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Randy Hundley

Randy Hundley was the catcher of the Chicago Cubs from 1966 through 1973, and then he returned to the team once again for the 1976 and 1977 seasons. Hundley is remembered for a variety of reasons, including his great defensive work at catcher and his handling of the pitching staff. He was also known as a great leader and a clubhouse presence. He had an up and down career bothered by setbacks with injuries, but still is a favorite of fans for his personality, presence and his strong years in the late 1960s and early 1970s where he was a part of some strong teams with the Chicago Cubs.

While Hundley saw action in pieces of 14 different seasons, he was only healthy for six complete seasons. All of those years for Randy Hundley were with the Chicago Cubs. He joined the team in 1966 after beginning his career and seeing only minimal action in the major leagues with the San Francisco Giants. Over the next four years he was an All-Star, he won a Gold Glove, and also finished fourth in the Rookie of the Year balloting in 1966. He also stayed healthy, playing at least 149 games every year, a huge number for a catcher.  

The next two seasons though, 1970 and 1971, Randy Hundley only played a combined 82 games. He then got healthy for 72-73, before going on a journey with the Minnesota Twins and San Diego Padres for the '74 and '75 seasons. Finally, he finished out his career from 1976-1977 with the Cubs once again. Hundley was never known as being a great hitter, and he finished with a .236 batting average, .292 on base percentage, 82 homeruns and 381 RBIs. But it was his contributions behind the plate and behind the scenes that made him so valuable

These days, Randy Hundley is still very busy with the Chicago Cubs in a variety of ways. In the past he would fill in for Ron Santo on the radio as a color broadcaster. He also runs a fantasy camp for fans looking to get involved with the game, put on that Chicago Cubs uniform and give it a shot to play. His camp is held annually in January, and in 2011 will be held for two separate week long sessions from Mesa, Arizona.

His impact on the game of baseball extends even further though, and that has been accomplished with his son, Todd Hundley, who played 15 seasons in the Major Leagues. While he's remember mostly as a member of the New York Mets, he also had a two season stint with his dad's team, the Chicago Cubs. A two-time All-Star himself, he was also known for having much more power at the plate than Randy did.

When you look back at the career of Randy Hundley, particularly that with the Chicago Cubs, where he spent most of his years, it's about being a clubhouse presence and a leader. His strong character and leadership, as well as his great defensive work as the catcher, are what made and kept him a fan favorite during his time playing, and keeps him as one today.

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