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The Chicago
Chicago
Cubs are an American professional baseball team based in Chicago, Illinois. The Cubs compete in Major League Baseball
Baseball
(MLB) as a member club of the National League
National League
(NL) Central division. The team plays its home games at Wrigley Field, located on the city's North Side. The Cubs are one of two major league teams in Chicago; the other, the Chicago
Chicago
White Sox, is a member of the American League
American League
(AL) Central division. The Cubs, first known as the White Stockings, was a founding member of the NL in 1876, becoming the Chicago
Chicago
Cubs in 1903.[2] The Cubs have appeared in a total of eleven World Series. The 1906 Cubs won 116 games, finishing 116–36 and posting a modern-era record winning percentage of .763, before losing the World Series
World Series
to the Chicago
Chicago
White Sox ("The Hitless Wonders") by four games to two. The Cubs won back-to-back World Series
World Series
championships in 1907 and 1908, becoming the first major league team to play in three consecutive World Series, and the first to win it twice. Most recently, the Cubs won the 2016 National League
National League
Championship Series and 2016 World Series, which ended a 71-year National League
National League
pennant drought and a 108-year World Series
World Series
championship drought,[3] both of which are record droughts in Major League Baseball.[4][5] The 108-year drought was also the longest such occurrence in all major North American sports. Since the start of divisional play in 1969, the Cubs have appeared in the postseason nine times through the 2017 season.[3][6] The Cubs are known as "the North Siders", a reference to the location of Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
within the city of Chicago, and in contrast to the White Sox, whose home field (Guaranteed Rate Field) is located on the South Side. The Cubs have multiple rivalries. There is a divisional rivalry with the St. Louis Cardinals, a newer rivalry with the Milwaukee Brewers and an interleague rivalry with the Chicago
Chicago
White Sox.

Contents

1 History

1.1 Early club history

1.1.1 1876–1902: A National League 1.1.2 1902–1920: A Cubs dynasty

1.2 The Wrigley years (1921–1981)

1.2.1 1929–1938: Every three years 1.2.2 1945-1966 1.2.3 1969: Fall of '69 1.2.4 1977–1979: June Swoon

1.3 Tribune Company years (1981–2008)

1.3.1 1984: Heartbreak 1.3.2 1989: NL East division championship 1.3.3 1998: Wild card race and home run chase 1.3.4 2001: Playoff push 1.3.5 2003: Five more outs 1.3.6 2004–2006 1.3.7 2007–2008: Back to back division titles

1.4 The Ricketts era (2009–present)

1.4.1 2010-2014: The decline and rebuild 1.4.2 2015: The arrival of Joe Maddon 1.4.3 2016: World Series
World Series
champions 1.4.4 2017: Falling short

2 Ballpark

2.1 Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
and Wrigleyville 2.2 Bleacher Bums

3 Culture

3.1 Cubs Win Flag 3.2 Mascots 3.3 Music 3.4 Popular culture 3.5 Tinker to Evers to Chance

4 Playoffs/Championships 5 Distinctions

5.1 Forbes' value rankings

6 Team

6.1 Current roster 6.2 Retired
Retired
numbers 6.3 Hall of Famers 6.4 Minor league affiliations 6.5 Spring training
Spring training
history

7 Media

7.1 Radio 7.2 Print 7.3 Television 7.4 Ford C. Frick Award
Ford C. Frick Award
recipients

8 See also 9 References 10 Further reading 11 External links

History Main article: History of the Chicago
Chicago
Cubs Early club history 1876–1902: A National League

The 1876 White Stockings won the N.L. championship

The Cubs began play in 1870 as the Chicago
Chicago
White Stockings, joining the National League
National League
(NL) in 1876 as a charter member. Owner William Hulbert signed multiple star players, such as pitcher Albert Spalding and infielders Ross Barnes, Deacon White, and Adrian "Cap" Anson, to join the team prior to the N.L.'s first season. The White Stockings played their home games at West Side Grounds
West Side Grounds
and quickly established themselves as one of the new league's top teams. Spalding won forty-seven games and Barnes led the league in hitting at .429 as Chicago
Chicago
won the first ever National League
National League
pennant, which at the time was the game's top prize. After back-to-back pennants in 1880 and 1881, Hulbert died, and Spalding, who had retired to start Spalding sporting goods, assumed ownership of the club. The White Stockings, with Anson acting as player-manager, captured their third consecutive pennant in 1882, and Anson established himself as the game's first true superstar. In 1885 and '86, after winning N.L. pennants, the White Stockings met the champions of the short-lived American Association in that era's version of a World Series. Both seasons resulted in match ups with the St. Louis Brown Stockings, with the clubs tying in 1885 and with St. Louis winning in 1886. This was the genesis of what would eventually become one of the greatest rivalries in sports. In all, the Anson-led Chicago
Chicago
Base Ball Club won six National League
National League
pennants between 1876 and 1886. As a result, Chicago's club nickname transitioned, and by 1890 they had become known as the Chicago
Chicago
Colts,[7] or sometimes "Anson's Colts", referring to Cap's influence within the club. Anson was the first player in history credited with collecting 3,000 career hits. After a disappointing record of 59–73 and a ninth-place finish in 1897, Anson was released by the Cubs as both a player and manager.[8] Due to Anson's absence from the club after 22 years, local newspaper reporters started to refer to the Colts as the "Orphans".[8] After the 1900 season, the American Base-Ball League formed as a rival professional league, and incidentally the club's old White Stockings nickname (eventually shortened to White Sox) would be adopted by a new American League
American League
neighbor to the south.[9] 1902–1920: A Cubs dynasty

The 1906 Cubs won a record 116 of 154 games. They then won back-to-back World Series
World Series
titles in 1907–08

In 1902, Spalding, who by this time had revamped the roster to boast what would soon be one of the best teams of the early century, sold the club to Jim Hart. The franchise was nicknamed the Cubs by the Chicago
Chicago
Daily News in 1902, although not officially becoming the Chicago
Chicago
Cubs until the 1907 season.[10] During this period, which has become known as baseball's dead-ball era, Cub infielders Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance
Frank Chance
were made famous as a double-play combination by Franklin P. Adams' poem Baseball's Sad Lexicon. The poem first appeared in the July 18, 1910 edition of the New York Evening Mail. Mordecai "Three-Finger" Brown, Jack Taylor, Ed Reulbach, Jack Pfiester, and Orval Overall
Orval Overall
were several key pitchers for the Cubs during this time period. With Chance acting as player-manager from 1905 to 1912, the Cubs won four pennants and two World Series titles over a five-year span. Although they fell to the "Hitless Wonders" White Sox in the 1906 World Series, the Cubs recorded a record 116 victories and the best winning percentage (.763) in Major League history. With mostly the same roster, Chicago
Chicago
won back-to-back World Series
World Series
championships in 1907 and 1908, becoming the first Major League club to play three times in the Fall Classic and the first to win it twice. However, the Cubs would not win another World Series until 2016; this remains the longest championship drought in North American professional sports.

1913 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs

The next season, veteran catcher Johnny Kling
Johnny Kling
left the team to become a professional pocket billiards player. Some historians think Kling's absence was significant enough to prevent the Cubs from also winning a third straight title in 1909, as they finished 6 games out of first place.[11] When Kling returned the next year, the Cubs won the pennant again, but lost to the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1910 World Series. In 1914, advertising executive Albert Lasker
Albert Lasker
obtained a large block of the club's shares and before the 1916 season assumed majority ownership of the franchise. Lasker brought in a wealthy partner, Charles Weeghman, the proprietor of a popular chain of lunch counters who had previously owned the Chicago
Chicago
Whales of the short-lived Federal League. As principal owners, the pair moved the club from the West Side Grounds to the much newer Weeghman Park, which had been constructed for the Whales only two years earlier, where they remain to this day. The Cubs responded by winning a pennant in the war-shortened season of 1918, where they played a part in another team's curse: the Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
defeated Grover Cleveland Alexander's Cubs four games to two in the 1918 World Series, Boston's last Series championship until 2004. Beginning in 1916, Bill Wrigley of chewing-gum fame acquired an increasing quantity of stock in the Cubs. By 1921 he was the majority owner, maintaining that status into the 1930s. Meanwhile, the year 1919 saw the start of the tenure of Bill Veeck, Sr. as team president. Veeck would hold that post throughout the 1920s and into the 30s. The management team of Wrigley and Veeck came to be known as the "double-Bills." The Wrigley years (1921–1981) 1929–1938: Every three years

Club logo 1927–1936[12]

