134 Years Ago: Cubs Play … and Win First Game

On April 25, 1876 the Chicago National League Ball Club, Inc. played and won the first game in the history of the organization.

Albert Spalding led the White Stockings to a 4-0 win over the Louisville Grays. Not only did Spalding notch the first win for the organization but he also threw the first National League shutout. Paul Hines scored the first run in Cubs history on a wild throw in the second inning.

Albert Spalding tossed seven more shutouts for the White Stockings in 1876 as his team won the National League pennant with a 52-14 record in 66 games.

Spalding posted a 47-12 record in 1876 with 53 complete games in 61 games, 60 starts. He struck out only 39 batters and walked 26 in 528 2/3 innings … Spalding’s ERA for the season a minuscule 1.75.

Also, on this date in Cubs’ history Rick Monday rescued the U.S. Flag at Dodger Stadium in 1976. Two protestors attempted to set the flag afire during the fourth inning.

Quote of the Day

You can’t create magic … don’t deserve magic until you play the game properly. It shouldn’t come your way. And, it won’t come your way. But, if you play the game properly, then all of a sudden, these little things start rolling in your direction and you start expecting them to happen on a daily basis because you’ve earned it.” – Joe Maddon

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