Chicago Cubs
November Birthdays

November 3

Happy birthday to Ken Holtzman  (1965-1971, 1978-1979) 
Holtzman and Jake Arrieta are the only 2 Cubs pitchers (post 1900) to pitch 2 no-hitters with the Cubs.  He also won 3 World Series championships with the Oakland A's (1972, 1973, 1974)

November 4
Tommy Leach  (1912-1914)
Tommy Leach spent 3 of his 14 years in the major leagues with the Cubs and led the league in Runs scored in 1913 with 99.  He primarily played CF, but also played a few games at 3B.

Joe NiekroJoe Niekro

November 7

The birthday of Joe Niekro

Joe Niekro began his MLB career with the Cubs, but had most of his impact with the Astros in
1970's and 1980's.  He won 221 MLB games and led the NL in wins (21) in 1979.

As a Cub, he pitched for the team from 1967 to 1969 before being traded early in the season to
the Padres along with Frankie Libran and Gary Ross.  The Cubs received Dick Selma in return. 

He had a 24-18 record with the Cubs and a 3.83 ERA.  He pitched in the same Cubs rotation as Fergie Jenkins, Rick Nye, Ken Holtzamn, Ray Culp, Curt Simmons, & Bill Hands.

His brother is Phil Niekro, a Hall of Fame pitcher who spent most of his MLB career with the Braves. 

November 8

Jeff Blauser   11/8 (1998-2000) 
Jeff Blauser spent the last 2 seasons of his 13 year major league career with the Cubs.  Signed as an off-season free agent, his performance probably didn't match up to the expectations, but he was a member of the Cubs 1998 playoff team.  

Darwin BarneyDarwin Barney

November 8

Happy birthday, Darwin Barney

Darwin Barney played for the Cubs from 2010 to 2014 and won the Gold Glove at second base for the NL in 2012.  He set the NL record for most consecutive errorless games at second base with 141 games from 4/18/2012 to 9/27/2012. 

Dwight SmithDwight Smith

November 8

Happy birthday, Dwight Smith

Dwight Smith combined with Jerome Walton in 1989 to capture all 24 first place votes for NL Rookie of the Year.  Walton got 22 and won Rookie of the Year, but Smith had a very
good season in 1998, finishing 2nd in the ROY voting and helping the Cubs make it to the

Smith batted .324 with 9 home runs, 52 RBI and 9 stolen bases in 1989.  It was his best season with the Cubs in 5 seasons with the team (1989-1993).  For his Cubs career, he hit 32 HR's, stole 39 bases with a slash line of .285/.341/.433. 

His son, Dwight Smith Jr. made his MLB debut with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2017 and is still playing in the MLB through 2020.

November 12

Happy birthday to Jody Davis (Cubs, 1981-1988).   Jody Davis managed the Triple A Reds team in Louisville in 2019.  

I wonder if we'll ever see him back in the majors as a manager one day.

November 12

Sammy Sosa   (1992-2004) 
Sammy Sosa hit 545 home runs in his Cubs career, 609 in his MLB career.  He was a 7-time all-star and won the NL MVP award in 1998. 

Dave Otto   (1994)     
Dave Otto is more well known for his commentating about the Cubs on local broadcasts, but he was a relief pitcher with the Cubs in his final year after an 8 year career in the major leagues.  

Johnny Kling (1900-1911)   
The starting catcher for the Cubs in 4 World Series appearances (1906, 1907, 1908, 1910), Kling played 11 years with the Cubs and 13 years in Major League Baseball.  Kling's strength was his defense, leading the league in fielding % (as a catcher) in 1906 and 1907.  His caught stealing % of 57.5 also lead the league in 1906.  

Willie HernandezWillie Hernandez

November 14

Happy birthday to Willie Hernandez (Cubs, 1977-1983)

His 3.9 WAR for the Cubs is 7th among all Cubs relief pitchers since 1960 behind Bruce Sutter, Lee Smith, Carlos Marmol, Pedro Strop, Sean Marshall & Paul Assenmacher.  

In 1984, Hernandez was AL MVP and Cy Young Award for the World Series champion, Detroit Tigers.  

Mitch WilliamsMitch Williams

November 17

Happy birthday to Mitch Williams (Cubs, 1989-1990).  He helped the Cubs get to the playoffs as the closer for the 1989 team.  

November 18

Jamie Moyer  (1986-1988)
Jamie Moyer began his amazing and long career in the major leagues with the Cubs.  In 2012, Moyer pitched in his 25th season.  Moyer was traded to the Rangers in a deal that included another long time great player and hitter, Rafael Palmeiro that brought Mitch "Wild thing" Williams to Wrigley Field.  Moyer also has a famous father in law after marrying college basketball coach, Digger Phelps daughter.  

Tom Gordon   (2000-2002) 
Tom Gordon saved 27 games for the Cubs 2001 team with a 3.38 ERA. 

Dickie Noles (1982-1984, 1987) 
In parts of 4 seasons with the Cubs, Dickie Noles won 21 games and lost 27 with a 4.45 ERA.  He saved 6 games for the 1980 Phillies who won the World Series. 

Rick MondayRick Monday

November 20

Happy birthday to Rick Monday (Cubs, 1972-1976).  One of the best Cubs OF's of the 1970's.  His OPS+ for the Cubs was 125.  His 124 WRC+ is 3rd best to Billy Williams & Dave Kingman.  His 106 home runs was 2nd to Billy Williams (Cubs OF of the 1970s.  

November 20

Jay Johnstone  (1982-1984)
Jay Johnstone joined the Cubs late in his career and was a successful part-time player, pinch-hitter.  His Cubs career OPS+ was 110.  He won World Series titles with the 1978 New York Yankees and 1981 Los Angeles Dodgers. 

Clark Griffith  (1893-1900)
In 8 seasons as a pitcher for the Cubs (white Stockings) he had a W/L record of 152-96 winning 20+ games for 6 straight seasons (1894-1899)

November 23

Jimmy Sheckard   (1906-1912)

Sheckard played 7 of his 17 major league seasons with the Cubs.  He played in 4 World Series with the Cubs (1906-1908, 1910).  His best season with the Cubs appears to be 1911, always a player that drew a lot of walks, Sheckard led the league with 147 walks that helped him lead the league in on-base percentage of .434 and runs scored with 121.  

November 27

Johnny Schmitz (1941-1951)
Schmitz pitched for the Cubs in 8 of his 13 major league seasons.  He was an all-star in 1946 and 1948. His best season was 1948 when he posted a 18-13 record with a 2.64 ERA.