The Uniforms of the Chicago Cubs!

 

 

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Titled “There Are No Other Teams” and licensed by Major League Baseball, we present the uniforms history of the Chicago Cubs.

 

Please note the print visuals shown here on our website simply cannot do justice to the meticulous detail of the actual print.  In addition, the year each uniform was first introduced is inscribed underneath.  Please also note the uniforms print you receive may have been updated with additional uniforms than what is shown on the print displayed above.

 

Framed Version 1

Framed with our classy multi-grooved black frame and matted in black with a white accent mat, this is one striking artpiece.  Measuring 12 ˝ inches by 22 ˝ inches with glass covering, it comes fully assembled and ready to hang or lean.  The cost is a welcoming $49 each and there is a one-time $6 discount shipping cost regardless of how many items you order!

 

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Framed with a gold metal frame, this is our “thrills but no frills” version.  Measuring 5 ˝ inches by 15 ˝ inches with a glass covering, it comes fully assembled and ready to hang, lean or lay flat.  The cost is a welcoming $29 each and there is a one-time $6 discount shipping cost regardless of how many items you order!

 

Below is an example of the framed version with no mats, which depicts the Chicago Bears:

 

 

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Here then is the history of the Cubs’ Uniforms …

 

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#1A.

1908 

In 1876, the Chicago White Stockings (yes - the Cubs used to be called the White Stockings!) become one of eight charter members of the National League.  On April 25, 1876 the team plays the first game in the history of the Chicago National League Ball Club. A.G. Spalding doubles as the manager and pitcher, and he records the first NL shutout, a 4-0 win over Louisville. The White Stockings go on to win the inaugural National League championship with a record of 52-14.

Using nicknames such as the "White Stockings," "Colts," and Orphans," the team plays in five different ball parks in the 1800s. The origin of the name Cubs isn’t precisely known, but one story has it that in 1901 and 1902 the team was full of rookies and on March 27, 1902 a reporter in the Chicago Daily News referred to the team as the “Cubs”, a name that eventually stuck.

The jersey depicted here is a 1908 home jersey with a full pull-down collar. The logo is a brown bear standing on its hind legs holding a bat. Even though this jersey has several buttons down the front, it still was a “pullover” style jersey that had to be pulled over top of the head.

In 1908, for the third year in a row, the Cubs headed to the World Series. In 1906 they fell to the cross-town rival White Sox; while in 1907 they won four straight over the Tigers. In this season, 1908, the Cubs and Tigers met again, with the Cubs winning the World Series 4 games to 1. Even the presence of Detroit’s legendary Ty Cobb wasn’t enough to overcome the Cubs of the early 1900’s. In the 1908 Series Cobb was held to just 4 hits and 2 stolen bases in the 5 games, as the Cubs went on to become the first team to win back-to-back World Series Championships.

The Cubs have had a dry spell since 1908, but despite this drought, Cubs’ fans are ever hopeful and remain among the most loyal fans in all of baseball.

#1B.

1909  The Cubs are one of the first major league teams, (along with the Boston Braves & Brooklyn Dodgers) to implement pinstripes as a part of their uniforms, a practice that actually began with their 1907 World Series uniform. The 1909 collar on this road uniform is cadet style. Note also the “CHICAGO” down the front of the jersey - a wonderful touch we’d love to see repeated by a modern team. Just like the 1908 jersey, there are buttons down the front of this jersey, but it’s still a “pullover style” jersey.

1909 is the first year that the Cubs had a large “C” with a smaller “ubs” inside of it. This jersey is from the Cubs’ most successful era, when they made it to the World Series 4 times in 5 years, (1906, 1907, 1908 & 1910) winning it all in 1907 and 1908.

#1C.

1911  The collar on this dark blue road jersey is halfway between a cadet style and the style of today. This is a pullover style jersey, even though it has some buttons down the front, it still had to be pulled over the head. A white bear inside a white “C” appears on this jersey, slightly different than previous logos, but the theme remains the same, a bear and a bat.

Note also how there is a center belt loop and how the belt buckle is worn to one side. Players of this era usually wore the belt buckle to one side to prevent injury when sliding into a base.

#2.

1916  The logo changes once again on this home uniform, now it’s a red “C” and a blue bear on all fours. The 1916 season is of great interest to Cubs fans because it was the first year the Cubs played in what we all know now as “Wrigley Field”.

