Cubs: Mostly an executive, we should recognize his Chicago contributions
Clark Griffith was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1946 for his work as an executive/coach. He is mainly known owning the Washington Senators. Before being a player/manager for the White Sox, Yankees (then called the Highlanders), Reds and Senators, Griffith had a very successful run as a pitcher with the Cubs.
Yes, his induction to the Hall was not necessarily based on his playing, but he had a very respectable career as a pitcher and he appeared in more games on the mound as a Cub (265) than any other team. He was with the team from 1893-1900, before the team was even called the “Cubs”. In that span he pitched to a 3.40 ERA, 3.82 FIP, 573 strikeouts, 1.35 WHIP and won 152 games. In 1898 he won the ERA title (1.88).
Griffith is one of baseball’s most important figures and it can easily be forgotten he was a part of the Cubs for a number of years. The Old Fox spent 70+ years in baseball before he passed away in 1955 at age 85.
To no surprise these players were from times long before we were around to watch them. Still, they deserve their spot in Chicago Cubs history.