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CUBS TIMELINE
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In 1930, outfielder Hack Wilson puts together one of the greatest hitting seasons in baseball history, pounding 56 homers and driving in 191 runs-a mark has never been bettered in Major League Baseball. On June 27, the largest crowd ever to see a game at Wrigley Field — 51,556 — is on hand as the Cubs play the Brooklyn Dodgers. But paid attendance is only 19,748, due to the Ladies Day promotion.

In 1932, Manager Charlie Grimm leads the Cubs to the National League pennant, the team's second in four years. Cub pitcher Lon Warneke posts a 22-6 record. The Cubs face the vaunted New York Yankees in the World Series — a series marked by Babe Ruth's mythical "called shot" during the 5th inning of Game 3 at Wrigley Field. The Yankees sweep the Cubs, four games to none.

This same year, former owner Charles Weeghman and owner William Wrigley pass away, leaving the organization to Wrigley's son, Philip Knight. P.K. then began remodeling the park to fit his vision of a backyard family playground. He hired Bill Veeck, who, in 1937, plants the now-famous ivy on the outfield wall.

That same year, the bleachers are constructed and a new scoreboard is installed, both of which have remained virtually untouched over the years. In 1938, one of the most dramatic moments in team history occurs when catcher Gabby Hartnett hits the legendary "Homer in the Gloamin'" at Wrigley Field. Hartnett's round-tripper off Pittsburgh's Mace Brown gives the Cubs their third NL pennant of the decade. Hartnett replaces Charlie Grimm as manager during the season, and lead the Cubs to the 1938 World Series against the New York Yankees, where the Cubs are swept four games to none. For the decade, Hartnett slugged 777 RBI, Riggs Stephenson hit .329 and Lon Warneke posted a 2.85 ERA.

1930  - September 28, 1930: Hack Wilson records RBIs Nos. 190 and 191-a major-league mark that still stands-in Cubs' 13-11 win vs. Reds.
1932  - June 30, 1932: Cubs become last to add numbers to their uniforms.

October 1, 1932: Yankee Babe Ruth hits alleged "called shot" off Charlie Root in Game 3 of World Series.

1935  - September 27, 1935: Cubs sweep doubleheader from St. Louis to win 21st consecutive game.
1937  - June 25, 1937: Augie Galan becomes first Cub to homer from both sides of plate in same game in 11-2 win vs. Dodgers.

July 9, 1937 Construction begins on Wrigley Field bleachers and centerfield scoreboard.

1938  - September 28, 1938: Gabby Hartnett's "Homer in the Gloamin'" gives Cubs 6-5 win vs. Pittsburgh en route to pennant.
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