Monday, April 3, 2017

Death of Cub Pitcher Bill Hands-- Part1: 20-Game Winner for the ''69 Cubs

From the March 10, 2017, Chicago Tribune  "Hands gave '60s Cubs reliable arm in rotation" by Paul Sullivan.

BILL HANDS (1940-March 9, 2017)

"Froggy" won 20 games as the No. 3 starter in '69"

"Former pitcher Bill Hands, a 20-game winner for the 1969 Chicago Cubs, died Thursday in an Orlando, Florida, hospital after a brief illness.  He was 76.  "He won 111 games over 11 seasons in the majors, including a 92-86 record and 3.18 ERA with the Cubs.  Overall, he had a 3.35 ERA and struck out 1,128.

Signed by the Giants as an amateur free agent out of New Jersey in 1959 he had the nickname "Froggy" and came to the Cubs in one of the best deals they ever made.  (Until recently, the club has been notorious for their bad trades.)  He came over after the 1965 season with catcher Randy Hundley for outfielder Don Landrum and reliever Lindy McDaniel.

These are all names I am very familiar with as I am a big fan of the Cubs (when they are not playing my White Sox).

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