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A total of 11 former Cubs players were elected to the MLB All-Century Team in 1999. Who was named?
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NorthSideIrish - Yesterday, 10:03 AM
udbrky - Mar 04 2014 12:06 PM
Posted 27 November 2013 - 11:38 AM
I'm confused. After I made my guess, I tried to look up the answer.
http://en.wikipedia....ll-Century_Team says that a 30-man team was selected. I believe the only ex-Cubsonn the team are Hornsby and Banks.
The mlb.com site http://mlb.mlb.com/m...ry_moreinfo.jsp lists probably 100 players on the "team". I counted at least 13 former Cubs---including Gabby Hartnett by the way.
baseball-almanac http://www.baseball-...y/limc100.shtml lists the 30-man team and also lists the 100 greatest players of the century. These lists appear to be the same as in the two previous sources.
Posted 27 November 2013 - 12:21 PM
By the way, using the greatest 100 players list, Spriggs got 12 correct, none wrong, and missed just one. Perhaps we should throw out the calendar answers and just use Spriggs' answers.
This would probably be a whole lot easier.
Posted 27 November 2013 - 03:20 PM
So Foxx is on the list and Robin Roberts is the one I missed? Almost guessed Sandberg and Fergie. Never thought of Roberts.
Yes to both.
Roberts was easy to miss. In that time frame, the Cubs had quite a few players who had been genuine stars but were washed-up shells of their former selves by the time they joined the Cubs. In his age-39 season of 1966, Roberts pitched the last 11 of his 676 career games as a Cub. He had an ERA+ of 60 for the Cubs.
I would have missed Foxx. He played for the Cubs for 2 seasons, but only 85 games with an OPS+ of 60. He hit 3 of his 534 HRs as a Cub. Did you know that he pitched one perfect inning for Boston in 1939. Then, in his last year of 1945, he pitched 22.2 innings for the Phillies with an ERA of 1.59, an ERA+ of 243. He had a lifetime 1-0 W-L record as a pitcher. Not many pitchers can say they had a 1.000 lifetime winning percentage.
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