Ryan Theriot, Second-baseman. "The Riot," as he is known as by the Chi-town fans, is providing stability at the second-base position; a place in which the Cubbies have lacked depth in over the last few years. Ryan looks to build on the success from his rookie year.
The Chicago Cubs went out last off-season and handed out big money. At first, it didn't seem to pay-off during the season. That is, until manager Lou Piniella went on a rampage one day; stomping on his hat and ranting at an umpire. The Chi-town Cubbies jumped into line after that, and went on a streak to over take the division lead. They remained on-top the rest of the year and took home their division title. The 2008 Chicago Cubs will look to continue their new-found success and repeat as division champions.
In 1947, Jackie Robinson became the first African American man to play in the Major Leagues.
Number retired throughout baseball in 1997.
Played for Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947-56.
From his Baseball Hall of Fame Plaque: "Leading NL batter in 1949. Holds fielding mark for second baseman playing in 150 or more games with .992. Led NL in stolen bases in 1947 and 1949. Most Valuable Player in 1949. Lifetime batting average .311. Joint record holder for most double plays by second baseman, 137 in 1951. Led second baseman in double plays 1949-50-51-52."
2009: Sam Zell sells the team to the Ricketts Family for a record $845 million dollars. The Ricketts will own 95% of the team while the Tribune will retain 5% ownership.
2007: The Tribune Company sells the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, and other media assets including the Chicago Cubs to billionaire investor Sam Zell (who intendes to sell the team).
1981: The Tribune Company buys the club from the Wrigley family for $20.5 million, ended the longest continuous operation of a franchise by the same family in one city.
1921: Chewing-gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. purchases control of the Cubs and renames Weeghman Park to Cubs Park. In 1926, Cubs Park becomes Wrigley Field. Philip K. Wrigley assumes control after father's death in 1932. In 1977, William Wrigley takes over the club after the death of his father, Philip.
1916: Charles Weeghman, a team owner in the defunct Federal League, and nine others purchase the Cubs from Charles Taft and move them to Weeghman Park at the corner of Clark and Addison.
1914: Charles Taft buys the Cubs from Charles Murphy.
1905: Cincinnati Times-Star owner Charles Taft finances Charles Murphy's $125,000 purchase of the Cubs.
1902: Cubs president James Hart purchases the club from Albert Spalding.
1882: Former player, sporting goods tycoon and team president Albert Spalding takes over as owner after William A. Hulbert dies.
1876: The Chicago White Stockings, owned by William A. Hulbert, become one of eight charter members of the National League. Hulbert also serves as president of the new league.