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1997 Chicago Cubs
Major league affiliations
1997 information
Owner(s) Tribune Company
General manager(s) Ed Lynch
Manager(s) Jim Riggleman
Local television WGN-TV/Superstation WGN/Chicagoland TV
(Harry Caray, Steve Stone, Josh Lewin)
Local radio WGN
(Ron Santo, Pat Hughes)


The 1997 Chicago Cubs season was one of little success for the team. The Cubs never had a record above .500 at any point during the season, and finished last in their division. The season is probably best remembered for the miserable way in which the team began the season, losing their first 14 games before finally winning the second game of a double 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.



  • December 10, 1996: Mel Rojas was signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs. [1]

Regular season


Opening Day Starters

Season standings

Central Division W L GB Pct.
Houston Astros 84 78 .519 --
Pittsburgh Pirates 79 83 .488 5.0
Cincinnati Reds 76 86 .469 8.0
St. Louis Cardinals 73 89 .451 11.0
Chicago Cubs 68 94 .420 16.0

Notable Transactions

  • July 12, 1997: Carlos Zambrano was signed by the Chicago Cubs as an amateur free agent. [3]
  • August 8, 1997: Brian McRae was traded by the Chicago Cubs with Mel Rojas and Turk Wendell to the New York Mets for players to be named later and Lance Johnson. The New York Mets sent Mark Clark (August 11, 1997) and Manny Alexander (August 14, 1997) to the Chicago Cubs to complete the trade. [4]
  • August 11, 1997: Mark Clark was sent by the New York Mets to the Chicago Cubs to complete an earlier deal made on August 8, 1997. The New York Mets sent players to be named later and Lance Johnson to the Chicago Cubs for Brian McRae, Mel Rojas, and Turk Wendell. The New York Mets sent Mark Clark (August 11, 1997) and Manny Alexander (August 14, 1997) to the Chicago Cubs to complete the trade. [5]


1997 Chicago Cubs
Pitchers Catchers





Player stats


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

Starting pitchers

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Relief pitchers
Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

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.
Short-Season A Williamsport Cubs New York-Penn League Bobby Ralston
Rookie AZL Cubs Arizona League Terry Kennedy



  1. ^ Mel Rojas Statistics -
  2. ^
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  4. ^ Brian McRae Statistics -
  5. ^ Mark Clark Statistics -
  6. ^ Johnson, Lloyd, and Wolff, Miles, ed., The Encyclopedia of Minor League Baseball, 3rd edition. Durham, N.C.: Baseball America, 2007


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