~Jerry Tabb 1952 (Cubs 1976)
Tabb was a first round draft pick by the Cubs in 1973 and displayed tremendous power in the minor leagues, but he could never do the same in the big leagues. He got one shot with the Cubs at the end of the 1976 season and in his twenty four at bats, didn’t get a single extra base hit. The Cubs sold him to the A’s before the 1977 season.
~Pat Tabler 1958 (Cubs 1981-1982)
He was involved in the same trade that brought Warren Brusstar to the Cubs, though neither of them were the main bargaining chips. The Cubs acquired Steve Trout in that trade, and the White Sox got Dick Tidrow. Tabler ended up playing in the big leagues for 12 seasons, and won a ring with the 1992 Blue Jays. His nickname was Mr. Clutch. (Photo: 1983 Fleer Baseball Card)
~So Taguchi 1969 (Cubs 2009)
Taguchi was a ten year veteran of the Japanese League when he came to America to play for the Cardinals in 2002. He never claimed a starting outfield position with the club, but he was a key contributor to two World Series teams in St. Louis. His time in Chicago was not nearly as glorious. He played six games for the Cubs, and decided to return to Japan to finish out his career in his homeland.
~Hisanori Takahashi 1975 (Cubs 2013)
His name is Japanese is spelled this way: (高橋 尚成. He earned a spot on the opening day roster in 2013, but by mid-April he was traded to the Rockies. Takahashi only pitched in three games for the Cubs. His best year in the big leagues was probably his first season with the Mets (2010) when he won ten games.
~Bob Talbot 1927 (1953-1954 Cubs)
Talbot was a good centerfielder and a scrappy hitter who was tough to strike out, and was given the starting job during the 1954 season. Unfortunately fpr him, the Cubs converted Eddie Miskus into a centerfielder the following year, and Talbot didn’t have the power to justify a spot as a corner outfielder in the big leagues. He continued to play in the minors until 1960.
~Chuck Tanner 1928 (Cubs 1957-1959)
Chuck Tanner played in the big leagues for parts of eight different seasons. His career started with a bang–a home run in his very first big league at bat for the Milwaukee Braves in 1955. But the Braves didn’t really have a slot for him. Their outfield at the time consisted of Bobby Thomson, Andy Pafko, and Hank Aaron. After holding on to him for another season as a backup, they released him near the beginning of the 1957 season. The Cubs grabbed him immediately. Tanner didn’t have a lot of power or speed, but he was steady, and the Cubs weren’t exactly scaring the National League with their outfield of Lee Walls, Bob Speake and Moose Moryn. Tanner got more at bats with the 1957 Cubs than he did for the rest of his career combined. He hit .286 that year and belted seven homers, but even on a team as pathetic as that 1957 Cubs team, that didn’t cut it. By 1958, he was back on the bench. He contributed as a pinch hitter, hitting 3 HRs that year off the bench, but by 1959, he was shipped off to Boston. Tanner later got a cup of coffee with the Indians and the Angels, but the enthusiastic and sharp minded outfielder found his calling elsewhere. He went on to manage the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates to the World Series title. (Photo: Topps 1959 Baseball Card)
Chuck was a gamer…
~Kevin Tapani 1964 (Cubs 1997-2001)
Tapani was coming off seven consecutive double-digit-win seasons in the American League (and a World Series championship in Minnesota) when he joined the Cubs before the 1997 season. He didn’t realize it at the time, but he was walking into a buzzsaw. That ’97 Cubs team lost their first 14 games on the way to a humiliating last place finish. On the other hand, Tapani was a key contributor the following season when the Cubs made it to the playoffs. He won 19 games during the regular season, and was leading the Braves 1-0 in the bottom of the ninth inning in Game 2 of the NLDS when Ryan Klesko touched him for a game-tying homer. The Cubs lost it in the 10th. Tapani lost it the following year, and never put up those kind of numbers again.
~El Tappe 1927 (Cubs 1954-1962)
El was a backup catcher with the Cubs in the mid-50s, but he is most remembered for being a faculty member in P.K. Wrigley’s infamous College of Coaches. The plan called for this baseball college faculty to be rotated from the low minors all the way to the majors and back again, taking turns as “head coach.” Like any well respected college faculty, they had hoity-toity professorial names: El, Goldie, Harry, Verlon, Rip, Vedie, Charlie and Bobby. In El’s turn as head coach in 1961, the Cubs won 42 games and lost 54. (Photo: Topps 1958 Baseball Card)
~Ted Tappe 1931 (Cubs 1955)
He was part of the ill-fated Johnny Klippstein trade with the Reds. Tappe played the first few months of the 1955 season before being sent down to the minors by the Cubs. He never returned. His Cubs career consisted of 50 at bats.
~Bennie Tate 1901 (Cubs 1934)
Bennie was in his tenth big league season when the Cubs brought him in to back up Gabby Hartnett in 1934. Bennie had never been a starter for his previous teams (the Senators, White Sox, and Red Sox), but he did get extensive playing time, including the 1924 World Series (with the Senators). Not so much with the Cubs. He appeared in 11 games and was released before the year was over. It was the last stop of his big league career.
