The tall, 6 ft 3 inch, 195 pound Paul Gillespie broke in with the Chicago Cubs in 1942 and hit .242 in 5 games as the understudy to starting catcher Clyde McCullough. The next year he batted .269 in 9 games.
In 1945 with McCullough serving in the US Military during the War, Paul Gillespie, the first Cubs player ever to wear a crewcut, played in 75 games.
On August 15 1945 in Ebbets Field in Brooklyn Paul Gilllespie lined a single and 2 home runs, had 6 RBIs to lead the Cubs to a 20-6 pounding over the Dodgers.
Cubs pitcher Hank Borowy pitched the entire game, Andy Pafko and Heinz Becker also hit homers for the Cubs. Baseball Historian