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Notable dates in Cubs history10/12/2003 5:38 PM ET
1800s April 25, 1876 Chicago wins its first National League game, beating Louisville, 4-0. Five months later, the organization won its first NL pennant. 1900-1925 March 27, 1902 Chicago Daily News becomes first-known entity to pen "Cubs" nickname as team moniker. Sept. 15, 1902 Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance trio records first double play in 6-3 win vs. Reds. Oct. 12, 1907 Cubs claim first World Series title, beating Tigers, 2-0, behind pitching of Mordecai Brown. Sept. 26, 1908 Ed Reulbach becomes only pitcher to toss two complete-game shutouts on same day, vs. Dodgers. Oct. 14, 1908 Cubs become first team to win back-to-back World Series, beating Detroit. Dec. 31, 1913 Charles Weeghman signs deal to lease property for ballpark at Clark and Addison streets. Jan. 20, 1916 Weeghman and nine investors purchase Cubs from Charles Taft. Three months later, on April 20, the Cubs beat the Reds, 7-6, in the first NL game at Weeghman Park, which was renamed Cubs Park in 1920 and eventually Wrigley Field in 1926. Sept. 11, 1918 The Cubs lose the World Series to the Boston Red Sox, four games to two, behind pitching sensation Babe Ruth. Aug. 25, 1922 Cubs beat Phillies, 26-23, in highest-scoring game in Major Leage history. April 14, 1925 With Quin Ryan at the mike, WGN Radio broadcasts its first regular-season Cubs game, as Chicago defeats Pittsburgh by an 8-2 margin in Charlie Grimm's Cubs debut. 1926-1950 Nov. 16, 1926 Plans announced to double-deck Wrigley Field, increasing seating to 40,000. Oct. 8, 1929 Cubs fall, 3-1, to Philadelphia in first World Series game at Wrigley Field. Sept. 28, 1930 Hack Wilson records RBIs Nos. 190 and 191 -- a Major League mark that still stands in Cubs' 13-11 win vs. Reds. June 30, 1932 Cubs become last to add numbers to their uniforms. Oct. 1, 1932 Yankee Babe Ruth hits alleged "called shot" off Charlie Root in Game 3 of World Series. Yankees sweep series. Sept. 27, 1935 Cubs sweep doubleheader from St. Louis to win 21st consecutive game. July 9, 1937 Construction begins on Wrigley Field bleachers and center-field scoreboard. Sept. 28, 1938 Gabby Hartnett's "Homer in the Gloamin'" gives Cubs 6-5 win vs. Pittsburgh en route to pennant. Oct. 9, 1938 Red Ruffing and Yankees defeat Cubs, 8-3, and complete four-game sweep in World Series. Oct. 8, 1945 Stan Hack reaches safely in six of seven plate appearances and drives in winning run in 12th inning as Cubs beat Tigers, 8-7, to force World Series Game 7, which the team loses two days later, 9-3. April 16, 1948 WGN-TV broadcasts its first big-league game, with Jack Brickhouse calling White Sox's 4-1 win vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field. 1951-1975 Sept. 20, 1953 Ernie Banks slugs first career home run in 11-6 loss to St. Louis. May 15, 1960 Don Cardwell no-hits Cardinals in his Cubs debut, with Moose Moryn's shoestring catch preserving 4-0 win. Dec. 21, 1960 P.K. Wrigley announces that Cubs will not have a manager, opting instead for "College of Coaches." June 15, 1964 Cubs trade outfielder Lou Brock with Jack Spring and Paul Toth to St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for Ernie Broglio, Bobby Shantz and Doug Clemens. Oct. 25, 1965 Leo Durocher is named Cubs manager, officially ending five-year "College of Coaches" run. April 23, 1966 Fergie Jenkins homers and picks up first win as Cub in 2-0 victory vs. Dodgers. June 29, 1969 Cubs sweep two from Cardinals on "Billy Williams Day" at Wrigley Field, as Chicago outfielder sets NL record for most consecutive games played. Aug. 19, 1969 Ken Holtzman tosses first