A Cubs Trivia Christmas

Merry Christmas from everyone at the CCO!

For those looking for their baseball fix after opening what the jolly old elf brought down your chimney, here is another look inside the Cubstory book.

Did you ever wonder when the Cubs played their first game? Or who holds the franchise record for the longest hitting streak? Do you know who the primary third baseman was in the famed Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance infield? Or which player hit the first grand slam in the franchise’s history? How about the given names of Gabby Harnett and Hack Wilson?

Here are blasts from the Cubs past on Christmas day …

  • Grover Cleveland Alexander became the first pitcher to earn his 300th career victory in a Cubs’ uniform. Alexander beat the Giants, 7-4 in a 12-inning performance on September 20, 1924.
  • The Cubs won the NL pennant in 1906 with a record of 116-36.
  • Hank Sauer was the first Cubs’ outfielder to win the MVP award. In 1952, the Mayor of Wrigley Field hit 37 home runs with 121 RBI.
  • Mark Grace recorded the most hits for the Cubs in the ’90’s. Grace also had more base hits than any other player in the National League during the decade.
  • Lewis Wilson is the given name of Hack Wilson.
  • Ed Reulbach and Rick Sutcliffe share the Cubs’ modern day record for most consecutive wins in a single season. Reulbach posted 14 straight wins in 1909 and Sutcliffe equaled the mark in 1984.
  • The first game in franchise history was on April 25, 1876. Albert Spalding threw a shutout, the first in NL history, and collected the first hit for the Chicago National League Ball Club, Inc.
  • Hack Wilson became the first Cub in the 20th century to hit for the cycle. Wilson accomplished the feat on June 23, 1930.
  • Ron Santo holds the franchise record for most games played at third base, 2,102.
  • The Cubs won 322 games from 1906 to 1908, a Major League record for most wins over three consecutive seasons.
  • The Cubs stole home 17 times in 1911, a National League record.
  • Only two players played for the Cubs in the National League, the White Sox in the American League and the Whales of the Federal League….Rollie Zeider and Dutch Zwilling.
  • Wrigley Field was the first ballpark to allow fans to keep foul balls.
  • The Cubs and Tigers played in the first tie game in World Series history. Game one was suspended in the 12th inning due to darkness. The game was also the first extra-inning game in World Series history.
  • Randy Hundley and Jody Davis are the only two Cubs’ catchers to win a gold glove. Hundley earned the award in 1967 and Davis in 1986.
  • 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 four 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.
  • 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.
  • Moe Drabowsky surrendered Stan Musial’s 3000th hit on May 13, 1958.
  • 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 pick overall.
  • Hack Wilson holds the all-time record for most RBI 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 seventh 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.
  • 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 five 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 what is now called 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.
  • Lee Smith was the last Cubs’ pitcher to earn a victory in an All-Star Game. Smith threw three scoreless innings in 1987.
  • 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 nine 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 six-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.
  • Gabby Hartnett was the first member of the Cubs to win the MVP award.
  • 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.

Happy Christmas!

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Paul-Brickner/100000305951204 Paul Brickner

    I think you should mention that Grace had more hits than anyone in all of MLB in the 90’s

  • Ripsnorter1

    Bob Dernier was our 1st OF to win a gold glove? 

    And Hundley our 1st catcher to win a gold glove?

    Well, defense has never been our first priority, has it?  LOL

    The most shocking thing to me was that our biggest winning pitcher in the 1990’s was Steve Trachsel. Now that’s shocking!

  • Tom U

    A Happy Holidays to everyone at the CCO!

  • Tony_Hall

    I want to wish everyone at the CCO a Merry Christmas.  

    Whether we agree or disagree on the direction  the Cubs are going, one thing we can all agree on, is that we want to be celebrating a World Series victory together. 

