1982 HEADLINE: Cubs Obtain Phillies’ Ryne Sandberg
On this day in 1982, Ryne Sandberg became a Chicago Cub.
The Cubs sent Ivan DeJesus to the Phillies for Sandberg and Larry Bowa. Prior to the trade, Sandberg played in 21 games for the Phillies and made 6 plate appearances. For the record he has 1 hit as a Phillie and a batting average of .167.
What the Cubs got over the next 15 major league seasons was brilliance. Sandberg immediately filled a void at second base and quickly became the star and leader of the team. With excellent defense, superb base running, and skill at the plate, Sandberg’s talents made #23 a fan favorite very quickly.
During his time in Chicago Ryne Sandberg was a 10-time All-star, 9-time Gold Glove winner, and a 7-time winner of the Silver Slugger trophy. He also won the National League MVP award in 1984 due to his .314 batting average, 200 hits, 114 runs scored, 19 triples, 19 home runs, 84 RBI, and 32 stolen bases.
Sandberg was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2005. His #23 waves proudly in the air above Wrigley Field!!!
Thank you Philadelphia!!!