By Andrew Simon and Matt Kelly
The autumn of 1908 brought with it the first rematch in the young history of baseball's World Series. The National League's Chicago Cubs, winners of the 1907 campaign, squared off against Ty Cobb and the American League champion Detroit Tigers for the second straight year.
After the Cubs defeated the Tigers in 1907, fans were hoping for a more competitive Fall Classic. But Chicago, led by two wins apiece from pitchers Mordecai Brown and Orval Overall, dispatched the Tigers in five games to become the first club ever to win multiple Series. (Granted, the Fall Classic had begun just five years earlier.)
Led by four Hall of Famers, the Cubs appeared destined for more success after their 1908 triumph. But unbeknownst to Chicago's players and fans at the time, that Series would be the last taste of a championship the franchise would experience for more than a century. Here are 108 of the most memorable moments in Cubs history since '08.
Oct. 6, 1909. On the final day of the season, the Cubs sweep a doubleheader against the Cardinals to finish with 104 wins, but Pittsburgh wins 110 and the NL pennant.
June 28, 1910. The Cubs' Joe Tinker ties an MLB record by stealing home twice in one game.
July 12, 1910. Franklin Pierce Adams' poem "Baseball's Sad Lexicon" is published in the New York Evening Mail, ruing the Cubs' famous double-play combo of Tinker to Evers to Chance.
Oct. 23, 1910. Brown gives up five runs in the eighth inning of Game 5 of the World Series, as the Philadelphia A's win, 7-2, to claim the championship.
Oct. 6, 1912. Heinie Zimmerman finishes by far the best season of his career, leading the NL in average (.372), homers (14) and RBI (104). Although the RBI wasn't yet an official stat, researchers have determined that he should be deemed a Triple Crown winner.
Aug. 31, 1915. Cubs righty Jimmy Lavender twirls a no-hitter against the Giants at the Polo Grounds with one walk and eight K's.
April 20, 1916. The Cubs play their first game at Wrigley Field, then known as Weeghman Park; it housed the Federal League's Whales from 1914-15.
May 2, 1917. Pitchers Hippo Vaughn (Cubs) and Fred Toney (Reds) both throw nine no-hit innings at Weeghman. But in the 10th, Vaughn allows two hits and an unearned run while Toney completes his no-no.
July 17, 1918. Chicago's Lefty Tyler (21 IP, one unearned run) outduels Philadelphia's Milt Watson (20 IP, two earned runs) for the win.
Aug. 1, 1918. Vaughn throws his second one-hit shutout of the season. He goes on to win the unofficial pitching Triple Crown, leading the NL in wins (22), ERA (1.74) and K's (148), as well as shutouts (eight).
Sept. 11, 1918. World War I caused MLB to hold the World Series early. The Cubs lose Game 6 to the Red Sox at Fenway Park, becoming the last team to fall to Boston in the Fall Classic until 2004.
May 30, 1927. Cubs shortstop Jimmy Cooney turns what is still one of only seven unassisted triple plays in NL history.
Aug. 27, 1929. The Cubs beat the Reds, 4-1, capping a 47-14 (.770) stretch that takes them from a 2 1/2-game deficit to a 14 1/2-game lead in the NL. Chicago ultimately wins its first pennant since 1918.
Sept. 29, 1929. Rogers Hornsby goes 4-for-4 with a home run, part of a season-ending 36-game stretch in which he bats .463 with 11 homers and 40 RBI. In his first season with Chicago, the future Hall of Famer sets still-standing team records in average (.380) and hits (229), and wins NL MVP honors.
Oct. 12, 1929. The Cubs take an 8-0 lead over the Philadelphia A's in Game 4 of the World Series but fall victim to the biggest comeback in Series history: a 10-run inning by Philly against four different pitchers.
Sept. 28, 1930. Hack Wilson goes 2-for-3 with two RBIs on the final day of the season, bringing his RBI total to 191. That number hasn't been matched in the 86 years since.
Oct. 1, 1932. In the fifth inning of Game 3 of the World Series against the Yankees at Wrigley Field, Babe Ruth supposedly calls his shot before homering to center.
Sept. 27, 1935. The Cubs sweep a doubleheader in St. Louis, capping a 21-game win streak, still a record, to clinch the NL pennant.
Oct. 7, 1935. Facing elimination in Game 6 of the Fall Classic, the Cubs allow a Series-winning single to the Tigers' Goose Goslin.
Sept. 27, 1936. Hall of Famer Billy Herman hits 57 doubles, becoming the only player since 1901 with two such seasons.
1937. Hall-of-Fame executive Bill Veeck plants Wrigley's famous ivy. The center-field scoreboard and bleachers are also constructed.
