Today’s Cubs Birthdays (July 20)
~Gary Woods 1954 (Cubs 1982-1985)
He was a backup outfielder for the Cubs in the early to mid 80s, and hit in the .240s during his stay on the North Side, but we salute him here for his very respectable mustache. He also played for Oakland, Toronto, and Houston. (Photo: 1986 Fleer Baseball Card)
~Jake Fox 1982 (Cubs 2007-2009)
Fox had bigtime power, but he didn’t play any defensive position well. The University of Michigan Wolverine played 1B, 3B, C, RF and LF for the Cubs. They were desperate to find a spot for him in the lineup because of his power. In 2009, he got his most extended time in the lineup and he hit 11 homers, and many of them were dramatic. He hit over 20 homers in ten of his eleven minor league seasons. Fox later played with the Orioles and A’s.
~Matt Szczur 1989 (Cubs 2014-2017)
Szczur (pronounced “Caesar”) got his first crack at the big leagues in 2014. The former Villanova star was a backup outfielder and pinch hitter for the Cubs, and produced a .226 average in limited opportunities. He also got a few short shots in the big leagues during the 2015 season, serving in the same role. In 2016, he spent the entire season with the big league club and was an important bat off the bench. He hit 5 homers and knocked in 24 runs in 107 games. The Cubs traded Matt to the Padres in May of 2017 for righthanded pitcher Justin Hancock.