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September 25, 1960
At Wrigley Field, Glen Hobbie pitches a 5-hit complete game shutout as Cubs defeat the Cardinals 5-0. 

Cubs History-September 25

Glen Hobbie
Born:  April 24, 1936
Died:  August 9, 2013
Chicago Cubs, 1957 to 1964

Yesterday's Cubs, today's metrics

In 1959, Glen Hobbie led the Cubs pitchiing rotation in WAR at 3.3.  He had 16 wins that season in 234 innings, 33 as a starter and 13 as a relief pitcher. 

1958:  1.0 WAR- 10 wins  6 losses in 168 1/3 innings
1959:  3.3 WAR- 16 wins 13 losses in 234 innings
1960:  1.8 WAR- 16 wins 20 losses in 258 2/3 innings
1961:  2.0 WAR-  7 wins 13 losses in 198 2/3 innings
1962:  1.3 WAR-  5 wins 14 losses in 162 innings
1963:  1.4 WAR-  7 wins 10 losses in 165 1/3 innings


Comparing him to other pitcher's, Hobbie's career ERA+ was 93, slightly
below average MLB pitcher.  His 2 best year's were 1958 and 1959 when he had a 106 ERA+ each year which makes him a slightly above MLB pithcer those
2 years. 

Glen HObbie's 10.6 WAR for his Cubs career ranks him 52nd among all Cubs pitchers

Other Cubs pitcher's with similar WAR for their Cubs career:
Burt Hooton 12.2
Mike Krukow 11.8
Ted Lilly 11.7
Kevin Tapani 11.6
Ad Gumbert 11.4
Scott Sanderson 11.3
Dennis Eckersley10.7
Matt Clement 10.6
Larry Cheney  10.6
Glen Hobbie     10.6
Milt Pappas 10.5
Steve Trout 10.3

Source:  Fangraphs


April 21, 1959
Glen Hobbie pitches a complete game, 1-hit shutout at Wrigley Field as
Cubs defeat the Cardinals 1-0.  Sammy Taylor drove in Moose Moryn with an RBI single in the 2nd inning for the only run of the game. 

Hobbie took a no-hitter into the 7th inning until Hall of Famer, Stan Musial got the only and only Cardinals hit of the day.

Quote attributed to Glen Hobbie regarding this game.  (SABR)

Hobbie told reporters, “The first thing I said to myself when Stan got
the hit was, ‘I’m glad he didn’t hit a lollipop; he hit my best pitch.’ ”

September 4, 1959
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Giants 2-1 as Glen Hobbie gets
the win, pitching a complete game.


June 14, 1960
In Milwaukee, the Cubs defeat Braves 3-2 as Glen Hobbie pitches complete game
2-hitter.   Ernie Banks & Frank Thomas homer for the Cubs.

August 17, 1960
Glen Hobbie & don Drysdale are in a pitcher's duel until Ernie Banks
hits a walk-off home run in the ninth off Drysdale for a 1-0 Cubs
victory at Wrigley Field.…

August 25, 1960
At Wrigley Field, Glen Hobbie pitches a six-hit, complete game.  Ernie Banks homers for the Cubs and Hobbie even hits the walk-off home run in the 9th inning as Cubs defeat the Pirates 2-1. 


May 19, 1961
Ernie Banks doubles in Al Heist in the first inning for the first
and only run of  the game as Glenn Hobbie pitches a complete game
shutout to defeat the Cardinals,  1-0.

May 23, 1961
Glen Hobbie pitches all 10 innings, but gives up 2 runs, 1 earned and takes the loss as Cubs lose to Phillies 2-1 at Wrigley Field.


May 28, 1962
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Milwaukee Braves 2-1 as
Glen Hobbie gets the win over the Braves, Warren Spahn pitching a complete game 4-hitter. 


July 4, 1963
Cubs dominate this doubleheader with pitching as Glen Hobbie 2-hits the
Mets in Game 1 for a 2-1 Cubs walk-off victory at Wrigley Field.  From
the box score, it appears that Ernie Banks, who reached second base on an error scores the walk-off run after going to third on a wild pitch by Roger
Craig and a throwing error by catcher, NOrm Sherry allowing Banks to score the winning run.  

In Game 2, Paul Toth shuts out the Mets on just 3 hits as Cubs
complete the sweep with a 3-0 victory.

September 2, 1963, game 2
At Candlestick Park, Glen Hobbie pitches a 2-hit complete game shutout
as Cubs defeat the Giants 6-0.  Ron Santo is the Cubs hitting hero driving
in 5 of the 6 Cubs runs with 2 home runs, a solo home run in the 4th inning
and a grand slam in the 5th inning. 

Learn more about Glen HObbie at Society for American Baseball Research.

I particularly liked the story about him pitching the day his wife was giving
birth to their child. 

Glen Hobbie-SABR