Near the end of the first decade of the double-Bills' guidance, the Cubs won the NL pennant in 1929 and then achieved the unusual feat of winning a pennant every three years, following up the 1929 flag with league titles in 1932, 1935, and 1938. Unfortunately, their success did not extend to the Fall Classic, as they fell to their AL rivals each time. The '32 series against the Yankees featured Babe Ruth's "called shot" at Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
in game three. There were some historic moments for the Cubs as well; In 1930, Hack Wilson, one of the top home run hitters in the game, had one of the most impressive seasons in MLB history, hitting 56 home runs and establishing the current runs-batted-in record of 191. That 1930 club, which boasted six eventual hall of fame members (Wilson, Gabby Hartnett, Rogers Hornsby, George "High Pockets" Kelly, Kiki Cuyler
Kiki Cuyler
and manager Joe McCarthy) established the current team batting average record of .309. In 1935 the Cubs claimed the pennant in thrilling fashion, winning a record 21 games in a row in September. The '38 club saw Dizzy Dean
Dizzy Dean
lead the team's pitching staff and provided a historic moment when they won a crucial late-season game at Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
over the Pittsburgh Pirates with a walk-off home run by Gabby Hartnett, which became known in baseball lore as "The Homer in the Gloamin'".[13] After the "double-Bills" (Wrigley and Veeck) died in 1932 and 1933 respectively, P.K. Wrigley, son of Bill Wrigley, took over as majority owner. He was unable to extend his father's baseball success beyond 1938, and the Cubs slipped into years of mediocrity, although the Wrigley family would retain control of the team until 1981.[14] 1945-1966 The Cubs enjoyed one more pennant at the close of World War II, finishing 98–56. Due to the wartime travel restrictions, the first three games of the 1945 World Series
1945 World Series
were played in Detroit, where the Cubs won two games, including a one-hitter by Claude Passeau, and the final four were played at Wrigley. The Cubs lost the series, and did not return until the 2016 World Series. After losing the 1945 World Series to the Detroit Tigers, the Cubs finished with a respectable 82-71 record in the following year, but this was only good enough for third place. In the following two decades, the Cubs played mostly forgettable baseball, finishing among the worst teams in the National League
National League
on an almost annual basis. From 1947 to 1966, they only notched one winning season. Longtime infielder-manager Phil Cavarretta, who had been a key player during the 1945 season, was fired during spring training in 1954 after admitting the team was unlikely to finish above fifth place. Although shortstop Ernie Banks
Ernie Banks
would become one of the star players in the league during the next decade, finding help for him proved a difficult task, as quality players such as Hank Sauer
Hank Sauer
were few and far between. This, combined with poor ownership decisions such as the College of Coaches, and the ill-fated trade of future Hall of Fame member Lou Brock
Lou Brock
to the Cardinals for pitcher Ernie Broglio (who won only seven games over the next three seasons), hampered on-field performance. 1969: Fall of '69 Main article: 1969 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs season The late-1960s brought hope of a renaissance, with third baseman Ron Santo, pitcher Ferguson Jenkins, and outfielder Billy Williams joining Banks. After losing a dismal 103 games in 1966, the Cubs brought home consecutive winning records in '67 and '68, marking the first time a Cub team had accomplished that feat in over two decades. In 1969 the Cubs, managed by Leo Durocher, built a substantial lead in the newly created National League
National League
Eastern Division by mid-August. Ken Holtzman pitched a no-hitter on August 19, and the division lead grew to 8 ​1⁄2 games over the St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals
and by 9 ​1⁄2 games over the New York Mets. After the game of September 2, the Cubs record was 84-52 with the Mets in second place at 77-55. But then a losing streak began just as a Mets winning streak was beginning. The Cubs lost the final game of a series at Cincinnati, then came home to play the resurgent Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates
(who would finish in third place). After losing the first two games by scores of 9-2 and 13-4, the Cubs led going into the ninth inning. A win would be a positive springboard since the Cubs were to play a crucial series with the Mets the next day. But Willie Stargell drilled a two-out, two-strike pitch from the Cubs' ace reliever, Phil Regan, onto Sheffield Avenue to tie the score in the top of the ninth. The Cubs would lose 7-5 in extra innings.[6] Burdened by a four-game losing streak, the Cubs traveled to Shea Stadium for a short two-game set. The Mets won both games, and the Cubs left New York with a record of 84-58 just 1⁄2 game in front. More of the same followed in Philadelphia, as a 99 loss Phillies team nonetheless defeated the Cubs twice, to extend Chicago's losing streak to eight games. In a key play in the second game, on September 11, Cubs starter Dick Selma threw a surprise pickoff attempt to third baseman Ron Santo, who was nowhere near the bag or the ball. Selma's throwing error opened the gates to a Phillies rally. After that second Philly loss, the Cubs were 84-60 and the Mets had pulled ahead at 85-57. The Mets would not look back. The Cubs' eight-game losing streak finally ended the next day in St. Louis, but the Mets were in the midst of a ten-game winning streak, and the Cubs, wilting from team fatigue, generally deteriorated in all phases of the game.[1] The Mets (who had lost a record 120 games 7 years earlier), would go on to win the World Series. The Cubs, despite a respectable 92-70 record, would be remembered for having lost a remarkable 17½ games in the standings to the Mets in the last quarter of the season. 1977–1979: June Swoon Main article: 1977 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs season Following the 1969 season, the club posted winning records for the next few seasons, but no playoff action. After the core players of those teams started to move on, the 70s got worse for the team, and they became known as "the Loveable Losers." In 1977, the team found some life, but ultimately experienced one of its biggest collapses. The Cubs hit a high-water mark on June 28 at 47–22, boasting an ​8 1⁄2 game NL East lead, as they were led by Bobby Murcer (27 HR/89 RBI), and Rick Reuschel
Rick Reuschel
(20–10). However, the Philadelphia Phillies cut the lead to two by the All-star break, as the Cubs sat 19 games over .500, but they swooned late in the season, going 20–40 after July 31. The Cubs finished in fourth place at 81–81, while Philadelphia surged, finishing with 101 wins. The following two seasons also saw the Cubs get off to a fast start, as the team rallied to over 10 games above .500 well into both seasons, only to again wear down and play poorly later on, and ultimately settling back to mediocrity. This trait became known as the "June Swoon". Again, the Cubs' unusually high number of day games is often pointed to as one reason for the team's inconsistent late season play. Wrigley died in 1977. The Wrigley family sold the team to the Chicago Tribune in 1981, ending a 65-year family relationship with the Cubs. Tribune Company years (1981–2008) 1984: Heartbreak Main article: 1984 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs season

Ryne Sandberg
Ryne Sandberg
set numerous league and club records in his career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005.

After over a dozen more subpar seasons, in 1981 the Cubs hired GM Dallas Green from Philadelphia to turn around the franchise. Green had managed the 1980 Phillies to the World Series
World Series
title. One of his early GM moves brought in a young Phillies minor-league 3rd baseman named Ryne Sandberg, along with Larry Bowa
Larry Bowa
for Iván DeJesús. The 1983 Cubs had finished 71–91 under Lee Elia, who was fired before the season ended by Green. Green continued the culture of change and overhauled the Cubs roster, front-office and coaching staff prior to 1984. Jim Frey was hired to manage the 1984 Cubs, with Don Zimmer
Don Zimmer
coaching 3rd base and Billy Connors serving as pitching coach. Green shored[15] up the 1984 roster with a series of transactions. In December, 1983 Scott Sanderson was acquired from Montreal in a three-team deal with San Diego for Carmelo Martínez. Pinch hitter Richie Hebner
Richie Hebner
(.333 BA in 1984) was signed as a free-agent. In spring training, moves continued: LF Gary Matthews
Gary Matthews
and CF Bobby Dernier
Bobby Dernier
came from Philadelphia on March 26, for Bill Campbell and a minor leaguer. Reliever Tim Stoddard (10–6 3.82, 7 saves) was acquired the same day for a minor leaguer; veteran pitcher Ferguson Jenkins
Ferguson Jenkins
was released. The team's commitment to contend was complete when Green made a midseason deal on June 15 to shore up the starting rotation due to injuries to Rick Reuschel
Rick Reuschel
(5–5) and Sanderson. The deal brought 1979 NL Rookie of the Year
NL Rookie of the Year
pitcher Rick Sutcliffe
Rick Sutcliffe
from the Cleveland Indians. Joe Carter
Joe Carter
(who was with the Triple-A Iowa Cubs
Iowa Cubs
at the time) and right fielder Mel Hall were sent to Cleveland for Sutcliffe and back-up catcher Ron Hassey (.333 with Cubs in 1984). Sutcliffe (5–5 with the Indians) immediately joined Sanderson (8–5 3.14), Eckersley (10–8 3.03), Steve Trout (13–7 3.41) and Dick Ruthven (6–10 5.04) in the starting rotation. Sutcliffe proceeded to go 16–1 for Cubs and capture the Cy Young Award.[15] The Cubs 1984 starting lineup was very strong.[15] It consisted of LF Matthews (.291 14–82 101 runs 17 SB), C Jody Davis (.256 19–94), RF Keith Moreland (.279 16–80), SS Larry Bowa
Larry Bowa
(.223 10 SB), 1B Leon "Bull" Durham (.279 23–96 16SB), CF Dernier (.278 45 SB), 3B Ron Cey (.240 25–97), Closer Lee Smith(9–7 3.65 33 saves) and 1984 NL MVP Ryne Sandberg
Ryne Sandberg
(.314 19–84 114 runs, 19 triples,32 SB).[15] Reserve players Hebner, Thad Bosley, Henry Cotto, Hassey and Dave Owen produced exciting moments. The bullpen depth of Rich Bordi, George Frazier, Warren Brusstar and Dickie Noles
Dickie Noles
did their job in getting the game to Smith or Stoddard. At the top of the order, Dernier and Sandberg were exciting, aptly coined "the Daily Double" by Harry Caray. With strong defense – Dernier CF and Sandberg 2B, won the NL Gold Glove- solid pitching and clutch hitting, the Cubs were a well balanced team. Following the "Daily Double", Matthews, Durham, Cey, Moreland and Davis gave the Cubs an order with no gaps to pitch around. Sutcliffe anchored a strong top-to-bottom rotation, and Smith was one of the top closers in the game. The shift in the Cubs' fortunes was characterized June 23 on the "NBC Saturday Game of the Week" contest against the St. Louis Cardinals; it has since been dubbed simply "The Sandberg Game." With the nation watching and Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
packed, Sandberg emerged as a superstar with not one, but two game-tying home runs against Cardinals closer Bruce Sutter. With his shots in the 9th and 10th innings Wrigley Field erupted and Sandberg set the stage for a comeback win that cemented the Cubs as the team to beat in the East. No one would catch them, except the Padres in the playoffs. In early August the Cubs swept the Mets in a 4-game home series that further distanced them from the pack. An infamous Keith Moreland-Ed Lynch fight erupted after Lynch hit Moreland with a pitch, perhaps forgetting Moreland was once a linebacker at the University of Texas. It was the second game of a double header and the Cubs had won the first game in part due to a three run home run by Moreland. After the bench-clearing fight the Cubs won the second game, and the sweep put the Cubs at 68–45. In 1984, each league had two divisions, East and West. The divisional winners met in a best-of-5 series to advance to the World Series, in a "2–3" format, first two games were played at the home of the team who did not have home field advantage. Then the last three games were played at the home of the team, with home field advantage. Thus the first two games were played at Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
and the next three at the home of their opponents, San Diego. A common and unfounded myth is that since Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
did not have lights at that time the National League decided to give the home field advantage to the winner of the NL West. In fact, home field advantage had rotated between the winners of the East and West since 1969 when the league expanded. In even numbered years, the NL West had home field advantage. In odd numbered years, the NL East had home field advantage. Since the NL East winners had had home field advantage in 1983, the NL West winners were entitled to it. The confusion may stem from the fact that Major League Baseball
Baseball
did decide that, should the Cubs make it to the World Series, the American League winner would have home field advantage unless the Cubs hosted home games at an alternate site since the Cubs home field of Wrigley Field did not yet have lights. Rumor was the Cubs could hold home games across town at Comiskey Park, home of the American League's Chicago
Chicago
White Sox. Rather than hold any games in the cross town rival Sox Park, the Cubs made arrangements with the August A. Busch, owner of the St. Louis Cardinals, to use Busch Stadium in St. Louis as the Cubs "home field" for the World Series. This was approved by Major League Baseball
Baseball
and would have enabled the Cubs to host games 1 and 2, along with games 6 and 7 if necessary. At the time home field advantage was rotated between each league. Odd numbered years the AL had home field advantage. Even numbered years the NL had home field advantage. In the 1982 World Series
World Series
the St. Louis Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals
of the NL had home field advantage. In the 1983 World Series
World Series
the Baltimore Orioles of the AL had home field advantage. In the NLCS, the Cubs easily won the first two games at Wrigley Field against the San Diego Padres. The Padres were the winners of the Western Division with Steve Garvey, Tony Gwynn, Eric Show, Goose Gossage and Alan Wiggins. With wins of 13–0 and 4–2, the Cubs needed to win only one game of the next three in San Diego to make it to the World Series. After being beaten in Game 3 7–1, the Cubs lost Game 4 when Smith, with the game tied 5–5, allowed a game-winning home run to Garvey in the bottom of the ninth inning. In Game 5 the Cubs took a 3–0 lead into the 6th inning, and a 3–2 lead into the seventh with Sutcliffe (who won the Cy Young Award
Cy Young Award
that year) still on the mound. Then, Leon Durham had a sharp grounder go under his glove. This critical error helped the Padres win the game 6–3, with a 4-run 7th inning and keep Chicago
Chicago
out of the 1984 World Series
1984 World Series
against the Detroit Tigers. The loss ended a spectacular season for the Cubs, one that brought alive a slumbering franchise and made the Cubs relevant for a whole new generation of Cubs fans. The Padres would be defeated in 5 games by Sparky Anderson's Tigers in the World Series.

