Category: Cubs History

Northside Nostalgia 1940-50

Northside Nostalgia 1940-50
Northside Nostalgia Part 1: The Beginning Part 2: 1870-1900 Part 3: 1900-1910 Part 4: 1910-1920 Part 5: 1920-1930 Part 6: 1930-1940 Baseball at War After three pennants in the 30’s the Cubs struggled early the next decade. They failed to break the 80 win plateau from 1940-44 as the stars of the past generation began... Read more »

Northside Nostalgia: 1930-40

Northside Nostalgia: 1930-40
Northside Nostalgia Part 1: The Beginning Part 2: 1870-1900 Part 3: 1900-1910 Part 4: 1910-1920 Part 5: 1920-1930 Called Shot? The Cubs carried over their success in 1929 to the 1930’s, eventually going to three World Series in the decade. Hack Wilson and Rogers Hornsby faded from the scene, but new stars emerged. 1932 was... Read more »

Northside Nostalgia: 1920-1930

Northside Nostalgia: 1920-1930
Northside Nostalgia Part 1: The Beginning Part 2: 1870-1900 Part 3: 1900-1910 Part 4: 1910-1920   The Double Bill’s Era As baseball entered the roaring 20’s, the Cubs had a changing of the guard at the top. In 1921, William Wrigley became majority owner of the team. This began the 60 year ownership of the... Read more »
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Northside Nostalgia: 1910-1920

Northside Nostalgia: 1910-1920
Northside Nostalgia Part 1: The Beginning Northside Nostalgia Part 2: 1870-1900 Northside Nostalgia Part 3: 1900-1910 We started our look back at Cubs history through the decades last offseason. This year I’m going to take over the job all by myself. My goal is to make it all the way to 2010 this winter. As... Read more »

Northside Nostalgia: 1900-10

Northside Nostalgia: 1900-10
Northside Nostalgia Part 1: The Beginning Northside Nostalgia Part 2: 1870-1900 Michael Ernst has done a great job so far covering Cubs history. I’ll try to match his great work in my articles, hopefully I can come close. Anyway lets get on to the 20th Century. Worst To First If you think the Theo Epstein... Read more »

Cap Anson and the erection of the color barrier in baseball

Cap Anson and the erection of the color barrier in baseball
AUTHOR’S NOTE: The following article contains offensive language. I have also removed the “Northside Nostalgia” title from this entry in the series covering Cubs franchise history since the optics associated with that particular word are inappropriate for such a topic. I will resume the use of that framing title with the next entry in the series, but I... Read more »
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Northside Nostalgia: 1870-1900

Northside Nostalgia: 1870-1900
Northside Nostalgia Part 1: The Beginning Today marks the anniversary of the founding of the National League on February 2nd, 1876, making it a fortuitous time to continue our look back at the early history of the Cubs franchise given the vital role the team and its owner played in the league’s creation. It is a journey... Read more »

Farewell to a Cubs Killer

Farewell to a Cubs Killer
There continues to be only crumbs for fans to digest in offseason news. The latest tidbit is that the Milwaukee Brewers have made an offer to Yu Darvish. There is no word about the size of the offer, and so it seems like the news only clouds the end date surrounding the top free agent... Read more »

Northside Nostalgia: The Beginning

Northside Nostalgia: The Beginning
As I cherished the Cubs World Series Championship last offseason the idea came to me to create a series of articles touching on the long history of the franchise and its devoted fanbase. Prior to ending the drought, history had weighed on all who rooted for this club. Past failures were always present and anyone... Read more »
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Is That Good?

Is That Good?
An old baseball saying goes to never check the standings until Memorial Day (h/t to Denizen Cubswin09 for reminding me of that adage). Now I am sure most of us have been checking prior to Memorial Day. After all who wants to wait until Christmas to unwrap their presents, but in case you have been... Read more »