Today's Featured Cub: Steve Trout
This was one of those rare good trades for the Cubs. Fletcher became the starting second baseman for the White Sox, but the Cubs had another youngster at that position named Sandberg. Tidrow was a serviceable reliever for the Sox, but he was near the end of his career.
Meanwhile, Steve Trout, the son of a man who had beaten the Cubs in the 1945 World Series, somehow became a fan favorite at Wrigley Field. In 1984 he was part of a great rotation that led the team to the brink of the World Series. In his only postseason start, Trout even won Game 2 of that series in Wrigley Field.
Today's Featured Baseball Card: Steve Trout
The season after the Cubs went to the playoffs their entire starting rotation went down with injuries, including Trout.
The stats on the back of this card come from that 1985 season: 9 wins, 7 losses, 140.2 innings pitched, 142 hits allowed, 44 strikeouts, 63 walks, and a 3.39 ERA.
From the Pages of History
Nickname of the Day: Lucky
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Jimmy Adair passed away in Texas in 1982.
Other Cubs Birthdays
Roach played eight years in the big leagues, including part of the 1961 season with the Cubs. He missed two full seasons of his prime baseball years because he was serving in the military.
~Jose Macias 1972 (Cubs 2004-05)
He was a utility man (infielder/outfielder/pinch hitter) who was a favorite of manager Dusty Baker. He played for the Tigers and Expos before coming to Chicago.
~Dan Serafini 1974 (Cubs 1999)
Dan had a rough go of it pitching in the big leagues (6.04 lifetime ERA, 1.71 lifetime WHIP), but managed to hang on for parts of seven seasons. In 2006, a Cubs fan with a blog called "Serafini Says" was interviewed by the Twins radio station thinking it was the pitcher himself. They broadcast the interview without realizing their mistake.