Today's Featured Cub: Donnie Moore
In typical Cubs fashion, Tyson didn't do much, while Moore became an all-star closer for the Angels.
Unfortunately, the Donnie Moore story has a very tragic ending. He was haunted by a home run he gave up in the 1986 ALCS, and just a year after the Angels released him, he took his own life at the age of 35.
This is the LA Times obituary, printed the day after his death.
Today's Featured Baseball Card: Donnie Moore
(1979 Topps Baseball Card)
This card shows his stats from the 1978 season, probably his best as a Cub. They read as follows: 9 wins, 7 losses, 71 games, 102.2 innings pitched, 50 strikeouts, 31 walks, 117 hits allowed, and an ERA of 4.12.
Nickname of the Day: Lefty
Cup of Coffee
Ed Stauffer passed away in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1979.
Other Cubs Birthdays
He got his first taste of the big leagues in Chicago (4 at bats in 1979), but later played seven big league seasons elsewhere.
~John Houseman (1894 Colts)
He was the first big leaguer born in the Netherlands.
~Jack O'Neill 1873 (Cubs 1904-1905)
He was born in Ireland, and four of his borthers also played in the big leagues. Jack was a catcher.
~George Pierce 1888 (Cubs 1912-1916)
He pitched six years in the big leagues--five of those with the Cubs--including the team's first season in what is now known as Wrigley Field.
~Dan Rohn 1956 (Cubs 1983-1984)
He was a mostly used as a pinch hitter, and in his rookie season of 1983 he was a pretty good one, hitting .387.
~Rafael Dolis 1988 (Cubs 2011-2013)
The Cubs allowed him to leave via free agency after the 2013 season. He never managed to overcome his control problems.
Donnie Moore's very sad final days...