Not only is May 5 Cinco de Mayo, a day widely celebrated across the country, but it also has been a captivating day in Chicago Cubs history.
Over the 145 years of its storied history, the Chicago Cubs organization has certainly seen its share of many, many highlights, including game-winning moments, but it has seemed like Cinco de Mayo seems to have a special sort of magic for the club.
Although it’s not a federally-recognized holiday, the Cubs have played like it’s one – putting together some truly incredible moments. From a walk-off home run to absolutely demolishing the opponent, the Cubs did it all during their history of games on May 5. Here are some top moments that happened on this date in franchise history.
Lets us begin the list by traveling back to 1938 when the Cubs demolish the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field. Cubs’ offensive power helps them score 12 runs in the eighth inning alone, defeating the Phillies 21-2. Center fielder Joe Marty had himself a game with four hits, four runs scored and four RBI. Leadoff hitter Stan Hack had a trio of hits, which included a double and a triple, while scoring a pair of runs and driving in two. Right-hander Al Epperly pitched a complete game to earn the victory.
Eight years later, we see the Cubs and Phillies meet up again at Wrigley in a 1946 regular season contest. This time the Cubs offense plates 11 runs in the seventh inning. Pitching for the Cubs was Hank Borowy, who pitched a complete game, also driving in four runs with two doubles in the inning. Andy Pafko homers later in the game, giving the Cubs a 13-1 victory over the Phillies.