Cubs History Today
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October 1, 1932
Game 3 of the World Series. Babe Ruth’s “Called Shot”. Here is a great video of Charlie Root’s daughter explaining how much it bothered her father being known for this moment.
October 2, 1984
39 years without a playoff game, the Cubs let loose in Game 1 against the San Diego Padres. Cubs lead the Padres 1 game to zero after a 13-0 victory at Wrigley Field.
Happy birthday to former Cubs pitcher, Dennis Eckersly and outfielder, Matt Murton
1897 October 3
In his final major league game, Cap Anson hits 2 home runs and becomes the oldest player at age 45 to hit a home run. Jack Quinn and Julio Franco will later hit home runs at a more advanced age.
Happy Birthday to Cubs starter turned Hall of Fame reliever, Dennis Eckersly and OF, Matt Murton. Murton has had a successful baseball career in Japan.
October 4, 1906
The Cubs set a major league record with their 116th win of the season. Unfortunately, the Cubs lose the 1906 World Series to the White Sox. The Seattle Mariner's match the Cubs 116 victories in 2001, but in a 162 game season (The Cubs won 116 in just 154 games).
October 6, 1945
Game 4 of the 1945 World Series and the "Curse of the Billy Goat" is born!!
Happy Birthday, Jose Cardenal, outfielder for the Cubs, 1972-1977
October 6, 1984
A very tough loss for the Cubs in Game 4 of the NLCS. The lead went back and forth throughout the game. Jody Davis had a big day with 3 hits and 3 RBI and a home run. Leon Durham homered as well. But with the score tied in the ninth inning, Lee Smith faced Steve Garvey who sent the game to a Game 5 with a dramatic walk-off home run.
October 7, 1984
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, 1908
The Cubs win the NL pennant with a 4-2 victory over the Giants and Hall of Famer, Christy Mathewson. The game is a replay of one of the most controversial games in major league history referred to as Merkle's boner. Fred Merkle did not touch 2nd base on a single that should've given the Giants the victory. The decision was made to replay the game that officially ended in a 1-1 tie on September 23, 1908
- Howard Ehmke, a surprise starter for the Philadelphia Athletics, strikes out 13 Chicago Cubs to win the opening game of the World Series, 3 - 1.
October 8, 1945
- Stan Hack's double in the 12th inning keeps the 1945 Cubs season alive sending the Series to a 7th and decisive game. The Cubs defeat the Tigers 8-7.
October 9, 1938
- The Yankees defeat the Cubs 8-3 to take the 1938 World Series 4 games to 0.
October 10, 1906
- Ed Reulbach throws a one-hitter against the Chicago White Sox in a 7-1 victory in game 2 of the 1906 World Series.
October 12, 1907
The Cubs win the World Series as Three Finger Brown and the Cubs defeat the Detroit Tigers, 2 - 0. The Cubs steal four bases in this game and 18 for the five-game series.
October 12, 1929
- Ouch, in game 4 of the World Series, the cubs give up 10 runs in the 7th inning and blow a 8-0 lead. The victory gives the Philadelphia Athletics a 3 games to 1 lead in the 1929 WS.
October 12, 2003
Leading the NLCS, 3 games to 1, the Cubs blow their first opportunity at going to the World Series when Josh Beckett shuts
down the Cubs allowing just 2 hits and striking out 11 to send the NLCS to a game 6 and back to Wrigley Field. Cubs fans are hopeful as Mark Prior and Kerry Wood will pitch game 6 and 7 to try to get them to the 2003 World Series.
October 12, 2011
The Cubs agree announce the signing of former Boston Red Sox General Manger, Theo Epstein to be their new team President.
October 14, 1908
No, not a misprint, the Chicago Cubs win the World Series!!! Orval Overall strikes out 10 batters in a 2-0 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Happy birthday to former Cubs, Carlos Marmol & Joe Girardi.
The Curse of the Billy Goat
Babe Ruth's Called Shot
Gabby Hartnett's "Homer in the Gloamin"