~Ramon Tatis 1973 (Cubs 1997)
Ramon was a rookie reliever on that incredibly bad ’97 Cubs team that started the season 0-14. He appeared in 56 games for them that year and posted a horrific 5.34 ERA as a situational lefty. He also gave up 13 homers.
~Julian Tavarez 1973 (Cubs 2001)
Tavarez was part of the Cubs rotation during the 2001 season, and for a while, actually pitched quite well. He tailed off at the end of the year but still finished with 10 wins. After the season he was part of the package of players sent to the Marlins (along with Dontrelle Willis) to acquire starter Matt Clement and closer Antonio Alfonseca. Tavarez pitched in the big leagues for 17 seasons (for the Indians, Giants, Rockies, Marlins, Cardinals, Red Sox, Breweres, Braves, and Nationals), and won a World Series ring with the 2007 Boston Red Sox (although he didn’t pitch in that series). He did pitch in two other World Series (one with the Indians, and another with the Cardinals).
~Brett Taylor (Cubs blogger)
Taylor is the writer for Bleacher Nation, an excellent Cubs blog that analyzes Cubs statistics (particularly their minor leaguers) and reports the latest Cubs news. Taylor is also an attorney, so his insights into contract issues are particularly helpful. He is based in Ohio.
~C.L. “Chink” Taylor 1898 (Cubs 1925)
Chink was a speedy little outfielder who was used primarily as a pinch runner by the Cubs during the first month of the 1925 season. He only got into eight games during that time, and was sent down to the minors in May. He never made it back to the big leagues.
~Danny Taylor 1900 (Cubs 1929-1932)
Danny was a backup outfielder for the Cubs for a few seasons for a few very good teams. That 1930/1931 team had a loaded outfield (two Hall of Famers–Wilson & Cuyler), but Taylor got quite a bit of playing time anyway, and he responded well. He hit .283 and .300 filling in for the oft-injured Riggs Stephenson. In early 1932, Taylor was sold to Brooklyn.
~Harry Taylor 1907 (Cubs 1932)
The first baseman was only 24 years old when he got his only taste of the big leagues on a simply loaded Cubs team. The 1932 Cubs team featured four Hall of Famers (Gabby Hartnett, Billy Herman, Kiki Cuyler & Burleigh Grimes), and oddly enough, three guys with the last name of Taylor, including Harry (the other two were Zach and Danny).
~Jack “Brakeman” Taylor 1874 (Orphans 1898-1903/Cubs 1906-1907)
He was known as the Brakeman by his teammates. The brakeman was the person who would walk the length of a train atop the cars while the train was in motion and turn the brake wheel on each car to apply the train’s brakes. That’s the role Brakeman Jack Taylor had on the Cubs pitching staff early in his career—he would put the brakes on Cubs losing streaks. Taylor is most remembered for a record that will never be broken. From June 20, 1901 until August 9, 1906, The Brakeman threw 187 consecutive complete games, along with 15 additional relief appearances without being removed from a game—giving him 202 straight appearances without being removed. This stretch included occasions where he pitched both ends of a double header, an 18 inning game, and two 14 inning games. The Cubs traded him to the Cardinals for one of the greatest Cubs players of all-time, Mordecai Brown, because Cubs owner James Hart was convinced that Taylor had fixed an exhibition game against the White Sox. Although Taylor came back to the Cubs in 1906 (under a new owner), and pitched for the winningest team of all-time (the 1906 Cubs), and the 1907 champs, they never really trusted him again and wouldn’t let him pitch in either World Series—just in case. He was 34 when he retired just before the Cubs last World Series Championship season.
