锘? The Chicago Cubs used to be known as the Chicago White Stockings and are one of the first 8 National League MLB teams. With a history going back to the centennial year of the country (1876) Mike Smith World Cup Jersey
, the Cubs have entertained (and broken the hearts) of the people of Chicago for 130 years.The history of the Cubs goes back to 1876 and have made the Chicago baseball fans rejoice in excitement and cry in pain as theyve followed the Cubbies for all those years.
Chicagoland is full of baseball fanatics, whether they love the White Sox or the Cubs, and the MLB is a large part of this historic city.
After the wonder years of their founding (three National League pennants in four years), the Cubs changed names from the White Stockings to the Colts in 1894, trying to change their luck after 4 consecutive losing seasons. After a total roster makeover, the local newspapers started calling them the Cubs in 1902, in response to the extreme youth of their players, and the name stuck.
After the 1875 season, Chicago obtained a number of key players, including pitcher Albert Spalding of the Boston Red Stockings, and 1st baseman Adrian "Cap" Anson of the Philadelphia Athletics.
With a stronger team Maurice Richard World Cup Jersey
, the White Stockings sailed through the National League's first season of 1876. The Chicagoans went on to have some excellent seasons in the 1880s, starting with 1880 when they won 67 and lost 17, for an all-time record .798 winning percentage.
Although they were young, the Cubs young players gave then a noteworthy edge over the next few years, and they became the leading team in the National League, making it to the World Series in 1906 (lost to the White Sox, in the cross-town classic), 1907 (Sweeping the Detroit Tigers) and 1908 (where they won the classic 1908 series against the New York Giants).
Unfortunately, that 1908 series win was the last one the Cubs had in the 20th and 21st centuries. The Cubs made it to the Series in 1909 and 1910, and by 1911, the franchise had slid into the middle of the pack.
The Cubs play in historic Wrigley Field Matt Duchene World Cup Jersey
, which was originally a parcel of land donated to the franchise by owner Charles Weeghman. Eventually, it was named after E.R Wrigley, the man who bought the Cubs 10 years later, in 1926. Wrigley eventually planted the famous ivy which has grown over the field, and, though he bought lights for the park in 1941, he donated them to the war effort. As a result, Wrigley Field was the last park in the Major Leagues to get lighting (and night games) in 1988, a change that caused a lot of people to complain about the loss of a tradition. Wrigley Field has slowly changed over time, but still retains a lot of its early 20th century charm and, next to Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium Martin St. Louis World Cup Jersey
, remains one of the most iconic ball parks in the majors.
From the 1940s to the 1990s, the Cubs cemented their reputation of being the lovable losers of baseball, with the curse of the goat, the Black Car Curse, and over twenty seasons where they'd start out strong, fade in the middle, get a resurrection towards the end of the season, and then either just miss the post season, or bow out early; there were notable exceptions where they made it to the Series, but in every series, they were seriously overmatched
Then in 1998 the Chicago Cubs began seriously improving. Behind the pitching of rookie Kerry Woods Mark Messier World Cup Jersey
, the Cubs built a respectable record. However, the spotlight was stolen by the Home Run Race between Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa and Mark McGwire of the St. Louis Cardinals. The final tally? Sosa had 66 home runs, McGuire had 70, and both had beaten a record that hadn't been beaten in 40 years.
Regrettably, as the seasons went on, Kerry Woods proved to be injury prone. Even though Sammy Sosa was hitting well, it's pitching that gets a team far into the postseason, not hitting.
The Cubs became habitual contenders for getting to the post-season, something generations of long-suffering Chicago fans were grateful for, but it wasn't until the 2003 campaign that hopes really came back. Starting out on a milestone watch, with Kerry Woods healthy Mario Lemieux World Cup Jersey
, and with Mark Prior at least as good, the Cubs made it all the way to the NLCS, where, in a tightly contested series, a Cubs fan named Steve Bartmann deflected what would've been a ground ball into the glove of a Marlins player the floodgates opened, the Marlins won the game, and the Cubs were defeated in game 7.
Was it the curse again? Before 2004, the Chicago Cubs had a friend to commiserate with, the Boston Red Sox, who also suffered from a curse and couldnt bring home a World Series title to Boston. But then in 04, the Red Sox beat the curse and finally won the World Series Marc-Edouard Vlasic World Cup Jersey
, leaving the poor Cubs alone in their seemingly futile effort to win it all.
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