Sunday, December 22, 2013

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 11,947 Cubs cards from 86 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1950s / 1960s: 1961 Topps #12 Moe Thacker Moe!  I've written about Moe before.  Moe spent the 1961 season going back and forth between AAA and the Cubs.  He opened the season with the Cubs but lasted only until May 1.  He came back in June before going back to AAA at the end of July.  For the season with the Cubs he hit .171 in 25 games.  I wonder why they kept sending him back?!

1970s: 1972 Topps #534 Jim Hickman (No Green)  This is another card I've written about before.  Hickman has a solid season in 1972, hitting ..272 with 17 HRs and 64 RBIs.  He was the NL Player of the Week the first week in May when he hit .556 with 3 homers and 5 RBIs

1980s: 1984 Drakes #7 Ron Cey It was just a month ago that I featured all of the Drakes cards.  Cey was one of two Cubs in the '84 set.  This surprised me, but Cey led the '84 Cubs in homers and RBIs.  I would have thought either Sandberg or Gary Matthews were the leaders in those categories.  He was also the leagues top fielding third baseman with a fielding percentage of .967.

1990s: 1990 Woolworths #21 Ryne Sandberg  I had a post on all of the Cubs Woolworth cards in July.  It is the only card Woolworths made of the Hall of Famer.  Ryno was very good in the 1990 season.  He blasted 40 homers and also won his eighth straight gold glove.  The 40 homers were good enough to lead the National League, the first time a second baseman led the league since 1925.  

2000s: 2000 Topps #106 Mickey Morandini  Micvkey got a card in the 2000, but he wasn't with the Cubs. After spending the 1998 and 1999 seasons in Chicago, he was granted free agency.  The Expos signed him, but traded him to the Phillies near the end of spring training.  He was with the Phillies until early August when he was sent north to the other Canadian team, the Blue Jays.  The 35 games he played with the Blue Jays were the last games of his career.

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