8/20 A little Cubs history at 1st
Cubs historian Ed Hartig did a little research on outfielders who have made the switch to first base. How recently has an outfielder done so? Phil Cavarretta, Bill Buckner and Leon Durham played both But how many were “true” outfielders that got moved to first?
* Billy Williams played first base for the Cubs from 1972-74 though he hadn’t played 1B in organized ball since his Minor League days in San Antonio in 1959. Otherwise, Billy was exclusively an outfielder from 1959-71.
* Rick Monday played considerable time at first for the Cubs in 1976 though he had never played 1B in the Minors or Majors prior to that year.
* Rafael Palmeiro was originally an outfielder with the Cubs having played a total of nine games at first in the Minors (all in 1987). While he didn’t stick around with the Cubs, he was Texas’ everyday first baseman in 1989.
* Early in Jim Hickman’s career he was truly an outfielder. After playing some games at first in the Minors in 1956, he didn’t appear at first in the Majors until 1965 with the Mets. He was an outfielder with the Cubs from 1968-69 and then an OF/1B from 1970-73.
– Carrie Muskat