Shawon Dunston
Shawon Dunston
was the Cubs shortstop for 10 years.

The 1985 season brought high hopes. The club started out well, going 35–19 through mid-June, but injuries to Sutcliffe and others in the pitching staff contributed to a 13-game losing streak that pushed the Cubs out of contention. 1989: NL East division championship Main article: 1989 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs season In 1989, the first full season with night baseball at Wrigley Field, Don Zimmer's Cubs were led by a core group of veterans in Ryne Sandberg, Rick Sutcliffe
Rick Sutcliffe
and Andre Dawson, who were boosted by a crop of youngsters such as Mark Grace, Shawon Dunston, Greg Maddux, Rookie of the Year Jerome Walton, and Rookie of the Year Runner-Up Dwight Smith. The Cubs won the NL East once again that season winning 93 games. This time the Cubs met the San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants
in the NLCS. After splitting the first two games at home, the Cubs headed to the Bay Area, where despite holding a lead at some point in each of the next three games, bullpen meltdowns and managerial blunders ultimately led to three straight losses. The Cubs couldn't overcome the efforts of Will Clark, whose home run off Maddux, just after a managerial visit to the mound, led Maddux to think Clark knew what pitch was coming. Afterward, Maddux would speak into his glove during any mound conversation, beginning what is a norm today. Mark Grace was 11–17 in the series with 8 RBI. Eventually, the Giants lost to the "Bash Brothers" and the Oakland A's in the famous "Earthquake Series." 1998: Wild card race and home run chase

Sammy Sosa
Sammy Sosa
was the captain of the Chicago
Chicago
Cubs during his tenure with the team.

Main articles: 1998 Chicago Cubs season
1998 Chicago Cubs season
and 1998 Major League Baseball home run record chase The 1998 season would begin on a somber note with the death of legendary broadcaster Harry Caray. After the retirement of Sandberg and the trade of Dunston, the Cubs had holes to fill, and the signing of Henry Rodríguez to bat cleanup provided protection for Sammy Sosa in the lineup, as Rodriguez slugged 31 round-trippers in his first season in Chicago. Kevin Tapani led the club with a career high 19 wins while Rod Beck
Rod Beck
anchored a strong bullpen and Mark Grace turned in one of his best seasons. The Cubs were swamped by media attention in 1998, and the team's two biggest headliners were Sosa and rookie flamethrower Kerry Wood. Wood's signature performance was one-hitting the Houston Astros, a game in which he tied the major league record of 20 strikeouts in nine innings. His torrid strikeout numbers earned Wood the nickname "Kid K," and ultimately earned him the 1998 NL Rookie of the Year award. Sosa caught fire in June, hitting a major league record 20 home runs in the month, and his home run race with Cardinals slugger Mark McGwire
Mark McGwire
transformed the pair into international superstars in a matter of weeks. McGwire finished the season with a new major league record of 70 home runs, but Sosa's .308 average and 66 homers earned him the National League
National League
MVP Award. After a down-to-the-wire Wild Card chase with the San Francisco Giants, Chicago
Chicago
and San Francisco ended the regular season tied, and thus squared off in a one-game playoff at Wrigley Field. Third baseman Gary Gaetti hit the eventual game winning homer in the playoff game. The win propelled the Cubs into the postseason for the first time since 1989 with a 90–73 regular season record. Unfortunately, the bats went cold in October, as manager Jim Riggleman's club batted .183 and scored only four runs en route to being swept by Atlanta in the National League
National League
Division Series.[16] The home run chase between Sosa, McGwire and Ken Griffey, Jr.
Ken Griffey, Jr.
helped professional baseball to bring in a new crop of fans as well as bringing back some fans who had been disillusioned by the 1994 strike.[17] The Cubs retained many players who experienced career years in 1998, but, after a fast start in 1999, they collapsed again (starting with being swept at the hands of the cross-town White Sox in mid-June) and finished in the bottom of the division for the next two seasons. 2001: Playoff push Main article: 2001 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs season Despite losing fan favorite Grace to free agency and the lack of production from newcomer Todd Hundley, skipper Don Baylor's Cubs put together a good season in 2001. The season started with Mack Newton being brought in to preach "positive thinking." One of the biggest stories of the season transpired as the club made a midseason deal for Fred McGriff, which was drawn out for nearly a month as McGriff debated waiving his no-trade clause.[18] The Cubs led the wild card race by 2.5 games in early September, but crumbled when Preston Wilson hit a three run walk off homer off of closer Tom "Flash" Gordon, which halted the team's momentum. The team was unable to make another serious charge, and finished at 88–74, five games behind both Houston and St. Louis, who tied for first. Sosa had perhaps his finest season and Jon Lieber
Jon Lieber
led the staff with a 20-win season.[19] 2003: Five more outs Main articles: 2003 Chicago Cubs season
2003 Chicago Cubs season
and Steve Bartman incident The Cubs had high expectations in 2002, but the squad played poorly. On July 5, 2002, the Cubs promoted assistant general manager and player personnel director Jim Hendry to the General Manager position. The club responded by hiring Dusty Baker
Dusty Baker
and by making some major moves in 2003. Most notably, they traded with the Pittsburgh Pirates for outfielder Kenny Lofton
Kenny Lofton
and third baseman Aramis Ramírez, and rode dominant pitching, led by Kerry Wood
Kerry Wood
and Mark Prior, as the Cubs led the division down the stretch.

Mark Prior, along with Kerry Wood, led the Cubs' rotation in 2003.

Chicago
Chicago
halted St. Louis' run to the playoffs by taking four of five games from the Cardinals at Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
in early September, after which they won their first division title in 14 years. They then went on to defeat the Atlanta Braves
Atlanta Braves
in a dramatic five-game Division Series, the franchise's first postseason series win since beating the Detroit Tigers
Detroit Tigers
in the 1908 World Series. After losing an extra-inning game in Game 1, the Cubs rallied and took a three-games-to-one lead over the Wild Card Florida Marlins in the National League
National League
Championship Series. Florida shut the Cubs out in Game 5, but the Cubs returned home to Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
with young pitcher Mark Prior to lead the Cubs in Game 6 as they took a 3–0 lead into the 8th inning. It was at this point when a now-infamous incident took place. Several spectators attempted to catch a foul ball off the bat of Luis Castillo. A Chicago
Chicago
Cubs fan by the name of Steve Bartman, of Northbrook, Illinois, reached for the ball and deflected it away from the glove of Moisés Alou
Moisés Alou
for the second out of the eighth inning. Alou reacted angrily toward the stands and after the game stated that he would have caught the ball.[20] Alou at one point recanted, saying he would not have been able to make the play, but later said this was just an attempt to make Bartman feel better and believing the whole incident should be forgotten.[20] Interference was not called on the play, as the ball was ruled to be on the spectator side of the wall. Castillo was eventually walked by Prior. Two batters later, and to the chagrin of the packed stadium, Cubs shortstop Alex Gonzalez misplayed an inning-ending double play, loading the bases. The error would lead to eight Florida runs and a Marlin victory. Despite sending Kerry Wood to the mound and holding a lead twice, the Cubs ultimately dropped Game 7, and failed to reach the World Series. The "Steve Bartman incident" was seen as the "first domino" in the turning point of the era, and the Cubs did not win a playoff game for the next eleven seasons.[21] 2004–2006 Main articles: 2004 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs season, 2005 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs season, and 2006 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs season In 2004, the Cubs were a consensus pick by most media outlets to win the World Series. The offseason acquisition of Derek Lee (who was acquired in a trade with Florida for Hee-seop Choi) and the return of Greg Maddux
Greg Maddux
only bolstered these expectations. Despite a mid-season deal for Nomar Garciaparra, misfortune struck the Cubs again. They led the Wild Card by 1.5 games over San Francisco and Houston on September 25. On that day, both teams lost, giving the Cubs a chance at increasing the lead to 2.5 games with only eight games remaining in the season, but reliever LaTroy Hawkins
LaTroy Hawkins
blew a save to the Mets, and the Cubs lost the game in extra innings. The defeat seemingly deflated the team, as they proceeded to drop six of their last eight games as the Astros won the Wild Card.

Dempster emerged in 2004 and became the Cubs' regular closer.

Despite the fact that the Cubs had won 89 games, this fallout was decidedly unlovable, as the Cubs traded superstar Sammy Sosa
Sammy Sosa
after he had left the season's final game early and then lied about it publicly. Already a controversial figure in the clubhouse after his corked-bat incident,[22] Sammy's actions alienated much of his once strong fan base as well as the few teammates still on good terms with him, (many teammates grew tired of Sosa playing loud salsa music in the locker room) and possibly tarnished his place in Cubs' lore for years to come.[citation needed] The disappointing season also saw fans start to become frustrated with the constant injuries to ace pitchers Mark Prior
Mark Prior
and Kerry Wood. Additionally, the 2004 season led to the departure of popular commentator Steve Stone, who had become increasingly critical of management during broadcasts and was verbally attacked by reliever Kent Mercker.[23] Things were no better in 2005, despite a career year from first baseman Derrek Lee
Derrek Lee
and the emergence of closer Ryan Dempster. The club struggled and suffered more key injuries, only managing to win 79 games after being picked by many to be a serious contender for the N.L. pennant. In 2006, bottom fell out as the Cubs finished 66–96, last in the NL Central. 2007–2008: Back to back division titles

Alfonso Soriano
Alfonso Soriano
signed with the club in 2007

Main articles: 2007 Chicago Cubs season
2007 Chicago Cubs season
and 2008 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs season After finishing last in the NL Central with 66 wins in 2006, the Cubs re-tooled and went from "worst to first" in 2007. In the offseason they signed Alfonso Soriano
Alfonso Soriano
to a contract at eight years for $136 million,[24] and replaced manager Dusty Baker
Dusty Baker
with fiery veteran manager Lou Piniella.[25] After a rough start, which included a brawl between Michael Barrett and Carlos Zambrano, the Cubs overcame the Milwaukee Brewers, who had led the division for most of the season. The Cubs traded Barrett to the Padres, and later acquired catcher Jason Kendall
Jason Kendall
from Oakland. Kendall was highly successful with his management of the pitching rotation and helped at the plate as well. By September, Geovany Soto
Geovany Soto
became the full-time starter behind the plate, replacing the veteran Kendall. Winning streaks in June and July, coupled with a pair of dramatic, late-inning wins against the Reds, led to the Cubs ultimately clinching the NL Central with a record of 85–77. They met Arizona in the NLDS, but controversy followed as Piniella, in a move that has since come under scrutiny,[26] pulled Carlos Zambrano
Carlos Zambrano
after the sixth inning of a pitcher's duel with D-Backs ace Brandon Webb, to "....save Zambrano for (a potential) Game 4." The Cubs, however, were unable to come through, losing the first game and eventually stranding over 30 baserunners in a three-game Arizona sweep.[27]

Carlos Zambrano
Carlos Zambrano
warming up before a game.

