Saturday, December 26, 2009

Sharing A Birthday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

I checked to see if there were any Cubs that shared a December 25th birthday with Jesus. I found four in my collection.

The most recognized would be Manny Trillo. Actually, Manny's given name is Jesus Manuel Trillo. I wonder how his parents came up with that name when he was born on December 25, 1950?? Trillo had two stints with the Cubs, first from 1975 - 1978 and later from 1986 - 1988. He finished third in rookie of the year voting in 1975 and was an All Star with the Cubs in 1977

The rest of the Cubbie Christmas babies are guys I had barely heard of and whose careers were very unremarkable.

Catcher Chris Krug, a .203 average in 71 games with the Cubs over two seasons.

Outfielder Scott Bullett, who hit .241 in 213 games in 1995 and 1996.

Outfielder Tarrik Brock, played in 13 games with the Cubs in 2000 and hit .167.

Here is the list of all of the Major League Christmas birthdays, which include three Hall of Fame players.


  1. I got a chance to interview Chris Krug while doing a radio series on the 1966 Cubs, he's a very nice fellow. He was one of the people who put together the "Field of Dreams" for the movie.

  2. He was actually the person that built the field! He owned the company Athletic Turfs, that did many fields here in So Cal.