Opening Day Countdown: No. 1 Jose Cardenal

Opening Day is just one day 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 one—we’ll commemorate some of the best players to wear that number for the Cubs.


Jose Cardenal (and his incredible hairstyle) wore the No. 1 from 1972-77 with the Cubs. A fan favorite, the outfielder hit .296/.363/.424 (AVG/OBP/SLG) and stole 129 bases in his six seasons on the North Side. Two of his finest years came in 1972 and 1973, when he received MVP votes.

After his 18-year playing career with nine different teams, Cardenal moved into coaching. He was the first base coach on the Yankees World Championship teams in 1996, 1998 and 1999.

Other notables to wear the No. 1 include:

Charlie Grimm, Larry Bowa and Kosuke Fukudome.

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