List of Chicago Cubs seasons
The following lists the results of every season of the Chicago Cubs baseball club of Major League Baseball beginning in 1870 and continuing to 1876 as a charter member of the National League (NL). The White Stockings changed their name in 1890 to the Chicago Colts and again in 1898 to the Chicago Orphans until finally settling in 1903 with the name of the Chicago Cubs.
While the organization Major League Baseball recognizes only seasons in select leagues from 1876 to the present as major league, many baseball historians consider major league baseball to have started earlier. Some include seasons from the National Association, and others include its predecessor organization, the National Association of Base Ball Players.
The Chicago Cubs have completed 146 seasons of baseball, second only to the Atlanta Braves at 147. Within this time, the Cubs have won 17 National League pennants, 3 World Series championships, 3 pre-World Series Championships, and tied for 2 pre-World Series Championships. By virtue of their pennants and playoff championships, the Cubs can claim to be the best team in baseball in eight different seasons.
The Cubs have been members of three organized leagues, beginning with the amateur National Association of Base Ball Players in 1870, followed by three seasons in the professional National Association of Professional Base Ball Players, and the National League since 1876.
Year by year
|World Series Champions
|Wild Card Berth|
|Chicago White Stockings|
|1885||MLB||NL *||1st||87||25||.777||—||Tied World Series (Browns) 3–3–1[b] *|
|1886||MLB||NL *||1st||90||34||.726||—||Lost World Series (Browns) 4–2 *|
|1906||MLB||NL *||1st||116||36||.763||—||Lost World Series (White Sox) 4–2 *|
|1907||MLB †||NL *||1st||107||45||.704||—||Won World Series (Tigers) 4–0 †|
|1908||MLB †||NL *||1st||99||55||.643||—||Won World Series (Tigers) 4–1 †|
|1910||MLB||NL *||1st||104||50||.675||—||Lost World Series (Athletics) 4–1 *|
|1911||MLB||NL||2nd||92||62||.597||7½||Frank Schulte (MVP)|
|1918||MLB||NL *||1st||84||45||.651||—||Lost World Series (Red Sox) 4–2 *|
|1929||MLB||NL *||1st||98||54||.645||—||Lost World Series (Athletics) 4–1 *||Rogers Hornsby (MVP)|
|1932||MLB||NL *||1st||90||64||.584||—||Lost World Series (Yankees) 4–0 *|
|1935||MLB||NL *||1st||100||54||.649||—||Lost World Series (Tigers) 4–2 *||Gabby Hartnett (MVP)|
|1938||MLB||NL *||1st||89||63||.586||—||Lost World Series (Yankees) 4–0 *|
|1945||MLB||NL *||1st||98||56||.636||—||Lost World Series (Tigers) 4–3 *||Phil Cavarretta (MVP)|
|1952||MLB||NL||5th||77||77||.500||19½||Hank Sauer (MVP)|
|1958||MLB||NL||5th||72||82||.468||20||Ernie Banks (MVP)|
|1959||MLB||NL||5th||74||80||.481||13||Ernie Banks (MVP)|
|1961||MLB||NL||7th||64||90||.416||29||Billy Williams (ROY)|
|1962||MLB||NL||9th||59||103||.364||42½||Ken Hubbs (ROY)|
|1971||MLB||NL||East||3rd||83||79||.512||14||Fergie Jenkins (CYA)|
|1979||MLB||NL||East||5th||80||82||.494||18||Bruce Sutter (CYA)|
|1984||MLB||NL||East ^||1st||96||65||.596||—||Lost NLCS (Padres) 3–2||Ryne Sandberg (MVP)|
Rick Sutcliffe (CYA)
Jim Frey (MOY)
|1987||MLB||NL||East||6th||76||85||.472||18½||Andre Dawson (MVP)|
|1989||MLB||NL||East ^||1st||93||69||.574||—||Lost NLCS (Giants) 4–1||Jerome Walton (ROY)|
Don Zimmer (MOY)
|1992||MLB||NL||East||4th||78||84||.481||18||Greg Maddux (CYA)|
|1998||MLB||NL||Central||2nd ¤||90[h]||73||.552||12½||Lost NLDS (Braves) 3–0||Sammy Sosa (MVP)|
Kerry Wood (ROY)
|2003||MLB||NL||Central ^||1st||88||74||.543||—||Won NLDS (Braves) 3–2
Lost NLCS (Marlins) 4–3
|2007||MLB||NL||Central ^||1st||85||77||.525||—||Lost NLDS (Diamondbacks) 3–0|
|2008||MLB||NL||Central ^||1st||97||64||.602||—||Lost NLDS (Dodgers) 3–0||Geovany Soto (ROY)|
Lou Piniella (MOY)
|2015||MLB||NL||Central||3rd ¤||97||65||.599||3||Won NLWC (Pirates)
Won NLDS (Cardinals) 3–1
Lost NLCS (Mets) 4–0
|Jake Arrieta (CYA)|
Kris Bryant (ROY)
Joe Maddon (MOY)
|2016||MLB †||NL *||Central ^||1st||103||58||.640||—||Won NLDS (Giants) 3–1
Won NLCS (Dodgers) 4–2
Won World Series (Indians) 4–3 †
|Kris Bryant (MVP)|
Ben Zobrist (WS MVP)
|2017||MLB||NL||Central ^||1st||92||70||.568||—||Won NLDS (Nationals) 3–2
Lost NLCS (Dodgers) 4–1
|2018||MLB||NL||Central||2nd ¤||95||68||.583||1||Lost NLWC (Rockies)|
Record by decade
The following table describes the Cubs' MLB win–loss record by decade.
As of October 3, 2018
|All-time regular season record||10,998||10,410||157||.514|
|All-time postseason record[i]||47||73||—||.392|
|Wild Card Game||1||1||—||.500|
|National League Division Series||12||15||—||.444|
|National League Championship Series||11||21||—||.344|
|All-time regular and postseason record||11,045||10,483||69||.513|
- For lists of all National League pennant winners see National League pennant winners 1876–1968 and National League Championship Series.
- The dispute in 1885 concerned Game 2, which was forfeited by St. Louis when they pulled their team off the field protesting an umpiring decision. The managers, Cap Anson and Charles Comiskey, initially agreed to disregard the game. When St. Louis won the final game and an apparent 3–2 Series championship, Chicago White Stockings owner Albert Spalding overruled his manager and declared that he wanted the forfeit counted. The result of a tied Series was that neither team got the prize money that had been posted by the owners before the Series (and was returned to them after they both agreed it was a tie).
- The official Chicago Cubs website reports 84 wins for 1890; however, Baseball-Reference.com reports 83 wins because the game on May 23 was ruled a no-decision even though the score was 10–8 in the Cubs' favor
- In 1969 MLB expanded by 4 teams to 12 in each league and split each league into an East and West division, the Cubs were placed in the National League East.
- The 1981 season was shortened by a player's strike. MLB decided to split the season into two halves with the division winner of each half playing in a Divisional Round of the playoffs.
- In 1994 MLB split each league into 3 divisions. The Cubs were placed in the newly created National League Central.
- There was no postseason in 1994 due to the 1994–95 Major League Baseball strike.
- The Cubs played 163 games to resolve a regular season record tie with the San Francisco Giants for the wild card playoff spot and forced a one-game playoff tiebreaker, which the Cubs won 5-3.
- This does not include pre-modern World Series games (Champions from 1876 to 1904).
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