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The Chicago Cubs are one of the oldest and most prestigious names in US sports. The team plays its home games at Chicago's famed Wrigley Field and has won two World Series crowns. A charter club of the National League, the Cubs are one of the oldest active professional sports teams in the USA. The franchise has a rich history and thousands of loyal fans, who turn up week after week to support the team. You can also join the fans at Wrigley Field to watch the Cubs live in action by getting Chicago Cubs tickets.
The Chicago Cubs franchise started playing professional baseball in 1876 as the Chicago White Stockings. The team was a charter member of the National League and played their home games at the West Side Grounds.
The team immediately established itself as one of the top teams in the new league. With stars like Albert Spalding, Ross Barnes and Adrian "Cap" Anson in the side, the team won back to back pennants in 1880 and 1881. Anson became the team's manager/player during the 1882 season and led the Stockings to their third NL Pennant.
The franchise won back to back pennants again in 1885 and 1886 and this time met the American Association champions in the era's version of the World Series. Both times, their opponents were the St Louis Brown Stockings. The teams tied the first final between them, while St. Louis went on to win in 1886; these two games were the genesis for one of the greatest and most fierce rivalries in sports, one which continues to captivate fans of both teams.
During this period, the franchise won six NL pennants, while Anson became the first player in history to register 3000 career hits. The franchise changed their name to the Chicago Colts in 1890 and later the Chicago Orphans in 1898.
After the 1900 season, a rival professional league was formed in the US and the club's old name, the White Stockings was adopted by a neighboring team in the South.
The franchise was bought by Jim Hart in 1902 and he changed the club's name to the Chicago Cubs, which was based on a nickname given to the club by the Daily News earlier in the same year. The name was officially adopted in 1907, though everyone had started referring to the team as the Cubs by then. With the help of players like Johnny Evers, Frank Chance, Mordecai "Three-Finger" Brown, Jack Pfister, jack Taylor, Ed Reulbach and Orval Overall, the Cubs became one of the most dominant teams in the country. The Cubs won four NL Pennants and two World Series during this era. They played in three consecutive World Series from 1906 to 1908, but lost the 1906 championship to the "Hitless Wonders" White Sox. Despite losing the championship, the Cubs posted a record 116 victories during the season and posted the best winning percentage in the MLB history (0.763).
The team won back to back World Series Championships in 1907 and 1908, becoming the first side in history to achieve the feat. They were also the first team to play three times in the Fall Classic.
However, the Cubs have not won a World Series title since that year.
The team continued to do well for the next decade or so. They reached another World Series in 1910 but lost to the Philadelphia Athletics. The franchise moved to Weeghman Park in 1914, which was later renamed Wrigley Field, and remains the club's home to this day.
In 1918, the team won another NL pennant, but lost to the Boston Red Sox in the World Series. Unbeknownst to them, that year's World Series would go down in history as the last World Series the Red Sox won before the Curse of the Bambino took hold of their destiny.
The Cubs slowly lost their dominance over the years and managed to make only five more World Series appearances over the next thirty years or so. The Cubs won NL pennants in 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938 and 1945. This period is famous in Cubs' history because the team won a NL pennant after every three years for almost twenty years.
However, since 1945, the club has failed to win a pennant and in turn, has not made a World Series appearance for 71 years.
Despite some good runs, the Cubs usually imploded towards the end of a season and lost out on the chance to make World Series appearances. This was perhaps most evident during the 1969 season, when the team lost an astounding 17½ games in the standings to the New York Mets in the season's last quarter. Their mental fragility was also evident during the 1977 season, when the Cubs posted a 20-40 record after going 47-22. The 1985 season was also full of heartbreak for the team; they started off brilliantly, before injuries derailed their season and the team went on a thirteen game losing streak to go out of contention for the playoffs.
The club has made seven post season appearances since then, with their last appearance coming during the 2015 season. The team's championship drought has lasted for 107 season and is the longest championship drought in all the major sports leagues. As a consequence of this unfortunate distinction, the Cubs have been called the "Loveable Losers."
Accomplishments and Honors:
Over the course of their 140 year history, the Cubs have won two World Series, sixteen National League pennants, two East Division titles and three Central Division titles.
