1995 June 1 Cubs select Kerry Wood
with the 4th overall pick in the MLB draft.
1942 June 1 Cubs purchase Jimmy Foxx who at the time had 524 HR's at the age of 34. Foxx hit just .191 with 3 HR"s in 225 at bats from 1942 through 1944
June 1 Happy birthday, Carlos Zambrano
2001 June 2 Cubs defeat the Brewers 10-4 for their 12th consecutive win. The Cubs longest streak since 1936 when the Cubs win 15 in a row.
June 2 The birthday of Larry Jackson, Cubs pitcher from 1963 to 1966. Jackson passed away in 1990.
1998 June 2 With the 3rd overall pick in the first round of the ML draft, the Cubs select Corey Patterson. Other future ML'ers selected in this draft were Will Ohman in the 8th round and Eric Hinske in the 17th round.
1906 June 2 Cubs acquire Orval Overall for Bob Wicker and $2000. Overall makes significant contributions to the Cubs World Series championship teams in 1907 and 1908.
2003 June 3 Sammy Sosa and the corked bat.
1971 June 3 Ken Holtmzaman no-hitter against the Reds in Cincy 1-0
2001 June 5 Call this one Cubs curse light, the Cubs pick Mark Prior, the can't miss prospect with the 2nd overall pick in the ML draft. Joe Mauer is selected by the Twin s with the first pick. Other draftees that have ML careers are Brendan Harris selected in the 5th round and Sergio Mitre selected in the 7th round.
1998 June 5 Cubs play the White Sox for the first time ever in a regular season game at Wrigley and defeat the Sox 6-5 on a walk-off HR by Brant Brown.
1996 June 5 Sammy Sosa hits 3 HR's in a 9-6 victory over the Phillies at Wrigley
2003 June 6 Cubs lose to Yankee's 5-3 in the first regular season game the Yanks play in Wrigley
1918 June 6 Cubs take over first place in NL with a 3-0 win over Phillies in Philly.
1885 June 6 First game at West Side Park 9-2 victory over St Louis 10,327
2002 June 7 The Cubs play the Mariners for the first time in the regalar season, defeat the Mariners 2-0 in Seattle.
June 7 Happy birthday, George Mitterwald, Chicago Cubs catcher, 1974-1977
1982 June 7 Cubs select as Shawon Dunston as the #1 overall pick in the MLB draft.
1906 June 7 Cubs beat Giants 19-0 scoring 11 runs against top pitchers Christy Mathewson and Joe Mcginty
2003 June 8 Sammy Sosa collects 2000 hit
1981 June 8 Cubs select Joe Carter with the #2nd overall pick in the draft.
1971 June 8 Ken Holtzman pitches a 12-inning shutout strikes out 12 batters defeating Pirates 1-0 in first start after pitching a no-hitter.
1932 June 9 Hack Wilson as a member of the Dodgers, hits grand slam to defeat the Cubs and Pat Malone (a good friend of Wilson's) 5-2
June 9 Happy birthday, Mike Fontento, Chicago Cubs IF, 2007-2010
2010 June 9
Derrek "D Lee" hits his 300th career home run
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May 16 to May 31
1954 May 16 Future broadcaster, Joe Garagiola gets 5 hits in a 12-3 victory over the Pirates at Forbes Field.
1979 May 17 Phillies 23-22 over Cubs in Wrigley. Dave Kingmanhits 3 HR's and drove in 6 runs, Buckener had 7 RBI's. Mike Schmidt hit his 2nd HR of the day to win the game in the 10th with a HR off Bruce Sutter.
1990 May 18 Ryne Sandberg's
ML record errorless streak ends at 123 games with an error in a 7-0 win in Houston over Astros.
May 18, 2012
Kerry Wood's last game
http://youtu.be/u09jrpk1dnk Fan video of the game
Happy Birthday, Turk Wendell
2001 May 20 Julio Zuleta copies the movie "Major League" Pedro Cerrano and practices voodoo to try to stop a Cubs losing streak. Go figure, the Cubs win to break an 8 game losing streak and start a 12 game winning streak.
1966 May 20 Cubs play Braves in Atlanta for the first time. Losing 12-2 to the Braves.
1935 May 20 Babe Ruth's first appearance at Wrigley Field as a NL player. Goes 0 for 2, but hits a HR the next day.
2006 May 20 The Cubs vs White Sox rivalry is alive and well as Michael Barrett and AJ Piersynski get into one of the more well-known baseball fights in recent history.
