Today’s Cubs Birthdays (March 13)
~Chippy Gaw 1892 (Cubs 1920)
One of the greatest names in baseball history–Chippy Gaw–pitched only briefly for the Cubs. After logging nearly ten years in the minors, he got into six big league games in 1920, mainly as a reliever. In his last Major League appearance on July 4, 1920, he came in to relieve Cubs great Hippo Vaughn. He pitched a third of an inning and didn’t allow a run. He pitched a few more years in the minors before hanging up his spikes for good in 1922. After his playing career was over, Chippy went into coaching…hockey. He was the head hockey coach at both Princeton and Dartmouth, and later also coached Boston University’s baseball team. His real first name, by the way, was George.
~Mal Eason 1879 (Orphans 1900-1902)
They called him “Kid” when he came up to the big leagues, because he was only 21 years old. Eason was a regular part of the Cubs (then known as the Orphans) starting rotation in 1901 and went 8-17 for a pretty bad team. After he got off to a rough start in 1902, Chicago released him. Kid managed to hang on in the big leagues for a few more seasons, and even pitched a no-hitter for Brooklyn in 1906, but that season was the last of his playing career. He became an umpire, and umped in the big leagues until 1917.