7/30 Do you remember Fred Pfeffer?
Baseball historian Ed Hartig did some research on the last Cubs position player to pick up a win, and discovered Fred Pfeffer. Hartig’s description of a non-pitcher was someone who pitched in five or fewer games while playing a significant number of games in the field. Pfeffer was clearly a fielder who was called on to pitch in emergency situations in 1885. He played in 112 games that year, 109 at second. He pitched in five games as well, going 2-1.
John Baker, the Cubs’ backup catcher who picked up the win against the Rockies, is still the first true position player to get a win as a pitcher.
– Carrie Muskat