The Tribune company, in financial distress, was acquired by real-estate mogul Sam Zell in December 2007. This acquisition included the Cubs. However, Zell did not take an active part in running the baseball franchise, instead concentrating on putting together a deal to sell it. The Cubs successfully defended their National League
National League
Central title in 2008, going to the postseason in consecutive years for the first time since 1906–08. The offseason was dominated by three months of unsuccessful trade talks with the Orioles involving 2B Brian Roberts, as well as the signing of Chunichi Dragons
Chunichi Dragons
star Kosuke Fukudome.[28] The team recorded their 10,000th win in April, while establishing an early division lead. Reed Johnson
Reed Johnson
and Jim Edmonds
Jim Edmonds
were added early on and Rich Harden
Rich Harden
was acquired from the Oakland Athletics
Oakland Athletics
in early July.[29] The Cubs headed into the All-Star break with the N.L.'s best record, and tied the league record with eight representatives to the All-Star game, including catcher Geovany Soto, who was named Rookie of the Year. The Cubs took control of the division by sweeping a four-game series in Milwaukee. On September 14, in a game moved to Miller Park due to Hurricane Ike, Zambrano pitched a no-hitter against the Astros, and six days later the team clinched by beating St. Louis at Wrigley. The club ended the season with a 97–64 record[30] and met Los Angeles in the NLDS. The heavily favored Cubs took an early lead in Game 1, but James Loney's grand slam off Ryan Dempster
Ryan Dempster
changed the series' momentum. Chicago
Chicago
committed numerous critical errors and were outscored 20–6 in a Dodger sweep, which provided yet another sudden ending.[31] The Ricketts era (2009–present) The Ricketts family acquired a majority interest in the Cubs in 2009, ending the Tribune years. Apparently handcuffed by the Tribune's bankruptcy and the sale of the club to the Ricketts siblings, led by chairman Thomas S. Ricketts, the Cubs' quest for a NL Central three-peat started with notice that there would be less invested into contracts than in previous years. Chicago
Chicago
engaged St. Louis in a see-saw battle for first place into August 2009, but the Cardinals played to a torrid 20–6 pace that month, designating their rivals to battle in the Wild Card race, from which they were eliminated in the season's final week. The Cubs were plagued by injuries in 2009, and were only able to field their Opening Day
Opening Day
starting lineup three times the entire season. Third baseman Aramis Ramírez
Aramis Ramírez
injured his throwing shoulder in an early May game against the Milwaukee Brewers, sidelining him until early July and forcing journeyman players like Mike Fontenot
Mike Fontenot
and Aaron Miles
Aaron Miles
into more prominent roles. Additionally, key players like Derrek Lee
Derrek Lee
(who still managed to hit .306 with 35 HR and 111 RBI that season), Alfonso Soriano, and Geovany Soto
Geovany Soto
also nursed nagging injuries. The Cubs posted a winning record (83–78) for the third consecutive season, the first time the club had done so since 1972, and a new era of ownership under the Ricketts family was approved by MLB owners in early October. 2010-2014: The decline and rebuild Main articles: 2010 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs season, 2011 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs season, 2012 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs season, 2013 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs season, and 2014 Chicago Cubs season

Starlin Castro
Starlin Castro
during his 2010 rookie season.

Rookie Starlin Castro
Starlin Castro
debuted in early May (2010) as the starting shortstop. However, the club played poorly in the early season, finding themselves 10 games under .500 at the end of June. In addition, long-time ace Carlos Zambrano
Carlos Zambrano
was pulled from a game against the White Sox on June 25 after a tirade and shoving match with Derrek Lee, and was suspended indefinitely by Jim Hendry, who called the conduct "unacceptable." On August 22, Lou Piniella, who had already announced his retirement at the end of the season, announced that he would leave the Cubs prematurely to take care of his sick mother. Mike Quade took over as the interim manager for the final 37 games of the year. Despite being well out of playoff contention the Cubs went 24–13 under Quade, the best record in baseball during that 37 game stretch, earning Quade the manager position going forward on October 19. On December 3, 2010, Cubs broadcaster and former third baseman, Ron Santo, died due to complications from bladder cancer and diabetes. He spent 13 seasons as a player with the Cubs, and at the time of his death was regarded as one of the greatest players not in the Hall of Fame.[32] He was posthumously elected to the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2012. Despite trading for pitcher Matt Garza
Matt Garza
and signing free-agent slugger Carlos Peña, the Cubs finished the 2011 season 20 games under .500 with a record of 71–91. Weeks after the season came to an end, the club was rejuvenated in the form of a new philosophy, as new owner Tom Ricketts signed Theo Epstein
Theo Epstein
away from the Boston Red Sox,[33] naming him club President and giving him a five-year contract worth over $18 million, and subsequently discharged manager Mike Quade. Epstein, a proponent of sabremetrics and one of the architects of the 2004 and 2007 World Series
2007 World Series
championships in Boston, brought along Jed Hoyer from the Padres to fill the role of GM and hired Dale Sveum
Dale Sveum
as manager. Although the team had a dismal 2012 season, losing 101 games (the worst record since 1966), it was largely expected. The youth movement ushered in by Epstein and Hoyer began as longtime fan favorite Kerry Wood
Kerry Wood
retired in May, followed by Ryan Dempster
Ryan Dempster
and Geovany Soto
Geovany Soto
being traded to Texas at the All-Star break for a group of minor league prospects headlined by Christian Villanueva, but also included little thought of Kyle Hendricks. The development of Castro, Anthony Rizzo, Darwin Barney, Brett Jackson
Brett Jackson
and pitcher Jeff Samardzija, as well as the replenishing of the minor-league system with prospects such as Javier Baez, Albert Almora, and Jorge Soler became the primary focus of the season, a philosophy which the new management said would carry over at least through the 2013 season.

One of two Cubs building blocks, Anthony Rizzo, swinging in the box.

The 2013 season resulted in much as the same the year before. Shortly before the trade deadline, the Cubs traded Matt Garza
Matt Garza
to the Texas Rangers for Mike Olt, Carl Edwards Jr, Neil Ramirez, and Justin Grimm.[34] Three days later, the Cubs sent Alfonso Soriano
Alfonso Soriano
to the New York Yankees for minor leaguer Corey Black.[35] The mid season fire sale led to another last place finish in the NL Central, finishing with a record of 66-96. Although there was a five-game improvement in the record from the year before, Anthony Rizzo
Anthony Rizzo
and Starlin Castro seemed to take steps backward in their development. On September 30, 2013, Theo Epstein
Theo Epstein
made the decision to fire manager Dale Sveum
Dale Sveum
after just two seasons at the helm of the Cubs. The regression of several young players was thought to be the main focus point, as the front office said Sveum would not be judged based on wins and losses. In two seasons as skipper, Sveum finished with a record of 127–197.[36] The 2013 season was also notable as the Cubs drafted future Rookie of the Year and MVP Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant
with the second overall selection. On November 7, 2013, the Cubs hired San Diego Padres
San Diego Padres
bench coach Rick Renteria to be the 53rd manager in team history.[37] The Cubs finished the 2014 season in last place with a 73-89 record in Rentería's first and only season as manager.[38] Despite the poor record, the Cubs improved in many areas during 2014, including rebound years by Anthony Rizzo and Starlin Castro, ending the season with a winning record at home for the first time since 2009,[39] and compiling a 33–34 record after the All-Star Break. However, following unexpected availability of Joe Maddon, the Cubs relieved Rentería of his managerial duties on October 31, 2014. During the season, the Cubs drafted Kyle Schwarber with the fourth overall selection. Hall of Famer Ernie Banks
Ernie Banks
died of a heart attack on January 23, 2015, shortly before his 84th birthday.[40] The 2015 uniform carried a commemorative #14 patch on both its home and away jerseys in his honor. 2015: The arrival of Joe Maddon Main article: 2015 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs season On November 2, 2014, the Cubs announced that Joe Maddon
Joe Maddon
had signed a five-year contract to be the 54th manager in team history.[41] On December 10, 2014, Maddon announced that the team had signed free agent Jon Lester
Jon Lester
to a six-year, $155 million contract. Many other trades and acquisitions occurred during the off season. The opening day lineup for the Cubs contained five new players including center fielder Dexter Fowler. Rookies Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant
and Addison Russell
Addison Russell
were in the starting lineup by mid-April, and rookie Kyle Schwarber
Kyle Schwarber
was added in mid-June. On August 30, Jake Arrieta
Jake Arrieta
threw a no hitter against the Los Angeles Dodgers.[42] The Cubs finished the 2015 season in third place in the NL Central, with a record of 97–65, the third best record in the majors and earned a wild card berth. On October 7, in the 2015 National League
National League
Wild Card Game, Arrieta pitched a complete game shutout and the Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates
Pittsburgh Pirates
4–0.[43] The Cubs defeated the Cardinals in the NLDS three-games-to-one, qualifying for a return to the NLCS for the first time in 12 years, where they faced the New York Mets. This was the first time in franchise history that the Cubs had clinched a playoff series at Wrigley Field.[44] However, they were swept in four games by the Mets and were unable to make it to their first World Series
World Series
since 1945.[45] 2016: World Series
World Series
champions Main article: 2016 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs season

The Cubs celebrate after winning the 2016 World Series

Before the season, in an effort to shore up their lineup, free agents Ben Zobrist, Jason Heyward
Jason Heyward
and John Lackey
John Lackey
were signed.[46] To make room for the Zobrist signing, Starlin Castro
Starlin Castro
was traded to the Yankees for Adam Warren and Brendan Ryan, the latter of whom was released a week later.[47]

