1997 Chicago Cubs
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Major League affiliations
Location
Results
Record68–94 (.420)
Divisional place5th
Other information
Owner(s)Tribune Company
General manager(s)Ed Lynch
Manager(s)Jim Riggleman
Local televisionWGN-TV/Superstation WGN/Chicagoland TV
(Harry Caray, Steve Stone, Josh Lewin)
Local radioWGN
(Pat Hughes, Ron Santo, Harry Caray, Josh Lewin)
StatsESPN.com
BB-reference
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The 1997 Chicago Cubs season was the 126th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 122nd in the National League and the 82nd at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fifth and last in the National League Central with a record of 68–94. The team never had a record above .500 at any point during the season.

The Cubs lost the first 14 games of the season, before finally winning the second game of a double-header against the New York Mets. The 0-14 start brought the superstition of the "billy goat curse" to the forefront, and at one point a goat was actually led around Wrigley Field in an effort to end the curse.

This was also Harry Caray's final season as broadcaster for the Cubs, as he died on February 18, 1998 (two months after his grandson Chip Caray was hired to share play-by-play duties with him). The team would wear a patch with his likeness that year.

Offseason

Regular season

Opening Day Starters

Season standings

NL Central W L Pct. GB Home Road
Houston Astros 84 78 0.519 46–35 38–43
Pittsburgh Pirates 79 83 0.488 5 43–38 36–45
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 0.469 8 40–41 36–45
St. Louis Cardinals 73 89 0.451 11 41–40 32–49
Chicago Cubs 68 94 0.420 16 42–39 26–55

Record vs. opponents


Sources: [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14]
Team ATL CHC CIN COL FLA HOU LA MTL NYM PHI PIT SD SF STL AL
Atlanta 9–2 9–2 5–6 4–8 7–4 6–5 10–2 5–7 10–2 5–6 8–3 7–4 8–3 7–5
Chicago 2–9 7–5 2–9 2–9 3–9 5–6 4–7 6–5 6–5 7–5 6–5 5–6 4–8 9–6
Cincinnati 2–9 5–7 5–6 5–6 5–7 6–5 6–5 2–9 8–3 8–4 5–6 4–7 6–6 9–6
Colorado 6–5 9–2 6–5 7–4 5–6 5–7 7–4 6–5 4–7 4–7 4–8 4–8 7–4 9–7
Florida 8–4 9–2 6–5 4–7 7–4 7–4 7–5 4–8 6–6 7–4 5–6 5–6 5–6 12–3
Houston 4–7 9–3 7–5 6–5 4–7 7–4 8–3 7–4 4–7 6–6 6–5 3–8 9–3 4–11
Los Angeles 5–6 6–5 5–6 7–5 4–7 4–7 7–4 6–5 10–1 9–2 5–7 6–6 5–6 9–7
Montreal 2–10 7–4 5–6 4–7 5–7 3–8 4–7 5–7 6–6 5–6 8–3 6–5 6–5 12–3
New York 7–5 5–6 9–2 5–6 8–4 4–7 5–6 7–5 7–5 7–4 5–6 3–8 9–2 7–8
Philadelphia 2-10 5–6 3–8 7–4 6–6 7–4 1–10 6–6 5–7 5–6 7–4 3–8 6–5 5–10
Pittsburgh 6–5 5–7 4–8 7–4 4–7 6–6 2–9 6–5 4–7 6–5 5–6 8–3 9–3 7–8
San Diego 3–8 5–6 6–5 8–4 6–5 5–6 7–5 3–8 6–5 4–7 6–5 4–8 5–6 8–8
San Francisco 4–7 6–5 7–4 8–4 6–5 8–3 6–6 5–6 8–3 8–3 3–8 8–4 3–8 10–6
St. Louis 3–8 8–4 6–6 4–7 6–5 3-9 6–5 5–6 2–9 5–6 3–9 6–5 8–3 8–7


Notable Transactions

Roster

1997 Chicago Cubs
Roster
Pitchers Catchers

Infielders

Outfielders

Manager

Coaches

Player stats

Batting

Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
C Scott Servais 122 385 100 .260 6 45
1B Mark Grace 151 555 177 .319 13 78
2B Ryne Sandberg 135 447 118 .264 12 64
SS Shawon Dunston 114 419 119 .284 9 41
3B Kevin Orie 114 364 100 .275 8 44
LF Doug Glanville 146 474 142 .300 4 35
CF Brian McRae 108 417 100 .240 6 28
RF Sammy Sosa 162 642 161 .251 36 119

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Rey Sánchez 97 205 51 .249 1 12
Tyler Houston 72 196 51 .260 2 28
José Hernández 121 183 50 .273 7 26
Dave Hansen 90 151 47 .311 3 21
Lance Johnson 39 145 44 .303 4 15
Dave Clark 102 143 43 .301 5 32
Brant Brown 46 137 32 .234 5 15
Manny Alexander 33 99 29 .293 1 7
Brooks Kieschnick 39 90 18 .200 4 12
Mike Hubbard 29 64 13 .203 1 2
Miguel Cairo 16 29 7 .241 0 1
Robin Jennings 9 18 3 .167 0 2
Terrell Lowery 9 14 4 .286 0 0

Pitching

Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Steve Trachsel 34 201.1 8 12 4.51 160
Terry Mulholland 25 157.0 6 12 4.07 74
Kevin Foster 26 146.1 10 7 4.61 118
Geremi González 23 144.0 11 9 4.25 93
Frank Castillo 20 98.0 6 9 5.42 67
Kevin Tapani 13 85.0 9 3 3.39 55
Mark Clark 9 63.0 6 1 2.86 51
Dave Swartzbaugh 2 8.0 0 1 9.00 4

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Amaury Telemaco 10 38.0 0 3 6.16 29
Miguel Batista 11 36.1 0 5 5.70 27
Rodney Myers 5 9.0 0 0 6.00 6

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO
Bob Patterson 76 1 6 0 3.34 58
Terry Adams 74 2 9 18 4.62 64
Kent Bottenfield 64 2 3 2 3.86 74
Ramón Tatís 56 1 1 0 5.34 33
Mel Rojas 54 0 4 3 4.42 61
Turk Wendell 52 3 5 4 4.20 54
Marc Pisciotta 24 3 1 0 3.18 21
Larry Casian 12 0 1 0 7.45 7
Dave Stevens 10 0 2 0 9.64 13
Ramón Morel 3 0 0 0 4.91 3

Farm system

See also: Minor League Baseball

Level Team League Manager
AAA Iowa Cubs American Association Tim Johnson
AA Orlando Rays Southern League Dave Trembley
A Daytona Cubs Florida State League Steve Roadcap
A Rockford Cubbies Midwest League Rubén Amaro, Sr.
A-Short Season Williamsport Cubs New York–Penn League Bobby Ralston
Rookie AZL Cubs Arizona League Terry Kennedy

LEAGUE CHAMPIONS: AZL Cubs[6]

References

  1. ^ Mel Rojas Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  2. ^ "Box Score of Game played on Monday, June 16, 1997 at Comiskey Park II".
  3. ^ "Carlos Zambrano Stats".
  4. ^ Brian McRae Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  5. ^ Mark Clark Statistics Baseball-Reference.com
  6. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, North Carolina: Baseball America, 2007