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Reb

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Re: Cubs History
« Reply #1230 on: September 13, 2020, 09:07:29 pm »
Another Cubs Quiz.

Who is this former Cubs player?

1. Won an MVP some years before playing for the Cubs.

2. Won eight Gold Gloves.

3. Was traded for a future HOFer.

4. In final season of his career, he was sent to a club that had one of the epic late-season collapses in MLB history.

5. Turns age 95 later this month (hopefully).

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« Reply #1231 on: September 13, 2020, 09:12:24 pm »
That final season must have been with the '64 Phillies, right?

(Or were there any 44-year-olds on the '69 Cubs?)

Reb

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« Reply #1232 on: September 13, 2020, 09:22:56 pm »
Here’s another clue.

He was selected in the 1961 AL expansion draft AND selected in the 1962 NL expansion draft. He also played for a first-year relocated franchise.

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Re: Cubs History
« Reply #1233 on: September 13, 2020, 10:36:15 pm »
I know this one...

Tuffy

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« Reply #1234 on: September 13, 2020, 11:52:35 pm »
I did some digging (there are only so many 95-year-old former major leaguers still alive) and figured out who it is.

I had had no idea that he played for the Cubs.  I think he's most famous for his time with the Yankees.

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« Reply #1235 on: September 14, 2020, 01:55:22 am »
Yeah, it’s Bobby Shantz.

Was AL MVP in 1952 with Phily A’s. That was a 8.8 bWAR season.

In the 1960 WS, Shantz came into Game 7 for the Yanks in 3rd inning with Pirates leading 4-0. He then pitched 5 scoreless innings, pitching to the minimum of 15 batters. He came out to pitch the 8th inning with Yanks now leading 7-4...and gave up three consecutive singles and was relieved by Jim Coates and with Yanks leading 7-5. Coates ended up giving up a two-out 3-run homer to Hal Smith—-arguably the most significant homer in a game 7 ever—in terms of altering the win probability of the game.

In 1964, Shantz was part of the Cubs return for Lou Brock and in August was sold to the Phillies. He pitched well for the Phillies but blew the lead in one critical final-week game.

He was selected by the Senators in the 1961 expansion draft but traded a couple days later and was picked by Houston in the 1962 expansion draft.

Shantz retired after the 1964 season. What a career! Hope he lives to 100 (and more).

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« Reply #1236 on: September 14, 2020, 02:11:51 am »
Here’s a fun article from a few years ago about Shantz still doing card shows in his 90s!

I know he still signs because I recently got a 5x7 photo of him with the 1964 Cubs that he signed just a few months ago.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/davidseideman/2017/08/23/diminutive-91-year-old-pitcher-beats-hulk-hogan-at-autograph-show/

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Re: Cubs History
« Reply #1237 on: September 14, 2020, 02:31:43 am »
Just to wrap this up....

Shantz was a pretty good hitter, with a .195 career BA. His career K% as a hitter was 15%.

Cubs as a team are 26.5% in 2020. MLB best are Astros at 20%.

Oh, and Shantz was traded to the Pirates in 1961 for......HARRY BRIGHT.

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Re: Cubs History
« Reply #1238 on: September 17, 2020, 08:41:48 pm »
Happy Birthday to Wildfire Schulte...wish oldfan was here to tell us all about him...


https://sabr.org/bioproj/person/frank-schulte/
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