Chicago Cubs by Month-May

The month of May is when baseball starts to get into full swing. Many memorable moments in Cubs history. Ernie Bank's 500th home run, Kerry Wood's 20 strikeout performance in his 1998 rookie year and Fergie Jenkins strikes out his 3,000 batter.

May 1, 1880 

The first walk off game in MLB history as Cubs defeat the Cincinnatti Reds 4-3 in Cincy

May 2, 1975  

Burt Hooton traded to Dodgers for Geoff Zahn and Eddie Solomon

May 2, 1917 

The only game in MLB history with double no-hitters after 9 innings by Hippo Vaughn of Cubs and Fred Toney of Reds Vaughn gies up a hit and a run in 10th as Toney completess a 10 inning no-hitter, 1-0 at Weeghman Park.

May 2, 1876 

Ross Barnes hits first NL Home Run against Cherokee Fisher

May 3, 1966 

Cubs play on Astroturf for the first time losing 10-2 to the Astros in the Houston Astrodome.

May 3, 1930

Charlie Root pitches a 10 inning shuotout for a 1-0 vicotory and doubles and scores winning run.

May 4, 1970

Ernie Banks hits his 500th HR of ML career off Pat Jarvis in a 4-3 win in 11 innings over the Braves at Wrigley Field.

May 4, 1960

PK Wrigley replaces manager, Charlie Grimm with radio announcer, Lou Boudreau. Boudreau would remain the Cubs manager through that season only before returning to announce Cubs games for WGN.

May 5, 2001

Cubs crush the Dodgers 20-1 at Wrigley Field scoring 8 runs in both the 7th and 8th inning. The first team to score this many runs in consecutive innings since 1928.          

May 6, 1998

Kerry Wood in just his 5th major league start strikes out 20 batters in a 2-0 victory over the Astros at Wrigley Field. Wood throws a one-hitter, a Ricky Gutierrez single with the only other baserunner being Craig Biggio who was hit by a pitch.

May 7, 1992

Sammy Sosa hits his first home run as a Cub in a 9-2 win over the Astros at Wrigley Field.

May 7, 1941

Bill Lee, Cubs pitcher hits 2 HR's in a 11-2 win over the phillies. Lee does not hit another HR for the rest of his career through 1947

May 7, 1934

Bill Lee's MLB debut is a 4 hit shutout.

May 7, 1906

Cubs are 16-6 and win 10th in a row, 3-2 over Pirates

May 9, 1993

Mark Grace hits for the cycle (single, double, triple and home run) in a Cubs loss to the Padres at Wrigley 5-4.

May 10, 1971

Cubs first game at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia.  Fergie Jenkins strikes out 12 and gets the win, 4-0

May 11, 2000

The Cubs and the Brewers set a record for the longest nine-inning game with a 4 hr 22 minute game in Wrigley. Brewers defeat Cubs 14-8.

May 12, 1959

Roberto Clemente's long HR in Wrigley Field estimated to be 500 feet nearly hits the left side of the scoreboard in center field.

May 12, 1945

Dramatic 13-12 victory over Boston after Cubs were trailing 10-3. A six-run seventh and Bill Nicholson's 9th inning HR completed the comeback victory.

May 12, 1935

Pitcher, Lou Warneke defeats Braves 4-1 and goes 4 for 4 at the plate.

May 12, 1955

Sam Jones pitches a no-hitter, walking the first 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.

May 13, 2002

2 Brewers hit grand slams in a 13-4 victory over the Cubs in Wrigley Field. Paul Casanova and Richie Sexson hit the slams.

May 13, 1991

3 generations of Caray's are in the booth together in a 5-3 loss to the Braves in Wrigley Field. Harry, Skip and Chip.

May 14, 2000

Eric Young steals 5 bases, the first post 1900 Cub to do so as the Expos defeat the Cubs 16-15 in a wild game at Olympic Stadium.

May 14, 1989

Lloyd Mcclendon hits HR in first at bat as a Cub.  Cubs defeat Braves 4-0 at Wrigley Field.

May 14, 1978

Dave Kingman hits 3 HR's and drives in 8 in a 10-7 win over Dodgers in 15 innings in Los Angeles.

May 15, 2003

Cubs pitchers tie a NL record for most strikeouts in a game with 24 in a 17 inning victory over the Brewers 4-2 in Miller Park. Corey Patterson's HR in the 17th inning ties the latest HR with Keithe Moreland.

May 15, 1960

Don Cardwell, in his first game pitched for the Chicago Cubs, pitches a no-hitter defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-0 in the 2nd game of a double-header. Cardwell walked just one batter, Alex Grammas with just one out in the first inning and retired the next 26 batters.

