Cubs Birthdays

Hank Wyse   3/1/1918 died 10/22/2000, (1942-1947)
Hank Wyse spent 6 of his 8 major league seasons with the Cubs compiling a 69-54 record with a 3.03 ERA.  He was named an all-star for the 1945 season (all-star game was not played.  Wyse's efforts in 1945 helped the Cubs get to the 1945 World Series.  1945 was his best season with a 22-10 record and a 2.68 ERA.

Adbert Alzolay 3/1 (Cubs, 2019-current)

Alzolay was a top Cubs prospect and top 100 MLB prospect and got his opportunity to pitch in the Cubs 2020 rotation as a starting pitcher.  He is very likely in the plans to be in the Cubs 2021 starting rotation.  

Woody English   3/2/1906  died 9/26/1997, (1927-1936)
Woody English played 10 of his 12 major league seasons with the Cubs.  He was an all-star in 1933.  English played SS for the Cubs early in his career before moving to 3B.  His career average with the Cubs was .291.  He collected 200 hits in a season twice (1930 and 1931).   In 1931, English finished 4th in the NL voting for MVP behind Frankie Frisch, Chuck Klein
and Bill Terry.  He also managed the Grand Rapids Chicks of the All American Girls softball team from 1952 to 1954, winning a championship in 1953 and 2 playoff appearances. Woody English
passed away in 1997.

March 5

Happy birthday to Kyle Schwarber.  It was a nice celebration in 2015 when he hit a grand-slam in a spring training game on his birthday.  

Schwarber signed a contract with the Washington Nationals where he'll joined former Cubs coach (now manager), Davey Martinez and Jon Lester.  

Link to Schwarber's birthday grand slam in 2015

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March 6 

Happy birthday to Jake Arrieta.  He's only the 2nd Cubs pitcher (after 1900) to pitch 2 no-hitters for the team (with Ken Holtzman).  He was an all-star, silver slugger, and helped the Cubs win the 2016 World Series.  

He'll return to the Cubs for the 2021 season.  

March Cubs Birthdays

Ted Abernathy  3/6/1933  died 12/16/2004  (1965-1966, 1969-1970)
Ted Abernathy was an early Cubs closer who spent parts of 4 seasons with the Cubs. In 1965,  He led the NL in games (84), games finished (62) & saves (31).

Terry Adams  3/6, (1995-1999)
Terry Adams was a solid late inning reliever for the Cubs in the late 1990's.  He helped the Cubs to the 1998 playoffs and saved 37 games in his Cubs career.

Terry Mulholland   3/9, (1997-1999)
Terry Mulholland was a very valuable pitcher for the 1998 Cubs. He was 6-5 with a 2.89 ERA,  but I remember how if the Cubs needed a starting pitcher, he would fill in, if they needed a closer, he would fill that role as well. Mulholland pitched parts of 3 seasons with the Cubs out of his 20 career major league seasons.  

Miguel Amaya   3/9

Amaya has been a top Cubs catching prospect and top 100 MLB prospect.  It seems unlikely he will play with the 2021 team.  

Rich Hill   3/11   (2005-2008)
Rich Hill began his MLB career with the Cubs.  His best year with the team was 2007, when he went 11-8 with a 3.95 ERA pitching 195 innings. 

Keegan Thompson 3/13

Thompson was a 3rd round draft pick by the Cubs in 2017.  As of the 2021 season, he is on the Cubs 40 man roster so he may see some time with the big league club soon.  

Clyde Mccullough   3/14/1917  died 9/18/1982  (1940-1943, 1946-1948, 1953-1956)
Clyde Mccullough spent 11 years with the Cubs and was an all-star twice (1948, 1953)

Hank Sauer   3/17/1917 died 8/24/2001  (1949-1955)
Hank Sauer was a 2-time all-star with the Cubs and won the NL MVP in 1952.  Sauer also led the NL in home runs (37) and RBI (121).  Sauer's 198 home runs ranked him 10th in Cubs history (after the 2019 season). 

Charlie Root  3/17/1899 died 11/5/1970  (1926-1941)
Charlie Root spent 16 of his MLB seasons with the Cubs.  He is the all-time team leader in wins with 201.  His 1,432 strikeouts is 4th in Cubs history behind Fergie Jenkins, Carlos Zambrano & Kerry Wood. 

Bill Mueller  3/17  (2001-2002)
Mueller batted .277 in parts of 2 seasons with the Cubs.  He won the AL batting title the year  after leaving the team (2003).  Mueller was hitting coach with the Cubs in 2013. 

David Ross 3/19   (2015-2016)
David Ross spent the final two seasons of his 15-year MLB career with the Cubs.  He was the personal catcher for Jon Lester who joined the Cubs at the same time as Ross.  Ross helped the Cubs make the playoffs in both 2015 and 2016, ending his career with a game 7 home run in the World Series. 

Ross was named the Cubs manager after the 2019 season. 

Shawon Dunston  3/21  (1985-1995, 1997)
Shawon Dunston was an overall #1 draft pick by the Cubs and played 12 of his 18 MLB seasons with the Cubs.  He was a 2-time all-star with the team (1988, 1990)

Glenallen Hill   3/22,  (1993-1994, 1998-2000)
Glenallen Hill was an outfielder, most known for his power hitting.  He was signed by the Cubs in 1998 to help them in the team's playoff run.  Although he was primarily a part-time pinch-hitter and starter in his two stints with the Cubs, Hill put up some very good power numbers while with the team hitting 59 HR's in 908 at bats with the team with a batting average of .304, on base percentage of .360 and slugging percentage of .546.  Hill's legend as a Cub is from one at bat as he hit one of the longest home runs in Cubs history.   It's one of my more memorable moments as I was at the game.  

Dexter Fowler 3/22   (2015-2016)
Dexter Fowler was the leadoff hitter on the Cubs 2016 World Series championship team.  He hit a home run to lead off game 7 of the World Series.  Fowler was an all-star in 2016

Mike Remlinger  3/23, (2003-2005)
Mike Remlinger was a key addition to the Cubs bullpen for the 2003 season to help them to the playoffs that year.  He certainly filled the role of set-up man very well in his 2+ seasons before being traded in 2005.  

Starlin Castro  3/24  (2010-2015)
Starlin Castro made an amazing Cubs debut, setting a MLB record by driving in 6 runs in his first MLB game.  Castro was a 3-time all-star with the Cubs (2011, 2012, 2014) and led the NL in hits (207) in 2011. 

Jose Vizcaino   3/26   (1991-1993)
Jose Vizcaino batted .265 in 3 seasons with the Cubs as a part-time infield starter with the team. 

Jaime Navarro   3/27, (1995-1996)
Jaime Navarro was a durable starting pitcher in 2 seasons with the team.  His career record with the team was 29-18 with a 3.62 ERA.

Lon Warneke 3/28, (1930-1936)
Lon Warneke pitched 10 of his 15 major league seasons with the Cubs compiling a 109-72 record with the team.  A 3-time all-star with the Cubs (1933, 1934 and 1936), Warneke led the National League in wins with 22 in 1932.  He won 20 games in a season in 1932, 1933 and 1935.  

George Van Haltren   3/30/1866 died 9/29/1945   (1887-1889)
George Van Haltren spent 3 of his 17 MLB seaons with the Cubs.  His best year with the team was 1889 when he batted .322 with 9 home runs and 81 RBI.  He scored 126 runs.