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1910 Chicago Cubs season

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1910 Chicago Cubs
1910 National League Champions
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Owner(s) Charles Murphy
Manager(s) Frank Chance
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The 1910 Chicago Cubs season was the 39th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 35th in the National League and the 18th at West Side Park. The Cubs finished first in the National League with a record of 104–50, 13 games ahead of the second place New York Giants. The team was defeated four games to one by the Philadelphia Athletics in the 1910 World Series.

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It was a weak ground ball to third base that ended over a century’s worth of baseball futility. On November 3, 2016, the Chicago Cubs won their first World Series in 108 years. Much like the Red Sox win in 2004 that also put the brakes on a similar streak, it propelled the Cubs into another stratosphere in terms of popularity. The following April, according to the Los Angeles Times, four of the top five player jersey sales were Cubs. Players appeared on talk shows and late night comedy sketches. Even the backup catcher had his moment in the sun, with a second-place finish on Dancing with the Stars. Despite this popularity, many people don’t know why the Chicago Cubs are named after a baby bear. After all, there are no longer any wild bears in Illinois. Here’s the story of how they got that name and the sad story of their real life bear mascots who used to join them in the dugout. Cap_ansonIn February of 1876, Chicago businessman William Hulbert (known for grocery stores and selling coal) formed the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs. His Chicago White Stockings – called such because of the color of their uniforms and socks – were one of eight charter members, along with teams from Boston, Cincinnati, Louisville, New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis and Hartford. Play began in April that year with A.G. Spalding (yes, of ball fame) as player/manager. Later that year, the White Stockings would become the first National League champions. For the next decade and half, the Chicago White Stockings dominated the league. They were lead by baseball’s first superstar, Adrian Anson. In 1879, he was also named their captain and manager, forever earning him the nickname “Cap.” The team continued to win pennant after pennant with Anson gaining more and more influence with the club. By 1890, he even owned 13% of the Chicago White Stockings. That same year, a whole slew of players from every National League team left the league to form a more player-friendly one they dubbed, rather unimaginatively, the “Players League.” Because of this, Anson was forced to fill his roster with young, inexperienced players. So, the newspapers mockingly dubbed them the “Anson’s Colts.” It’s important to emphasize here that at this point in baseball history, team names weren’t necessarily created by anyone involved with the team. They were often, as we would call it, “crowdsourced” – perhaps a newspaper writer or a fan noticed a particular trait about the club and would conceive a nickname based on that. Unsurprisingly from this, they could be known by several different names. As for “Anson’s Colts,” the name got shortened to simply the Chicago Colts. Anson continued to manage and play for the Colts during the 1890s, but his numbers dwindled slightly from his insane peak, and his arrogance (like insisting that he play every day despite being 45 and somewhat past his prime) rubbed players the wrong way. His contract finally expired on February 1, 1898 and the team refused to resign him. Anson was mad, but his great playing career was finally over. As a snide joke, local newspapers began calling the team the Chicago Orphans in that they lost their “father” Anson. That name, too, stuck for several years. They were also sometimes called the “Rainmakers” because a number of their games were rained out that year. The Orphans (though, they were still called the Colts at times) were not a particularly memorable team from 1898 to 1901, even though they did feature a young Frank Chance (of “Tinkers to Evers to Chance” fame). In 1901, the upstart American League raided talent from the National League, leaving Chicago media to again joke about their ball club’s nickname. They now called them the “Remnants.” By 1902, they were earning a reputation for filling the holes left by the American League with young players or, as veterans sometime called them, “cubs.” In a Chicago Daily News article published on March 27, 1902 about the upcoming season, the writer referred to the team as the “Chicago Cubs,” with the title of the piece being “Selee Places His Men – Manager of the Cubs is in Doubt Only on Two Positions.” It goes on, “Frank Selee will devote his strongest efforts on the team work of the new Cubs this year…” Now, it was common at this time to call young baseball players “cubs,” but what made this a little different was the choice to capitalize the “C”– making it a proper noun. There has been some speculation that this wasn’t intentional, but perhaps a typesetting error, given that the article content seems to refer to the young players on the team as the “cubs” and not the whole team. However, the sub-headline of the piece would seem to refer to the whole team, so perhaps it was intentional. Either way, this caught on and for the next several years, “Cubs” became one of the accepted names of the team, along with “Colts,” “Orphans,” “Remnants,” and “Microbes,” with the latter originally intended as an insult because of the ongoing dispute between St. Louis and Chicago about the flow of the bacteria-filled Chicago River. However, by 1907, the team was almost universally referred to as the Chicago Cubs. chicago-cubsThe next year, in 1908, the team embraced the name and started taking it literally. Despite having won the World Series in 1907 and the year previous in 1906 setting a record of winning 116 games (a mark only matched in baseball history by the 2001 Seattle Mariners), they thought it was necessary to have a good luck charm in the form of a mascot. (At the time, team mascots were taken very seriously as genuine good luck charms, rather than just a marketing move for kids and the like.) Thus, they brought aboard a Boston bull terrier puppy named Bud. However, fans didn’t take to a dog being the mascot of a team commonly called the Cubs. So, the team got a person and put them in a weird-looking polar bear suit. Fans liked that a lot more, though history wasn’t kind to the photos of the team with the polar bear. In 1910, the team got a real live cub to be their mascot. That didn’t work out so well, however. At the beginning of the season, they had a baby black bear shipped from Spokane, Washington to Chicago. Predictably, the bear was cranky and liked to bite the players in the dugout. So, the team took the bear cub and put him in the dugout of their hated rivals, the Giants. Their intentions for the bear were not kind. Chicago baseball writer Charles Dryden wrote at the time, “We hope [Giants manager John McGraw] kicked the stuffing out of the little beast to get even, for it has been biting the regular Cubs on the ankle and we have enough cripples on the team.” chicago-cub2A few years later, the team brought in an Alaskan black baby bear named Clara Maduro. Despite the cute photos, the Chicago Tribune reported that the bear was “too strong and determined in its ways to be among peaceable people.” They were forced to send the bear to the Lincoln Park Zoo. In 1916, a Montana bear that was on its way to the stadium to entertain fans escaped its crate and made its way into a tailoring factory. It was promptly shot. But the team was undeterred and got another bear mascot, named Joa, who lived in a simple circular cage outside of the Weeghman Park (later, renamed to Wrigley Field). As you might imagine from the conditions in which he lived, he was surely, once clawed a player and was often seen chewing his steel chain in an attempt to free himself. Nearly a century later, the Cubs debuted another bear mascot – his name was Clark and he was animated. The origin story the team concocted was that the cartoon Clark had heard stories growing up of his great-grandfather Joa’s exploits as the Cubs’ mascot and was inspired to follow in his footsteps… Of course, had he actually known anything about Joa’s sad tale he might have run the other way instead. Nevertheless, after the team’s World Series win, Clark the Cub was seen partying with the team and marching in the celebration parade with them.


