series (1944 with the St. Louis Browns and 1948 with the Cleveland Indians). With the Cubs he didn’t do much. He went 5-6 in 34 games out of the bullpen. He later pitched for the Yankees in their 1951 World Series season.
~Joe Munson 1899 (Cubs 1925-1926)
His middle name was Napoleon, but this little guy didn’t quite rise to general status in the big leagues. He played parts of two seasons as an extra outfielder for the Cubs. He hit .287 with 3 homers in 42 games.
~Bobby Murcer 1946 (Cubs 1977-1979)
It’s not like the Cubs went looking for Bobby Murcer. They had one thing in mind after their disastrous 1976 season, and that was getting rid of disgruntled two-time batting champion Bill Madlock. Madlock was going to cost too much money; therefore he had to be traded. The Giants were willing to take the best hitter in the National League off the Cubs hands. In exchange, they gave up one-time superstar Bobby Murcer and third baseman Steve Ontiveros. It’s not that the Cub fans didn’t like Murcer, who had one good year in 1977 when the Cubs had a nice little run to the begin the season, it’s just that he wasn’t nearly the player he once was, and he was by no means a fair trade for Bill Madlock. In his heyday with the Yankees, Murcer had been a five-time all-star—considered to be the second coming of Mickey Mantle. In Chicago his power disappeared, never to return. After he hit a whopping nine homers in nearly 500 at-bats in 1978, the Cubs sent him back where he belonged in 1979—to the New York Yankees for a minor leaguer named Paul Semall.That same season Bill Madlock was the starting third baseman for the World Series champion Pirates. Madlock later won two more batting titles. (Photo: 1978 Topps Baseball Card)
~Charles Murphy (Cubs owner 1906-1916)
He bought the Cubs just as they were on the cusp of greatness, and managed to irritate, enrage, and dismantle the greatest dynasty Chicago baseball has ever known. After the Cubs went to the World Series for the fourth time in five years (1910), Charles Murphy began dismantling the team (beginning with a contract dispute with Johnny Kling). He later got rid of Frank Chance (while he was in the hospital for brain surgery), Johnny Evers (who went on to win another World Series with the Braves), and Joe Tinker (who returned after Murphy was gone). Murphy also ran off Mordecai Brown and Orval Overall in contract disputes. But maybe his worst sin was that he let West Side Grounds deteriorate so badly that fans feared for their lives in that wooden ballpark. The city threatened to condemn it, but Murphy stubbornly refused to lay out the money to improve it or build a new stadium. Murphy became so despised that his fellow National League owners ran him out of the game in 1916. Murphy’s partner while he was the owner of the Cubs was the president’s brother–Charles Taft.
~Danny Murphy 1942 (Cubs 1960-1962)
Murphy came up with the Cubs as an outfielder and was a little overmatched as a batter. He hit only .177. So, he went back down to the minors and became a pitcher. At the end of the 60s, he made it back up to the big leagues as a pitcher with the Chicago White Sox.
~Donnie Murphy 1983 (Cubs 2013)
The journeyman infielder had been bouncing around the big leagues off and on for nine years before he arrived in Chicago, when suddenly out of nowhere, he found his power stroke. In just 149 at bats, Murphy hit 11 homers.
~Bill Murray 1950 (Cubs fan 1950-present)
He’s the ultimate Celebrity Cub fan. Born into a Cubs family, Bill Murray has never stopped following his favorite team. He’s been there during the good times (?) and bad, showing up to watch them at home and on the road. In 2007, he was there for every gruesome moment as the Cubs took a long time clinching their playoff spot. The Tribune interviewed him about his Cubs love at that time. He was asked about the ridiculous theory that the Cubs would cease being special if they ever actually won the World Series. “I don’t accept that (theory), because the Cubs have already won five World Series, and they are the Cubs. Would the Cubs be the Cubs if they lost the World Series? That’s sick thinking. You’ve got to watch out for people like that. I should be watching you. Maybe you want to talk to me later about what’s going on in your life.” In 2008, he was asked if the Cubs were cursed. He said…”That curse is over. Sam Sianis broke that curse awhile ago. They keep breaking that curse. It should be done, over with. I’ve stopped blaming myself for a Cubs loss. That’s a start. [laughs] I’m am not taking responsibility for those losses.” But then after they choked again, he had a hilarious cameo on Saturday Night Live, asking the political candidates if the Cubs will ever win it all. But Bill Murray’s finest Cubs hour probably came during the beginning of the 1987 season. After Harry Caray had a stroke, lots of celebrities filled in for him alongside Steve Stone in the TV booth. None of them had an appearance remotely as memorable as Murray. Chicago will always love Bill Murray. And Bill Murray will always love the Chicago Cubs.
