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.
January 4 Happy Birthday to Cubs pitcher, Ted Lilly (2007-2010).
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
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)
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
January 6, 2012 Best Cubs trade ever? Cubs trade Andrew Cashner & Kyung Minh Na for Zach Cates & Anthony Rizzo
January 6 The birthday of Lee Walls (Cubs, 1957-1959)
January 7 Happy birthday to Alfonso Soriano, (Cubs, 2007-2013)
anuary 7, 2011 Cubs trade Brandon Guyer, Robinson Chorinos, Chris Archer, Hak Ju Lee, Sam Fuld to the Rays for Matt Garza & Zac Rosscup