Obscured by the passage
of time, the
history of the Chicago Cubs franchise is still discernible after well
over 100 years. The Cubs were founded as the White Stockings in 1870
and played their first game against a team from St. Louis on April 29th
of that year. Throughout the next two decades Chicago would remain
a very successful team. The Chicago teams of these years were
by future Hall of Famers Cap Anson and John Clarkson.
The 1890s were a less successful time for Chicago. The team also went
through several nicknames during this period, increasingly being called
the Colts. By the end of the decade they were known as the Orphans
after Anson's departure. It wouldn't be until 1906 that the team would
become known as the Cubs. By that time, the White Stockings nickname
had been adopted by a Chicago-based American League team, now known as
the White Sox.
During the first decade of the 1900s, the Cubs began to reclaim the
dominant form of their 1880s teams. Contributing to the team's success
was one of the great defensive trios in baseball history: shortstop Joe
Tinker, second baseman Johnny Evers and first baseman Frank Chance. The
trio became known simply as Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance and helped the
Cubs win four National League pennants and two World Series. Such was
their renown that they even inspired a poem by Franklin P. Adams in his
Sad Baseball Lexicon
are the saddest of possible words:
to Evers to Chance."
bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,
and Evers and Chance.
Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,
Giant hit into a double--
that are heavy with nothing but trouble:
to Evers to Chance." "
The Cubs' first World Series appearance was in 1906, following a 116
win regular season. The season, however, ended in disappointment as the
Cubs lost to the crosstown White Sox in six games. This would turn out
to be the first of three straight World Series appearances for the Cubs.
The following year the Cubs faced off against the Detroit Tigers and
fared much better. Despite having the legendary Ty Cobb, the
Tigers were swept in four games.
Both clubs had a rematch the following season, with the Cubs once again
prevailing. Although the Tigers played better, the Cubs still won in
five games behind strong pitching from Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown.
The Cubs returned to the World Series in 1910. Unfortunately for them,
this trip corresponded with the beginning of the first Philadelphia
Athletics dynasty. The Athletics pounced on the Cubs, with pitcher Jack
Coombs winning three of the five games.
The Cubs made another trip to the World Series in 1918, where they met
the Boston Red Sox and were dispatched in six games. The Red Sox had
superior pitching including Babe Ruth and Carl Mays, each of whom won
two games during the series.
The Cubs returned to the World Series in 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938 and
1945. Unfortunately, they met some of the finest teams in baseball
history, including the Ruth and Gehrig-led New York Yankees of the late
1920s and the Jimmie Foxx-led Athletics of the early 1930s. Despite not
winning the World Series in any of these trips, the Cubs had an
enviable array of talent, including future Hall of Famers Hack Wilson,
Rogers Hornsby and Gabby Hartnett.
The 1945 Series, which the Cubs lost in six game to the Detroit Tigers
was to date their last appearance in the Fall Classic. Although the
Cubs enjoyed a few bright spots over the next few decades, the success
the franchise had at one time enjoyed would largely be just a memory.
The Cubs would enjoy a brief resurgence during the late 1960s, keyed by
Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Ferguson Jenkins, all future Hall of
The Cubs experienced more frustration during the 1970s, but by the
early 1980s had begun to lay the groundwork for a resurgence with the
acquisition of Ryne Sanberg and Larry Bowa. By the end of the decade
other key players included Andre Dawson, Mark Grace and Rick Sutcliffe.
During these season the Cubs were post season participants twice.
Since then the Cubs have manged to make it to the playoffs three times.
In total, the Cubs have made it to the playoffs just five times since
their 1945 World Series appearance.
World Series Appearances
Hall of Famers
- 1906: Lost 4-2 to the Chicago White Sox
- 1907: Won 4-0 over the Detroit Tigers
- 1908: Won 4-1 over the Detroit Tigers
- 1910: Lost 4-1 tot he Philadelphia Athletics
- 1918: Lost 4-2 to the Boston Red Sox
- 1929: Lost 4-1 to the Philadelphia Athletics
- 1932: Lost 4-0 to the New York Yankees
- 1935: Lost 4-2 to the Detroit Tigers
- 1938: Lost 4-0 to the New York Yankees
- 1945: Lost 4-3 to the Detroit Tigers
- Grover Cleveland Alexander, pitcher (1918-1926)
- Cap Anson, 1st
- Richie Ashburn, outfielder
- Ernie Banks, shortstop/1st
- Roger Bresnahan, catcher
- Lou Brock, outfielder
- Mordecai Brown, pitcher
- Frank Chance, 1st
- John Clarkson, pitcher
- Kiki Cuyler, outfielder
- Dizzy Dean, pitcher
- Hugh Duffy, (1888-1889)
- Dennis Eckersley, pitcher
- Johnny Evers, 2nd
- Jimmie Foxx, 1st
base (1942, 1944)
- Clark Griffith, pitcher
- Burleigh Grimes, pitcher
- Gabby Hartnett, catcher
- Billy Herman, 2nd
- Rogers Hornsby, 2nd
base/manager (Player: 1929-1932; Manager: 1930-1932)
- Monte Irvin, outfielder
- Fergie Jenkins, pitcher
- George Kelly, 1st
- Mike "King" Kelly, outfielder/catcher
- Ralph Kiner, outfield
- Chuck Klein, outfielder
- Tony Lazzeri, 2nd
- Fred Lindstrom, 3rd
- Rabbit Maranville, shortstop/2nd
- Robin Roberts, pitcher
- Ryne Sandberg, 2nd
- Al Spalding, pitcher/manager
- Joe Tinker, shortstop
- Rube Waddell, pitcher
- Hoyt Wilhelm, pitcher
- Billy Williams, outfielder
- Hack Wilson, outfielder
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