Day: January 16, 2017

1994 — Green, Goldsberry relive their winning Cubs development combo

By on January 16, 2017

Dallas Green (left) and No. 1 aide Gordon Goldsberry set up the most productive Cubs farm system in history in the 1980s, only to see it dismantled after they were forced out by 1988.

The Chicago Baseball Museum is presenting classic interviews from the archives of CBM historian George Castle’s “Diamond Gems” syndicated weekly baseball radio show, which aired from 1994 to 2010.

This edition features an April 9, 1994 interview re-uniting former Cubs GM Dallas Green, then Mets manager, and Gordon Goldsberry, his onetime chief of scouting and player development by then working as assistant to Orioles GM Roland Hemond. Together, they revived a moribund Cubs farm system in the 1980s and produced impact players, led by Greg Maddux, only to be forced out amid heavy Tribune Co. office politics before they could re-stock the Cubs on a long-term basis. At 79, Green is now a special assistant to Phillies GM Ruben Amaro, Jr. Goldsberry died in 1996, just before the Cubs were rumored to have wanted to hire him back, also as a special assistant.

“The Diamond Gems Flashback” also features photos of the interviewees from the one-of-a-kind Leo Bauby Photo Collection, emphasizing Chicago baseball. Many photos are available to the general public directly on Ebay via seller name Soxphotos soxphotos | eBay.

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