The Top 25 Games @ Wrigley
Game #20 to 16
August 19, 1969
A magical season for the Cubs has a great highlight when Ken Holtzman throws a no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves. The victory gave the 69 Cubs an 8 game lead in the division. While Holtzman pitched a great game, it should be noted that it was a day where the wind was blowing in at Wrigley Field. It’s fairly likely that Hank Aaron would have broken up the no-hitter with a long drive in the 7th inning. The wind helped Billy Williams make a great catch against the vines in left field. The unusual part of this no-hitter was that Holtzman did not strike out a single batter in the game (he walked 3 batters). the Cubs scored all 3 of their runs in the first inning on a 3-run home run by Ron Santo against Phil Niekro.
April 16, 1972
At the age of 22, Burt Hooton throws a no-hitter in only his 4th major league start. The Cubs defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 4-0 behind Hooton who struck out 7 Phillies, but walked 7 batters as well. Hooton ended with a flurry as he struck out the last 2 batters in the ninth inning to complete the no-hitter, Deron Johnson and Greg Luzinski. While this was a great moment in Cubs history, it also seems to follow a similar story of a player showing great promise that never seems to fulfill his full potential with the team, Hooton ended up being traded to the Dodgers in 1975 and did have some of his best season’s after leaving the Cubs.
April 23, 1914
In 1914, the field we know as Wrigley Field was named Weeghman Park. In fact, the first game at Wrigley Field did not include the Chicago Cubs either. The Chicago Federals of the Federal League played the first game at Clark & Addison. Although, there were a few Cubs connections as the Chi-Feds were managed by Joe Tinker, the shortstop for the famous Cubs double play combination in the 1907 and 1908 Cubs championship teams. Tinker also played shortstop in the first game @ Wrigley and got a hit and an RBI in the 9-1 victory over the Kansas City Packers. Another famous Cub, Claude Hendrix pitched a complete game 5-hitter to get the victory. Artie “Home Run” Wilson hit the first 2 home runs in this historic first game at Wrigley Field (Weeghman Park).
October 10, 1945
The only World Series game 7 at Wrigley Field deserves a spot on this list even if it was a Cubs loss.
Cubs manager, Charlie Grimm made a controversial decision to let Hank Bowory start game 7. Bowory came to the Cubs in a mid-season trade with the Yankees and was very instrumental in the Cubs run to the World Series winning 20 games combined for the season. But Bowory had already started 2 games in the Series including Game 5 and Bowory pitched 4 scoreless innings in relief to help the cubs extend the Series in Game 6. Bowory only faced 3 batters and all 3 got hits and was relieved by Paul Derringer who did not fare much better than Bowory allowing all 3 runners to score and gave up 2 additional runs. The 5-run 1st inning was too much for the Cubs to overcome against Hall of Fame Pitcher, Hal Newhouser who pitched a complete game and the Tigers defeated the Cubs 9-3 in the last World Series game the Cubs have played in.
October 15, 2003
One game away from the World Series, a chance to forget about Game 6 and the Bartman incident, the Cubs had Kerry Wood ready for Game 7 at Wrigley Field. Kerry Wood struggled in the 1st inning giving up 3 runs when Miguel Cabrera hit a home run and Wood had a magical moment in the 2nd inning when he tied the score with a 2-run home run. At this moment, it seemed like finally things were going the Cubs way, but unfortunately, Wood did not pitch that well this night and the Florida Marlins completed their comeback from being down 3-1 in this Series to defeat the Cubs and go on to the World Series (which they won over the Yankees). The Cubs have not won a postseason game since this crushing defeat.
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