Today's Featured Cub: Rod Beck
Chicago fans embraced him and his blue collar attitude. But after more arm problems the following year, he was traded to the Boston Red Sox. He managed to stay in the majors until 2004, and had a few more good seasons in Boston and San Diego, but he died tragically in 2007 from an apparent drug overdose.
Rod Beck was only 38 years old.
Today's Featured Baseball Card: Delino DeShields
Delino DeShields had a very respectable big league career. He finished second in the Rookie of the Year voting with the Expos in 1990, and had two great years with Montreal after that. They were so good, in fact, the Dodgers traded Pedro Martinez to get him. Whoops. By the time Delino came to the Cubs, he was at the end of his career. He played for them in 2001 and 2002.
Despite what this card says, Delino was primarily a second baseman. His 2001 stats are on the back of this card, and are as follows for Bal/Chi: 351 at bats, 55 runs, 82 hits, 17 doubles, 5 triples, 5 homers, 37 RBI, 23 stolen bases, and a .234 batting average.
(His son Delino Jr. was drafted by the Houston Astros in 2010 as the 8th overall pick)
From the Pages of History: Martin Luther King Jr.
Nickname of the Day: Slim
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Jock was a pitcher for the Cubs, and is the last National League pitcher to ever pull off a successful steal of home.
~Dick Culler 1915 (Cubs 1948)
He was a slick fielding infielder for eight big league seasons, but just one with the Cubs. He was primarily a backup in Chicago; his second-to-last season in the bigs. (His full profile is here at the Baseball Biography Project)
~Ray King 1974 (Cubs 1999)
King got his start with the Cubs, but pitched another nine years after he left them. In 593 career appearances he never started a game.