Monday, March 22, 2010

Jack Brickhouse Cubs Cards: Diamonds

This suit takes us through the 1950's and 1960's and into the early 1970's. The weird thing is in the first two suits, the photos got newer as the cards got higher. With the Diamonds and Spades, its the opposite. The higher cards feature the older photos.

I have earlier posts about many of these players or events, so you will see several links today.

Hank Sauer was the NL MVP in 1952. He smashed 37 homers and knocked in 121 runs.

Mr. Cub broke in with the Cubs at the tail end of 1953.

On May 12, 1955, Sam Jones became the first black pitcher in MLB history to throw a no-hitter, as he blanked the Pirates 4-0.

Dale Long's claim to fame was being one of the few lefty catchers in MLB history, catching in two games for the 1958 Cubs.

Lou Boudreau made the move from the radio booth to the dugout on May 4, 1960. He replaced Charlie Grimm as manager, and Grimm took Boudreau's place on WGN radio.

Cardwell pitched a no-hitter in his first appearance with the Cubs after coming over in a trade with the Phillies.

Ken Hubbs was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1962 and he was also the first rookie to win a Gold Glove. He set fielding records in 1962, going 78 games and 418 chances without an error. Both streaks ended on September 5 with a fourth inning throwing error.

June 29, 1969 was Billy Williams Day at Wrigley Field. In a double header against the Cardinals, Williams tied and the set the NL record for consecutive games played.

I spent seven months writing about the 1969 season and the Cubs players. I've got nothing more to add today!

Holtzman threw the second of his two career no-hitters on June 3, 1971 against the Reds at Riverfront Stadium.

Santo hit career homer #300 on September 21, 1971. He ended his Cubs career with 337 (plus 5 more during his one season with the White Sox).

In 1971, Fergie became the first Cub pitcher to win the Cy Young Award. He was 24-13 with a 2.77 ERA.

Burt Hooton pitched a no-hitter in his fourth big league start, on April 16, 1972. He struck out seven and walked seven as the Cubs beat the Phillies 4-0. It wasn't the prettiest no-hitter, but it was still a no-hitter.

Tomorrow, I'll finish up this set as we look at the Spades.

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