Sunday, April 29, 2012

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 10,412 Cubs cards from 66 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1950s / 1960s: Topps 1969 #483 Ted Abernathy The submarining reliever was reacquired by the Cubs in January of 1969, previously spending the '65 and part of '66 season in Chicago. He and Phil Regan were the only relievers that Durocher went to consistently during the '69 season. He made 56 appearances, going 4-3 and adding three saves.

1970s: Topps 1975 #176 Burt Hooton This is Hooton's final Topps card with the Cubs. He got off to a horrid start in 1975, going 0-2 in three starts with a monster 8.18 ERA. The Cubs gave up on him and sent him to the Dodgers for Buddy Solomon and Geoff Zahn. It was a big mistake....Hooton went 18-7 with the Dodgers.

1980s: Score 1988 #602 Les Lancaster The 1988 season was Lancaster's first full season in the majors. By the All Star break he was a respectable 4-4 with 4 saves. His season fell apart after the break; he first missed time due to appendicitis, and then broke a bone in his foot.

1990s: Bowman 1993 #496 Rey Sanchez Looks like Sanchez is turning a double play against the A's in Mesa. Sanchez started 82 games at short for the '93 Cubs, making the Opening Day roster for the first time in his career. Injuries to his hip and hamstring limited his time in the second half of the season.

2000s: Topps Factory Team Set 2008 #CHC8 Ted Lilly It was a career year for Lilly in 2008, setting highs for wins (17) and stikeouts (184) while tying his high for starts (34). His 17 wins were the most by a Cub lefty since Ken Holtzman won 17 in 1970.

1 comment:

  1. A better week for the randomizer. Lilly's off to a good start with the Dodgers, 2-0, 9 hits and 2 earned runs allowed in 20 innings.