136 Years Ago … The Cubs Played and Won Their 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.

The team known as the White Stockings beat the Louisville Grays 4-0. Albert Spalding led his White Stockings over the Grays and not only did Spalding win the first game in franchise history he also threw the first shutout in National League history.

The team that would be known as the Cubs 26 years later went on to win the National League pennant with a 52-14 record in 66 games.

Paul Hines scored the first run in franchise history on a wild throw in the second inning.

Albert Spalding led the way for the organization’s first pennant. Spalding posted a 47-12 record in 61 games, 60 starts. Spalding tossed 53 complete games but struck out only 39 batters with 26 walks in 528 2/3 innings. Spalding finished the 1876 season with a 1.75 ERA.

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  • Cubs 31

    Albert Spalding got his start in professional baseball in Rockford, Illinois, playing for the Forest City team.   He is also the founder of Spaulding Sporting Goods.  The Forst City team was one of the early professional baseball teams.

  • cubtex

    Looky there. The Cubs won with Soto at catcher and Soriano with 3 hits and driving in the game winner :) Now we will have Clevenger behind the plate today catching Volstad so with Clevenger behind the plate we can expect another quality start.

    • paulcatanese

      Two walkoffs in a row, three wins in a row against the Cardinals may be pushing it a little, I think I would rather take my bat and ball and go home, satisfied with two out of three.

      You know I was pleased with Campana’s effort, and to steal four base’s in two games against Molina, one with a pitchout,
      is quite a feat.

      It was great, but again lucky, unless Camapana is the greatest baserunner since Ricky Henderson, I look for him (if he gets on) to get picked today, either at first or stealing.

      I thought you might be interested on Cubs maniac, advocating trading Castro and what they could get for him. With present front office I dont think it wouldn’t be given a thought, they like to move people.

      • cubtex

        Campana might not be a starting player over 162….but speed on the basepaths is such a valuable weapon. You can win close games with a stolen base and a bloop.

  • paulcatanese

    Good insight Neil. When I was a youngster I had every program book the Cubs had from the 30’s to the 40’s. Of course having a mother who liked to keep things neat around the house they were thrown out.
    I think that put the curse on the Cubs, according to my analyst, its always the isuue’s with the Mother that causes problems.
    Tried to write to Billy Crystal for answers, but he’s a Yankee fan and didn’t bother to answer.

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Speaking of Billy Crystal, if you have not seen the movie 61, I would suggest streaming or ordering it from Amazon, great movie.

      • paulcatanese

        I did see it , and ironicly they interviewed Crystal on MLB and a lot of it had to do with the movie. Very good.

  • Dorasaga

     Can you guys imagine?!–Only the Chicago White “Sox” (Cubs) and the Boston Red “Sox” (Atlanta Braves) lasted, while all other six founding clubs went out of business!!!

    Go Cubs!

  • paulcatanese

    I have a question that belongs in this post. When Wrigley was built were  the houses around the park or was the park first and then came the houses?

    • http://chicagocubsonline.com/ Neil

      Weeghman Park was built in a residential area. The land where Wrigley now stands was previously the Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary. The seminary moved in 1910.

      • paulcatanese

        Thanks Neil, and my point would be, if the houses were there first then they do have a say in what goes on there, such as the Mayor suggested with blocking off the streets when a game is scheduled.