Today in Chicago Cubs History: April 25, 1876

By Kris Hughes

Starting today, we are running a daily series on the history of the Chicago Cubs.

Each day throughout the remainder of the season, I will bring you the highlight moment in team history for that day on the calendar.

April 25, 1876 is one of the most monumental moments in the history of the franchise– the Cubs’ very first organized game. The Cubs, originally called the Chicago White Stockings, were one of the charter members of the original National League and were managed by A.G. Spaulding.

Spaulding also pitched in the Cubs very first game, a 4-0 shutout win over the Louisville Grays. Center fielder Paul Hines scored the first run in franchise history on an error in the second inning to kick-start the 4-0 victory.

The 1876 White Stockings finished 52-14 and won the inaugural National League Championship. The team went on to play as the White Stockings until 1884 when the name changed to the Chicago Colts.

The Chicago Colts morphed into the Chicago Orphans in 1898 and finally became the Cubs in 1902, with the name originally being coined by the Chicago Daily News due to the number of young players that took the field for the team that season.

Today marks the 126th anniversary of the first time the Northsiders played together as a team.

It’s a great day in Cubs history!

Kris Hughes is the College Football Network Manager for Rant Sports. If you enjoy his takes, you can follow Kris on Twitter, check out his personal Facebook page, or stop by his personal Tumblr page. 

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