Today’s Cubs Birthdays (May 29)
~Jerry Hairston Jr. 1976 (Cubs 2005-2006)
Hairston’s claim to fame in Chicago will always be that he was the player the Cubs got in exchange for Sammy Sosa. He had a decent if unspectacular debut season with the Cubs as a jack-of-all-trades utility man, but the following year the Cubs were desperate for power, so they traded Hairston to the Texas Rangers for Phil Nevin. The following year Jerry was named as a PED user by the Mitchell Report, a charge he vehemently denied. Hairston got his first and only World Series ring as part of the 2009 Yankees championship team. Jerry’s uncle John and brother Scott also played for the Cubs. (Photo: Topps 2005 Baseball Card)
~Marty Honan 1869 (Colts 1890-1891)
Honan appeared in parts of two seasons for the Cubs (then known as the Colts), but just barely. The backup catcher played in one 1890 game, and five in 1891. He got two hits including a triple, and drove in four runs. He also committed two errors. Honan died during the last Cubs championship season in 1908 at the age of 39.