Chicago Cubs Opening Day Countdown

The 1970's

April 6, 1971
In a battle between future Hall of Famer's, Fergie Jenkins outduels Bob Gibson as the Cubs defeat the St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field 2-1 in ten innings. Another future Hall of Famer, Billy Williams hits a walk off home run off Gibson to defeat the rival, Cardinals. Ernie Banks does not start his first cubs opening day game since 1953

April 6, 1973
A walk off walk as the Cubs defeat the Montreal Expos 3-2 at Wrigley Field. Mike Marshall of the Expos walks Randy Hundley with the bases loaded to tie the game and than walks Rick Monday for the Cubs victory. Fergie Jenkins pitched 8 solid innings and Bob Locker got the victory for pitching the ninth inning.

Chicago Cubs Opening Day Trivia
A very famous manager, little known player scored this winning run. He was inserted into the game as a pinch-runner for Ron Santo. Answer at the bottom of this page.

April 9, 1974

On the same day that Hank Aaron breaks the major league Home Run record with his 715th home run, Bill Bonham throws a complete game shutout to defeat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-0.

A Few Cub Players That Debuted in the 1970's
Bill Bonham (1971)
Burt Hooten (1971)
Rick Monday (1972)
Jose Cardenal (1972)
Rick Reuschel (1972)
Bill Madlock (1973)
Andre Thornton (1973)
Manny Trillo (1975)
Ray Burris (1975)
Larry Biitner (1976)
Bruce Sutter (1976)
Mike Krukow (1977)
Willie Hernandez (1977)
Bill Buckner (1977)
Steve Ontiveros (1977)
Ivan Dejesus (1977)
Bobby Murcer (1977)
Donnie Moore (1978)
Dave Kingman (1978)
Dick Tidrow (1979)
Bill Caudill (1979)

Chicago Cubs Opening Day Trivia-Answer
Tony Larussa, World Series winning manager with both the Oakland Athletics and St. Louis Cardinals had a very short playing career in baseball. The 1973 walk off victory was the only game Larussa appeared in as a Cub (regular season).

1973 Chicago Cubs Opening Day Box Score

Tony Larussa-Baseball Reference

1971 Chicago Cubs Opening Day Box Score