With almost everyone a Cubs’ fan right now as they host their first World Series game since 1945, we go back to 1906 when the Cubs still hold the record for the highest winning percentage in a single season when they won 116 games and lost 36 for a .763 winning percentage. This is the highest ever in modern Major League Baseball history to date.
The Cubs finished 20 games ahead of the New York Giants. They moved into first place on May 9th and were almost unbeatable in the last two months of the season as they had winning streaks of 11, 14 and 12 games during a stretch when they posted a 50-8 record. Their longest losing streak was three games.
Frank Chance was the manager and also played first base. The key players for the Cubs were second baseman Johnny Evers, shortstop Joe Tinker and pitcher Mordecai Brown.
Unfortunately, the Cubs were defeated by the Chicago White Sox in the 1906 World Series. Some consider it one of the greatest upsets in World Series history.
The Cubs dominated the league as they led the league in runs scored and fewest runs allowed. Their record of 116 wins has never been beaten, although it was tied by the 2001 Seattle Mariners.
The Cubs finished 107-45 in 1907 and won their first World Series over the Detroit Tigers.