February
Chicago Cubs Birthdays


Orval Overall  2/2, 1881  died 7/14/47 (1906-1910, 1913)
An important pitcher for the Cubs 4 World Series teams in 1906, 1907, 1908 & 1910.  Overall had a career record with the Cubs of 86-43 with a 1.94 ERA.  The Cubs won 2 World Series titles with Overall in the Cubs rotation. 

Dan Plesac   2/4  (1993-1994)
Dan Plesac did pitch for the Cubs, but he may be better known for his work as an analyst and announcer with the team.  In 2 seasons with the Cubs, Plesac pitched 117.1 innings with a 4-4 record and a 4.68 ERA.  In his 18 MLB seasons, Plesac saved 158 games (77th all-time in MLB history-after 2019 season) and was a 3-time all-star. 

Travis Wood 2/6  (2012-2016)
Travis Wood was one of the first players traded to the Cubs when Theo Epstein became President of the Cubs baseball operations.  Wood was an all-star in 2013 and was tied for 7th in the NL with 24 quality starts.  Wood was also known for being a very good hitting pitcher.  He has hit 11 home runs in his MLB career, 12 if you include his home run in the 2016 NLDS.  Wood was a member of the Cubs 2016 World Series championship. 

Heine Zimmerman   2/9/1887 died 3/14/1969, (1907-1915)
Zimmerman primarily played 2B for the Cubs, but also saw a decent amount of playing time at 3B (more later in his career) and some at 1B.  His first year with the Cubs was 1907 and he struck out in his only at bat in the Cubs World Series championship team.  He was more of a regular player on the 1910 Cubs World Series team playing all 5 games in that Series.  In 10 seasons with the Cubs he was a .304 hitter.   He finished 6th in the MVP voting in 1912 when he led the league in Hits (204),  HR's (14) and Batting Average (.371). He was traded to the New York Giants in 1916, but still led the NL in RBI's that season with 83.  

Burt Hooton    2/7  (1971-1975)
On April 16, 1972, Burt Hooton pitched the 11th no-hitter in Chicago Cubs history. Later in the year, Milt Pappas also pitched a no-hitter, making it the first year in Cubs history that the Cubs threw 2 no-hitters. 

In 15 MLB seasons, Hooton was an all-star in 1980, finished 2nd in Cy Young voting in 1978 (19 wins).  He pitched in 3 World Series for the Dodgers (1977, 1978, 1981),   winning the NLCS MVP in 1981 and helping the Dodgers win the World Series in 1981. 

Randy Jackson  2/10/1926, (1950-1955)
Randy Jackson spent 7 of his 10 years in the major leagues playing 3B for the Cubs.   A 2-time all-star (1954, 1955), Jackson's best season was 1953 when he hit 19 home runs, drove in 66 runs and batted .285.  When you review his statistics his other years with the Cubs, the consistently shows as his stats are very similar year after year.  He was traded to the Dodgers with Don Elston that brough Walt Moryn to the Cubs.

Jimmy Ryan    2/11/1863 died 10/29/1923  (1885-1900)
Jimmy Ryan had a long career with the Cubs (prior to the team being called the Cubs).  His 2,084 hits is 8th in team history.  His 370 stolen bases is 3rd in team history.  His career .308 batting average with the team ties him for 13th place with Mark Grace.  All of these statistics are after the 2019 season. 

Donnie Moore  2/13/54  died 7/18/88, (1977-1980)
Donnie Moore  began a successful 13 year major league career with the Cubs in 1977.   Moore's best seasons were with the California Angels later in his career being an all-star in 1985 with 31 saves.  Moore's best season with the Cubs was 1978 when he posted a 9-7 record with a 4.12 ERA and 4 saves.  Donnie Moore died on July 19,   1989 of a reported suicide.  Some reports have indicated his death was in part related to a crucial game that he lost for the California Angels giving up a dramatic home run to Dave Henderson of the Boston Red Sox.  A sad ending to a very good baseball career for Donnie Moore. 

Ron Cey   2/15, (1983-1987)
Ron Cey spent just 4 of his 17 years in the major leagues with the Cubs, but he did have his impact on the team being a primary member of the Cubs 1984 team that was one victory short of a World Series appearance.  Cey consistently provided good defense and a power bat in the middle of the line-up for the Cubs, but the highlights of his career certainly came while he was with the Dodgers where he was Rookie of the Year in 1973 and a six-time all-star in his career with the Dodgers.   

