Thursday, December 10, 2009

#10 Guy Bush

Known as the "Mississippi Mudcat," Guy Bush came from Aberdeen, Mississippi and signed with the Cubs in 1919, and finally made his debut with the club in 1923. He wound up pitching for the Cubs for 12 years, winning 152 games with a .601 winning percentage. During his peak years from 1928-1934, he went 121-64. He bounced around in his last few years, and after returning to pitch during World War 2, he retired after the 1945 season at the age of 44. He won 176 games over his entire career, and pitched in two World Series, but Bush is best known for surrendering Babe Ruth's 714th and final home run.

An avid farmer, Bush returned to Mississippi after his playing days to run a small farm in the community of Shannon. He recently was selected as one of the top 100 Cubs of All-Time.

In 1985, Bush was tending to the garden at his home when he was stricken with a heart attack and died. He was 83.

His second-cousin, Mary Scobey, has written a nice piece remembering Guy. Read it HERE.

The Autograph: Guy Bush's autograph is not uncommon. An index card rolls for around 20-25 dollars.

Bush with singing cowboy Gene Autry

Guy Bush in 1985

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