Chicago Cubs in History

Events in Sport

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  • 1876-04-25 Chicago Cubs 1st NL game, beats Louisville 4-0 (1st NL shutout)
  • 1881-09-27 Chicago Cubs beat Troy 10-8 before record small "crowd" of 12
  • 1883-05-22 Cubs' Billy Sunday's 1st at bat, begins 14 consecutive strikes out
  • 1887-02-14 Cubs sell Mike King Kelly to Boston for record $10,000
  • 1903-07-02 Pitcher Jack Doscher, 1 son of a major leaguer debuts with Cubs
  • 1903-09-18 Phillies' Chick Fraser no-hits Chicago Cubs, 10-0
  • 1904-06-11 Cubs' Bob Wicker no-hits NY Giants, wins in 12th on 1 hitter, 1-0
  • 1905-04-26 Cubs Jack McCarthy becomes only major league player to throw out 3 runners at plate in 1 game, all were ends of a double play
  • 1905-06-13 NY Giant Christy Mathewson 2nd no-hitter, beats Chicago Cubs, 1-0
  • 1905-08-24 Chicago Cubs beat Phillies 2-1 in 20 innings
  • 1906-03-06 Cubs sign 3rd baseman Harry Steinfeldt to complete Tinker-Evers-Chance
  • 1906-06-07 Chicago Cubs score 11 in 1st inning, beating NY Giants 19-0
  • 1906-10-04 Chicago Cubs win their 116th game (116-36 .763) of year
  • 1906-10-14 All Chicago World Series, 1st AL victory, White Sox win 4 games to 2 Cubs losers share of $439.50 is lowest for World Series
  • 1907-10-12 Cubs beat Tigers 4 games to 0 with 1 tie in 4th World Series
  • 1908-09-23 Giant Fred (Bonehead) Merkle fails to touch 2nd, causes 3rd out in 9th & disallows winning run (game ends tied, Cubs win replay & pennant)
  • 1908-09-25 Cubs' Ed Reulbach becomes only pitcher to throw doubleheader shutout
  • 1908-10-14 Cubs beat Tigers 4 games to 1 in 5th World Series, 1st rematch
  • 1908-10-14 Smallest crowd at World Series, 6,210 fans see Cubs beat Tigers

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1909-05-02 Honus Wagner steals his way around bases in 1st inning against Cubs