Rondell White   2/23  (2000-2001)
Rondell White hit 19 home runs for the Cubs in parts of two seasons with the Cubs. 

Ron Santo   2/25 died (12/2/2010)  (1960-1973)
One of the greatest third baseman in Cubs history.  Santo was a big fan favorite both as a Cubs player and announcer.  He was a 9-time all-star, 5-time NL Gold Glove winner (all at 3B).  The Cubs retired his number (10) in 2003 and Santo was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2011, just a year after he passed away. 

Andy Pafko   2/25/1921, Died December 23, 2018, (1943-1951)
Pafko spent 9 of his 17 seasons with the Cubs primarily as an outfielder, but did play 3B one season.  Pafko was a 4-time all-star with the team (1947-1950) with his best season being 1948 when he hit 26 HR's 101 RBI and a .312 batting average.  Pafko's efforts helped the Cubs get to the 1945 World Series and he won a World Series championship with the Milwaukee Braves in 1957.

Ed Lynch   2/25  (1986-1987)
Ed Lynch played his final 2 MLB seasons with the Cubs, going 9-14 with a 4.63 ERA as a part-time starter and reliever with the team.

After his career ended, Lynch was both a scout and general manager with the Cubs.  He was GM from 1994-2000, which included one Cubs playoff appearance (1998). 

Bob Brenly 2/25
Brenly never played for the Cubs, but did win a World Series championship in his first year managing the Arizona Diamondbacks.  To Cubs fans, he is best known as an announcer for the team, and one that could be very critical of Cubs players that didn't hustle or make plays on the field that they should. 

Jorge Soler 2/25  (2014-2016)
Jorge Soler was a top prospect that the Cubs signed early in Theo Epstein's tenure with the Cubs.  He had a great debut with the team and had a great NLDS series against the Cardinals in 2015.  He was a part-time player with the Cubs 2016 World Series championship team.  

The Cubs traded Soler to the Royals after the 2016 season for closer, Wade Davis.  Davis pitched well for the Cubs in his only season with the Cubs in 2017.  In 2019, Soler had a breakthrough season with the Royals, leading the AL in home runs with 48. 

Pete Alexander 2/26  (1918-1926)
Pete Alexander is a Hall of Famer and pitched 9 of his 20 seasons with the Cubs.  With the Cubs. He led the NL in wins (27) and ERA (1.91) in 1920.  In 1919, Alexander led the league in ERA (1.72) and shutouts (9). 

Hector Rondon 2/26  (2013-2016)
Hector Rondon was a part of the 2016 Cubs World Series championship.  He saved 77 games with the team, this ranks him 6th on the Cubs all-time list behind Lee Smith, Bruce Sutter, Carlos Marmol, Randy Myers & Ryan Dempster.  

Mark DeRosa 2/26  (2007-2008)
Mark DeRosa helped the Cubs get to the playoffs in both years that he played with the team.  In 2008, DeRosa led the team in runs scored with 103. He batted .333 in both playoff series with the team (2007, 2008)

Gene Baker  (1953-1957) February 27
Gene Baker's career followed Ernie Banks debut with the Cubs.   They were the 2B/SS combo until Baker was traded to the Pirates in 1957.  An all-star in 1955, Baker's best season was 1954 when he hit 13 home runs drove in 61 runs and batted .275. 

Sammy Taylor   2/27/1933, Died October 8, 2019, (1958-1962)
Sammy Taylor played 5 of his 6 major league seasons with the Cubs.  He was also a regular pinch hitter for the team.  His best season with the Cubs was 1959 when he hit 13 home runs and drove in 43 runs.  

Aroldis Chapman 2/28   (2016)
You can measure the amount of time Aroldis Chapman in days and innings rather than years,  but he certainly had an important impact.  The Cubs traded their top prospect, Gleybor Torres and others to the Yankees to help the Cubs win the World Series in 2016.  The Cubs did win the World Series and Chapman rejoined the Yankees in 2017 signing back with the team as a
free agent. 

Chapman pitched 26.2 innings with the Cubs during the regular season, with a 1.01 ERA and 16 saves.  Chapman pitched 15.2 innings in the 2016 postseason, earning 4 saves and giving up 6 runs.