CHICAGO CUBS

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Chicago Cubs, Santa Catalina Island
Chicago Cubs player, Hack Wilson
Santa Catalina Island
Photo by P. V. Reyes
Chicago Cubs player, Kiki Cuyler
Santa Catalina Island
Photo by P. V. Reyes, 1931
Chicago Cubs at the Hamilton Cove Airport,
Santa Catalina Island, c. 1931
Chicago Cubs, Santa Catalina Island, 1940
Stan Hack and Barney Olsen
Chicago Cubs, Santa Catalina Island, 1941

CHICAGO CUBS are an American professional baseball franchise located on the North Side of Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the National League Central division in Major League Baseball. Chewing gum magnate William Wrigley, Jr. acquired complete control of the Cubs by 1921. During the time Wrigley owned Santa Catalina Island, the Cubs held their spring training camps on the island (1921-1941) and (1946-1951). Although the team won back to back World Series in 1907 and 1908, they never won a World Series under Wrigley's ownership. Their next win wasn't until 2016.

Nineteen Hall of Fame players trained with the Cubs on Santa Catalina Island, including such legends of the diamond as Grover Cleveland Alexander, Dizzy Dean, Roger Hornsby, Joe McCarthy and Hack Wilson. The presence of the team on the island was extensively documented. Perhaps the best known of these baseball personalities was a young radio announcer who followed the team to Santa Catalina before the 1936 and 1937 seasons. After conducting a successful Hollywood screen test during one visit to the island, Ronald “Dutch” Reagan eventually went on to become President of the United States.

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