There’s a reason Anthony Rizzo wears number 44.
I was not alive for the duration of Phil Cavarretta‘s career. In fact, my mother was only three years old when Cavarretta hung up his cleats in 1955, after 22 years of playing pro ball, both with the Cubs and later with the White Sox. So perhaps it might come as a surprise when I suggest that everyone ought to consider Cavarretta — a player who isn’t in the Hall of Fame and whose number the Cubs refused to retire — should be your favorite player.
Hear me out.
From a purely numbers perspective, Cavarretta had a pretty rock solid career spanning two decades of play. He ended his long career with an average of .293/.372/.416. During his prime with the Cubs, he was league MVP, and a four-time All-Star. His best season, 1945, in which he won the MVP title, he hit .355/.449/.500. He was an absolute monster at hitting doubles, so eve thought he never hit more than 10 home runs in a season, there were years where he collected as many as thirty-five doubles.
Though the numbers were not enough to earn him a trip to …Read the Rest
Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue