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.

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