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10 moments that defined Sutter's career

October 14, 2022

There are a few select bullpen forefathers who paved the way for baseball's era of late-inning specialization. Bruce Sutter, who passed away at 69, is on that short list of arms who blazed the trail for today's closers. Sutter was a workhorse closer of the 1970s and '80s who, along

The best baseball players born on Oct. 7

October 7, 2022

Who are the best players born on each day of the year? We have a list for every day on the calendar. Here’s a subjective ranking of the top five for Oct. 7: 1) Mookie Betts (1992) One of the best all-around talents in the game, Betts was selected by

The best baseball players born on Sept. 26

September 25, 2022

Who are the best players born on each day of the year? We have a list for every day on the calendar. Here’s a subjective ranking of the top five for Sept. 26: 1) Bobby Shantz (1925) The 1952 American League Most Valuable Player after winning 24 games for Philadelphia

These are top moments of Ryne Sandberg's career

September 18, 2022

Ryne Sandberg may have been the player most responsible for transforming the Chicago Cubs from a farce to force. Sandberg’s overwhelming 1984 performance led the Cubs to the National League East title, which propelled them to the postseason for the first time since 1945. Chicago qualified for the postseason only

The top Cubs Draft pick from every season

July 28, 2022

CHICAGO -- The Cubs' all-time picks in the MLB Draft range from a National League MVP to plenty who never saw The Show. There are All-Stars and October heroes, as well as cup-of-coffee players you probably have forgotten. Going back to the first June selection process in 1965, here is

10 moments that defined Williams' career

June 15, 2022

CHICAGO -- Billy Williams' swing was sweet and his production steady. His career was full of achievements and jaw-dropping moments that made him a fan favorite among Cubs fans and a no-doubt inductee for baseball's Hall of Fame. For the beloved Cubs teams of the 1960s and '70s, Williams was

10 moments that defined Maddux's career

April 13, 2022

When it comes to pitching as an art form -- one built around planning and precision, rather than pure power -- Greg Maddux is baseball's preeminent ace. He left a long line of batters perplexed on his path to the Hall of Fame. A franchise icon for both the Cubs

10 highlights that defined Ron Santo's career

February 24, 2022

Ron Santo will forever have a place in the hearts of Cubs fans for his dynamic play on the field and then his passion in the broadcast booth. And while it took time, Santo will forever have a home in baseball's Hall of Fame. Santo was inducted posthumously into the

10 moments that defined Lee Smith's career

@zachsilver
February 17, 2022

When Lee Smith called it a career after the 1997 season, there was no closer more fruitful in baseball history. He held the record in career saves, with 478. He acquired at least 30 saves 10 times and 40 saves three times, leading the NL four times (and the Majors

Five Cubs greats who aren't in the Hall

January 27, 2022

CHICAGO -- The Baseball Hall of Fame is full of all-time great Cubs. When Lee Smith gained entry most recently, he joined an impressive class that includes the likes of Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Ryne Sandberg and Fergie Jenkins. The list goes on, but could it have been

The best baseball players born on Sept. 25

@jdolezar
January 26, 2022

Who are the best players born on each day of the year? We have a list for every day on the calendar. Here’s a subjective ranking of the top five for Sept. 25:

The best baseball players born on Sept. 23

January 24, 2022

Who are the best players born on each day of the year? We have a list for every day on the calendar. Here’s a subjective ranking of the top five for Sept. 23:

The best baseball players born on Jan. 12

@oapostrophesd
January 12, 2022

Who are the best players born on each day of the year? We have a list for every day on the calendar. Here’s a subjective ranking of the top five for Jan. 12:

Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins' top 10 moments

December 12, 2021

Tom Seaver. Bob Gibson. Jim Bunning. Gaylord Perry. Jim Maloney. Larry Dierker. Phil Niekro. They were among the starting pitchers that Ferguson "Fergie" Jenkins routinely faced when he was the Chicago Cubs’ ace right-hander in the late 1960s and early ‘70s. This group consisted of fellow staff aces and included

These players toed both sides of Cards-Cubs

Long list of greats have played for each faction of historic rivalry
@zachsilver
December 9, 2021

The rivalry between the Cardinals and the Cubs is more deep-seated than its novelty has to be stated. The Lou and the Windy City hold a special place in each other’s hearts in that the space is rather void of positivity. Some all-time great games, matchups and moments have been

10 players you forgot were once Cubs

December 1, 2021

CHICAGO -- When it is all said and done and Jon Lester calls it a career at some point down the road, the veteran pitcher will be celebrated for his work both in Boston and Chicago. Lester won a World Series with the Red Sox and then did the same

The best Cubs pitching season of every era

December 1, 2021

CHICAGO -- The nature of pitching has changed over the many decades of baseball's history. Not only have aspects of the mound been altered, but the abilities of the arms and the way staffs are constructed have also evolved over time. That makes identifying the greatest single-season performance by a

How they came to be called the Cubs

December 1, 2021

CHICAGO -- For more than a century, the baseball team on the North Side of Chicago has been dubbed the Cubs. How that name came to be adopted as the official nickname is actually linked to that other club on the South Side. Following the formation of the American League

Cubs' all-time retired numbers

December 1, 2021

CHICAGO -- When the Cubs retired Ron Santo's No. 10 in 2003, it was before the third baseman was inducted into Cooperstown. "This is my Hall of Fame," Santo told a boisterous crowd at Wrigley Field that day. Santo was eventually inducted into Cooperstown, but his number is one of

Best position-player seasons in Cubs history

December 1, 2021

CHICAGO -- One season can change the course of a career. It can lead to history or a place in a franchise lore or baseball legend status. The statistics can be held up as facts, and the players and their stories may eventually veer closer to myth. For the Cubs,

The best Cubs to wear each uniform number

December 1, 2021

CHICAGO -- The flags that fly atop the foul poles at Wrigley Field feature the most recognizable numbers in Cubs history -- digits no player will don again on the North Side. There is No. 10 for Ron Santo and No. 14 for Ernie Banks. Ryne Sandberg's No. 23 ripples

10 biggest trades in Cubs history

December 1, 2021

Hall of Famers. Prolific home run hitters. Critical pieces to World Series champions. Each of those descriptions fit players who were added via trade throughout the Cubs' long and storied history. With such a wealth of history, it is a daunting task to try to identify the best trades in

These Cubs greats make 1-year dream team

December 1, 2021

CHICAGO -- Dreaming up an all-time team is a fun exercise. There are Hall of Famers with long track records and one-year wonders who captivated fans. Some players stacked up traditional statistics, while others dominated advanced metrics. Performances in early eras can look unfathomable when compared to modern-day production. Still,

Looking back on the Cubs' no-hitters

June 25, 2021

The Cubs have thrown 17 no-hitters in franchise history. The team has employed 14 pitchers who went on to make the Hall of Fame, but none of them are on that short list of those who threw no-nos for the club. All-time greats Fergie Jenkins, Pete Alexander and Mordecai "Three

Tuffy, Fergie top Cubs' Opening Day feats

March 31, 2021

CHICAGO -- It is the only day on the baseball calendar when every team is undefeated. Optimism abounds and on-pace-for numbers can border on comical with an amazing performance. Opening Day is when the long, winding road to the final pitch of the World Series begins. It's a time for