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September 23


Septmber 23, 1945
Andy Pafko's grand slam helps Cubs defeat Pirates 7-3.

Cubs History-September 23



September 23, 1908
Ok, the Cubs are notoriuos for curses and bad luck, but in 1908, the Cubs got perhaps, the biggest lucky break in their team history.  The Cubs, Giants & Pirates were in a very close race for the NL pennant (no 2 leagues in 1908-NL division winner goes to World Series).  At the Polo Grounds, the Cubs take a 1-0 lead when Joe Tinker hits an inside the park home run to give Cubs a 1-0 lead.  Giants score to tie the game and the game heads into the 9th inning.  With 2 outs and runners on first and third, Al Bidwell of the Giants hits an apparent single to centerfield.  The Giants team and fans go crazy as if they've won the game, however the runner at first base, Fred
Merkle, a 19 year old rookie apparently did not touch second base.  Joe tinker retrieves the ball that was still in the outfield and touched second base appealing that the runner did not touch second base. the league office had to get involved to make a ruling on the game and ruled that the game had to be considered a tie and the game replayed on October 8.  Well, the Cubs & Giants were both 98-55 so the winner of the October 8th game  would go on to the World Series.   the Cubs won the replayed game 4-2 and ended up
winning the World Series.  

September 23, 1940
Claude Passeau wins his 20th game of the season in a 10-0 #Cubs victory over the Cardinals.

Septmber 23, 1945
Andy Pafko's grand slam helps Cubs defeat Pirates 7-3.

September 23, 1959
Cubs and Giants combine for 7 home runs (Gians: Orlando Cepeda & Willie Mays (2), Cubs: Ernie Banks, Cal Neeman, Lee Walls, George Altman).  Cal Neeman's HR is the walk-off home run in the 10th as Cubs defeat the Giants 9-8 at Wrigley Field. 

September 23, 1972
At Busch Stadium, Cubs sweep a doubleheader over Cardinals.  Burt Hooton shuts out the Cardinals and Bob Gibson 2-0 in game 1 and Cubs bats come alive in game 2 as they defeat the Cardinals 15-1.  Joe Decker & Bill Bonham combine on a 5-hitter in game 2. 

September 23, 1983
At Wrigley Field, Jody Davis homers twice and Dick Ruthven  pitches a complete game as Cubs defeat the Mets 4-1.

September 23, 1998:
Sammy Sosa hits 2 home runs and the Cubs take a 7-0 lead over the Brewers in Milwaukee, but the Brewers come back, score 8 runs in the final 3 innings and win the game on one of the worst plays in recent Cubs history when Brant Brown drops a fly ball in left field allowing three runs to score.  Cubs wild card chances remain, but this loss certainly didn't help. 

September 23, 1989
Cubs defeat Pirates 3-2 on Mitch Webster's 9th inning, walk-off RBI single.

September 23, 2000
Mark Grace drives in his 1,000 career run as Cardinals defeat #Cubs 6-5 at Wrigley Field.

September 23, 2001
Sammy Sosa sets an MLB record with his third 3 home run game of the year, but Cubs lose 7-6 to the Astros at Enron Field in Houston. 

September 23, 2014
Matt Szczur homers, Welington Castillo homers and gets the walk-off RBI in 10th inning.  5 Cubs relievers pitch 4 2/3 innings scoreless relief (Grimm, N Ramirez,  Strop, Rondon, Rosscup) in the Cubs 4-3 victory over the ardinals.  Welington Castillo walkoff RBI single.