Comments on: Obscure Baseball Figure Project http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9909 This and that about baseball stats. Tue, 16 Jul 2013 17:01:55 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6 By: Phil in Indiana http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9909/comment-page-2#comment-94465 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 22:59:16 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9909#comment-94465 To John Autin: YOU WIN THE CIGAR ! ! ! ....except that we're in the non-smoking section of this website.
Interestingly, your google searches took me to the website where I researched this information. I didn't realize it would be that easy.
I did not include 42 for Bruce Sutter, since the Cubs never actually retired it for him and MLB retired it for Jackie Robinson, but the google search would probably have linked it, too.

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By: John Autin http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9909/comment-page-2#comment-94231 Wed, 16 Feb 2011 03:41:09 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9909#comment-94231 Re: the trivia question @154 from Phil in Indiana:

All 5 players while with the Cubs wore numbers that have been retired, and each was the last to wear that number other than the player for whom it was retired.

Bruce Kimm was the last Cub to wear Ron Santo's #10.
Paul Schramka was the last Cub before Ernie Banks to wear Banks's #14.
Jim Tracy was the last Cub before Ryne Sandberg to wear Sandberg's #23.
Fritzie Connally was the last Cubs player to wear Billy Williams's #26.
Mark Guthrie was the last Cub to wear the #31 that has been retired to honor both Fergie Jenkins and Greg Maddux.

P.S. Both Guthrie and Kimm also wore other numbers with the Cubs.

P.P.S. No, of course I didn't know any of this; I googled the 5 names together in quotes, and all 3 hits were about Cubs uniform numbers:
http://www.cubsbythenumbers.com/cubs-all-time.html#no42

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By: Phil in Indiana http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9909/comment-page-2#comment-94147 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 20:28:15 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9909#comment-94147 Re: posts #156 Spindlebrook and #157 CRTYonker:.....yes, they were all Cubs, and if they were all drafted in the 7th round, that's nice, BUT that has nothing to do with what they did "while in uniform" for the Cubs. Just BEING in uniform is a clue.....

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By: 704_Brave http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9909/comment-page-2#comment-94146 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 20:20:33 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9909#comment-94146 @129 - Didn't Denard Span line a foul off his mother last season? She was sitting right near the dugout and when he fouled it off, he immediately ran over to see if she was ok...

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By: SJ http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9909/comment-page-2#comment-94120 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 17:58:02 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9909#comment-94120 Jim "Pigpen" Dwyer. Was he really called Pigpen for any good reason?

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By: CRTYonker http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9909/comment-page-2#comment-94086 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 14:05:56 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9909#comment-94086 @ 154: They were all 7th round draft picks by the Cubs that played in the majors with the team.

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By: Spindlebrook http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9909/comment-page-2#comment-94028 Tue, 15 Feb 2011 03:39:19 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9909#comment-94028 @ 154 - They were all Cubs, right?

Of those, Bruce Kimm was Mark Fidrych's personal catcher during Mark's heyday in Detroit. Plus, Fritz Connally's first two ML home runs were grand slams.

Some more obscure Cubs: Gary Krug, Kurt Seibert, Steve Davis, Herman Segelke, Johnny Abrego, Steve Engel, Butch Benton, Mike Mahoney, Mike Sember, Laddie Renfroe, Joe Kraemer, Bill Johnson...

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By: Phil in Indiana http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9909/comment-page-2#comment-93954 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 20:40:26 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9909#comment-93954 RE: my Post 154 trivia question, the answer is not some easy thing like "they all got a single," it is something "unique" to them, no other players did.

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By: Phil in Indiana http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9909/comment-page-2#comment-93953 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 20:38:32 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9909#comment-93953 Obscure players with an obscure connection:
Bruce Kimm
Paul Schramka
Jim Tracey
Fritz Connally
Mark Guthrie
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What did they all do while in uniform for the same team (during different seasons)?

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By: Skeeb Wilcox http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/archives/9909/comment-page-2#comment-93889 Mon, 14 Feb 2011 15:43:51 +0000 http://www.baseball-reference.com/blog/?p=9909#comment-93889 Lorenzo "Rimp" Lanier. Possibly the "obscurest" of Pirates from years of being a fan. My cousin and I were walking along U.S. Route 19 in Ireland, West Virginia one late summer afternoon in 1971 when we saw a car coming up the road that just seemed a bit "unusual". There were five people in the car, an older man driving, four younger men...three in the back...with Pirates' uniforms hanging in the driver's side backseat window. I have always suspected that those were the first batch of 1971 September call-ups for the Bucs...of which Rimp Lanier would have been one. Since I-79 was not completely finished at that point and that U.S. Route 19 was the main link between Charleston and Pittsburgh and that scenario was a high probability of being true. Every time I see Al Oliver in person I ask him about Rimp...

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