Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at the CCO!
Today is a day of food, spending time with family and friends, and dozing off in front of the big screen watching football. Just in case you need your daily ‘Cubs fix’, here are several bits of useless information on the Chicago National League Ball Club, Inc.
So if you’ve ever wondered who planted the ivy at Wrigley? Or which two Cubs pitchers picked up their 300th win against the Giants or the Cubs’ pitcher that briefly retired before becoming one of the most dominant relievers in the history of the game … today’s helping of Cubs trivia is information you can use.
- Did you know? 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.
- Bill Veeck, Sr. planted the ivy on the Wrigley Field walls in 1937.
- Moe Drabowsky (1956-1960) gave up Stan Musial’s 3000th hit on May 13, 1958.
- Don Cardwell tossed a no-hitter in his Cubs debut back on May 15, 1960.
- After being acquired from Houston in July of 1970, Joe Pepitone drove in 31 runs in his first 31 games as a Cub.
- Johnny Kling (1900-1908, 1910-1911) briefly retired from baseball to pursue a career in professional billiards.
- When the Cubs released Phil Cavarretta (1934-1953) at the end of the 1953 season, Cavarretta had played 1,953 games for the Cubs.
- Johnny Evers is the only person to ever manage both the Cubs (1913, 1921) and the White Sox (1924).
- Jerome Walton hit safely in 30 consecutive games during his Rookie of the Year campaign in 1989 … in the process, Walton set the Cubs all-time mark.
- 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.
- Mick Kelleher (1976-1980) had over 1,000 Major League at bats (792 with the Cubs) without hitting a home run.
- Greg Maddux and Grover Cleveland Alexander won the 300th game of their careers in a Cubs’ uniform in victories over the Giants. Maddux beat San Francisco on August 7, 2004 and Alexander beat New York on September 20, 1924.
- 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 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.
- Rick and Paul Reuschel became the first brother combination in Major League history to toss a shutout. The Reuschel brothers teamed up on the shutout in a 7-0 Cubs victory over the Dodgers on August 21, 1975.
- Cubs’ second baseman Ken Hubbs was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1962. Hubbs career was tragically cut short on February 15, 1964 when he was killed in a plane crash.
- Charlie Root served up Babe Ruth’s alleged “called shot” in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series.
- After watching Ernie Banks get hit by a pitch in Spring Training in 1954, Cubs skipper Phil Cavarretta made it mandatory for his batters to wear batting helmets … years before it became a National League rule.
- 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
- With Chicago in the midst of a tough pennant race, pitcher Ed Reulbach became the only pitcher to hurl complete game shutouts in both ends of a doubleheader. Reulbach blanked the Brooklyn Dodgers twice on September 26, 1908.
- On the final day of the 1919 season, the Cubs played their quickest nine-inning game in the history of the franchise … 58 minutes.
- Cubs’ centerfielder Hack Wilson produced arguably the greatest offensive season in Cubs history. Wilson hit 56 home runs, a NL record until 1998, and recorded 191 RBI while hitting .356 and slugging .723.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.