Chicago Cubs Opening Day Countdown

Great Chicago Cubs Opener's in the 1980's


April 5, 1982
Bump Wills leads off the game for the Cubs with a home run in his first at bat with the Cubs and Keith Moreland homers as well to help the Cubs defeat the Cincinnatti Reds (in Cinncinatti) 3-2 in a game shortened to eight innings due to rain. This was also Ryne Sandberg's debut with the Cubs as he went 0 for 3 in the game.


April 9, 1985
Rick Sutcliffe won his 15th consecutive regular season game with the Cubs as the Cubs defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates 2-1 in Wrigley Field. Keith Moreland drove in both runs for the Cubs.


April 5, 1988
In a wild season opener in Atlanta, the Cubs defeat the Braves 10-9, the teams combined for 7 home runs in the game, Jody Davis, Leon Durham and Shawon Dunston homered for the Cubs. The Cubs came from behind to score 2 runs in the ninth inning and won the game in the 13th inning on a sacrifice fly by Manny Trillo


April 4, 1989
Rick Sutcliffe wins his 2nd consecutive Opening Day for the Cubs as Andre Dawson homers and Mitch "Wild thing" Williams begins his career with the Cubs with a preview of things to come as he gives up 3 consecutive singles in the ninth and than proceeds to strike out the next 3 hitters to preserve a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field.


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