January 2011 Archives for Agony & Ivy

Greatest Moments: No. 6, The Double No-Hitter

By Chris Rewers on Monday, January 31, 2011

(Editor's Note: Twenty-fifth in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

A gathering of about 3,500 fans turned out at Weeghman Park (now Wrigley Field) on May 2, 1917 and were fortunate enough to witness something that had never happened before in the major leagues and has not happened since.

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Greatest Moments: No. 7, Cubs Repeat as World Champions

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, January 29, 2011

(Editor's Note: Twenty-fourth in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

It can be argued that from 1906-10 the Cubs were the greatest team in baseball history.

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Greatest Moments: No. 8, Game 163

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, January 25, 2011

(Editor's Note: Twenty-third in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

The 1998 Cubs will never be mentioned when the greatest teams in franchise history are discussed.

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Greatest Moments: No. 9, Scratching a 39-Year Itch

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, January 23, 2011

(Editor's Note: Twenty-second in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

When a Jody Davis sacrifice fly in the ninth inning finished off a 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Wrigley Field on Aug. 1, 1984, the Cubs moved into first place to stay. But even by the time the North Siders had fattened their NL East lead to seven games over the second-place New York Mets in early September, I still was waiting for bad things to happen.

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Greatest Moments, No. 10: Willie Smith's Home Run

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, January 22, 2011

(Editor's Note: Twenty-first in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

Cubs fans entered the 1969 season with high expectations and those sentiments were echoed by manager Leo Durocher during spring training.

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Greatest Moments: No. 11, Almost Perfect

By Chris Rewers on Thursday, January 20, 2011

(Editor's Note: Twentieth in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

It was perhaps the most bittersweet no-hitter in major league history.

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Greatest Moments: No. 12, Holtzman's No-Strikeout No-Hitter

By Chris Rewers on Wednesday, January 19, 2011

(Editor's Note: Nineteenth in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

Whenever I watch footage of Ken Holtzman's no-hitter against the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field on Aug. 19, 1969, I am struck by the smiles on the faces of the Cubs players as they mobbed Holtzman after the final out.

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Greatest Moments: No. 13, Sam Jones' No-Hitter

By Chris Rewers on Tuesday, January 18, 2011

(Editor's Note: Eighteenth in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

There was no denying that Cubs pitcher Sam "Toothpick" Jones had a live arm. The hard-throwing Jones, an imposing figure who stood 6-feet-4, led the National League in strikeouts in 1955 and 1956.

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Greatest Moments: No. 14, Don Cardwell's Amazing Cubs Debut

By Chris Rewers on Sunday, January 16, 2011

(Editor's Note: Seventeenth in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

When newly-acquired pitcher Don Cardwell arrived at Wrigley Field on May 15, 1960 he was still toting a Philadelphia Phillies gym bag.

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Greatest Moments: No. 15, Dave Kingman's Salute to Mom

By Chris Rewers on Saturday, January 15, 2011

(Editor's Note: Sixteenth in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)

On May 14, 1978, I was 8 years old and out for dinner with my family at a restaurant. The Cubs' game against the host Los Angeles Dodgers was on the TV behind the bar and early in the meal I excused myself from the table on several occasions to check out the game.

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