    Cloycub13 brought up the movie, Major League the other day, and it got me to thinking about  the end of the movie when they are all celebrating and Roger Dorn (Corbin Bernsen) hits Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn (Charlie Sheen) and then picks him up and celebrates with him.  It made me think of all of us at the CCO.  We may have some knock-down, drag out debates, but if we are all celebrating a Cubs World Series Championship, I believe all of us, would pick the other one up to celebrate together.

    Merry Christmas to all Cubs fans everywhere!

  • cmschube

    Nice work on the trivia, Neil. Happy Holidays to all!

  • Texcubnut

    To Neil, Tom, Brian and all the posters and fans of the CCO, I want to wish all of you the best of the holiday season and look forward to a new Cubs era that I truly feel will be successful. I feel very blessed and grateful to know you all through this site. Peace to all.

  • Axsenior

    Merry Christmas!!! Best Cubs info site bar none!!!

  • coolpdxcubsfan

    A happy holiday to all posters on this site for all the cheers, tears, and angst.
    Sheer entertainment, all day, every day.

  • Dorasaga

    “The Cubs stole home 17 times in 1911, a National League record.”

    I guess we can’t complain about the lack of speed during Lou Piniella’s reign.

    Neil, l want to double check here… Was Phil Cavarretta the last living Cub who wore the blue stripe uniform and made it to the World Series?

    • paulcatanese

      Dont know about the uniforms saw those guys play, but cant envision the uniforms. As far as the living players, I think, but dont know for sure, Andy Pafko is still alive and shows up at the park once in a while.I may have missed if he had passed, but dont think so. (what a pristine park Wrigley was in the 40s and 50s) Beautiful site when walking up the stairs and that green park with the Ivy hits the eye.

      • Dorasaga

        Thank you, Paul and Neil.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      I’m sorry to say I do not know about the entire team but as Paul said, Andy Pafko is still with us.

  • Chuck

    Great trivia, Neil.  Thanks.  Many people do not realize that Rockford was one of the original baseball teams and played at Fairgrounds Park under the name of the Forest City.  One of those players was Albert Spalding who played in the early years.  Rockford Forest Citys played one year in 1871, the newly formed professional baseball players league and guess who played on that last place team?  Cap Anson was on that team.

  • Chuck

    Charles Roscoe Barnes of the Chicago White Stockings( now known as the Chicago Cubs) has the distinction of having hit the first homerun in National League history on May 2, 1876.

  • SuzyS

    Merry Christmas to everyone hear at the CCO. Neil, I love the Trivia and History of both the Cubs and baseball.
    It should be noted that the Albert Spalding that is mentioned here a couple of times went on to found the Spalding Sporting Goods Co..

    Does anyone remember Mark Grace smoking cigarettes during interviews? Still one of my favorite players.

    • Chuck

      I do remember Ron Santo havinng a cigarette when Cubs were batting.  At times, one could seee smoke coming from dugout.  Also the Ron Santo pizza shop in Rockford.

      • SuzyS

        Chuck, it seems so strange today….but back then, it was fairly commonplace…if memory still serves me right.

        • Denio

          Yes… Just think Honus Wagner..

          Merry Christmas to everyone…

  • paulcatanese

    Just a little one here, the 40s,and 50s for the most part had the Managers coaching third base,Grimm was so large a figure, he covered most of the coaches box.

  • SuzyS

    Christmas is about family…I thought I would share  a little family lore that might be of interest to the CCO.

    My grandfather and grandmother ran a roadside resort restaurant and cabins in North Conway N.H.. in the 1930’s-40’s.  In 1939, My grandmother took my mother (then 8 years old) to the local movie theater to see the hot new hit movie, “The Wizard of Oz”. The line was long to get in.
    Grandma was holding my mother’s hand and began to squeeze it very hard while jumping up and down….my mother had no clue why grandma was behaving this way….nor did she recognize the man directly in front of them in the line. He turned around and talked with my grandmother for a moment, then pulled out a baseball, autographed it….and gave it to my mother.
    The man was Babe Ruth.