1993 May 21 Cubs play Florida Marlins for the first time and lose 5-3 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami.
1914 May 21 Johnny Evers first appearance in Chicago as an opposing player. Braves defeat Cubs 3-1, Evers has a single in 2 at bats
1908 May 21 1907 World Championship banner raised
2002 May 22 Mark Prior ML debut goes 6 innings against the Pirates giving up 2 runs and stiriking out 10 in a 7-4 victory at Wrigley
1990 May 22 Andre Dawson
is intentionally walked a ML reocord 5 times by Lou Piniella's Cincy Reds in a 16 inning Cubs 2-1 victory at Wrigley.
2001 May 24 Jon Lieber throws a one-hit shutout against the Cincy Reds 3-0 at Wrigley. The shutout also breaks a consecutive game streak of
the Reds without being shutout
1957 May 24 Frank Ernaga first ML game hits a HR and a triple in his first 2 at bats against future hall of Famer Warren Spahn
2001 MaY 25 Kerry Wood backs up Jon Lieber's one-hitter with a one-hitter of his own as the Cubs defeat the Milwaukee Brewers. Wood strikes out
2001 May 28 Cubs pitchers combine to strike out 18 batters in a 9-6 win over the Cincy Reds in Cincy. Cubs win 8th straight game.
1962 May 29 Cubs lose to Braves 12-9, but Ernie Banks first game back from being hit in the head with a pitch sees him hit a double and 3 home runs.
Also, Buck O'Neill joins the Cubs coaching staff becoming the first African American coach in major league baseball history.
1907 May 30 Cubs sweep Pirates in a DH, 7-1, 6-4 to take a lead in the pennant chase that they will not relinquish on to NL pennant
1906 May 30 Jack Pfeister K's 17 batters in 15 innings 20-8, 1.51 ERA and 153K's
1904 May 30 Frank Chance HBP 5 times
2003 May 31 The Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros play the longest 1-0 game in major league history with the game going 16 innings. Sammy Sosa drove in the
winning run with a single and Cubs pitchers allow just 6 hits in 16 innings at Wrigley Field to record the shutout victory.
1988 May 31 Jeff Pico pitches a compelete game shutout in his ML debut.
May 6 to May 15
1998 May 6 Kerry Wood in just his 5th major league start
strikes out 20 batters in a 2-0 victory over the Astros at Wrigley Field. Wood throws a one-hitter, a Ricky Gutierrez single with the only other
baserunner being Craig Biggio who was hit by a pitch.
1992 May 7 Sammy Sosa hit his first home run as a Cub in a 9-2 win over the Astros at Wrigley.
1941 May 7 Bill Lee, Cubs pitcher hits 2 HR's in a 11-2 win over the phillies. Lee does not hit another HR for the rest of his career through 1947
1934 May 7 Bill Lee's ML debut is a 4 hit shutout.
1906 May 7 Cubs are 16-6 and win 10th in a row, 3-2 over Pirates
1973 May 8 Ernie Banks technically becomes the first African American manager in major league baseball history after being named interim manager when
Whitely Lockman, the current Cubs manager is ejected from the game. Banks short stint as a major league manager is a success as the Cubs defeat the San Diego
Padres 3-2 in 12 innings.
1993 May 9 Mark Grace hits for the cycle in Cubs loss to the Padres at Wrigley 5-4. Grace's 3-run homer in the ninth inning still
leaves the Cubs short of a victory in a 5-4 defeat.
1971 May 10 Cubs first game at Veterans, Philly, Fergie Jenkins K's 12 and gets the win, 4-0
2000 May 11 The Cubs and the Brewers set a record for the longest nine-inning game with a 4 hr 22 minute game in Wrigley. Brewers defeat Cubs 14-8.
1959 May 12 Roberto Clemente's long Home Run in Wrigley Field is estimated to be 500 feet nearly hits the left side of the scoreboard in center field.
1945 May 12 Dramatic 13-12 victory over Boston after Cubs were trailing 10-3. A six-run seventh and Bill Nicholson's 9th inning HR completed the comeback victory.
1935 May 12 Pitcher, Lou Warneke defeats Braves 4-1 and goes 4 for 4 at the plate.
1955 May 12 Sam Jones pitched a no-hitter walking the forst 3 batters in the ninth before striking out the last 3 to close out the no-hitter. Jones becomes
the first African-American to throw a no-hitter in MLB history.
