Today’s Cubs Birthdays (January 6)
~Clyde Beck 1900 (Cubs 1926-1930)
Beck was a backup infielder for the Cubs for most of his five year Cubs career. He started nearly 90 games for them in the 1928 season, and then went back to the bench for the pennant winning 1929 season. The highlight of his career was probably May 12, 1930. The Cubs hit four homers in the seventh inning that day and were only the second team in history to do it. Clyde Jersey Beck hit the record-tying HR. He hit a career-high six HR that season but batted only .213, 90 points below the league average. The Cubs shipped him off to Cincinnati after the season, and that’s where he played his final year in the big leagues. (Photo from the Woody English Website)
~Lee Walls 1933 (Cubs 1957-1959)
The Cubs acquired him (and Dale Long) from the Pirates for Gene Baker and Dee Fondy, and Walls had a couple of good years for the Cubs. In 1957 he hit for the cycle in a game against the Reds. In 1958 he had his best big league season and was named to the All-Star team.