The Chicago Cubs are an American professional baseball team. They are based in Chicago, Illinois. The team was established in 1876. The Cubs play a part in Major League Baseball (MLB) as a member club of the National League (NL) Central division. The Owners of the franchise include Thomas S. Ricketts, Laura Ricketts, Pete Ricketts, Todd Ricketts, and Joe Ricketts. The Manager of the team is Joe Maddon and Jed Hoyer is the General Manager of the franchise.
The nicknames of the team include The Cubbies, the North Siders, the North Side Nine, the Boys in Blue, The Lovable Losers, the Little Bears, the Blue Bears, and the Baby Bears. Since 1916, the Ballpark of the team is Wrigley Field, situated on the city's North Side and their previous Ballparks were a.k.a. Weeghman Park (1914–1920), a.k.a. Cubs Park (1920–1926), 23rd Street Grounds (1876–1877), Lakefront Park (I) (1878–1882), Lakefront Park (II) (1883–1884), West Side Park (I) (1885–1891), South Side Park (1891–1893) and West Side Park (II) (1893–1915).
The Chicago Cubs received its current name in 1903 and their previous names were Chicago White Stockings (NL) (1876–1889), Chicago Colts (1890–1897), and Chicago Orphans (1898–1902). There is one more major league franchise located in Chicago, i.e., the Chicago White Sox. The team was a naissance affiliate of the NL in 1876. Regardless of less success, the Cubs have a great loyal fan base and they are also one of the well known franchises in baseball.
The Cubs have appeared in eleven World Series. Since the beginning of divisional play in 1969, the franchise has played in the postseason eight times. The Cubs could win consecutive World Series championships in 1907 and 1908. They are considered to be the first major league team to appear in three successive World Series. They are also the first team to win World Series championships twice.
The cubs passed through a 71 year National League pennant drought before winning the 2016 National League Championship Series and it is a record drought in Major League Baseball. The team also had to face a 108-year World Series championship drought, a record drought in Major League Baseball as well as the longest such happening in all major North American sports, and they could end it by winning 2016 World Series.
Mordecai Brown, Sammy Sosa, Gabby Hartnett, Greg Maddux, Kerry Wood, Fergie Jenkins, Ron Santo, Billy Williams, Ryne Sandberg, Ernie Banks, Hack Wilson, etc are some of the great players that the Cubs produced. The team has seen a lot of Hall of Fame players’ step onto the field in the Cub’s uniform, and some of them are Pete Alexander, Cap Anson, Richie Ashburn, Ernie Banks, Roger Bresnahan, Lou Brock, Mordecai Brown, Frank Chance, Ron Santo, Al Spalding, Joe Tinker, Rube Waddell, Hoyt Wilhelm, Billy Williams, Hack Wilson.
The team has won three World Series titles (1907, 1908, and 2016) to date. The Cubs have many different rivalries. Their divisional rivalry with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers are famous. Their interleague rivalry with the White Sox is also popular.