Originally posted on The Hardball Times  |  Last updated 10/28/11
Last week, Theo Epstein took over running the Cubs and Roy Smalley, Jr. died. That got me thinking about Wid Matthews and Starlin Castro. Perhaps I should explain. I have spent my entire baseball consciousness following the Cubs, and they have spent that entire time without a championship. That hardly makes me unique among the under-110 set, but as the Theo Epstein era dawns, I'm among the dwindling number who remember the Wid Matthews era. If you don't count a couple of short-term, interim placeholders, that was 10 general managers ago. (I know, they aren't calling Epstein GM in the new bureaucracy, and Matthews was "director of player personnel," but you get the point.) The Cubs had won the wartime pennant of 1945, lost the World Series, and saw their fortunes drop rapidly. They brought in Matthews in 1950, coming off two last-place finishes. Matthews inherited a team with one semi-star (Andy Pafko, whom he would trade to the Dodgers in an awful fleecing of the Cubs), and jus...
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