On February 13, 1964, Cubs second baseman Ken Hubbs died at the age of 22 when the red and white Cessna 172 plane he was piloting crashed a quarter-mile south of Bird Island in Utah Lake in the midst of a winter storm. Hubbs had taken flying lessons for the previous two off-seasons to overcome his fear of flying, obtaining his license just the previous month. Ken Hubbs had been the1962 NL Rookie of the Year.
In 1962, Ken Hubbs, a rookie infielder for the Cubs, was selected as the Gold Glove winner at the second base position. It was the first time in Major League that a rookie won the fielding award. In addition to the Gold Glove, Hubbs also won the National League Rookie of the Year award. He was considered the best defensive second baseman of his time, until his tragic death in a plane crash in 1964.