|St. Louis Cardinals–Chicago Cubs|
|Last Meeting||September 11, 2008|
|Next Meeting||September 19-21, 2008|
|Number of Meetings||2,221|
|All-Time Series||1,146-1,078 CHC|
|Regular Season Series||1,146-1,078 CHC|
|Post Season History|
|Post Season Meetings||0-0|
|The two teams have never met in the postseason.|
The Cardinals–Cubs rivalry refers to the Major League Baseball games between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs. The rivalry is also known as the I-55 series (or in earlier years the Route 66 series), deriving its name from the roadway connecting the two cities, Interstate 55 (which itself succeeded the famous U.S. Route 66). The Cubs lead the all-time series 1,146–1,078 through the 2008 season, while the Cardinals lead in National League pennants with 17 against the Cubs' 10. However, the Cardinals have a clear edge when it comes to World Series successes, having won 10 championships to the Cubs' 2. Unlike Yankees-Red Sox or Dodgers-Giants games, Cardinals-Cubs games see numerous visiting fans in either St. Louis' Busch Stadium or Chicago's Wrigley Field. When the National League split into two, and then three divisions, the Cardinals and Cubs remained together. This has added excitement to several pennant races over the years, most recently 1989, 2003, and now 2008.
One of the "territories" in question is central Illinois, which receives both radio broadcasts of St. Louis Cardinals games (on KMOX for decades until the 2006 season, when the Cardinals' owners moved the broadcasts to KTRS, a station they bought for the purpose) as well as WGN radio & WGN television (including WGN-TV's superstation) broadcasts of Chicago Cubs games. Both KMOX and WGN radio are traditional "clear channel" AM radio stations, and both teams fought for fans in the Western states prior to Major League expansion. Also prior to Major League expansion, the Cardinals also traditionally claimed huge parts of the South in its territory, the while the Cubs claimed the Upper Midwest.
Loyalties to the two teams divided friends, families, and co-workers, and shaped the locals in various ways, as George Will noted in a 1998 commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis: "I grew up in Champaign, Illinois, midway between Chicago and St. Louis. At an age too tender for life-shaping decisions, I made one. While all my friends were becoming Cardinals fans, I became a Cub fan. My friends, happily rooting for Stan Musial, Red Schoendienst, and other great Redbirds, grew up cheerfully convinced that the world is a benign place, so of course, they became liberals. Rooting for the Cubs in the late 1940s and early 1950s, I became gloomy, pessimistic, morose, dyspeptic and conservative. It helped out of course that the Cubs last won the World Series in 1908, which is two years before Mark Twain and Tolstoy died. But that means, class of 1998, that the Cubs are in the 89th year of their rebuilding effort, and remember, any team can have a bad moment."
In recent years, tragedies in the Cardinals organization have caused 2 games between these teams to be postponed. In 2002, after Cardinals pitcher Darryl Kile was found dead in a Chicago hotel room, a game between the teams in Wrigley Field was postponed. Then in 2007, another Cardinals pitcher, Josh Hancock, was killed in a car crash while driving intoxicated, causing a game in St. Louis to be postponed. Incidentally, both games were scheduled to air on one of MLB's major broadcast partners - the 2002 game was to air on FOX, and the 2007 game was planned for ESPN Sunday Night Baseball.
In 1998, the teams were eternally connected by the Mark McGwire-Sammy Sosa home run race, credited by many with revitalizing the sport following the players' strike which cancelled the 1994 World Series and the first part of the 1995 season.
In early September the teams met for a 2-game series at Busch Stadium in St. Louis. In game one, McGwire hit his record-tying 61st home run off pitcher Mike Morgan in the first inning as part of a 3-2 Cardinals victory. The following day, McGwire broke the record with #62 off Steve Trachsel in the fourth inning as part of a 6-3 victory against the Cubs. In a show of sportsmanship, Sammy Sosa was there to embrace and congratulate his home run rival and on-field opponent after McGwire rounded the bases. McGwire would finish the year with 70 home runs and Sosa with 66. However, the Cubs won the National League wild card, making the playoffs for the first time in nine years, while the Cardinals finished barely above .500. Sosa eventually became the NL MVP that season.