Regular season

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
Chicago Cubs 104 50 0.675 58–19 46–31
New York Giants 91 63 0.591 13 52–26 39–37
Pittsburgh Pirates 86 67 0.562 17½ 46–30 40–37
Philadelphia Phillies 78 75 0.510 25½ 40–36 38–39
Cincinnati Reds 75 79 0.487 29 39–37 36–42
Brooklyn Superbas 64 90 0.416 40 39–39 25–51
St. Louis Cardinals 63 90 0.412 40½ 35–41 28–49
Boston Doves 53 100 0.346 50½ 29–48 24–52

Record vs. opponents

1910 National League Records

Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]
Boston 10–12 5–17 8–14–1 6–16–1 4–17–2 8–14 12–10
Brooklyn 12–10 6–16 7–15 8–14 9–13–1 10–12–1 12–10
Chicago 17–5 16–6 16–6 14–8 14–8 12–10 15–7
Cincinnati 14–8–1 15–7 6–16 8–14 10–12–1 10–12 12–10
New York 16–6–1 14–8 8–14 14–8 15–7 12–10 12–10
Philadelphia 17–4–2 13–9–1 8–14 12–10–1 7–15 11–11 10–12
Pittsburgh 14–8 12–10–1 10–12 12–10 10–12 11–11 17–4
St. Louis 10–12 10–12 7–15 10–12 10–12 12–10 4–17

Notable transactions


1910 Chicago Cubs
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters


Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Johnny Kling 91 297 80 .269 2 32
1B Frank Chance 88 295 88 .298 0 36
2B Johnny Evers 125 433 114 .263 0 28
SS Joe Tinker 134 473 136 .288 3 69
3B Harry Steinfeldt 129 448 113 .252 2 58
OF Jimmy Sheckard 144 507 130 .256 5 51
OF Solly Hofman 136 477 155 .325 3 86
OF Frank Schulte 151 559 168 .301 10 68

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Heinie Zimmerman 99 335 95 .284 3 38
Jimmy Archer 98 313 81 .259 2 4
Ginger Beaumont 76 172 46 .267 2 22
Tom Needham 31 76 14 .184 0 10
John Kane 32 62 15 .242 1 12
Fred Luderus 24 54 11 .204 0 3
Doc Miller 1 1 0 .000 0 0


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mordecai Brown 46 295.1 25 14 1.86 143
King Cole 33 239.2 20 4 1.80 114
Harry McIntire 28 176 13 9 3.07 65
Ed Reulbach 24 173.1 12 8 3.12 55
Orval Overall 23 144.2 12 6 2.68 92
Jack Pfiester 14 100.1 6 3 1.79 34

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Lew Richie 30 130 11 4 2.70 53
Rube Kroh 6 34.1 3 1 4.46 16

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Big Jeff Pfeffer 13 1 0 0 3.27 11
Orlie Weaver 7 1 1 0 3.66 22
Al Carson 2 0 0 0 4.05 2
Bill Foxen 2 0 0 0 9.00 2

1910 World Series

AL Philadelphia Athletics (4) vs. NL Chicago Cubs (1)

Game Score Date Location Attendance
1 Cubs – 1, Athletics – 4 October 17 Shibe Park 26,891
2 Cubs – 3, Athletics – 9 October 18 Shibe Park 24,597
3 Athletics – 12, Cubs – 5 October 20 West Side Park 26,210
4 Athletics – 3, Cubs – 4 (10 innings) October 22 West Side Park 19,150
5 Athletics – 7, Cubs – 2 October 23 West Side Park 27,374


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