Phil Cavaretta

Phil CavarettaPhil Cavaretta

Born 7/19/1916, Chicago Illinois
Died 12/20/2010
Debut 9/16/1934 Hit a home run in his first ML at bat.

Named Most Valuable Player in 1945 leading the Cubs to a World Series appearance.  He led the league in batting average and on-base percentage (.355/.449).

Cubs World Series and All-Time Cubs Ranking
Cavaretta played in 3 World Series with the Cubs, 1935, 1938 and 1945.

He played a key role in the 21 game Cubs winning streak in 1935 that led the team into the World Series.

In many categories, Cavaretta ranks in the top ten in all time Cub leaders

Cavaretta also managed the team through some rather lean, but exciting years from 1951 to 1953. In his first full year as manager in 1952, Hank Sauer was named Most Valuable Player hitting 37 home runs, but the club finished with a .500 record at 77-77.

The following year brought high expectations when the Cubs made a trade to bring Ralph Kiner to Chicago. Kiner had led the league in HR's the previous six seasons. The Cubs finished just 65-89 that year as both Kiner and Sauer missed time due to injuries. The 1953 season is memorable with it being the first year that Ernie Banks played for the Cubs.

Cavaretta was born in Chicago and attended Lane Technical school where he was a top baseball player. Many believe that Cavaretta is one of the Cubs on a short list that should have his number retired.

Phil Cavaretta-Important Dates in Cubs History

October 2, 1935 As an 18 year old, played in his first World Series going 0 for 3 as the Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series.

October 5, 1935 Cavaretta gets his first hit in a World Series game, a single off General Crowder. The Cubs lose to the Detroit Tigers 2-1 at Wrigley Field in Game 4 of the World Series.

October 9, 1938 Cavaretta goes 2 for 4 in game 4 of the World Series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The Yankees take the World Series 4 games to 0 and Cavaretta finishes the Series with 6 hits in 13 hits for a .462 batting average.

October 3, 1945 Cavaretta hits his first World Series home run off Hal Newhouser and goes 3 for 3 in a 9-0 game 1 victory over the Detroit Tigers in the 1945 World Series. Cavaretta has 11 hits in 26 at bats for a .423 batting average. Alas, the Cubs are defeated by the Detroit Tigers (and the Curse of the Billy Goat) in a 7 game series.

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Article soon after Phil Cavaretta's death in 2010