Sweet 16

In accordance with March Madness, MLB.com’s Marty Noble presents his fourth annual Sweet 16, this one devoted to the Cubs. Here are 16 facts or sets of facts that celebrate the Cubs. Any disputes, take them up with Mr. Noble:

1. The Cubs have won 16 league championships, but only one — in 1945 — since 1938. The other championship years were: 1876, 1880, 1881, 1882, 1885, 1886, 1906, 1907, 1908, 1910, 1918, 1929, 1932 and 1935.

2. Beginning in 1982 and through 1997 — 16 years — Harry Caray brought Cubs baseball to the masses.

3. Cubs players have won 16 BBWAA awards: eight MVP awards —  Ernie Banks (1958, 1959), Phil Cavaretta (1945), Andre Dawson (1987) , Gabby Hartnett (1935),  Ryne Sandberg (1984), Hank Sauer (1952), Sammy Sosa (1998);  three Cy Young Awards — Ferguson Jenkins (1971), Greg Maddux (1992), Rick Sutcliffe (1984); and five Rookie of the Year Awards: Ken Hubbs (1962), Geovany Soto (2008), Jerome Walton (1989), Billy Williams (1961), Kerry Wood (1998).

4. Mr. Cub, Ernie Banks, played 16 full seasons, from 1955 through 1969. Banks averaged 150 games per season and never played in less than 130 games. The franchise record for most seasons for a pitcher is 16, by Charlie Root.

5. Sixteen is the Cubs’ record for home runs hit by a pitcher. Carlos Zambrano holds the honor. He has hit six, two and four the last three seasons.

6. A Cubs pitcher has allowed at least 12 runs in a game 16 times, but only twice since 1900. George Zettllein was responsible for the other 14 — all in 1874. He allowed 29 runs in a complete game. That’s right, 29, but only 19 were earned.

7. Sutcliffe won 16 games for the Cubs in his Cy Young season, 1984. He also won 16 consecutive regular-season decisions, a club record he established by winning the last 14 decisions in ’84 and his first two starts in ’85.

8. Sixteen straight losses. The Cubs lost their final two games in 1996 and the first 14 the following season. The 14 straight losses constitute the longest losing streak in franchise history.

9. Sixteen is the one-game National League record for extra-base hits, established by the 1883 Cubs (July 3, versus Buffalo).
10. The Cubs had 16 doubles in the 1945 World Series, their most recent World Series appearance.

11. Mark Prior struck out 16 Brewers in his 16th start of the 2003 season, on June 26.

12. The Cubs lost 16 of the 20 games Elvin “El” Tappe managed in 1962 as a member of the Cubs’ infamous college of coaches, a bizarre concept implemented by Cubs owner P.K. Wrigley in ’61 and ’62. Tappe and four others rotated as the big league manager and as minor league coaches and managers. The Cubs lost 90 games in 1961 and 103 the following year. Their 59-103 record in ’62 stood alone as the worst record by an established  team in an expansion season until when the Mets duplicated it in 1993. The Marlins exceeded it in 1998 when they lost 108 games.
13. Ken Hubbs wore No. 16 in his Rookie of the Year Award season, 1962.

14. The Cubs scored 16 runs, a franchise record, in their Opening Day games in 2005, in Arizona, and in 2006, in Cincinnati and never scored as many runs again in either season.

15. Cubs home run leaders Phil Cavarretta and Bill Nicholson combined for 16 home runs — eight each — in 1946. Rookie Ralph Kiner of the Pirates led the National League with 23.

16. The Cubs have played 16 games that have ended in 16 innings, beginning with a 6-6 tie against the Phillies Aug. 19. 1930. They didn’t play another 16-inning games for 16 years.


— Carrie Muskat


Unless the BBWAA wasn’t doing the voting in 1979, Bruce Sutter won the Cy Young that year for the Cubs which would invalidate #3 on the list.
Sorry, Mr. Noble….
The Cub Reporter

Roll up your pant legs… it’s getting deep in here!

Good reporting, there…printing someone else’s article!

They forgot Rich Hill’s Cy Young.

I’m starting to get the feeling that bestestfanever is actually the disgruntled Rich Hill himself.

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