10 Things To Know About the Red Sox/Cubs History


The Chicago Cubs’ last visit to Fenway was 93 years ago.


By William Legault | Email the author | 1:05pm


The Chicago Cubs face off against the Red Sox tonight at 7:10 p.m.


Here are tens facts about the 1918 World Series between the Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs, which ended with the Sox winning the sixth game on September 11, 1918.




Cubs bring curse to Fenway Park: A fan’s outlook


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For the first time since the 1918 World Series the Chicago Cubsare playing in Boston’s historic Fenway Park. It’s the first time these long-linked historic franchises have played each other since 2005 when the Red Sox came to Wrigley Field, a season after the Red Sox ended their 86-year World Series curse.


The Chicago Cubs, of course, are still dealing with a curse that has now reached 66 years since the last time the Cubs played in a World Series, in 1945, when they lost in seven games to the Detroit Tigers, and more than 100 years since the Cubs have won a World Series, in 1908, coincidentally, beating the Detroit Tigers.




Cubs Travel To Fenway Park To Face Boston Red Sox In Interleague Series


By Hilary Lee – Contributing Editor


May 20, 2011 – The last time the Cubs found themselves facing the Red Sox at Fenway Park was during game six of the 1918 World Series. A game which the Cubs lost, and which, recent research suggests, might have been fixed. Though baseball has had interleague play for the last fifteen years, and the Cubs and Red Sox have played each other in that span, the teams somehow never met at Fenway until this year.




Cubs return to Fenway for the first time since 1918

May 20, 20117:48 a.m.


The Boston Red Sox used to think they were cursed by Babe Ruth after selling the legendary ballplayer in 1920. Not long before that, “The Bambino” was breaking the hearts of the Chicago Cubs.

The Cubs will make their first trip to Fenway Park since the 1918 World Series as they kick off this highly-anticipated three-game interleague series with the Red Sox on Friday night. 

It has been nearly a century since the Cubs organization paid a visit to the historic grounds of Fenway Park. The last time they did, with World War I raging in the background, the Red Sox defeated the Cubs in six games to win the World Series, their fifth since 1903. Ruth was the winning pitcher for Boston in two of those games, while Chicago’s top hurler, Hippo Vaughn, was 1-2 despite a 1.00 earned run average. 

Of course, Ruth’s tenure in Beantown didn’t last much longer and the Red Sox didn’t win another World Series title until finally shaking the “Curse of the Bambino” in 2004. 

The Cubs, meanwhile, still haven’t won World Series since 1908. 





Red Sox a role model franchise for Cubs



Chicago Tribune

Published: Friday, May. 20, 2011 – 1:00 am

Last Modified: Friday, May. 20, 2011 – 6:57 am


MIAMI — There’s little doubt the Cubs’ top executives look at the Red Sox as role models, on and off the field.


Chairman Tom Ricketts hopes to remodel Wrigley Field with the same success Red Sox owners John Henry and Tom Werner had with their $150 million renovation of Fenway Park, and Ricketts conceded when he took over the Cubs that “the analogies are pretty striking” between the franchises.


Team President Crane Kenney hails from Quincy, Mass., and grew up rooting for the Red Sox. Kenney hopes to construct a pedestrian walkway called Cubs Alley outside Wrigley Field that he said would be “a version of Yawkey Way,” the street outside Fenway Park that the city of Boston shuts down for concessions and souvenir stands before Red Sox games.





Pictures of My Day at Wrigley Field…and a Pujols Question for Tom Ricketts!

John Arguello on 05.20.11 at 11:13 AM | 

Yesterday, compliments of JDRF I was able to spend a few hours at Wrigley Field.  For someone who always dreamed about taking the field for the Cubs as a kid, this is as close as I will ever get.  It was a surreal experience.  We had a blast.


While there I bumped into owner Tom Ricketts.  I said, ”Hello, Tom”.  Somehow I was instantly on a first name basis.  He stopped and looked me squarely in the eye.  “Hello”, he replied with a genuine smile across his face.  It turns out my wife and I were lost on the concourse and he didn’t just point to where we should go, he actually walked us there.  Then, as he left to do whatever things that people who own baseball franchises do, he paused one more time for a picture.  And then I asked him the question all us Cubs fan want to know…



Five things to know about Cubs

May, 20, 2011


By Bruce Levine,

Five things Red Sox fans should know about the Cubs: 

1. Brick by brick: Contrary to baseball folklore, the Ivy-covered walls at Wrigley Field are only a part of the Cubs’ history when it comes to the bleachers themselves. The bleachers, as they stand now, were erected in 1937. Prior to that, fans used to stand in left field, where they were roped off as overflow crowds. Balls hit into the fans were ground-rule doubles. Also, it makes sense that the plants on the wall are called Boston ivy, since they are brown and dead seven months out of the year.


2. What’s a Pesky Pole? Actually, there was a broadcaster in Chicago who thought the Pesky Pole was reference to the part of Fenway that was tough to negotiate for hitters driving the ball down the line — and it had nothing to do with former Red Sox’s infielder Johnny Pesky. Red Sox fans should also know that the foul poles at Wrigley Field have red letters saying, “Hey Hey,” in reference to what longtime broadcaster Jack Brickhouse used to say on his home run call. Brickhouse was the Cubs’ iconic announcer for 35 years before Harry Caray took over in the broadcast booth.





May 20, 2011

With eye on jobs, states wine, dine corporations


CHICAGO — At the New Jersey governor’s behest in March, representatives from 12 of the top firms that help companies pick where to locate operations gathered in a private suite in Newark to watch NCAA basketball tournament games.

Collectively, the deal-makers represented 8,800 potential jobs and $1.7 billion in capital investment. For four hours they enjoyed VIP accommodations and access to New Jersey’s governor and state business executives.

“We’re talking about the rock stars of location advisers,” said Tracye McDaniel, chief executive of Choose New Jersey, a nonprofit launched last year and backed by $7 million from New Jersey executives. “It is like dating. It really is. You create the best date ever. Candies, flowers, limos.”

With 13.7 million people nationally out of work, states are at war to attract businesses, using everything in their arsenals, from personal notes and videos from governors to tax incentives worth millions of dollars. And the packages just get sweeter as the companies pit states against one another.





LETTER: Time To Move Willow Road Forward


Friday, May 20, 2011 11:03 am


Editor, Journal:


While I found the May 16th open house on the future of Willow Road informative, I also observed a few interesting things that seemed to contradict Northfield’s desire for a two or three-lane solution. First of all, I found it somewhat ironic that I had to cross four lanes from the parking lot to get to the meeting on the New Trier campus, something that I did quite easily and safely and something I’m certain that over a thousand students, faculty, and staff do each and every school day. So it appears that Northfield residents are completely capable of navigating four lanes safely, just like students in Glenview do all along Lake Street when attending our schools and/or Northbrook students do when crossing Waukegan Road or Shermer Road to get to their schools.