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1988 Chicago Cubs season

1988 Chicago Cubs
Major League affiliations
Location
  • Chicago, Illinois (since 1876)
  • Other information
    Owner(s) Tribune Company
    General manager(s) Jim Frey
    Manager(s) Don Zimmer
    Local television WGN-TV/Superstation WGN
    (Harry Caray, Steve Stone, Dewayne Staats)
    Local radio WGN
    (Dewayne Staats, Dave Nelson, Harry Caray)
    Stats ESPN.com
    BB-reference
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    The 1988 Chicago Cubs season was the 116th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 113th in the National League and the 73rd at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fourth in the National League East with a record of 77–85, 24 games behind the New York Mets.

    The first night game in the history of Wrigley Field, following the installation of lighting, was played during this season, on August 9. During the game, the Cubs defeated the Mets, 6–4.

    Offseason

    File:Philadelphia Phillies at Chicago Cubs 1988-08-06 (ticket).JPG
    A ticket from the game where Cubs' reliever Goose Gossage earned his 300th career save on August 6, 1988.
    • October 23, 1987: Dickie Noles was returned to the Chicago Cubs by the Detroit Tigers as part of earlier loan.[1]
    • December 8, 1987: Lee Smith was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Boston Red Sox for Al Nipper and Calvin Schiraldi.[2]
    • December 14, 1987: Vance Law was signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs.[3]
    • February 12, 1988: Goose Gossage was traded by the San Diego Padres with Ray Hayward to the Chicago Cubs for Keith Moreland and Mike Brumley.[4]
    • March 31, 1988: Mike Bielecki was traded by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the Chicago Cubs for Mike Curtis (minors).[5]

    Regular season

    File:Reagan throws out opening pitch, 1988.jpg
    President Ronald Reagan throwing out the first pitch for the first 1988 Chicago Cubs game

    President of the United States Ronald Reagan threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day.

    After 5,687 consecutive day games played by the Cubs at Wrigley, the lights were finally lit on August 8, 1988, for a game with the Philadelphia Phillies. The game began before an announced crowd of 39,008. The Cubs were leading 3 to 1 and coming to bat in the bottom of the fourth when the rain delay began. The umpires called the game after waiting two hours, ten minutes.[6] The Cubs played the first official night game the following night against the Mets and won, 6-4.

    Season standings

    NL East W L Pct. GB
    New York Mets 100 60 .625 --
    Pittsburgh Pirates 85 75 .531 15
    Montreal Expos 81 81 .500 20
    Chicago Cubs 77 85 .475 24
    St. Louis Cardinals 76 86 .469 25
    Philadelphia Phillies 65 96 .404 35.5

    Notable transactions

    Roster

    File:Ryne Sandberg homers at Wrigley Field - 9-2-1988.jpg
    Reds vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field, September 2, 1988
    1988 Chicago Cubs
    Roster
    Pitchers Catchers

    Infielders

    Outfielders Manager

    Coaches

    Player stats

    Batting

    Starters by position

    Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI

    Other batters

    Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

    Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
    Salazar, ÁngelÁngel Salazar 34 60 15 .250 0 1

    Pitching

    Starting pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Other pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G IP W L ERA SO

    Relief pitchers

    Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

    Player G W L SV ERA SO

    Farm system

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    Notes

    1. "Tiger-Cub Trade Even!". Toledo Blade. October 24, 1987. p. 16. 
    2. Lee Smith Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    3. Vance Law Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    4. Rich Gossage Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    5. http://www.baseball-reference.com/b/bielemi01.shtml
    6. "Rain halts night debut for Cubs". Toledo Blade. August 9, 1988. p. 17. Retrieved September 19, 2011. 
    7. Jim Sundberg Statistics - Baseball-Reference.com
    8. Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 2nd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 1997

    References