~Sammy Taylor 1933 (Cubs 1958-1962)
Taylor was a catcher for the Cubs in the late 50s and early 60s. His best season with the bat was 1959, when he clubbed 13 homers. But he also had a very rough time of it behind the plate, leading the league in homers and stolen bases allowed. He was also a key participant in the strangest play in Cubs history, on June 30, 1959 when two balls ended up in play at the same time. It all started when a missed strike three got away from him. Taylor, thinking it was a foul ball, didn’t go after the ball. The bat boy, also thinking it was a foul ball, picked it up and tossed it to field announcer Pat Pieper. Pieper saw that the batter was running to first base, so he realized it was a live ball, and let it drop at his feet. Third baseman Alvin Dark ran over to grab it. Meanwhile, the umpire gave Sammy Taylor a new ball out of habit. In the confusion, the runner on first base, Stan Musial, made a run for second base. Cubs pitcher Bob Anderson took the ball out of Sammy Taylor’s catcher’s mitt and fired it to second base at the same time that third baseman Alvin Dark threw his ball to second base. Ernie Banks was covering second and caught one of the balls heading his way, while the other ball escaped into centerfield. Ernie tagged out Musial with one ball, while center fielder Bobby Thomson lobbed the other ball into the dugout. Thinking that “real” ball has been tossed into the dugout, Musial kept on running and scored. The umpires had a very long discussion about this play on the field before finally ruling that Musial was out because Ernie tagged him. The Cardinals were enraged by the call on the field and lodged an official protest. The protest wasn’t necessary. The Cardinals won the game anyway, 4-1. (Photo 1959 Topps Baseball Card)
AUDIO of wacky play:
~Tony Taylor 1935 (Cubs 1958-1960)
Tony was the starting second baseman for the Cubs in 1958 and 1959 but was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 1960 for Don Cardwell. The Cubs were clearing out a spot for their brand new acquisition, Don Zimmer. When the Cubs got Zimmer from the Dodgers (for Ron Perranoski), they originally thought Zimmer would play 3B. But Ron Santo emerged, so they moved Zimmer to second base instead. How did these trades work out for the Cubs? Perranoski ended up becoming one of the premier relief pitchers in baseball for the next decade. He pitched in two league championship series, and three World Series, winning two rings with the 1963 and 1965 Dodgers. He also led the league in saves twice, and saved a total 179 games between 1961 and 1971. Tony Taylor, who was only 24 years old at the time of the trade, played another sixteen years in the majors with the Phillies and the Tigers. When he retired after the 1976 season he was the oldest player in baseball (40 years old). Don Zimmer was the manager of the Boston Red Sox at the time. (Photo: Topps 1959 Baseball Card)
Tony was part of that first Telstar satellite game to Europe in 1962. He hit a Cal Koonce pitch to George Altman. It was the first live baseball ever seen on television in Europe. What was Telstar?
~Zack Taylor 1898 (Cubs 1929-1933)
Taylor was a backup catcher to Gabby Hartnett, which meant that he didn’t get a lot of playing time. His best year with the Cubs was their World Series year of 1929. With Hartnett injured, Taylor was the starting catcher for that series, and hit .176. He later went on to manage the St. Louis Browns.
~Bud Teachout 1904 (Cubs 1930-1931)
Bud had a good rookie season in 1930, winning 11 games with a 4.06 ERA, quite an accomplishment considering 1930 was a season for hitters. Many hitting records were set that year, including Hack Wilson’s 191 RBI. Bud’s Cubs team, however, choked a big lead down the stretch, and just missed repeating as NL Champs. That collapse cost Hall of Fame manager Joe McCarthy his job. (He went to the Yankees and won seven World Series, including one against the Cubs). Teachout was traded in 1931 along with Hack Wilson in the trade that brought Burleigh Grimes to Chicago.
~Taylor Teagarden 1983 (Cubs 2015)
Teagarden was a highly regarded prospect for the Rangers (he also played for the Orioles and Mets) who never quite figured out how to hit big league pitching. But his catching skills kept getting him in the big leagues, including a stint for the Cubs in 2015. He appeared in eight games and hit .200 (.002 below his lifetime average).
~Patsy Tebeau 1864 (White Stockings 1887)
Patsy was born just a few weeks after Abraham Lincoln’s re-election in the closing days of the Civil War in the slave state of Missouri–a state that was claimed by both the Confederacy and the United States. (They sent representatives to both Congresses). Patsy was a 22-year-old rookie third baseman on the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings) in 1887, and didn’t fare too well. He hit .162 in 20 games. He later enjoyed much more success with Cleveland. His big league career lasted 13 years. Patsy’s brother George also played in the big leagues.
~Amaury Telemaco 1974 (Cubs 1996-1998)
He did manage to pitch in the big leagues for nine seasons, but if you look at his stats, you have to wonder how he pulled it off. His lifetime ERA is 4.94.
~John Tener 1863 (White Stockings 1888-1889)
The Irish-born Tener was a pitcher for the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings) while they were being managed by Cap Anson. In 1889 he had a good season, winning 15 games, and eating up 287 innings. He only pitched one more year in the big leagues after that.
~Adonis Terry 1864 (Colts 1894-1897)
His real first name was William, but he went by Adonis. Terry was a fairly good pitcher. He won 197 games in his 14-year big league career (including 21 with the Cubs, then known as the Colts, in 1895). But Adonis also lost 196 games, and he was never what you’d call a dominant pitcher. He gave up 76 homers in an era of virtually no homers, and he walked almost as many men as he struck out. After his playing career ended, he became an umpire.
~Zeb Terry 1891 (Cubs 1920-1922)
Zebulon was the starting second baseman for the Cubs for three seasons. He was known as a reliable glove man and got his fair share of clutch hits. Terry averaged more than 50 RBI a season with the Cubs, but he had almost no power. In more than 2600 career plate appearances he hit only two home runs. After the 1922 season ended, he retired to his native California at the age of 31.
~Wayne Terwilliger 1925 (Cubs 1949-1951)
Twig, as he was known by his teammates, made his big league debut for the Cubs on August 6, 1949. He made enough of an impression on the team to earn the starting second base job in 1950. He hit 10 homers for them that year. The following season he was traded to Brooklyn along with Andy Pafko, Johnny Schmitz, and Rube Walker in one of the worst trades in Cubs history. Twig later also played for the Senators, Athletics, and Giants.
