Chicago Cubs By Month-January

January is always a slow month for the Chicago Cubs and baseball in general. Spring Training is still a month away and most of the top free agents have already signed with a new team. Although the Cubs have made some very important trades in the month of January. Ryne Sandberg, Rod Beck and Bill Buckner the most notable of all. January is the month that baseball inducts the latest Hall of Fame baseball players. A few Cub greats that got the call to the Hall recently include: Ron Santo , Andre Dawson , Ryne Sandberg and Ernie Banks . A great Cubs closer that may have a chance one day, Lee Smith and Greg Maddux will be on the ballot soon. It shouldn't take long for him to be inducted.

Winter Fun @ Wrigley Field with the "Rink at Wrigley"

Another Cubs tradition, their January Cubs convention. In 2012, the event will be held at the Hilton at 720 N. Michigan Avenue from Friday, June 13 through Sunday, June 15.

Check out Ryan Dempster's impersonation of the late, Cubs annoucner, Harry Caray. Hilarious!!

January 2
Happy birthday to Cubs 2-time battling title winner, Bill Madlock (1972-1974). He won two more batting titles with the Pirates.
Bill Madlock

January 4
Happy Birthday to Cubs pitcher, Ted Lilly (2007-2010).
Ted Lilly

January 4 Happy birthday to former Cubs manager, Herman Franks (1977-1979). His record with the team was 238-241.

January 4
Happy birthday to Kris Bryant. 2015 NL Rookie of the year, 2016 NL MVP and 2016 World Series champion
Kris Bryant

January 4 2005
Ryne Sandberg is elected to the Hall of Fame in his 2nd year of elidgibility

January 5
The birthday of Riggs Stephenson (Cubs, 1926-1934). His career BA with Cubs was .336 and had a .378 avg in 2 WS with Cubs (1929, 1932)
Riggs Stephenson

January 5, 1916
Cubs owner, Charles Murphy sells the Cubs to Charles Weeghman, owner of Chicago Whales of Federal League. William Wrigley Jr becomes a minority owner. The move see's the Cubs move into what today is known as Wrigley Field.

January 5, 2009
Cubs sign Milton Bradley

January 5, 2012
Cubs trade Carlos Zambrano to the Marlins for Chris Volstadt

January 6, 2010
Congratulations to Andre Dawson on his induction into the Hall of Fame
Andre Dawson

January 6, 2012
Best Cubs trade ever? Cubs trade Andrew Cashner & Kyung Minh Na for Zach Cates & Anthony Rizzo
Anthony Rizzo

January 6
The birthday of Lee Walls (Cubs, 1957-1959)

January 7
Happy birthday to Alfonso Soriano, (Cubs, 2007-2013)
Alfonso Soriano

anuary 7, 2011
Cubs trade Brandon Guyer, Robinson Chorinos, Chris Archer, Hak Ju Lee, Sam Fuld to the Rays for Matt Garza & Zac Rosscup

January 7
Happy birthday to Jon Lester
Jon Lester

January 8
Happy birthday to Bruce Sutter
Bruce Sutter

January 8, 1991
Congratulations to Fergie Jenkins who was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1991. Rod Carew and Gaylord Perry were elected the same year as Fergie.
Fergie Jenkins

January 8, 2008
Goose Gossage, a Cub for one year (1988) was elected to the Hall on this day in 2008.

January 9
Happy birthday to Ivan Dejesus (Cubs, 1977-1981)

January 10, 2006
Congratulations to Cubs reliever, Bruce Sutter on his induction into the Hall of Fame.

January 10, 2012
Cubs sign Paul Maholm

January 11, 1977
Cubs trade Rick Monday to Dodgers for Bill Buckner and Ivan Dejesus
Bill Buckner

January 11, 1909
Charles Murphy's proposed payment to Cubs players after the 1908 WS victory is approved

January 12
Happy birthday to Dontrelle Willis who was drafted by the Cubs. He was Rookie of the Year with the Marlins.

January 15 1998
Rod Beck signs with the Cubs. Beck will save 50+ games for the 1998 Cubs playoff team.
Rod Beck

Jan 16 1916
William Wrigley Jr becomes minority shareholder in the #Cubs

Jan 17
The birthday of Cubs player and manager, Don Zimmer (1960-1961, 1998-1991)

January 19, 1977
Congratulations to Mr. Cub, Ernie banks on his election to the Hall of Fame

January 19, 1983
Cubs trade Dan Cataline and Vance Lovelace to the Dodgers for Ron Cey. Cey will help lead the Cubs to the 1984 team that was one win short of a World Series appearance.

January 20
Happy birthday to former Cubs catcher and 2008 Rookie of the Year, Geovany Soto
Geovany Soto

January 21
Happy birthdaty to Cubs pitchers, Mike Krukow (Cubs, 1976-1981) & Dave Smith (Cubs, 1991-1992)

January 23, 2015
A very sad day in Cubs history as Ernie Banks passes away.
Ernie Banks

January 23
Happy birthday to 2 Cubs players who were traded for one another, Jeff Samardzija & Addison Russell
Jeff Samardzija
Addison Russell

January 24

Happy birthday to Cubs pitcher, Jose Quintana (2017 to 2020).  In 2018, he had a record of 13-11 with a 4.03 ERA (ERA+ of 106).  

Quintana will join ex Cubs manager, Joe Maddon with the Angels in 2021. 

January Cubs Birthdays

January 24
The birthday of the late, Chicago Cubs announcer, Jack Brickhouse.

January 26, 1932
Cubs owner, William Wrigley passes away

January 31
The birthday of , Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks

January 31

Happy birthday to Tommy LaStella (Chicago Cubs, 2015-2018)