The franchise also holds several MLB records, including the record for going the most consecutive seasons without suffering a no-hit. Their streak lasted from 9th September, 1965 to July 25th, 2015.
The Cubs also hold the post season record for hitting six home runs with in a single game. They achieved this feat on October 12th, 2015 against their arch rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals. The total of eight home runs during the game was also a post season record.
On April 23rd 2008, the Cubs became the second team in MLB history to register ten thousand professional victories.
Riot at Wrigley Field (1928)
Hack Wilson was a favorite among Cubs fans for his combative streak and his penchant for getting into fights with opponents and their fans. During a game against rivals, the St. Louis Cardinals, in June 1928, the fiery player jumped into the stands to square up to a heckling fan. A fight broke out and around five thousand people swarmed the field. Police had to be eventually called to separate the crowd and ensure that order was restored.
Wilson was sued by the fan for twenty thousand dollars, but the jury ruled in the player's favor.
Babe Ruth's Called Shot (1932)
One of the most iconic moments in baseball history took place during game three of the 1932 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Babe Ruth's New York Yankees. During the game, the legendary player, while facing the pitcher, pointed towards Wrigley Field's center field bleachers in an apparent gesture to show he would hit the ball there. Ruth did just that on the next pitch and hit a long home run to center.
There has been a controversy on whether Ruth had actually pointed with the intent to hit the ball there but eye witness reports and camera footage have clearly shown Ruth gesturing towards the center bleachers. Regardless of whether people believe it to be true, the called shot has become a legendary incident in baseball history.
Homer in the Gloamin' (1938)
The Homer in the Gloamin' is one of the most famous homeruns in baseball history. During a game between the Cubs and Pirates in September 1938, Gabby Hartnett came in to bat with Wrigley Field slowly being engulfed in darkness due to low light. Without floodlights installed, the game would have to be replayed next day if it did not end on time.
The two teams were tied at five when Hartnett walked out. With two outs in the bottom of the ninth, the umpires were more or less about to call it a day. However, Hartnett pulled off the unthinkable by hitting Pirates' pitcher Mace Brown into the dark stands.
Wrigley Field erupted in euphoria as thousands of fans swarmed the field and carried Hartnett around the bases. This homerun would be remembered as the "Homer in the Gloamin," an expression based on the popular song "Roamin' in the Gloaming."
ESPN ranked the homerun as the 47th greatest homerun of all-time.
Ricky Monday and the US Flag Incident (1976)
In 1976 at a game at Dodger Stadium, a father and son ran on to the field and attempted to light a US flag on fire in protest. Cubs' outfielder Rick Monday noticed the incident and observed the US Flag lying on the ground as the father and son fumbled with matches and lighter fluid.
Monday dashed across the field and snatched the flag to widespread cheering and thunderous applause from the fans. When he next came out to bat, he received a standing ovation from all those present in the stadium, while the screen in the stadium lit up with the words, "Rick Monday...you made a great play..."
Kerry Wood's Twenty Strikeout Game (1998)
Rookie Kerry Wood, in only his third career start, gave the performance of a lifetime in May, 1998 against the Houston Rockets. He made a franchise record and equaled the MLB record for most strikeouts in a game by one pitcher.
In what is considered the most dominant pitching performance of all-time, Wood struck out twenty batters and sent the Cubs fans into raptures.
Since the Cubs have such a long and storied baseball history, it is no surprise that they have produced several club legends. As of today the Cubs have retired seven numbers. These include franchise and baseball legends Ron Santo (10), Ernie Banks (14), Ryne Sandberg (23), Billy Williams (26), Ferguson Jenkins (31) and Greg Maddux (31). Jackie Robinson's number was retired by the MLB so all clubs are required to adhere to it.
The Cubs are currently managed by Joe Maddon and the franchise's general manager is Jed Hoyer. Maddon joined the Cubs last season and led the team to the 2015 National League Championship Series, where they were eliminated by the New York Mets. Maddon was named as the National League's Manager of the Year for his efforts.
Under Maddon's coaching, the Cubs will look to break free of the curse that has been plaguing the franchise for decades and will try to once again reach the World Series. To see how successful the team is during the 2016 season, get Chicago Cubs tickets now and watch their games live.