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Win streak week, Day 1

Records are made to be broken, it often is said.

Most are. But some seem unbreakable.

Sept. 27 marked the 87th anniversary of the Cubs' 21st consecutive victory in 1935.

That not only is the longest run of wins in the National League's Modern Era, but in its entire, 147-season history.

The Cubs' 5-3 triumph at St. Louis that Friday afternoon completed a doubleheader sweep, enabling them to surpass the high of 20 in a row that they had established as the White Stockings in 1880.

The champion Whites ended that year 67-17.

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The Providence Grays had been the only NL team since then to win 20 straight, in 1884, en route to an 84-28-2 record.

The St. Louis Maroons also reached 20 that year -- their first 20, in the only season of the Union Association. They finished 94-19-1. After the league's collapse, they joined the NL, where they were 79-151-7 in 2 seasons before disbanding.

The White Stockings (87-25-1) enjoyed an 18-game run in 1885. So did the Giants (106-47-5) in 1904.

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JUNIOR CIRCUIT

No American League team won that many until 1947, when the Yankees won 19.

That was the AL record until 2002, when the Athletics won 20 in a row. before being shut out, 0-6, in their next game.

Five years later, Cleveland matched the feats of the A's, then the Cubs, with back-to-back wins over the Tigers.

The following day, Cleveland trailed the Royals, 1-2, when they came to bat in the bottom of the ninth. With 2 outs and a runner on first, Francisco Lindor lined a 2-out double that drove home the tying run.

A leadoff double, a walk and another double by Jay Bruce won the game in the 10th, giving Cleveland the all-time record of 22 in a row.

The next night, they lost, 3-4.

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A TIE IS NOT A WIN!

In September of 1916, the Giants went 26 games without a loss, but they had a tie between their 12th and 13th wins. In my view, that is an undefeated streak of 26, not a winning streak of 26.

The 1880 White Stockings had a win and a tie before the first of their 20 wins, for an undefeated streak of 22.

The Giants had posted 17 straight wins earlier in 1953, but they also had lost 8 in a row and had a stretch in which they went 1-11. They finished 86-66, in fourth place, 7 games behind the champion Brooklyn Robins.

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SAGA OF 1935

The longest losing streak by the 1935 Cubs was 4 games, which happened 3 times.

The third consisted of a 10-inning walk-off loss at Cincinnati on July 3, a pair of losses at home to the Cardinals on Independence Day, and a 0-4 loss at Pittsburgh a day later.

The shutout left the Cubs 38-32, in fourth place, 10.5 games out of first.

They won their next 7, lost 2, won 5, lost by 13-14 in 11 innings, then won 11 more.

The 24-3 surge, through Game 1 of a doubleheader at Pittsburgh on July 31, brought the Cubs to within half a game of the lead.

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In Game 2, the Cubs led, 4-0, midway through the fifth inning. They were ahead, 4-3, with 2 out and nobody on in the ninth, but a single and a double tied the game.

The Cubs scored with 2 out in the 10th, on a double followed by a single and throwing error.

In the bottom half, with 2 down, Gus Suhr of the Pirates tripled home a runner from first. He was thrown out trying for a home run, leaving the score knotted at 5.

Pittsburgh's first batter in the 11th singled. The second tripled, winning the game and ending the Cubs' winning streak.

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DOG DAYS

They treaded water through August, never winning or losing more than 2 games in a row. An 0-5 loss at Pittsburgh on the final day of the month made the Cubs 15-15 for the month and 77-51 for the second. They were third in the standings, 2.5 games out of first.

They began September with a win over the Pirates, then headed home, where they split a Labor Day doubleheader against the Reds.

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The next day, Sept. 4, the Cubs beat the Phillies, 8-2.

They beat them again the following 2 days, both in 3-2 walk-offs, the first in 11 innings and the second in 10.

A 4-0 win over Saturday completed a series sweep.

The Cubs swept 4 games against the Braves, too, then 4 against the Dodgers. A 4-1 win on Friday the 13th, their 10th straight, lifted them into a virtual tie for first, at 89-52 to the Cardinals' 87-50.

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WILD RIDE

In a crazy game on Saturday, the Cubs held an 8-0 lead after 3 innings and were up by 16-4 after scoring 8 runs in the fifth, but the final score was 18-14.