~Bob Tewksbury 1960 (Cubs 1987-1988)
The Cubs saw some promise in the young righthander when they acquired him from the Yankees in exchange for Steve Trout. They were right, but it didn’t work out for Tewksbury in Chicago. He suffered through some health issues and didn’t pitch much over his two seasons with the Cubs. After he signed with the Cardinals, he blossomed. Tewksbury had five double-digit-win seasons in a row for St. Louis, including an all-star season, when he won 17 games.
~Moe Thacker 1934 (Cubs 1958-1962)
Moe was also a backup catcher during the era El Tappe played and managed the Cubs. His best season was probably 1962 when he got over a hundred plate appearances. Unfortunately, Moe was really just a defensive catcher. In over 300 plate appearances, hit hit only two homers, and hit a woeful .177 lifetime.
~Ryan Theriot 1979 (Cubs 2005-2010)
Somewhere along the line someone noticed that if you split up the letters in Ryan Theriot’s last name, it spells “The Riot.” Cubs broadcasters started calling him that shortly after he was named starting shortstop, and it caught on. In his first two seasons as a starter, the Riot managed to do something that hadn’t been done since Joe Tinker did it exactly one hundred years earlier; start at shortstop for a Cubs playoff team in consecutive years. Theriot was a fan favorite because of his scrappy play, a media favorite because of his constant accessibility, and will always be remembered for his great nickname. After leaving the Cubs he won a World Series ring with the 2012 San Francisco Giants.
A feel good Theriot moment…
~Frank Thomas 1929 (Cubs 1960-1961, 1966)
Not to be confused with the Big Hurt, the White Sox Hall of Famer, this Frank Thomas was a third baseman, first baseman and outfielder. He also had a memorable nickname. His teammates called him “The Big Donkey”. Frank was a three-time all-star with the Pirates in the 50s before joining the Cubs. He hit 21 homers in his one full season in Chicago, but the team had a few superstars and budding superstars at his best positions (Santo, Banks, and Williams), so they traded him to the Braves for Mel Roach in early 1961. Thomas later returned to finish his career with the Cubs in 1966. His final stint with the team lasted only a few weeks. When he was released on June 4, 1966, his big league career was over. He hit 286 career home runs. (Photo: Topps 1961 Baseball Card)
~Lee Thomas 1936 (Cubs 1966-1967)
Thomas was a backup outfielder/first baseman for the Cubs toward the end of his playing career. One of his claims to fame came in 1966 when he knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to beat the Astros. While the Cubs were playing at Wrigley Field that afternoon, John Lennon was holding a press conference at the Astor Hotel in downtown Chicago, apologizing for his famous “we’re more popular than Jesus” remark. Thomas retired after the following season and went into management. He was one of the architects of the Whitey Herzog-era Cardinals in the 80s, and then became the GM of the Phillies and led them to the 1993 World Series. The ex-Cub GM watched his ex-Cub closer Mitch Williams give up the walk-off series-ending home run to the ex-Cub outfielder Joe Carter.
~Red Thomas 1898 (Cubs 1921)
Thomas’ entire big league career consisted of eight games played in September of 1921. The 23-year-old centerfielder knocked in five runs and played a strong centerfield, but he never got another shot at the big leagues.
~Scot Thompson 1955 (Cubs 1978-1983)
Scot (with one “t”) was the 7th overall pick of the 1974 draft, ahead of future stars Gary Templeton, Lance Parrish, Willie Wilson and Rick Sutcliffe (all first rounders). At first Scot (with one “t”) appeared to be one of the rare non-busts in the Cubs farm system. In his rookie year he hit .289 and finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting. Unfortunately for the Cubs, he never again approached that level of production.
~Bobby Thomson 1923 (Cubs 1958-1960)
Bobby Thomson got his nickname (“The Flying Scot”) the old fashioned way—-he was actually born in Scotland, and he was known for his diving catches in centerfield. Most famous for his dramatic home run that won the pennant for the Giants, Thomson was nowhere near that player by the time he arrived in Chicago in 1958. He did have a decent season that year, but his descent into mediocrity was well underway. By 1959 he was sharing the centerfield job, and by 1960 the Cubs traded him away. He retired after the 1960 season. The Cubs maintained a nickname status quo when they acquired him and when they traded him away. They gave up a great nickname (Spook Speake) to get him, and then got a great nickname back when they traded him away (Bull Schroll). In his two seasons with the Cubs Thomson hit a respectable total of 32 home runs, but the team finished in 5th place both years. (Photo: Topps 1959 Baseball Card)
~Andre Thornton 1949 (Cubs 1973-1976)
Andre was acquired from the Braves in the trade that sent Joe Pepitone out of Chicago. That turned out to be a good deal for the Cubs, because Andre turned into one of the top young sluggers in the National League. His nickname was “Thunder” and he hit 18 homers in his first full season as the Cubs first baseman (1975). Thunder seemed poised for even bigger things, but early in 1976 the Cubs traded him for Larry Biitner and Steve Renko. Andre went on to become a two-time all-star. He hit 253 homers in 14 big league seasons, but only 30 of those were hit for the Cubs. (Photo: Topps 1975 Baseball Card)
~Walter Thornton 1875 (Colts/Orphans 1895-1898)
He was an outfielder and a pitcher for Chicago (when that was still relatively commonplace), and had a few respectable seasons, but he will always be remembered most for what happened on August 21, 1898. He took the mound in the second game of a doubleheader against Brooklyn (then known as the Bridegrooms) and pitched a no-hitter. Chicago won the game 2-0. After the season he left baseball in a contract dispute (at the age of 23). He later became a devout follower of another ex-Chicago-ballplayer, Billy Sunday. In the last few years of his life (he lived until 1960), he roamed the city of Los Angeles as a street preacher, doing whatever he could to help the poor.
