Sunday, April 21, 2013

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 11,378 Cubs cards from 81 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades. 

1950s/ 1960s: 1952 #194 Joe Hatten  Who is Joe Hatten and why is he not wearing a Cubs uniform?  Hatten came to the Cubs from the Dodgers during the 1951 season.  The picture has him in a Dodgers road uniform, with the originial picture being taken at the Polo Grounds.   He was a decent starter for the Dodgers during the late '40s, but by the time he came to the Cubs his career was pretty much over.  He went 4-4 in '52, which turned out to be his last year in the majors.

1970s: 1978 Hostess #5 Bruce Sutter  It must have been a cold day at Candlestick, since he left his jacket on.  And Bruce, you'll be a little more successful if you have a ball in your hand!  In 1978, Sutter had 27 saves and an 8-10 record. You can tell from his record that he pitched in era when the closer came into games you were leading and trailing.   Sutter also made the All Star team and picked up the win for the NL.

1980s: 1989 Big #143 Vance Law Coming off of an All Star season in 1988, Law tanked in '89.  His batting average dropped 58 points and he went from 78 to 42 RBIs.  The Cubs released him after the season and Law spent the 1990 season with the Chunichi Dragons

1990s: 1999 Pacific #85 Jose Hernandez  Jose was the Cubs starting shortstop for most of the late '90s, taking over for Shawon Dunston.  The 1999 season was his last with the Cubs (though he returned very briefly in 2003).  He was having a decent season (15 HRs, .272 average) but the Cubs decided to trade him to the Braves on July 31.

2000s: 2002 Fleer #205 Sammy Sosa  Sammy is taking a cut at Wrigley.  You can catch just a glimpse of the "C" on his right sleeve, a "C" for captain.  Hard to believe that they could make someone so in love with himself a team captain.

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