10,000 reasons to celebrate Cubs
With historic win comes look back at milestones along the way
How many Cubs wins have you seen? One hundred? Five hundred? One thousand? It may seem as if the Cubs have lost more games than they've won, but they actually began this season with a franchise mark of 9,985-9,459, and after Wednesday night's 7-6, 10-inning victory at Colorado, now join the New York/San Francisco Giants as the only Major League clubs to reach 10,000 regular-season wins.
From Albert Spalding to Carlos Zambrano, 1,837 players have had a part in a Cubs win. The team began this year with 550 different pitchers winning at least one game. That's more than the number of players who have appeared in at least one game for either the Arizona Diamondbacks or Tampa Bay Rays, combined.
Hall of Famers Ernie Banks played in 1,124 wins, Billy Williams in 1,039 and Ryne Sandberg in 1,038. Baseball historian Ed Hartig researched the milestone wins, presented here as a trip down memory lane.
The Cubs' 10,000th win also is a milestone for manager Lou Piniella, who picked up his 100th win with the team. He's not the quickest to 100 -- there are six other managers who have done that in less time.
"Who knows, we could possibly win 100 this year," Chicago's Daryle Ward said. "That'd be nice."
Wave your "W" flag with pride. It's now 10,000, and counting.
Cubs Milestone Wins
No. 1: April 25, 1876, at Louisville, 4-0 (All-time record: 1-0)
LOU 000 000 000 - 0
CHI 011 100 100 - 4
WP: Albert Spalding
LP: Jim Devlin
Game Summary: Spalding was both the manager and the starting -- and winning -- pitcher and recorded the first National League shutout with the win. He also notched the first hit in franchise history. A crowd of 10,000 was anticipated, but less than 2,000 attended the game. The Cubs were then known as the Chicago White Stockings. Who scored the franchise's first run? Answer: Paul Hines in the second inning.
Louisville was the home club but batted first, and by league rules, Chicago batted in the bottom of the ninth, despite having a 4-0 lead.
No. 1,000: Sept. 9, 1891, at Brooklyn, 4-2 (All-time: 1,000-601)
CHI 000 012 001 - 4
BRO 000 100 100 - 2
WP: Bill Hutchison
LP: Bert Inks
Game Summary: Cap Anson's RBI triple in the sixth gave the Cubs (then known as the Chicago Colts) a 2-1 lead. Chicago added an insurance run in the ninth as Fred Pfeffer singled, stole second and went to third on a throwing error. Hutchison knocked Pfeffer home with an infield single. Brooklyn loaded the bases in the ninth, but Hutchison coaxed John Ward to ground out and end the game.
The win gave the Colts a 72-43 record and 5 1/2-game lead over the Boston Beaneaters.
All-time winningest franchises
(through April 23, 2008)
|1. New York/San Francisco Giants||10,193|
|2. Chicago Cubs||10,000|
|3. Boston/Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves||9,706|
|4. Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers||9,462|
|5. Pittsburgh Pirates||9,397|
BRO 000 000 002 - 2
CHI 400 020 01x - 7
WP: Carl Lundgren
LP: Jack Doscher
Game Summary: Lundgren held the Dodgers hitless until two outs in the ninth. Jimmy Sheckard broke up the no-hitter with a double over second baseman Johnny Evers and in front of diving center fielder Jimmy Slagle. Doc Gessler followed with a single as the Dodgers avoided the shutout. Entering the ninth, Lundgren had tossed 1-2-3 innings in the third through eighth innings.
The Cubs scored four times in the first on a double by Hans Lobert, singles by Frank Chance and Evers, and a couple of Dodgers errors. Lundgren, a right-hander from Marengo, Ill., who attended the University of Illinois, went 13-5 that season.
No. 2,500: Aug. 13, 1910 (second game of doubleheader), at Boston, 11-2 (All-time: 2,500-1,784)
CHI 020 200 250 - 11
BOS 001 000 010 - 2
WP: King Cole
LP: Cliff Curtis
Game Summary: Cubs completed a doubleheader sweep with an 11-2 win over Boston. The Cubs pounded out 14 hits, including three by Frank Chance. Leading 4-1, Chicago put the game away in the eighth, scoring five times on six hits, a walk, a sacrifice and a Boston error.
It was Chicago's fourth consecutive win, and the club was in first place.
No. 3,000: July 20, 1916, vs. New York, 1-0 (10 innings) (All-time: 3,000-2,187)
NYG 000 000 000 0 - 0
CHI 000 000 000 1 - 1
WP: Claude Hendrix
LP: Ferdie Schupp
Game Summary: Hendrix pitched a 10-inning, three-hit shutout to beat the Giants, 1-0. Schupp limited the Cubs to only four hits. Rollie Zieder knocked in the game winner in the 10th with a single. Schupp hit Joe Kelly with a pitch to open the bottom of the 10th. Max Flack pinch-ran for Kelly and was sacrificed to second by Vic Saier. Zieder then hit a single to left to score Flack.
The 1916 season was the Cubs' first in Wrigley Field. Joe Tinker -- of Tinker to Evers to Chance fame -- was the manager.
No. 4,000: June 18, 1929, vs. St. Louis, 13-6 (All-time: 4,000-3,113)
STL 020 030 010 - 6
CHI 210 170 02x - 13
WP: Sheriff Blake
LP: Hal Haid
Game Summary: Hack Wilson drove in six, highlighted by a grand slam in the Cubs' seven-run fifth inning. St. Louis loaded the bases in the seventh with one out, forcing Blake from the game. Manager Joe McCarthy brought in Guy Bush, who was scheduled to start the next day, and he retired the next two batters without giving up a run.
