1,000 of this, 1,000 of that

This is the 1,000th consecutive day that I have posted at least 1 FanPost.

To celebrate, here is a look at some historic 1,000th achievements by the Cubs in National League regular-season play.


1,000TH GAME

The Cubs, then known as the White Stockings, made their National League debut on April 25, 1876, when they won at Louisville, 4-0.

Game No. 1,000 came on Tuesday, May 31, 1887, at New York.

The Giants, batting first, tallied 7 runs in the second inning and coasted to an 11-8 victory. The "Whites" surrendered 19 hits, walked 8 and hit 2.

The defeat was only the Whites' 347th in their first 1,000 games. They had won 641 and tied 12, for a winning percentage of .647.


1,000TH WIN

The team was called the Colts when it posted a 4-2 win at Brooklyn on Sept. 9, 1891.

The victory improved the Colts' record for the season to 72-43-1, good for a 5.5-game lead in the standings.

It also made them 1,000-601-27 in NL games, a .623 winning percentage.

They went 10-10-1 the rest of the season and finished second, 3.5 games behind.



From 1876-1900, the Cubs played exactly 1,500 games at home.

They won 953, lost 522 and tied 25, a winning percentage of .644.

They lost more games than they won once only, going 17-18 in 1878.

In 1901, as the Orphans, they went just 30-39-1 at the West Side Grounds.

In 1902, they were just 1 game better: 31-38-3. But the 17th of those wins was No. 1,000 in Chicago.

A 19-inning, 3-2 victory over the Pirates on June 22 was No. 999. The Orphans then lost the final 3 games of the series, coming no closer than 4 runs in any of them.

They swept 3 games at St. Louis, the last 2 in a doubleheader on June 30. Then they returned home to host the Cardinals for 2 games the next day, July 1.

The Orphans scored a run in the first inning of Game 1, then were blanked the rest of the way and lost, 1-4.

They scored once in the first of Game 2, as well, then went scoreless through the fifth. But in the sixth, with 2 outs and runners on second and third, Dusty Miller lined a single to left, scoring both men.

Those runs stood up for a 3-1 victory.



The Cubs had losing records in their first 2 seasons at Weeghman Park, today's Wrigley Field: 37-41-1 in 1916 and 35-42 in 1917.

They won more games than they lost at home in each of the next 23 seasons, compiling a record of 1,072-693,-7, a winning percentage of .633.

From 1927-36, the Cubs won at least 50 games at home in 9 of 10 seasons, averaging 51.7, with a high of 56 in 1933 and 1935.

They won 50 in 1936, then slipped to 46 in 1937.

The 30th of those 46, in Game 2 of a doubleheader on Aug. 6, was their 1,000th on the North Side.

In Game 1, the Cubs spotted the Bees, today's Braves, leads of 2-0 in the first inning and 3-2 in the second.

Then the Cubs racked up 3, 1 and 6 runs in the fourth through sixth, en route to a 12-6 triumph.

Game 2 was scoreless until the fourth, when the Cubs scored on a double by Frank Demaree and a single by Billy Herman.

Herman tripled home a run with 1 out in the sixth, then a single by Ken O'Dea, a triple by Bill Jurges and a groundout produced 3 more runs, for a 5-0 lead. The final score was 6-2. Roy Parmalee threw a 5-hitter.



When the Modern Era began, the Cubs were only two thirds of the way to winning 1,000 times away from home.

Their record on the road from 1876-1900 was 667-712-35, a .485 winning percentage.

They were just 23-47 in 1901, then began an 11-year stretch in which they went 1,202-1,063-45, .530.

In 1906-09, they were a remarkable 222-102-5, .682.

Between Sept. 10 and Oct. 8, 1908, they were an astounding 19-3.

The Cubs were 2 games out of first place when they completed a home stand with a win over the Cardinals on Sept. 9.

They swept 4 games at St. Louis and took 2 of 3 at Boston.

But after a 10-inning loss at Philadelphia on Sept. 18, they trailed by 4.5 games.

