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The Cubs did not recover starred en route to winning the in 1986. Free agent right fielder NL’s MVP Award. Andre Dawson won the MVP The Cubs won the NL East Award in 1987. He hit 49 home with 96 victories—the team’s runs and had 137 RBIs. But the first championship of any kind Cubs fell apart again. since the 1945 NL pennant. By 1988, the Cubs’ They also drew 2 million fans improved farm system began for the first time. producing star players. Among The Cubs were favored them were pitcher Greg Mad- over the San Diego Padres in dux, first baseman Mark Grace, the NLCS.
He played four seasons with the Cubs' Triple-A team from 1950 to 1953. Many believed he was good enough to play in the majors during that time, but the Cubs controversially never brought him up. Finally, in 1953, the Cubs signed Banks and brought up Baker. Baker switched to second base upon on Banks' arrival. more home runs in five different seasons. He was named the NL’s In the early 1960s, third Most Valuable Player (MVP) in baseman Ron Santo and out- 1958 and 1959, even though the fielder Billy Williams joined Cubs finished fifth during each Banks and the Cubs.
He was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1977. 28 CHICAGO CUBS THE SECOND WRIGLEY 29 on the “college of coaches” and Durocher had an old-fash- hired controversial manager ioned approach. He believed his Leo Durocher. starting lineup was his best way Durocher had won pen- to win. So he played his regulars nants with other teams. But he every day in the all-day game was also well known for often schedule. By early September being mean and ornery. His the Cubs were wearing out just most famous saying was, “Nice as the Mets were heating up.