History of the Chicago Cubs

The Chicago Cubs team is one of the oldest baseball teams in the major leagues. The team started in 1870 as the Chicago White Stockings and it went through several name changes until 1902 when it became the Chicago Cubs. The Cubs have not won a World Series in 100 years and the last National League pennant the team won was in 1945. The Cubs did, however, make it to the National League division series in 2007 and 2008, after winning the National League Central division title both seasons.

In 1871, the Chicago White Stockings became a member team of the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, but the Great Chicago Fire and the city's recovery from it ended the team's play for three years. By 1876, the Chicago White Stockings were the best team in the new National Base Ball League, winning the National League pennant that year. They faltered for a few years but came back strong in 1880 and dominated the National League for 5 out of 7 seasons from 1880 to 1886, winning the pennant in 1880-1882, 1885, and 1886.

After 1886, the Chicago White Stockings were no longer pennant winners, and they had a name change in 1890 to the Chicago Colts and another change eight years later to the Chicago Orphans. These changes, however, did not alter their game and they remained losers through 1905.

The Colts were sold in 1902 by Al Spalding to John Hart and his new Chicago Cubs started on their road back to victory. By 1906, the Cubs were the top team in the National League and they won the pennant in 1906, 1907, 1908, and 1910. They also recorded the Cub's only World Series wins in 1907 and 1908.

From 1910 until 1929, the Cubs had two changes of ownership and only one pennant win in 1918. By 1925, the owner of the Wrigley chewing gum company, William Wrigley, Jr., owned the Cubs and he invested money in acquiring top players, such as Rogers Hornsby. From 1929 until 1938, the Chicago Cubs won 4 National League pennants. They would win only one more pennant in 1945 and they would not have a winning record again after that win until 1967.

The 1967 and 1968 seasons gave the Cubs consecutive years of winning records, with top players on the team, including Ernie Banks, Ferguson Jenkins and Billy Williams. The following year, they fell far behind the Miracle Mets and ended the season eight games out of first place.

Although the Cubs had some winning seasons after 1969 with star players, including Bobby Murcer, Rick Sutcliffe and Ryne Sandberg, the Cubs did not see even a division title until 1984. Their only National League East division titles came in 1984 and 1989. The Cubs did not enter post-season play again until 1998 when they won the National League Wild Card. After that win, the Cubs again fell down in the standings for the next few years.

The new century has been kinder to the Cubs and they have won three National League Central division titles - in 2003, 2007 and 2008. Lou Piniella was hired as the Cubs manager in 2007 and he was acknowledged last year as a driving force behind the Cubs two consecutive division wins by being named the National League Manager of the Year for 2008.

Source for Information
Wikipedia - Chicago Cubs