Sunday, July 13, 2014

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 12,464 Cubs cards from 90 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1973 Topps #527 Dan McGinn  McGinn has a card in the '73 set, but his final MLB game was with the Cubs on October 3, 1972.  The Cubs had picked him up at the start of the '72 season to bolster the bullpen.  Instead, McGinn bombed in the bullpen, going 0-5 with an ERA north of 5.  He spent the 1973 season in AAA, playing for the Cubs and later Cardinal's farm team.

1980s:1988 Starting Lineup Talking Baseball Luis Quinones  These cards didn't come with Startling Lineup figures, they were with the Talking Baseball game (more on it here.)  Quinones was a journeyman infielder who spent the 1987 season with the Cubs.  His .218 average in 49 games good enough for Kenner to include him in their game.  It wasn't good enough for the Cubs to keep him on their roster.  He was traded to the Reds just before the start of the '88 season and spent most of the year in AAA.

1990s: 1991 Stadium Club #3 Shawon Dunston  The RNG picked this card from the inaugural issue of Stadium Club.  Dunston's 1991 season was a tale of two halves.  He got off to a very slow start (.232) before the All Star break, but took off after the break (.300).  He led all NL shortstops in putouts.

2000s: 2004 Timeless Teams #54 Jim Hickman  It was nice to include the 1969 Cubs among all the other pennant and World Series champs in the Timeless Teams set.  Hickman was the right fielder and hit 21 home run.  He didn't become a regular in the lineup until August and ended the season very strongly...14 homers and 31 RBIs in two months.  He was the only regular with anything left in the tank.  The others were worn ragged by September, a big factor in the team's collapse.

2010s: 2010 Topps Traded #184 Blake DeWitt  DeWitt came to the Cubs from the Dodgers at the trade deadline, Ted Lilly and Ryan Theriot went west.  He hit .250 for the Cubs in 53 games.

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