2002 May 13 2 Brewers hit grand slams in a 13-4 victory over the Cubs in Wrigley Field. Paul Casanova and Richie Sexon hit the slams.
1991 May 13 3 generations of Caray's are in the booth together in a 5-3 loss to the Braves in Wrigley Field. Harry, Skip and Chip.
2000 May 14 Eric Young steals 5 bases, the first post 1900 Cub to do so as the Expos defeat the Cubs 16-15 in a wild game at Olympic Stadium.
1989 May 14 Lloyd Mcclendon hits HR in first at bat as a Cub as Cubs defeat Braves 4-0 in Wrigley.
1978 May 14 Dave Kingmanhits 3 HR's and drives in 8 in a 10-7 win over Dodgers in 15 innings in Los Angeles.
2003 May 15 Cubs pitchers tie a NL record for most strikeouts in a game with 24 in a 17 inning victory over the Brewers 4-2 in Miller Park. Corey Patterson's
HR in the 17th inning ties the latest HR with Keithe Moreland.
1960 May 15
Don Cardwell, in his first game pitched for the Chicago Cubs, pitches a no-hitter defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 in the 2nd game of a double-header.
Cardwell walked just one batter, Alex Grammas with just one out in the first inning and retired the next 26 batters.
You Tube clip that leaves you in suspense with 2 outs. Trust me, Don Cardwell retired Stan "The Man" Musial to record the no-hitter.
1997 April 16 Cubs lose their 12th consecutive game, losing to the Rockies 4-0 at Wrigley. Breaks NL record for most losses at the beginning of the season.
1972 April 16 Burt Hooten no-hitter, 7 K's 7 BB's vs Phillies in Wrigley.
1948 April 16 WGN airs its first Cubs game, White Sox defeat the Cubs 4-1 in an exhibition game. Jack Brickhouse announces the game with Bert Wilson doing the play-by-play.
1976 April 17 Schmidt 4 consecutive HR"s and drives in 8 runs as Phillies rally from an 11 run deficit to defeat the Cubs 18-16
1998 April 18
Major League debut is a victory against the Dodgers, 8-1 at Wrigley Field. Wood throws 5 shutout innings.
1958 April 18 Lou Boudreau begins his Cubs broadcast career with WGN.
1997 April 20 In a doubleheader game, the Cubs lose their 14th consectuve game of the new season and break the losing streak in the 2nd game with a 4-3 victory over the Mets in Shae stadium.
1969 April 20 Native Canadian Fergie Jenkins pitches in Canada for the first and gets the win over the Expos in a 6-3 win in the first game of a doubleheader.
1916 April 20 Cubs play first game at Weeghman Park (Present day Wrigley Field ) defeating Reds 8-7
1966 April 21 Cubs trade Bob Buhl and Larry Jackson for Ferguson Jenksin and Adoolopho Phillips.
1914 April 22 Lowest opening day crowd in Cubs history when only 2,000 show up at West Side Grounds.
1964 April 23 Cubs play first game at Shae Stadium in a 5-1 victory over the Mets.
1949 April 23 The Cubs integrated their minor league system in 1949 with the signing of pitcher, Booker McDaniel.
1914 April 23 Chicago Whales play their first game at Weeghman Park. (present day Wrigley Field)
1931 April 24 Rogers Hornsby hits 3 home runs to help the Cubs defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 10-6 at Forbes Field
1919 April 24 After Charles Weeghman steps down as President of the Chicago Cubs, the team changes the name of Weeghman Park to Cubs Park. Cubs Park is
the field we know today as Wrigley Field. April 24 is the first game with the name Cubs Park, the Cubs defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-1.
Rick Monday rescues the American flag that was about to be burned in the outfield at Dodger Stadium (Los Angeles). The Dodgers defeat the
Cubs 5-4 in ten innings. This day also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the first Cubs game ever played.
1945 April 25 Claude Passau hits a HR and pitches a shutout to beat the Reds 4-0 in Cincy.
1993 April 26 Cubs play Coloroda Rockies for first time and defeat the Rockies 6-03 at Mile High Stadium in Denver.
1990 April 29 Greg Maddux sets a ML recrod for pitchesrs with 7 putouts in a 4-0 win over the Dodgers in LA.
1983 April 29
Cubs manager, Lee Elia goes into a very famous rant that is recorded. It's certainly a part of Cubs history, but one that I'd rather not promote.