of two no-hitters, blanking Braves, 3-0. July 6, 1970 Ron Santo tallies 10 RBIs as Cubs take two from Expos. Aug. 24, 1971 Banks hits his 512th and final career home run in Cubs' 5-4 loss vs. Cincinnati. April 16, 1972 Burt Hooton no-hits Phillies, 4-0, in just fourth Major League start. Sept. 2, 1972 Milt Pappas no-hits Padres, 8-0, having come within one strike of perfect game (two-out ninth-inning walk). Aug. 21, 1975 Rick and Paul Reuschel become first brothers to combine on shutout in Cubs' 7-0 win vs. Dodgers. April 25, 1976 Outfielder Rick Monday rescues an American flag from two protesters attempting to burn nation's symbol in center field at Dodger Stadium. Oct. 3, 1976 Bill Madlock goes 4-for-4 against Expos on final day of season to clinch NL batting title with .339 mark. 1976-2000 May 17, 1979 Philadelphia beats Cubs, 23-22, in 10 innings. Dec. 9, 1980 Cubs trade Bruce Sutter to St. Louis for Leon Durham. June 16, 1981 William Wrigley announces sale of club to Tribune Company for $20.5 million. April 5, 1982 Third baseman Ryne Sandberg makes his Cubs debut Opening Day in 3-2 win in Cincinnati. June 23, 1984 Sandberg goes 5-for-6 and hits two late-inning, game-tying home runs off St. Louis' Bruce Sutter in Cubs' 11-inning, 12-11 win. Sept. 24, 1984 Cubs clinch NL East title with 4-1 win in Pittsburgh. Eight days later, on Oct. 2, the Cubs crush the Padres, 13-0, in the North Siders' first postseason game since 1945. Oct. 7, 1984 The Padres rallied from three runs down in Game 5 of the NLCS, scoring four runs in the seventh after a crucial error by Leon Durham. The Padres won, 6-3, to advance to the World Series. Feb. 25, 1988 Chicago City Council passes ordinance permitting limited night baseball at Wrigley Field. Aug. 8, 1988 (8/8/88) The first night game in Wrigley Field history is rained out after 3 1/2 innings, with the Cubs leading the Phillies, 3-1. Oct. 25, 1988 Cubs announce plans for $14 million renovation of park, including construction of 67 mezzanine suites and a new press box. Sept. 26, 1989 Cubs clinch NL East title with 3-2 win in Montreal. Oct. 9, 1989 Matt Williams' two-run homer off Steve Wilson snaps a 4-4 tie and the Giants defeat the Cubs, 6-4, and take the NLCS 4 games to 1. March 30, 1992 Cubs acquire Sammy Sosa in trade with White Sox for George Bell. May 9, 1993 Mark Grace becomes 14th Cub to hit for cycle in Padres' 5-4 win. May 6, 1998 Rookie Kerry Wood ties Major League record by fanning 20 batters in Cubs' 2-0 win vs. Astros. Sept. 13, 1998 In Cubs' 10-inning, 11-10 win vs. Milwaukee, Sosa hits home runs Nos. 61 and 62 to tie and then surpass Roger Maris on single-season home run list. Sosa finishes the season with 66 round-trippers. Sept. 28, 1998 Cubs capture NL Wild Card berth with 5-3 win vs. Giants in one-game playoff. Sept. 18, 1999 Sosa becomes first player in Major League history to reach 60-homer mark in back-to-back seasons. 2001-present May 14, 2000 Eric Young becomes the first Cub since 1881 to steal five bases when he does so in a 16-15 loss at Montreal. Nov. 15, 2002 Dusty Baker named the Cubs' manager, after spending the previous 10 seasons as the manager of the San Francisco Giants. April 4, 2003 Sosa connects for home run No. 500 off the Reds' Scott Sullivan. Sept. 27, 2003 The Cubs sweep a doubleheader from Pittsburgh and clinch their first division title since 1989. Oct. 5, 2003 With a 5-1 defeat of the Atlanta Braves, the Cubs win their first playoff series of any kind since 1908. Oct. 15, 2003 After taking a 3-1 advantage in the NLCS, the Cubs fall to the Marlins, four games to three, and extend their World Series drought to 59 years.
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