~Bob Thorpe 1935 (Cubs 1955)
Thorpe was a minor league phenom, winning 28 games in the lower minors in 1954. The Cubs brought him all the way up the big leagues the following season, and he pitched in a few games out of the bullpen at the beginning of 1955. He wore the now retired #26 (Billy Williams), before being relegated back down to the minors. Thorpe blew out his arm, and never returned to the big leagues. He retired from baseball in 1959, and took a job as an apprentice electrician. Thorpe was accidentally electrocuted a short time later, and died at the age of 24. (Fritsch Baseball Card, One Year Winners, 1977)
~Dick Tidrow 1947 (Cubs 1979-1982)
His teammates called him “Dirt”. His odd nickname reflected his basic, simple approach to the game. His real name was Richard William Tidrow, and he was the setup man for the Cubs (for Bruce Sutter) in the late 70s and early 80s. The Cubs got him from the Yankees for Ray Burris, one of the rare trades they never regretted. Tidrow had two great years (’79 and ’80), one terrible year (’81), and one average year (’82) for the Cubs, before he went to the White Sox in the Steve Trout trade, and pitched in the playoffs for the Sox that year. That turned out to be another good trade for the Cubs. Trout started for the Cubs the next five years (and won Game 2 of the ’84 playoffs), and Tidrow was out of baseball after the ’84 season. The Cubs should have signed him after his playing career ended. He went into scouting, eventually becoming the Scouting Director for the San Francisco Giants. Among the pitchers he nurtured through their farm system: Tim Lincecum and Matt Cain. (Photo: Topps 1981 Baseball Card)
~Bobby Tiefenauer 1929 (Cubs 1968)
Bobby pitched ten years in the big leagues despite never really having one outstanding breakthrough season. His lifetime record is 9-25. By the time he came to the Cubs in 1968, he was the fourth oldest player in the league. He posted a 6.08 ERA in the last nine appearances of his big league career. In 39 career at-bats, the pitcher got only one hit.
~Ozzie Timmons 1970 (Cubs 1995-1996)
Timmons was the righthanded half of a platoon in left field during his two seasons in Chicago. He hit the ball pretty well (15 HRs and 44 RBI), but never really could claim the job fulltime. The Cubs traded him to the Reds the following year. He also got cups of coffee with the Rays and the Mariners.
~Ben Tincup 1893 (Cubs 1928)
Tincup may be the only Native American player in the early 20th century who wasn’t nicknamed Chief. He was a Cherokee. He was also a World War I veteran. His big league career began before the war (with the Phillies). After he served in the military, he pitched in the minor leagues with Louisville for eight years before he got his one last shot with the Cubs in 1928. Ben pitched out of the bullpen in the last month of the season. That was it for his return to the big time. Tincup may have only won eight Major League games in parts of four seasons spread over fifteen years, but he was a legend in the minor leagues. In 23 seasons he won 233 games.
~Joe Tinker 1880 (Cubs 1902-1912, 1916)
Tinker was the shortstop for the Cubs dynasty of 1906-1910, and he had many dramatic hits along the way. He also served as the player/manager for the Cubs in their first season at Wrigley Field (after serving in the same capacity in the first two seasons at Wrigley–then with the Federal League Whales0. Ironically, Tinker didn’t get along with his double-play mate Johnny Evers. What caused this unfortunate rift? According to Evers, Tinkers started it in 1907 by throwing a ball too hard at Evers, breaking his finger. Then he laughed…which was of course, unforgivable. According to Tinker, Evers started it because he ditched Tinker once and got a cab without him…which was of course unforgivable. They didn’t speak to each other for thirty years. After his playing days, Tinker became a wealthy businessman, but lost it all in the stock market crash. Then in 1938, Tinker & Evers were asked to broadcast the World Series together. Both later admitted being more nervous about seeing each other again, than they were about their maiden broadcasting voyage. But when they saw each other, they smiled and hugged. They enjoyed a tearful reunion, and after that became friends once again. In 1946, they were inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame together (along with the deceased Frank Chance). Evers died the following year, and Tinker the year after that. In death they are always remembered together, but in life, they spent most of their time apart. (Photo: 1910 Tobacco Card)
~Bud Tinning 1906 (Cubs 1932-1934)
Bud was a long reliever and spot starter on some very good Cubs teams. He was a key contributor to the 1932 pennant winners, and pitched well in the World Series that year. He even struck out Babe Ruth. Tinning was even better in 1933, leading the league in winning percentage. After the 1934 season the Cubs traded him to the Cardinals. Unfortunately for Bud, he hurt his arm in 1935, ending his baseball career.