MLB Shortshop Honus Wagner
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Honus Wagner
  • 1909-10-08 Chicago Cubs beat NY Giants 4-2 in a playoff to win NL pennant
  • 1910-10-23 Philadelphia A's beat Chicago Cubs 4 games to 1 in 7th World Series
  • 1912-07-18 Chicago Cubs get 21 hits but lose to Philadelphia Phillies in 11 innings
  • 1913-09-14 Cubs Larry Cheney hurls record 14-hit shutout against Giants (7-0)
  • 1915-05-17 Cubs George "Zip" Zabel relieves with 2 outs in 1st & winds up with 4-3 19-inning win over Brooklyn in longest relief job ever
  • 1916-02-09 NL votes down a proposal by Giants, Braves, & Cubs to increase club player limit from 21 to 22 (The Reds want to decrease to 20)
  • 1916-04-20 Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) in Chicago opens, Cubs beat Cincinnati Reds 7-6
  • 1916-04-30 Chicago Cubs play 1st game at Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field) beat Reds
  • 1918-07-17 Longest errorless game, Cubs beat Phillies 2-1 in 21 innings
  • 1918-08-24 Chicago Cubs, win earliest pennent ever (season ended Sept 2)
  • 1918-09-11 Boston Red Sox beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 2 in 15th World Series
  • 1919-07-06 William Veeck, sportswriter, replaces Fred Mitchell as Cubs president
  • 1920-05-20 Policemen raid the Cubs' bleachers & arrest 24 fans for gambling
  • 1922-05-30 Cubs swap Max Flack for Cards Cliff Heathcote during middle of doubleheader. Both play for both teams that day
  • 1922-08-25 Cubs beat Phillies 26-23 in highest scoring major-league game
  • 1923-07-21 Phillies score 12 in 6th & beat Cubs 17-4
  • 1925-04-14 1st regular-season Cubs game to be broadcast on radio (WGN)
  • 1926-06-22 Cardinals pick up 39-year-old Grover Alexander on waivers from Cubs
  • 1927-05-17 Chicago Cubs beat Boston Braves, 4-3, in 22 innings
  • 1929-09-18 Pirates loss to Braves & clinch NL pennant for the Cubs
  • 1929-10-08 A's Howard Ehmke (7-2) sets World Series record striking out 13 Cubs
  • 1929-10-12 Cubs blow 8-0 World Series lead, A's score 10 in 1 inning
  • 1929-10-14 Philadelphia A's beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 1 in 26th World Series
  • 1930-06-23 Chicago Cubs beat Philadelphia Phillies 21-8
  • 1930-09-25 Roger Hornsby replaces Joe McCarthy as Cubs manager
  • 1931-07-01 Phillies Chuck Klein hits for cycle vs Chicago Cubs
  • 1932-06-07 Pitcher John Quinn, 47, is oldest player to have an extra-base hit (a double) & bat in a run, as the Dodgers beat the Cubs 9-2
  • 1932-07-06 Cubs shortstop Bill Jurges is shot twice in Chicago hotel room by a spurned girlfriend, Violet Popovich Valli
  • 1932-08-02 Charlie Grimm replaces Roger Hornsby as manager of Chicago Cubs
  • 1932-09-20 Chicago Cubs clinch the NL pennant
  • 1932-09-28 1932 Baseball World Series opens with the Chicago Cubs vs. NY Yankees (6-12)
  • 1932-10-02 NY Yankees sweep Chicago Cubs in 29th World Series
  • 1933-06-30 Card's Dizzy Dean strikes out 17 Cubs to win 8-2
  • 1935-07-05 Chicago Cubs are 10½ games back in NL, & go on to win the pennant
  • 1935-09-27 Chicago Cubs win 21st consecutive game & clinch NL pennant
  • 1935-10-07 Detroit Tigers beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 2 in 32nd World Series
  • 1935-10-24 Judge Landis fines ump George Moriarty, Cubs mgr Charlie Grimm & Chic players W English, B Jurges & B Herman for actions in World Series
  • 1938-05-05 Phillies Harold Kelleher faces 16 batters in 6th, as Cubs score 12 runs, both marks are NL records off one hurler in a single inning
  • 1938-09-28 Homer in the Gloamin' - famous walk-off home run hit by Gabby Hartnett of the Chicago Cubs against the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • 1938-10-01 Chicago Cubs clinch NL pennant
  • 1938-10-09 NY Yankees sweep Cubs in 35th World Series, 3rd straight WS win
  • 1940-04-16 1st televised baseball game, WGN-TV, (White Sox vs Cubs exhibition)
  • 1941-04-26 A tradition begins, 1st organ at a baseball stadium (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1942-01-15 Cubs drop plans to install lights at Wrigley due to WW II
  • 1942-09-13 Cubs shortstop Leonard Merullo makes 4 errors in 1 inning
  • 1943-02-02 Cubs return to original uniform after experimenting with a vest
  • 1944-07-23 Chicago Cubs Bill Nicholson hits 4 HRs in a doubleheader
  • 1945-07-12 Cubs stop Braves Tommy Holmes modern-day NL hitting streak at 37 games
  • 1945-07-27 Cubs purchase pitcher Hank Borowy from NY Yankees
  • 1945-09-29 Chicago Cubs clinch NL pennant with record of 98–56
  • 1945-10-03 Tigers & Cubs meet in World Series for 4th time
  • 1945-10-06 Tavern owner "Billy Goat" Sianis buys seat for his goat for Game 4 of World Series & is escorted out, he casts goat curse on Cubs
  • 1945-10-10 Detroit Tigers beat Chicago Cubs, 4 games to 3 in 42nd World Series
  • 1946-04-20 1st baseball broadcast in Chicago, Cards vs Cubs
  • 1946-05-20 Cubs Claude Passeau makes his 1st error since September 21, 1941, ending pitcher's fielding record of 273 consecutive errorless chances
  • 1946-09-15 Dodgers beat Cubs 2-0 in 5 inns, games called because of gnats
  • 1946-09-24 Yanks set season attendance record of 2,309,029 besting 1929 Cubs
  • 1948-01-29 Commissioner Happy Chandler fines the Yankees, Cubs, & Phillies $500 each for signing high school players
  • 1950-12-14 Baseball owners choose Lou Perini (Braves), Phil Wrigley (Cubs), Del Webb (Yankees), & Ellis Ryan (Indians) to select new commissioner
  • 1951-11-18 Former Cubs 1st baseman & future TV star of Rifleman Chuck Connors is 1st player to oppose the major league draft
  • 1952-06-14 Boston Brave Warren Spahn strikes out 18 Cubs in 15 innings
  • 1952-06-14 Braves Warren Spahn ties NL record of Jim Whitney with 18 strikeouts against the Cubs in 15-inning, 3-1 loss
  • 1952-06-19 Bkln Dodger Carl Erskine no-hits Chicago Cubs, 5-0
  • 1952-11-20 Cubs slugger Hank Sauer wins NL MVP
  • 1953-06-04 Pitts trades outfielder Ralph Kiner & Joe Garagiola to Chicago Cubs

