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Chicago Cubs History
The Cubs are the only team to play continuously in the same city since the formation of the National League in 1876. The other surviving charter member of the National League, the Braves, has played in three cities: Boston, Milwaukee and Atlanta.
The success and fame of the Cincinnati Red Stockings of 1869, baseball's first openly all-professional team, led to a minor explosion of openly professional teams in 1870, each with the singular goal of defeating the Red Stockings. A number of them adopted variants on that name and color, and it happens that the Chicagos adopted white as their primary color. After a summer of individually arranged contests among the various teams, the time was right for the organization of the first professional league, the National Association, in 1871.
The Chicago White Stockings were close contenders all summer, but disaster struck in October 1871 with the Great Chicago Fire, which destroyed the club's ballpark, uniforms, and other possessions. The club completed its schedule with borrowed uniforms, finishing second in the National Association, just 2 games behind, but it was compelled to drop out of the league during the city's recovery period until being revived in 1874.
The Cubs have the longest dry spell between championships of any team in the four major North American sports leagues (MLB, NFL, NHL, NBA), having failed to win a World Series since 1908. The Cubs have not even won a National League pennant since 1945, and they finished in the second division for 20 consecutive years beginning in 1947.
The long history of the Cubs is a trichotomy. For their first 80 years, prior to and including 1945, the Cubs were generally assumed to be contenders, playing well and winning the occasional pennant. For the next 38 years, the Cubs were the driest team in baseball, never making the playoffs once. Since 1984, the "baseball gods" have granted the Cubs just an occasional glimmer of hope.
The Cubs came out of the gate hot in 2006, but an injury to All-Star first baseman Derrek Lee sent the team into a tailspin of historic proportions. In early May, the team set a franchise record for offensive futility by scoring only 13 runs in 11 games. On two separate occasions within a month, the Cubs tied a team record by allowing 8 home runs in a single game. On July 16, the Cubs had a 5-2 lead over the National League record leading New York Mets before giving up an 11-run rally to them in the sixth inning, 8 of which were scored on grand slams by Cliff Floyd and Carlos Beltran, the first time the Cubs have ever given up two grand slams in a single inning. The 11 runs were the largest number of runs ever scored in a single inning by a Mets team. The Cubs finished the season 66-96; they have now decreased their win total each year by at least 10 each year beginning in 2004.
After a rough start in the first part of the 2007 season, the Cubs were able to overcome the Milwaukee Brewers (who had led the division for most of the season) through an inspired stretch of baseball in June and July. After a less-than-impressive August, the Cubs got over the hump in September, clinching the Central Division on September 28 in Cincinnati, insuring their first post-season campaign since the disastrous 2003 playoffs. The Cubs were swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Division Series.
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