• EveryCubEver

    Every Cub Ever (X)

    By Rick Kaempfer
    Jan 16th, 2015

    No Cubs in history ever had a last name that begins with X. These two are as close as they got…

    ~Double X 1907 (Cubs 1942, 1944)
    He was nicknamed the Beast because of his imposing physical presence, but Jimmie Foxx was also known as “Double X”. Foxx is one of the all-time greatest sluggers: a two time World Series champ, a three time MVP, winner of two batting titles. Foxx led the league in home runs four times, RBI three times (despite playing at the same time as Ruth and Gehrig), and hit 534 career home runs. Unfortunately for Cubs fans, only three of those home runs came with the Cubs, who picked him up one year after his last good season. He hit .190 with the team in 225 at-bats, and was released in 1944. He later managed one of the women’s teams during the war, and was the inspiration for the character played by Tom Hanks in “A League of Their Own.”

    Xavier Nady~Xavier 1978 (Cubs 2010)
    OK, sure, his last name starts with “N”, but if he had become a pop star instead of a baseball player, he probably would have gone by “Xavier” (like “Cher”). The well-traveled veteran had played for the Padres, Mets, Yankees, and Pirates before coming to Chicago as a free agent signing in 2010. The Cubs hoped he could start at an outfield position or first base for them, but Nady was often hurt, and he never quite put it together. In over 300 at bats, he managed to hit only six homers. The Cubs allowed him to leave after the season and he has since played for the Diamondbacks, Nationals, Giants, and Padres. His 2012 Giants team won the World Series. (Photo: Tppps 2010 Baseball Card)

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