The next day, a Saturday, they faced the Phillies in a doubleheader. They won the first game and the second ended in a scoreless tie.

That set up another doubleheader on Monday, Sept. 21.

A 2-out throwing error in the sixth inning gave the Phillies the first run of Game 1.

They held the lead until the ninth, when singles by Del Howard, Jack Hayden and Frank Schulte tied the score.

Then Solly Hofman led off the Cubs' 10th with a triple. After a groundout and a walk, Hofman came home on a sacrifice fly by pitcher Orval Overall. The runner on first advanced to second, then he tallied on a 2-out error.

Overall pitched a 1-2-3 inning and the Cubs had the win -- No. 1,000 on the road.

They won the rematch, 3-2, then went 9-2-1 before returning home, where they beat the Pirates on Oct. 4.

That set up the season-ending showdown for the pennant at New York 4 days later, in the replay of the "Merkle's Boner" tie -- a showdown won by the Cubs, 4-2.



Batters for the White Stockings, Colts and Orphans slugged 998 home runs from 1876 through 1900.

Their first home run of the Modern Era came on April 20, 1901, in their second game of the season.

Then no one hit another through 13 games played over 18 days, until May 8, in the finale of a 4-game series at home vs. the Pirates.

The Orphans trailed, 1-5, in the fourth inning and were behind, 3-5, as they came to bat in the eighth.

With 2 outs and a runner on base, Topsy Hartsell stepped to the plate and "gave Chicago its first lead with a beautous drive right over the place where 'Little Eva' used to play," said the Chicago Tribune, "sending the ball almost to Uncle Tom Loftus' cabin in deep center. It was an easy home run."

The Orphans got the first 2 outs in the ninth, then gave up 2 runs and wound up losing, 7-8.



During the quarter century before Modern Era, the Cubs averaged 40 homers per year, 27 of them at home.

Then came the Dead Ball Era. From 1901-21, they averaged only 29 homers, 15 at home.

In 1922, they would hit 42, including 22 at what then was called Cubs Park.

The 13th of those 22, on July 20, was No. 1,000 at home.

Ray Grimes hit it, a solo shot leading off the seventh inning against Brooklyn. It was far from dramatic; the Cubs trailed, 0-10.

The Superbas matched that run in the top of the eighth, then the Cubs scored 6 runs in the bottom, to close to within 7-11. They had the bases loaded with 2 out, but a groundout ended the inning and neither team scored in the ninth.



In 1941, the Cubs hit 25 more home runs on the road, 62, than they did at home, 37.

That is the greatest such discrepancy in team history.

The last at home was their 1,000th at Wrigley Field, their home since 1916.

On Sept. 27, the next-to-last day of the season, the Cubs fell behind the Cardinals, 0-4, in the first inning.

The score was the same when Bill Nicholson walked to begin the Cubs' half of the second. After he was forced out, Babe Dahlgren launched a ball deep into the seats in the left field.

In the eighth, the Cubs scored twice, on an error, a single, a bunt and 2 more singles.

Dahlgren was walked intentionally to load the bases. Pinch hitter Charlie Gilbert then lofted a fly to center that drove home the go-ahead run, and the Cubs held on to win, 6-5.



From 1876-1900, the Cubs hit 321 homers in other National League parks, fewer than half as many as their 678 at home.

Their total on the road reached 976 by the end of 1930, when they smacked 75, which were 12 more than they had in any previous season.

It took them until June 30, 1931 to get 24 more, but the 24th was a doozy.

Rogers Hornsby had hit a 2-run homer in the top of the first at Philadelphia that put the Cubs on top, 3-0. There was no further scoring through the fourth.

Pitcher Pat Malone led off the Cubs' fifth with an infield single. Kiki Cuyler singled, sending Malone to third.

Woody English was hit by a pitch, loading the bases for Hornsby, who cleared them with a drive over the wall in right field for road homer No. 1,000.

The grand slam was the third of 4 by Hornsby as a Cub, and the only 1 on the road. His fourth would come on Sept. 13, as a pinch hitter with 2 outs in the bottom of the 11th inning against the Braves.

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