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Cubs Use Mark Bellhorn On Season Ticket

By bullpenbrian at 09.04.2012 8 comments.

2012-08-29 23.39.46

I was surprised to see Mark Bellhorn gracing the cover of my Cubs ticket to last Wednesday’s game against the Brewers, a spot typically reserved for Cubs greats such as Fergie Jenkins, Billy Williams, Ron Santo and the likes.

Bellhorn did have a productive season with the Cubs in 2002 hitting .258, 27 HR & 57 RBI, and yes, he’s the same guy who hit a home run from both sides of the plate in the same inning at Miller Park–the first player to do so in National League history.

His 27 home runs mark the most ever for a Cubs switch-hitter and he’s also the first Cub to homer from all four infield positions, which is seemingly grounds to get a cover shot on a Cubs season ticket in 2012.

My most vivid memories of Bellhorn, however, are of his days playing with the Boston Red Sox. More specifically, it’s of his two clutch home runs against the Yankees during the 2004 ALCS–a three-run shot off Jon Lieber in Game 6 and a solo blast ricocheting off the foul pole in Game 7.

THE DOUBLE FLAPPER

Bellhorn was also most recognizable during his career for wearing a double earflap batting helmet, and to the best of my recollection, he may have been the last Cubs player to do so.

This is where I’m asking for your help. Has there been a Cubs player since Bellhorn who has worn a double earflap batting helmet?

Forgive me for bringing up the name Aaron Miles, but he may be a candidate, although I don’t remember him wearing one–or getting a hit for that matter.

No other Cubs come to mind, but something tells me I’m forgetting someone…drop me a line in the comments section if you know of another Cubs player to wear the double earflap batting helmet since Bellhorn did in 2002.

SANTO ONE OF FIRST PLAYERS TO INTRODUCE EARFLAP

Interestingly, it was Santo who pioneered the earflap after returning from a left cheekbone fracture in 1966–the result of being hit by a pitch.

As more and more players adopted the single earflap look only a few donned the double earflap style, which was mainly used by switch-hitters.

My guess is less than a handful of current players sport double earflap helmets and of those that come to mind: Shane Victorino, Orlando Hudson, Shin-Soo Choo and Bronson Arroyo are four of them.

For curiosity sake, I’d also be interested to learn of any other major league players that should join this list (double earflaps are mandatory in the minor leagues).

Let’s see what we come up with naming other double earflappers for the Cubs or elsewhere around baseball!

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8 Comments

  1. That is so awesome! I was actually at the game where Mark Bellhorn had his historic game. I caught a ball from rookie, Bobby Hill (who was another fluke, of course). It was a high scoring game that was really fun, especially being at a young age!

    • bullpenbrian says:

      That is awesome! The Cubs won this particular game 13-10 against Milwaukee. Bellhorn’s 5 RBI also tied a Cubs record for most runs batted in in a single-game.

      Here’s the Box Score: http://www.baseball-almanac.com/box-scores/boxscore.php?boxid=200208290ML4

      Bobby Hill; SMH!

      Bellhorn also had another two-homer game that season (June 30) in a 9-2 victory vs. the White Sox. Who knew!

      • Didn’t Bobby Hill end up getting traded to Pittsburgh a year or so later?
        I remember filling out the box score and having trouble doing the 10 run inning correctly..

        • bullpenbrian says:

          As you probably know, I love scoring the games, too. Running out of room on the scorecard is perhaps, the one down side to your team batting around in the inning :)

          And yes, Bobby Hill was traded to Pittsburgh in July of 2003. He was part of the deal that brought Kenny Lofton & Aramis Ramirez to Chicago. Fun fact, eh!

          • That’s a downside I’ll take any day of the week, as long as it’s the Cubs! That trade was probably the best trade of the decade to my memory.

          • bullpenbrian says:

            For certain, and it’s definitely one of the best moves Jim Hendry ever made for the Cubs.

            Might have been a much better ending in 2003 if Hendry had also dealt for some disparately needed bullpen help. Oh well, life moves on :)

          • It’s only one more year in the century-long drought. Can’t wait till another run like that though! Hopefully Theo and Co can get it done right. I’m looking at 2015-2020 as the years to bring home the trophy.

  2. Bellhorn was my favorite!!!!! People focused way too much on his weaknesses instead of his strengths.

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