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Descriptive inventory for the Chicago Cubs records, 1873-1966, bulk 1873-1973

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Descriptive inventory for the Chicago Cubs records, 1873-1966, bulk 1873-1973

Prepared by Jack Whalen; rev. by Alex Raynor, 2014; ed. by Julie Wroblewski, 2015
  
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Chicago History Museum, Research Center
1601 North Clark Street
Chicago, IL 60614-6038
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Collection Overview +/-

Title: Chicago Cubs records, 1873-1966 (inclusive), 1873-1893 (bulk)
Creator: Chicago Cubs (baseball team)
Dates: 1873-1966 (inclusive), 1873-1893 (bulk)
Accession number: 1969.0007
Bib number: 00064906
Call numbers: MSS Lot C
MSS Alpha C
Size: 2 linear feet (5 boxes, 1 unboxed v., 1 folder)
Language of material:Collection is written in English.

Provenance statement:

Most of this collection was purchased from Mr. R.C. Kuhn, whose father, Charles S. Kuhn, was superintendent of Cubs Park (accession # 1969.0007).

Terms governing use:

Copyright may be retained by the creators of items, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law, unless otherwise noted.

Please cite this collection as:

Chicago Cubs records (Chicago History Museum) plus a detailed description, date, and box/folder number of a specific item.

Additional Materials +/-

Related material:

Related materials at Chicago History Museum, Research Center, include Chicagoans United for a Baseball Series (C.U.B.S.) records and the Clarence Rowland (Pants Rowland) papers, the Hulbert family papers and many Chicago Cubs photograph collections.

Collection Summary +/-

Correspondence, unbound and in letterbooks; ledgers, cash books, attendance data, and other papers relating to the administration and management of the Chicago Cubs baseball team, a member of the National League of Professional Baseball Clubs. The correspondence is chiefly letterpress copies of outgoing letters by club officers Albert G. Spalding and William A. Hulbert concerning game arrangements, schedules, and other matters. The collection contains 19 volumes; begins in the era when the team was known as the White Stockings; and contains some items relating to the board of directors of the Chicago Cubs, National League baseball club. The collection also has one Chicago Cubs stock certificate dated 1966.

Biographical/Historical Note +/-

The Chicago Cubs baseball team, originally named the White Stockings, was organized in 1870. In 1871, the team became part of the National Association and then missed the next two years due to the Great Fire. The team later joined the National League (NL), which was organized in 1876 by team president William Hulbert. The White Stockings won their first NL pennant in 1882 under the leadership of pitcher-manager Albert G. Spalding. Spalding became the team president and chief stockholder in 1882. The team had continued NL success under player and manager Adrian “Cap” Anson (1879–1897), winning five NL pennants (1880, 1881, 1882, 1885, and 1886).

After playing at five other ballparks, the team moved to the second West Side Park at Polk and Lincoln (now Wolcott) in 1893. After Anson’s departure, the team became known as the Orphans. In 1902, it was briefly referred to as Selee's Colts in honor of manager Frank Selee. By 1905, the team was known as the Nationals or Cubs and was sold to its press agent, Charles W. Murphy. In 1906, manager Frank Chance (1905–1912) led the Cubs to a 116–36 record but lost the World Series to the Chicago White Sox. The team officially adopted the Cubs name in 1907 and went on to win three straight NL pennants (1906, 1907, and 1908), two world championships (1907, 1908), and another NL pennant in 1910.

Sources consulted: Riess, Steven A. Electronic Encyclopedia of Chicago, s.v. “Cubs.” Chicago: Chicago Historical Society, 2005. http://www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org/pages/247.html (accessed August 6, 2015).

Catalog Subject Headings +/-

Subjects:
Baseball teams--Illinois--Chicago
Baseball--United States--19th Century
Persons:
Hulbert, William Ambrose, 1832-1882
Spalding, A.G. (Albert Goodwill)
Organizations:
Chicago Cubs (Baseball team)--Archives
Chicago White Stockings (Baseball team : National League)
National League of Professional Baseball Clubs
Genre/Form:
Account books
Correspondence
Letterpress copybooks
Stock certificates
Geographic:
Chicago (Ill.)--Commerce
Chicago (Ill.)--Social life and customs--19th century

Organization and Arrangement of Collection +/-

The collection is arranged in one series.

Click on heading to view series description.

Series 1. Chicago Cubs correspondence and administrative materials, 1873-1893, 1966

About This Finding Aid +/-

Creation: Finding aid encoded by Julie Wroblewski using Oxygen editor, 2015
Language: Finding aid is written in English.
Other Finding Aids: Finding aid also submitted to Explore Chicago Collections portal.
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