July 31

Playoff Cubs, Leon Durham (1984) & Mike Bielecki (1989) share a birthday
today.  King Cole pitches a 7 inning no-hitter in 1910, Bill Bonham strikes out 4 batters in an inning in 1974, Dwight Smith (1998) and Gary Gaetti (1999) hit grand slams and it is trade deadline day.  In 2004, it was the Nomar trade, in 2006 it was Greg Maddux trade ending his Cubs career and in 2010, it was Ted Lilly & Ryan Theriot being traded.  And saving the best for last, Ryne Sandberg has his Hall of Fame induction speech in 2005.  

July 31
Happy birthday to Leon Durham & Mike Bielecki

July 31, 1900
The Cubs, Tom Hughes strikes out 15 Reds in a 14 inning complete game,
but Reds win the game 5-4. 

July 31, 1905
Charles W Murphy gets approval for a loan to purchase the Cubs.  Murphy
is named Cubs team president.  He will hold this position until 1914. 

July 31, 1909
At West Side Grounds in Chicago, Ed Reulbach pitches a 6-hit shutout as
the Cubs defeat the Phillies 1-0. 

July 31, 1910
King Cole pitches a 7 inning no-hitter as Cubs defeat Cardinals 4-0.

July 31, 1934
Lon Warneke recorded 2 victories in the same day.  He completed the final 2 innings to win the completion of a suspended game held on July 2, 1934 and than started the regularly scheduled game and earned the victory in that game as well.

July 31, 1968

Cubs hit 4 home runs, 2 by Ernie Banks, one each by Billy Williams & Jim Hickman & Fergie Jenkins pitches a 3-hit complete game as the Cubs defeat the Astros 6-1 at Wrigley Field. 

July 31, 1972
At Wrigley Field, Fergie Jenkins pitches a 6-hit shutout as the Cubs defeat the Cardinals 4-0.  Fergie drives in 2 runs and Billy Williams has 4 hits. 

July 31, 1974
Bill Bonham strikes out 4 batters in an inning.

July 31, 1989
In the first game of a doubleheader at Veteran's Stadium in Philadelphia, Ryne Sandbeg homers twice, Damon Berryhill homers and Dwight Smith hits a grand slam as Cubs defeat the Phillies 10-2. 

July 31, 1998
At Wrigley Field, Henry Rodrigues homers twice as the Cubs defeat the Rockies 9-1 at Wrigley Field. 

July 31, 1999
Gary Gaetti hits a Grand Slam, Sammy Sosa hits 2 home runs as Cubs
defeat Mets 17-10 at Wrigley Field. 

July 31, 2000
At Wrigley Field, Mark Grace drives in both Cubs runs with a single and
a home run.  Kevin Tapani and 3 Cubs relievers combine on a 4-hit shutout
in a 2-0 Cubs victory over the Rockies. 

July 31, 2004
As part of a 4 team trade, the Cubs pick up Nomar Garciaparra & Matt Murton trading Francis Beltran, Alex Gonzalez, Brendan Harris & Justin Jones.  

July 31, 2005
Ryne Sandberg is inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame.

July 31, 2006 

Cubs trade Greg Maddux to the Dodgers for Cesar Izturis.

July 31, 2008
At Miller Park, the Cubs defeat the Brewers 11-4.  Jim Edmonds homers twice, one a grand slam.

July 31, 2010

Cubs trade Ted Lilly & Ryan Theriot to the Dodgers for Kyle Schmit, Brett Wallach & Blake Dewitt.

July 31, 2012
Cubs trade Ryan Dempster to the Texas Rangers for Kyle Hendricks and Christian Villaneuva.

July 31, 2016

Cubs manager, Joe Maddon gives the start to Brian Matusz who gives up 6 runs in just 3 innings. 

7 Cubs relief pitchers pitch 9 scoreless innings to allow the Cubs to come
back.  Cubs score 3 runs in 9th to tie the game on Addison Russell & Willson Contreras RBI's.  The tying run scores on a wild pitch.  the Cubs win it on Jon Lester's bunt scoring Jason Heyward in the 12th inning for a 7-6 win over the Mariner's at Wrigley Field.

Oh, and Travis Wood played left field and made a great catch!!

July 31, 2019
Kyle Hendricks pitches 7 scoreless innings to help the Cubs defeat the Cardinals 2-0 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.  Hendricks goes to 3-0 against the Cardinals in 2019, pitching 23 innings, giving up 19 hits, giving up one run, striking out 13 with no walks.  

July 31, 2020

Cubs defeat the Pirates 6-3 at Wrigley Field.  Jason Kipnis homers and Jason Heyward has 2 hits and 2 RBI.  Craig Kimbrel continues his poor start to the season.  After walking 4 batters and hitting one batter in his first appearance against the Reds, in this game he gives up 2 home runs, one to Josh Bell, the other to Colin Moran.  

July 31, 2021

In Washington, the Cubs defeat the Nationals 6-3.  The game was expected to be a reunion for players like Kyle Schwarber and Jon Lester with former Cubs teammates, but while the Cubs were trading away Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant & , the Nationals also traded Lester & Schwarber near the trade deadline.

For this game, Cubs score 4 runs in the 4th inning, 2 on Rafael Ortega's 2-run home run.  

Kyle Hendricks wins his 11th consecutive decision, running his record for the season to 13-4 in a losing season for the Cubs.