Every Cub Ever (Y)

    By Rick Kaempfer
    Jan 16th, 2015


    ~George Yantz 1886 (Cubs 1912)
    Yantz got exactly one big league at bat, and it came on September 30, 1912. He singled in that at-bat, leaving his batting average a perfect 1.000. Before and after his mini-taste of the bigtime, he was a minor league catcher for ten years.

    ~Eric Yelding 1965 (Cubs 1993)
    He had one of the greatest nicknames in Cubs history. His teammates called him Cool Breeze. Yelding was an infielder/outfielder who was known for his blazing speed. One year with the Astros (before he came to the Cubs) he stole 64 bases. Unfortunately, he was also caught stealing 25 times. He was a utility man for the Cubs in 1993, but was injured and missed most of the season. He hit only .204 in his limited time. He never played in the big leagues again.

    ~Al Yellon (Cubs author/blogger)
    Al is the managing editor of Bleed Cubbie Blue, a website dedicated to the Chicago Cubs. He’s also the co-author of Cubs By The Numbers (with Kasey Ignarski and Matthew Silverman), a book that chronicles every Cubs player who wore a number on their uniform. (They didn’t start wearing numbers until 1932). Al’s Bleed Cubbie Blue site is among the most popular destinations for Cub fans looking for the latest Cubs news and information.

    ~Carroll Yerkes 1903 (Cubs 1932-1933)
    The lefty pitcher (nicknamed “Lefty”, of course) was a member of the 1929 A’s team that beat the Cubs in the World Series, but fell on hard times after that season, and didn’t reemerge until the 1932 Cubs pennant winning season. He only appeared in two games for the Cubs that year, and in one more the following season. That was the end of his big league career. He died in 1950 at the age of 47.

    ~Steve Yerkes 1888 (Cubs 1916)
    Yerkes was a World Series hero immortalized in a poem by writer Grantland Rice, but that was before he came to the Cubs. He was a slick-fielding second baseman and clutch hitter for the Boston Red Sox in the American League, and then played in the Federal League and starred there as well. When Cubs manager Joe Tinker acquired him for the team’s inaugural season at Wrigley, he figured he had something special. But Yerkes didn’t do much for the Cubs and his big league career ended at the age of 28. The rest of his life was a struggle. His son died in childhood. His brother (another former big leaguer) killed himself. Yerkes stayed in baseball in the minor leagues, coaching and managing, finally ending his career as the freshman coach at Yale.

    ~Lefty York 1892 (Cubs 1921)
    Lefty got into quite a few games for the Cubs during his one season in Chicago. In 40 games, he went 5-9, with a 4.73 ERA. He was lucky it was that low. Lefty allowed 233 baserunners in only 139 innings pitched. He never pitched in the big leagues again

    ~Tony York 1912 (Cubs 1944)
    Tony was a wartime player for the Cubs. At age 31 he made his big league debut and backed up shortstop Lenny Merullo and third baseman Stan Hack. Other than that one season, Tony was a career minor leaguer. He played 23 seasons in the minors, from 1933 to 1956.

    ~Elmer Yoter 1903 (Cubs 1927-1928)
    Yoter was primarily a career minor leaguer (19 seasons), but he did get a cup of coffee with the Cubs in 1927 and 1928. He got 31 plates appearances and knocked in five runs as a backup third baseman.

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    ~Anthony Young 1966 (Cubs 1994-95)
    Anthony will always be remembered for his O-fer streak. From April 14, 1994–May 1, 1994, Anthony went 27 consecutive starts without a win.

    ~Danny Young 1971 (Cubs 2000)
    The big lefthander broke camp with the Cubs in 2000, but had a very rough go of it. In only three innings pitched, he gave up six walks and five hits (including a grand slam homer). The Cubs sent him back down to the minors in early April and he never returned. The 83rd round draft pick is the lowest picked draft choice to ever make it to the big leagues.

    ~Don Young 1945 (Cubs 1965, 1969)
    Young remains infamous in Cubs history for a dropped fly ball in 1969. His teammate Ron Santo called him out in a postgame rant to the press, and many people think it damaged the kids’ psyche and team unity. Santo apologized the next day, but Young was never the same after that. 1969 was his last season in the big leagues. (Photo: Topps 1970 Baseball Card)

    ~Eric Young 1967 (Cubs 2000-2001)
    EY was acquired from the Dodgers in 2000 in a very good trade for the Cubs. The Cubs got a starting second baseman and a starting pitcher (Ismael Valdes) in exchange for a relief pitcher (Terry Adams). Young was a dynamic lead off man. In 2000, he hit .297 and stole 54 bases. His totals went down a bit the following season, and the Cubs let him go in free agency. EY can now be seen on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight and his son Eric Young Jr. followed in his big league footsteps. (Photo: 2002 Topps Heritage Baseball Card)

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