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2016 Champions visit the White House in January 2017

2016 Champions visit the White House in June 2017

In a season that included a no-hitter on April 21 by Jake Arrieta,[48] the Cubs finished with the best record in Major League Baseball
Baseball
and won their first National League
National League
Central title since the 2008 season, winning by 17.5 games. The team also reached the 100-win mark for the first time since 1935 and won 103 total games, the most wins for the franchise since 1910. The Cubs defeated the San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Giants
in the National League
National League
Division Series and returned to the National League Championship Series
League Championship Series
for the second year in a row, where they defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers
in six games. This was their first NLCS win since the series was created in 1969. The win earned the Cubs their first World Series
World Series
appearance since 1945 and a chance for their first World Series
World Series
win since 1908. Coming back from a three-games-to-one deficit, the Cubs defeated the Cleveland Indians
Cleveland Indians
in seven games in the 2016 World Series, They were the first team to come back from a three-games-to-one deficit since the Kansas City Royals
Kansas City Royals
in 1985. On November 4, the city of Chicago
Chicago
held a victory parade and rally for the Cubs that began at Wrigley Field, headed down Lake Shore Drive, and ended in Grant Park. The city estimated that over five million people attended the parade and rally, which made it one of the largest recorded gatherings in history.[49] 2017: Falling short Main article: 2017 Chicago
Chicago
Cubs season In an attempt to be the first team to repeat as World Series
World Series
champions since the Yankees in 1998, 1999, and 2000, the Cubs struggled for most of the first half of the season, never moving more than four games over .500 and finishing the first half two games under .500. On July 15, the Cubs fell to a season-high 5.5 games out of first in the NL Central. The Cubs struggled mainly due to their pitching as Jake Arrieta and Jon Lester
Jon Lester
struggled and no starting pitcher managed to win more than 14 games (four pitchers won 15 games or more for the Cubs in 2016). The Cub offense also struggled as Kyle Schwarber
Kyle Schwarber
batted near .200 for most of the first half and was even sent to the minors. However, the Cubs recovered in the second half of the season to finish 22 games over .500 and win the NL Central by six games over the Milwaukee Brewers. The Cubs pulled out a five-game NLDS series win over the Washington Nationals
Washington Nationals
to advance to the NLCS for the third consecutive year. For the second consecutive year, they faced the Dodgers. This time, however, the Dodgers defeated the Cubs in five games.[50] Ballpark Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
and Wrigleyville

Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
(exterior) — Game 3 of the 2016 World Series

Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
(interior) — Game 3 of the 2016 World Series

Further information: Wrigley Rooftops
Wrigley Rooftops
and Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
renovations The Cubs have played their home games at Wrigley Field, also known as "The Friendly Confines" since 1916. It was built in 1914 as Weeghman Park for the Chicago
Chicago
Whales, a Federal League
Federal League
baseball team. The Cubs also shared the park with the Chicago
Chicago
Bears of the NFL for 50 years. The ballpark includes a manual scoreboard, ivy-covered brick walls, and relatively small dimensions. Located in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood, Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
sits on an irregular block bounded by Clark and Addison Streets and Waveland and Sheffield Avenues. The area surrounding the ballpark is typically referred to as Wrigleyville. There is a dense collection of sports bars and restaurants in the area, most with baseball inspired themes, including Sluggers, Murphy's Bleachers and The Cubby Bear. Many of the apartment buildings surrounding Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
on Waveland and Sheffield Avenues have built bleachers on their rooftops for fans to view games and other sell space for advertisement. One building on Sheffield Avenue has a sign atop its roof which says "Eamus Catuli!" which is Latin
Latin
for "Let's Go Cubs!" and another chronicles the time since the last Division title, pennant, and World Series
World Series
championship. The 00 denotes the 2016 NL Central title, NL pennant, and the World Series championship. On game days, many residents rent out their yards and driveways to people looking for parking spots. The uniqueness of the neighborhood itself has ingrained itself into the culture of the Chicago
Chicago
Cubs as well as the Wrigleyville neighborhood, and has led to being used for concerts and other sporting events, such as the 2010 NHL Winter Classic
NHL Winter Classic
between the Chicago
Chicago
Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, as well as a 2010 NCAA
NCAA
men's football game between the Northwestern Wildcats and Illinois
Illinois
Fighting Illini. In 2013, Tom Ricketts and team president Crane Kenney unveiled plans for a five-year, $575 million privately funded renovation of Wrigley Field.[51][52] Called the 1060 Project, the proposed plans included vast improvements to the stadium's facade, infrastructure, restrooms, concourses, suites, press box, bullpens, and clubhouses, as well as a 6,000-square-foot (560 m2)t jumbotron to be added in the left field bleachers, batting tunnels, a 3,000-square-foot (280 m2) video board in right field, and, eventually, an adjacent hotel, plaza, and office-retail complex.[53] In previous years mostly all efforts to conduct any large-scale renovations to the field had been opposed by the city, former mayor Richard M. Daley
Richard M. Daley
(a staunch White Sox fan), and especially the rooftop owners. Months of negotiations between the team, a group of rooftop properties investors, local Alderman Tom Tunney, and Chicago
Chicago
Mayor Rahm Emanuel followed with the eventual endorsements of the city's Landmarks Commission, the Plan Commission and final approval by the Chicago
Chicago
City Council in July 2013.[54] The project began at the conclusion of the 2014 season.[55] Bleacher Bums The "Bleacher Bums" is a name given to fans, many of whom spend much of the day heckling, who sit in the bleacher section at Wrigley Field. Initially, the group was called "bums" because it referred to a group of fans who were at most games, and since those games were all day games, it was assumed they did not work. Many of those fans were, and are still, students at Chicago
Chicago
area colleges, such as DePaul University, Loyola, Northwestern University, and Illinois-Chicago. A Broadway play,[56] starring Joe Mantegna, Dennis Farina, Dennis Franz, and James Belushi
James Belushi
ran for years and was based on a group of Cub fans who frequented the club's games. The group was started in 1967 by dedicated fans Ron Grousl, Tom Nall and "mad bugler" Mike Murphy, who was a sports radio host during mid days on Chicago-based WSCR AM 670 "The Score". Murphy alleges that Grousl started the Wrigley tradition of throwing back opposing teams' home run balls.[57][58] The current group is headed by Derek Schaul (Derek the Five Dollar Kid). Prior to the 2006 season, they were updated, with new shops and private bar (The Batter's Eye) being added, and Bud Light
Bud Light
bought naming rights to the bleacher section, dubbing them the Bud Light
Bud Light
Bleachers. Bleachers at Wrigley are general admission, except during the playoffs. The bleachers have been referred to as the "World's Largest Beer Garden." A popular T-shirt (sold inside the park and licensed by the club) which says "Wrigley Bleachers" on the front and the phrase "Shut Up and Drink Your Beer" on the reverse fuels this stereotype. Culture Cubs Win Flag

Cubs Win Flag

Cubs Lose Flag

Main article: Cubs Win Flag Beginning in the days of P.K. Wrigley
P.K. Wrigley
and the 1937 bleacher/scoreboard reconstruction, and prior to modern media saturation, a flag with either a "W" or an "L" has flown from atop the scoreboard masthead, indicating the day's result(s) when baseball was played at Wrigley. In case of a split doubleheader, both the "W" and "L" flags are flown. Past Cubs media guides show that originally the flags were blue with a white "W" and white with a blue "L". In 1978, consistent with the dominant colors of the flags, blue and white lights were mounted atop the scoreboard, denoting "win" and "loss" respectively for the benefit of nighttime passers-by. The flags were replaced by 1990, the first year in which the Cubs media guide reports the switch to the now familiar colors of the flags: White with blue "W" and blue with white "L". In addition to needing to replace the worn-out flags, by then the retired numbers of Banks and Williams were flying on the foul poles, as white with blue numbers; so the "good" flag was switched to match that scheme. This long-established tradition has evolved to fans carrying the white-with-blue-W flags to both home and away games, and displaying them after a Cub win. The flags have become more and more popular each season since 1998, and are now even sold as T-shirts with the same layout. In 2009, the tradition spilled over to the NHL as Chicago Blackhawks fans adopted a red and black "W" flag of their own. During the early and mid-2000s, Chip Caray
Chip Caray
usually declared that a Cubs win at home meant it was "White flag time at Wrigley!" More recently, the Cubs have promoted the phrase "Fly the W!" among fans and on social media. [59] Mascots

