Coming off a 107-win season and playing in their fourth World Series in seven years, the Bronx Bombers easily swept aside the Cubs.The series is best known for Babe Ruth’s “Called Shot” in Game 3, when the legendary slugger allegedly called his own home run at Wrigley Field, but it was Lou Gehrig (.529, three home runs, eight RBIs) who really doomed Chicago.The next day, the two teams were tied at five going into the ninth.With darkness falling and no lights at Wrigley, the umpires ruled that the game would be stopped after the ninth and, if still tied, replayed the next day.After several years of sub-.500 mediocrity, the Cubs unexpectedly took the NL pennant in 1945 with a major league-best 98 wins.Led by league MVP Phil Cavarretta, Chicago featured one of the best offenses in baseball, and the pitching staff’s 2.98 ERA was second best in the league.After five years in the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, the Cubs (then known as the White Stockings) left the league to join the nascent National League, which had been formed in part by team financier William Hulbert.Behind Hall of Fame infielder Cap Anson, the Cubs were one of the NL’s early powerhouses, finishing first in the league six times in its first 11 years of existence.
That same year, team president Bill Veeck suggested planting ivy on the outfield walls as part of team owner P. Wrigley’s desire to make the stadium look more like a park.
By the end of the 19th century, the Chicago team had dropped its White Stockings name, going as the Colts from 1890 to ‘97 and then as the Orphans (a reference to Anson’s departure after the ‘97 season) from ‘98 to 1902.
It was in that year that the Chicago Daily News first began to refer to the team as the “Cubs,” in reference to the roster’s abundance of young players.
Chicago’s five starting pitchers—Brown, Orval Overall, Jack Pfiester, Carl Lundgren and Ed Reulbach—each posted an ERA under 2.00 in 192 innings or more.
In the Series, all but Lundgren got a start as the Cubs held the Tigers to just six runs.