This Day In Chicago Cubs History

September 26, 1956
Cubs manage just 5 hits in 13 innings, but defeat Cardinals 3-2 on Solly Drakes walk-off RBI single at Wrigley Field.  In relief, Warren Hacker pitches 5 scoreless innings & JIm Brosnan's 3 scoreless innings earns him the win. 

Cubs History-September 26

Bill LeeBill Lee

September 27, 1935
At Sportsman's Park, Cubs clinch NL title with a 6-2 victory over Cardinals.   Bill Lee wins his 20th game of season.

Cubs History-September 27

Gabby HartnettGabby Hartnett

September 28, 1938
The greatest home run in Cubs history?  I have to say yes considering all of the circumstances. 

The Cubs were 1/2 game behind the Pirates for the NL lead to go to the World Series.  Gabby Hartnett was facing one of the league's best pitchers, Mace Brown in the ninth inning with the score tied 5-5 and darkness was coming to Wrigley Field before lights were installed.

Hartnett hits a walk-off home run that will be known as the "Homer in the Gloamin".   The Cubs do go on to make it to the World Series in 1938.

Cubs History-September 28

September 29, 1945
Cubs clinch the pennant to go to the World Series with a 4-3 victory over the Pirates.

1945 Chicago Cubs

Guy BushGuy Bush

September 30, 1933
Babe Herman hits for the cycle and Guy Bush wins his 20th game of the season as the Cubs defeat the Cardinals 12-2.

Cubs History-September 30

October 3, 1976
Bill Madlock goes 4 for 4 to win the batting title for 2nd consecutive yr. Ken Griffey Sr  was leading .337 to .333 going into final day. Griffey did not play forcing Madlock to get 4 hits for the batting title which he was able to do finishing with a .339 average.

October 6, 1945
Game 4 WS
On the field, the Tigers even the 1945 World Series at 2 games for each team, but this game is more well known for another incident.  This is the day “The Curse of the Billy Goat” was born.  As this story is told, Wiliam Cianis brought a goat to Wrigley Field and when he was asked to leave the stadium.  Apparantly, Cianis was so upset over being asked to leave, he put a curse on the Cubs. 

Cubs History-October 6

October 7, 1984
Game 5 NLCS
Game 5 of the NLCS began so well, Leon Durham hit a 2-run home run in the first inning.  Jody Davis homered in the 3rd inning to give the Cubs a 3-0 lead.  The Padres scored 2 runs in the 6th inning to cut the lead to 3-2 and it was the 7th inning that is so well remembered.  Tim Flannery’s ground ball that went through Leon
Durham’s legs tied the game and the Padres went on to score 4 runs in the inning to take a 6-3 lead and go to the 1984 World Series against the Tigers.

October 8, 1945
Game 6 of the 1945 World Series was an exciting one, the Cubs led 7-3 going into the top of the 8th inning when the Tigers scored 4 runs to tie the game.  Cubs manager, Charlie Grimm brought in
Hank Borowy, who had already started 2 games in the Series and the move paid off as Borowy pitched 4 scoreless innings allowing the Cubs to win the game in the bottom of the 12th inning when Stan Hack hits a walk-off double to drive in pinch runner, Bill

October 9, 1907
Game 2 WS
Jack Pfiester pitches a complete game as Cubs defeat Tigers 3-1 to take a 1-0 lead in the 1907 World Series.

October 10, 1906  
Ed Reulbach pitches a one-hitter as Cubs beat White Sox 7-1.  The next 1-hitter in WS is in 1945 when Claude Passeau does it for Cubs.

Ben Zobrist's big 10th inning hit in Game 7 of 2016 World Series

David Ross being carried off the field after Cubs 2016 Game 7 Victory