Chicago Cubs 
May Birthdays

Keith Moreland, (Cubs, 1982-1987) May 2

In 6 years with the Cubs, Moreland hit exactly 100 home runs.  He batted .281 with an on-base average of .341 and a slugging percentage of .429.  He batted .302 with the 1983 Cubs, led the Cubs in 1986 with 106 RBI's and helped lead the 1984 Cubs to just one victory short of a World Series appearance.  

Ryan Dempster, (Cubs, 2004-2012) May 3

Dempster had a great career with the Cubs both as a closer, early in his Cubs career while he was getting past some past injuries and later as a solid pitcher in the Cubs rotation for teams that went to the playoffs in 2007 & 2008.  His 87 saves are 5th on the Cubs all-time list (after the 2020 season) behind Lee Smith, Bruce Sutter, Carlos Marmol & Randy Myers.  Dempster had a great season for the 2008 Cubs playoff team.  He finished with a 17-6 record, a 2.96 ERA and finished 6th in the NL Cy Young voting.  Dempster's 67 wins with the Cubs is 38th on the Cubs all-time list (after the 2020 season).  

Joe Borowski (Cubs, 2001-2005) May 4

Joe Borowski made an impact on the Cubs being their closer for the 2003 season that made it to the playoffs.  He pitched 7 2/3 innings in that postseason giving up just one earned run, getting one victory and earning one save.

Vic Saier  Born:  5/4/1891 Died: 5/14/1919 (Cubs, 1911-1917)

A first baseman for the Cubs, Saier played 7 of his 8 major league seasons with the Cubs. His best season was 1913 when he batted .289 hit 14 HR's, drove in 92 runs and led the league in triples with 21.  Saier's claim to fame is that he drove in the winning run in the first Cubs game at Wrigley Field (Weeghman Park).  On April 20, 1916, Saier singled in the 11th inning driving in Cy Williams to lead the Cubs to a 7-6 victory over the Reds.

Bill Hands, (Cubs, 1966-1972) May 6

Hands had 7 great seasons with the Cubs, pitching alongside Cubs pitchers like Fergie Jenkins, Ken Holtzman & Milt Pappas.  His career record with the team was 92-86 with a 3.18 ERA.  His 92 wins are 23rd on the Cubs all-time list (after the 2020 season).  He finished in the NL top ten 3 straight years in complete games from 1969-1971.  In 1969,   He won 20 games (5th in the NL) in 1969 with a 2.49 ERA (9th in the NL).  

Ross Barnes  Born: 5/8/1850 Died: 2/5/1915 (Cubs, 1876-1877)

In 1876, Barnes had an amazing season leading the league in runs, hits, doubles, batting average (.429) on base % and slugging %.  

Jim Hickman    5/10  (Cubs, 1968-1973)

Jim Hickman was a solid performer for the Cubs as an outfielder and first baseman playing 7 of his 13 major league seasons with the Cubs.  An all-star in 1970, this was also his best year batting .315 scoring 102 runs, hitting 32 home runs and driving in 115 runs.  

Milt Pappas  Born: 5/11/1930 Died: 4/19/2016

Milt Pappas spent the last 4 years of his 13 year major league career as a starting pitcher for the Cubs.  He was a  3-time all-star prior to coming to the Cubs.  Pappas won 17 games for the Cubs in both 1971 and 1972.  Pappas had a career highlight when he no-hit the San Diego Padres as a Cub at Wrigley Field on September 2, 1972 when he threw a no-hitter.  Although, even to this day, Pappas believes the no-hitter should have been a perfect game after he thought  he had the 27th batter, Larry Stahl struck out, but Bruce Froemming called one of Pappas pitches a ball that led to a Stahl getting a walk, the only baserunner for the Padres in a 8-0 Cubs victory.  

Hank Borowy   Born: 5/12/1916 Died: 8/23/2004  (Cubs, 1945-1948)

Hank Bowory came to Cubs late in 1945 and was a key player in the Cubs run to the NL pennant and their last appearance in the World Series.  Bowory won 21 games in 1945 and was 11-2 with the Cubs with a 2.13 ERA.  In his 4 seasons with the Cubs, Bowory did not come close to repeating his 1945 performance and ended his Cubs career with a 36-34 record with a 3.85 ERA.

