Saturday, March 31, 2012

Cubs 365, March 31

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 1961, the Cubs traded Moe Drabowsky to the Milwaukee Braves. Moe should have been a star in Chicago. He had it all; a live arm, a great personality, and a birth certificate that proved he was born in Poland. In a city with the biggest Polish population outside of Warsaw, Drabowsky could have been a legend.

Unfortunately, he never quite put it together on the mound. He won 13 games for the Cubs in 1957, and then won only another 17 games the next three seasons combined. After playing in Milwaukee a year, and then bouncing around to Cincinnati and Kansas City, Moe landed in Baltimore.

At the age of 30, Moe finally blossomed. The Orioles moved him to the bullpen, and he became a key part of their World Champion teams in 1966 & 1970.