A report on Cardinals–Cubs rivalry

Pitcher Jim McCormick started five of the seven games for Chicago in the 1885 World Series between the two teams, going 3–2.
Mark McGwire hitting a home run at Busch Stadium.
Wrigley Field and the Cubs play host to the rival St. Louis Cardinals 9-10 games a season
Dusty Baker, manager of the Chicago Cubs (2003–2006)
Rogers Hornsby played for the St. Louis Cardinals 1915–1926 & 1933 and with the Chicago Cubs 1929–1932. Hornsby owns the single season record for both franchises in hits and runs.

The Cardinals–Cubs rivalry, also called the Route 66 rivalry and The I-55 rivalry, refers to the rivalry between the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs of the National League (NL), one of the most bitter rivalries in Major League Baseball and in all of North American professional sports.

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Pitcher Jim McCormick started five of the seven games for Chicago in the 1885 World Series between the two teams, going 3–2.

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Chicago Cubs

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American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

The 1876 White Stockings won the NL championship.
The 1906 Cubs won a record 116 of 154 games. They then won back-to-back World Series titles in 1907–08.
1913 Chicago Cubs
Hall of Famer Hack Wilson
Club logo (1927–1936)
Cubs logo (1941–1945)
A sports-related curse that was supposedly placed on the Chicago Cubs by Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis during Game 4 of the 1945 World Series.
Ernie Banks ("Mr. Cub")
Ryne Sandberg set numerous league and club records in his career and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2005.
Andre Dawson, 5× All-Star and 1987 NL MVP during tenure in Chicago
Sammy Sosa was the captain of the Chicago Cubs during his tenure with the team.
Kerry Wood, along with Mark Prior, led the Cubs' rotation in 2003.
Dempster emerged in 2004 and became the Cubs' regular closer.
Alfonso Soriano signed with the club in 2007.
Carlos Zambrano warming up before a game
Starlin Castro during his 2010 rookie season
One of two Cubs building blocks, Anthony Rizzo, swinging in the box
The Cubs celebrate after winning the 2016 World Series.
2016 Champions visit the White House in June 2017.
Clark (left) with the Oriole Bird
Ron Santo
Billy Williams
Ferguson Jenkins
Kiki Cuyler
Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown
Harry Caray

This was the genesis of what would eventually become one of the greatest rivalries in sports.

St. Louis Cardinals

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American professional baseball team based in St. Louis.

American professional baseball team based in St. Louis.

Charles Comiskey, shown here circa 1910, guided the Browns to four American Association titles.
Rogers Hornsby won two Triple Crowns as a Cardinal.
Stan Musial retired owning numerous National League and team batting records.
Bob Gibson, the most decorated pitcher in team history, won two Cy Young Awards.
Pitcher Chris Carpenter, essential in two World Series titles, won 10 playoff games with a 3.00 postseason ERA.
Albert Pujols is one of the most accomplished players in Cardinals' history.
Sportsman's Park during the 1946 World Series
Busch Memorial Stadium, home stadium from 1966 to 2005
St. Louis logo (1900–1919)
St. Louis mascot Fredbird, 2013
Red Schoendienst (1965–76, 1980, 1990)
Tony La Russa (1996–2011)
Joe Medwick's Triple Crown in 1937 is the last in the history of the National League
Lou Brock
Dizzy Dean
Curt Flood
Enos Slaughter
Ozzie Smith
Bruce Sutter
Harry Caray

In two of these championships, the Browns met the Chicago White Stockings, now the Chicago Cubs, launching the enduring Cardinals–Cubs rivalry.

2015 National League Division Series

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The 2015 National League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams in the 2015 National League Championship Series.

The 2015 National League Division Series were two best-of-five-game series to determine the participating teams in the 2015 National League Championship Series.

This was the third overall postseason meeting between the Cubs and Cardinals, with the two having met in the 1885 and 1886 World Series, and their first since the Cardinals joined the National League in 1892.

Chicago White Sox

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American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

American professional baseball team based in Chicago.

