Today’s Cubs Birthdays (February 22)
~Steve Barber 1938–2007 (1970)
Barber was a two-time All-Star pitcher for the Orioles in the 1960s. He was also a 20-game winner. But by the time he arrived in Chicago, he had endured less successful stints with both the Yankees and the Seattle Pilots. He was signed as a free agent by the Cubs in April of 1970 and was released by the end of June. His ERA in only five appearances (all in relief) was 9.63. After leaving the Cubs, Barber managed to stay in the big leagues until 1974, pitching in relief for the Braves, Angels, and Giants. (Photo: 1970 Topps Baseball Card–he never had one as a Cub)
~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.