More memories from the ghost of Opening Day past. Tuffy Rhodes might be the most famous least productive player in Chicago Cubs history. Say his name around Wrigley and the people there will talk about him like he took the team to the playoffs. It’s a strange reaction to a player who hit a total of 11 home runs with a .237 batting average over the course of his two year Cubs career.
Those stats don’t matter. What matters is that three of those home runs came in a single game. On Opening Day in 1994 Tuffy batted in the leadoff spot and hit home runs in the first, third, and fifth innings. All of these home runs came off of the arm of Dwight Gooden. A much older arm of Dwight Gooden mind you.
Of course, in true Cubbies fashion Chicago ended up losing the game and Dwight Gooden recorded the win despite giving up seven runs.
(Source: Sports Illustrated)