Today’s Cubs Birthdays (January 10)
~Tom Dolan 1855 (White Stocking 1879)
He got his first taste of the big leagues in Chicago (4 at bats in 1879), but later played seven big league seasons elsewhere. (Photo: Old Judge Cigarette Card, 1888)
~George Pierce 1888 (Cubs 1912-1916)
George pitched six years in the big leagues–five of those with the Cubs–including the team’s first season in what is now known as Wrigley Field.
~Ed Stauffer 1898 (Cubs 1923)
He pitched in only one game for the Cubs on April 26, 1923. Ed pitched two innings and gave up five hits and three earned runs in a 7-5 loss to the Pirates. His final ERA in the NL is 13.50. Among the Pirates he faced that day: future Cub Charlie Grimm, and future Hall of Famers Rabbit Maranville and Pie Traynor. Stauffer later got a little longer shot with the 1925 St. Louis Browns (20 games).
~Cliff Chambers 1922 (Cubs 1948)
Cliff got his big league start with the Cubs in 1948, but had a pretty rough season (2 wins, 9 losses, and a 4.43 ERA). The Cubs traded him to Pittsburgh after the season, and he had a few solid seasons with the Pirates. On May 6, 1951 he pitched a no-hitter against the Boston Braves.
~Dan Rohn 1956 (Cubs 1983-1984)
Rohn was a mostly used as a pinch hitter, and in his rookie season of 1983 he was a pretty good one, hitting .387.
~Rafael Dolis 1988 (Cubs 2011-2013)
The Cubs allowed him to leave via free agency after the 2013 season. He never managed to overcome his control problems.
~John Houseman 1870 (1894 Colts)
He was the first big leaguer born in the Netherlands.
~Jack O’Neill 1873 (Cubs 1904-1905)
He was born in Ireland, and four of his borthers also played in the big leagues. Jack was a catcher.