Today's Featured Cub: Willie Greene
His name was Willie Greene.
He batted .201 in more than 300 at bats and never played in the big leagues again.
Today's Featured Baseball Card: Ernie Banks
On this day in 1977, Ernie Banks was elected into Baseball's Hall of Fame in his first year on the ballot. He was the only player that received enough votes that year. Al Lopez, Amos Rusie, and Joe Sewell were also voted in by the Veteran's Committee.
On the back of this baseball card, you'll see the stats from Ernie's resurgent 1968 season: 552 at bats, 136 hits, 27 doubles, 0 triples, 32 homers, 83 RBI and a .246 average. He was 37 years old at the time.
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He passed away in New Jersey in 1951.
Other Cubs Birthdays
He was part of the Ron Santo trade with the White Sox (along with Steve Stone and Steve Swisher). He was mainly used as a swing man, switching between the bullpen and starting. He did pitch one complete game.
~Anthony Young 1966 (Cubs 1994-95)
Anthony will always be remembered for his O-fer streak. From April 14, 1994--May 1, 1994, Anthony went 27 consecutive starts without a win.
~Phil Nevin 1971 (Cubs 2006)
He was a member of the Cubs for exactly two months, but during that time the former #1 overall pick in the draft did pretty well. He hit 12 homers filling in for the injured Derrek Lee.
~Kevin Coffman 1965 (Cubs 1990)
The Cubs got him in the Jody Davis trade, and things never really worked out in Chicago. His 11.26 ERA in 18.2 innings pretty much sums it up.
~Chris Stynes 1973 (Cubs 2002)
He had a couple of really good seasons as a third baseman for the Reds before coming to Chicago, but with the Cubs he hit only .241. He's more remembered for his goggles than his hitting stroke.
~Amaury Telemaco 1974 (Cubs 1996-1998)
He did manage to pitch in the big leagues for nine seasons, but if you look at his stats, you have to wonder how he pulled it off. His lifetime ERA is 4.94.