Clark (left) with the Oriole Bird

See also: Clark (mascot) The official Cubs team mascot is a young bear cub, named Clark, described by the team's press release as a young and friendly Cub. Clark made his debut at Advocate Health Care on January 13, 2014, the same day as the press release announcing his installation as the club's first ever official physical mascot.[60] The bear cub itself was used in the clubs since the early 1900s and was the inspiration of the Chicago
Chicago
Staleys changing their team's name to the Chicago
Chicago
Bears, because the Cubs allowed the football team to play at Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
in the 1930s. The Cubs had no official physical mascot prior to Clark, though a man in a 'polar bear' looking outfit, called "The Bear-man" (or Beeman), which was mildly popular with the fans, paraded the stands briefly in the early 1990s. There is no record of whether or not he was just a fan in a costume or employed by the club. Through the 2013 season, there were "Cubbie-bear" mascots outside of Wrigley on game day, but none were employed by the team. They pose for pictures with fans for tips. The most notable of these was "Billy Cub" who worked outside of the stadium for over six years until July 2013, when the club asked him to stop. Billy Cub, who is played by fan John Paul Weier, had unsuccessfully petitioned the team to become the official mascot.[61] Another unofficial but much more well-known mascot is Ronnie "Woo Woo" Wickers[62] who is a longtime fan and local celebrity in the Chicago area. He is known to Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
visitors for his idiosyncratic cheers at baseball games, generally punctuated with an exclamatory "Woo!" (e.g., "Cubs, woo! Cubs, woo! Big-Z, woo! Zambrano, woo! Cubs, woo!") Longtime Cubs announcer Harry Caray
Harry Caray
dubbed Wickers "Leather Lungs" for his ability to shout for hours at a time.[63] He is not employed by the team, although the club has on two separate occasions allowed him into the broadcast booth and allow him some degree of freedom once he purchases or is given a ticket by fans to get into the games. He is largely allowed to roam the park and interact with fans by Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
security. Music During the summer of 1969, a Chicago
Chicago
studio group produced a single record called "Hey Hey! Holy Mackerel! (The Cubs Song)" whose title and lyrics incorporated the catch-phrases of the respective TV and radio announcers for the Cubs, Jack Brickhouse
Jack Brickhouse
and Vince Lloyd. Several members of the Cubs recorded an album called Cub Power which contained a cover of the song. The song received a good deal of local airplay that summer, associating it very strongly with that bittersweet season. It was played much less frequently thereafter, although it remained an unofficial Cubs theme song for some years after. For many years, Cubs radio broadcasts started with "It's a Beautiful Day for a Ball Game" by the Harry Simeone Chorale. In 1979, Roger Bain released a 45 rpm record of his song "Thanks Mr. Banks", to honor "Mr. Cub" Ernie Banks.[64] The song "Go, Cubs, Go!" by Steve Goodman
Steve Goodman
was recorded early in the 1984 season, and was heard frequently during that season. Goodman died in September of that year, four days before the Cubs clinched the National League
National League
Eastern Division title, their first title in 39 years. Since 1984, the song started being played from time to time at Wrigley Field; since 2007, the song has been played over the loudspeakers following each Cubs home victory. The Mountain Goats
The Mountain Goats
recorded a song entitled "Cubs in Five" on its 1995 EP Nine Black Poppies
Nine Black Poppies
which refers to the seeming impossibility of the Cubs winning a World Series
World Series
in both its title and Chorus. In 2007, Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam
frontman Eddie Vedder
Eddie Vedder
composed a song dedicated to the team called "All the Way". Vedder, a Chicago
Chicago
native, and lifelong Cubs fan, composed the song at the request of Ernie Banks. Pearl Jam has played this song live multiple times several of which occurring at Wrigley Field.[65][66] Eddie Vedder
Eddie Vedder
has played this song live twice, at his solo shows at the Chicago
Chicago
Auditorium on August 21 and 22, 2008. An album entitled Take Me Out to a Cubs Game was released in 2008. It is a collection of 17 songs and other recordings related to the team,[67] including Harry Caray's final performance of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" on September 21, 1997, the Steve Goodman
Steve Goodman
song mentioned above, and a newly recorded rendition of "Talkin' Baseball" (subtitled " Baseball
Baseball
and the Cubs") by Terry Cashman. The album was produced in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Cubs' 1908 World Series victory and contains sounds and songs of the Cubs and Wrigley Field.[68][69] Popular culture The 1989 film Back to the Future Part II
Back to the Future Part II
depicts the Chicago
Chicago
Cubs defeating a baseball team from Miami
Miami
in the 2015 World Series, ending the longest championship drought in all four of the major North American professional sports leagues. In 2015, the Miami
Miami
Marlins failed to make the playoffs but the Cubs were able to make it to the 2015 National League
National League
Wild Card round and move on to the 2015 National League Championship Series
League Championship Series
by October 21, 2015, the date where protagonist Marty McFly
Marty McFly
traveled to the future in the film.[70] However, it was on October 21 that the Cubs were swept by the New York Mets in the NLCS. The 1993 film Rookie of the Year, directed by Daniel Stern, centers on the Cubs as a team going nowhere into August when the team chances upon 12-year-old Cubs fan Henry Rowengartner (Thomas Ian Nicholas), whose right (throwing) arm tendons have healed tightly after a broken arm and granted him the ability to regularly pitch at speeds in excess of 100 mph. Following the Cubs' win over the Indians in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, Nicholas, in celebration, tweeted the final shot from the movie: Henry holding his fist up to the camera to show a Cubs World Series
World Series
ring.[71] Tinker to Evers to Chance "Baseball's Sad Lexicon," also known as "Tinker to Evers to Chance" after its refrain, is a 1910 baseball poem by Franklin Pierce Adams. The poem is presented as a single, rueful stanza from the point of view of a New York Giants fan seeing the talented Chicago
Chicago
Cubs infield of shortstop Joe Tinker, second baseman Johnny Evers, and first baseman Frank Chance
Frank Chance
complete a double play. The trio began playing together with the Cubs in 1902, and formed a double play combination that lasted through April 1912. The Cubs won the pennant four times between 1906 and 1910, often defeating the Giants en route to the World Series.

Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance
Frank Chance
are the three Cubs described in the poem.

These are the saddest of possible words: "Tinker to Evers to Chance." Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds, Tinker and Evers and Chance. Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble, Making a Giant hit into a double – Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble: "Tinker to Evers to Chance."

The poem was first published in the New York Evening Mail
New York Evening Mail
on July 12, 1912. Popular among sportswriters, numerous additional verses were written. The poem gave Tinker, Evers, and Chance increased popularity and has been credited with their elections to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946. Playoffs/Championships See also: National League
National League
Division Series, Major League Baseball division winners, List of National League
National League
pennant winners, and List of World Series
World Series
champions

Season Manager Record Wild Card/Division National League Division Series National League Championship Series World Series

Runners-up GA Opponent Series Opponent Series Opponent Series

1876 Albert Spalding 52–14 Nonexistenta Nonexistentb Clinched pennantc No series

1880 Cap Anson 67–17

1881 56–28

1882 55–29 Cincinnati Red Stockings 1–1d

1885 87–25 St. Louis Browns 3–3d

1886 90–34 St. Louis Browns 2–4d

1906 Frank Chance 116–36 Chicago
Chicago
White Sox 2–4

1907 107–45 Detroit Tigers 4–0

1908 99–55 Detroit Tigers 4–1

1910 104–50 Philadelphia Athletics 1–4

1918 Fred Mitchell 84–45 Boston Red Sox 2–4

1929 Joe McCarthy 98–54 Philadelphia Athletics 1–4

1932 Rogers Hornsby(first 99 games) Charlie Grimm(final 55 games) 90–64 New York Yankees 0–4

1935 Charlie Grimm 100–54 Detroit Tigers 2–4

1938 Charlie Grimm(first 81 games) Gabby Hartnett(final 73 games) 89–63 New York Yankees 0–4

1945 Charlie Grimm 98–56 Detroit Tigers 3–4

1984 Jim Frey 96–65 New York Mets 6½ San Diego Padres 2–3 Eliminated

1989 Don Zimmer 93–69 New York Mets 6 San Francisco Giants 1–4

1998 Jim Riggleman 90–73 Wild Card N/A Atlanta Braves 0–3 Eliminated

2003 Dusty Baker 88–74 Houston Astros 1 Atlanta Braves 3–2 Florida Marlins 3–4

2007 Lou Piniella 85–77 Milwaukee Brewers 2 Arizona Diamondbacks 0–3 Eliminated

2008 97–64 Milwaukee Brewers 7½ Los Angeles Dodgers 0–3

2015 Joe Maddon 97–65 Wild Card Pittsburgh Pirates 4–0 St. Louis Cardinals 3–1 New York Mets 0–4

2016 103–58 St. Louis Cardinals 17½ San Francisco Giants 3–1 Los Angeles Dodgers 4–2 Cleveland Indians 4–3

2017 92–70 Milwaukee 6 Washington Nationals 3–2 Los Angeles Dodgers 1–4 Eliminated

Total Wild Cards Division titles 2 7 Division Series titles 4 NL pennants 17 World Series
World Series
titles 3

a Prior to 1969, divisions did not exist in MLB. The Chicago
Chicago
Cubs played in the National League
National League
East between 1969–1993 before moving to the newly created National League
National League
Central in 1994. b Prior to 1995, only two divisions existed in each league. With the realignment into three divisions and the institution of the wild card in 1995, the Division Series was added. Division Series. c Prior to 1969, the National League
National League
champion was determined by the best win–loss record at the end of the regular season. See League Championship Series. d None of the World Series
World Series
contested before 1903 are recognized by MLB. See List of pre- World Series
World Series
baseball champions.

Distinctions See also: List of Chicago
Chicago
Cubs seasons, Chicago
Chicago
Cubs award winners and league leaders, Chicago
Chicago
Cubs team records, and List of Chicago
Chicago
Cubs no-hitters Throughout the history of the Chicago
Chicago
Cubs' franchise, fifteen different Cubs pitchers have pitched no-hitters; however, no Cubs pitcher has thrown a perfect game.[72][73] Forbes' value rankings See also: Forbes' list of the most valuable sports teams As of 2017, the Chicago
Chicago
Cubs are ranked as the 18th most valuable sports team in the world, 14th in the United States, fourth in MLB behind the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Boston Red Sox, and second in the city of Chicago
Chicago
behind the Bears.[74]

Year World US MLB CHI Value Ref.

2010 46 37 5 2 $726,000,000 [75]

2011 42 34 4 2 $773,000,000 [76]

2012 36 29 4 2 $879,000,000 [77]

2013 31 25 4 2 $1,000,000,000 [78]

2014 21 16 4 2 $1,200,000,000 [79]

2015 17 13 4 2 $1,800,000,000 [80]

2016 21 17 5 3 $2,200,000,000 [81]

2017 18 14 4 2 $2,680,000,000 [74]

Team Further information: Chicago
Chicago
Cubs all-time roster, List of Chicago Cubs first-round draft picks, List of Chicago
Chicago
Cubs managers, and List of Chicago
Chicago
Cubs owners and executives Current roster

Chicago
Chicago
Cubs roster

v t e

Active roster Inactive roster Coaches/Other

Pitchers Starting rotation

21 Tyler Chatwood 11 Yu Darvish 28 Kyle Hendricks 34 Jon Lester 62 José Quintana

Bullpen

33 Eddie Butler 41 Steve Cishek 32 Brian Duensing  6 Carl Edwards Jr. 38 Mike Montgomery 46 Pedro Strop 37 Justin Wilson

Closer

15 Brandon Morrow

Catchers

 7 Víctor Caratini 40 Willson Contreras

Infielders

 9 Javier Báez 17 Kris Bryant  2 Tommy La Stella 44 Anthony Rizzo 27 Addison Russell 18 Ben Zobrist

Outfielders

 5 Albert Almora  8 Ian Happ 22 Jason Heyward 12 Kyle Schwarber

Pitchers

73 Adbert Alzolay 71 Oscar De La Cruz 59 Luke Farrell 36 Dillon Maples -- Cory Mazzoni 24 Alec Mills 77 Randy Rosario 57 Shae Simmons  1 Jen-Ho Tseng 74 Duane Underwood 29 Rob Zastryzny

Infielders

76 David Bote

Outfielders

20 Mark Zagunis

Manager

70 Joe Maddon

Coaches

58 Mike Borzello
Mike Borzello
(catching) 55 Brian Butterfield
Brian Butterfield
(third base) 30 Chili Davis
Chili Davis
(hitting) 19 Andy Haines (assistant hitting) 48 Jim Hickey (pitching) 16 Brandon Hyde
Brandon Hyde
(bench) 95 Chad Noble (bullpen catcher) 35 Lester Strode
Lester Strode
(bullpen) 25 Will Venable
Will Venable
(first base) 65 Franklin Font (staff assistant) 63 Juan Cabreja (staff assistant)

60-day disabled list

39 Drew Smyly

25 active, 13 inactive 7- or 10-day disabled list Suspended list # Personal leave Roster and coaches updated March 29, 2018 Transactions • Depth chart → All MLB rosters

Retired
Retired
numbers See also: List of Major League Baseball
Baseball
retired numbers The Chicago
Chicago
Cubs retired numbers are commemorated on pinstriped flags flying from the foul poles at Wrigley Field, with the exception of Jackie Robinson, the Brooklyn Dodgers
Brooklyn Dodgers
player whose number 42 was retired for all clubs. The first retired number flag, Ernie Banks' number 14, was raised on the left field pole, and they have alternated since then. 14, 10 and 31 (Jenkins) fly on the left field pole; and 26, 23 and 31 (Maddux) fly on the right field pole.

