Win streak week, Day 6

A previous post described in detail the Cubs' team-record winning streak at home against any opponent: 19 in a row against the Braves.

It began with a win on Sept. 23, 1921, and continued through June 12, 1923.

The streak-breaking loss came on July 30, a week short of 2 full years since their previous defeat at home by the Braves, on Aug. 5, 1921.


Since 1876, first season of the National League, the Cubs have had 272 streaks of at least 5 straight wins on their home field vs. a specific guest.

The most recent was against the Cardinals, in 2020-21.

They have had at least 2 such streaks against every current National League rival, as well as the Astros when they were in the NL.

They have won 5 in a row at home against only 1 American League team, the Twins. That streak took from 2009-20!

36 of the streaks came against teams that did not survive to play in the Modern Era.



Between 1876 and 1900, as the White Stockings, Colts and Orphans, they enjoyed 13 runs of at least 10 consecutive wins at home against an NL foe.

The first was 11 games, vs. Troy in 1879-80.

They also won 11 straight vs. Boston in 1879-81.

They eclipsed that record with 13 vs. Buffalo in 1882-84, then reeled off 13 vs. the St. Louis Maroons in 1885-86.

Those were their first 13 games at home against the Maroons. After the loss, they won the final 2 of the season, which was the Maroons' second and last.


The future Cubs had only 1 other streak of 11 wins at home during the 19th Century, vs. Louisville in 1895-96.

They had 8 of 10 games: 1 each vs. Buffalo, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, Washington and Detroit.

They did it twice vs. St. Louis between 1895 and 1899, when it was known as the Browns, then the Perfectos, before becoming the Cardinals.


The first of the Cubs' 19 double-digit winning streaks at home of the Modern Era came in 1903-04, when they captured 10 in a row vs. the Brooklyn Superbas, today's Los Angeles Dodgers.

They matched that feat against the Reds en route to winning pennants in 1907-08, then won 13 straight vs. the Superbas in 1908-09, tying their mark set in 1885-86.



The Cubs won 104 games in 1909, yet finished second, 6.5 games behind the Pirates.

More than one fifth of their wins came against the Boston Doves, today's Braves, whom they defeated in 21 of 22 games. Their only loss came in their third meeting of the year, the first of 11 in Chicago.

In 1910, the Cubs were 11-11 after losing their first 2 games of the season to the Doves at the West Side Grounds, on May 13-14.

They won the next 2 days to split the series, then swept 4 games when the Doves returned to town in July and all 3 during their final visit of the year in August.

The Cubs went 17-5 against the Doves helping them to 104 wins again, and their third title in 4 years, by a healthy 13 games.

On June 10-13, 1911, the Cubs gained 4 more wins over the visitors from Boston, newly renamed the Rustlers. The second victory was by 20-2, as Heinie Zimmerman drove in 9 runs, a total unsurpassed by any Cub since that day.



A pair of 1-run wins followed, 6-5 and 5-4. In the latter of the pair, the Cubs tied the score at 3 in the eighth when Joe Tinker walked, stole second, took off for third and raced home on a throwing error by the catcher.

In the ninth, Jimmy Sheckard caught a fly ball in left and gunned down a runner at the plate.

A double, an infield hit and a liner off Zimmerman's glove at third put the Doves in front again in the 10th.

Wilbur Good led off the Cubs' half with an inside-the-park homer: 4-4.


Boston's Bill Rariden reached first with 1 out in the 12th on an error by Tinker. When the next batter popped up, Rariden trotted toward second, apparently thinking there were 2 outs, and was doubled off first.

Jim Doyle of the Cubs then smacked a leadoff double. Tinker bunted him to third.

Good smashed a ball right at shortstop Buck Herzog. Doyle had headed for home on the crack of the bat. Herzog's throw to catcher Rariden arrived ahead of Doyle and he prepared to tag the sliding runner -- only to drop the ball, handing the Cubs a dramatic victory, their 13th straight over Boston, tying their franchise record.

The win lifted the Cubs into first place by half a game, with a record of 32-18.



They held the same margin in the standings when the Rustlers arrived for 3 games in 2 days in late July, starting with a doubleheader on the 26th.

In Game 1, the Cubs surrendered a first-inning run, scored 2 in the bottom of the inning and went on to win, 4-1, for an unprecedented 14th conquest of the same opponent at home.

Game 2 was tied at 2 until the Cubs scored 5 runs in the eighth. The rally began with a dropped fly ball and ended with a 3-run triple by Zimmerman.