Sept. 28, 1938. In nearly complete darkness at Wrigley Field, future Hall of Famer Gabby Hartnett launches an 0-2 curveball from Pittsburgh's Mace Brown for a walk-off shot dubbed "The Homer in the Gloamin."
Oct. 6, 1938. Cubs starter Dizzy Dean surrenders a go-ahead, two-run homer to the Yankees' Frankie Crosetti in Game 2 of the World Series. New York holds on for the victory and, ultimately, the sweep.
April 26, 1941. The Cubs become the first MLB team to liven up a game with organ music.
Aug. 9, 1942. In the opening contest of a doubleheader in Cincinnati, which lasted 18 innings, Stan Hack goes 5-for-5 with four walks and a sac bunt. No player since has reached base safely nine times in one game.
Sept. 13, 1942, The Cubs beat the Braves in the second game of a double-header despite committing seven errors, including a record four in one inning by shortstop Lennie Merullo.
Aug. 5, 1945. Phil Cavarretta collects his second five-hit, five-RBI game of the season, on his way to a .355 average. No qualified Cubs hitter has matched the mark since.
Oct. 6, 1945. Bill Sianis, owner of Chicago's Billy Goat Tavern, and his pet are kicked out of Game 4 of the World Series against the Tigers due to the goat's odor. Sianis says the cubs will never win another title, and "The Curse of the Billy Goat" begins.
June 11, 1952. Cubs left fielder Hank Sauer smacks three solo shots in a 3-2 win against the Phillies.
Sept. 28, 1952. Going into the last game of the season, Cubs outfielder Frank Baumholtz trails only Cardinals outfielder Stan Musial for the NL batting title. In the first inning, Stan the Man comes in to pitch for the only time in his Hall-of-Fame career. Baumholtz grounds to third, reaching on an error but lowering his average. Musial returns to center and claims the sixth of his seven batting crowns.
Sept. 17, 1953. Soon after purchasing his contract from the Negro Leagues' Kansas City Monarchs, the Cubs welcome a 22-year-old Ernie Banks to Wrigley Field.
May 12, 1955. The Cubs' Sam Jones becomes the first African-American in Major League Baseball to throw a no-hitter, despite walking seven.
Sept. 19, 1955. Banks sets a big league record when he hits his fifth grand slam of the season (the mark was later surpassed by Don Mattingly with six in 1987).
April 24, 1957. Cubs pitchers Moe Drabowsky, Jackie Collum and Jim Brosnan set an unfortunate NL record by combining to walk nine Reds in one inning.
May 13, 1958. Drabowsky surrenders a double to Cardinals icon Stan Musial for his 3,000th career hit.
Aug. 21, 1958. Banks smacks his 45th homer, breaking his own single-season record for shortstops. He finishes with 47.
1959. Banks becomes the first player to win consecutive NL MVP Awards.
May 15, 1960. Two days after he's acquired from Philadelphia, Don Cardwell no-hits the Cardinals at Wrigley.
June 26, 1960. Four months after his 20th birthday, Ron Santo makes his MLB debut, starting both games of a doubleheader and going 3-for-7 with five RBIs.
April 11, 1961. In an effort to help his team post its first winning season since 1946, Cubs wwner Philip Wrigley devises the "College of Coaches," rotating them through various roles, including manager. The Cubs go 64-90 under four skippers.
July 16, 1961. A day after his 23rd birthday, Billy Williams hits a grand slam and draws three walks to help the Cubs to a 12-6 win over the Giants. The future Hall of Famer becomes the Cubs' first NL Rookie of the Year.
June 15, 1964. To headline a disastrous six-player trade, the Cubs send Lou Brock to the rival Cardinals for Ernie Broglio. Brock finished his Hall-of-Fame career with 3,023 hits and a then-modern-record 938 steals, while Broglio had a 5.40 ERA in Chicago.
Sept. 9, 1965. Dodgers left-hander Sandy Koufax twirls the second NL perfect game of the 20th century, against Chicago.
July 17, 1966. Billy Williams singles in his first at-bat at Busch Stadium, doubles in his second, triples in his third and homers in his fourth, becoming the fourth NL player in history to hit for a "natural cycle."
Aug. 19, 1969. Ken Holtzman tosses the first of two no-hitters with the Cubs. He becomes one of just two pitchers since 1913 to fail to strike out a single batter in his no-no.
Sept. 9, 1969. A black cat runs in front of the visitors' dugout at Shea Stadium; the Cubs, who had led the NL East by nine games in mid-August, lose to the Mets, 7-1, and finish eight games behind New York.
