Ryne Sandberg

Ryne Sandberg
Birthdate 9/18/1959
Death Date
Debut Year 1981
Year of Induction 2005
Teams Cubs, Phillies
Position Second Base

Ryne Sandberg won 9 straight Gold Gloves and went to 10 straight All Star games. He holds the highest all-time fielding % for second baseman.

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Ryne Sandberg came to the Cubs in one of the worst trades in Phillies history

Ryne Sandberg came to the Cubs in one of the worst trades in Phillies history

Ryne Sandberg started his big league career with 13 games for the Phillies in 1981. He backed up 35-year old shortstop Larry Bowa. The Philadelphia brain trust did not project Sandberg as Bowa’s successor. In the minors Sandberg also played second and third base. The Phillies felt comfortable
Sandberg was named after pitcher Ryne Duren; his brother was named after Del Ennis

Sandberg was named after pitcher Ryne Duren; his brother was named after Del Ennis

Ryne Sandberg comes from a baseball family. His father Derwent “Sandy” Sandberg loved the game so much that he named Ryne’s older brother after former NL RBI champ Del Ennis. When Sandy’s wife Libby became pregnant again with a boy, the two decided to name him Ryne after reli

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