~Al Todd 1902 (1940-1943 Cubs)
He was 38 when he joined the Cubs, but he was the starting catcher for them in 1940.
~Jim Todd 1947 (Cubs 1974, 1977)
Todd was drafted by the Cubs and made his debut with them in 1974. He didn’t pitch badly, but the Cubs traded him to Oakland for Champ Summers. Todd pitched well for the A’s, saving 12 games in ’75 and 4 in ’76. The Cubs liked what they saw so they reaquired him, figuring he could strengthen their bullpen. It didn’t work out that way. Todd was rocked hard his second time around in a Cubs uniform. He allowed 68 baserunners in only 30 innings, and posted an ERA over 9. He was traded to the Mariners for Pete Broberg after the 1977 season. (Photo: Topps 1975 Baseball Card)
~Chick Tolson 1898 (1926-1930)
He was a backup first baseman and pinch hitter for the Cubs in the late 1920s. His real name was Charles, and in the 20s, Chick was an appropriate nickname for Charles, but he was also known as “Slug” for his less than speedy wheels. Slug played four seasons for the Cubs, and had his best season in 1929, when the Cubs won the pennant. He had a career high 109 at bats that season, and even got one at bat in the 1929 World Series. He struck out. In 1930, however, he did something that must have caused his teammates to hoot and howl. Slug stole the only base of his career.
~Ron Tompkins 1944 (Cubs 1971)
The 6’4″ reliever was naturally nicknamed “Stretch”. He appeared in 35 games exclusively out of the bullpen for a pretty good Cubs team in 1971. Among his teammates that year, Hall of Famers Ernie Banks (in his final season), Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Cy Young Winner Fergie Jenkins. The Cubs finished in third place, behind the Cardinals and the World Series champion Pittsburgh Pirates. That was the last season of Tompkins’ big league career. He pitched two more seasons in the minors before hanging up his spikes.
~Fred Toney 1888 (Cubs 1911-1913)
Toney got his big league start with the Cubs when they played at West Side Grounds, but didn’t really blossom as a pitcher until he went to the Reds. He was a 24-game winner for the Reds in 1917, and pitched what may have been the greatest game in big league history. Toney faced off against Cubs pitcher Hippo Vaughn in the famous double no-hitter. Toney’s Reds eventually beat Vaughn’s Cubs in extra innings.
~Hector Torres 1945 (Cubs 1971)
The Cubs aquired Torres in a straight shortstop for shortstop swap with the Houston Astros. The Astros got Roger Metzger in return. Torres hit .224 backing up Don Kessinger and Glenn Beckert in 1971. It was the Mexico native’s only season with the Cubs. Metzger, meanwhile, was the Astros starting shortstop for the next seven years, and won a Gold Glove. Torres was nicknamed “La Malita”. (Photo Topps 1971 Baseball Card)
~Paul Toth 1935 (Cubs 1962-1964)
Toth is probably one of the most obscure pieces of the infamous Lou Brock trade. He went to the Cardinals along with Brock and Jack Spring. He never pitched in the big leagues for the Cardinals. His best year with the Cubs was 1962, when he won five games with a 3.10 ERA for an incredibly bad team.
~Hal Totten (Cubs announcer 1924-1944)
On April 23, 1924, the home opener becomes the very first Cubs game broadcast on the radio. The radio station is WMAQ. The announcer is Hal Totten (photo). He broadcasts from a small table on the roof. (The upper deck had not yet been built). Jerome Holtzman quoted Hal Totten when he insisted that Babe Ruth didn’t point before his called shot. From the Chicago Tribune in 1992: Hal Totten was a Chicago broadcaster who interviewed Ruth the following spring. Said Ruth to Totten: “Hell, no, I didn`t point. Only a damned fool would do a thing like that. . . . I never really knew anybody who could tell you ahead of time where he was going to hit a baseball. When I get to be that kind of fool, they`ll put me in a booby hatch.`
AUDIO: Totten is part of this montage of early Cubs announcers…
~Steve Trachsel 1970 (Cubs 1993-1999,2007)
Trachsel had a couple of very good seasons for the Cubs. He was an all-star in 1996, and won 16 games for them in 1998. He almost pitched in a very historic games in a Cubs uniform. On July 13th, 1995, the Cubs hosted the Cincinnati Reds at Wrigley Field. Although the game didn’t start until 7:05 that night, the game-time temperature was still 103 degrees. It was the hottest night in Chicago history. Trachsel didn’t make it out of the second inning. Barry Larkin torched the Cubs for three hits (including a triple and a homer), and three RBI, and former Cub Jerome Walton knocked in two more as the eventual Division-champion Reds won the game 11-5. In 1998, there were two more historic games. The one moment he will probably be most remembered for is the home run he gave up to Mark McGwire. It was McGwire’s 62nd homer of the year, surpassing the record held by Roger Maris. Trachsel appeared to be the only person in the stadium who was upset. Cub first baseman Mark Grace patted McGwire on the bottom as he ran by, and Sammy Sosa charged in from right field to give him a hug. Later that same season, Trachsel pitched the 163rd game of the year…the one-game playoff versus the San Francisco Giants to determine that year’s wildcard team. Trachsel and the Cubs won the game. (Photo: Topps 1999 Baseball Card)
~Chad Tracy 1980 (Cubs 2010)
Tracy only played a portion of 2010 with the Cubs, but was here long enough to make an impact on one little boy. He hit .250 in limited at bats filling in for Aramis Ramirez at 3B. The Cubs released him on July 1st of that year.
