1987 Chicago Cubs season

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1987 Chicago Cubs
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Tribune Company
General manager(s) Dallas Green
Manager(s) Gene Michael and Frank Lucchesi
Local television WGN-TV/Superstation WGN
(Harry Caray, Steve Stone, Dewayne Staats)
Local radio WGN
(Dewayne Staats, Lou Boudreau, Jim Frey, Harry Caray)
Stats ESPN.com
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The 1987 Chicago Cubs season was the 115th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 112th in the National League and the 72nd at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished sixth and last in the National League East with a record of 76–85, 18½ games behind the division and pennant-winning St. Louis Cardinals.


Spring training[edit]

The team opened camp in Mesa, Arizona, apparently content with Brian Dayett to start in right field.[citation needed] However, Andre Dawson and his agent Dick Moss showed up after camp opened hoping that Green would consider signing the all-star outfielder.[citation needed] Dawson was one of the top free agents on the market during the off-season, but he garnered little interest. He made no secret that he wanted to leave Montreal, where his knees were battered by the Olympic Stadium Astroturf.[citation needed] He also made it known during the off season that the Cubs were his top choice, as Wrigley Field had a natural grass surface and had no lights.[citation needed] Dawson hit considerably better during the day.[citation needed]

After a couple weeks of Green saying he was flatly uninterested in Dawson, Dawson and Moss presented Green with a "blank" signed contract. Green filled in the amount -- $500,000 for one year.

Spring training also began with the dark news of broadcaster Harry Caray suffering a stroke in Palm Springs. WGN announced that until Caray was well enough to return, guest announcers would fill in and sit alongside color analyst Steve Stone.[1]

Notable transactions[edit]

Regular season[edit]

The 1987 season featured a career year from free-agent acquisition Andre Dawson, who captured National League Most Valuable Player honors following a 49-home run season. It was also the rookie season for starting pitcher Greg Maddux, the final full season for Wrigley Field without lights, and the last year for general manager Dallas Green, who resigned in late October 1987.

Season summary[edit]

An 18–10 May propelled the Cubs into the race, and they spent time in first place in early June. However, injuries to Ryne Sandberg and Shawon Dunston within days of each other crippled the Cubs' middle infield and hampered their offense. Their replacements were Paul Noce and Mike Brumley, respectively, Brumley having been acquired as "thrown-in" in the 1984 Buckner-for-Eckersley trade. Neither player was able to come close to replacing the lost production from Sandberg and Dunston and, consequentially, the team struggled.

In the month of August, two incidents occurred in which players cheated against the Cubs. Phillies pitcher Kevin Gross was pitching against the Chicago Cubs on Aug 10, 1987. Gross was caught with sandpaper in his glove and suspended for 10 games.[7] Astros batter Billy Hatcher was batting against the Chicago Cubs on Aug 31, 1987, when he broke his bat and it flew down the third base line. Cubs third baseman Keith Moreland saw cork, and Hatcher was suspended for 10 games.[7] Later on, Hatcher claimed that he was using pitcher Dave Smith's bat, and not his own.

After a woeful August, Michael told the press that he was planning on resigning after the season. Green said that he would accept the resignation, effective immediately, and replaced Michael with Frank Lucchesi, a longtime scout in the Philadelphia organization who had become a Cubs roving instructor. As the Cubs played out the string under Luchessi, they finished last, although they were a markedly improved team over the '86 club, with a promising future.

Season standings[edit]

NL East W L Pct. GB
St. Louis Cardinals 95 67 .586 --
New York Mets 92 70 .568 3
Montreal Expos 91 71 .562 4
Philadelphia Phillies 80 82 .494 15
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 82 .494 15
Chicago Cubs 76 85 .472 18.5

Notable transactions[edit]

Opening Day starters[edit]


1987 Chicago Cubs
Pitchers Catchers


Outfielders Manager


Game log[edit]

1987 Chicago Cubs Game Log

Player stats[edit]


Starters by position[edit]

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Davis, JodyJody Davis 125 428 106 .248 19 51
1B Durham, LeonLeon Durham 131 439 120 .273 27 63
2B Sandberg, RyneRyne Sandberg 132 523 154 .294 16 59
3B Moreland, KeithKeith Moreland 153 563 150 .266 27 88
SS Dunston, ShawonShawon Dunston 95 346 85 .246 5 22
LF Mumphrey, JerryJerry Mumphrey 118 309 103 .333 13 44
CF Martinez, DaveDave Martinez 142 459 134 .292 8 36
RF Dawson, AndreAndre Dawson 153 621 178 .287 49 137

Other batters[edit]

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Dayett, BrianBrian Dayett 97 177 49 .277 5 25
Sundberg, JimJim Sundberg 61 139 28 .201 4 15
Rowdon, WadeWade Rowdon 11 31 7 .226 1 4


Starting pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Maddux, GregGreg Maddux 30 156 6 14 5.61 101

Other pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Mason, MikeMike Mason 17 38 4 1 5.68 28

Relief pitchers[edit]

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Baller, JayJay Baller 23 0 1 0 6.75 27

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Star Game

Farm system[edit]

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Cubs American Association Larry Cox
AA Pittsfield Cubs Eastern League Jim Essian
A Winston-Salem Spirits Carolina League Jay Loviglio
A Peoria Chiefs Midwest League Jim Tracy
Short-Season A Geneva Cubs New York-Penn League Tom Spencer
Rookie Wytheville Cubs Appalachian League Brad Mills



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