Cubs have somehow never beat the Yankees in the Bronx

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If you can believe it, Sunday afternoon was not the first time the Chicago Cubs got swept by the New York Yankees in the Bronx. In fact, the Cubs have never won a game there, period.

I’m not just talking about matchups in the current Yankee Stadium. This winless streak dates back to early days of the original Yankee Stadium. Even though the two teams do not play each other often being in different leagues, it’s pretty amazing that the Cubs could not scratch across one win in the Bronx over the times they have played there.

Cubs have a long, sad history of losing to the Yankees in the Bronx

Between regular season and World Series matchups, the Cubs are now 0-12 in the Bronx and 4-23 against the Yankees all-time.

In 1932 and 1938 the Cubs lost every game played at Yankee Stadium in the World Series, both series ended up being sweeps. They were outscored 17-8 in 1932 and 13-5 in 1938 at Yankee Stadium. Most people will remember the ’32 World Series being the one in which Babe Ruth supposedly called his shot at Wrigley Field.

The two teams would not play each other again in New York until 2005. This would be their only visit to the old Yankee Stadium post-renovation. The Cubs were actually above .500 when they arrived on June 17. Carlos Zambrano got roughed up in the first game, and the Yankees would sweep in three by a scoring advantage of 23-10. They then went to the new Yankee Stadium in 2014 to get swept in a brief two-game set…zero runs by the visitors were scored in both games.

It is worth noting that the two played each other in an exhibition series when the new stadium first opened in 2009 and, on-brand with the theme of this piece, the Yankees won both games. If you want to count those, then increase the record to 0-14.

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So that’s that. All leading up to this weekend’s sweep. No need to rehash the latest beatdown the Yankees served to the North Siders. What could have happened if the 2003 team won the pennant? Who knows, maybe they would have had a win or two in the Bronx in their history.