The blog hits the 3 year mark today.
It's been a very quick three years. Over that span I've written over 1,100 posts, made some trades with other bloggers, received some great gift packages, and acquired a boatload of new cards, and have had fun along the way.
Having a card collection led me to blogging and having a blog has kept me moving forward with the collection. They both go well together. I'm not at a point where I'm tired or bored with either, so the plan is to keep up with each.
Thank you to all of you who've been reading, whether you came in at the start, or have joined in along the way.
To celebrate 3, I've got cards of all the Cubs players that have worn #3 over the years. The list is a shorter list than other numbers because 3 has been worn by many coaches/managers. Traditionally the Cubs set aside numbers 1-5 for the non-playing staff. That custom is pretty much gone these days, but it has kept the 3 list small.
I'll show the players chronologically, starting with the oldest.
Hall of Famer Kiki Cuyler, 1932-1935
Gene Lillard, 1936
Ripper Collins, 1937-1938
Phil Cavarretta, 1939-1940
Walt Lanfranconi, 1941
Hal Jeffcoat, 1953
Gale Wade, 1955
Owen Friend, 1955-1956
Jim Bolger, 1957-1958
Chad Hermansen, 2002...the first active player the wear the number in 44 years!
Jeromy Burnitz, 2005
Ryan Theriot, 2006
Cesar Izturis, 2006-2007
Eric Patterson, 2007
I do also want to show one of the non-active Cubs to wear #3....
Manager Herman Franks, an infamous....