Two years ago today the Cubs won the World Series. After 107 seasons without a World Series title, they finally won, though of course it didn’t come easy. Not only did the series run the full seven games… the deciding contest went into extra innings! There was no shortage of interesting bits of baseball history baked into the Cubs Game 7 win. Let’s revisit seven of my favorite nuggets from that unforgettable night.
Dexter Fowler hit a leadoff home run
It is the only Game 7 (or Game 9 – in those few seasons where the World Series was best of 9) leadoff home run in World Series history. Craig Biggio in Game 7 of the 2004 NLCS & Brian Dozier in the 2017 AL Wild Card game are the only others to do so in a Postseason sudden death game.
David Ross homered in his final career Major League game… IN THE WORLD SERIES
He’s one of only three players in MLB history who can make that claim. The others are former Cub Shawon Dunston who did it in 2002 with the Giants, and Bobby Kielty of the Red Sox in 2007. In Kielty’s case it was the only World Series plate appearance of his career.
Three Cubs catchers had an RBI
Willson Contreras started and had an RBI double in the 4th inning.
David Ross had his solo HR in the 6th.
Miguel Montero had an RBI single to give the Cubs an 8-6 lead in the 10th.
All three caught in the game as well. It was only the third time in World Series history a team used three catchers in a game (1978 Dodgers, 1950 Phillies)… but only here did three catch AND collect an RBI.
The last four-pitch intentional walk in MLB history
Was drawn by Addison Russell in the 10th inning. Anthony Rizzo had the second-to-last traditional IBB two batters earlier.
Mike Montgomery collected his first career save. In Game 7 of the World Series
Only two other pitchers in MLB history earned their first career save in a World Series clinching game. The first was Ted Wilks in 1944 for the Cardinals, long before the save was even a thing (it became an official stat in 1969). The other was Madison Bumgarner in 2014.
Cubs were shut out twice during the World Series and STILL won.
Only five other teams can claim that. The 1960 Pirates, 1959 Dodgers, 1945 Tigers (vs Cubs), 1921 Giants & 1917 White Sox. By the way, the 2016 Cubs are the only team ever to be shut out 4 times during a single postseason and still win a World Series. Still improbable even if there are more games (and more chances to be shut out) in today’s MLB postseason.
From A to Z
Ben Zobrist won World Series MVP honors in his first season with the Cubs. The previous player to win World Series MVP in his first season with a team? Jermaine Dye for the White Sox in 2005. Both had started the previous season with Oakland.