Today’s Cubs Birthdays (September 27)
~Don Schulze 1962– (Cubs 1983-1984)
Schulze was a local high school hero (Lake Park High School in Roselle) when he was drafted in the first round (11th overall pick) by the Cubs in 1980. (Future Cubs manager Ricky Renteria was picked later in that round, as were fellow future managers Terry Francona and John Gibbons, and Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane.) The Cubs brought him up to the big leagues at the end of the 1983 season and it didn’t go well. He started three games and was roughed up to the tune of an ERA over seven. The following season he got another start and was hit even harder (ERA over 12). That’s probably why Dallas Green didn’t mind including Schulze in the deal that brought Rick Sutcliffe to the Cubs. Schulze pitched for the Indians, Mets, Yankees, and Padres in his big league career, but never experienced prolonged success. His lifetime record is ten games below .500, and his lifetime ERA is over five. He later pitched three seasons in Japan, and became a pitching coach in the Oakland farm system.