1976 Chicago Cubs season

1976 Chicago Cubs
Major League affiliations
Other information
Owner(s) Philip K. Wrigley
General manager(s) Salty Saltwell
Manager(s) Jim Marshall
Local television WGN-TV
(Jack Brickhouse, Jim West)
Local radio WGN
(Vince Lloyd, Lou Boudreau)
Stats ESPN.com
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The 1976 Chicago Cubs season was the 105th season of the Chicago Cubs franchise, the 101st in the National League and the 61st at Wrigley Field. The Cubs finished fourth in the National League East with a record of 75–87.


Regular season

  • April 17, 1976: Mike Schmidt of the Philadelphia Phillies hit four consecutive home runs in one game against the Cubs.[3] In the game, the Phillies and Cubs combined for thirty-four runs in a game which featured nine home runs.[4] The Cubs had blown a 13–2 lead at Wrigley, losing to the Phillies 18–16 when Schmidt hit his fourth home run in the 10th inning.[5]
  • April 25, 1976: In the fourth inning of a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium, Cubs outfielder Rick Monday noticed two protesters kneeling on the grass in left-center field, with the apparent intention of burning an American flag. He grabbed the flag and brought it to the bullpen. The crowd at Dodger fans started singing "God Bless America" while the fans were escorted out of the stadium.[6] Monday was later presented with the flag in a ceremony at Wrigley Field by Dodgers executive Al Campanis. In the 2000s, the Baseball Hall of Fame recently named Monday's act as one of the 100 Classic Moments in the history of the game.[7]

Season standings

NL East W L Pct. GB Home Road
Philadelphia Phillies 10161 0.623 53–28 48–33
Pittsburgh Pirates 9270 0.568 9 47–34 45–36
New York Mets 8676 0.531 15 45–37 41–39
Chicago Cubs 7587 0.463 26 42–39 33–48
St. Louis Cardinals 7290 0.444 29 37–44 35–46
Montreal Expos 55107 0.340 46 27–53 28–54

Record vs. opponents

1976 National League Records

Atlanta 6–66–127–118–108–44–85–73–910–89–94–8
Chicago 6–63–95–73–911–75–138–108–106–68–412–6
Cincinnati 12–69–312–613–59–36–65–78–413–59–96–6
Houston 11–77–56–125–1310–26–64–82–1010–810–89–3
Los Angeles 10–89–35–1313–510–27–55–79–36–128–1010–2
Montreal 4–87–113–92–102–108–103–158–104–87–57–11
New York 8–413–56–66–65–710–85–1310–87–57–59–9
Philadelphia 7-510–87–58–47–515–313–58–108–46–612–6
Pittsburgh 9–310–84–810–23–910–88–1010–87–59–312–6
San Diego 8–106–65–138–1012–68–45–74–85–78–104–8
San Francisco 9–94–89–98–1010–85–75–76–63–910–85–7
St. Louis 8–46–126–63–92–1011–79–96–126–128–47–5

Notable transactions


1976 Chicago Cubs
Pitchers Catchers



Other batters



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
SSMick Kelleher12433777.228022
LFJosé Cardenal136521156.299847
CFRick Monday137534145.2723277

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
Joe Wallis12133886.254521
Larry Biittner7819247.245017
Andre Thornton278517.200214
Mike Adams25294.13802
Jerry Tabb11247.29200
Ed Putman573.42900
Tim Hosley110.00000


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
Ray Burris3724915133.11112
Bill Bonham321969134.27110
Steve Renko28163.18113.86112
Steve Stone1775364.0833

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
Geoff Zahn38.10110.804

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
Mike Garman472414.9537
Oscar Zamora405335.2427
Joe Coleman392844.1066
Ken Crosby700012.005
Tom Dettore401010.294
Ramón Hernández20000.001

Farm system

Level Team League Manager
AAA Wichita Aeros American Association Doc Edwards
AA Midland Cubs Texas League Dennis Sommers
A Pompano Beach Cubs Florida State League Jack Hiatt
Rookie GCL Cubs Gulf Coast League Walt Dixon


  1. Don Kessinger at Baseball-Reference
  2. Vic Harris at Baseball-Reference
  3. Retrosheet box score: Phillies vs. Cubs 04/17/76
  4. Baseball Almanac box score: Phillies vs. Cubs 04/17/76
  5. http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=cubs/7079
  6. The Cubs, by Glenn Stout, Richard A. Johnson, Dick Johnson, p.302, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishers, 2007, ISBN 978-0-618-59500-6
  7. Resnick, Joe (April 22, 2006). "Rick Monday Saved the Flag 30 Years Ago". The Washington Post. Retrieved April 20, 2010.
  8. Tim Hosley at Baseball-Reference
  9. Tom Dettore at Baseball-Reference
  10. Andre Thornton at Baseball-Reference
  11. Joe Coleman at Baseball-Reference
  12. Keith Drumright at Baseball-Reference
  13. Ramón Hernández at Baseball-Reference


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