Monday, April 3, 2017

Death of Cubs Pitcher Bill Hands-- Part 2: Part of Youth Movement

This trade was the Cubs' first one after Leo Durocher came over to manage the club.

Don Landrum was with the Cubs from 1962-1965 and compiles a career batting average of .234 and 12 home runs.  He played center field for the Cubs in 1965 and batted .226, with 6 home runs and 34 rbis.  Lindy McDaniel had a career record of 114-119 and 3.45 ERA.

Leo Durocher said:  "We're looking to rebuild and the only way to do that is with young.  Hundley is only 23 and Hands 25."

Hands and Hundley became part of a core of young Cubs who turned the franchise from a laughingstock into a contender in just a few seasons.  They broke a million hearts in 1969, but remain one of the Cubs' mist-loved teams.

Oh yes.  That '69 Season.  --Cooter

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