On September 10, 1961 slick fielding second baseman Ken Hubbs made his debut with the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs sought an upgrade from Don Zimmer and Jerry Kindall that shared the position. Hubbs was only 19 during his debut season. In 1962, he would become the starter a second base, and would go on to to win the Rookie of the Year award, and the Gold Glove award.
May 20, 1962. In a doubleheader sweep of the Philadelphia Phillies, Chicago Cubs second baseman had eight straight singles. The reviews on his offense were mixed, but at 22, there was room for development for Hubbs. He had little minor league experience helping develop his approach on the offensive side of the game.
However, fate would have other plans for Hubbs, he would die in a plane crash near Provo, Utah on February 13, 1964. Hubbs was known to have a fear of flying, but fought those fear by working to get his pilot's license. The Ken Hubbs Foundation was formed after his death. The Ken Hubbs award is given to the best male athletes in the San Bernardino, California area.