So, after the Cubs' big win over the Brewers Sunday, I was out for a walk with my 4-year old and dog on a lovely sunny day in Duluth, MN, and wearing my favorite Cubs T-shirt. I was a couple blocks from my house when a 50-ish woman working on her lawn got all excited -- "Hey, you're wearing a Cubs shirt! My Dad played for the Cubs!" She asked if I was a fan. After confirming I was, she proceeded to tell me her Dad, a guy named Bob "shorty" Raudman, played outfield for the Cubs from '61 to '68 before being traded to the Reds. Said he hit behind Ernie Banks. After chatting for a minute or two we ended our brief and pleasant exchange and I moved on. Of course, being the skeptical sort, I did a little research when I got home.
Turns out he was signed in '61, although he only saw time with the parent club in '66 and '67, and only played in 16 games. His rights were traded to Cleveland in '67, and immediately re-traded to Cincy. Despite barely having a cup of coffee in the majors, I thought it was cool that I live two blocks from his daughter and that she's still a Cub fan. So, any long-timers (I went with that rather than "old" timers) remember Shorty Raudman? Any stories? Like I said, very brief stint with the team, but still cool.
I'm a long-time reader and very infrequent poster, but I thought this story was worthy of sharing.