- Chicago Cubs
- December 8, 2018
Established in 1876, the Chicago Cubs, also known as Cubbies or North Siders, are an American professional baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. They compete in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division. Formerly known as the White Stockings, the Cubs were a founding member of the National League in 1876, eventually becoming the Chicago Cubs in 1903. Throughout their carrier, the team won three World Series titles (1907, 1908 and 2016), 17 National League Pennants, five Central Division titles, two East Division titles and two Wild Card berths.
The Chicago Cubs colors are blue, red and white; while their current home ballpark is the Wrigley Field located on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois, which is the second oldest baseball stadium still in use, after the Fenway Park (1912).
The Cubs started as a charter member of the National League in 1876, under the name of Chicago White Stockings. They won six out of their first 11 NL Championships, led by Adrian Anson. In 1903, they became the Chicago Cubs and the first team to win consecutive World Series titles in 1907 and 1908.
After moving to their current home ballpark, Wrigley Field, throughout the 1910s and the early 20s they won only two NL titles (1910, 1918). However, supplied with skilled players like baseman Rogers Hornsby, catcher Gaby Hartnett and Hack Wilson – the Cubs won four National League (NL) Pennants in 1929, 1932, 1935, and 1938.
The Curse of the Billy Goat
In 1945, the team won the National League (NL) Pennant advancing to the World Series Championship. During the fourth game of the World Series, a tavern owner named Billy Sianis was asked to leave Wrigley Field due to the fact that he was accompanied by a goat. Intrigued and obviously upset, the tavern owner left and cursed the Cubs. Ever since that Championship, they didn’t qualify for another World Series for over 70 years.
2007 – Present
Apart from two East Division titles won in 1984 and 1989, the Cubs struggled for decades to win another World Series title. After only 66 wins in 2006 and a last place in the NL Central, the team started to recover step by step in 2007. Managed by Lou Piniella, they won the NL Central Division with a record of 85-77 against the Cincinnati Reds. Even if they lost to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS, the next season brought them another National League Central title and marked the Cubs going to the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since 1906–08.
In 2016, the Chicago Cubs won 103 games, the club’s highest win total in over a century, as well as a Central Division title. In the postseason, the team was dominated by the Cleveland Indians with 3-1, but eventually won three straight games, earning the World Series title for the first time in 108 years. During the following season, the Cubs really struggled and finished the first half two games under .500. In spite of that, in the second half of the season they finished 22 games over .500 and for the first time in franchise history, they advanced to a third straight NLCS, which they lost to the Los Angeles Dodgers in five games.
Hall of Famers
Even if the Chicago Cubs went through a 108-year drought after winning the second World Series title, the team produced a lot of unforgettable Hall of Famers. Some of them are: shortstop Joe Tinker (1902–12, 1916), Ernie Banks, known as Mr. Cub, who was the infielder of the team his entire career (1953–71); outfielder Billy Williams (1959–74) and pitcher Ferguson Jenkins (1966–73).
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