Ron Santo 3B Retired
Retired
September 28, 2003

Ernie Banks SS, 1B Retired
Retired
August 22, 1982

Ryne Sandberg 2B Retired
Retired
August 28, 2005

Billy Williams LF Retired
Retired
August 13, 1987

Ferguson Jenkins P Retired
Retired
May 3, 2009

Greg Maddux P Retired
Retired
May 3, 2009

Jackie Robinson* 2B Honored April 15, 1997

There is also a movement to retire numbers for other players, most notably the uniform shirt of Gabby Hartnett. The Cubs first wore numbers on their shirts in 1932, and Hartnett wore #7 initially but switched to #9 for the next four seasons. From 1937 to 1940 he wore #2, which is the number considered for retirement. Petitions have been sent in to the team for Cap Anson
Cap Anson
(shirt), Hack Wilson
Hack Wilson
(shirt), Phil Cavarretta (3), Andre Dawson
Andre Dawson
(8) and, as well as more recent departures Kerry Wood
Kerry Wood
(34), Sammy Sosa
Sammy Sosa
(21), and Mark Grace (17).

* Robinson's number was retired by all MLB clubs. Hall of Famers See also: Chicago
Chicago
Cubs award winners and league leaders

Chicago
Chicago
Cubs Hall of Famers

Affiliation according to the National Baseball
Baseball
Hall of Fame and Museum

Chicago
Chicago
Cubs/White Stockings

Grover Cleveland Alexander Cap Anson*1 Richie Ashburn Ernie Banks Lou Boudreau1 Roger Bresnahan1 Lou Brock Mordecai Brown* Frank Chance1 John Clarkson

Kiki Cuyler Andre Dawson Hugh Duffy Leo Durocher Dennis Eckersley Johnny Evers* Jimmie Foxx Frankie Frisch1 Goose Gossage Clark Griffith†2

Burleigh Grimes Gabby Hartnett1 Billy Herman Rogers Hornsby1 Monte Irvin Ferguson Jenkins George Kelly King Kelly* Ralph Kiner Chuck Klein

Tony La Russa2 Tony Lazzeri Freddie Lindstrom Rabbit Maranville Greg Maddux Joe McCarthy Hank O'Day3 Robin Roberts Ryne Sandberg Ron Santo

Frank Selee Albert Spalding†2 Bruce Sutter** Joe Tinker* Rube Waddell Deacon White Hoyt Wilhelm Billy Williams Hack Wilson

Players and managers listed in bold are depicted on their Hall of Fame plaques wearing a Cubs, Orphans, Colts, or White Stockings cap insignia. * – depicted on Hall of Fame plaque with no cap or cap insignia, or with cap insignia area obscured; Hall of Fame recognizes Cubs/Orphans/Colts/White Stockings as "Primary Team" **– depicted on Hall of Fame plaque with different team's cap or cap insignia, but Hall of Fame recognizes Cubs/Orphans/Colts/White Stockings as "Primary Team" † – inducted as an Executive/Pioneer due in part to his contributions to baseball as an executive with the Cubs; depicted on Hall of Fame plaque without a cap 1 – inducted as player; managed Cubs/White Stockings/Colts or was player-manager 2 – inducted as manager or executive; played for Cubs or was player-manager 3 – inducted as umpire; played for Cubs or was player-manager

Minor league affiliations Main article: List of Chicago
Chicago
Cubs minor league affiliates See also: Chicago
Chicago
Cubs minor league players

Level Team League Location

AAA Iowa Cubs Pacific Coast League Des Moines, Iowa

AA Tennessee Smokies Southern League Sevierville, Tennessee

Advanced A Myrtle Beach Pelicans Carolina League Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

A South Bend Cubs Midwest League South Bend, Indiana

Short Season A Eugene Emeralds Northwest League Eugene, Oregon

Rookie AZL Cubs Arizona League Mesa, Arizona

DSL Cubs 1 Dominican Summer League Boca Chica, Dominican Republic

DSL Cubs 2

Before signing a developmental agreement with the Kane County Cougars in 2012, the Cubs had a Class A minor league affiliation on two occasions with the Peoria Chiefs
Peoria Chiefs
(1985–1995 and 2004–2012). Ryne Sandberg managed the Chiefs from 2006 to 2010. In the period between those associations with the Chiefs the club had affiliations with the Dayton Dragons
Dayton Dragons
and Lansing Lugnuts. The Lugnuts were often affectionately referred to by Chip Caray
Chip Caray
as "Steve Stone's favorite team." The 2007 developmental contract with the Tennessee Smokies
Tennessee Smokies
was preceded by Double A affiliations with the Orlando Cubs and West Tenn Diamond Jaxx. On September 16, 2014 the Cubs announced a move of their top Class A affiliate from Daytona in the Florida State League to Myrtle Beach in the Carolina League
Carolina League
for the 2015 season.[82] Two days later, the Cubs signed a four-year player development contract with the South Bend Silver Hawks
South Bend Silver Hawks
of the Midwest League, ending their brief relationship with the Kane County Cougars
Kane County Cougars
and shortly thereafter renaming the Silver Hawks the South Bend Cubs.[83] Spring training
Spring training
history The Chicago
Chicago
White Stockings, (today's Chicago
Chicago
Cubs), began spring training in Hot Springs, Arkansas
Hot Springs, Arkansas
in 1886. President Albert Spalding (founder of Spalding Sporting Goods) and player/manager Cap Anson brought their players to Hot Springs and played at the Hot Springs Baseball
Baseball
Grounds. The concept was for the players to have training and fitness before the start of the regular season, utilizing the bath houses of Hot Springs after practices.[84][85][86] After the White Stockings had a successful season in 1886, winning the National League Pennant, other teams began bringing their players to Hot Springs for "spring training".[86][87] The Chicago
Chicago
Cubs, St. Louis Browns, New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Spiders, Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, New York Highlanders, Brooklyn Dodgers and Boston Red Sox
Boston Red Sox
were among the early squads to arrive. Whittington Park (1894) and later Majestic Park (1909) and Fogel Field (1912) were all built in Hot Springs specifically to host Major League teams.[88] The Cubs' current spring training facility is located in Sloan Park
Sloan Park
in Mesa, Arizona, where they play in the Cactus League. The park seats 15,000, making it Major League baseball's largest spring training facility by capacity. The Cubs annually sell out most of their games both at home and on the road. Before Sloan Park
Sloan Park
opened in 2014, the team played games at HoHoKam Park
HoHoKam Park
– Dwight Patterson Field from 1979. "HoHoKam" is literally translated from Native American as "those who vanished." The North Siders have called Mesa their spring home for most seasons since 1952. In addition to Mesa, the club has held spring training in Hot Springs, Arkansas (1886, 1896–1900), (1909–1910) New Orleans (1870, 1907, 1911–1912); Champaign, Illinois
Champaign, Illinois
(1901–02, 1906); Los Angeles (1903–04, 1948–1949), Santa Monica, California
Santa Monica, California
(1905); French Lick, Indiana (1908, 1943–1945); Tampa, Florida
Tampa, Florida
(1913–1916); Pasadena, California
Pasadena, California
(1917–1921); Santa Catalina Island, California (1922–1942, 1946–1947, 1950–1951); Rendezvous Park in Mesa (1952–1965); Blair Field
Blair Field
in Long Beach, California
Long Beach, California
(1966); and Scottsdale, Arizona
Scottsdale, Arizona
(1967–1978). The curious location on Catalina Island stemmed from Cubs owner William Wrigley Jr.'s then-majority interest in the island in 1919. Wrigley constructed a ballpark on the island to house the Cubs in spring training: it was built to the same dimensions as Wrigley Field. The ballpark was called Wrigley Field
Wrigley Field
of Avalon.[89] (The ballpark is long gone, but a clubhouse built by Wrigley to house the Cubs exists as the Catalina County Club.) However, by 1951 the team chose to leave Catalina Island and spring training was shifted to Mesa, Arizona.[90] The Cubs' 30-year association with Catalina is chronicled in the book, The Cubs on Catalina, by Jim Vitti, which was named International 'Book of the Year' by The Sporting News. The Cubs left Catalina after some bad weather in 1951, choosing to move to Mesa, a city where the Wrigleys also had interests.[91] Today, there is an exhibit at the Catalina Museum dedicated to the Cubs' spring training on the island.[92][93] The former location in Mesa is actually the second HoHoKam Park; the first was built in 1976 as the spring-training home of the Oakland Athletics who left the park in 1979. Apart from HoHoKam Park
HoHoKam Park
and Sloan Park the Cubs also have another Mesa training facility called Fitch Park, this complex provides 25,000 square feet (2,300 m2) of team facilities, including major league clubhouse, four practice fields, one practice infield, enclosed batting tunnels, batting cages, a maintenance facility, and administrative offices for the Cubs. Media Radio Cubs radio rights are held by CBS
CBS
Radio; its acquisition of the radio rights effective 2015 ended the team's 90-year association with 720 WGN. During the first season of the contract, Cubs games aired on WBBM, taking over as flagship of the Chicago
Chicago
Cubs Radio Network. On November 11, 2015, CBS
CBS
announced that the Cubs would move to WBBM's all-sports sister station, WSCR, beginning in the 2016 season. The move was enabled by WSCR's end of their rights agreement for the White Sox, who moved to WLS.[94][95][96] The play-by-play voice of the Cubs is Pat Hughes, who has held the position since 1996, joined by Ron Coomer. Former Cubs third baseman and fan favorite Ron Santo
Ron Santo
had been Hughes' long-time partner until his death in 2010. Keith Moreland replaced Hall of Fame inductee Santo for three seasons, followed by Coomer for the 2014 season.[97] Print The club also produces its own print media; the Cubs' official magazine Vineline, which has 12 annual issues, is in its third decade, and spotlights players and events involving the club. The club also publishes a traditional media guide. Television Main article: List of Chicago
Chicago
Cubs broadcasters As of September 1, 2016, Cubs games air locally on the following outlets:

