This Day in Chicago Cubs History

Some Great August days in Cubs History

August 8

Happy birthday, Anthony Rizzo


Cubs schedule first night game at Wrigley Field.  Mother Nature must prefer day games.  It is rained out.  

August 9,

Happy birthday, Jason Heyward


Cubs play their first night game at Wrigley Field.  

August 8, 1980

Cliff Johnson hits a walk-off grand slam in the 14th inning for an 8-4 Cubs win over the Expos at Wrigley Field. 

August 30, 1993
Rick Wilkens walk-off grand slam gives Cubs a 10-6 victory over the Phillies in 11 innings at Wrigley Field.

August 21, 1970
Ken Holtzman comes just 5 outs short of a no-hitter.  He ends up with a one-hitter in a 15-0 Cubs win over the Giants at Wrigley Field.

August 9, 1931
In St. Louis, Guy Bush pitches a 1-hit shutout in a 1-0 Cubs victory.  Vince Barton drives in only Cubs run with a home run.

August 17, 1916
Hippo Vaughn pitches a 1-hit shutout as the Cubs defeat the Giants 1-0 at Weeghman Park (Wrigley Field). 

August 30, 1945:
Stan Hack gets his 2,000 career hit.

August 17, 1971
Billy Williams 2000 hit in a 5-4 loss to Braves in Atl.

August 18, 1989

Andre Dawson collects his 2,000 career hit

August 19 3 No-hitters in Cubs History
1880: Larry Corcoran pitches first no-hitter in Cubs team history
1965: Jim Maloney no-hits the Cubs, 1-0. 
1969: Ken Holtzman pitches 9th no-hitter in Cubs history

August 21, 1975
Rick & Paul Reuschel shuts out the Dodgers 6-0. It is the first shutout by brothers in MLB history.

August 29, 1918
Cubs clinch pennant with a 1-0, 6-4 doubleheader sweep of the Reds.  Lefty Tyler throws the shutout and Claude Hendrix's victory is his 20th of the season.

In 1918, MLB shortened the season due to the War effort.  The Cubs will face the Red Sox (and Babe Ruth pitching) in the World Series.

July 27, 2009

Cubs & Astros go into extra innings with score tied 1-1 and win it when Alfonso Soriano's 13th inning walk-off grand slam for a 5-1 Cubs victory at Wrigley Field. 

Jason Heyward joined Soriano this year as the only Cubs players to hit walk-off grand slams in the 21st century (Rick Wilkens did it in 1993).  

July 29, 2014
Remember when John Baker pitched for the Cubs?  He got the win and also walked in the 16th inning and scores on a sacrifice fly by Starlin Castro

June 23, 1984
The Sandberg Game

Ryne Sandberg hits game tying home runs in both the 8th and 9th innings off the Cardinals, Bruce Sutter.  Dave Owen gets the walk-off single in the 11th inning as Cubs defeat the Cardinals 12-11. 

June 24, 2014
Jake Arrieta retires 18 straight Reds until Billy Hamilton singles.  Cubs defeat the Reds 7-3 at Wrigley Field. 

June 20, 2007
Sammy Sosa hits 600th career HR vs Cubs & Jason Marquis who was wearing the same number (21).

June 19, 2003
Kyle Farnsworth in one of the more memorable fights in Cubs history

June 3, 1971
Ken Holtzman no-hits the Reds, 1-0 and scores the only run of the game.

May 6, 1998

At the age of 20 years old and in just his 5th MLB start, Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Houston Astros to set a NL record at the time and to this day is still tied as the most strikeouts in a game in MLB history.

His Game Score for this game is 105.  Into the 2018 season, this game score remains the best Game Score for a nine inning game in MLB history. 

More detailed recap of this historic Cubs game

May 7, 2010
What a great debut for Starlin Castro.  The 20 year old shortstop begins his career with a 6 RBI game at Great American Ballpark against the Reds.  Cubs win 14-7 as Mike Fontenot also hits a Grand Slam.

