This Day in Chicago Cubs History


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



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


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

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