Cubs mourn passing of clubhouse manager
Longtime Wrigley Field clubhouse manager Tom “Otis” Hellmann passed away Wednesday night.
Hellmann had been with the Cubs organization for 41 years, joining the team in 1983 where he oversaw the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field. He was the home clubhouse manager for 23 years, through the 2022 season before being named home clubhouse manager emeritus last season.
“I am saddened by this loss. I can’t think of another person more dedicated to this team and organization than Otis,” Cubs executive chairman Tom Ricketts said in a statement. “He embodied the definition of caretaker looking after countless players, coaches and staff that called our clubhouse home throughout his 41 seasons. He will forever be remembered as a beloved member of our family.”
Hellman began his 50-year baseball career in 1974 when he joined the Cincinnati Reds. He was the assistant clubhouse manager for 9 years with the Reds before joining the Cubs. At the end of last season, Hellman was awarded a ring from the Clubhouse Managers Association “for his outstanding 50 years in baseball.”