Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Cubs 365, February 22

Every day in 2012, the Just One Bad Century blog will feature a story about this day in Cubs history. We're calling it Cubs 365.

On this day in 1937, Freddie Lindstrom was released by the Dodgers, officially ending his Hall of Fame playing career. That career did bring him to his home town of Chicago during the 1935 season.

The Cubs got him from the Pirates along with Larry French in exchange for Guy Bush, Babe Herman, and Jim Weaver that year. Freddie was obviously toward the end of his career by then, but the lifetime .311 hitter and Lane Tech grad played an important reserve role on the Cubs. That year they set a major league record of 21-straight wins in the month of September; a streak that led them all the way to the World Series.

Freddie batted third and started in centerfield the first four games of the 1935 series versus Detroit, but managed only 3 hits in his 15 at bats. He didn't play the last two games, even the heartbreaking bottom of the ninth series ending loss in Game 6.

The Cubs released him after the season. He played only one more year in Brooklyn.

Freddie Lindstrom was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1976 (voted in by the Veterans Committee), and passed away just five years later in Des Plaines, Illinois.