Recently I was paging through my Fleer binder and came upon several cards that showed the right number but the wrong guy.
I'll start with this card, that shows Larry Biittner wearing #26. I remember when Biittner joined the Cubs and it was a real shock to me to see #26 being worn by someone other than
Billy Williams. Maybe Biittner got the word, too, because later in his time with the Cubs he switched to #33.
Lenny Randal has #21. Like him or not, for most Cub fans, any mention of #21 brings
Sammy Sosa to mind, not Lenny Randall.
Why does Lloyd McClendon have
Ron Santo's number?
Randy Martz is wearing a number that is now associated with the recently retired
Kerry Wood. I wonder how long it will be before we see another Cub wearing #34? When he left the team after the 2008 season, it took a little more than a season before Jeff Gray was given #34. Jeff Gray???
We end with the second to last player to wear #23, Jim Tracy, who gave way to
So what numbers do you have that are permanently etched in your mind as belonging to a certain player?