Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Death of Cubs Pitcher Bill Hands-- Part 4: A Cubs Fan to the End

Bill Hands won 18 games in 1970, but the Cubs didn't contend.  In 1972, they traded him to the Minnesota Twins, but their owner, Calvin Griffith cut his pay by $4,500.  hands asked for a trade and he was.

He retired in 1975 and lived in Orient, New York, where he owned a gas station that became a favorite hangout for locals

A Cub fan to the end, he often wore a Cubs hat at the gas station.  It was so great that he finally got to see the Cubs win it all in 2016.

The 1969 Cubs team have lost Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Jim Hickman in recent years.

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