1919 "Black Sox" team photo
Ed Walsh holds the record for lowest career earned run average (ERA), 1.82
Al López, manager of the "Go-Go Sox"
Harold Baines at the plate in 1986
Frank Thomas in 1997
The White Sox celebrate after winning a tie-breaker game against the Minnesota Twins for a spot in the 2008 playoffs
View from the upper deck of U.S. Cellular Field in 2006
Batting practice at Comiskey Park, 1986
The 1912–1917, 1919–1929, 1931, and 1936–1938 Chicago White Sox logo
Uniform design from 1971–1975
Alternate logo, used on the road uniform (1991–2010) and on the black alternate uniform (1993–present).
Eddie Murphy, John "Shano" Collins, Joe Jackson, Happy Felsch, and Nemo Leibold in their dugout during the 1917 World Series
Luis Aparicio (1956–62, 1968–70)
Luke Appling (1930–43, 1945–50)
Carlton Fisk (1981–1993)
Nellie Fox (1950–1963)
Shoeless Joe Jackson (1915–1920)
Ted Lyons (1923–1942, 1946)
Minnie Miñoso (1951–57, 1960–61, 1964, 1976, 1980)
Bill Veeck, White Sox owner (1959–61, 1975–80) who revolutionized baseball by introducing many innovations in promotion
Southpaw
Fielder Jones of the White Sox hits the ball against Cubs at West Side Grounds, 1905
Elson in the 1940s
Harrelson in the broadcast booth in 2007

Through the 1953 season, the two teams were located fairly close to each other (including the 1901 season when the Browns were the Milwaukee Brewers), and could have been seen as the American League equivalent of the Cardinals–Cubs rivalry, being that Chicago and St. Louis have for years been connected by the same highway (U.S. Route 66 and now Interstate 55).

Sandberg in 1990

Ryne Sandberg

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American former professional baseball player, coach, and manager.

American former professional baseball player, coach, and manager.

Sandberg in 1990
Sandberg hits a double at Wrigley Field, 1996
Retired number at Wrigley Field
Ryne Sandberg with a tee ball player in 2008
Sandberg during his managing tenure with the Philadelphia Phillies in 2015 Spring Training

The Game of the Week, however, put the sleeper Cubs on the national stage against their regional rival, the St. Louis Cardinals.

WGN-TV

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Independent television station in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Independent television station in Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Former logo, used from August 1983 to May 3, 1993.
Former logo, used from May 3, 1993, to November 10, 2002; as a network affiliate, The WB's logo was placed next to the "9" (which is mirrored as the "G" in the call sign bar).
Former logo, used from November 11, 2002, to May 15, 2017; as a network affiliate, the logos of The WB and The CW, respectively, appeared next to the boxed "9" (which was originally rendered in blue until 2016).
News van outside the Dirksen Federal Building in June 2018.

As a consequence of the four teams electing to move their local game telecasts off broadcast television completely in favor of airing them exclusively over regional sports networks, WGN wound down its local sports coverage throughout the spring and summer of 2019—beginning with the April 1 game between the Blackhawks and the Winnipeg Jets, and continuing with its final game telecasts involving the Bulls (an away game against the New York Knicks on April 9) and the Cubs (an away game against the rival St. Louis Cardinals on September 27) —as the station's contracts with all four teams gradually expired.

Major League Baseball on Fox logo, used since May 21, 2016

Major League Baseball on Fox

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American presentation of Major League Baseball (MLB) games produced by Fox Sports, the sports division of the Fox Broadcasting Company (Fox), since June 1, 1996.

American presentation of Major League Baseball (MLB) games produced by Fox Sports, the sports division of the Fox Broadcasting Company (Fox), since June 1, 1996.

Major League Baseball on Fox logo, used since May 21, 2016

As part of its coverage of Mark McGwire's bid to break Roger Maris's single-season home run record in 1998, Fox aired a Sunday afternoon game between the Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals on September 6 and a Tuesday night game between the Chicago Cubs and the Cardinals on September 8 of that year (McGwire hit his record-breaking 62nd home run of the season in the latter game, which earned a 14.5 rating share for Fox, and remains the network's highest-rated regular season Major League Baseball telecast to this day).

La Russa in 2017

Tony La Russa

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American professional baseball coach and former player who is the manager for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB).

American professional baseball coach and former player who is the manager for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB).

La Russa in 2017
La Russa with the Oakland A's in 1989
Tony La Russa on the outfield warning track at Busch Stadium on June 29, 2002.
La Russa in 2008
La Russa at a fundraiser for the Animal Rescue Foundation in Phoenix, Arizona, in March 2017

Bissinger's Three Nights in August delves into La Russa's role as manager during a 3-game series in 2003 between his Cardinals and manager Dusty Baker's Chicago Cubs, their longtime rivals.

Kile with the Cardinals in 2000

Darryl Kile

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American professional baseball starting pitcher.

American professional baseball starting pitcher.

Kile with the Cardinals in 2000

On June 22, 2002, during pregame warmups for what would have been a day game in Chicago against the rival Cubs, team personnel noted Kile's absence.