Happy Christmas from the CCO!
It is that time of year again. Time to break out the Cubs’ history books and take a look back at what the franchise and players accomplished in years gone by.
So for those looking for their daily baseball fix after unwrapping what the jolly old elf left under the tree, here are a few facts you may or may not have known about the Chicago National League Ball Club.
- Harry Steinfeldt (1906-1910) was the primary third baseman in the famed infield of Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance. Germany Schaefer (1901-1902) was the third baseman when the trio of Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers and Frank Chance appeared on a Major League infield in 1902.
- Rick Sutcliffe was the only Cubs’ pitcher to win a Cy Young award during the 1980’s. Sutcliffe took home the honor in 1984.
- Pitcher Larry Corcoran hit the first grand slam in the history of the Chicago National League Ball Club on June 20, 1882.
- The Chicago National League Ball Club recorded the first shutout in the history of the game when they beat Louisville 4-0 on April 25, 1876. Albert Spalding beat Louisville in the first game in franchise history.
- Only two left-handed pitchers have won 20 or more games in more than one season with the Cubs. James “Hippo” Vaughn accomplished the feat five times while Jake Weimer did it twice.
- The Cubs franchise played at West Side Grounds before the team moved to what is now known as Wrigley Field.
- Lee Smith is the last Cubs’ pitcher to earn a victory in an All-Star Game. Smith threw three scoreless innings in 1987.
- Bill Dahlen owns the record for the longest hitting streak in franchise history. Dahlen hit safely in 42 straight games for the Chicago National League Ball Club in 1894.
- On June 15, 1915, Cubs’ pitcher Zip Zabel relieved starter Bert Humphries with two outs in the first inning of a game against Brooklyn. The game lasted 19 innings, with Zabel pitching the rest of the way and surrendering only nine hits. Zabel earned the win and set the Major League record for the most innings pitched by a relief pitcher in a single game.
- The Cubs first wore a pinstriped uniform during the 1907 World Series.
- The Cubs posted a record of 44-4 from July 26 through September 16 in 1906.
- The Chicago Cubs first wore the letter ‘C’ on their shirt front in 1906 and first used the round ‘C’’surrounding ‘UBS’ in 1909.
- Ernie Banks was the first Cubs’ player to win a Gold Glove. Banks won the award in 1960 while he still played shortstop.
- Hack Wilson is the only player in Cubs’ history to put together hitting streaks of 20 or more games four different times. Wilson posted a 27-game and a 20-game hitting streak in 1929, a 25-game hitting streak in 1927 and a 22-game hitting streak in 1930.
- Hack Wilson hold the All-Time record for most RBI in a single season. Wilson drove in 191 runs for the Cubs in 1930.
- Hack Wilson became the first Cubs’ player to hit for the cycle in the 20th Century. Wilson accomplished the feat on June 23, 1930.
- During Hack Wilson’s historic 1930 season, Wilson led the league in RBI (191), home runs (56) and hit .356 while slugging .723.
- On September 6, 1883 the Chicago National League Ball Club sent 20 men to the plate in the seventh inning. Three different players, Tommy Burns, Fred Pfeffer and Ned Williamson each recorded three hits in the inning, a National League record.
- On July 17, 1918, Lefty Tyler threw a Cubs’ record 21 innings and beat the Phillies 2-1. Both Tyler and Matt Watson of the Phillies pitched complete games.
- The only Major League pitcher to throw two complete game shutouts on the same day is Ed Reulbach. Reulbach beat the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-0 and 3-0 on September 26, 1908.
- 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 6-2 to the Cardinals on April 26, 1941.
- Grover Cleveland Alexander became the first pitcher to earn his 300th career victory in a Cubs’ uniform. Alexander beat the Giants 7-4 in 12 innings on September 20, 1924.
- Grover Cleveland Alexander holds the Cubs’ modern day record for the most innings pitched in a single-season. Alexander threw 363 1/3 innings in 1920.
- Mark Grace recorded the most hits for the Cubs in the 90’s and also collected more basehits than any other player in the National League during the decade.
- Ed Reulbach and Rick Sutcliffe share the Cubs’ modern day record for the most consecutive wins in a single season. Reulbach posted 14 straight wins in 1909 and Sutcliffe equaled the mark in 1984.
- Ron Santo holds the franchise record for the most games played at third base … 2,102.
- Stan Hack (1092) and Ron Santo (1071) are the only two players in franchise history with at least 1000 walks in a Cubs’ uniform.
- After watching Ernie Banks get hit by a pitch in Spring Training in 1954, Cubs’ manager Phil Cavarretta made it mandatory for his players to wear helmets … years before it became a rule in the National League.
- The Chicago National League Ball Club won 322 games from 1906 to 1908, a Major League record for the most wins over three consecutive seasons.
- Only two players played for the Cubs in the National League, the White Sox in the American League and the Whales in the Federal League … Rollie Zeider and Dutch Zwilling.
- Wrigley Field was the first ballpark to allow fans to keep foul balls.
- Randy Hundley (1967) and Jody Davis (1986) are the only two Cubs’ catchers to win a Gold Glove.
- 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.
- Adrian “Cap” Anson (1879-1897) holds the franchise record for the most wins as the team’s manager. Cap won 1,282 games as a player-manager for the Chicago White Stockings and Chicago Colts.
- Four Cubs’ pitchers have won the NL Cy Young award … Ferguson Jenkins (1971), Bruce Sutter (1979), Rick Sutcliffe (1984) and Greg Maddux (1992)
- Nine Cubs’ players have won MVP Awards … Frank Schulte (1911), Rogers Hornsby (1929), Gabby Harnett (1935), Phil Cavarretta (1945), Hank Sauer (1952), Ernie Banks (1958, 1959), Ryne Sandberg (1984), Andre Dawson (1987) and Sammy Sosa (1998).
- Three Cubs’ skippers have been named NL Manager of the Year … Jim Frey (1984), Don Zimmer (1989) and Lou Piniella (2008).
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