In 2005, the Cardinals and Cubs renewed their rivalry when first basemen Derrek Lee for the Cubs and Albert Pujols for the Cardinals were locked in an MVP race. Nabbing the NL batting title, Lee led the league in hits and batting average and bested Pujols in home runs. For his part, Pujols led the league in runs scored and had the edge on Lee in RBIs. Lee was awarded both the Gold Glove and Silver Slugger as the best NL first baseman on both defense and offense, respectively. However, with the Cardinals winning 100 games and the division and the Cubs finishing 21 games back in fourth place, Pujols took home National League MVP honors.
Legendary announcer Harry Caray began his career in St. Louis, broadcasting on KMOX radio for 24 seasons, before moving to Chicago in 1971 and becoming a staple of WGN radio and television broadcasts from 1981 until his death before the 1998 season.
The rivalry between the two clubs intensified following the hiring of Dusty Baker to manage the Cubs following the 2002 season. In 2002, when Baker was managing the San Francisco Giants, he and Tony La Russa had run-ins during that year's National League Championship Series, with the animosity carrying over to Baker's tenure with the Cubs. According to Baker, part of the intensity stems from the close relationship of the two. "It's very intense...When you play 18 times against a team that's had a long-time rivalry, and my former manager and my former confidant, that just increases things." Dusty Baker played for La Russa in 1986 as a member of the Oakland Athletics.
Some say that the feud between the two managers have added to the rivalry between the two teams. "Both managers are fiercely protective of their players. Both believe in old-school baseball protocol. Neither will sit by idly and watch an opponent show up their team. Both are fierce competitors with enormous pride…. Fans don’t usually buy tickets to watch managers manage . . . but this tactical showdown added something to the Cubs-Cards series."
After the Cubs fired Dusty Baker in 2006, the rivalry was raised by another notch as they replaced him with Lou Piniella. Ironically, Piniella and La Russa both grew up in Tampa and faced each other in the 1990 World Series as managers of the Cincinnati Reds and Oakland Athletics, respectively.
|World Series championships||10||2|
|Wild Card berths||1||1|
|Rookie of the Year||6||4|
|Manager of the Year||2||2|
As of 6/12/2006
|Home runs||Mark McGwire, 70 (1998)||Sammy Sosa, 66 (1998)|
|Runs batted in||Joe Medwick, 154 (1937)||Hack Wilson, 191 (1930) (MLB record)|
|Batting average||Rogers Hornsby, .424 (1924)||Bill Lange, .389 (1895)|
|Hits||Rogers Hornsby, 250 (1922)||Rogers Hornsby, 229 (1929)|
|Runs||Rogers Hornsby, 141 (1922)||Rogers Hornsby, 156 (1929)|
|Doubles||Joe Medwick, 64 (1936)||Billy Herman, 57 (1935 & 1936)|
|Triples||Tom Long, 25 (1915)||Vic Saier and Frank Schulte, 21 (1913 & 1911)|
|Stolen bases||Lou Brock, 118 (1974)||Bill Lange, 84 (1896)|
|Hitting streak||Rogers Hornsby, 33 games (1922)||Jerome Walton, 30 games (1989)|
|Strikeouts||Jim Edmonds, 167 (2000)||Sammy Sosa, 174 (1997)|
|Walks||Mark McGwire, 162 (1998)||Jimmy Sheckard, 147 (1911)|
|Pitching wins||Dizzy Dean 30, (1934)||John Clarkson, 53 (1885)|
|Pitching strikeouts||Bob Gibson, 274 (1970)||Bill Hutchison, 314 (1892)|
|Pitching ERA||Bob Gibson, 1.12 (1968)||Mordecai Brown, 1.04 (1906)|
|Pitching Saves||Lee Smith, 47 (1991)||Randy Myers, 53 (1993)|
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