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1964 Chicago Cubs season


1964 Chicago Cubs season

The 1964 Chicago Cubs finished in eighth place in the National League, as they went 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 GB Pct.
St. Louis Cardinals 93 69 -- .574
Cincinnati Reds 92 70 1 .568
Philadelphia Phillies 92 70 1 .568
San Francisco Giants 90 72 3 .556
Milwaukee Braves 88 74 5 .543
Los Angeles Dodgers 80 82 13 .494
Pittsburgh Pirates 80 82 13 .494
Chicago Cubs 76 86 17 .469
Houston Colt .45s 66 96 27 .407
New York Mets 53 109 40 .327

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
C Bertell, DickDick Bertell 112 353 84 .238 4 35
1B Banks, ErnieErnie Banks 157 591 156 .264 23 95
2B Amalfitano, JoeyJoey Amalfitano 100 324 78 .241 4 27
3B Santo, RonRon Santo 161 592 185 .313 30 114
SS Rodgers, AndreAndre Rodgers 129 448 107 .239 12 46
LF Williams, BillyBilly Williams 162 645 201 .312 33 98
CF Cowan, BillyBilly Cowan 139 497 120 .241 19 50
RF Gabrielson, LenLen Gabrielson 89 272 67 .246 5 23

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
Brock, LouLou Brock 52 215 54 .251 2 14
Ranew, MerrittMerritt Ranew 16 33 3 .091 0 1


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
Buhl, BobBob Buhl 36 227.2 15 14 3.83 107
Broglio, ErnieErnie Broglio 18 100.1 4 7 4.04 46

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




  • 1964 Chicago Cubs season at Baseball Reference
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