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Cubs’ Pennant Winning Managers Discussed

August 12, 2016

To this point, the Chicago Cubs have won nine National League pennants, three each under Frank Chance and Charlie Grimm.

Of course Chance’s feats are far greater in that the team won its only 2 World Series with Chance as player manager in 1907 and 1908.

However, Mr. Grimm’s feat of winning 3 pennants and managing the first 81 games (then more than half, of what was actually a 152 game season in 1938) of another Cubs’ pennant winning team, is quite impressive.

“Jolly Cholly,” as he was known, guided the Cubs to the N.L. flag in 1932, 1935 and 1945, the latter the last time they won it.

Additionally Grimm’s Cubs were (45-36) –5 wins in 9 games pace), when he was replaced by Gabby Hartnett, who guided the Cubs to the N.L. flag, hitting his famous “homer in the gloamin,” along the way.

 

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