Today’s Cubs Birthdays (July 14)
~Steve Stone 1948 (Cubs 1974-1976)
Of course we all remember Steve Stone’s long run as the TV color man for the Cubs, but he also pitched for them three seasons in the mid 70s (74-76). The Cubs acquired him from the White Sox (along with catcher Steve Swisher) for Ron Santo, who toiled away painfully on the South Side in his last big league season. Stone’s best season with the Cubs was 1975 when he won 12 games. He became a free agent after the 1976 season and had two more good seasons (winning 15 games with the South Side Hitmen White Sox in 1977, and the Cy Young award with the Baltimore Orioles in 1980.) He became a broadcaster shortly thereafter, and still broadcasts baseball games somewhere. (It’s too painful to say where). We salute him for his years with the Cubs, and specifically for those years in the mid-70s when he and his fine mustache took the mound at Wrigley Field. (Photo: Topps 1975 Baseball Card)
~Chuck Rainey 1954 (Cubs 1983-1984)
Rainey was a 14-game winner for the Cubs in 1983, by far his best season in the big leagues. He started the 1984 season with the Cubs too, but was traded in mid-season to Oakland for Davey Lopes. It turned out to Rainey’s final season in the big leagues.
~Julio Bonetti 1911 (Cubs 1940)
Julio was one of the rare big leaguers who was born in Italy. He pitched briefly for the Browns before coming to the Cubs, and didn’t get much of a shot with Chicago. He only pitched in one game before he was shipped out. Bonetti was later quietly banned from the game for associating with gamblers.
~Art Nichols 1871 (Orphans 1898-1900)
Nichols was a utility man for the Cubs (then known as the Orphans) for a few seasons, but he never really got extensive playing time. He played 39 games in three seasons as a catcher, first baseman, and outfielder.
~Jiggs Parrott 1871 (Colts 1892-1895)
One of the great names in baseball history, Jiggs started at second base one year for the Cubs (then known as the Colts) and as a third baseman another year. Jiggs wasn’t too popular with the fans for some reason. By the end of his time in Chicago, his manager only played him on the road so that the crowd didn’t get upset. His brother Tom also played for the team. The Parrott brothers were professional musicians.