Sunday, October 30, 2016

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 14,459 Cubs cards from 109 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1958 Topps #241 Dick Littlefield Though shown as a Cub, Littlefield spent the 1958 season with the Braves.  He pitched in just four games in May and saw his big league career come to an end.

1980s: 1988 Big #100 Jim Sundberg  The Cubs released Sundberg in July of 1998 after playing in just 24 games. The Rangers picked him up and he finished his career back where he had the most success.

1990s: 1990 Topps #86 Paul Kilgus  The Cubs traded the lefty in December, 1989 and he spent the 1990 season with the Blue Jays and the AAA team in Syracuse.

2000s: 2003 Leaf #139 Alex Gonzalez  The media continues to refer to game 6 of the 2003 NLCS as the Bartman game.  Don't blame Bartman.  The game should be called the Gonzalez game because his error on a double play ball is what really opened the flood gates.

2010s: 2014 Allen & GInter #247 Billy Williams Mini Black  I've got several variations of Billy's 2014 A&G card in the player collection, including this one.


  1. I refer to it as the Gonzalez game, but a lot of people (even Cubs fans) don't remember/know who is Alex Gonzalez is.
    Most of the freshmen boys I teach, who were born in 2001, know who Bartman is. Argh.

  2. I always call it the Gonzales game. While watching it I wasn't bothered at all by the Bartman/Alou incident. The Gonzales play had me screaming. How does it not get put in the same paragraph as the Durham play? (and I really liked Leon Durham)