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Chicago Cubs: The Early Years

Test your baseball knowledge of the Chicago Cubs: The Early Years.  Get up to bat in this FUN Baseball Trivia quiz.  "Check Your Answers" at the end of the quiz.

Trivia powered by ABE1) The success and fame of the Brooklyn Atlantics, organized baseball's first true dynasty, and the Cincinnati Red Stockings (c. 1867-1870) baseball's first openly all-professional team, led to a minor explosion of other openly professional clubs by the late 1860s, each with the singular goal of defeating the Red Stockings, who had accumulated an unparalleled 89 game winning streak.  A number of them adopted variants on basing the team name on the team colors, and it happens that Chicago's club, which was officially known as The Chicago Base Ball Club, adopted white.  On April 29, 1870, the Chicago White Stockings played their first game against the St. Louis Unions.  The Unions scored 1 run, how many runs did Chicago score?

  • 4
  • 7
  • 47
  • 74

2) In 1871, the time was right for the formation of the very first all-professional league, and thus the National Association of Professional Base Ball Players was born, and the White Stockings, financed by businessman William Hulbert, became charter members of the new league.  Where did Chicago play their home games on the city's west side?

  • Wrigley Field
  • Union Base-Ball Grounds
  • Ketchum Field
  • The Ball Park

3) The club was close contenders for the pennant until late in 1871, when the Great Chicago Fire destroyed their home field, along with all of the equipment, including the players' uniforms.

  • True or False?

4) As a result, Hulbert, spearheaded the formation of a new, stronger, more ethical organization. During the last years of the National Association, William Hulbert worked behind the scenes, to convince the owners of other teams to join the White Stockings in his new league, which would be known as the National Base Ball League.  The National League's formation meant the end of the N.A., as its remaining clubs shut down or reverted to amateur or minor status.  Who is NOT an original National League Team?

  • St. Louis Browns
  • Hartford Dark Blues
  • Philadelphia Athletics
  • Tempe Sun Devils

5) The White Stockings cruised through the National League's inaugural season of 1876, winning the league's first championship.

  • True or False?

6) The team's best player and perhaps the greatest ballplayer in the early era of professional baseball, became the club's captain, and was so much identified as the face of the club. Who is the player?

  • Tim Reynolds
  • Dan Sutton
  • Macon Georgia
  • Adrian Anson

7) After back to back pennants in 1880 and '81, owner William Hulbert died.  Who assumed ownership of the club?

  • Albert Spalding
  • Ross Barnes
  • Deacon White
  • Anthony Foyt

8) From 1890 to 1897, the team changed its name to the Chicago Bears.

  • True or False?

9) South Side Park was at 35th Street and South Wentworth Avenue, just east of the eventual Comiskey Park. It was first the home of the Chicago entry of the Players League of 1890 (whose roster included Charles Comiskey), and then was the home of the National League team now called the Chicago Cubs during parts of 1891-1893.

  • True or False?

10) From 1893 to 1915, what is the name of the ball park on a larger block bounded by Taylor, Wood, Polk and Lincoln (now Wolcott) Streets, where the Chicago Cubs played?

  • West Side Park
  • Lakefront Park
  • 23rd Street Grounds
  • Weeghman Park

Check Your Answers


Chicago Cubs: The Early Years [Answers]

  1. 47
  2. Union Base-Ball Grounds
  3. True
  4. Tempe Sun Devils
  5. True
  6. Adrian Anson
  7. Albert Spalding
  8. False. From 1890 to 1897, the team changed its name to the Chicago Colts.
  9. True
  10. West Side Park

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