BILL CHUCK: The Cubs-Red Sox series by the numbers
BY BILL CHUCK firstname.lastname@example.org | @billyball June 29, 2014 7:43PM
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 04: Jake Peavy #44 of the Boston Red Sox pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning during the Opening Day game at Fenway Park on April 4, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
Updated: June 30, 2014 2:20AM
Fenway & Wrigley: Baseball’s grand centenarians
Picture celebrating your 100th birthday and visiting your older cousin. Welcome to the Cubs of 100-year-old Wrigley Field visiting the Red Sox and 102-year-old Fenway Park. In the long history of these teams, they have played each other in only nine regular-season games — the Red Sox lead 5-4 — starting in 2005. The Cubs’ only other visit to Fenway was in 2011, when the Red Sox took two out of three. The teams played in the World Series in 1918, with the Red Sox winning four games to two. Game 6 was played at Fenway on Sept. 11, 1918.
CUBS/RED SOX NINE TO KNOW
1 Two of the most distinctive ballpark attributes in baseball are the ivy at Wrigley and the 37-foot, 2-inch Green Monster at Fenway.
2 While former Cubs owner William Wrigley’s name adorns the Friendly Confines, Boston’s park is located in an area known as the Back Bay Fens, hence its name. It’s located on Yawkey Way, named after former Red Sox owners Thomas A. and Jean R. Yawkey. On the Monster’s hand-operated scoreboard, you will see the former owners’ initials (TAY and JRY) written in Morse Code.3 The Red Sox suffered through the ‘‘Curse of the Bambino.’’ The Cubs still haven’t shaken the infamous ‘‘Billy Goat Curse.’’
4 At Wrigley, the seventh inning means the singing of ‘‘Take Me Out to the Ball Game.’’ At Fenway, the eighth inning means the singing of ‘‘Sweet Caroline.’’
5 There have been 176 players who have played for both of these teams, including 15 who played only for the Red Sox and Cubs. One of those is Ryan Kalish.
6 Arguably each team’s greatest players, Ernie Banks and Ted Williams, never won a World Series ring.
7 Hall of Famers Dennis Eckersley, Andre Dawson, Jimmie Foxx and Fergie Jenkins are some of the greats who played for both teams.
8 Bill Buckner.
9 While every team is a participant in the Church of Baseball, these teams are uniquely Theo-logists.