As all baseball fans know, Major League Baseball has retired number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson. As such, MLB players can no longer wear 42 as their regular jersey number. Of course, the Chicago Cubs are no exception.
Now that no Cubs player can be number 42 ever again, take a look back at the top five Chicago Cubs players who wore number 42.
5. Rich Bordi (1983-84)
Rich Bordi filled a number of important roles for the Cubs when they won the NL East in 1984. Number 42 started seven games, picked up four saves and was mostly used in middle relief. In his career in Chicago, Bordi had a 5-4 record with a 3.81 ERA and five saves.
4. Jim Brosnan (1954, 56-58)
Like many MLB players, Jim Brosnan experienced his greatest success while not playing in Chicago. Brosnan came up with the Cubs in 1954 and began wearing number 42 in 1956. Like Bordi, Brosnan filled many roles in Chicago. As a Cub, he was 14-18 with a 4.20 ERA and one save.
3. Chuck Hartenstein (1966-68)
Chuck Hartenstein missed out on the great 1969 season in Chicago by one year. However, Hartenstein helped the Cubs begin to develop confidence and a winning attitude with his fine pitching. Under Leo Durocher, number 42 had an 11-9 record with a 3.43 ERA and 11 saves.
2. Tuck Stainback (1934-37)
The only batter among the greatest Chicago Cubs players who wore number 42, Stainback had one of the greatest rookie seasons in club history. In 1934, the Chicago rookie outfielder hit .306 in 104 games. Stainback had a 13-year MLB career and hit .267 with six HR and 76 RBI in Chicago.
1. Bruce Sutter (1976-80)
Sometimes when I write "top five" articles, it's hard deciding who or what to rank first. This was not one of those times. In addition to being a four-time All-Star and Cy Young winner with Chicago, the reliever is now a Hall of Famer. With 133 Cub saves, Bruce Sutter is clearly the greatest Chicago Cubs player who wore number 42.
Honorable mention Chicago Cubs who wore number 42
Freddie Burdette, Jack Curtis, Jim Qualls, Elmer Singleton, Walter Stephenson
Endnote on Chicago Cubs wearing number 42
The recent trend in MLB is for all players to wear number 42 on Jackie Robinson Day. Obviously, Chicago players who have worn number 42 only on this occasion are not included in this article.
Patrick Michael is a resident of New Orleans, but grew up watching the Chicago Cubs on WGN with Harry Caray and Steve Stone as the Cubs announcers. A diehard Cubs fan, Patrick's favorite season was 1984 when the Cubs were one win away from reaching the World Series.
"All Time Chicago Cubs Uniform Number List," cubsbythenumbers.com
"Rich Bordi," baseball-reference.com
"Jim Brosnan," baseball-reference.com
"Chuck Hartenstein," baseball-reference.com
"Tuck Stainback," baseball-reference.com
"Bruce Sutter," baseball-reference.com
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