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Baez making history? 9 notable Chicago Cubs firsts

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  • Ernie Banks hit his first homer on his fourth day with the Cubs, and he clearly is part of Cubs history.

      Ernie Banks hit his first homer on his fourth day with the Cubs, and he clearly is part of Cubs history.
    courtesy of sports illustrated

  • Starlin Castro started his big-league career four years ago with a 3-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey. Will he remain part of Cubs history?

      Starlin Castro started his big-league career four years ago with a 3-run home run off Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Homer Bailey. Will he remain part of Cubs history?
    Associated press

  • Frank Chance started with the Chicago ballclub in 1898, but the first Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance double play didn't come until 1902.

      Frank Chance started with the Chicago ballclub in 1898, but the first Tinker-to-Evers-to-Chance double play didn't come until 1902.

  • Video: Fan's view of Castro's 1st HR

 
 

Will Chicago Cubs history be made again after Javier Baez hit his first major-league home run in the 12th inning of his first major-league game to win it for his team in the bigs?

Only time will tell. And Baez has a lot of Cubs history to compete with. Here are 9 notable Cubs firsts, the first eight as recorded on mlb.com's Cubs timeline.

April 29, 1898: First baseman Frank Chance plays his first major-league game. The first Tinkers-to-Evers-to-Chance double play happened on Sept. 15, 1902.

May 18, 1947: Jackie Robinson plays his first game in Chicago (playing for the Dodgers, of course) at Wrigley Field, in front of a record crowd (46,572). The Dodgers won 4-2.

Sept. 20, 1953: Ernie Banks slugs his first career home run. His first game was three days earlier, says baseball-reference.com.

May 15, 1960: Don Cardwell no-hits the Cardinals in his first Cubs game. Moose Moryn's shoestring catch preserves the 4-0 win.

April 23, 1966: Fergie Jenkins homers and picks up his first win as a Cub in a 2-0 victory vs. the Dodgers.

Aug. 21, 1975: Rick and Paul Reuschel become the first brothers to combine on a shutout in Cubs' 7-0 win vs. the Dodgers.

Sept. 18, 1999: Sammy Sosa becomes the first player in major-league history to reach the 60-homer mark in back-to-back seasons. (We'll let you decide on the asterisk.)

May 7, 2010: Shortstop Starlin Castro hits a 3-run homer in his first at-bat and added a 3-run triple later.

Aug. 5, 2014: Javier Baez goes 1 for 6 in his first major-league game with the Cubs -- the 1 being a home run in the 12th to give the Cubs the win.

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