May 12, 1970

It doesn't get much better in Cubs baseball than Jack Brickhouse calling an Ernie Banks home run, especially Bank's 500th career home run!!

May 15, 1960

In his first start for the Cubs, Don Cardwell makes a good impression throwing a no-hitter against Stan Musial and the St. Louis Cardinals.  Check out Moose Moryn's catch to end it!!!!!

On April 25, 1976, the year of the America Bicentennial, Rick Monday saved the American Flag from being burned at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.

Rick Monday Saves the American Flag

I attended a Cubs game in Milwaukee and witnessed something I doubt I will ever see again. A runner stealing 2nd base and getting caught stealing 2nd base in the same inning. Here's the video!!

A few Cubs opening days that I really like.  Enjoy!!

April 12, 1960
This one was a Cubs loss, but an exciting and historic game as the Dodgers defeat the Cubs 3-2 in 11 innings on a walk off pinch hit home run by Chuck Essegian off Don Elston. Don Drysdale pitched a complete game and struck out 14 batters. And Don Zimmer hit a home run in his first at bat as a Cub.

Cubs Opening Days-1960's

April 6, 1971

In a battle between future Hall of Famer's, Fergie Jenkins outduels Bob Gibson as the Cubs defeat the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field 2-1 in ten innings. Another future Hall of Famer, Billy Williams hits a walk off home run off Gibson to defeat the rival, Cardinals. Ernie Banks does not start his first cubs opening day game since 1953

Chicago Cubs Opening Days-1970s

April 5, 1988

In a wild season opener in Atlanta, the Cubs defeat the Braves 10-9, the teams combined for 7 home runs in the game, Jody Davis, Leon Durham and Shawon Dunston homered for the Cubs. The Cubs came from behind to score 2 runs in the ninth inning and won the game in the 13th inning on a sacrifice fly by Manny Trillo.

Chicago Cubs Opening Days-1980s

April 4, 1994

Karl "Tuffy" Rhodes hits 3 home runs, but it is not enough to help the Cubs win the game as the Cubs lose to the New York Mets 12-8 in a day when the wind was blowing out at Wrigley Field. Hillary Clinton throws out the first pitch. Rhodes only hits 5 more home runs in his career with the Chicago Cubs.

Chicago Cubs Opening Days-1990s

April 4, 2005
The Cubs defeat the Arizona Diamondbacks 16-6 led by Derrek Lee who was 4 for 6 with a home run, 2 double and drove in 5 runs on his way to a great season that saw him win his first batting title.
Add 2nd year in a row with 16 runs

April 5, 2015
Wrigley Field opens the season with a night game for the first time in team history. The team also unveils their new video boards. The renovations also had many fans waiting in lines to the restrooms. I know-I was one of them. It was also the first opening day at Wrigley after the death of Cubs great Ernie Banks and the team had pictures of Banks all over the bleachers that were being renovated as well. It is also the Cubs debut of free agent pitcher, Jon Lester. Lester pitched alright, but Cardinals pitcher, Adam Wainwright was better as he shut out the Cubs for a 3-0 Cardinals victory. Jason Heyward has 3 hits in his Cardinals debut and Matt Holliday drives in 2 runs for the Cardinals.

Awards season

Well, there shouldn't be a lot of off-season awards for the Cubs this season.  Jason Heyward did get his 2nd straight Gold Glove with the Cubs and his 5th overall.  

Check out past Cubs award winners:

Most Valuable Player

Cy Young

Rookie of the Year

Manager of the Year

Gold Glove & Silver Slugger


Ben Zobrist's big 10th inning hit in Game 7

Mike Montgomery gets the final out.
Cubs Win the World Series!!! *****************************************************
David Ross being carried off the field after Cubs victory in Game 7


Fan Duel

2015 Cubs Walk-off victories