There were no late-game heroics in the single game the following day. Down by 0-2 after the top of the first, the Cubs tallied 1, 2 and 1 run in the first through third, were blanked in the fourth, then produced 1, 2 and 1 again in the fifth through seventh.

That made the final count 8-2 and the winning streak at 16 games.



After sweeping the Rustlers, the Cubs led in the standings by 2 games.

A win over the Phillies the next day put them on top by 3, at 55-31.

Alas, that would prove to be the high-water mark of their season. They lost 6 of their next 10, all at home, capped by a 5-16 pounding from the Giants.

The Cubs were 1 game in front after ending a home stand on Aug. 13. They remained up by 1 after splitting 4 games at Boston. Then they dropped 2 of 3 at New York and did the same at Brooklyn before splitting 2 at Philadelphia.

Even after a trip-ending win at Cincinnati on Sept. 2, they trailed the Giants by 3.5 games.

They sliced the deficit to 1 game by winning 4 of 6 at home against the Cardinals, then the first 3 of a 5-game set vs. the Reds.


But they lost the final 2, starting a 6-10 stretch that them 7 games behind, with only 17 to play.

2 wins over the Phillies kept their faint hopes again, especially since their next guest would be the Rustlers, their favorite patsy.

The Cubs went into the game on Saturday, Sept. 22, with a record of 83-56. The Rustlers, a horrendous 35-101, were dead last, 53.5 games behind the first-place Giants, 46.5 behind the runnerup Cubs and even 19.5 games behind seventh-place Dodgers.



You guessed it: the Rustlers won the game, ending the Cubs' long dominance over them.

And they did it emphatically, scoring 3 runs in the first and opening an 8-0 lead midway through the sixth.

The Cubs broke through for 5 runs in their half, but the Rustlers added 2 more in each of the final 3 innings, while the Cubs scored only 1, in the ninth.

Final score: Rustlers 14, Cubs 6.


During their 16 straight wins, the Cubs had outscored Boston, by 71 runs, 105-34, more than 4 per game. The average score was 6.6 to 21.

Excluding the 20-2 rout, it was 85-32, an average of 5.7 to 2.1

The Cubs scored at least 4 runs in 14 of the 16 wins, reaching double digits twice.

They allowed more than 4 in only 2 games, while recording 4 shutouts and yielding a single run in 2 more contests.

4 of the victories were by 1 run.


AFTER 16, 1

The Cubs notched another 1-run win the next day, then won the opener of a doubleheader, 10-2. But they lost the rematch, 5-7.

The Cubs played 11 more games, winning 7, and finished 92-62-3, 7.5 games behind the champion Giants (99-54-1).

The Rustlers (44-107-5) wound up 54 games out of first and 20.5 out of seventh.



Over the next 10 years, the Cubs would have only 2 winning streaks at home against any opponent that reached double digits: 10 games each, vs. the Pirates, in 1914-15, and the Cardinals, in 1918-19.

Sept. 26, 1921, was the 10th anniversary of the final game of the Cubs' team-record 16-game streak against the Braves.

It came just 3 days after the first win in their record-breaking 19-game run against the same team.

The Cubs produced 14 consecutive wins at home vs. the Phillies in 1927-28, then 10 in a row against them in 1932.



On July 22, 1935, the Cubs began a 6-game series at Wrigley Field against the Dodgers.

They scored 2 runs in the eighth and 1 in the ninth to tie the game at 12, then scored in the 10th to tie it again. But they could not match the Dodgers' run in the 11th and lost, 13-14.

The Cubs swept a doubleheader the next day, then captured 2 more games the following afternoon and a single game the day after that.

4 more wins came in mid-September, the second on Friday the 13th. They were victories Nos. 6-9 in a 21-game streak against all opponents, still a National League record, that carried the Cubs to the pennant.


In 1936, the Cubs hosted the Dodgers for the first time on the final 2 days of April. They won by 1-0 and 2-1, the second on a bases-loaded sacrifice fly by Woody English in the 11th.

English capped a 3-game sweep in early June when he singled leading off the bottom of the ninth and jogged home on a bases-loaded walk with nobody.

Billy Jurges was the hero when the teams met at Wrigley again on July 8. His single with 2 out in the 13th drove home Frank Demaree, who had doubled, for a 4-3 victory.

The next day, the Dodgers tied the score at 3 on a 2-out homer with 2 on in the seventh. The Cubs regained the lead, 5-3, in the bottom of the inning, the runs scoring on a double by Demaree and a groundout.

With 2 out in the ninth, the Dodgers got a double and a RBI single. After the next batter singled, starter Bill Lee was lifted for Larry French, who induced a game-ending popup.



