Cubs historical sleuthing: Reds vs. Cubs edition

Getty Images supplied the following caption to the photo:

Cincinnati Reds short stop Dave Concepcion leaps over Chicago Cubs Gary Martin as he slides in at 2nd, on the front end of a doubleplay, during the second inning of the first game of a double header in Chicago, Illinois.

Well. First, that’s not “Gary” Martin, it’s Jerry Martin, who played for the Cubs in 1979 and 1980. He had been acquired from the Phillies, along with Barry Foote and Ted Sizemore for Greg Gross, Dave Rader and Manny Trillo. While Foote and Martin played reasonably well for the Cubs, this was not a good trade. Trillo had several good years for the Phillies and played in the 1980 World Series, eventually returning to the Cubs in 1986. Gross, who had a 17-year career that ended in 1989, was an excellent bench player. He always posted good OBPs (career .372), rarely struck out (250 times in 4,355 plate appearances) and had 143 career pinch hits, which ranks fifth in MLB history. He’d have been a really nice player to have on the 1984 NL East champion Cubs.

Oh, yes, the photo. I went under the assumption that the game details listed in the caption were correct: The first game of a doubleheader, second inning.

The Cubs played two doubleheaders against the Reds at Wrigley Field in Jerry Martin’s two years with the team: Sunday, July 22, 1979 and Saturday, September 6,…

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