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CUBS TIMELINE
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     In 1876, the Chicago White Stockings become one of eight charter members of the National League led by their president William A. Hulbert, who was also the owner of the Chicago club. A.G. Spalding is the manager when the team plays its first game in the history of the Chicago National League Ball Club that takes place on April 25. Spalding doubles as the pitcher and records the first NL shutout, a 4-0 win over Louisville. The first run in team history is scored by center fielder Paul Hines on a throwing error in the second inning.

The White Stockings go on to win the inaugural National League championship. Using nicknames such as the "White Stockings," "Colts," and Orphans," the team plays in five different locations in the 1800s. The fledgling league thrived, as did the Chicago organization, becoming one of the sport's first dynasties, winning six of the first 11 titles.

There were many players worthy of recognition, but the most enduring fixture from this era is Adrian "Cap" Anson, who set the franchise record for career hits (2,995) and managed the club for 19 years, earning him the nick name "Cap," which was short for captain.

1876  - April 25, 1876: Chicago wins its first NL game, beating Louisville 4-0. Five months later the organization won their first NL pennant.
1884  - May 30, 1884: Ned Williamson becomes the first player to hit three home runs in a single game, vs. Detroit.
1897  - June 29, 1897: Chicago beats Louisville 36-7, setting the club record for runs scored.
1898  - April 29, 1898: First baseman Frank Chance debuts in 16-2 win vs. Louisville.
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