Baseball Toaster Cub Town
Photo From The Crypt #1
2007-01-09 19:00
by Phil Bencomo

Were you one of the 30-40 people who regularly visited my former online abode, you surely saw the start of what I hope to be a recurring feature right here at the Toaster.

Titled "Photo From The Crypt," this series will feature one photo of a former or current Cub player, coach, or other person with a clear Cub connection. For those who didn't check the link above, the photos there were of a 1970s, gym-teaching and high-school-coaching Gary Hughes. Hughes, of course, is a top assistant for Jim Hendry.

For the first installment on the Toaster, I figured I'd steal a page from the Score Bard's book of clever and entertaining post ideas, and let you, the wonderful reader, figure out who in the picture below has a current Cub connection.

Leave your guesses in the comments, and I'll be available for hints as I deem necessary. I know it may seem hard, but if you dedicated Cub fans look hard and put those brains to good use, you might surprise yourselves. I'll post a short update when the correct person is identified.

Oh, and bonus points if you can name the "Where" and "When."

Click on the image for a larger view.

If you have any ancient Cub-related photos of your own and you wish to see them posted here, please e-mail them to phil.bencomo AT . The above photo came from my own personal stock, and though I have several more of the same nameless-for-the-moment Cub-related person, it's much more fun to see different faces with each new installment.

UPDATE: Mr. Derek Smart nailed it all. As both he and I expressed in the comments, Derek had no insider information. We wouldn't want to start Toastergate or anything.

#12 in the photo above is indeed current Cub third base coach Mike Quade, an alumnus of Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, Illinois. The photo is from the pages of a 1974 Prospect yearbook. The giveaway should have been Quade's bald head.

Thanks for all the participation, and don't forget to send in photos of your own. Since this guessing game went so well, I think I'll do the same with any other photos I receive.

2007-01-09 21:18:34
1.   das411
Second from right, Derrek Lee pre-teammates with Pudge Rodriguez?
2007-01-09 23:03:13
2.   Ken Arneson
Ah, figured it out, with a little help from Mr. Google and Mr. Wikipedia.
2007-01-10 07:27:14
3.   Tom
Well, thanks for playing the game, Ken. And, by the way, I've guessed the number you were thinking of, but I am not telling.

I think No. 44 is Dave Kingman at Prospect High School.

2007-01-10 09:33:28
4.   dianagramr
the guy on the very left looks like a dead ringer for a present-day Jim Calhoun, but back in whatever day that picture was taken, he of course would have been much younger-looking :0
2007-01-10 09:48:52
5.   Ken Arneson
3 The reason I didn't divulge the answer is that I had an extra clue behind the scenes, which wasn't quite fair.
2007-01-10 10:04:53
6.   Phil Bencomo
The only correct information I've seen so far is Prospect High School.
2007-01-10 10:19:01
7.   Tom
Now (I think) I got it, but I don't want to guess twice.
2007-01-10 11:21:04
8.   Daniel Zappala
I think #22 is Tom Lundstedt?
2007-01-10 11:51:41
9.   Derek Smart
First, let me state that I had nothing to do and no foreknowledge of this post, so anything I say, right or wrong, came from me own feeble noodle.

Anyway, #12 is Mike Quade, Class of '75, Prospect High School, and current third base coach of the Chicago Cubs.

2007-01-10 12:40:12
10.   Phil Bencomo
9 We have a winner. Nice job, Derek, and I confirm that my fellow blogger had nothing to do with this post.

7 Tom, what was your second guess?

2007-01-10 14:53:03
11.   Tom
That was it. The baldness gave it away.
2007-01-10 20:18:01
12.   Ken Arneson
So, Phil, do you possess this picture because you were once a PHS Knight yourself?
2007-01-11 12:54:55
13.   Phil Bencomo
I didn't attend Prospect for high school, but I do have family that did, which is how this photo (and others like it) came into my possession.

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