~Jim Tracy 1955 (Cubs 1980-1981)
Jim was a part-time outfielder and pinch hitter for the Cubs in his only two big league seasons. He didn’t quite have enough power to claim a full-time corner outfielder job, and he didn’t quite have the range to play center, so he took his services to Japan. After his playing career, however, Tracy went into coaching and achieved considerable success. He has since managed the Rockies, Pirates, and Dodgers. In 2009 he was named the National League’s manager of the year, after taking the Colorado Rockies to the playoffs. (Photo: Fleer 1982 Baseball Card)
~Bill Traffley 1859 (White Stockings 1878)
Traffley was a backup catcher who appeared in two games for the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings) in 1878. In nine plate appearances, Bill managed to get one hit, and drive in one run. He later played for both Cincinnati and Baltimore. Traffley died in the summer of 1908 as the Cubs were storming toward their last ever World Series championship.
~Tom Trebelhorn 1948 (Cubs manager 1994)
Trebelhorn managed the Cubs during the strike shortened season of 1994. After a horrendous start, he famously went over to the firehouse across the street and held an impromptu press conference there—quoting Frank Sinatra’s “That’s Life”. The lyrics were “riding high in April, shot down in May.” The Cubs finished in 5th place, 15 games under .500. Trebelhorn hasn’t managed in the big leagues ever since.
~Bill Tremel 1929 (Cubs 1954-1956)
One of the all-time great nicknames–his teammates called him Mumbles. Mumbles was a reliever for the Cubs in the mid-50s and did manage six saves over three seasons. He had some control issues, however, and the Cubs sent him down to the minors in 1956. He never made it back to the big leagues.
~Manny Trillo 1950 (Cubs 1975-1978, 1986-1988)
Trillo was a prospect acquired from Oakland in the trade that sent Billy Williams to the A’s, and immediately became the team’s starting second baseman. He had a few very good years for the Cubs, finishing third in the Rookie of the Year voting in 1975, and making the all-star team in 1977, but the Cubs sent him to the Phillies after the 1978 season in a blockbuster trade. It turned out to be a bad deal for the Cubs. The players they acquired (Jerry Martin, Barry Foote, Ted Sizemore) didn’t do much for Chicago, while Trillo went on to be a three-time Gold Glover, three-time all-star, two-time Silver Slugger, and the NLCS MVP for the Phillies. Manny returned to the Cubs towards the end of his career, but by then he was a part-timer. (Photo: Topps 1976 Baseball Card)
~Coaker Triplett 1911 (Cubs 1938)
Coaker’s real first name was Herman, but everyone referred to him by his middle name. He was on the big league roster as a rookie at the beginning of the 1938 season, but that ’38 Cubs team was loaded with veteran talent, and the backup outfielder didn’t get a lot of playing time. He later reemerged in the big leagues in 1941 with the Cardinals and played through the war years with St. Louis and Philadelphia.
~Steve Trout 1957 (Cubs 1983-1987)
Steve Trout was nicknamed Rainbow by his high school teammates for obvious reasons…the Rainbow Trout. He was a flaky lefty who probably would have been nicknamed Dizzy if not for his father who already laid claim to the nickname. Dizzy Trout pitched for the Detroit Tigers and actually beat the Cubs in the 1945 World Series. Steve displayed a little “dizziness” of his own when he pitched for the Cubs, developing a reputation for his offbeat personality. On road trips to San Diego he was known to challenge teammates to burrito eating contests at local Mexican restuarants. Rainbow never quite lived up to the status of his 2-time all-star father, but he had a very respectable career, and was a big part of the 1984 Division champion Cubs team. He went 13-7 in 1984 and won his LCS start against San Diego. The Cubs rewarded him with a big salary, but he developed elbow troubles over the next few seasons. When he showed signs he was back in 1987, he was dealt to the Yankees. He also later pitched for the Seattle Mariners. His record with the Cubs was 43-28. (Photo: Topps 1986 Baseball Card)
~Harry Truby 1868 (Colts 1895-1896)
His nickname was one of the all-time greats. His teammates called him Bird Eye. Bird Eye was the backup second baseman in 1895 and 1896 for Ace Stewart. The first year he hit .336. The second year his average dropped more than a hundred points to .234, and he was shipped off to the Pirates on July 4th. After finishing the year with Pittsburgh he never made it back up to the big leagues again.
