(Editor's Note: Seventh in a series recalling the 30 greatest moments in Cubs history.)
During the summer of 1977, I was 7 years old and without a care in the world. It seemed like it lasted for years. Our family had a swimming pool installed in our backyard, I was completing my first year of T-ball with the Sluggers of the Wrightwood Baseball Association , and my parents took me to see Star Wars. Activities included managing my growing baseball card collection and clipping and pasting the scrapbook pictures of Cubs players that the Tribune provided that summer. Those were the days!
Babe Ruth's "Called Shot" is one of the great legends in the history of baseball and Wrigley Field - but I'm sorry to report that it never happened. It's a case in which sportswriters refused to let the facts get in the way of a great story and as the years have passed, fiction has evolved into fact.
It was perhaps the most dramatic moment in Cubs history and was once considered one of the clutch hits in baseball history. Old-timers like my grandfather have always enjoyed sharing with me their recollections of Gabby Hartnett's 1938 "Homer in the Gloamin'," but unfortunately there aren't many people around anymore who can share their firsthand recollections of the event.
It always amuses me when I hear modern players moan about how rough they have it. The complaints include constant travel, having to play day games on dates after night games, and having to play an occasional two-game series.
It's hard to remember after watching Mike Fontenot and Jeff Baker man the position, but the Cubs have had three Hall of Fame second basemen.
The High Plains Bison Hot Dog tasted like ... um ... a hot dog.