Prior to 1916 the Cubs played their home games at the West Side Grounds. In 1916 Charles Weeghman purchased the team & moved them to “Weeghman Park” for the 1916 season. This ballpark had been built two years earlier and was home to the Federal League’s Chicago Whales until the League folded in 1915. The first National League game played at Weeghman Park was on April 20th, 1916 when the Cubs beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings.

The Cubs were sold to William Wrigley in 1920, & the park was renamed “Cubs Park”. Then in 1926 the name was changed to Wrigley Field, the name we know and love today.

#3.

1925  This home uniform is still a pullover style jersey with a cadet collar. They stuck with the large red “C” and went with the “ubs” inside of it, similar to the 1909 logo. The patch on the left sleeve commemorates the 50th anniversary of the National League. On April 14th, 1925 the 1st regular season radio broadcast of a Cubs game hit the air on WGN Radio, with Quin Ryan calling the play by play. Chicago beat Pittsburgh 8-2.

#4A.

1932  Most baseball fans know that teams typically wear the name of their city on their road uniforms and their nicknames for their home uniforms - this has been done for over 100 years. What makes this jersey interesting is that only a handful of Major League teams have ever worn a jersey with both the team’s city AND nickname appearing on the same jersey, such as is the case here.

The Cubs wore this pullover style road uniform for the 1932 and 1933 seasons. In 1932 the Cubs made it to the World Series and thus faced Babe Ruth and the New York Yankees. In Game 3, October 1st, the story is told that while The Babe was at bat in the 5th inning, he paused, pointed to the right-centerfield bleachers, and “called his shot”. The next pitch ended up in the seats where he had predicted. The Yankees swept the Series in 4 games.

On a sad note, both former owner Charles Weeghman & current owner William Wrigley passed away this year. Wrigley’s son Philip Knight, “P.K.” took over for his father.

#4B.

1934  This is a full button-down front home uniform (as opposed to the pullover style jersey) with distinctive red and blue piping around the collar and cuffs. The logo is a bear cubs winding up to pitch, but we have to admit it looks as much like an ape as it does a bear.

The Cubs made it to the World Series 3 times in the 30’s but were defeated by the Yankees in 1932, the Tigers in 1935 and the Yankees again in 1938.

A1930’s point of interest:

In September 1937 Bill Veeck planted the ivy that now covers the brick wall of Wrigley Fields’ outfield. The ivy has become synonymous with Wrigley Field, & gives outfielders a second thought about tracking a fly ball to the wall.

#5A.

1940  The Cubs have abandoned the traditional jersey and have introduced a vest with stylized undershirt complete with red striped cuffs. This is the first time a vest was worn by a major league team, and the Cubs wore a vest for the 1940-1942 seasons. (The next team to wear a vest was the 1956 Cincinnati Reds.)

 

Notice also the zippered front on this road uniform. The 1937 Cubs were the first team to wear a zippered jersey, with the White Sox and Tigers joining in the following year. During the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s many teams used zippered jerseys instead of the more traditional button front jerseys, while a handful of teams wore them well into the 70’s and even the 80’s. The Reds, Yankees and A’s were the three pre-1977 major league teams that never wore zippers. As mentioned above, the 1937 Cubs were the first team to wear a zippered jersey, and as far we can tell the 1988 Phillies were the last to wear one.

 

Perhaps the most unusual part of this jersey is the uniformly thin underline under the “Chicago”. Usually baseball uniforms feature more of a “swoosh” underline, like the 1932 jersey.

It’s interesting to note that in 1940 Wrigley Field was about to become one of the first ballparks with lights, to allow night games, but when World War II began, the team donated them to the war effort. As it turns out, the Cubs ended up being the last team to get lights, & played their first night game at Wrigley in 1988.

#5B.

1945  This is a classic uniform, one of our favorites! Note that the red stripes on the cuffs of the undershirt are still present (see the 1940 jersey).

During the Second World War, the question is raised, should able-bodied athletes of baseball be fighting for their country rather than playing baseball? Baseball Commissioner Landis asked President Franklin D. Roosevelt what to do - here is part of Roosevelt’s reply:

“I honestly feel it would be best for the country to keep baseball going. There will be fewer people unemployed and everybody will work longer hours and harder than ever before… Here is another way of looking at it - if 300 teams use 5,000 or 6,000 players, these players are a definite recreational asset to at least 20,000,000 of their fellow citizens - and that in my judgment is thoroughly worthwhile.”

