Murcer and Dawson, no more?

I’m hung up, in some ways, on the Cubs of the past. I had a black Bobby Murcer baseball glove as a kid, and when Murcer came to Chicago and wore number 7 on his back, he became number 7 for all time, at least as far as I was concerned.

It didn’t matter that Jody Davis later wore that number, and Kenny Lofton wore it, and Mark DeRosa wore it too. Like Mickey Mantle is forever linked with the number 7 in New York, Bobby Murcer was always going to be number 7 in my mind.

The same thing goes for number 8 and Andre Dawson. From the first time I saw the Hawk play at Wrigley in 1987, he has been the only player I think of when I see the number 8. With no disrespect intended to Doug Glanville and Gary Gaetti–but some directed at Alex Gonzalez and Michael Barrett–no other player could supplant Dawson as the number 8.

But yesterday’s thrilling–and entirely unexpected–comeback may have me rethinking this position. Chris Coghlan wears number 8 now, and he hit the game-winning homer in the eighth inning (appropriately enough). Arismendy Alcantara hit a big homer in the seventh inning to give the Cubs a chance, and he–ironically–wears number 7 on his back.

So Alcantara came through against the Dodgers in the seventh, and Coghlan won the game in the eighth. Perhaps it’s time for Bobby and the Hawk to step aside, at least for the next few years.

R. Lincoln Harris is a guest contributor for Wrigleyville Nation. He also writes for,,, and Thanks R. Lincoln for the contribution!

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