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Cubs' milestone wins at home vs. Cardinals

The Cubs open a 4-game series against the Cardinals tomorrow with a doubleheader.

If the Cubs win 2 of the 4 contests, they will raise their all-time victory total at home against St. Louis in regular-season games to 700 -- the first time they have reached that number against any opposing team.

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It would be a nice historical booken for the Cubs to win both games today, since they also won twice when the teams squared off for the first time in Chicago, on May 14, 1892.

That day, the Cubs were widely known as the Colts and the Cardinals as the Browns.

In 1898, their matchup was the Orphans vs. the Browns.

In 1899, it was the Orphans vs. the Perfectos.

In 1900-02, it was the Orphans vs. the Cardinals.

And since 1903, it has been the Cubs vs. the Cardinals.

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Under those different names, they have met 1,190 times in Chicago, with the host team winning 698 games; the visitors, 534; and 8 ending in ties.

The Cubs' .567 winning percentage in those games is their second highest at home against any of their 7 National League rivals that existed in 1901, the first year of the Modern Era.

Their highest is .601, against the Braves, whom they have beaten 693 times, their second most wins.

Here are the Cubs' wins, losses and winning percentage against each of those 7 teams, ranked by number of wins:

Cardinals: 698-534, .567

Braves: 693-461, .601

Pirates: 674-592, .532

Phillies: 666-526, .559

Reds: 645-539, .545

Giants: 598-528, .515

Dodgers: 565-496, .533

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The Cardinals franchise began play in 1882 as a founding member of the American Association, a rival to the National League. That first year, they were called the Brown Stockings. The name was shortened to the Browns beginning in 1883.

They won 4 straight AA championship in 1885-88. After the first 2, they played a precursor to the World Series against the Cubs, then known as the White Stockings.

The 1885 series ended in acrimony, with each team having won 3 games and 1 ending in a tie.

A year later, the Browns won, 4 games to 2.

The Browns finished second, third and second from 1889-91, then were among 4 AA teams that were absorbed into the National League.

Those 4 teams finished 9th through 12th in the 12-team NL in 1892, with the Browns coming in 11th. They were no higher than 9th through 1899.

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They wound up fourth among 8 teams in 1901, the first year of the Modern Era, then ended the year in the upper half of the standings only 4 more times, never higher than third, until 1926, when they won the pennant and the World Series.

In the regular season that year, the Cardinals were 89-65, 2 games ahead of the runnerup Reds and 7 in front of the fourth-place Cubs.

But they were only 11-11 against the Cubs, with the Cubs going 6-5 against them in Chicago.

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Here is a brief look at the Cubs' first wins at home over the Cardinals, and their milestone victories at home against them since then.

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FIRST WINS AT HOME: May 14, 1892

The Colts opened the season on April 12 at St. Louis and spoiled the Browns' National League debut, 14-10.

They won their next, at Louisville, then lost 9 in a row, all on the road.

They won their home opener on April 29, against the Phillies, lost 2 of 3, then won 6 in a row before they hosted the Browns for the first time on a Saturday afternoon at South Side Park II.

The Colts chose to bat first in Game 1 of the doubleheader and quickly scored a run. The Browns tallied 2 in the bottom half, but the Colts regained the lead with a pair in the fourth, added 3 in the sixth and gained a 6-3 victory.

They made only 4 hits: a leadoff double by Cap Anson and 2-out, 2-run single by Pop Schriver in the fourth, then singles by Jimmy Cooney and pitcher Pat Luby that drove home all the runs in the sixth.

Luby gave up 5 hits, including a pair of RBI doubles.

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In Game 2, Cooney broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh with a single that followed a hit batsman and a bunt. The final score was 5-3.

Colts pitcher Ad Gumbert allowed 3 singles and a double.

From 1892 through 1900, the Cubs went 48-21-1 at home against St. Louis, including 5-1 in 1896, 6-0 in 1896 and 6-1 in 1899 against the misnamed Perfectos.

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100TH WIN: June 26, 1907

A Wednesday afternoon doubleheader at the West Side Grounds came about because an April 13 game was postponed due to unseasonable cold.

The milestone victory came in the opener.

The Cubs went into the game with a record of 46-11; the Cardinals, 15-46. The teams had played single games the previous Friday through Monday, with the Cubs winning them all.

So it came as no surprise when the Cubs scored 5 times in the first inning. But after tallying 1 run in the fourth, the Browns notched 5 more in the seventh to take a 6-5 lead.

And the Cubs were without right fielder Del Howard, who had been ejected for arguing a called third strike. With several possible reserves too banged up to play, Manager Frank Chance sent pitcher Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown to play right field the rest of the way.

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Johnny Evers was still in the lineup, though. He drew a 1-out walk in the seventh and raced home with the tying run on a triple by Johnny Kling.

Jimmy Sheckard led off the eighth with a double and moved to third on a bunt. Sheckard headed home when the next batter grounded to the third baseman. The fielder's thrown arrived ahead of the runner, but the catcher dropped the ball, giving the Cubs what proved to be the winning run.

They won Game 2 as well, 4-1, to complete a 6-game sweep of the Cardinals.

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200TH WIN: July 1, 1922

Teams combined for 26 hits, 5 walks and 5 errors in a back-and-forth game at Cubs Park, today's Wrigley Field.

The Cubs trailed, 1-0, after the top of the first but scored single runs in the second and third to lead, 2-1.

The Cards tied the score with a run in their half of the fourth. The Cubs matched that run, making it 3-2.

Midway through the fifth, St. Louis was on top, 4-3. When the inning ended, it was 4-4.

The Cubs regained the lead with 2 in the sixth.

The Cards pulled even again, 6-6, with a pair in the top of the seventh. The second run scored on a 2-out single, on which another runner was thrown out at home to preserve the tie.