~Michael Tucker 1971 (Cubs 2001)
The Cubs acquired Tucker for the playoff push in 2001 along with Fred McGriff. Tucker was a valuable member of the team the rest of the way, but the Cubs fell a little short that season. They finished the year 14 games over .500, but in third place and out of the playoffs. Tucker left as a free agent after the season. In all he played 12 years in the big leagues with the Braves, Reds, Royals, Giants, Phillies, and Mets. One of his claims to fame was hitting the first ever homer in Turner Field in Atlanta (off Cubs pitcher Kevin Foster).
~Pete Turgeon 1897 (Shorstop, Cubs 1923)
He played for the Cubs at the very end of the 1923 season and managed to get into three games and get six at bats. Four of those at bats came in the final game of the season when he started at shortstop for the Cubs. He got a single and scored a run in 6-3 loss to the Cardinals. He was back in the minors the following year and never made it back up for another taste of the show.
~Jacob Turner 1991 (Cubs 2014-Present)
Turner was the ninth overall pick of the draft in 2009 (Tigers), but by the time he came to the Cubs via trade in 2014, he was considered a disappointment. In six starts with the Cubs in 2014, he posted an ERA of 6.49.
~Ted Turner 1892 (Cubs 1920)
That’s right, Ted Turner played for the Cubs. Obviously this isn’t the thin-mustachioed media mogul. This Ted Turner was a pitcher. On April 20, 1920, Ted came in during the second inning after the Cubs starter Chippy Gaw had been tagged for 5 hits and 2 runs. He didn’t do much better. He lasted one and a third innings, and gave up two earned runs. He faced only six batters, but one of them was the greatest right-handed hitter in history, Rogers Hornsby. The Cubs lost 10-3. It was the only appearance of Ted Turner’s big league career.
~Scott Turow 1949 (Cubs Fan 1949-Present)
He has written eight best selling novels including “Presumed Innocent,” and he’s still a practicing attorney in Chicago, but Scott Turow is also among the afflicted. He’s a Cubs fan. In the book “The Cubs: The Complete Story of Chicago Cubs Baseball” (written by Glen Stout and Richard A. Johnson), he contributed an essay. The final few sentences sums up what it is to a be Cubs fan as well as anyone ever has…
“There remains a special meaning in being a Cubs fan. It makes sports more profound. It teaches the hardest lesson of all: there is no life that is better than life. Hope dignifies our experience on the planet. But there will be defeat for all of us in the mortuary. With the Cubs, as a writer-friend once said of Hollywood, ‘You learn to take the bitter with the bad.’ You accept hope as an essential irrational part of the human condition that will never be fully borne out. It’s existential. It’s tragic. It’s the Cubs.”
~Babe Twombly 1896 (Cubs 1920-1921)
The Cubs have had lots of players nicknamed “Babe” over the years, but unfortunately none of their last names were Ruth. Babe Twombly played for the Cubs for two seasons and hit over .300 in a part-time role, but he never managed to secure a full-time slot. He probably got the nickname “Babe” because his big brother “Silent George” Twombly was already a big leaguer when Babe came to the Cubs.
~Lefty Tyler 1889 (Cubs 1918-1921)
His real name was George, but everyone called him Lefty. He was in his 8th major league season when he came to the Cubs (from the Boston Braves). He had one great season for the Cubs, going 19-8 in 1918, and pitched well in the World Series that year, but developed a strange shoulder injury the next year. He was sent to Minnesota by the Cubs to get examined at the Mayo Clinic. The experts there said there was nothing wrong with his shoulder…that his problems were caused by unusually bad teeth. They extracted almost all of his teeth to cure his shoulder injury, which amazingly, didn’t do the trick. He was never the same after that.
~Earl Tyree 1890 (Cubs 1914)
The Cubs brought him up for the final game of the 1914 season and had him catch for Cubs pitcher Zip Zabel. He went O for 4 with a run scored in a 4-3 Cubs victory over the Cardinals in St. Louis. It was his only game in the big leagues.
~Jim Tyrone 1949 (Cubs 1972-75)
The outfielder saw limited playing time with the Cubs during three different seasons. His brother Wayne also played in the Cubs organization at the same time, but somehow never played on the same team as his brother.
~Wayne Tyrone 1950 (Cubs 1976)
Tyrone had a nine-year minor league career, but he did get one brief cup of coffee with the Cubs in 1976. Wayne’s power in the minors didn’t really translate to the big leagues. He homered only once in his two-month stint with the team. His brother Jim was a Cub for a few seasons too (although not at the same time).
~Mike Tyson 1950 (Cubs 1980-1981)
The second baseman didn’t have the greatest Cubs career (he hit .238 and .185), and he cost the Cubs a prized relief pitcher named Donnie Moore to acquire him, but Tyson had something that Moore could never quite pull off. He had a hell of a mustache. (Photo: Topps 1982 Baseball Card)