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Monday, January 03, 2022

Former Cubs outfielder Larry Biittner has passed away

The Cubs announced the passing of outfielder Larry Biittner on their official Twitter account this afternoon. He was 75 years old.

The Cubs acquired Biittner from the Montreal Expos May 17, 1976, along with pitcher Steve Renko, for Andre Thornton. This wasn’t a good deal for the Cubs, as Thornton went on to a fine career, mostly with Cleveland.

But Biittner did have his moments in a Cubs uniform. In 1977, as the more-or-less regular left fielder (and backup to Bill Buckner at first base), he hit .298/.345/.432 (147-for-493) with 12 home runs in 138 games.


RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: January 03, 2022 at 12:01 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. The Duke Posted: January 03, 2022 at 12:30 PM (#6059431)

Go to the 14:30 mark to see Larry Biittner pitching in a blowout. Is there anything like TWIB still being done. I used to love that show
   2. AndrewJ Posted: January 03, 2022 at 12:46 PM (#6059436)
   3. Tom Nawrocki Posted: January 03, 2022 at 01:10 PM (#6059440)
The second letter of his family's last name was originally a U with an umlaut, but at some point along the way, an official separated it into two I's.
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: January 03, 2022 at 01:28 PM (#6059444)
The second letter of his family's last name was originally a U with an umlaut, but at some point along the way, an official separated it into two I's.

Lucky for him. As neat as umlauts are, they're no match for two lower case i's in a row. Three is even better (Fiji, Beijing), and I've just discovered the ultimate food, Kongbiji-jjigae. It's like stick figures participating in a tug of war.

Rest in Peace Mr. Biitner.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: January 03, 2022 at 01:35 PM (#6059447)
This wins.
   6. dejarouehg Posted: January 03, 2022 at 01:44 PM (#6059448)
Remember the play where the ball got lost in his hat.

Another great name from my earlier fandom.
   7. Addie Joss Posted: January 03, 2022 at 02:59 PM (#6059454)
Ajijic, Mexico is my favorite - has four consecutive dotted letters.
   8. John DiFool2 Posted: January 03, 2022 at 03:05 PM (#6059456)
So the Cubs would have otherwise had on their roster Buckner-and Büttner?
   9. Howie Menckel Posted: January 03, 2022 at 03:39 PM (#6059464)
Dick Billings was a Senator/Ranger C-OF from 1968-74, with a 73 career OPS+.

Larry Biitner was a Senator/Ranger OF-1B from 1970-73, with an 88 career OPS+.

got them confused in my baseball card collecting days of yore, but don't know why.

(amusing that Billings called himself "Rich," and on one Topps card he signed his autograph that way. but Topps decided he was a "Dick" - and that was that.]
   10. Cooper Teenoh Posted: January 03, 2022 at 10:39 PM (#6059521)
The 1977 Chicago Cubs were the team through which 6-year-old me was indoctrinated into the game. Larry Biitner was near the top of the list of people who, for no apparent reason related to baseball, made me believe that baseball is the greatest game. Rick Reuschel was an ace, Bruce Sutter was unhittable, and the lineup seemed much better than it actually was. At least, to a 6 year old who didn't know anything about baseball.

Thanks for helping light the fire on a lifelong passion, Larry.

   11. The Duke Posted: January 04, 2022 at 02:25 PM (#6059609)
10. That’s very nice. I have similar memories of obscure St Louis cardinals like Julian Javier, Jose Cruz, and Joe Hague that helped light my fire
   12. sanny manguillen Posted: January 04, 2022 at 05:27 PM (#6059642)
2021 Memorial Team:

c: Bill Freehan
1b: Eddie Robinson
2b: Jerry Remy
3b: Bobby Brown
ss: Julio Lugo
lf: Joe Cunningham
cf: Bill Virdon
rf: Henry Aaron

sp: Don Sutton
sp: Stan Williams
sp: J.R. Richard
sp: Mudcat Grant
sp: Juan Pizarro
rp: Doug Jones
rp: Mike Marshall
rp: Grant Jackson

mgr: Tommy Lasorda

Others who could get some playing time include Del Crandall, Rennie Stennett, Don Demeter, Ray Fosse, Dick Tidrow, and Lamar Hoyt.

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