List of Chicago Cubs seasons
The following lists the results of every major league season of the Chicago Cubs professional baseball club of Major League Baseball beginning in 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.
The Chicago Cubs have completed 140 seasons of major league baseball as have the Atlanta Braves. Within this time, the Cubs have won 16 National League pennants, 2 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.
Year by year
|World Series Champions
|Wild Card Berth
|Chicago White Stockings|
|1885||1885[c]||NL||1st||87||25||.777||—||Tied World Series (Browns) 3–3–1[d]|
|1886||1886||NL||1st||90||34||.726||—||Lost World Series (Browns) 4–2|
|1906||1906||NL||1st||116||36||.763||—||Lost World Series (White Sox) 4–2|
|1907||1907||NL||1st||107||45||.704||—||Won World Series (Tigers) 4–0|
|1908||1908||NL||1st||99||55||.643||—||Won World Series (Tigers) 4–1|
|1910||1910||NL||1st||104||50||.675||—||Lost World Series (Athletics) 4–1|
|1911||1911||NL||2nd||92||62||.597||7.5||Frank Schulte (MVP)|
|1918||1918||NL||1st||84||45||.651||—||Lost World Series (Red Sox) 4–2|
|1929||1929||NL||1st||98||54||.645||—||Lost World Series (Athletics) 4–1||Rogers Hornsby (MVP)|
|1932||1932||NL||1st||90||64||.584||—||Lost World Series (Yankees) 4–0|
|1935||1935||NL||1st||100||54||.649||—||Lost World Series (Tigers) 4–2||Gabby Hartnett (MVP)|
|1938||1938||NL||1st||89||63||.586||—||Lost World Series (Yankees) 4–0|
|1945||1945||NL||1st||98||56||.636||—||Lost World Series (Tigers) 4–3||Phil Cavarretta (MVP)|
|1952||1952||NL||5th||77||77||.500||19.5||Hank Sauer (MVP)|
|1958||1958||NL||5th||72||82||.468||20||Ernie Banks (MVP)|
|1959||1959||NL||5th||74||80||.481||13||Ernie Banks (MVP)|
|1961||1961||NL||7th||64||90||.416||29||Billy Williams (ROY)|
|1962[i]||1962||NL||9th||59||103||.364||42.5||Ken Hubbs (ROY)|
|1971||1971||NL||East||3rd||83||79||.512||14||Fergie Jenkins (CYA)|
|1979||1979||NL||East||5th||80||82||.494||18||Bruce Sutter (CYA)|
|1984||1984||NL||East||1st||96||65||.596||—||Lost NLCS (Padres) 3–2||Ryne Sandberg (MVP)
Rick Sutcliffe (CYA)
Jim Frey (MOY)
|1987||1987||NL||East||6th||76||85||.472||18.5||Andre Dawson (MVP)|
|1989||1989||NL||East||1st||93||69||.574||—||Lost NLCS (Giants) 4–1||Jerome Walton (ROY)
Don Zimmer (MOY)
|1992||1992||NL||East||4th||78||84||.481||18||Greg Maddux (CYA)|
|1998||1998||NL||Central||2nd||90[p]||73||.552||12.5||Lost NLDS (Braves) 3–0||Sammy Sosa (MVP)
Kerry Wood (ROY)
|2003||2003||NL||Central||1st||88||74||.543||—||Won NLDS (Braves) 3–2
Lost NLCS (Marlins) 4–3
|2007||2007||NL||Central||1st||85||77||.525||—||Lost NLDS (Diamondbacks) 3–0|
|2008||2008||NL||Central||1st||97||64||.602||—||Lost NLDS (Dodgers) 3–0||Geovany Soto (ROY)
Lou Piniella (MOY)
|2015||2015||NL||Central||3rd||97||65||.599||3||Won NL Wild Card Game (Pirates)
Won NLDS (Cardinals) 3–1
Lost NLCS (Mets) 4–0
|Kris Bryant (ROY)
Joe Maddon (MOY)
Jake Arrieta (CYA)
|NABBP Regular season (1870)||22||7||.759||1 Championship|
|National Association Regular season (1871–1875)||77||77||.500|
|National League Regular season (1876–2015)||10609||10130||.512||16 National League Pennants|
|MLB Post-season (1903–2015)[q]||32||60||.348||2 World Series Championships|
|All-Time Regular and Post-season Record (1870–2015)||10740||10274||.511|
- For lists of all National League pennant winners see National League pennant winners 1876–1968 and National League Championship Series.
- The White Stockings moved to Lakefront Park, formerly the location of Union Base-Ball Grounds that was destroyed in the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, and played there until 1885.
- The White Stockings moved from Lakefront Park to West Side Park where they played until 1891. Securing new property after 1884 took longer than anticipated and they spent the first several weeks of the 1885 season on the road until the park was opened on June 6.
- 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
- The Chicago Colts moved during the 1891 season to South Side Park splitting their schedule between West Side Park and South Side Park. They played at South Side Park from 1891 to 1893.
- The Chicago Colts moved to West Side Park, a few blocks west-southwest of the first West Side Park, from South Side Park, splitting their 1893 schedule with South Side Park. They would later move in 1916 to Weeghman Park, now Wrigley Field.
- The Chicago Cubs moved from an aging West Side Park to Weeghman Park, now Wrigley Field. Weeghman Park was built in 1914 to host the, now defunct, Federal League's Chicago Whales. Once the Federal League collapsed at the end of the 1915 season, the Chicago Whales owner, Charles Weeghman, became part owner of the Chicago Cubs and moved the team to Weeghman Park.
- In 1962 the National League increased the schedule from 154 games, which had been established since 1904, to 162 games, where it remains today.
- 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 1972 Major League Baseball strike forced the cancellation of the first seven games (thirteen game-days) of the season.
- 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.
- Lights were installed in 1988 with the first night game on August 8 against Philadelphia, but was rained out after 3.5 innings.
- 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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