Today's Featured Cubs Announcer: Lew Fonseca
After his playing/managing career ended, he settled in Chicago and became one of the early radio announcers for the Chicago Cubs.
Listen for his play-by-play in this montage of very early Cubs announcers.
Lew Fonseca is buried in the same cemetery (All Saints in Des Plaines) as another famous Cubs announcer, Harry Caray.
Today's Featured Baseball Card: Dave Smith
Dave Smith was born on this day in 1955. He was a great relief pitcher for the Houston Astros for ten years. He was a two-time all-star, and is second on the all-time Astros team save list. He came to the Cubs at the end of his career, and quickly developed arm problems. He struggled through two seasons for the Cubs 1991-1992, before retiring.
When Smith died unexpectedly in 2008 at the age of 53, it hit his ex-teammates hard. “He was probably one of the most giving people I ever met,” former Astros reliever Charlie Kerfeld told the Houston Chronicle. “He was probably known around the league as the best tipper around the league. (The news of his death) is a tough one. You ain’t supposed to go this early.”
The stats on the back of this card are from the 1991 season: 35 games, 33 innings pitched, 39 hits allowed, 19 walks, 16 strikeouts, 17 saves, and an ERA of 6.00.
Nickname of the Day: The Polish Prince
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His brother Andy was already a star MLB pitcher when Alan came to the big leagues. Alan had a few good years with the Cardinals before hurting his arm. He was never quite the same after that, including his two seasons with the Cubs.