Cubs Franchise Four

Major League Baseball is asking for fans to vote on the four players who best represent the history of each franchise. And the players that receive the most votes will be revealed at the All-Star Game in Cincinnati on July 14. Some of the best players in the history of the game have played for […]

Theo Epstein Ranked 16th Best General Manager in Baseball History

Mark Armour and Dan Levitt began the countdown last month of the 25 best general managers in baseball history in advance of the release of their book, In Pursuit of Pennants – Baseball Operations from Deadball to Moneyball. The role of General Manager in baseball was created around 1920. Before that time, owners or managers […]

Cubs History: Overall Shuts Out the Tigers, Cubs Win the 1908 World Series

The Chicago Cubs became the first back-to-back World Series Champions after Orval Overall won his second game of the series. Overall threw a three-hit complete game shutout and a first inning RBI by Frank Chance would prove to be the difference in the game. Orval Overall worked around four walks and a wild pitch by […]

Cubs History: Mordecai Brown Tosses a Shutout, Cubs Take a Commanding Lead in the Series

Mordecai ‘Three Finger’ Brown won his second game of the 1908 World Series with a complete game four-hit shutout. Brown was 29-9 with a 1.47 ERA in 1908. Brown threw over 312 innings and recorded 27 complete games in 31 starts and he also made 13 appearances out of Frank Chance’s bullpen that season. The […]

Cubs History: Cubs Drop Game Three of The Series

The Tigers bounced back in game three of the 1908 World Series at West Side Grounds in Chicago behind a complete game by George Mullin. The Tigers’ right-hander was 17-13 in the regular season with 26 complete games. Jack ‘The Giant Killer’ Pfiester took the hill for Frank Chance. Pfiester was a 12-game winner in […]

Cubs History: Cubs Use Six-Run Eighth to Take a Two Game Lead in Series

Game Two of the 1908 World Series shifted to the West Side Grounds in Chicago and was dominated by both starting pitchers. Orval Overall made the start for Frank Chance a day after pitching a third of an inning in relief. Hughie Jennings went with 18-game winner Bill Donovan. Both pitchers threw a complete game […]

Cubs History: Cubs Big Ninth Inning Leads to Game One Win Over Tigers

The year was 1908 and it was the first time the ball was dropped in New York, the first time Mother’s Day was celebrated and the last time the Cubs won the World Series. The year is embedded in the mind of every Cubs fan but do you know how they won their second World […]

The 30th Anniversary of The Sandberg Game

On a Saturday afternoon with Bob Costas calling the game for NBC, Ryne Sandberg cemented himself in the storied history of the Chicago Cubs with one of the greatest games in franchise history. That unbelievable afternoon has since been nicknamed ‘The Sandberg Game’ and for many reasons June 23, 1984 will be forever etched in […]

Smiling Stan Hack, One of the Overlooked Greats in Cubs History

“To us [Midwesterners] to hear New Yorkers or Californians suggest that Harry Caray may not be worthy of the honors given to Mel Allen or Vin Scully is a) almost comically ignorant, sort of like hearing a Midwesterner suggest that the Statue of Liberty was never of any National significance and should be turned into […]

138 Years Ago: Cubs Played and Won the First Game in Franchise History

Wednesday was the 100th Anniversary of the first game at Wrigley Field, but it was 138 years ago that the first game in franchise history was played. On April 25, 1876, the Chicago National League Ball Club, Inc. played and won its first game. The Cubs were called the White Stockings then and beat the […]