Sport: The Cubs Come Back

In the preseason prognostications, the Chicago Cubs were the only team in the National League East given no chance whatsoever to top the division. How could they? In a frenzy of house cleaning after the disappointing fifth-place 1973 season, exasperated Owner Phil Wrigley had traded away his strongest players like so many bubble-gum cards: slugging Third Baseman Ron Santo, All-Star Second Baseman Glenn Beckert and the team's longtime pitching ace, Ferguson Jenkins. Result: the Cubs toppled into last place in 1974. Wrigley's response: last winter he unloaded lifetime .296 Hitter Billy Williams to...

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