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1953-09-17 Ernie Banks becomes Chicago Cubs 1st black player

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
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Ernie Banks
  • 1953-09-20 Cubs Ernie Banks hits his 1st major league HR
  • 1955-06-19 Phils beat Cubs 1-0 in 15, ties longest shut out in Phillies history
  • 1955-09-19 Cubs slugger Ernie Banks hits record 5th grand slam of season
  • 1956-08-18 Cincinnati Reds (8) & Cubs (2) combine to hit 10 HRs in a 9 inning game
  • 1957-02-21 Dodgers (Fort Worth) & Cubs (LA) "trade" minor league franchises
  • 1958-04-24 Lee Walls hits 3 HRs, as Cubs beat Dodgers 15-2
  • 1958-08-20 Cubs use 1st baseman Dale Long as their 1st lefty catcher since 1906
  • 1959-11-04 Ernie Banks, Cubs shortstop, wins 2nd consecutive NL MVP
  • 1961-06-23 Cubs Ernie Banks ends his 717 consecutive-games-played streak
  • 1961-08-11 Warren Spahn records victory #300, beats Cubs 2-1
  • 1961-11-30 Billy Williams of the Cubs is voted NL Rookie of Year
  • 1962-04-10 1st major league game in Houston, Colt .45s beat Chicago Cubs, 11-2
  • 1962-09-05 Cubs Ken Hubbs sets 2nd base record for consecutive errorless games at 78 & consecutive errorless chances (418), he errors in the 4th
  • 1962-09-30 NY Mets lose record 120th game as Cubs turn triple play & beat NY 5-1

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1887-02-26 Grover Cleveland Alexander, HOF baseball pitcher (Phillies, Cubs)
  • 1914-03-01 Harry Caray, American sportscaster (Chicago Cubs), born in St Louis, Missouri (d. 1998) probable date
  • 1921-02-25 Andy Pafko, Boyceville, Wisconsin, MLB player (Chicago Cubs), (d. 2013)
  • 1926-04-24 Glen Hobbie, Witt, IL, MLB pitcher (Chicago Cubs), (d. 2013)
  • 1926-06-09 Roy Smalley, shortstop (Cubs, Braves, Phillies, Twins, Yankees)

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1931-01-31 Ernie Banks, "Mr Cub" Chicago Cubs, Hall-of-Famer (short stop/1st baseman), born in Dallas, Texas

