Nothing but the Facts

It is hard to believe the Cubs have just 4 games left before the All-Star break but tonight is game #84 of 162. And while the Cubs have played better ball of late, a solid performance from the offense tonight would be a good way to head into their final three games of the first half against a very dangerous team in the Pittsburgh Pirates.

While Lou Piniella’s crew waits to take the field tonight in Washington D.C., here are a few bits of information from the long history of the Chicago National League Ball Club, Inc. ….

  • Phil Cavarretta was the only member of the Cubs’ organization to win the National League MVP during the 1940’s.
  • On April 30, 1970, Billy Williams became the first player in National League history to appear in 1,000 consecutive games. His streak would end on September 30, 1970 after reaching 1,117 games.
  • Kerry Wood is the only Cubs pitcher to win the Rookie of the Year Award.
  • Hack Wilson was the first member of the Cubs’ organization to hit 30 or more home runs in a single season. Wilson hit 30 in 1927.
  • Cal McVey holds the record for the most hits over two consecutive games. McVey collected 6 hits on July 22, 1876 and 6 hits on July 25, 1876.
  • James “Hippo” Vaughn is the winningest left-handed pitcher in Cubs’ history. Vaughn won 151 games in 9 seasons.
  • Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game against the Cubs on September 9, 1965. The last time the Cubs have been held hitless in a game. Harvey Kuenn made the last out.
  • There has never been a perfect game thrown by a member of the Chicago Cubs organization.
  • On May 31, 1988, Jeff Pico became the first Cubs’ pitcher to throw a shutout in his Major League debut since Bill Lee shutout the Phillies on May 7, 1934.
  • In 1911, Frank “Wildfire” Schulte became the first player ever to collect 20 or more doubles, triples, home runs and stolen bases in the same season. Willie Mays was the second player to accomplish the feat, 46 years later, in 1957.
  • Buck O’Neil became the first African American Major League coach in 1962 as a member of the Cubs’ organization.
  • The youngest pitcher in Chicago Cubs history was Dick Ellsworth, who was 18 years, 3 months old when he made his Major League debut on June 22, 1958.
  • Billy Williams holds the single-season record for most home runs by a Cubs’ rookie. Williams hit 25 in 1961.
  • Cubs’ player-manager Frank Chance became the first player ejected from a World Series game following an argument with umpire Tom Connolly in Game 3 of the 1910 series.
  • Three members of the Cubs played in the first All-Star Game at Comiskey Park on July 6, 1933: Woody English (shortstop), Lon Warneke (pitcher) and Gabby Hartnett (catcher).
  • Don Kessinger was the first member of the Cubs to win a Gold Glove at shortstop. Kessinger won the award in 1969.
  • Roger Hornsby has the highest single season batting average by a member of the Cubs organization since 1900, .380.
  • On June 25, 1937, Augie Galan became the first National League player, and the second player ever, to hit a home run from both sides of the plate in a single game.
  • Bill Buckner batted over .300 four times while a member of the Cubs. Buckner was traded to the Red Sox on May 25, 1984 for shortstop Mike Brumley and pitcher Dennis Eckersley.
  • Sammy Sosa stole 172 bases during the 1990’s, the most stolen bases for the Cubs during the decade.
  • The Cubs won 100 or more games four times in five seasons from 1906 to 1910, missing the 100 win mark by just a single game in 1908.
  • Ernie Banks holds the National League record for most grand slams in a single season. Banks hit 5 in 1955.
  • The only unassisted triple play in Cubs history was turned by shortstop Jimmy Cooney on May 30, 1927 against the Pirates in Pittsburgh. In the 4th inning, Cooney caught Paul Waner’s line drive, stepped on 2nd base to retire Lloyd Waner and then tagged Clyde Barnhart off first.
  • Ferguson Jenkins was the first Cubs pitcher to win the Cy Young Award. Jenkins won the award in 1971.

Quote of the Day

"If you'll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your life." - Vince Lombardi
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