April 23

April 23, 1914
The Chicago Federals of the Federal League play the first game at Weeghman Park (present day Wrigley Field).  The Chi-Feds defeat the Kansas City Packers 9-1.  Claude Hendrix pitched a 5-hitter. 

April 23, 1924 
In the Cubs home opener, Cubs defeat the Cardinals 12-1.  Jigger Statz has 4 hits.  George Grantham homers, scores 4 runs and drives in 5 runs.  Ray Grimes homers and drives in 3 runs. 

April 23, 1948 
Cubs lose their home opener 1-0 to the Cardinals.  Harry Brecheen shuts out the Cubs on 9 hits and the Cubs, Johnny Schmitz is the tough luck loser, giving up just 2 hits and a ninth inning run. 

April 23, 1951
Tied 1-1 into the bottom of the ninth with 2 outs, Hank Sauer singles, Phil Cavaretta walks and Andy Pafko hits a walk-off RBI double for a 2-1 Cubs victory.  Frank Hiller pitches a complete game to earn the win. 
 
April 23, 1966
A great beginning to Fergie Jenkins Cubs career.  Jenkins comes in to relieve Bob Hendley and pitches 5 1/3 scoreless innings, picks up the win and drives in both runs for the Cubs with his first home run as a Cub and a single driving in Randy Hundley.  Both hits were off Hall of Famer, Don Sutton as the Cubs hand Sutton the first of 13 consecutive losses he'll have against the Cubs.  Cubs win over the Dodgers at Wrigley Field, 2-0.

April 23, 1968
A great Cubs trade as they pick up Jim Hickman and Phil Regan for Jim Ellis and Ted Savage.

The Cubs of the late 1960's was a great lineup with HOF's, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Ernie Banks & Billy Williams.  The team got even better with this trade.  Jim Hickman and Phil Regan were 2 very productive players for the Cubs in the late 1960's/early 1970's.

Hickman was an all-star in 1970 and hit 32 home runs and drove in 115 runs that year. 

Phil Regan was one of the early Cubs "closers" and led the NL with 25 saves in 1968 and in 1969 had a 12-6 record
with the Cubs and saved 17 games.

April 23, 1978
Cubs defeat the Mets 3-2 in 12 innings on Joe Wallis walk-off RBI single. 

April 23, 1985
Rick Sutcliffe pitches an 8-hit complete game shutout and hits a home run as the Cubs defeat the Pirates 5-0 at Three Rivers Stadium.   Ryne Sandberg homers for the Cubs as well.

April 23, 1989
Andre Dawson hits his 300th career home run in a 4-2 loss to the Mets in New York. 

April 23, 2008
Cubs get their 10,000 win as an MLB franchise.  Aramis Ramirez gives the Cubs a 9th inning lead with a 2-run home run, but Kerry Wood allows Rockies to tie it in the bottom of 9th. 

Ryan Theriot's 10th inning single is the game winning hit.

April 23, 2011 
Cubs score five 8th inning runs to defeat the Dodgers 10-8 at Wrigley Field.  Jeff Baker's bases loaded double is the big hit.  Starlin Castro has 4 hits and 3 RBI and Darwin Barney has 3 hits and 3 RBI. 

April 23, 2012 
Cubs trail 2-1 with 2 outs in the 9th to the Cardinals when Joe Mather hits a walk-off, 2-run single for a 3-2 Cubs victory at Wrigley Field.