90 years ago today, November 11, 1917, the Cubs traded pitcher Mike Pendergast and catcher Pickles Dilhoefer, along with $60,000 to the Phillies for Grover Cleveland Alexander and catcher Bill Killefer. Alexander posted a 128-83 record for the Cubs between 1918 and 1926 before finishing his Hall of Fame career in Philadelphia in 1930.
One year ago today Aramis Ramirez opted out of his contract and appeared to be heading west to play with the Angels but both Ramirez and Kerry Wood signed new deals with the Cubs a day later on November 12th. On November 14th, Jim Hendry inked a deal with Mark DeRosa, then on November 16th traded David Aardsma to the South Side for Neal Cotts. Alfonso Soriano agreed to terms with the Cubs on his 8-year deal on November 19th….what a week Jim Hendry had. Will the upcoming week see any additions, or subtractions, to the Cubs roster?
Here is more trivial information from the history of the Chicago National League Ball Club….
- Greg Maddux was the only Cubs’ pitcher to post a 20-win season in the 90’s. Maddux was 20-11 in 1992.
- Hack Wilson is the only Cub to put together hitting streaks of 20 or more games 4 different times. Wilson had a 27-game hitting streak in 1929, a 25-game hitting streak in 1927, a 22-game hitting streak in 1930 and a 20-game streak in 1929.
- When outfielder Robin Jennings made his Major League debut on April 18, 1996, he became the first native of Singapore to play a Major League Baseball game.
- The Cubs are the only modern Major League Baseball Club to have recorded a win in 21 straight games. The Cubs winning streak was from September 4 – September 27, 1935.
- The Cubs hit two grand slams in one game only once in the 20th century. On June 3, 1987 Keith Moreland and Brian Dayett each hit grand slams against the Houston Astros.
- Rafael Palmeiro was the first round pick (22nd overall) of the Cubs in the 1985 draft.
- Moe Drabowsky surrendered Stan Musial’s 3000th hit on May 13, 1958.
- The Cubs won the first regular-season game played in Japan. They beat the Mets 5-3 at the Tokyo Dome on March 29, 2000.
- Stan Hack and Ernie Banks are the only two Cubs to play over 1,000 big league games without playing for another franchise.
- Mark Grace was the 24th round pick of the Cubs in 1985, 622nd overall.
- Hack Wilson holds the all-time record for most RBI’s in a single season. Wilson drove in 191 while a member of the Cubs in 1930.
- On September 6, 1883 the Chicago National League Club sent 20 men to the plate in the 7th inning. Three different players (Tommy Burns, Fred Pfeffer and Ned Williamson) recorded three hits each in the inning….a National League record.
- On July 17, 1918, Lefty Tyler threw a Cubs-record 21 innings. The Cubs beat the Phillies 2-1 and both Tyler and Milt Watson of the Phillies pitched complete games.
- Gabby Harnett’s given first name is Charles.
- The only Major League pitcher to throw two complete game shutouts on the same day is Ed Reulbach. Reulbach beat the Brooklyn Dodgers on September 26, 1908….5-0 and 3-0.
- Ross Barnes was the first player to hit a home run in the history of the National League. Barnes homered on May 2, 1876.
- The Chicago Cubs were the first Major League team to install an organ at the ballpark. Roy Nelson played the organ as the Cubs lost to the Cardinals on April 26, 1941, 6-2.
- Frank DiPino was the winning pitcher in the Cubs first official night game. The Cubs beat the Mets, 6-4, on August 9, 1988.
Source: John F. Turner and Company