Anyone who does want to know how frustrated Elia was can go to You Tube and search "Lee Elia's Rant" to take a listen.
1935 April 29 Losing 9-2 going into the 8th inning, the Cubs score 10 runs to win the game 12-11.
1965 April 30 Cubs play their first indoor game at Houston and lose to the Astros 4-3
1996 April 1 Ryne Sandberg's first game back after his retirement. He went 0 for 3 in a 5 to 4 victory over Padres at Wrigley Field.
1995 April 2 MLB strike comes to an end.
April 2, 1998
Jeremi Gonzalez does not retire a batter as the Florida Marlins score 7 runs in the first inning, but the Cubs come back to win the game 8-7 on a game-wiingin
single by Jeff Blauser in the ninth inning.
2003 April 4 Sammy Sosa's 500th career HR
1994 April 4 Karl Tuffy Rhodes hits 3 HR"s in first 3 at bats on Opening day Cubs lose 12-8 to Mets in Wrigley.
1982 April 5 Ryne Sandbergmakes his major league debut in a Cub victory 3-2 over Cincy. Sandberg played 3B.
1983 April 6 Steve Stone annonces first game with the Cubs.
1973 April 6 Tony Larussa pinch runs for Ron Santo and scores the winning run
on Opening Day. It is the only appearance he makes in a Major League game as a Chicago Cub.
1994 April 7 Michael Jordan plays for the W Sox in an exhibition game against the Cubs Jordan had 2 hits in the game.
A video of Mark Grace and Bob Brenly discussing Grace's debut with the Diamondbacks.
There has been as much turnover with the Cubs in the last year than I've ever seen as a Cubs fan of many years. On October 17, the changes continue as Bob Brenly and WGN announce he will not return to the booth with Len Kasper to announce Cubs games in 2013.
Brenly, a former major league catcher and manager of the World Series champion Arizona Diamonbacks in 2001 (with fan favorite and long-time Cub, Mark Grace) is expected to replace Grace as the Diamondbacks announcer in 2013. (Source: chicago Tribune)
Ironically, Brenly is probably best known for his blunt criticism of players that didn't hustle or play the game the "right way" and he was the replacement for another outspoken Cubs announcer, Steve Stone when he first joined the Cubs for the 2005 season.
Any chance that Stone could make a return to the Cubs booth. Paul Sullivan of the tribune threw out a few names of possible Cubs replacements at announcer.
Which ex-Cub would you like to see make a return to Wrigley in the booth?
September 16, 2012 Well, the Cubs season is just about over, but the young players on the Cubs are still playing hard. Anthony Rizzo drives in six runs with 2 home runs, one his first major league grand slam. Go Cubs Go!!!
Rizzo's first home run of the day. The funny thing about this video is watching the one fan take the home run ball away from another fan. Hilarious!!
July 13, 2008 The 2008 Chicago Cubs that sent 8 players to the All Star game
Carlos Marmol (replacing Kerry Wood) Ryan Dempster Kosuke Fukudome Aramis Ramirez Alfonso Soriano Geovany Soto Carlos Zambrano
June 3, 2003
An infamous day in Chicago Cubs history, Sammy Sosa and the corked bat.
May 18, 2012 Kerry Wood Retires his last batter as he announces his retirement from the Cubs and Major League Baseball
Video of his last batter-a strike out of Dayen Viciedo
May 17, 1979 A historic game at Wrigley Field as the Philadelphia Phillies defeat the Chicago Cubs 23-22
April 21, 2012 The Cubs rebuilding (oh excuse me, Dale Sveum, likes to refer to it as reloading) continues as the Cubs trade Marlon Byrd to the Red Sox for Michael Bowden, a 25 year old former first round pick by Theo Epstein and the Red Sox in 2005
Marlon Byrd's great play in the 2010 All Star Game
April 4, 2003 Sammy Sosa's 500th career HR
April 4, 1994 Karl Tuffy Rhodes hits 3 HR"s in first 3 at bats on Opening day Cubs lose 12-8 to Mets in Wrigley.
Hey Cubs fans, the MLB channel had the Chicago Cubs on their 30 Club in 30 Days earlier this week. It was a good show, I haven't found the entired video of the show, but I have embedded one clip of an interview with Kerry Wood and a link to 7 other short clips. Enjoy!!
