Ken Hubbs, the legend

On September 5, 1962, Chicago Cub’s second baseman Ken Hubbs set the record for most consecutive games without an error for a second baseman.

The streak ended at 78 games. Hubbs was in his first full season in the majors. He might not have been the best batter with his .260 batting average but his fielding was outstanding. He was only charged with 15 errors for his entire rookie season. His rewards were the title of Rookie of the Year and the Gold Glove award.

Hubbs had the honor of having teammates like Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Billy Williams. The team’s 1962 record however, did not show what could have happened. There were three different managers by the end of the season, and the 61-101 Cubs finished once again with high hopes for the next year. Unfortunately the future Hall of Fame players were not enough to take on the competition in ’63. At the time nobody knew it would be the last season Hubbs would play.

On Feb. 15, 1964, a month after receiving his pilot’s license, Hubbs crashed a plane outside of Provo, Utah.

Now the Ken Hubbs Foundation was started to recognize outstanding high school athletes for their achievements on the field as well as their involvement int he community.

Here are two articles (1)  (2) from the Los Angeles Times from the 1990’s describing how his passing in 1964 still impacted people.

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