Today's Featured Cub: Big Ed Reulbach
During his years with the Cubs, Ed was a superstar. It seemed that Ed always saved his best performances for the most crucial games. He pitched a one-hitter in the 1906 World Series against the White Sox (one of only 5 one-hitters in World Series history). In 1907 he won another World Series game for the Cubs. In 1908 he did something truly remarkable; he pitched two shutouts in one day! Those late September games against Brooklyn were crucial to the Cubs pennant hopes. He was rewarded for his heroic performance by being given the ball for Game 1 of the 1908 World Series, which he also won.
His final World Series appearance for the Cubs came in Game 3 of the series against the Philadelphia Athletics in 1910. Big Ed's luck run out that day, as the A's beat the Cubs 12-5 at West Side Grounds.
Ed was the last surviving member of the last World Series Champion Cubs team when he passed away at age 79 in 1961.
Today's Featured Baseball Card: Big Ed Reulbach
(1909 Tobacco Baseball Card)
These cards are very small. This photo here is close to it's actual size.
The back of the card doesn't have any stats. It simply has an ad for "Piedmont: The Cigarette of Quality"
If it did have his 1908 stats, they would be impressive: 24 wins, 7 losses, 297.2 innings pitched, 227 hits allowed, 133 strikeouts, 106 walks, and a 2.03 ERA.
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He played one game with Chicago, got three at bats, struck out twice, and made two errors as a catcher. Believe it or not, he did play another two years in the big leagues with Washington after that.
~Jim Tyrone 1949 (Cubs 1972-75)
The outfielder saw limited playing time with the Cubs during three different seasons. His brother Wayne also played in the Cubs organization at the same time, but somehow never played on the same team as his brother.
~Kevin Roberson 1968 (Cubs 1993-1995)
In his rookie year of 1993, Roberson did get a fair amount of playing time (180 at bats) and did deliver some power (9hrs, 27RBI), but his lifetime batting average was .197.