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Cubs hit the 70-win mark faster than most of their predecessors

In his first two seasons, Kris Bryant has put up numbers that haven't been matched by any other Cub. AP Photo/Kamil Krzaczynski

Seventy wins came surprisingly quickly for the Chicago Cubs.

It took the Cubs 24 games to go from win No. 50 to win No. 60 this season. They needed just 11 games to go from 60 wins to 70, as they have won 11 of their past 12 games.

With the win, the Cubs improved to 70-41 on the season. This is the fastest they have made it to 70 wins in a season since 1945. That Cubs team started 70-38, made it to the World Series and lost to the Tigers in seven games.

Here are a few other times the No. 70 has come up in Cubs history.

No. 70 in Cubs history

The number came up Tuesday night, as Kris Bryant’s home run gave him 70 RBIs for the season. Bryant is the only player in Cubs history with 70 RBIs in each of his first two seasons in the major leagues.

There are only seven Cubs with multiple seasons of 70 or more extra-base hits: Sammy Sosa (six seasons), Billy Williams (five), Ernie Banks (five), Hack Wilson (four), Derrek Lee (three), Aramis Ramirez (two) and Ryne Sandberg (two). Anthony Rizzo can join that list with nine more extra-base hits in 2016 (he had two on Tuesday).

The Cubs franchise has won 70 percent of its games in six seasons, all before 1908. The team's win percentage after Tuesday’s victory over the Los Angeles Angels is .631.

Among all Cubs, Ernie Banks has the most seasons with 70 or more runs batted in, with 15. Eleven Cubs players have had a season in which they recorded exactly 70 RBIs. The most recent example is Alfonso Soriano in 2007.

Only one player has posted 70 or more wins above replacement as a Cub since the team changed its name to the Cubs in 1903. That was Ron Santo, who amassed 72.0 WAR for the Cubs from 1960-73.