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, debuts for the Chicago Cubs, the first son of a major leaguer to play MLB, father Herm 1882-92
  • 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
  • 1916-04-20 Chicago Cubs play their 1st game at Weeghman Park (now known as Wrigley Field) and beat the Cincinnati 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 and 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
  • 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 umpire George Moriarty, Cubs manager Charlie Grimm & Chicago 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
  • 1939-05-17 1st televised baseball game is broadcast on NBC, with Princeton defeating Columbia 2-1
  • 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 Baseball World Series, is escorted out and casts goat curse on Chicago 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 and 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
MLB shortstop
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 major league 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
  • 1963-09-24 Idle Dodgers clinch their 2nd LA pennant as Cubs beat Cards

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, American MLB pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Witt, Illinois (d. 2013)
  • 1926-06-09 Roy Smalley, shortstop (Cubs, Braves, Phillies, Twins, Yankees)

Person of interestErnie Banks

1931-01-31 Ernie Banks, American baseball shortstop, 1st baseman and hall of famer known as "Mr Cub" as he played all 19 of his seasons with the Chicago Cubs, born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2015)

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)
  • 1949-02-06 Richie Zisk, American retired baseball player and pro scout (Chicago Cubs), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951-01-12 Bill Madlock, 4X NL batting champ (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1953-01-08 Bruce Sutter, pitcher (Cubs, Cards, Braves)

Person of interestAndre Dawson

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, American 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, American baseball pitcher (NY Met, Chicago Cubs)
  • 1966-02-01 Eddie Zambrano, Venezuelan-American 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, Puerto Rican baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • 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, American baseball outfielder (Chicago Cubs)

Person of interestSammy Sosa

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, American baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs)
  • 1969-02-27 Willie Banks, American 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, American baseball pitcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Oxnard, California
  • 1971-02-16 Mike Hubbard, MBA catcher (Chicago Cubs), born in Lynchburg, Virginia
  • 1971-06-22 Brant Brown, infielder (Chicago Cubs), born in Porterville, California
  • 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
  • 2013-08-09 Glen Hobbie, American MLB pitcher (Chicago Cubs), dies at 77

Person of interestErnie Banks

2015-01-23 Ernie Banks, American baseball shortstop, 1st baseman and hall of famer known as "Mr Cub" as he played all 19 of his seasons with the Chicago Cubs, dies of a heart attack at 83

MLB shortstop Ernie Banks
MLB shortstop
Ernie Banks
  • 2016-06-25 Jim Hickman, American baseball player (Mets, Dodgers, Cubs), dies at 79