Cubs sporting sweet throwbacks in homestand finale

Cubs sporting sweet throwbacks in homestand finale
June 8, 2014, 12:45 pm
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Tony Andracki

The Cubs' stay in Chicago was brief on this homestand, but at least they're saying goodbye to the Windy City in style.

As part of the 1940s Wrigley 100 celebration, the Cubs are wearing 1942 home throwback jerseys Sunday afternoon:

 

 

Why 1942 and not 1945, the last visit the Cubs made to the World Series?

1942 was the last time the Cubs wore the vest uniform with a zipper in the front and a blue undershirt. There's also a "Health" patch on the front that was used in '42 to promote the "Hale America" fitness campaign.

The Cubs went 68-86 in 1942, finishing sixth in the National League (there were no divisions back then). Among some of the more recognizable names to Cubs fans (Stan Hack, Phil Cavarretta) was Jimmie Foxx, the Hall of Famer who was in the twilight of his career at that point.

Foxx, who hit 534 career homers and led the league four times, appeared in 70 games for the Cubs in 1942 as a 34-year-old. He struggled at the plate, hitting .205 with only three homers and a .570 OPS in 228 plate appearances, a far cry from his career 1.038 OPS.

Opposing the Cubs Sunday, the Miami Marlins are wearing a uniform from the Miami Sun Sox, a minor-league baseball team that played in the 1940s and '50s.