    The ball was stolen years ago. But whenever I see the Wizard of Oz…I think of that story….and the years of pleasure Ruth gave my mother in recounting that story.

    Merry Christmas to all

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Great story Suzy, thank you!

    • Agustinrexach

      yup, good stuff!

  • paulcatanese

    A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New year to all on the CCO site,it has kept me sane thruout a very trying year and without all of you and you’re posts, well it helped a lot. Thanks to all of you.

    • Ripsnorter1

      Are you sure you’re okay? I mean, Jim Hendry had a way of making us all a little bit crazy.

      God bless you and all the CCO!

      • paulcatanese

        Just got back in, thanks Rip for the concern, Hendry was fine for me, had a way to vent. Just old people problems, but with a lot of support from everyone has made it the best Christmas in a long time.

  • Spoda17

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

  • Aaron

    This has nothing to do with Christmas or trivia….but I was wondering if you all had seen the rumors floating around that Epstein is trying to land Oswalt, Lidge, Damon and Varitek.

    If true, that means one of (or both) Garza and Zambrano are gone along with Soriano,Soto and Marmol.

    I have been picking up on this putting two and two together….it really seems that any FA pitching they get will be on short-term deals because of next year’s class which could include some big names. Oswalt and Lidge get Pena-esque deals. Varitek mentors Castillo and Clevenger…and Damon gets to be a dirtbag and add to his curse busting legacy.

    • Anthony

      that seems logical

    • Texcubnut

      Aaron, I was thinking the same thing, but one problem with Theo’s thinking on this is…Who will really be available? Like you said, next years class COULD have some big names available but my guess is the top tier pitchers will likely re-sign with their current clubs. John Danks already has and the Phils are already negotiating with Cole Hamels and the two sides are close from my understanding. I would find it very difficult to believe that Matt Cain will not be vigorously pursued by the Giants. The next tier would include Zach Grienke and Anibal or Jonathan Sanchez all of whom could be available. After that. the pickins’ are slim. It’s a gamble to think most will even be available. Also, if Damon wants to add to his curse busting legacy (love that term) he will need more than a ‘Penaesque’ type deal, because there ain’t gonna be no championchips on the Northside for a couple of years.

      • Chadaudio

        Great points Texcubnut.  It’s why loosing Garza is so scary.  Nothing to do but wait and see.

    • Chadaudio

      Is Damon as bad a LF then Soriano at this point?

  • Capngeo2002

    I just read what Tony Hall says and then realize he has the last word and I need not read any further.  Quintessential definition cliche of a sport’s fan with no life.
    If I respond he will tell me how classy he is and cry to Neil.
    Yes Tony, I know, stay classy and you wrote the book on class.

    • Aaron

      That was a bit uncalled for…be nice…especially today. We might not all agree on the direction the club should take but we should at least know that we all are fans of this team

      • Texcubnut

        Well said.

        • Capngeo2002

          Take a nice break.  2 words, that must be taxing for a cub fan.

      • Capngeo2002

        I stand by it, on Tony.  
        However, I dare you to show me anyplace where I said I disagreed with the direction the team is going?  Then again, mind-reading and being the last word on manners, obviously goes hand-in-hand.

        • Tony_Hall

          So if I reply to you, is that trying to get the last word. 

          Is your computer now broke, where you can’t reply again?

          Mr. George Hamilton of Portland, Oregon, formerly of Merrillville, In, who has used over 10 screen names to hide behind your comments.

          • Capngeo2002

            My computer works just fine.  I really get to you, don’t I.
            You are a rather easy target, being so full of yourself and all.I used several screen names in nostalgic fun.  Clearly something a tight-ass, like you, couldn’t understand.I’ll come-up with 10 more, just for you, Mister Obvious.
            I miss the lectures on “class” hot-shot. 
            Don’t you have some “research” to do?
            You want my address?  You could save-up and buy a ticket and threaten me in person.  I won’t hold my breath. 
            MR. GEORGE HAMILTON, Portland, OR, formerly of Merrillville, IN.