You Tube clip that leaves you in suspense with 2 outs. Trust me, Don Cardwell retired Stan "The Man" Musial to record the no-hitter.

May 16, 2000

Embarrassing melee over a fan hitting Chad Kreuter and taking his baseball cap. Kreuter goes into the Stands as the benches clear.

May 16, 1996

Sammy Sosa becomes first Cub ever to hit 2 HR's in one inning.

May 16, 1996

Great Cubs debut, Amaury Telemaco, 22 yr old gives up just one hit over 7 innings.

May 16, 1972

Rick Monday hits 3 home runs against the Phillies in an 8-1 Cubs victory.   

May 16, 1954

 Future broadcaster, Joe Garagiola gets 5 hits in a 12-3 victory over the Pirates at Forbes Field.

May 17, 1979

Phillies 23 Cubs 22

Many great hitting days for Cubs with the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field.   Dave Kingman hits 3 HR's and drove in 6 runs, Bill Buckner had 7 RBI's. Mike Schmidt hit his 2nd HR of the day to win the game in the 10th with a HR off Bruce Sutter.

May 18, 1990

Ryne Sandberg's ML record errorless streak at second base ends at 123 games with an error in a 7-0 win in Houston over Astros.

May 19

Happy Birthday, Turk Wendell

May 20, 2001

Julio Zuleta copies the movie "Major League" and Pedro Cerrano and practices voodoo to try to stop a Cubs losing streak. Go figure, the Cubs win to break an 8 game losing streak and start a 12 game winning streak.

May 20, 1996

Cubs play Braves in Atlanta for the first time. Losing 12-2 to the Braves.

May 20, 1935

Babe Ruth's first appearance at Wrigley Field as a NL player. Goes 0 for 2, but hits a HR the next day.

May 20, 2006

The Cubs vs White Sox rivalry is alive and well as Michael Barrett and AJ Piersynski get into one of the more well-known baseball fights in recent history.

May 21, 1993

Cubs play Florida Marlins for the first time and lose 5-3 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami.

May 21, 1914

Johnny Evers first appearance in Chicago as an opposing player. Braves defeat Cubs 3-1, Evers has a single in 2 at bats

May 21, 1908

1907 World Championship banner raised

May 22, 2002

Mark Prior MLB debut is a good one as he goes 6 innings against the Pirates giving up 2 runs and stiriking out 10 in a 7-4 victory at Wrigley

May 22, 1990

Andre Dawson is intentionally walked a ML reocord 5 times by future Cubs manager, Lou Piniella's.  The moves ultimately don't pay off as the Cubs defeat the Reds 2-1 in 16 innings at Wrigley Field.  On the subject of MLB managers, the batter in the line-up behind Andre Dawson is future manager, Lloyd McClendon. 

May 24, 2001

Jon Lieber throws a one-hit shutout against the Cincy Reds 3-0 at Wrigley. The shutout also breaks a consecutive game streak of the Reds without being shutout

May 24, 1957

Frank Ernaga first MLB game is a good one as he hits a HR and a triple in his first 2 at bats against future hall of Famer Warren Spahn

May 25, 2001

Kerry Wood backs up Jon Lieber's one-hitter with a one-hitter of his own as the Cubs defeat the Milwaukee Brewers. Wood strikes out 14 batters.

May 28, 2001

Cubs pitchers combine to strike out 18 batters in a 9-6 win over the Cincy Reds in Cincy. Cubs win 8th straight game.

May 29, 1962

Cubs lose to Braves 12-9, but Ernie Banks first game back from being hit in the head with a pitch sees him hit a double and 3 home runs. Also, Buck O'Neill joins the Cubs coaching staff becoming the first African American coach in major league baseball history.

May 30, 1907

Cubs sweep Pirates in a DH, 7-1, 6-4 to take a lead in the pennant chase that they will not relinquish on to NL pennant

May 30, 1906

Jack Pfeister K's 17 batters in 15 innings.  Pfeister's season helps the Cubs to the 1906 World Series.  His record was 20-8 with a 1.51 ERA and 153 strikeouts. 

May 30, 1904

Tell Frank Chance that baseball isn't a contact sport as he gets hit by a pitch 5 times in a doubleheader.  Cubs win the first game 7-2, but lose the 2nd 5-2.

May 31, 2003

The Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros play the longest 1-0 game in major league history with the game going 16 innings. Sammy Sosa drove in the winning run with a single and Cubs pitchers allow just 6 hits in 16 innings at Wrigley Field to record the shutout victory.

May 31, 1998

Jeff Pico pitches a compelete game shutout in his MLB debut.


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