April 15

Cubs birthdays:

Jeromy Burnitz (Cubs, 2005)

April 15 1924
At Sportsman's Park in St. Louis, the Cardinals defeat the Cubs in the season opener, scoring 3 runs in the 9th inning to defeat the Cubs 6-5. 

April 15 1930 
Cubs open the season in St. Louis and defeat the Cardinals 9-8.  Woody English drives in 3 runs for the Cubs. 

April 15 1941 
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Pirates 7-4.  Bill Nicholson's 3-run home run is the big hit and Claude Passeau pitches a complete game. 

April 15 1947 
Opening day at Wrigley Field is a pitcher's duel between the Cubs, Hank Borowy and the Pirates, Rip Sewell.  Both teams manage just 5 hits.  Hank Greenberg's RBI double is the only run of the game in a 1-0 Pirates win. 

April 15 1952 
At Crosly Field, the Cubs season opener is a 6-5 win in 10 innings.  Cubs take an early 5-0 lead after Hank Sauer hits a grand slam, but Reds come back to tie game 5-5.  Gene Hermanski's RBI single driving in Randy Jackson is the game winner. 

April 15 1954 
The Reds ruin the Cubs home opener with an 11-5 win over the Cubs.  Jim Greengrass hits a grand slam. 

April 15, 1958    
Cubs defeat the Cardinals 4-0 on opening day in St. Louis.  Jim Brosnan and 3 Cubs relief pitchers combine on a 7-hit shutout.  Moose Moryne & Ernie Banks both have 2 hits and an RBI in the game.  Cal Neeman hits a 9th inning home run. 

April 15, 1961
The Cubs got a walk-off victory on 4/14/61 when Al Heist singled in 9th inning with 2 outs and Sammy Taylor followed with a 2-run walk-off home run.

The next day, the Cubs are tied 5-5 into the 9th inning and they get a 2nd straight walk-off to begin their home season as Al Heist hits a grand slam scoring Cubs greats,  Don Zimmer, Ron Santo and Ernie Banks.

April 15 1972 
On opening day at Wrigley Field, Steve Carlton and the Phillies defeat Fergie Jenkins and the Cubs 4-2.  Phillies score 2 unearned runs in the 9th on a Jose Cardenal error. 
April 15, 1977
Cubs overcome a 4-0 deficit to Mets at Shae Stadium, scoring 7 runs in the
8th inning for an 8-4 victory. Manny Trillo has the big hit with a bases
loaded 3-run double.   Paul Reuschel gets the victory, Bruce Sutter
pitches 2 scoreless relief innings.

April 15, 1985
At Wrigley Field, The Cubs and Phillies are tied 1-1 into the 8th inning
until Chris Speier's sacrifice fly gives the Cubs a 2-1 victory.  Steve
Trout pitches 8 strong innings and Lee Smith strikes out all 3 batters in
the ninth to earn the save.

April 15, 1988  
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs and Rick Sutcliffe shut out the Pirates 6-0 in their home opener.  Sutcliffe pitches a 6-hit complete game.  Andre Dawson, Shawon Dunston and Dave Martinez homer for the Cubs. 

April 15 2003
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Reds 11-1.  Sammy Sosa, Hee Seop-Choi and Mark Bellhorn homer for the Cubs.  Shawn Estes gives up one run and 5 hits over 8 innings pitched. 

April 15, 2007
A very good pitcher's duel between the Cubs, Ted Lilly and the Reds, Kyle
Lohse as the Reds defeat the Cubs 1-0 at Wrigley Field.  Lohse (a former
Cubs minor leaguer) strikes out 12 Cubs in 8 innings, Ted Lilly strikes
out 10 Reds hitters in 6 innings.  the 2 teams combine for 25 strikeouts,
just 3 walks and only 5 hits combined.  Alfonso Soriano's double is the
only extra base hit in the game. 

April 15 2008
Dusty Baker returns to Wrigley Field as the Reds manager.  Another Cubs curse perhaps,  his #12 counterpart, Alfonso Soriano pulls up lame on a fly ball and leaves the game.   Soriano would return to the Cubs lineup by May 1, however, he was never the type of stolen base threat that he was when the Cubs first signed him.

April 15 2015
Travis Wood, Phil Coke, Neil Ramirez & Brian Schlitter combine on a 4-hit
shutout against the Reds at Wrigley Field for a 5-0 victory.  Anthony Rizzo
homers for the Cubs.