9 1/2 Most Memorable Cub Backup Catchers of the Past 50 Years

This was a tough list to make.  Backup catchers tend to come and go and not really establish much of an identity with a team.  I used the same criteria as the infielders list but this time it was difficult to find guys who didn't get their break at some point and start more than 50% of the games in at least one season for the Cubs.  Even otherwise career backups like Dave Rader and Tim Blackwell had their moment in the sun as primary starters for a season.  So we had to fudge the list a little and add one player who was primarily a part-timer until his last season in the majors.  That player, George Mitterwald, represents the "1/2" on this list.  We'll start with him and follow that with a few honorable mentions for guys who also broke through as starters for at least one season and just missed the cut.  Then we'll go with the true backup catchers in chronological order....

So without further ado, here is my list of Cub memorable catchers...


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Tags: backup catchers


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  • Steve Lake was always my favorite Cubs back up. He had a absolute cannon for an arm. The ideal backup catcher (to me) is a defensive catcher with a gun for an arm

  • In reply to rodeosteve:

    Agree...I could hardly disguise my enthusiasm when I wrote about Lake. He's the only guy who didn't make me groan when he was in the lineup. As much as we all liked Jody Davis, Steve Lake was a whole lot of fun to watch behind the plate.

  • In reply to walrus:

    I agree with you walrus I think they should have a back up hall of fame

  • In reply to rodeosteve:

    He's by far my favorite Cub backup catcher, I love catchers with cannons for throwing arms. Me, being more inclined to the White Sox, use to love Ron Karkovice, who had a bazooka for an arm.

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