Today's Featured Cub: Davey Johnson
He went into coaching shortly thereafter and has since won six divisional championships and a World Series title (with the 1986 Mets) as a manager.
Today's Featured Baseball Card: Davey Johnson
(Topps 1979 Baseball Card)
This card has the stats from his final big league season of 1978: 138 at bats, 19 runs, 32 hits, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 4 homers, 20 RBI, and a batting average of .232
Nickname of the Day: Doc
From The Pages of History
Wrigley at 100
(Photo: Wrigley Field postcard, 1940s)
The year was 1928, and Wrigley Field was known as a place that ushers would take bribes to allow people into the good seats. Frain offered to give back Mr. Wrigley's money if he wasn't completely satisfied with his performance as an usher. Wrigley was so impressed he hired Frain to run the entire show, and gave him $5000 for uniforms.
Those uniforms became his company's trademark.
In the 1930s, 40s, and 50s, the Notre Dame blue and gold Andy Frain uniforms were on hand at every major sporting event in Chicago, including football, baseball, and hockey games. They also kept the peace at political conventions, the Kentucky Derby, and more.
Here are a few tips for keeping the peace, directly from the mouth of Andy Frain...
*"Never trust a man with a mustache or a man who carries an umbrella"
*"No muscle is gonna clip me. I never had a nickel. Finally after a lot of hard work I made something of myself. They're gonna take that away from me?"
*"Ninety percent of the public wants somethin' for nothin'. When you run a big sports event, every one of those seats is there to be cracked. They throw every gimmick in the book at you."
*"The only color I'm interested in is the color of the customer's ticket."
*"There's nothing like a six-footer in uniform to control a panicky crowd. Besides that, a tough guy isn't so likely to give you an argument if you're lookin' down on him. That's psychology."
*"Never let a standee sit down. Once they sit down, you can't get 'em up."
Andy died in 1964. His sons carried on the company until 1982 when they sold it to a group of investors from Cleveland. The people that bought it went belly up a few years later and the Frain brothers repurchased the company once again. They finally sold it off for good in 1991.
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Matt was an outfielder/third baseman who known for his speed. In only 60 at-bats with the Cubs, he managed to steal ten bases. He stole nearly a hundred more before his big league career was over despite only hitting .214.