April 20

Cubs Birthdays:

Todd Hollandsworth  (Cubs 2004-2005)

Vic SaierVic Saier

April 20, 1916
Cubs played their first game at Wrigley Field.  It's a walk-off victory for the Cubs as Vic Saier hits an 11th inning sacrifice fly to defeat the Reds 7-6. 

Cubs History-April 20

April 20, 1912 
Cubs defeat the Reds 5-4 in 10 innings in their home opener at West Side Grounds.  Jimmy Sheckard hits the walk-off home run for the game-winner in the 10th. 

April 20, 1922 

Cubs play their home opener at Wrigley Field and defeat the Reds 3-1.  Pete Alexander pitched a complete game 5-hitter to earn the win for the Cubs. 

April 20, 1932 
Cubs lose their home opener 7-2 to the Reds. 

April 20, 1937
Cubs lose on opening day 5-0 to the Pirates. Cy Blanton pitched a 5-hit complete game shutout to earn the win. 

April 20, 1946
Cubs lose their season opener at Wrigley Field against Cardinals 2-0.  It is the first regular season televised game in Cubs history.  Bert Wilson announces the game for WBKB.

April 20, 1947
A great game for Cubs great, Bill Nicholson.  He drives in a run by getting hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the first inning.  He comes up with the bases loaded again in the 5th inning and drives in 4 more with a Grand Slam
home run and than adds another home run in the 7th inning to drive in 6 of the 7 Cubs runs as the Cubs defeat the Cardinals 7-3.

April 20, 1948
Cubs open the season in Pittsburgh and lose to the Pirates 3-2.  

April 20, 1956
Cubs win their home opener 12-1 over the Reds.  Ernie Banks hits a home run and Monte Irvin homers in his first game as a Cub.

Sam Jones pitches a complete game and strikes out 9 Reds.

April 20, 1969
Fergie Jenkins, who was born in Canada, pitches his first game in Canada and gets the victory as the Cubs defeat the  Expos 9-6 in the first game of a doubleheader.

Fergie goes 1 for 2 in the game with a walk and an RBI and pitches a complete game striking out 10 Expo hitters.

April 20, 1974
At Veteran's Stadium in Philadelphia, the Cubs defeat the Phillies 5-4 in 13 innings.  Bill Madlock goes 4 for 6 with a run scored and 2 RBI, including the game-winning hit, driving in Billy Williams with a single in the top of the 13th inning.

April 20, 1979

Dave Kingman's 3rd inning grand slam helps the Cubs defeat the Expos 8-6 at Wrigley Field.

April 20, 1986
At Wrigley Field, the Pirates and Cubs go 13 innings and end 8 - 8 as darkness calls the game. It will be finished August 11th. 

The Cubs make a great 9th inning comeback, Dave Lopes drives in a run with a double and scores on a 2-run home run by Keith Moreland to tie the game 8-8 and send the game into extra innings. 

The game goes 17 innings before the Pirates score 2 runs to win the game 10-8.  Dave Lopes batted 7 times in the game and reached base every time going 5 for 5 with 2 walks.

April 20, 1992
At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Phillies 8-3.  Greg Maddux pitches a strong 7 innings and
hits a home run.  Gary Scott hits a grand slam.

April 20, 1997
Finally, the Cubs win a game in 1997 and break their 14 game losing streak to begin the season.  It is still a  NL record.  The Baltimore Orioles have the MLB record going 0-21 in 1988.

April 20, 2000 
Sammy Sosa's grand slam and 6 RBI helps the Cubs defeat the Expos 10-6 at Olympic Stadium. 

April 20, 2008
Cubs score 13 runs against the Pirates for the 2nd day in a row.  In this game, both Ryan Theriot and Aramis Ramirez get 4 hits.  Ramirez homers and drives in 4 runs.

April 20, 2011
In the first game of a doubleheader, the Cubs get a walk-off home run in the 11th inning from Reed Johnson to defeat the Padres 2-1 at Wrigley Field.  It is the Cubs 2nd straight walk-off victory (1-0 win on 4/18/2010).

April 20, 2015
In Pittsburgh, the Cubs defeat the Pirates 5-2. Jorge Soler goes 4 for 5 with a double and 2 runs scored.

April 20 2018 

Cubs get 18 hits and defeat the Rockies 16-5 in Coors Field.  Albert Almora goes 4 for 6 with 4 runs scored.  Javy Baez homers, goes 4 for 6 with 4 RBI and Kyle Schwarber homers with 4 RBI.

April 20, 2021

At Wrigley Field, the Cubs defeat the Mets 3-1.  Eric Sogard goes 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Cubs hitters manage just 4 hits on the day.  Jake Arrieta and 4 Cubs relivers combine on a 6-hitter.