Combined with a loss by St. Louis, the victory gave the Cubs sole possession of the top spot in the standings.

They completed a sweep of the Dodgers, beat the Giants each day from Monday through Thursday, rested on Friday, then posted wins over the Pirates on Saturday and Sunday.

When the Cubs took on the Cardinals at St. Louis the following Wednesday, they were 3 games ahead of their hosts, 97-52 to 94-55, with 5 games to play.

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1 AND DONE

In the second inning, Phil Cavarretta hit a solo home run off Paul Dean.

That was all the Cubs needed, as Lon Warneke shut out the Cards on 2 hits.

The first came in the fourth, a 1-out single. The next batter flied to left and the runner was doubled off first.

With 1 out in the eighth, Warneke surrendered a double. A groundout moved the runner to third, but Warneke got Leo Durocher to fly to left.

Then he threw a 1-2-3 ninth, concluding a masterpiece in which he faced only 28 batters. He struck out 5 and walked none.

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COMEBACK CLINCHER

Rain on Thursday resulted in a doubleheader on Friday.

Dizzy Dean, winner of 28 games, started on the mound in Game 1 for the Cards, who gave him a 2-0 lead in the first inning on 2 errors, a walk and a pair of RBI singles. Two more runners were forced out and tagged out at home.

But Cubs pitcher Bill Lee allowed no runs and only 4 hits the rest of way.

The Cubs tied the game with a double and back-to-back singles off Dean in the third.

In the fourth, Stan Hack doubled with 1 out and Lee singled him home with 2 down, breaking the tie.

The Cubs added single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth, the middle one on a homer by Hack.

The 6-2 victory clinched the pennant, with the Cubs in front by 6 games and only 3 to play.

It was Lee's 20th win of the year and the Cubs' 20th in a row.

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They made it 21 straight, and 100 for the season, in Game 2 of the day. Shut out for 6 innings, they scored 3 runs in the seventh to pull even, then set the stage for a 5-3 win the ninth on triples by Cavarretta and Hack, and a single by Billy Jurges.

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LATE BARRAGE

The next day, the Cubs scored 3 runs in the top of the ninth to tie the score at 5. Singles with 1 out by Chuck Klein and Ken O'Dea, a triple by Frank Demaree and a single by Cavarretta kept their hopes alive of a 22nd consecutive win.

The Cardinals went out in order in the bottom of the inning.

The Cubs did the same in the top of the 10th.

The first man up for St. Louis then singled and was bunted to second. He was caught in a rundown when the next batter tapped to the pitcher, and after he was tagged out, so was the batter, trying for second, to end the inning.

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The Cubs got a leadoff single in the 11th. When slugger Klein tried to bunt, the Cards forced out the runner at second. Moments later, Klein was picked off first.

O'Dea drew a walk, but Demaree couldn't match his ninth-inning heroics, striking out.

Fabian Kowalik began his fourth inning of work by giving up a single. Joe "Ducky" Medwick followed with a home run, ending the game and the Cubs' record winning streak.

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In their 21 wins, the Cubs outscored their opponents, 137-50 -- an average score of 6.5 to 2.4.

They scored at least 4 runs in 15 games and allowed more than 4 just once, the 18-14 slugfest against the Dodgers.

They won 5 games by 1 run and 2 more by 2.

They posted 4 shutouts and gave up 1 run 4 times.

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NOT EVEN CLOSE

Since 1935, the Cubs' longest streak has been 15 games -- the very next year, from June 4-21.

They won 12 straight in 2001, and 11 in 1944, 1945, 1970 and 2016.

They also had 11 consecutive wins spanning 2015-16. I don't consider that on a par with a streak during a single season.

Add 10-game streaks in 1938, 1953 and 1998, and the Cubs have had 9 double-digit streaks over the past 87 years.

In the entire Modern Era, beginning in 1901, they have had 22 runs of at least 10 consecutive wins:

21: 1 (1935)

15: 1 (1936)

14: 2 (1906 and 1932)

13: 1 (1928)

12: 3 (1906, 1927 and 2001)

11: 5 (1910, 1935, 1944, 1945, 1970, 2016)

10: 9 (1906 twice, 1909, 1910, 1911, 1917, 1938, 1953 and 1998)

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TOMORROW: Winning streaks at home

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