Chicago Cubs history a combination of facts, loyalty and a curse
Chicago Cubs history is interesting in that you have two different kinds of history, the historical facts and then you have a separate history surrounding the curse that pronounced in 1945. Although they’ve actually not won the World Series since 1908. Another fascinating tid bit is that the 1908 World Series, was the first time a team had won two years in a row.
Check out a bit of history from loyal fans of the team.
An additional note about the Chicago Cubs history of it’s fans. They are some of the most loyal fans I’ve ever seen, not matter how the team plays they’ll go to the games. In fact they’ll line up outside in the winter in sub freezing temperatures for hours to get tickets for the season. I was stunned when I first saw this, yes you read this right, they camp out hours in advance until the ticket office opens. This is how fiercely loyal the fans are to the Cubs. I’ve never seen anything like it!
Lets start with the facts and then we’ll look at the history of the Curse.
1876 Chicago Cubs history began in 1876, with William Hubert, and the White Stockings, this team quickly rose to the top of the current ranking for teams called the National League Pennant when it won 47 games.
(Chicago Cubs history and the progression of a name)
1880-1886 Over the next several years the White Stockings performed very well taking the pennant in 1880, ’81, ’82, and again in ’85, and ’86. The latter two years they played the St Louis Brown Stockings, in the American Association, (the prior World Series) after winning the National League Pennant, tying in 85, and then St. Louis won in ’86. This is what began a long-standing rivalry.
1890 Chicago changed it’s name to the Chicago Colts
1898 The team hit a bit of dry spell when their Star player Adrian Anson left the team, he has been credited with 3,000 career hits.
1900 After the season the American Baseball League would form a rivalry with another team in Chicago to the South who would take the old White Stockings name with them.
1902 The Chicago Colts were sold to a new owner Jim Hart and the franchise became known as the Chicago Cubs.
The period between 1902 and 1920 is known in Chicago Cubs History as the dynasty era. During this period there were several key players that helped the cubs dominate in Major League baseball, Mordecai “Three-Finger” Brown, Jack Taylor, and Ed Reulbach, Jack Pfiester and Orval Overall. These outstanding pitchers helped the Cubs appear in 3 World Series, and win 2 back to back in 1907 and 1908, this is the first time a club would appear in the Fall Classic.
1921 to 1981 are known as the Golden age, I find this a little ironic since during this period of time is when the curse happened and they did not win a World Series.
Chicago Cubs history of ownership and baseball field change:
During the 1920’s is when the majority of the Chicago Cubs changed ownership to William Wrigley Jr. who has previously been a minority owner. He began acquiring more shares between and clinched ownership of the team he bought the shares of the two principle owners, Charles Weeghman, and Albert Lasker. Also changing the name of he field the Chicago cubs played on from Weeghman Park to the beloved Wrigley Field. He worked very closely with William Veeck, Sr. whom he brought in as Vice-President and Treasurer, (to be named Club President). The two of them worked closely to build a team well recognized in the National baseball League, and one that put many players into the hall of fame.
More exciting Chicago Cubs History
1929 to 1938 The Chicago cubs won the National League Pennant every three years.
1945 The Curse, see below for details
1945-1966 The Cubs played horribly, including the 103 game loosing streak in 1966
1967 and 1968 the team brought home two winning records back to Wrigley Field, the first time in 20 years!
1969 they started off strong but ended up loosing
1970’s the team changed a number of it’s players and the team played very badly, during this time they inherited the name the “Loveable Losers.”
1980 thru 1989 most of the years were also pretty unremarkable except 1984 when they played well clinching the Eastern Division, but then they lost in the playoffs.
1989 They made it to the playoffs again only to lose again.
1990 -2001 The Chicago Cubs seasons were up and down, the notable year was 1998 with the home run records begin set by Sammy Sosa, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mark McGwire kept the season interesting.
2001 through 2010 the Chicago Cubs History has had more ups and downs but overall they have still not won a World Series, although they did see the White Sox win in 2006, a decided city rivalry. If you want to see an interesting game watch the Cross Town Classic played in Chicago every year. Riding on any Chicago public transportation you’ll often find the train divided between Cubs fans and White Sox fans. Generally the rivalry is good natured, it’s great to see so many people getting together for something fun like the Chicago Cross town Classic.
Okay now on to the Chicago Cubs History of the Curse. Some do call it a myth some call it truth given their track record since this time.
In 1945 the Chicago Cubs made it to the World Series, the final four games were hosted at Wrigley field, the first two were won in Detroit. One man Billy Sianis, owner of Billy Goat Tavern came to Game four.
Quick Side Note: This is the tavern which the Saturday Night Live skit was made with clerks yelling Cheezeborger, Cheezeborger, Cheezeborger, no fries chips, no Coke Pepsi. This is actually what they still say when you visit this tavern even today.
Mr. Sianis came to game four with his Billy Goat, he’d purchased two box seat tickets one for him and one for his goat. Phillip K. Wrigley made Mr. Sianis leave after a few innings due to the odor and complaints of other fans. Billy Sianis was so upset that he made a declaration. “Them Cubs, they aren’t gonna win no more”. It’s also verified by the Sianis family that he sent a telegram to the team owner Phillip K. Wrigley that stated even more clearly, “You are going to lose this World Series and you are never going to win another World Series again. You are never going to win a World Series again because you insulted my goat.”
They lost game 4 and the World Series that year.
Additionally look at the track record of the Cubs since. There have been attempts of other members of the family to break the curse over the years but so far they haven’t won a World Series for over 65 years and counting.
Coincidentally many Cubs players have won World Series after they left the team. Visiting Wrigley Field is a lot of fun, there is a great atmosphere, its very family friendly, there are numerous events that cater to families and various events.
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