This was the Cubs' third attempt at their 4,000th win. Wilson hit two homers in the game.
No. 5,000: July 19, 1940, vs. Brooklyn, 11-4 (All-time: 5,000-3,835)
BRO 200 000 101 - 4
CHI 400 004 03x - 11
WP: Claude Passeau
LP: Whit Wyatt
Game Summary: The Dodgers jumped to a 2-0 lead, but the Cubs responded with four runs in their half of the first on a grand slam by Hank Leiber.
In the eighth inning, Dodgers relief pitcher Hugh Casey hit Passeau in the back with a pitch -- after almost plunking Passeau with the two previous pitches. Passeau responded by throwing his bat at Casey. Dodger Joe Gallagher raced from the dugout to tackle Passeau as both benches emptied. Both Gallagher and Passeau were ejected.
Earlier in the day, the Cubs got bad news that Phil Cavarretta would be out of action indefinitely with a broken ankle. An earlier diagnosis had indicated that Cavarretta's injury, sustained on July 17, was a minor one.
Passeau, a right-hander from Mississippi, went 20-13 that season, including 20 complete games, and totaled 280 innings.
No. 6,000: July 25, 1954 (second game of doubleheader), vs. Philadelphia, 2-1 (All-time: 6,000-4,996)
PHI 100 000 000 - 1
CHI 000 000 002 - 2
WP: Jim Davis (in relief)
LP: Bob Greenwood
Game Summary: The Cubs were limited to two hits through eight. Frankie Baumholtz led off the ninth with a single. Gene Baker was instructed to bunt Baumholtz over, but coaxed a walk out of Greenwood. Dee Fondy twice attempted to bunt the runners over, but bunted foul both times. He then doubled, driving in Baumholtz, with Baker advancing to third. Randy Jackson was intentionally walked to load the bases. One out later, Bob Talbot singled home Baker with the game winner.
There were 10,246 fans at Wrigley Field for the twin bill. In the first game, left-hander Paul Minner threw a four-hit complete game for the win, a 6-1 decision, and got home runs from Baker and Kiner.
No. 7,000: Sept. 13, 1968 (second game of doubleheader), at Philadelphia, 9-1 (All-time: 7,000-6,254)
CHI 102 020 400 - 9
PHI 000 010 000 - 1
WP: Rich Nye
LP: Jerry Johnson
Game Summary: Billy Williams hit his 30th home run in the first, and Ernie Banks hit his 32nd in the third as the Cubs spotted Nye with an early lead. Willie Smith singled home two runs in the fifth. The Cubs put the game away with four runs in the seventh, keyed by two errors and a two-run double by Ron Santo.
This was the Cubs' third attempt at their 7,000th win. The games were played on Friday the 13th in front of 5,253 at Connie Mack Stadium.
No. 7,500: April 17, 1975, at Philadelphia, 10-9 (All-time: 7,500-6,737)
CHI 000 235 000 - 10
PHI 110 020 230 - 9
WP: Ken Frailing (in relief)
LP: Wayne Twitchell
Game Summary: The Cubs opened a 10-4 lead through six and then held on, barely, for the win. It was their sixth in a row after having lost the season opener.
Rick Monday collected five RBIs, including three on a home run off losing pitcher Twitchell in the fifth. Pete LaCock hit his second career home run in the sixth as the Cubs scored five times off Phillies relievers. Philadelphia made it 10-9 by scoring three times off Oscar Zamaro in the eighth. Zamaro settled down and retired the last five Phillies to preserve the win.
No. 8,000: May 14, 1982, at Houston, 6-3 (All-time: 8,000-7,338)
CHI 000 005 001 - 6
HOU 000 001 200 - 3
WP: Dickie Noles
LP: Bob Knepper
SV: Willie Hernandez
Game Summary: The Cubs broke open a scoreless tie with five runs in the sixth inning on doubles by Bump Wills, Bill Buckner and Gary Woods, a triple by Larry Bowa and an RBI single by Ryne Sandberg.
The Astros scored twice in the seventh off Dick Tidrow and had the tying run at the plate. Willie Hernandez relieved Tidrow and struck out Jose Cruz to end the rally. Hernandez then added two more hitless relief innings to record the save.
With the win, the Cubs were in sixth place with a 14-19 record.
No. 9,000: May 23, 1995, at Colorado, 7-6 (All-time: 9,000-8,379)
CHI 002 130 100 - 7
COL 010 310 001 - 6
WP: Kevin Foster
LP: Marvin Freeman
SV: Randy Myers
Game Summary: The fourth inning featured a baseball oddity as both starting pitchers homered off each other. In the top of the inning, Kevin Foster hit his first career home run to give the Cubs a 3-1 lead. In the bottom of the fourth, Marvin Freeman belted a three-run shot that gave the Rockies a 4-3 lead.
Foster had the presence of mind to put his head down when he circled the bases. Not so for Freeman. He made an exaggerated turn around first base, yelled into his own dugout and began a slow trot around the bases. When he finally reached his dugout, he glared back at Foster and let out a victorious whoop.
The Cubs weren't too happy about Freeman's showboating. In the next half-inning, four of the first five Cubs greeted him with extra-base hits. Rey Sanchez and Mark Grace doubled, Rick Wilkins homered and Jose Hernandez doubled. By the time the smoke had cleared, the Cubs led, 6-3.
"I'd like to thank Marvin Freeman. We appreciate it," Grace said. "That was a good wakeup call. You don't want to wake a team up like that."
Colorado closed to within one run in the ninth and had the tying run on second with no outs. Randy Myers got out of the jam fielding a sacrifice bunt attempt and throwing to third to cut down the potential tying run. He then got the next two hitters on ground balls to end the game.
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.