May 13, 2001
#OTD in @chicagocubs history ▸ #33 Bill Mueller shatters his kneecap during the Cubs’ 4-13 Mother’s Day drubbing by the @stlcardinals. Mueller knocked a triple in the first inning, picking up an RBI, and scoring later.
However, his injury kind of set the tone for the 2001 season. After leading the NL Central for 97 games, the Cubs fell out of first place in August and ended up finishing 5 games back in third place.
Mueller was slashing .317/.409/.508, with a team OPS second to only Sammy Sosa, when he was injured. Traded away at the end of the 2002 season, he went on to win the Silver Slugger Award in 2003 and was instrumental in the @redsox 2004 World Series championship run.
Editor’s Note: Mueller remains one of my favorite Cubs from the early 2000s, and I can’t help but think that had he been in the lineup for the whole 2001 season, the Cubs may have won the division…