Cubs History 1950s

The Cubs struggle through a very bad decade in the 1950s with only one winning season. The Cubs begin playing spring training baseball in Mesa, Arizona.

The few bright spots:

Ernie Banks begins his great career with the Cubs, wins 2 MVP awards in 1958 and 1959. Banks also hits 5 grand slams (a record at the time) in 1955. Hank Sauer earns MVP honors in 1952. Lou Boudreau begins his long announcing career with the Cubs in 1958.

Cubs trivia question: Which future star of a TV Western show played with the Cubs in the 1950s?
Answer at the bottom of the page
1959 May 12 Roberto Clemente's long HR in Wrigley Field estimated to be 500 feet nearly hits the left side of the scoreboard in center field.
1959 November 4 Ernie Banks win 2nd consecutive MVP
1958 April 18 Lou Boudreau begins his Cubs broadcast career with WGN.
1958 ?? ?? Ernie Banks named MVP
1958 July 13 Lee Walls collects hits in 8 consecutvei at bats 7 in a double header on 7/13. The 8th being his first at bat on July 14th. The 8th hit was a hoemme run.
1956 February 20 PK Wrigley sells the Los Angeles Angels of the PCL to Walter O'Malley and the Brooklyn Dodgers. Wrigley Field in Los Angeles was included the deal.
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.
1955 September 19 Ernie Banks hits his 5th grand slam of the season in a 5-0 Cubs victory over the Cardinals in Busch stadium. The HR was hit off Lindy McDaniel. The 5th grand slam sets a major league record at the time.
1954 May 16 Future broadcaster, Joe Garagiola gets 5 hits in a 12-3 victory over the Pirates at Forbes Field.
1953 August 31 Gene Baker becomes first African American Cub player on their roster.
1953 September 20 Ernie Banks first HR Cubs lose in Stlouis 11-6
1953 September 22 Ernie Banks and Gene Baker become the first African American ss/2b combo in history.
1953 September 17 Ernie Banks debut went 0-3 in a 16-4 loss to the Phillies in Wrigley.
1953 September 8 Cubs purchase Ernie Banks from Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro Leagues for $35,000
1953 Ernie Banks debuts with Cubs he is first black player to play for Cubs
1952 February 18 Cubs begin their first spring training in Mesa AZ at Rendezvous Park.
1952 September 28 Stan Musial makes the only pitching appearance of his career in a 3-0 Cubs win over the Cardinals in St Louis. Musial was playing CF and moved to pitcher to pitch against one batter, Frank Baumholtz. Musial and Baumholtz were battling for the batting average title coming in to the final game of the season with Musial at .336 and Baumholtz at .326. Baumholtz reaches base on an error by shortstop Solly Hemus and Musial wins the BA title with .336 while Baumholtz finishes at .325.
1952 November 20 Hank Sauer named MVP
1951 October 4 Cubs trade a young Smokey Burgess and another player for 2 players that barely play any games at all with the Cubs. Burgess goes on to be the all-time pinch hit leader with 145
1950 October 10 Cubs get the TV star from the Rifleman, Chuck Connors in a trade with the Dodgers. Cubs send Hank Edwards and cash to the Dodgers for Connors and Dee Fondy.
Cubs Trivia Answer: Chuck Connors of Rifleman fame joined the Cubs in 1950 in a trade with the Dodgers.