1964 Chicago Cubs season

1964 Chicago Cubs
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Philip K. Wrigley
General manager(s) John Holland
Manager(s) Bob Kennedy
Local television WGN-TV
(Jack Brickhouse, Vince Lloyd)
Local radio WGN
(Jack Quinlan, Lou Boudreau)
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The 1964 Chicago Cubs season was the 93rd season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 89th in the National League and the 49th at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished eighth in the National League with a record of 76–86, 17 games behind the NL and World Series champion St. Louis Cardinals.


On February 13, Ken Hubbs, who had been the Cubs starting second baseman in 1963, was killed in a plane crash. He was replaced by Joey Amalfitano, who was acquired from the San Francisco Giants a few weeks later.

Notable transactions

Regular season

On June 15, the Cubs made one of the most infamous deals in baseball history, remembered today simply as "Brock for Broglio". There were six players involved in all, but the most prominent players involved were pitcher Ernie Broglio, who came to the Cubs from the St. Louis Cardinals, and outfielder Lou Brock, who went to the Cardinals from the Cubs. While Broglio was a serviceable starter for the rest of 1964, he would post ERAs over 6 in each of the next two seasons, and was out of baseball altogether by the end of 1967. Brock went on to star for the Cardinals for the next fifteen years, and eventually be elected to the Hall of Fame. It is to this day often held up as an example of a lopsided trade outcome.

Season standings

National League W L Pct. GB Home Road
St. Louis Cardinals 9369 0.574 48–33 45–36
Philadelphia Phillies 9270 0.568 1 46–35 46–35
Cincinnati Reds 9270 0.568 1 47–34 45–36
San Francisco Giants 9072 0.556 3 44–37 46–35
Milwaukee Braves 8874 0.543 5 45–36 43–38
Pittsburgh Pirates 8082 0.494 13 42–39 38–43
Los Angeles Dodgers 8082 0.494 13 41–40 39–42
Chicago Cubs 7686 0.469 17 40–41 36–45
Houston Colt .45s 6696 0.407 27 41–40 25–56
New York Mets 53109 0.327 40 33–48 20–61

Record vs. opponents

1964 National League Records

Chicago 6–1211–710–88–1011–76–129–99–96–12
Cincinnati 12–612–614–4–19–911–79–98–107–1110–8
Houston 7–116–127–1112–69–95–135–137–118–10
Los Angeles 8–104–14–111–78–1015–3–18–1010–86–1210–8
Milwaukee 10–89–96–1210–814–410–812–69–98–10
New York 7–117–119–93–15–14–143–156–127–117–11
Philadelphia 12-69–913–510–88–1015–310–810–85–13
Pittsburgh 9–910–813–58–106–1212–68–108–106–12
San Francisco 9–911–711–712–69–911–78–1010–89–9
St. Louis 12–68–1010–88–1010–811–713–512–69–9

Notable transactions


1964 Chicago Cubs
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters

Head Coach


Player stats


Starters by position

Note: Pos = Position; G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Pos Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
CDick Bertell11235384.238435
1BErnie Banks157591156.2642395
2BJoey Amalfitano10032478.241427
3BRon Santo161592185.31330114
SSAndre Rodgers129448107.2391246
LFBilly Williams162645201.3123398
CFBilly Cowan139497120.2411950
RFLen Gabrielson8927267.246523

Other batters

Note: G = Games played; AB = At bats; H = Hits; Avg. = Batting average; HR = Home runs; RBI = Runs batted in

Player G AB H Avg. HR RBI
Lou Brock5221554.251214
Merritt Ranew16333.09101


Starting pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO
Bob Buhl36227.215143.83107
Ernie Broglio18100.1474.0446

Other pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; IP = Innings pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G IP W L ERA SO

Relief pitchers

Note: G = Games pitched; W = Wins; L = Losses; SV = Saves; ERA = Earned run average; SO = Strikeouts

Player G W L SV ERA SO

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Salt Lake City Bees Pacific Coast League Vedie Himsl
AA Fort Worth Cats Texas League Alex Grammas
A St. Cloud Rox Northern League Walt Dixon
A Wenatchee Chiefs Northwest League Joe Macko
Rookie Treasure Valley Cubs Pioneer League George Freese




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