Today's Featured Cub: Ivan de Jesus
But his 1981 season is among the worst in history. He hit only .194 in over 400 at bats, and drove in only 13 runs. The Cubs traded him after the year. It was probably their best trade in history, because in return for their .194 hitting shortstop the Cubs got a future Hall of Famer (Ryne Sandberg) and a gritty veteran starting shortstop (Larry Bowa) to keep the position warm until their star minor leaguer Shawon Dunston was ready to play in the big leagues.
Today's Featured Baseball Card: Ivan de Jesus
(Topps 1978 Baseball Card)
According to Baseball Reference his last name is actually written de Jesus, but you can forgive Topps for not getting that exactly correct. The way they wrote it is the way it always appeared in Chicago's newspapers.
The stats on the back of this card are from the 1977 season, and read as follows: 624 at bats, 91 runs, 166 hits, 31 doubles, 7 triples, 3 homers, 40 RBI, and a .266 batting average.
Nickname of the Day: Tarzan
Tarzan didn't hit much for average (lifetime .244), or power (16 career homers), and he didn't have a lot of speed (7 stolen bases in 5 big league seasons), but he did have one thing that many of his teammates desired for themselves...a great nickname.