Today In Cubs History: The Time Dickie Noles Was Traded For Himself – Bleed Cubbie Blue

Dickie Noles was a run-of-the-mill Cubs pitcher from 1982-84 and once more in 1987. He’d in all probability not be a lot remembered in any respect if not for this little quirky occasion close to the top of the 1987 season that resulted in him being traded for himself.

First, a little bit of background. When Dallas Inexperienced took over as Cubs GM in late 1981, he got down to create what many termed “Phillies West.” He introduced over coaches and gamers and even the following Cubs supervisor, Lee Elia, from Philadelphia. (We must be eternally grateful that one of many males he insisted come to the Cubs was Ryne Sandberg.)

Noles was a type of gamers, acquired from the Phillies December 8, 1981 together with Keith Moreland, in a deal that despatched Mike Krukow to Philadelphia.

He spent two and a half years of principally uninspired time within the Cubs rotation from 1982 till mid-1984 (though he did throw a one-hitter towards the Reds April 28, 1982), regardless of an incident the place he was briefly jailed for assaulting a Cincinnati police officer in early 1983. Per Noles’ Wikipedia page, he “severely injured his left knee... spent 16 days in jail, was pressured to enter alcohol rehabilitation, and was pressured to pay a considerable quantity of his baseball earnings in an ensuing civil go well with.”

Yikes. The outdated days weren’t at all times “the nice outdated days.” The Wikipedia web page quotes Noles as saying he’s been sober since that incident.

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