    • Calicub

      That seems alittle unnecissary…

      If anything Tony has been all about differing opinions. Whether he agrees with them or not is besides the point. I read this site multiple times a day on my phone but that doesn’t. Mean I have no life does it? No! It means I have passion for this club. Not once have I seen ANYONE cry to Neil.

      If you can’t handle the heat get out the kitchen. If you can’t handle an argument or discussion, then it seems like you have alittle personal growing to do.

      On a side note, I would like to apologize to you Neil for all the negativity some have been secretly pushing on here (former cco reader, capngeo2002, and others creating fake names to post cruel, rude, and unneccisary comments). This is the greatest and highest quality fan site on the internet hands down. You do tireless work that gets me through the day, everyday. That extends to everyone who posts respectfully and contributes to the quality of the CCO.

      With that said, Merry Christmas, Happy belated Chanukah and early Kwannza. God Bless

      • Capngeo2002

        Tony an I have a history and you aren’t invited so STFU.

    • Texcubnut

      Sorry Cap, but I disagree. Tony is not the last word and he certainly doesn’t need me to defend him, but, like Aaron, his posts are intelligent, thoughtful and well researched. Tony and many others are precisely what makes this site so enjoyable. Of course, all of this is because of the tireless work that Neil does every single day. That and the many, many fine posters that contribute to this site.

      • Capngeo2002

        Nothing to be sorry for.  I wasn’t talking to to you.  I don’t know you and don’t care to.  So congratulations on your thoughts.  I’m sure someone cares.
        Tony wants to continue baiting on the internet, that’s a good safe place.

    • Tony_Hall

      How can you tell what anyone’s life is like from behind your computer?  This is a mobile age, where you can post from anywhere, and not need to be sitting behind a computer to do so.  

      Worry about yourself and stop worrying about everyone else’s life.  Maybe you could actually state an opinion, as well, instead of just criticizing others.

      • Capngeo2002

        I’ve stated opinions you are simply to big of a pompous arse to see them.

      • Capngeo2002

        Why don’t you stick with your “research”?  That’s what you’re “good” at.
        It’s a “mobile age”…no kiddin’ Sherlock.
        Please enlighten me more with, obvious, wisdom only you can interpret, oh great one.
        Maybe you should take a look in a mirror and find someone on equal “life” terms. They might find your constant, nagging and lectures as interesting, as you do.
        Worry about, the likes of you?  You are a pompous fool, tony.  How long have you been stewing?
        Mr. Hamilton

  • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

    Thanks to all for the kind words today.

    I hope everyone had a great Christmas.

  • Tony_Hall

    Sorry to everyone that George Hamilton (aka Capngeo2002, aka George, aka Fat, Friendly, Frazier, aka Harry Jackbrick, aka Capnegeo, aka Rumberg Rabbit, aka Rom Rab, I’m sure I missed a few as he changes his screen name to hide  behind it) showed back up.  As you can see from his posts, he just tries to stir up everyone and has no respect for anyone.  

    Thank-you to everyone for defending me. 

    • Capngeo2002

      I’m not hiding from anything, as you well know.  Especially the likes of you.  I notice this was one of your, several, latest attempts at your, latest, last word.  Gee what a surprise.
      Glad I could make your day and I’m flattered that you took time from your “research” just for me.Also, noticed the “Cub Fan” mob mentality.  It’s almost as if I went for foul ball.”Respect”, there you go again, the all knowing, all seeing, know nothing.George Hamilton, Portland, OR

    • Capngeo2002

      Oh, it’s just Capngeo, not “Capnegeo”, although Capnego has possibilities.  I don’t recall ever using “Rumberg” Rabbit, but it does have an interesting taste to it.
      See how much fun and creativity you can have with handles tony?
      With a little creativity you wouldn’t aka a blowhard, buffoon.