Today’s Cubs Birthdays (November 9)
~Walt Lanfranconi 1916–1986 (Cubs 1941)
The small (5’7″) right-handed pitcher only got a cup of coffee with the Cubs in September of 1941 (two appearances) before being drafted into the military. He spent the rest of the war working for Uncle Sam. Lanfranconi never pitched for the Cubs again, but he did get one more cup of coffee with the Braves in 1947.
~Tony Barnette 1983– (Cubs 2019)
The Cubs called up the 35-year-old reliever after they suffered a slew of injuries in June of 2019. He appeared in two games. Tony previously pitched in the Japanese League and with the Texas Rangers.
~Rowan Wick 1992– (Cubs 2019)
The Canadian fireballer appeared out of nowhere during the second half of the 2019 season to become one of the most reliable arms in the Cubs depleted bullpen. In 31 appearances he posted a 2.43 ERA and struck out 35 batters. Wick previously had a cup of coffee with the Padres in 2018.
~Harvey Hendrick 1897–1941 (Cubs 1933)
Gink, as he was known to his teammates, was a utility man in the big leagues for eleven seasons, including one year with the Cubs. He backed up defensively-challenged outfielders Babe Herman and Riggs Stephenson and third baseman Woody English. Gink’s story does not end well. Just a few years after his playing career ended, he shot himself to death at the age of 43.