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CUBS TIMELINE
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Ch-ch-changes are in store for the Cubs in the 1980s in regards to ownership, postseason play and the park. In 1981 the Wrigley family ends their 65-year ownership of the team when William Wrigley sells the team to the Tribune Company for $20.5 million.

In 1982, Fergie Jenkins -- having been picked up as a free agent the previous November -- becomes the seventh player in baseball history to hurl a record 3,000 strikeouts. That season Ernie Banks becomes the first Cub to have his number retire. The fabled No. 14 now flies from the left-field foul pole at Wrigley Field while Billy Williams' No. 26-retired in 1987-flies from the right-field pole.

In 1984, the organization wins their first NL Eastern Division championship, and return to post-season play for the first time since 1945. Under manager Jim Frey, the Cubs post a 96 and 65 record, breaking the 2 million-attendance mark. Second baseman Ryne Sandberg wins the NL Most Valuable Player award. Acquired in mid-June, pitcher Rick Sutcliffe went 16-1 with the Cubs to win the NL Cy Young award. After winning the first two games at Wrigley Field, the Cubs lost the N. L. championship series to the San Diego Padres, three games to two. In 1987, outfielder Andre Dawson wins the NL Most Valuable Player award after hitting 49 home runs and driving in 143 runs.

On August 8, 1988, in a contest against the Phillies, the Cubs play their first night game in Wrigley Field history on August 8. The night debut was rained out after 3 1/2 innings, and the first official night game occurred the next night, when the Cubs defeated the New York Mets, 6-4. After the season, the North Siders announce plans for $14 million renovation of park, including construction of 67 mezzanine suites and a new press box.

The team wins their second NL Eastern Division championship in 1989. Led by manager Don Zimmer, the Cubs enjoyed All-Star seasons from Sandberg, Dawson, Sutcliffe along with relief pitcher Mitch Williams, and Rookie-of-the-Year performance by outfielder Jerome Walton. The San Francisco Giants defeated the Cubs in the 1989 NLCS, four games to one.

1980  - December 9, 1980: Cubs trade Bruce Sutter to St. Louis for Leon Durham.
1981  - June 16, 1981: William Wrigley announces sale of club to Tribune Company for $20.5 million.
1982  - April 5, 1982: Third baseman Ryne Sandberg makes his Cubs debut Opening Day in 3-2 win in Cincinnati.

May 25, 1982: Fergie Jenkins becomes seventh pitcher to eclipse 3,000 strikeouts, in 2-1 loss to Padres.

1984  - June 23, 1984: Ryne Sandberg goes 5-for-6 and hits two late-inning game-tying home runs off St. Louis' Bruce Sutter in Cubs' 11-inning 12-11 win.

September 24, 1984: Cubs clinch NL East title with 4-1 win in Pittsburgh. Eight days later on October 2, the Cubs crush the Padres 13-0 in the North Sider's first postseason game since 1945.

1987  - November 19, 1987: Andre Dawson named NL MVP.
1988  - February 25, 1988: Chicago City Council passes ordinance permitting limited night baseball at Wrigley Field. On August 8, 1988 (8/8/88) the first night game in Wrigley Field history is rained out after three-and-a-half innings, with the Cubs leading the Phillies 3-1.

October 25, 1988: Cubs announce plans for $14 million renovation of park, including construction of 67 mezzanine suites and a new press box.

1989  - September 26, 1989: Cubs clinch NL East title with 3-2 win in Montreal.
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