May 12, 1970. Banks goes deep at Wrigley Field for his 500th career homer. He's the ninth player to join the prestigious club.
Sept. 30, 1971. Fergie Jenkins makes his 39th and final start of the season, and throws his fourth straight complete game on his way to becoming the Cubs' first NL Cy Young Award winner.
April 16, 1972. A 22-year-old Burt Hooton becomes the seventh NL rookie to toss a no-hitter when he blanks the Phillies in just his fourth career start, despite walking seven.
Sept. 2, 1972. Righty Milt Pappas comes within a strike of a perfecto before walking pinch-hitter Larry Stahl. He settles for a no-hitter.
July 26, 1975. Bill Madlock goes 6-for-6 with a triple against the Mets. He hit .354 to claim the first of two straight NL batting titles.
April 17, 1976. On a wild day at Wrigley, the Cubs take a 13-2 lead, but the Phillies rally to win, 18-16, in extras. Philadelphia's Mike Schmidt becomes the fifth player in modern NL history to homer four times in a game, the last one a go-ahead, two-run shot in the 10th inning.
June 14, 1978. Cubs pitcher Dave Roberts gives up a pair of singles to the Reds' Pete Rose, who begins a 44-game hitting streak, the second longest in modern history.
May 17, 1979. The Cubs score 22 runs against the Phillies at Wrigley, yet lose by a run.
Jan. 27, 1982. The Cubs trade Ivan DeJesus to the Phillies for Larry Bowa and a 22-year-old named Ryne Sandberg.
April 9, 1982. Broadcast legend Harry Caray calls his first game at Wrigley as the "Voice of the Cubs" for WGN.
Aug. 4, 1982. In an afternoon tilt, the Mets' Joel Youngblood singles off Fergie Jenkins before being traded to the Expos. After flying to that night's game in Philadelphia, Youngblood singles off Steve Carlton. That's two hits for two different teams in two cities on the same day.
June 23, 1984. Playing in NBC's "Game of the Week," Sandberg hits game-tying homers in the bottom of the ninth and 10th en route to a 12-11 win over the rival Cardinals. Deemed "The Sandberg Game," it catapults the Cubs to national popularity.
Sept. 24, 1984. NL Cy Young Award winner Rick Sutcliffe's complete game helps Chicago clinch the NL East and reach the playoffs for the first time since '45.
Oct. 7, 1984. The Cubs lead, 3-0, in Game 5 of the NLCS, but San Diego scores six in the sixth, capped by Tony Gwynn's go-ahead, two-run double, to win at home.
June 12, 1985. The Cubs begin a 13-game losing streak, which tied the modern club record.
June 16, 1986. Jamie Moyer, a 23-year-old lefty, makes his MLB debut at Wrigley. Nearly 26 years later, in 2012, a 49-year-old Moyer makes his last appearance for the Rockies.
Sept. 3, 1986. Two years after the Cubs draft him in the second round, Greg Maddux makes his MLB debut in an 18-inning affair and takes the loss.
Aug. 8, 1988. Wrigley field hosts its first game under the lights. The historic matchup against the Phillies lasts just 3 1/2 innings in heavy rain, so the first official night game there is completed the next evening.
Aug. 21, 1989. Eventual NL Rookie of the Year Jerome Walton snaps a 30-game hitting streak, the franchise's longest since 1900.
Oct. 7, 1989. The Cubs squander a 4-3 lead in Game 3 of the NLCS, as the Giants go on to win the contest, then the series.
March 30, 1992. The Cubs acquire a 23-year-old Sammy Sosa from the rival White Sox.
Sept. 30, 1992. Greg Maddux blanks the Pirates, ending the season with 20 wins, a 2.18 ERA and his first NL Cy Young Award.
July 2, 1993. Sosa enjoys a 6-for-6 day at Denver's Mile High Stadium.
Oct. 3, 1993. In his first season with the Cubs, Randy Myers closes out his 18th straight game and notches a club-record 53rd save.
April 4, 1994. Tuffy Rhodes becomes the only Cub to hit three homers on Opening Day.
Aug. 18, 1995. In the thin air of Coors Field, the Cubs crush the Rockies, 26-7, the team's highest run total in a game since 1922.
April 20, 1997. The Cubs end their NL-record 14-game losing streak to open a season.
May 6, 1998. Eventual NL Rookie of the Year Kerry Wood strikes out 20 Astros, tying the record for a nine-inning game.
June 30, 1998. Sosa belts his 20th home run in 27 games. No player in MLB history has hit more than 18 in a given month.
Sept 25, 1998. Sosa wallops his 66th home run, but the Cardinals' Mark McGwire hits No. 66 the same day before setting the new single-season record at 70.
