A Helping of Cubs Trivia

Happy Thanksgiving from the CCO!

Today is the day we give thanks for all of things in our lives while spending time with family and friends. But just in case you are looking for your daily ‘Cubs fix’, here is another look inside the Cubstory book.

So if you are wondering who are the only two players in franchise history to record three 200-hit seasons or which player holds the Cubs’ record for the most runs scored in a single-season or Hack Wilson’s OPS in 1930, here’s information you can use …

  • The entire infield of the 1969 Chicago Cubs made the NL All-Star squad … Ernie Banks (1B), Glenn Beckert (2B), Don Kessinger (SS) and Ron Santo (3B)
  • Eric Young is the only Cub since 1900 to steal five bases in the same game. Young swiped five bags against the Montreal Expos on May 14, 2000.
  • Billy Herman (1932, 1935 and 1936) and Billy Williams (1964, 1965 and 1970) are the only two Cubs in franchise history to record three 200-hit seasons.
  • On April 20, 1946, the first regular season Cubs game was broadcast on television.
  • The first-ever Chicago baseball game on radio took place on October 1, 1924 when WGN Radio broadcast the Cubs 10-7 victory over the White Sox, the first game of that season’s annual City Series.
  • Rogers Hornsby holds the franchise record for the most runs scored in a single season. Hornsby crossed home plate 156 times in 1929.
  • Rogers Hornsby hit .380 in 1929 and once said, “Everytime I stepped to the plate, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the pitcher.”
  • Grover Cleveland Alexander holds the Cubs’ record for the most innings pitched in a single-season. Alexander tossed 363 1/3 innings during the 1920 season.
  • Pete LaCock hit a pinch-hit grand slam on September 3, 1975 off of Bob Gibson … the bases clearing round tripper was the last hit ever allowed by the future Hall of Famer. Gibson said afterwards, “When I gave up a grand slam to Pete LaCock, I knew it was time to quit.”
  • Stan Hack (1092) and Ron Santo (1071) are the only two players in franchise history with at least 1000 walks in a Cubs’ uniform.
  • Ryne Sandberg (1989), Hack Wilson (1928) and Sammy Sosa (1998) are the only Cubs to homer in five straight games.
  • Sammy Sosa became the first Cub to hit two home runs in one inning when he cleared the wall twice in the seventh inning against the Astros on May 16, 1996.
  • Lee Smith briefly retired from baseball when he was moved to the bullpen in the minors. Smith believed the move was a demotion and he was not good enough to start.
  • After a 1905 argument over a taxicab ride, Joe Tinker and Johnny Evers did not speak to each other for seven seasons, despite performing brilliantly on the field together.
  • After watching Ernie Banks get hit by a pitch in Spring Training in 1954, Cubs’ skipper Phil Cavarretta made it mandatory for his hitters to wear batting helmets … years before it became a National League rule
  • Don Cardwell tossed a no-hitter in his Cubs debut back on May 15, 1960.
  • When the Cubs released Phil Cavarretta (1934-1953) at the end of the 1953 season, Cavarretta had played 1,953 games for the Cubs.
  • Cubs’ first baseman Ray Grimes established a Major League record by driving in at least one run in 17 consecutive games. Grimes achieved this feat in 1922; only two years after the RBI became an official stat.
  • Cubs’ centerfielder Hack Wilson produced arguably the greatest offensive season in Cubs history in 1930. Wilson hit 56 home runs, a NL record until 1998, and recorded 191 RBI while hitting .356 and slugging .723 … with an OPS of 1.177.
  • In 1948 the Cubs offense was so poor that manager Charlie Grimm sent scouts to comb the minor leagues for help. Grimm received a wire from a scout: “Spotted a pitcher who stopped a good team cold. Only one ball was hit out of the infield and that was a foul fly.” Grimm wired back: “Forget the pitcher. Send the guy who hit the foul.”
  • Mick Kelleher (1976-1980) had over 1,000 Major League at bats (792 with the Cubs) without hitting a home run.
  • After Ron Santo rejected a trade to the Angels, as was his right to do (Santo was the first player to invoke his ten-and-five rights), in 1973 that section of the Players Agreement became referred to as the “Santo Clause.” Santo ended up agreeing to a trade to the White Sox on December 11, 1973. The Cubs acquired Steve Stone, Steve Swisher, Ken Frailing and Jim Kremmel from the Sox in the deal for Santo.
  • The last time the Cubs were no-hit was on September 9, 1965. Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game against the Cubs in a 1-0 Dodgers’ victory. Cubs’ pitcher, Bob Hendley, was the hard-luck loser. Hendley held the Dodgers to one hit and one run in nine innings … the one run was unearned due to an error by catcher Chris Krug. Box Score
  • The Mayor of Wrigley Field, Hank Sauer (1949-1955) was regularly showered with bags of tobacco tossed in praise by his many fans seated in Wrigley Field’s bleachers
  • Harry Steinfeldt (1906-1910) completed the Cubs famous infield of Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance but Germany Schaefer (1901-1902) was the third baseman when the trio first appeared on a Major League infield in 1902.
  • Ferguson Jenkins lost 1-0 five times in 1968. Jenkins finished the year with a 20-15 record in 40 starts with 20 complete games (2.63 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 260 strikeouts and 65 walks in 308 innings).
  • Adrian “Cap” Anson (1879-1897) holds the franchise record for most wins as the team’s manager. Cap posted 1,282 victories as a player-manager for the Chicago White Stockings and Chicago Colts.

And lastly … It is better to have swung and missed than never to have swung at all.

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