Chicago Cubs
January Birthdays


Ted Lilly 1/4  (2007-2010)
A very popular Cubs pitcher who participated in 2 playoff seasons with the team.  His 17  wins in 2008 was 3rd in the NL.  He was an all-star in 2009. 


Kris BryantKris Bryant

January 4

Happy birthday to Cubs third baseman (sometimes outfielder), Kris Bryant.  

Bryant was NL Rookie of the Year in 2015 and NL MVP in 2016 for the World Series champion Cubs team.  


Bob DernierBob Dernier

January 5

Happy birthday to Bob Dernier.  He won the Gold Glove for the 1984 Cubs team.  His 45 stolen bases were the most for a Cubs player since 1906 (at that time) when Frank Chance stole 57 and Johnny Evers stole 49.  

Danny Jackson   1/5  (1991-1992)
Danny Jackson was a big offseason free agent signing his first year with the team, but he ended up being just 5-14 in a less than two full seasons with the team.

Jeff Fassaro   1/5  (2001-2002)
Fassero pitched in 82 games and saved 12 games with the 2001 Cubs. 

Riggs Stephenson 1/5 (1926-1934)
A great Cubs hitter that had a career .336 batting average with the team (tied with Bill Madlock for best in team history-after 2019 season).  Stephenson participated in 2 World Series (1929 & 1932).  He led the NL in doubles (47) in 1927. 

Bill Dahlen   1/5/1870  died 12/5/1950  (1891-1898)
Dahlen had a career .299 batting average in nine seasons with the team.  In 1894, Dahlen had a 42 game hitting streak.  This is the longest hitting streak in Cubs history (after 2019 season) and the 4th longest in MLB history behind only Joe Dimaggio, Willie Keeler & Pete Rose.

Lee WallsLee Walls

January 6

The birthday of Cubs outfielder (1957-1959).  He was an all-star with the 1958 Cubs hitting 24 home runs with 72 RBI. 

Alfonso Soriano 1/7  (2007-2013)
Soriano signed a big free agent contract with the Cubs prior to the 2007 season.  He was an all-star with the team twice (2007-2008) and his 181 home runs with the team is 12th in team history (after the 2019 season). 

Jon Lester 1/7  (2015-current)
Jon Lester won 2 World Series championships with the Boston Red Sox and came to the Cubs in 2015 as a big free agent signing to help the Cubs do the same.  He was an important part of the 2016 World Series championship. 

Bruce Sutter 1/8  (1976-1980)
Sutter saved 133 games with the Cubs, 2nd in team history to Lee Smith (after 2019 season).  Sutter was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2006. 

Ivan Dejesus-(1977-1981), January 9 
Ivan Dejesus played just 5 of his 15 seasons in the major leagues with the Cubs, but he certainly has left his mark on Cubs history in multiple ways. A solid shortstop, both offensively and defensively, Dejesus led the NL in runs scored with the Cubs in 1977 with 104.  He stole 154 bases with the Cubs in 5 seasons, including a career high 44 in 1980.  Dejesus began his career
with the Dodgers and the trade that brought him to the Cubs also included future batting title winner, Bill Buckner.  When Dejesus was traded to the Phillies in 1982, it brought Larry Bowa as his replacement at shortstop and a young infielder by the name of Ryne Sandberg.  Dejesus has also coached at the major league level for multiple teams throughout the years including serving as a base coach for the Cubs as well.

Lloyd McClendon   1/11  (1989-1990)
McClendon was an important bench player for the 1989 Cubs playoff team.  After his playing career,  McClendon was a coach and MLB manager. 

Bill Madlock 1/12  (1974-1976)
A short, but great Cubs career.  Madlock finished 3rd in Rookie of the Year voting in 1974.   He won the batting title with the Cubs in 1975 & 1976.  Madlock won 2 more batting titles in a very successful 15 year MLB career. 

January 17

The birthday of Cubs infielder (1960-1961) and manager (1988-1991), Don Zimmer.  

He was an all-star in 1961 and played in the same Cubs infield as Ernie Banks.  

In 1989, the Cubs won the NL East with 93 victories.  Zimmer was named NL manager of the year.  


Amaury Telemaco,  (1996-1998)  January 19
Telemaco had a best Cubs debuts in team history.  On May 16, 1996, Telemaco pitched 7 shutout innings, giving up just one hit.  In less than 3 full seasons with the Cubs, Telemaco won 6 games with 11 losses with a 5.36 ERA. 


Geovany SotoGeovany Soto

January 20

Happy birthday to Cubs catcher (2005-2012), Geovany Soto.  He was NL Rookie of the Year and an NL All-Star in 2008.  

Mike Krukow (1976-1981) January 21
Mike Krukow began a very solid pitching career with the Cubs in 1976, playing 6 of his 14 seasons in the major leagues with the Cubs.  An all-star once with the Giants, in 1986, he also won 20 games in that same season.  Krukow's Cubs career record was 45-50 with a 4.17 ERA.

In the 1981 offseason, Dallas Green traded Krukow to the Phillies for Keith Moreland, Dickie Noles and Dan Larson.

Addison Russell 1/23   (2015-current)
Addison Russell hit 21 home runs with 95 RBI and was an all-star in 2016 to help the Cubs win the World Series. 

Jeff Samardzija 1/23  (2008-2014)
Jeff Samarzija was opening day starter for the Cubs twice (2013, 2014). In 7 seasons with the Cubs, he had a 31-42 record with a 3.97 ERA.  

Tim Stoddard   1/24   (1984)
Tim Stoddard was an important relief pitcher for the Cubs 1984 playoff team.  He won 10 games and lost 6 with 7 saves and a 3.82 ERA.  

January 24

Happy birthday to Cubs pitcher, Jose Quintana (2017 to current).  In 2018, he had a record of 13-11 with a 4.03 ERA (ERA+ of 106).  

Tommy La Stella  (2015-2018), January 31
Tommy La Stella was an important part-time player and pinch-hitter with the Cubs during multiple playoff teams, including the Cubs 2016 World Series championship team. 

Ernie Banks (1953-1971), January 31
Mr. Cub, one of the greatest hitters in Cubs history.  He is the only Cubs player in team history to win back to back MVP awards (1958-1959) and was a 14-time all-star.  He led the NL in home runs & RBI twice.