Dear Ken Hubbs Fans...

Dear Ken Hubbs fans,

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we understand that you are a tad frustrated. However, even justifiable frustration does not provide license for insensitive barbs directed at another's character.

We at Bucketfoot try not to take things too seriously and politely suggest that those of you whose glove's lacing was loosened by our inclusion of Ken Hubbs in the "Blasts to Busts" article do the same.

Ken Hubbs may have been a wonderful human being. He may have refrained from beating dogs, willingly signed autographs, never double-dipped at the salsa bowl, earned his Eagle Scout badge, and silently wandered the streets at night in order to place warning notes on cars whose tires were not properly inflated. That doesn't change the fact that when compared to his outstanding rookie year, the remainder of his career was a bust. In the same way, the fact the Ken Hubbs career was cut short due to his premature and tragic demise does not alter the fact that when compared to his outstanding rookie year, the remainder of his career was a bust.

The title of the article is Rookie Blasts to Busts, NOT Rookie Blasts to Busts Due to Circumstances Other Than Death. That said, you are entitled to your opinions-including your opinions of Bucketfoot, which we will gladly post for others to enjoy.

Just one more thing, to avoid hypocrisy, before you submit a personal attack directed toward the people at Bucketfoot for writing about Ken Hubbs (or any other person) because they "didn't even know him," don't you think that we ought to at least spend a few in innings getting acquainted?

So, for anyone wanting to enjoy a little Bucketfoot Bashing or to find further information on Ken Hubbs, see the messages below...

I just read your Baseball's Rookies Blasts to Busts page -- entertaining. However, here is some information about Ken Hubbs that you neglect to include in your stinging criticism of him and his "unrealized potential." FYI, Ken Hubbs, the Chicago Cubs ROY in 1962, was "out of baseball in 1964" because he was killed in a plane crash during the off season. His career was tragically cut short by his death; not his inability to hit a curveball, or turn the doubleplay.

We'll never know if Ken Hubbs would have lived up to the level potential he demonstrated during his rookie year. Given the circumstances, I do not see how you can consider him a flash-in-the-pan like Joe Charboneau or Jerome Walton. These guys (and the others you list) had great rookie years, but suffered from injuries or played their way out of the majors later. Ken Hubbs never had the opportunity to prove himself like the others on your list. I suggest that you at least correct the record in your newsletter and explain the REAL reason Ken Hubbs was out of baseball in 1964. I also suggest that you take him off your "busts" list.


Hello, Just wanted to let you know that I was reading your Buketfoot Baseball Publication from 1999. Seems like your researcher didn't get all his facts on Ken Hubbs. He made it sound like Hubbs was a good player in 1962, fell off in 1963, and just disappeared from baseball in 1964. Hubbs was killed in an airplane crash in Utah. Realize the article is already on the books, but if possible could you please put a footnote of some kind on the article. It an article titled "Rookies Blast to Bust".

If your wondering about why I even care, my wife is related to Ken Hubbs.

Thank you,

I read your bit about rookie flashes. Ken Hubbs was killed in a plane crash in february, 1964 which is why he was out of baseball so soon. You guys have no class. Had he lived, Ken Hubbs may have had a hall of fame career. The Cubs annual community service award is dedicated to Ken Hubbs as are the Ken Hubbs awards in Colton, Ca. Please include all the information in your facts.


You are frigging idiots at best. Who are you to be-little great ballplayers. Ken Hubbs was just getting started in his, without a doubt, Hall of Fame career when, obviously unknown to you, "all knowing" idiots, his life was ended in a plane crash in Febuary of 1964 before the new season even started. Your reference to the Beatles song "Hello, Goodbye," as describing his career is not only assinine but just plain lacking in any knowledge of what you are talking about.

Steve ( Oh, did I mention that he was my first cousin and I spent most of my childhood summers at the Hubb's home in Colton)


Regarding your Blasts to Busts article. You mention that Ken Hubbs was gone from baseball in 1964. You don't mention why, just the statement that he was gone, like for no good reason. I find that rather interesting seeing how he died in a plane crash,oops, "Did I do that?". Isn't that a bit, no alot tacky? Atleast give all the facts about something like that. What if a kid who didn't know the facts read what you said, it really wouldn't be fairly stated, or is your obvious dislike of the Cubs a reason to say whatever you like and how ever you like?