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Lou North took over on the mound for St. Louis in the bottom of the inning and walked the first batter he faced, Ray Grimes. Turner Barber singled Grimes to third, then George Maisel singled, too.

His hit scored Grimes, and when the center fielder threw wildly to third, Barber also scored. Maisel, though, tried to take third and was thrown out.

Making the first out at third, a cardinal (not Cardinal) sin, did no lasting harm to the Cubs, however.

Grover Cleveland Alexander, who had been laboring all game, gave up a single and walk in the eighth, then stranded the runners via a groundout and fly ball.

In the ninth, he allowed back-to-back 1-out singles -- the 13th and 14th hits against him -- but coaxed a double play that secured the Cubs' 8-6 victory.

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300TH WIN: Aug. 16, 1938

A loss to the Cardinals in the series opener the previous day had dropped the Cubs (58-54) into a third-place tie, 6-5 games behind the front-running Pirates (63-39).

The Cardinals (45-58) were mired in seventh, 18.5 games to the rear, but they gave the Cubs another battle in the opener of a doubleheader.

Their first batter homered off Bill Lee, then the Cards chalked up 2 runs in the fifth on 3 singles. They also stole 3 bases in the inning.

In the Cubs' half, Stan Hack walked with 1 away, then Billy Herman, Ripper Collins and Augie Galan all singled, making the score 3-2.

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It was 4-2 when Hack drew a leadoff walk in the ninth. He was forced out by Herman, but Collins followed with a triple and raced home on a hit by Galan, tying the game.

The Cubs left the bases loaded in the 10th. In the 11th, the first 2 batters were retired. Ken O'Dea kept the inning going with a single, setting the stage for a game-ending triple by Frank Demaree.

It was the Cubs' 10th walk-off triple, but only their third of the Modern Era. They have had only 2 more, by Phil Cavarretta, in 1941, and Bobby Sturgeon, in 1947.

Other teams have had 150 since Sturgeon's, most recently by Kevin Kiermaier of the Rays against the Blue Jays on July 26, 2020.

The Cubs lost Game 2 to the Cardinals, 5-2. After 3 more losses, they were 59-51, in fourth place, 9 games out of first. Then they went 30-12-2 the rest of the way to win the pennant, clinching it with a 10-3 victory at St. Louis in Game 2 of a doubleheader on the next-to-last day of the season.

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400TH WIN: Aug. 12, 1956

Yet again, a milestone win at home against the Cardinals came in the opener of a doubleheader.

This time, the victory came a little more easily than those that had preceded it.

Jim King opened the second inning with a home run.

In the third, 2 singles and walk loaded the bases. Monte Irvin walked, too, forcing in a run and knocking out Cards starter Bob Blaylock.

King welcomed reliever Lindy McDaniel with a single that scored 2 runners, giving the Cubs a 4-0 lead.

A 1-out homer by Irvine in the fifth made it 5-0.

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Cubs pitcher Bob Rush gave up 2 runs in the sixth on back-to-back doubles, then consecutive groundouts.

With 2 out and nobody on in the bottom half, Eddie Miksis, Doak Hoak and Dee Fondy singled.

That ended the scoring in the 6-2 contest. Rush worked around 9 hits and a walk to go the distance.

The Cubs were unable to complete a sweep in Game 2, but they did not lose, either. The teams battled to a scoreless tie, halted by darkness.

It was the Cubs' sixth 0-0 game of the Modern Era and their first since 1929. They have not had another.

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500TH WIN: May 19, 1978

The Cubs wasted no time jumping on Cardinals starter John Denny.

Ivan de Jesus walked and scored on a triple by Greg Gross, who came home on a fly ball by Bill Buckner. Dave Kingman singled and came around on a triple by Bobby Murcer.

Those proved to be the only runs the Cubs would need, as they went on to win, 6-2.

The other runs came on a triple by Gross and sacrifice fly by Kingman in the third; a single and steal by Kingman, then a 2-out hit by Manny Trillo in the sixth; and a home run by de Jesus in the seventh.

Dave Roberts scattered 6 hits in 7 innings, walking 2 and striking out none, to get the win. Willie Hernandez gave up a hit in 2 innings of relief.

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The Cubs have had at least 3 triples in a game at home just 42 since 1901, and only 6 times since win No. 500 at home against the Cardinals.

Two of those 6 were the next day, May 20, and May 25. The others were in 1981, 1988, 1997 and 2002.

Six players have had 2 triples at home since Gross in the 500th win: Ryne Sandberg (1988), Mike Fontenot (2010), Starlin Castro (2011), David DeJesus (2012), Nate Schierholtz (2013) and Willson Contreras (2018).

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600TH WIN: May 6, 2002

The Cubs came from behind twice to gain their most recent milestone victory against the Cardinals.

A pair of 1-out singles and a 2-out double gave St. Louis a 1-0 lead in the top of the third.

In the bottom, Lieber singled with 1 away, took second on a groundout and moved to third on a single by Bill Mueller.

Sammy Sosa walked on 4 pitches, loading the bases for Fred McGriff, whose double put the Cubs in front, 2-1. Moises Alou smacked the next pitch for another 2-run double.

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St. Louis closed to within 4-3 on a 2-run homer in the fourth, then went back in front, 5-4, on a 2-out homer by Jim Edmonds in the fifth.

Mueller tied the game with a 1-out solo homer in the bottom of the inning.

The score remained 5-5 going to the bottom of the ninth. The first Cub grounded out. Alex Gonzalez took a ball, then slammed the next pitch into the seats beyond the wall in left-center, to give the Cubs' their 600th victory against their arch rivals.

Ninety-eight more have followed, giving the Cubs 4 chances this weekend to record win No. 700.

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