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With the Cleveland Indians taking a commanding lead in the ALCS on Tuesday night and the World Series starting a week from today, Baseball’s Hot Stove Season is right around the corner. Soon all of baseball will start focusing on improving their team for next season….in the meantime here are a few blasts from the Cubs’ storied past.

  • Harry Steinfeldt was the primary third baseman in the famed infield of Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance.
  • Rick Sutcliffe was the only member of the Cubs to win a Cy Young Award during the 1980’s. Sutcliffe won the award in 1984.
  • Pitcher Larry Corcoran hit the first grand slam in the history of the Cubs franchise on June 20, 1882.
  • The Chicago National League Club recorded the first shutout in Major League Baseball history when they beat Louisville 4-0 on April 25, 1876.
  • Only two left-handed pitchers have won 20 or more games in more than one season with the Cubs. Hippo Vaughn accomplished the feat 5 times while Jake Weimer did it twice.
  • West Side Grounds was the name of the park where the Cubs played just before they moved to Wrigley Field.
  • 1969 was the last year in which a pair of Cubs pitchers posted 20-win seasons. Ferguson Jenkins was 21-15 and Bill Hands was 20-14.
  • Ryne Sandberg has played the most career games at second base for the Cubs.
  • Sammy Sosa holds the record for the most career strikeouts as a member of the Cubs….1,815.
  • Lee Smith was the last Cubs’ pitcher to earn a victory in an All-Star Game. Smith threw 3 scoreless innings in 1987.
  • No Cubs player has ever collected seven hits in a single game.
  • Sammy Sosa set a National League record in 1998 for the most at bats in a single season (643) without hitting a triple.
  • Bill Dahlen has the longest hitting streak in the history of the Cubs organization. Dahlen hit safely in 42 straight games in 1894.
  • On June 17, 1915, Cubs pitcher Zip Zabel relieved starter Bert Humphries with two out in the first inning of a game against Brooklyn. The game lasted 19 innings, with Zabel pitching the rest of the way, surrendering 9 hits, earning the win and setting the Major League record for most innings pitched by a relief pitcher in a single game.
  • The Cubs posted a record on 44 wins with just 4 defeats from July 26th through September 16th in 1906.
  • The Ivy was first planted at Wrigley Field in 1937.
  • Babe Ruth threw a 6-hit shutout against the Cubs in Game 1 of the 1918 World Series.
  • James Vaughn is the given name of Hippo Vaughn.
  • The Cubs first wore a pinstriped uniform during the 1907 World Series.
  • Steve Trachsel won the most games for the Cubs in the 1990’s….60.
  • The Chicago Cubs first wore the letter “C” on their shirt front in 1906 and first used the round “C” surrounding the letters “UBS” in 1909.
  • Sammy Sosa was the only Cub to win the National League MVP award in the 1990’s.
  • Ernie Banks was the first Cub to win a Gold Glove. Banks won the award in 1960 when he still played shortstop.
  • Bill Madlock was the last member of the Cubs to win batting titles in consecutive seasons, 1975 and 1976.
  • Gabby Hartnett was the first member of the Cubs to win the MVP award.
  • Ernie Banks holds the record for the most career extra-base hits by a member of the Cubs….1,009.
  • Bob Dernier was the first member of the Cubs to win a Gold Glove Award as an outfielder. Dernier won the award in 1984.
  • Charlie Root has the most career victories as a Cub….201.
  • Lights were scheduled to be installed at Wrigley Field prior to the 1942 season, and the giant metal light standards had already been delivered, but following the bombing of Pearl Harbor, P.K. Wrigley donated the structures to the war effort.
  • Ryne Sandberg stole the most bases for the Cubs in the 1980’s….250.

This past Friday was the 100th Anniversary of the first time the Cubs won the World Series and Sunday was the 99th Anniversary of the last time the Cubs won the Fall Classic.

Source: John F. Turner and Company

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