February 18, 2012 Gary Carter, Hall of Fame catcher primarily with the Montreal Expos and New York Mets dies at the age of 57.
Gary Carter's last hit as a major league baseball player came against the Cubs in his last at bat and was a game-winning double over Andre Dawson's head. Never like to see the Cubs get beat, but this was a great ending for a great player.
Happy Birthday, Alfonso Soriano. Could it be his last birthday with the Cubs in Chicago? Cubs Offseason Updates
Article on sexual assault charges against Starlin Castro. ESPN Chicago
January 6, 2011 The Cubs continue their youth movement trading Andrew Cashner to the Padres for first baseman, Anthony Rizzo Cubs Offseason Updates
January 4, 2011 The Cubs rebuilding for the 2012 season continues as long-time Cubs pitcher, Carlos Zambrano joins ex White-Sox manager, Ozzie Guillen in Miami with the Marlins
2008 January 1 National Hockey League Winter Classic @ Wrigley Field-Detroit Red Wings defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 6-4
1889 January 1 Cubs defeat All Americas team 9-8 in Melbourne Australia
The Ice Skating Rink @ Wrigley. Photo courtesy of Crissy Tarawaki Kawamoto, Flickr
December 23, 2011
Cubs complete trade with the Cincinnatti Reds with top relief pitcher, Sean Marshall for Travis Wood and 2 minor leaguers, Dave Sappelt and Ronald Torreyes from Reds for Sean Marshall.
Cubs 2011 offseason transactions
December 15, 2011
The Cubs purchase the land across the street from Wrigley Field where a McDonald's restaurant currently stands.
Tribune News Report The Heckler
December 12, 2011 Aramis Ramirez's Cubs career comes to an end after he signs a 3 year contract with NL central division rivals, Milwaukee Brewers.
December 8, 2011 The 2011 Baseball Winter Meetings end in a flurry with Cardinals great, Albert Pujols signing with the Anaheim Angels leaving the St Louis Cardinals.
The Cubs trade long time prospect Tyler Colvin and DJ Lemahieu to the Colorado Rockies for Ian Stewart.
December 5, 2011 Congratulations to Ron Santo, who was elected to the Hall of Fame by the Golden Era committee.
November 30, 2011, new Cubs GM, Jed Hoyer makes his first free agent signing for the Cubs, signing David Dejesus from the Oakland A's.
November 29, 2011, Greg Maddux leaves the Cubs to be a special assistant to the GM with the Texas Rangers. Maddux joins his brother, Mike Maddux who is the current Texas Rangers pitching coach.
November 29, 2011, Jamie Quirk is named the Cubs new bench coach. Quirk leaves the Houston Astros who was their bullpen coach.
November 19, 2011 Dale Sveum named the Chicago Cubs manager. It was sort of a birthday present for the new Cubs manager who celebrated another year on November 23.
November 14, 2011 Congratulations to Darwin Barnery for finishing 7th in the National League rookie of the year voting (2 third place votes). Atlanta Braves, relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel is the 2011 NL Rookie of the Year.
November 10, 2008: Geovany Soto named NL Rookie of the Year
November 9: Happy Birthday, Darwin Barney
November 9, 2011
Ryne Sandberg interviews with the St.Louis Cardinals to replace Tony Larussa as manager.
November 1, 2011 Jed Hoyer named General Manager of the Chicago Cubs
November 2, 2011 Mike Quade fired as Manager of the Cubs
October 25, 2011 Theo Epstein's first press conference with the Cubs!!!!!!!!!!
Over the years, I have seen many Cub movies and read many books about Chicago Cubs history, I was searching around the web for a good "This Day in Cubs History" website and couldn't say that I found one. If you love baseball statistics (like me), Baseball Reference.com is a great resource. A book that I've utilized quite a bit for research is called Cubs Journal by John Snyder.
I've been a Cubs fan all my life. Gone to probably around 100 Cubs games, taken a trip to Arizona to see the Cubs in spring training and survived both 1984, Bartman in 2003 and many more more difficult years being a longtime Cubs fan.
As one of the original teams, the Cubs certainly have their place in major league baseball history. This site will hopefully help everyone learn somethng new, give Cubs fans a chance to interact with blogs and poll questions and hopefully there will be an October entry soon that Cubs fans have been waiting for more than 100 years.