Sept. 28, 1998. Gary Gaetti's two-run homer, and Rod Beck's 51st save help the Cubs beat the Giants in a tiebreaker for the NL Wild Card.
Oct. 1, 1998. The Cubs blow a 1-0 lead over the Braves in the ninth inning of the NL Division Series, Game 2.
March 29, 2000. In the first official MLB game outside North America, the Cubs beat the Mets to open the season at the Tokyo Dome.
May 14, 2000. Cubs leadoff man Eric Young sets a team record by stealing five bases.
Oct. 2, 2001. Sosa becomes the only player to post three 60-homer seasons.
Aug. 10, 2002. Sosa hits three three-run homers, becoming the first Cub since 1911 to have a nine-RBI game. It's his sixth career three-homer game, tying an MLB record.
Aug. 29, 2002. Mark Bellhorn becomes the first NL player ever to homer from both sides of the plate in the same inning.
April 4, 2003. Sosa joins the 500 home run club with his first longball of the season.
Oct. 5, 2003. In the decisive fifth game of the NLDS, Kerry Wood holds the Braves to one run, helping the Cubs win a postseason series for the first time in 95 years.
Oct. 14, 2003. In Game 6 of the NLCS, Cubs fan Steve Bartman becomes a scapegoat when he touches a catchable foul ball. Instead of securing the out, Chicago allows eight runs.
Aug. 7, 2004. In his first year back with the Cubs since '92, Maddux wins No. 300.
Sept. 27, 2005. Derrek Lee smacks his NL-leading 50th double of the season.
Aug. 10, 2006. Right-hander Mark Prior makes his final start. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2001 Draft flamed out at the age of 25 due to injuries.
Sept. 28, 2007. The Cubs beat the Reds to clinch the NL Central with just 84 wins.
Oct. 3, 2007. With Game 1 of the NLDS against the Diamondbacks tied, 1-1, Cubs manager Lou Piniella pulls Carlos Zambrano for Carlos Marmol. He gives up two runs to Arizona, who goes on to sweep.
Sept. 14, 2008. Carlos Zambrano no-hits the Astros in Milwaukee. The game was moved from Houston due to Hurricane Ike.
Sept. 20, 2008: The Cubs beat the Cardinals to clinch the NL Central on their way to 97 wins. For the first time since 1906-08, they reach the postseason in consecutive years.
Oct. 1, 2008. The Dodgers' James Loney hits a grand slam in Game 1 of the NLDS, erasing the Cubs' only lead of the series.
May 27, 2009. Zambrano takes a bat to a Gatorade dispenser after opposing a call and is suspended for six games.
Aug. 6, 2011. Zambrano hits his 23rd Cubs home run. He retires with 24, eight more than any other pitcher since 1970.
Oct. 25, 2011. The Cubs introduce Theo Epstein as the new president of baseball ops.
Jan. 6, 2012. Chicago sends pitcher Andrew Cashner to San Diego for Anthony Rizzo, who had hit .141 with one homer over 49 games in his first taste of the Majors in '11.
June 6, 2013. With the No. 2 pick of the 2013 Draft, the Cubs select Kris Bryant, a power hitter from the University of San Diego.
July 2, 2013. In the midst of a 96-loss season, the Cubs trade Scott Feldman to Baltimore for Jake Arrieta, who had a career 5.46 ERA.
Dec. 13, 2014. The Cubs announce that they have signed free-agent pitcher Jon Lester to a six-year, $155-million deal.
Aug. 15, 2015. The Cubs topple the White Sox for their 15th win in 16 games on the way to 97 victories on the season.
Oct. 7, 2015. Arrieta strikes out 11 Pirates and records a shutout in the NL Wild Card Game.
Oct. 13, 2015. Rizzo's sixth-inning solo shot proves to be the go-ahead run in Game 4 of the NLDS against the Cardinals. That caps Chicago's first victory in a postseason series (NL Wild Card Game excluded) since 2003.
Oct. 20, 2015. In Game 3 of the NLCS, the Cubs enter the sixth in a 2-2 tie before the Mets score the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. New York takes the game and sweeps the series.
April 21, 2016 After no-hitting the Dodgers in August 2015, Arrieta does the same to the Reds just nine regular-season starts later -- the third-shortest gap in major league history.
May 8, 2016. The Cubs walk Bryce Harper six times (three intentionally) and hit him once, making him the first player in modern history to go to the plate seven times without recording an official at-bat.
June 27, 2016. Kris Bryant goes 5-for-5 against the Reds, becoming the first player since 1913 to collect at least three home runs and two doubles in a game.
Andrew Simon and Matt Kelly are reporters for MLB.com.