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CUBS TIMELINE
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Instead of becoming one of the first teams to install lights, the Cubs went on to become one of the last when, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, P.K. Wrigley donates the lighting equipment that he had recently purchased to the War Department in 1941. The team's final World Series appearance of the 20th century occurred in 1945, the last World War II-affected season. The team lost the Fall Classic to Detroit in heartbreaking fashion, four games to three. In 1947, Jackie Robinson made his major-league debut. When the Dodgers came to town in the middle of May, with Robinson at first base, the stands were packed with the largest single-game attendance at Wrigley Field ever-46,572.

1941  - April 26, 1941: Cubs become first team to play organ music in ballpark.

December 8, 1941: Cubs donate their recently purchased lighting materials to War Department in wake of Pearl Harbor bombing.

1945  - October 8, 1945: Stan Hack reaches safely in six of seven plate appearances and drives in winning run in 12th inning as Cubs beat Tigers 8-7 to force World Series Game 7, which the team loses two days later, 9-3.
1947  - May 18, 1947: Jackie Robinson makes his Chicago debut before largest single-game paid attendance in Wrigley Field history (46,572), but Dodgers beat Cubs 4-2.
1948  - April 16, 1948: WGN-TV broadcasts its first big-league game, with Jack Brickhouse calling White Sox's 4-1 win vs. Cubs at Wrigley Field.
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