The best moments of Cubs baseball on Independence Day
With the red, white and blue colors worn on the Cubs uniforms and the colors of our country’s flag, we look back on memorable games from the Cubs played on Independence Day.
The Cubs won’t be playing a regular season game today, but they’ll be taking part in an intersquad game as Summer Camp continues at Wrigley Field. Manager David Ross admitted it’ll be a bit strange, but that won’t stop him from enjoying the day.
“You wake up and this is kind of one of those days that just screams America’s pastime,” Ross said. “It’s a different, it’s a unique day, but I’m trying not to look at it like that, I’m trying to look at the positives.
“We’re gonna have our first scrimmage of the day, so it’ll be a lot of fun. It’s a beautiful, nice, hot day here in Chicago, Fourth of July. Maybe the pitchers look really good, maybe some the hitters go deep, you know? There’s a lot of positives we can pull from the backside of today.”
Over 40 years of moments have been celebrated from first home runs in careers, walk-off’s from Ryne Sandberg and Mark Grace as well as dominant pitching performances from Rick Sutcliffe and Carlos Zambrano.
Without further ado, here’s some notable Cubs wins on the 4th of July in the last four decades:
2019: Cubs beat Pirates 11-3
Four home runs were crushed in this game from Kris Bryant, Albert Almora Jr., Willson Contreras and Robel García, who hit his first home run in the majors in Pittsburgh.
2018: Cubs beat Tigers 5-2
David Bote hit the first home run of his career and Contreras hit a home run as well. Perhaps the most memorable play from that game was Javier Báez stealing home.
2016: Cubs beat Reds 10-4
An offensive explosion from the Cubs bats with help from Bryant and Contreras, who each hit home runs.
2015: Cubs beat Marlins 7-2
It was Clayton Richard on the mound and recorded his first win as a Cub. Bryant went 2-for-4 with 2 HRs and 6 RBIs, including a grand slam.
2014: Cubs beat Nationals 7-2
During the game, the Cubs traded Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Oakland Athletics for shortstop Addison Russell. Hammel started the game and was taken out due to the trade.
2012: Cubs beat Braves 5-1
The Cubs went to Turner Field and hit 3 home runs from Bryan LaHair, Jeff Baker and Anthony Rizzo. Paul Maholm pitched 6 innings, giving up 1 run, and struck out 5 in the win.
2008: Cubs beat Cardinals 2-1
Two runs was all the support Carlos Zambrano needed against the Cardinals. Big Z pitched 6 solid innings of no runs and 5 strikeouts. Kosuke Fukudome & Geovany Soto hit solo HRs.
2004: Cubs beat White Sox 2-1
Carlos Lee tied the game with a HR in the 9th off LaTroy Hawkins, but Damaso Marte walked Todd Walker with bases loaded to bring in the winning run. The Cubs swept the White Sox in the crosstown rivalry.
1998: Cubs beat Pirates 5-4
Mickey Morandini hit a 2-run HR in the 7th, followed by a 2-run single by Henry Rodríguez to give the Cubs the lead and the victory.
1997: Cubs beat Phillies 9-3
Sandberg led the way for the Cubs, going 3-for-5 with a home run and 2 RBIs. Kent Bottenfield came in relief to record a 4-inning save.
1995: Cubs beat Mets 3-0
Kevin Foster pitched a gem over 8 innings and struck out 9 batters in the game. Brian McRae hit the 2nd pitch of the game for a home run and the Cubs never looked back.
1994: Cubs beat Rockies 4-3
In the first game of the doubleheader, the Cubs rallied to score 2 in the 9th thanks to a Mark Parent sac fly and a walk-off single from Derrick May. The Cubs lost the second game of the doubleheader.
1991: Cubs beat Pirates 9-8
In this offensive battle, Barry Bonds homered off of Greg Maddux. Grace hit 2 home runs and Andre Dawson and George Bell each homered for the Cubs. The game went to extra innings and ended on a walk-off home run from Grace in the 11th inning.
1990: Cubs beat Dodgers 5-3
Cubs catcher Joe Girardi had 3 hits on the day off of starter Fernando Valenzuela with 2 runs batted in.
1989: Cubs beat Padres 5-1
Cubs starting pitcher Mike Bielecki pitched a strong outing – 6 innings with no earned runs. Dawson had 3 hits on the day overall.
1988: Cubs beat Giants 3-2
Greg Maddux pitched a complete game, giving up 2 ER and 4 hits while striking out 7. Dave Martinez hit a 2-run HR in the 5th inning and Manny Trillo hit a game-winning RBI single in the 9th inning.
1987: Cubs beat Giants 5-3
Bobby Dernier hit a leadoff home run as Rick Sutcliffe led the way with 8 IP, 3 ER and 10 Ks in the victory.
1984: Cubs beat Padres 2-1
It was a pitcher’s duel between Sutcliffe and Eric Show. Sutcliffe pitched 8.1 innings, gave up 7 hits and 3 strikeouts in his fourth career start for the Cubs. Lee Smith picked up the save for the Cubs.
1980: Cubs sweep Pirates in a doubleheader
Game 1: 4-2
Cliff Johnson led the way for the Cubs with a 2-run HR in the 1st inning. Bruce Sutter secured the save in 2 innings.
Game 2: 2-1
Doug Capilla not only pitched a good game by going 7 innings, giving up 2 hits and 1 earned run, but he also supplied the game-winning RBI single in the 5th inning to sweep the Pirates in the doubleheader.