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 1937-05-10 Jim Hickman, baseball player (Mets, Dodgers, Cubs), born in Henning, Tennessee (d. 2016)
  • 1938-06-15 Billy Williams, baseball player (Cubs)
  • 1940-02-25 Ron Santo, American MLB player and broascaster (Chicago Cubs), 1st baseball player to veto his trade), born in Seattle (d. 2010)
  • 1946-05-20 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (NY Yankees, SF Giants and Chicago Cubs), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (d. 2008)
  • 1951-01-12 Bill Madlock, 4X NL batting champ (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1953-01-08 Bruce Sutter, pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves)

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1954-07-10 Andre Dawson, MLB outfielder (Expos, Cubs, 1987 NL MVP), born in Miami, Florida

MLB Star Andre Dawson
MLB Star
Andre Dawson
  • 1956-06-21 Rick Sutcliffe, pitcher (LA Dodgers, Chicago Cubs)
  • 1959-05-16 Bob Patterson, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • 1959-09-18 Ryne Sandberg, infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Spokane, Washington
  • 1962-09-19 Randy Myers, Vancouver WA, pitcher (Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles)
  • 1962-09-30 Dave Magadan, 1st baseman (NY Mets, Chicago Cubs), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1964-02-17 Mike Campbell, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Seattle, Washington
  • 1965-08-21 Jim Bullinger, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1966-01-19 Anthony Young, US baseball pitcher (NY Met, Chicago Cubs)
  • 1966-02-01 Eddie Zambrano, Venezuelan/US baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1966-08-16 Terry Shumpert, infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Paducah, Kentucky
  • 1967-03-02 Leo Gomez, Canovanas Puerto Rico, infielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1967-03-27 Jaime Navarro, Bayamon Puerto Rico, pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1967-05-19 Turk Wendell, Pittsfield MA, pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1967-06-04 Scott Servais, catcher (Chicago Cubs), born in La Crosse, Wisconsin
  • 1967-08-16 Bret Barberie, infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1967-08-27 Brian McRae, Bradenton FL, outfielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1967-09-03 Luis Gonzalez, outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Tampa, Florida
  • 1968-01-29 Kevin Roberson, US baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs)

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1968-11-12 Sammy Sosa, Dominican baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic

MLB Outfielder Sammy Sosa
MLB Outfielder
Sammy Sosa
  • 1968-11-14 Kent Bottenfield, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1968-12-25 Scott Bullett, Martinsburg WV, outfielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1969-01-13 Kevin Foster, US baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1969-02-27 Willie Banks, US baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1969-04-01 Frank Castillo, pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in El Paso, Texas (d. 2013)
  • 1969-07-14 Jose Hernandez, Hato Rey Puerto Rico, infielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1970-08-25 Doug Glanville, outfielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Hackensack, New York
  • 1970-10-31 Steve Trachsel, Oxnard California, pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1971-02-16 Mike Hubbard, MBA catcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1971-06-22 Brant Brown, Porterville CA, infielder (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1973-03-06 Terry Adams, Mobile AL, pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1974-01-19 Amaury Telemaco, Higuey Dom Rep, pitcher (Chicago Cubs)

Deaths in Sport

  • 1932-01-26 William K Wrigley, owner (Wrigley Gum, Chicago Cubs), dies
  • 1964-02-13 Ken Hubbs, 2nd baseman (Chicago Cubs), dies in plane crash at 22
  • 1977-04-12 Philip K Wrigley, baseball owner (Chicago Cubs), dies at 82
  • 1992-09-05 Billy Herman, 2nd baseman/manager (Dodgers, Cubs), dies at 83
  • 1998-02-18 Harry Caray, American sportscaster (Chicago Cubs), dies at probably 83
  • 2008-07-12 Bobby Murcer, American baseball outfielder (NY Yankees, SF Giants and Chicago Cubs), dies from complications related to brain cancer at 62
  • 2010-12-02 Ron Santo, American MLB player (Chicago Cubs) and broadcaster, dies at 70
  • 2016-06-25 Jim Hickman, American baseball player (Mets, Dodgers, Cubs), dies at 79