NBC
NBC
Sports Chicago, a cable network owned in part by NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal
and the Ricketts family. It broadcasts all Cubs games not broadcast over-the-air, or nationally by Major League Baseball's television partners.[98] WGN-TV
WGN-TV
(channel 9.1), a Tribune Media-owned over-the-air station that has aired Cubs telecasts since its inception in 1948; WGN-TV's Cubs telecasts are produced by the station's sports department, WGN Sports. In November 2013, the team exercised an option to terminate its existing deal with WGN-TV
WGN-TV
after the 2014 season, requesting a higher-valued contract lasting through the 2019 season (which would be aligned with the end of its contract with CSN Chicago). WGN-TV announced on January 7, 2015 that it would maintain broadcast rights to 45 Cubs games through the 2019 season within the Chicago
Chicago
market only.[98][99] WLS-TV
WLS-TV
(channel 7.1), an ABC owned-and-operated station. It was announced on December 12, 2014 that the station would acquire rights to 25 games per season through 2019.[100][101]

Prior to September 1, 2016, when WGN-TV
WGN-TV
ended their CW affiliation to return to being an independent station, several games in the WGN package since 2015 were sub-licensed to Fox Television Stations-owned MyNetworkTV
MyNetworkTV
station WPWR-TV
WPWR-TV
(channel 50.1), due to CW pre-emption limits which precluded airing on WGN-TV. These games returned full-time to WGN-TV
WGN-TV
upon that date, when WPWR assumed the market's CW affiliation and WGN was no longer limited by a network. In previous years, the sublicensed games were carried by WCIU-TV
WCIU-TV
(channel 26.1) under the branding of "CubsNet" and " WGN Sports
WGN Sports
on The U".[102] WGN's Cubs games formerly aired nationally on WGN America; however, prior to the 2015 season, the Cubs, as well as all other Chicago sports programming, was dropped from the channel as part of its re-positioning as a general entertainment cable channel.[103] To compensate, all games carried by over-the-air channels are syndicated to a network of other television stations within the Cubs' region, which includes Illinois
Illinois
and parts of Indiana and Iowa.[101][104][105][106] All of the team's current television contracts end after the 2019 season. The Chicago
Chicago
Tribune reported that following the end of these contracts, the team may consider launching its own regional sports network.[98] These goals were confirmed by president of business operations Crane Kenney on November 16, 2015 in an interview with WSCR radio.[107] Len Kasper has been the Cubs' television play-by-play announcer since 2005 and was joined by Jim Deshaies
Jim Deshaies
in 2013. Bob Brenly
Bob Brenly
(analyst, 2005–12), Chip Caray
Chip Caray
(play-by-play, 1998–2004), Steve Stone (analyst, 1983–2000, 2003–04), Joe Carter
Joe Carter
(analyst for WGN-TV games, 2001–02) and Dave Otto (analyst for FSN Chicago
Chicago
games, 2001–02) also have spent time broadcasting from the Cubs booth since the death of Harry Caray
Harry Caray
in 1998.[108] Ford C. Frick Award
Ford C. Frick Award
recipients

Chicago
Chicago
Cubs Ford C. Frick Award
Ford C. Frick Award
recipients

Affiliation according to the National Baseball
Baseball
Hall of Fame and Museum

Bob Elson

Jack Brickhouse

Harry Caray

Milo Hamilton

Names in bold received the award based primarily on their work as broadcasters for the Cubs.

See also

Baseball
Baseball
portal Chicago
Chicago
portal

Brewers–Cubs rivalry Cardinals–Cubs rivalry Cubs–White Sox rivalry Curse of the Billy Goat Grant DePorter Lee Elia List of Major League Baseball
Baseball
franchise postseason droughts Major League Baseball
Baseball
uniforms Major professional sports teams of the United States
United States
and Canada Old Style Beer The Bleacher Preacher West Side Park

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WGN-TV
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Cubs. Retrieved March 27, 2013. 

Further reading

Murphy, Cait (2007). Crazy '08: How a Cast of Cranks, Rogues, Boneheads, and Magnates Created the Greatest Year in Baseball
Baseball
History. New York: Smithsonian Books. ISBN 978-0-06-088937-1.  Wright, Marshall (2000). The National Association of Base Ball Players, 1857–1870. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. ISBN 0-7864-0779-4.  Lund, John (2008). 1908: A Look at the World Champion 1908 Chicago Cubs. Scotts Valley, CA. ISBN 1-4382-5018-5.  Stone, Steve; Rozner, Barry (1999). Where's Harry?. Taylor Publishing. ISBN 0-87833-233-2.  Stout, Glenn; Johnson, Richard (2007). The Cubs. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. ISBN 978-0-618-59500-6.  Vitti, Jim (2010). Chicago
Chicago
Cubs: Baseball
Baseball
on Catalina Island. Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 0-7385-7795-2. 

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White Sox 1906 World Series
World Series
champions Chicago
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Preceded by Kansas City Royals 2015 World Series
World Series
champions Chicago
Chicago
Cubs 2016 Succeeded by Houston Astros 2017

Achievements

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National League
champions Chicago
Chicago
White Stockings 1876 Succeeded by Boston Red Caps 1877

Preceded by Providence Grays 1879 National League
National League
champions Chicago
Chicago
White Stockings 1880–1882 Succeeded by Boston Beaneaters 1883

Preceded by Providence Grays 1884 National League
National League
champions Chicago
Chicago
Colts 1885–1886 Succeeded by Detroit Wolverines 1887

Preceded by New York Giants 1905 National League
National League
champions Chicago
Chicago
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Preceded by Pittsburgh Pirates 1909 National League
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champions Chicago
Chicago
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Preceded by New York Giants 1917 National League
National League
champions Chicago
Chicago
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Preceded by St. Louis Cardinals 1928 National League
National League
champions Chicago
Chicago
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Preceded by St. Louis Cardinals 1930 and 1931 National League
National League
champions Chicago
Chicago
Cubs 1932 Succeeded by New York Giants 1933

Preceded by St. Louis Cardinals 1934 National League
National League
champions Chicago
Chicago
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Preceded by New York Giants 1936 and 1937 National League
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champions Chicago
Chicago
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Albert Spalding
(1876–1877) Bob Ferguson (1878) Cap Anson
Cap Anson
(1879) Silver Flint
Silver Flint
(1879) Cap Anson
Cap Anson
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Frank Chance
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Johnny Evers
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Hank O'Day
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Roger Bresnahan
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Joe Tinker
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Johnny Evers
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Bill Killefer
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Rabbit Maranville
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Rogers Hornsby
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Charlie Grimm
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Gabby Hartnett
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Charlie Grimm
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Frankie Frisch
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Phil Cavarretta
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Stan Hack
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Bob Scheffing
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Charlie Grimm
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Lou Boudreau
(1960) College of Coaches: Vedie Himsl (1961), Harry Craft
Harry Craft
(1961), El Tappe (1961–1962), Lou Klein (1961–1962, 1965), Charlie Metro (1962), Bob Kennedy
Bob Kennedy
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Leo Durocher
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Whitey Lockman
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Joey Amalfitano
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Joey Amalfitano
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John Vukovich
(1986) Gene Michael
Gene Michael
(1986–1987) Frank Lucchesi
Frank Lucchesi
(1987) Don Zimmer
Don Zimmer
(1988–1991) Joe Altobelli
Joe Altobelli
(1991) Jim Essian (1991) Jim Lefebvre
Jim Lefebvre
(1992–1993) Tom Trebelhorn
Tom Trebelhorn
(1994) Jim Riggleman
Jim Riggleman
(1995–1999) Don Baylor
Don Baylor
(2000–2002) Rene Lachemann
Rene Lachemann
(2002) Bruce Kimm (2002) Dusty Baker
Dusty Baker
(2003–2006) Lou Piniella
Lou Piniella
(2007–2010) Mike Quade
Mike Quade
(2010–2011) Dale Sveum
Dale Sveum
(2012–2013) Rick Renteria
Rick Renteria
(2014) Joe Maddon
Joe Maddon
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Chicago
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Cubs 1907 World Series
1907 World Series
champions

Mordecai Brown Frank Chance Johnny Evers Del Howard Johnny Kling Carl Lundgren Pat Moran Orval Overall Jack Pfiester Ed Reulbach Frank Schulte Jimmy Sheckard Jimmy Slagle Harry Steinfeldt Joe Tinker Heinie Zimmerman

Manager Frank Chance

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Cubs 1908 World Series
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champions

Mordecai Brown Frank Chance Johnny Evers Chick Fraser Solly Hofman Del Howard Johnny Kling Carl Lundgren Orval Overall Jack Pfiester Ed Reulbach Frank Schulte Jimmy Sheckard Harry Steinfeldt Joe Tinker Heinie Zimmerman

Manager Frank Chance

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Cubs 2016 World Series
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3 David Ross 5 Albert Almora 6 Carl Edwards Jr. 8 Chris Coghlan 9 Javier Báez
Javier Báez
(NLCS MVP) 12 Kyle Schwarber 17 Kris Bryant
Kris Bryant
(NL MVP) 18 Ben Zobrist
Ben Zobrist
( World Series
World Series
MVP) 22 Jason Heyward 24 Dexter Fowler 27 Addison Russell 28 Kyle Hendricks 34 Jon Lester
Jon Lester
(NLCS MVP) 37 Travis Wood 38 Mike Montgomery 40 Willson Contreras 41 John Lackey 44 Anthony Rizzo 46 Pedro Strop 47 Miguel Montero 49 Jake Arrieta 52 Justin Grimm 54 Aroldis Chapman 56 Héctor Rondón 68 Jorge Soler

Manager 70 Joe Maddon

Bench Coach 4 Dave Martinez First Base Coach 16 Brandon Hyde Third Base Coach 1 Gary Jones Pitching Coach 25 Chris Bosio Hitting Coach 11 John Mallee Assistant Hitting Coach 77 Eric Hinske Bullpen
Bullpen
Coach 35 Lester Strode Bullpen
Bullpen
Catcher 95 Chad Noble Catching Coach 58 Mike Borzello Quality Control Coach 64 Henry Blanco

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American League

East

Baltimore Orioles Boston Red Sox New York Yankees Tampa Bay Rays Toronto Blue Jays

Central

Chicago
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West

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East

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Marlins New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies Washington Nationals

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Chicago
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Chicago
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Chicago
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Chicago
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Chicago
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Chicago
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Chicago
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Chicago
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Chicago
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Chicago
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Softball

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Chicago
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Chicago
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Illinois
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Illinois
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Laureus World Sports Award for Team of the Year
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Chicago
Cubs

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