Chicago Cubs

Fri, 07 Nov 2008 19:33

The history of the Chicago Cubs

Information about the MLB team Chicago Cubs.

Chicago Cubs are a pro baseball franchise based in Illinois. Currently champions in the Central Division of the National League of Major League Baseball, the team holds the longest period of no wins. Chicago Cubs' 100-year no title wins is the longest period of no wins among the major pro sports teams in North America.

History of the Chicago Cubs: an overview

They are often called as the "north siders" because their home field, Wrigley Field, is situated on Chicago's northern end. The Chicago Cubs are also known as "Boys in Blue" due to the team's primary uniform colors. The team manager is Lou Piniella, and Jim Hendry is the team's general manager. In December of 2007, Sam Zell finished his acquisition of the club's parent entity, the Tribune Company.

History of the Chicago Cubs: 1870 to 1875

The success of the Cincinnati Red Stockings created a minor explosion of other baseball teams, all of them with the aim to defeat the Cincinnati Red Stockings. In 1870, the Chicago Base Ball Club played its inaugural game versus the St. Louis Unions, ending the game with a score of 47-1. The Brooklyn Atlantics was the dominant team in the National Association of Base Ball Players, but the Chicago clinched the championship title in the last year of its running.

The Chicago White Stockings, backed up by William Hulbert, became part of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players in 1871, the country's first pro league. The Chicago White Stockings were very active during the season, despite the Great Chicago Fire that demolished the team's home field. They finished the season in second place place, but were forced to back out of the league. They returned to action in 1874. In the following two years, they dominated the competition, and had most of the game's superlative players.

History of the Chicago Cubs: 1876

Good players were part of the team during this year, namely Albert Spalding, Ross Barnes, Adrian Anson, and Deacon White. Having their home games played in West Side Grounds, they became known as one of the strongest squads. Barnes led the team in terms of hitting as the team won their first National League pennant. In the early 80s, Hulbert passed away and Spalding assumed the ownership of the squad. Cap Anson became known not just as a good player, but also one of the sport's exceptional icons.

History of the Chicago Cubs: the strongest years

It was in 1902 when Spalding revamped the composition of the team to make it one of the most exceptional teams. The franchise got the name Chicago Cubs. They were crushed by the White Sox in the World Series of 1906, but they had established a record of 116 wins out of 154 games. Not contented with such a record, they clinched back-to-back World Series titles in 1907 and 1908. In 1914, Albert Lasker got a big chunk of the club's shares and by 1916, had the majority ownership. He got the astute William Veeck, Sr. to manage the new squad, and got a wealthy individual by the name of Weeghman Park to serve as a co-owner. The team won a pennant in 1918, and it was during this era that the Bostons sold Babe Ruth to the Yankees.

In 1921, Wrigley purchased the shares of Weeghman, and when 1925 arrived, he had gotten most of the other shares too. The home park was renamed "Wrigley Field." During this era, some of the most acclaimed players in the team were Rogers Hornsby, Gabby Hartnett, and Hack Wilson. They won the NL pennant on 1929, and then did a very amusing feat. They won a pennant every three years -- in 1932, then 1935, then three years after that. The 1932 series showcased the "called shot" of Ruth. The Cubs clinched the 1935 pennant in singular fashion, getting a record of 21 straight wins.

When 1939 arrived, both Veeck and Wrigley had died, and the new management, which was under PK Wrigley, could not duplicate his father's success. The team experienced mediocre plays for some years.

History of the Chicago Cubs: Sandberg's Moment

In June of 1984, the Chicago Cubs were trailing St Louis by 9 to 8, bottom of ninth. Ryne Sandberg slugged a tying homerun, but then the Cardinals did two runs at the top of the tenth. Once again, Sandberg hit another homerun for another deadlock. Cubs won what has become recorded in the books as the "Sandberg Game".

History of the Chicago Cubs: 2001

The 2001 season began with Newton asked to preach about "positive thinking." A very big development was a mid-season transaction for Fred McGriff that lasted for one whole month as the no-trade clause was hotly debated.

The Northsiders were leading in the wildcard race in September, but then it was over when Preston Wilson made a three-run walk off homer off. They never recovered from that, and finished with a record of 88 to 74. Sosa made his fans wild with joy as it was his strongest season with a total of 64 homers, while Lieber had a total of 20 wins.

History of the Chicago Cubs: 2003

In 2002, the Cubs had very strong expectations, but the team did badly. Forced to the ground, the management did some trades. They got Lofton from the Pittsburgh Pirates. They stopped the run of St. Louis by getting four of five games in September, and finally winning the first division title in more than a decade. The team's NLDS win over the Braves was the team's first post-season series victory since 1908, and after losing in Game 1, Northsiders got a 3 to 1 lead versus the Florida Marlins. The Florida Marlins demolished the Cubbies in game five, but pitcher Mark Prior spearheaded game 6, taking a 3 to 0 lead in the eighth inning. At this point, an incredible thing happened; a fan tried to get a foul ball, interfering a possible catch by Moises Alou, but interference was not declared. Neither Bartman nor Alou made the catch, and a few moments later, another horror struck. The shortstop of the the team, Alex Gonzales, erred in a possible inning double play. It led to a victory by the Marlins. Cubs lost game 7.

History of the Chicago Cubs: recent developments

Even though the team did great on the field, Sam Zell and the Tribune still looked for buyers. In July of 2008, they had a shortlist of three buyers, all of which offered at least $1 billion for both the Wrigley Field and the team. The short list of prospective buyers became a longer one, as other bidders joined in such as Brewers co-owner John Canning, Jr.

History of the Chicago Cubs: the team's radio station

The team's flagship radio station is WGN-AM, and Pat Hughes is responsible for the play by play, along with other commentators. One of the Hughes' trademark comments was when he uttered "No, no" in a 1998 game wherein a fly ball was dropped by Brant Brown. The Chicago Cubs Radio network is made up of 45 stations and includes 11 states within its coverage.

History of Chicago Cubs: a momentous event

In April of 2008, versus the Rockies, the team recorded their 10,000th regular season victory. They reached this point with a general profile of 10,000 wins and 9,465 losses, and they are just the second squad to reach this achievement. In celebration, the team displayed a white flag bearing the number "10,000" in the team's trademark blue color.