09/28/2003 7:27 PM ET
Cubs postseason history
1885 -- Chicago ties St. Louis, 3-3-1
By Amy Sternig / MLB.com
Then known as the Chicago White Stockings, the team won its first NL pennant with an 87-25 record and then tied in the World Series, 3-3-1, with St. Louis. Managed by first baseman Cap Anson, the team was led by outfielder George Gore's .313 average.
1886 -- Chicago loses World Series to St. Louis, 4-2
White Stockings again won the pennant, but this time lost in the World Series, four games to two, to St. Louis. The team was again managed by Anson, who led the White Stockings in average with a .371 mark.
1906 -- Cubs lose World Series to White Sox, 4-2
With a 116-36 record, the Cubs, as they were now known, squared off with the White Sox in an all-Chicago World Series. Unfortunately, the Cubs dropped the series, 4-2. Typical of the Windy City's bizarre weather, the games were played during some October snowstorms. Cubs pitchers combined for a 3.23 ERA.
1907 -- Cubs win World Series over Tigers, 4-0
The Cubs broke into the history books with their first World Series title after downing the Detroit Tigers in five games, 4-0, with one tie game called because of darkness. Back in the day, baseball wasn't played under the lights. Harry Steinfeldt led the Cubs with a .471 average and Mordecai Brown went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA.
1908 -- Cubs win World Series over Tigers, 4-1
The Cubs became the first team to win consecutive World Series titles with their four games to one victory over the Detroit Tigers. Frank Chance led the Cubs with a .421 average and Cubs pitchers held the Tigers to a .203 average and held them scoreless for 19 innings to the end the series. This was the last time the Cubs would call themselves World Champions -- they have not won a World Series since 1908.
1910 -- Cubs lose World Series to Athletics, 4-1
Two years after tasting World Series victory, the Cubs were back at it again. However, they lost the title, four games to one, to the Athletics. The A's started strong, winning the first three games, but the Cubs forced it to five games with a victory in Game 4. Mordecai Brown picked up the win in Game 4 after coming on in relief. Cubs batters hit .222 for the series with no home runs.
1918 -- Cubs lose World Series to Red Sox, 4-2
It would be a few years, but the Cubs managed to get back to the postseason. Unfortunately, they were facing the Boston Red Sox, who were still playing with some guy named Babe Ruth taking the mound. World War I was going full strength across the Atlantic, so the regular season ended three weeks early and the World Series was played in early September. The fortunes were not good for the Cubs, who lost in a six-game series, four games to two. Cubs pitchers combined for a 1.04 ERA, but they hit a paltry .210.
1929 -- Cubs lose World Series to Athletics, 4-1
The Cubs and Athletics met again this season with a rematch of the 1910 Series. Once again, the results were the same as the Cubs fell in five games. The Cubs batted .249, but their pitching staff combined for a 4.33 ERA. Hack Wilson led the club with a .471 average.
1932 -- Cubs lose World Series to Yankees, 4-0
After Ruth, now playing in pinstripes, called his shot at Wrigley Field in Game 3, this Series went down in the history books. While no one knows for sure if Ruth really pointed to the outfield before launching his legendary homer, we do know that the Cubs went down in order in four games against the New York Yankees. The Cubs got no closer than a two-run margin in any of the games and hit .253 for the four-game set.
1935 -- Cubs lose World Series to Tigers, 4-2
The Cubs reached the title set three years later against the Tigers. After holding a grudge since the 1907 and '08 Series, the Tigers took the Cubs down, four games to two. Detroit wrapped things up in spectacular fashion, scoring the winning run with two out in the final inning. Cubs hitters, led by Billy Herman's .333 average, hit .238 in the Series with five homers.
1938 -- Cubs lose World Series to Yankees, 4-0
The Cubs took on the Yankees for the second time in the postseason, and for the second time they fell in straight games. New York outscored the Cubs, 22-9, in the four-game set. The Cubs hit .243, but their pitchers threw for a 5.03 ERA.
1945 -- Cubs lose World Series to Tigers, 4-3
This was the last time the Cubs would reach the World Series, and they came close to winning it all. The Tigers took home the title after taking the Series, four games to three. The Cubs hit .263 as a team, led by Phil Cavarretta, who posted a .423 average, drove in five runs and homered. Cubs pitchers combined for a 4.15 ERA with Claud Passeau going 1-0 with a 2.70 ERA.
1984 -- Cubs lose NLCS to Padres, 3-2
After winning the National League East, the Cubs got off to a roaring start with wins in the first two games of the NLCS at Wrigley Field. However, that was the last time they would see a victory as the San Diego Padres roared back to take the final three games in San Diego. The Cubs brought down the hammer in Game 1, 13-0, as starter Rick Sutcliffe gave up two hits over seven innings. Chicago held a lead in Game 5, but the Padres scored two runs in the sixth inning and four runs in the seventh to take the series.
1989 -- Cubs lose NLCS to Giants, 4-1
The Cubs made it back to the postseason four years later. This would be the last time, prior to the 2003 season, that they captured a Division title. The Cubs fell, four games to one, to the San Francisco Giants. They were done in by Giants first baseman Will Clark, who hit .650 for the series, driving in eight runs. Cubs first baseman Mark Grace, however, tried to keep pace. Grace hit .647 and drove in eight runs with five extra-base hits.
1998 -- Cubs lose NLDS to Braves, 3-0
After winning a one-game playoff with the Giants to advance as the Wild Card, Atlanta stopped the Cubs cold in their tracks, sweeping Chicago in three games. The Cubs scored four runs over the three games combined for a .181 average. Atlanta didn't fare much better against Cubs pitchers, hitting .228. Kerry Wood took the loss in Game 3, 6-2, in the last playoff game held at Wrigley Field before 2003.
Amy Sternig is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.