Rainey was a winner in most of his big-league seasons while laboring in hitters'
paradises Fenway Park and Wrigley Field. He went 8-5 in his 1979 rookie season with
a 3.81 ERA, then improved to 8-3, 4.86 in 1980. Traded to the Cubs for Doug Bird
after a 7-5, 5.02 mark in 1982, he posted a 14-13, 4.48 record but missed out on
Chicago's division championship when he was traded in July 1984 for player-to-be-named-later
Davey Lopes of the A's.
FROM THE BASEBALL CHRONOLOGY
»April 12, 1980:
Milwaukee bombs the Red Sox, 18–1, as they score nine runs in the second inning. Eight of the runs come on two grand slams, Cecil Cooper's knocking out starter Mike Torrez and Don Money ringing his up against Chuck Rainey. This is the 4th time in ML history that two grand slams have been hit in one inning.