Opening Day Countdown: No. 5 Lou Boudreau
Opening Day is just five days away. As Cubs fans prepare for pitcher Jeff Samardzija and the rest of the squad to kick off the regular season, we here at Vine Line are counting down the days in a unique way. For every day remaining until the season starts—today’s number is five—we’ll commemorate some of the best players to wear that number for the Cubs.
Lou Boudreau was probably better known for his success with the Indians, but the World Series champion did spend the 1960 season at the helm of the Cubs. The skipper sported the No. 5 with the North Siders in that lone season, and the team finished with just 54 wins.
The Harvey, Ill., native was the 1948 AL MVP during the Indians’ last World Series title run. He was a seven-time All-Star, won the batting title in 1944 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1970.
Other notable Cubs to wear the No. 5 include:
Jim Riggleman and Nomar Garciaparra. Josh Vitters currently wears No. 5.