Wartime sleeve patches were worn by all levels of professional baseball teams between 1942 and 1945. A “Health” patch was worn during the 1942 season, part of a war-time health and fitness awareness campaign, and from 1943-1945 a “Stars and Stripes” was worn.

Now we have to fess up - some of our Cubs’ posters show the “Health” patch on the 1945 uniform - this wasn’t the case, we should have shown the Stars & Stripes patch. As noted above, the health patch was only worn in 1942. Sorry for the mix-up!

In 1945 the Cubs made it to the World Series, but fell to the Tigers 4 games to 3, losing to the Tigers at Wrigley Field in Game 7 by a 9-3 score. The Cubs have to wait until 1984 to make it back to post season play.

#6.

1957  In this home uniform we see the first appearance of pinstripes for the Cubs since the early 1930’s. Notice the Cubs logo and how similar it is to that of today. By 1957 the great Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub, was playing his 5th season, batting .285 and knocking in 102 runs.

#7.

1969  Numbers are added to the front of this road jersey for the first time. Uniform numbers first made their appearance on the front of a uniform in 1952 - the Brooklyn Dodgers were the first team to wear uniform numbers on the front of their jersey. The Braves followed suit in 1953, and the Reds joined in beginning in 1956. The 1916 Cleveland Indians actually wore a uniform number on their sleeve, but it wasn’t until the ’52 Dodgers that the number made it to the front. The Cub face patch seen on the left shoulder made its first appearance in 1962. If we could see the right sleeve of this jersey, we would see a patch worn by all MLB teams that commemorated the 100th anniversary of professional baseball. When I see this jersey, I can’t help but think of two great Cubs - shortstop-turned first baseman Ernie Banks and the great Ferguson Jenkins, who had six 20+ game winning seasons in a row with the Cubs from 1967-1972.

#8.

1972  This home jersey is of a double-knit style that most major league teams succumbed to during the 70’s and early 80’s. It was a pullover style, made of stretchy, synthetic material. The pants were called “Sans-a-Belt”’s because the elasticized waistline eliminated the need for a belt. This was a successful era for the Cubs, who finished either 2nd or 3rd and above .500 for 6 straight years (1967-1972), but could never quite make it to post season play.

#9.

1984  This road uniform is still the double knit pullover style, with the “Sans-a-Belt” elastic waistline. Notice the new bear patch on the left sleeve.

The patch on the right sleeve celebrates the fact that the Cubs were the National League Eastern Division Champs (they finished with a 96-65 regular season record) and made it to the post season for the first time since 1945! But in the National League Championship Series against the Padres, the Cubs win the first two games to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series, then drop the next 3 games (all in San Diego) and fail to make it to the World Series.

#10.

1990  Thank goodness - by now the double knit, Sans-A-Belt era has finally come to an end! Grown men shouldn’t have to play ball in polyester!

This 1990 road uniform has the uniform numbers on the front once again. The familiar Cubs logo as we know it today is on the left sleeve. The right sleeve has a patch that the Cubs wore all season long. This patch commemorates the fact that the Cubs & Wrigley Field played host to the 1990 All Star game. This practice, where the team which hosts the all-star game wears a patch commemorating the game, began in the 1970’s and continues today.

#11.

1998  This home uniform shows a circle C and walking bear logo on the left sleeve, a logo that is reminiscent of the 1916 jersey logo. Note also the fact that there is a blue and white “Hey Hey” on the left sleeve just above the bear logo. This expression is a tribute to longtime Cubs announcer Harry Caray, who passed away prior to the ’98 season. On the right sleeve, which we cannot see, the Cubs wore a simple but unmistakable black and white caricature of Harry Caray.

In this famous season, 1998, Sammy Sosa of the Cubs and Mark McGwire of the Cardinals battled head to head in an awesome home run race that captured the attention of a nation and may have helped to revitalize the entire sport of baseball. It could be argued that the uniforms of the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals were the most photographed jerseys in the entire history of professional baseball as McGwire slugged 70 home runs to Sosa’s 66 - a feat that may not be repeated in our lifetimes.

 

 

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