Featured Cubs Trainer: Andy Lotshaw
Well, Andy actually played an important role in the career of Cubs pitching great Guy Bush. Bush was one of the mainstays of the Cubs pitching staff during most of the 1920s and the early 1930s. He won double digit games in nine seasons in a row (including 20 wins one year), but was really best known for his incredible endurance.
He was always among the league leaders in games pitched, and often served as the closer between his starts. During his Cubs years he pitched an amazing 2201 innings and completed 127 games. The rest of the league wanted to know what his secret was, but Guy Bush would never reveal it. There was a very good reason for that--he didn't know what it was.
Cubs trainer Andy Lotshaw applied a "secret dark liniment" to Guy's arm, and Guy was convinced that liniment was what kept his arm loose. Andy wouldn't even tell Guy what it was. It wasn't until the Cubs traded Bush to the Pirates in 1935 that Lotshaw finally admitted the ingredients of the secret dark liniment to the pitcher.
It was Coca-Cola
Today's Featured Baseball Card: Ryne Sandberg
On this day in 1982, the Cubs acquired veteran shortstop Larry Bowa from the Philadelphia Phillies for Ivan DeJesus. The Phillies also threw in a minor league infielder to sweeten the deal. (Photo)
His name escapes me at the moment. I need to check how his career turned out. It looks like the Cubs played him at third base.
The stats on the back of the card are from the 1982 season, his rookie year: 635 at bats, 103 runs, 172 hits, 33 doubles, 5 triples, 7 homers, 54 RBI, 32 stolen bases, and a .271 batting average.
Nickname of the Day: Jumbo
Cup of Coffee
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Otis played six years in the majors, including part of the 1913 season for the Cubs. He hit .229 as a backup outfielder.
~Bob Borkowski 1926 (Cubs 1950-51)
The son of Cubs scout was an umpire in an Army pickup game during the war and recommended Borkowski to his pop. Bob played quite a bit as a reserve outfielder in his rookie season of 1950, and was traded to the Reds along with Smoky Burgess in 1951. The Cubs lived to regret that trade. Burgess played in the big leagues until the late 60s.