|The Saint Paul Daily Globe - May 16, 1883|
from Chronicling America
Different papers give different bits of information. Two thousand turned out to see the game.
|The Rockford Gazette - May 16, 1883|
The umpire was Mr. William Furlong.
|New York Herald - May 16, 1883|
But wait. The Cubs weren't even a team in 1883. Yes. And no. The National League franchise from Chicago was then known as the White Stockings. According to the Cubs 2015 Media Guide other nicknames for the Cubs over the years have been :
- White Stockings (1876-1894)
- Colts (1887-1906)
- Black Stockings (1888-1889)
- Ex-Colts (1898)
- Rainmakers (1898)
- Orphans (1898-1902)
- Cowboys (1899)
- Rough Riders (1899-1900)
- Remnants (1901-1902)
- Recruits (1902)
- Panamas (1903)
- Zephyrs (1905)
- Nationals (1905-1907)
- Spuds (1906)
- Trojans (1913)
- Cubs (1902-present)
Well, the Giants didn't move to San Francisco until 1958. Before that they were the New York Giants, from 1885. The two previous seasons they were the New York Gothams. Same team.
Back to mid-May, 1883. The Chicago White Stockings swept the New York Gothams in that first three game series (8-7, 6-2, 15-2).
It wouldn't be until June 2, 1883, when the Chicago club visited New York that they would first lose to the Gothams (7-22).
Times, and names, have changed.