There was no such anxiety 24 hours later.

Johnny Gill homered with 1 out in the Cubs' second, then 3 singles loaded the bases. Stan Hack lined a single to right and when the outfielder threw wildly toward home in a bid to cut down the runner from second, the runner from first scored, too, making the score 4-0.

The final count was 6-2, as Curt Davis pitched a 6-hitter and made 2 of the Cubs' 8 hits, 1 of them a bunt that delivered the Cubs' final run.

It was the Cubs' 17th consecutive conquest of the Dodgers at home, second-longest such streak in their history.

In the series finale, the Cubs tied the game at 2 in the third, only to fall behind again, 2-4, in the fifth. They got a run in the eighth but left runners on the corners, then surrendered another run with 2 out in the ninth before going down in order to complete a 3-5 loss.


During their 17 straight wins, the Cubs outscored the Dodgers by 63 runs, 119-56, an average of nearly 4 per game.

They scored at least 4 runs in all but 2 games and had 10 or more in 4 contests.

They allowed more than 4 runs only twice, wins by 7-6 and 18-14, both in 1935. They blanked the Dodgers twice and held them to 1 run in 2 more games.

5 of the wins came by a lone run and 2 by a pair.



The Cubs have matched those 17 wins in a row against an opponent just once -- a streak against Boston that had begun before the 1 against the Dodgers but ended after it.


On July 10, 1935, the Cubs defeated the visiting Braves, 6-4. Over the next 4 days, they beat them 4 more times, including both ends of a doubleheader.

In September, they swept 4 games in 3 days, the last by 15-3. Those were the fourth through seventh wins of the 21 in a row against all comers.

During the off season, Boston changed its nickname to the Bees. The switch made no difference to the Cubs. They beat them twice in Chicago in early May and 4 times in mid-June, including a win by 17-1.



Tex Carleton blanked the Bees, 2-0, on July 15. He did it despite allowing 11 hits and walking 3.

The next day, Lon Warneke blanked Boston on 4 hits. The Cubs won on Billy Herman's single with 2 outs in the 10th.

The walk-off hit extended the Cubs' streak of home wins over Boston to 17.

But their bid for an 18th win was thwarted, in the final game of the series, just as it had been against the Dodgers 6 days earlier.

The Bees took a 2-1 lead in the fifth on a pair of singles and an RBI double, then a 3-run homer with 2 down made the score 5-1. Neither team scored again.


During the 17 straight wins, the Cubs outscored their guests by 67 runs, 111-44, an average of 4 per game.

While they averaged almost 6 runs, the Cubs scored 3 or fewer runs in 5 of the wins. They reached double digits 3 times: 10, 15 and 17.

They allowed more than 4 runs only twice, while posting 3 shutouts and holding the Bees to 1 run 5 times.

4 of the Cubs' wins were by 1 run and 7 more by 2.



The Cubs' pair of 17-game winning streaks against the Dodgers and Braves were their 25th and 26th of at least 10 games in the 61 years from 1876-1936.

In the 86 years since then, they have had just 6 more, the longest spanning 13 games, against the Pirates in 1968-69.

A 12-game stretch vs. the Reds in 1944-45 was only other run of success that exceeded 10 games.

They won 10 in a row vs. the Phillies in 1938-39, and did it 3 times vs. the Pirates: 1982-83, 1998-99 and 2019-20.

So, since World War II, all 4 of the Cubs' double-digit winning streaks at home against any rival have been against Pittsburgh.

They had 9-game streaks vs. the Mets in 1983-84 and the Rockies in 2006-09.



19: 1

17: 2

16: 1

14: 1

13: 3

12: 2

11: 3

10: 18

9: 19

8: 34

7: 31

6: 55

5: 102



(Number of double-digit streaks, if any, in brackets)

Current Teams (236)

35: Pirates [5]

33: Cardinals [3]

30: Braves [5]

29: Phillies [3]

28: Reds [2]

20: Dodgers [3] and Giants

10: Mets

7: Expos/Nationals and Padres

6: Astros

4: Brewers

2: Diamondbacks, Marlins and Rockies

1: Twins

Defunct Teams (36)

6: Washington Senators [1]

4: Cincinnati Reds [1], Indianapolis Hoosiers [2]

3: Cleveland Spiders, Washington Nationals [1]

2: Cleveland Blues, Louisville Grays, Providence Grays, St. Louis Brown Stockings, Syracuse Stars

1: Buffalo Bisons [2], Louisville Colonels [1], Kansas City Cowboys, St. Louis Maroons [1], Troy Trojans [1], Worcester Ruby Legs [1]

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