~Calvin Murray 1971 (Cubs 2004)
Calvin was an outfielder who played for the Giants and Rangers before coming to the Cubs for the last gasp of his big league career. He appeared in only eleven games, mostly as a late inning defensive replacement. He was a great fielding centerfielder (leading the league in range in 2001), but his lifetime batting average was only .231.
~Jim Murray 1878 (1902 Orphans)
Murray got 50 at bats with Chicago in 1902, and then was stuck in the minors for years. He re-emerged with the St. Louis Browns in 1911.
~Red Murray 1884 (Cubs 1915)
Red played for the Cubs in their final season at West Side Grounds. By that time, he was just a backup outfielder. His glory days were with the Giants (1909-1914). During those years he was considered the best outfielder in baseball. His obituary in the April 1924 issue of baseball magazine says: “His throwing arm was the best ever, his ground covering ability and sureness of eye were classic. Futhermore, he was remarkably fast as a baserunner, and a noted batter as well.” Red was on the 1910 Giants team that lost to the Cubs and inspired the poem “Baseball’s Sad Lexicon”. His manager on the Cubs was former Giants teammate Roger Bresnahan.
~Tony Murray 1904 (Cubs 1923)
Murray was a local Chicago boy who played the last two games of the 1923 season for the Cubs at the tender age of 19. He went 1 for 4. In his first game he played right and left field, and got his only career hit against Cardinal pitcher Eddie Dyer. He filled in for starting centerfielder Jigger Statz in the last game of the year, and made two catches in the outfield, but he went 0-2 at the plate against Johnny Stuart. The Cubs lost that game too. Even though he only played in those two games, he could always claim that he shared the field with a Hall of Famer (Gabby Hartnett). Murray became an attorney after his playing career ended. He died in 1974 at the age of 69, and is buried in the same cemetery as his old teammate Gabby Hartnett (All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines).
~Matt Murton 1981 (Cubs 2005-2008)
Murton was acquried in the trade that also brought Nomar to the Cubs in 2004. He had a few pretty good seasons, hitting .321 and .297 in his first two years with the club. He didn’t however, quite have the pop the Cubs were looking for from a corner infielder. Early in the 2008 season he was part of the package (along with future superstar Josh Donaldson) that was needed to acquire Rich Harden from the Oakland A’s. Murton has been playing in Japan since 2010, and has a lifetime average there of over .300.
~Carrie Muskat (Cubs author/blogger)
Carrie is the beat writer for MLB.com/Cubs.com, covering the Chicago Cubs. She is also the author of “Banks to Sandberg to Grace: Five Decades of Love and Frustration with the Cubs.”
. ~Billy Myers 1910 (Cubs 1941)
Myers had been the starting shortstop of the Reds for the previous six seasons before he joined the Cubs, and had just driven in the winning run in Game 7 of the 1940 World Series. But Billy couldn’t crack the starting lineup in Chicago. In fact, he spent most of 1941 in the minors, and only appeared in 24 games with the Cubs.
~Randy Myers 1962 (Cubs 1993-1995)
Randy had a very good stretch with the Cubs in the 90s. He set the Cubs save record with 53 saves in 1993, and was an all-star in both 1994 and 1995. Despite Randy’s 100+ save career in Chicago, he’s probably best remembered for two incidents. The first one was the day the Cubs staged “Randy Myers Day”. 10,000 Randy Myers posters were handed out to the fans as they arrived, and nearly all 10,000 of them came raining onto the field after Randy blew the save that day. The other incident happened during one of Randy’s rare bad stretches. A fan came running onto the field to “fight” Randy for blowing a save. Randy clocked him with one punch. (That fan later sold the “It can happen” signs in 2008) (Photo: Topps 1994 Baseball Card)
This fan was there for Randy Myers poster day…
~Richie Myers 1930 (Cubs 1956)
Myers was a local boy (Elk Grove High School) who made the big leagues thanks to his speed. The Cubs used him as a pinch runner during the first month of the 1956 season. He scored one run. After the Cubs released him, Richie hung up his spikes. He was 26 years old and had already logged several years in the minors (as a shortstop mainly).