Top 25 Games @ Wrigley Field
Game 15 to Game 11
September 25, 1945
the Cubs and the Cardinals were battling for the division lead and the Cubs had Hank Bowory on the mound seeking his 20th victory of a great season after coming over to the Cubs from the Yankees in a mid-season deal. Bowory didn’t actually pitch that well giving up 13 hits over 7 1/3 innings, but he kept the game close enough for the Cubs score to score 4 runs in the 7th inning and win the game 6-5. The victory was a key one as it gave the Cubs a 2 1/2 game lead.
August 9, 1988
Wrigley Field is probably most famous for being the final home field to have night games. Even the first night game scheduled was chaos, the Cubs scheduled the first night game on Monday, August 8, 1988 against the Philadelphia Phillies. Rick Sutcliffe threw the first pitch of the game and gave up the first home run to Phil Bradley. Ryne Sandberg hit the first Cubs home run in the bottom of the first inning to give the Cubs a 2-1 lead, however the game only lasted 4 innings so the game did not count and the actual first official night game took place the next night (tuesday, August 9, 1988) against the New York Mets. The cubs won this game 6-4 and Len Dykstra hit the first home run off Cubs pitcher, Mike Bielecki instead.
September 2, 1972
No Cubs pitcher has ever pitched a Perfect Game, but I wouldn’t say that around Milt Pappas if I were you. Pappas retired the first 26 Padres that he faced before going to a 3-2 count against pinch-hitter, Larry Stahl. Pappas throws a pitch that he believes to be a strike, however umpire Bruce Froemming does not agree as he calls it a ball and Stahl’s Walk breaks Pappas chance to make history with a Perfect Game. The good news, pinch hitter Gary Jestadt popped out to second baseman, Carmen Fanzone as Pappas complete’s the 2nd no-hitter of the year for the Cubs (Burt Hooton on April 16). Pappas was very animated on the mound after Froemming’s call and to this day can’t help but express his frustration of this incident.
Milt Pappas near Perfect Game/no-hitter
October 8, 1945
The Cubs had a 5-1 lead going into the 7th inning being down in the Series 3 games to 2 and saw the Tigers tie the game after 9 innings 7-7. Hank Bowory, who was the mid-season player picked up from the Yankees that led the Cubs to the 1945 title pitched 4 scoreless innings in relief and finally, Stan Hack doubled in Frank Secory in the 12th inning to send the Series to a decisive 7th game and keep the Cubs season and hopes alive.
October 6, 1945
Gm 4 1945 World Series-The Curse of the Billy Goat
The game more known for a goat than a Cubs loss. The 'Curse of the Billy goat' comes from the Cubs refusing entrance to William Ciannis and his pet goat. Since 1945, the Cubs have tried many things to 'reverse the curse'. The game itself does reflect a turn in the 1945 Series.