Jimmy Archer   Born: 5/13/1883 Died: 3/29/1958  (Cubs, 1909-1917) 

The catcher on the 1910 Cubs World Series team.  He led the league in caught stealing percentage at 54.2%.  

Willson Contreras, (2016 to current)  May 13

Contreras made his MLB debut with the Cubs and was a very important player for the 2016 Cubs World Series championship.  He was an NL all-star in 2018 and 2019.

Dick Tidrow (Cubs, 1979-1982) May 14

Dick Tidrow was a very solid relief pitcher in his 4 years with the Cubs.  He led the league with 84 pitched games in 1980.  His best seasons with the Cubs were in 1979 and 1980 with a 2.72 ERA and 2.79 in 1979 and 1980.  In a 13 year career with multiple teams as both a starting and relief pitcher, Tidrow put together a very solid career and has gone on to stay in baseball becoming an executive with the San Francisco Giants. 

Fred Goldsmith Born: 5/15/1856 Died: 3/28/1939

Fred Goldsmith  (Cubs, 1880-1884)-one of the top pitchers on the 1880, 1881, 1882 championship, Chicago White Stockings teams.  His career record with the team was 107-63 with an ERA of 2.78.  

Rick Reuschel, (Cubs, 1972-1981, 1983-1984) May 16

Reuschel is one of the best pitchers in Cubs history.  His 135 wins as a Cub is 12th best in Cubs history, just ahead of Greg Maddux (133).  The only living person who has more wins in a Cubs uniform is Fergie Jenkins (167). His total WAR is 2nd (48.3) behind Fergie Jenkins (53.0).  His career ERA with the Cubs is 3.50 and his 1,367 strikeouts is 5th on the Cubs all-time list behind Fergie Jenkins, Carlos Zambrano, Kerry Wood & Charlie Root.  

Carlos Pena, (Cubs, 2011)  May 17

Pena played just one season with the Cubs, but he did hit 28 home runs with 80 RBI and 101 walks with the team. You can also see him on the Marquee network providing analysis on the Cubs.  

Augie Galan  Born: 5/23/1912 Died: 12/28/1993 (Cubs, 1934-1941)

Augie Galan spent 8 of his 16 major league seasons with the Cubs.  He primarily played left field for the Cubs, but also played infield for the Cubs as well.  He was an All-Star in 1936.  He led the NL in steals twice with the Cubs (22 in 1935, 22 in 1937).  His best season was 1935 as he led the NL in Runs scored with 133, collected 201 hits, with 41 doubles, 11 triples, 12 home runs and 79 RBI.  He batted .314 with an on-base % of .399.  After leaving the Cubs, Galan led the league in Walks twice with the Dodgers (103 walks in 1943 and 101 in 1944).

Jack Pfiester  Born: 5/24/1878 Died: 9/2/1953

Jack Pfiester  (Cubs, 1906-1911)-In his 8 year major league career, Pfeister spent 6 of those with the Cubs, primarily during their championship years as the Cubs went to the World Series from 1906-1908 and 1910.  Pfeister led the league in ERA in the Cubs championship season of 1907 with a 1.15 ERA.  He won 20 games in 1906 and earned a complete game victory in the Cubs World Series championship in 1907.

Todd Walker (Cubs, 2004-2006) May 25

Todd Walker was a very productive second baseman for nearly 3 full season with the Cubs.

Jason Bere  (Cubs, 2001-2002)  May 26

Jason Bere was a solid contributor in the Cubs rotation for 2 years with the team.  In 2001, he posted an 11-11 record in 188 innings pitched striking out 175 batters.  

Ben Zobrist (Cubs, 2016-2019) May 26

Zobrist joined the Cubs in 2016 as a free agent after winning a World Series championship with the Kansas City Royals and helped the Cubs win the World Series in 2016.  He was an all-star in 2016 and was named MVP of the World Series.