The First Chicago Cubs Collapse

It wasn’t in 1969

By William S. Bike

Chicago Cubs fans painfully remember all of the epic Cub collapses — except for one.

There was the Cubs’ collapse of 1970, a year in which they were five games ahead, only to finish five games behind. There were the collapses of 1973 and 1977; in both years, the Cubs were 8–1/2 games ahead, but instead failed to finish even in the top three in the National League East. There were the collapses of 1984 and 2003, in which the Cubs needed only one more playoff win to grab the…



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William S. Bike

Author of "Winning Political Campaigns," a how-to book on all aspects of political campaigning, and commentator on history and baseball.