June 5, 1962 - A bobble on what could have been a triple play blossomed into a five-run San Francisco eighth inning today as the Giants romped to an 11-4 victory over the Cubs. Billy O’Dell (pictured), a left-hander, struck out 10 Cubs and scattered 5 hits. After Felipe Alou’s lead-off homer in the eighth, two Giants walked and then José Pagan lined a drive directly into the hands of the Cub shortstop, Andre Rodgers, who was only a few steps from second base. But Rodgers, who
May 30, 1962 - John (Buck) O’Neil (pictured) was signed as a Chicago Cub coach yesterday, becoming the first Negro to hold such a position in the major leagues. O’Neil, 50, had been a scout in the Cubs’ organization since 1956 and was instrumental in signing most of the Negro players on the club. As a former player and manager for the Kansas City Monarchs of the Negro American League, he helped both Ernie Banks and George Altman of the Cubs get their start toward the majors.
May 13, 1962 - Thirteen extra-base hits, including six home runs, helped the Chicago Cubs beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 8-7 and 8-5, today. Barney Schultz, working in both games and running his string to eight straight wins, received credit for both victories. Schultz is now 3-1 for the season. Lou Brock (pictured), Billy Williams, and George Altman hit homers for the Cubs in the opener. Ernie Banks, Ken Hubbs, and Altman connected in the second game. In all, the Cubbies ha
Apr. 26, 1962 - The Los Angeles Dodgers hit four homers today, two of them by Willie Davis (pictured), and defeated the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, 12-5. The Cubs made six errors. Davis, who had singled in the fourth, followed with solo homers in the sixth and seventh. He has five homers this season. Frank Howard’s out-of-the-park smash, his second of the season, drove in two runs during a three-run fifth. The Dodgers’ 14-hit attack against four pitchers also was highlight
Apr. 24, 1962 - Sandy Koufax of the Los Angeles Dodgers struck out 18 batters today and matched the modern major league mark he already shared with Bob Feller. The 26-year-old left-hander accomplished the feat in beating the Chicago Cubs, 10-2. Feller struck out 18 for the Cleveland Indians in a losing game against the Tigers on Oct. 2, 1938, and Koufax did the same against the Giants on Aug. 31, 1959. Each game went nine innings. The major league record for strikeouts is 19.
Apr. 21, 1962 - Curt Simmons, picked up by St. Louis for almost nothing two years ago, pitched the unbeaten Cardinals to their seventh victory today. Behind his masterly three-hitter, the Cards blanked the Chicago Cubs, 8-0. It was the second straight complete game for the 32-year-old former Philadelphia Phillie Whiz Kid. Both victories were over the hapless Cubs, who have won only one of nine games this season. The Redbirds’ season-opening streak ties the club record set in
Mar. 11, 1962 - The Chicago Cubs’ third baseman, Ron Santo (#10), was carried off the field on a stretcher today after colliding with Ernie Banks (#14). Both were chasing a high pop fly hit by Chuck Schilling of the Boston Red Sox in the sixth inning. Santo was knocked to the ground, then got up. A few moments later, he collapsed. A doctor who examined him at a nearby hospital said Santo apparently had been hit in the solar plexus with a knee. The young player was released an
Sept. 24, 1961 - Warren Spahn of the Milwaukee Braves became the fourth pitcher in major league history today to win 20 or more games in 12 seasons. He beat the Cubs, 8-0, on two hits in the first game of a doubleheader. The Cubs won the second game, 4-2, on home runs by Ernie Banks and Billy Williams. The first game was Spahn's 308th career victory and tied him for tenth all time. #MLB #baseball #sports #braves #cubs
Sept. 18, 1961 - Home runs by Ed Bouchee, Don Zimmer, and George Altman brought the Cubs a 5-3 victory over Los Angeles today and dropped the Dodgers 4 games behind the league-leading Reds in the National League. Don Cardwell (pictured), a lefty who had lost 6 straight decisions to the Dodgers, earned his 14th victory. The Dodgers, who had won four straight, have eleven games to play, two more than Cincinnati. Any combination of Cincinnati victories and L.A. losses totaling s
Aug. 29, 1961 - Sandy Koufax raised the Dodgers' pennant hopes today by pitching a 2-hitter for a 2-1 victory over the Cubs. The 25-year-old lefty struck out 12 batters. He lost his bid for a no-hitter when Dick Bertell dropped a run-scoring single into left field with two out in the seventh inning. The Cubs' other hit was a two-out single by Ron Santo in the ninth. Koufax has 212 strikeouts this season. He needs 25 more to match the National League record by a left-hander se
Aug. 14, 1961 - Ernie Banks and Jerry Kindall drove in 7 runs today and led the Cubs to a 9-2 victory over Philadelphia. The decision sent the Phils to their 17th consecutive loss, 2 short of the modern National League record set by Boston in 1906 and tied by Cincinnati in 1914. The overall National League Mark of 24 was set by Cleveland when it played in the league in 1899. The American League mark is 20. It was set by Boston in 1906 and tied by Philadelphia in both 1916 and
Aug. 11, 1961 - Warren Spahn, the Braves' 40-year-old left-handed pitching star, gained his 300th victory today by defeating the Cubs, 2-1, with a masterly six-hitter. Spahn became the third left-hander to make the exclusive "300 Club." He is the first to make it since Lefty Grove struggled to his 300th victory while with the Red Sox in 1941. The Milwaukee crowd gave Spahn a rousing ovation as he was mobbed by teammates after the final out. The "300 Club" is headed by the lat
Aug. 6, 1961 - Frank Howard drove in four runs with a homer, a triple and a double as the Dodgers defeated the Cubs, 11-4, today. The victory lifted Los Angeles into first place in the National League, one percentage point ahead of the Reds, who split a doubleheader with the Pirates. Maury Wills (pictured) also hit a homer for the Dodgers, the first of his three-year major league career. Johnny Podres, a left-hander, gave ten hits but went the distance for his fourteenth vict
July 29, 1961 - Home runs by Ernie Banks (pictured), Billy Williams and Ron Santo powered the Cubs to a 7-6 victory today that tumbled the Reds out of the National League lead. The loss, coupled with Los Angeles' 5-4 victory over Pittsburgh, dropped the Reds into second place. It marked the first time since June 16 that Cincinnati has not been in first place. #MLB #baseball #sports #cubs #reds #dodgers #ladodgers
July 18, 1961 - Bill White (pictured) belted a home run, two singles, two triples and a double in helping the Cardinals beat the Cubs, 8-2 and 7-5, in a twilight-night double-header today. White tied a 49-year-old major league batting record in the process. The record, held by the late Ty Cobb, was for hits in consecutive double-headers. It stands at 14. White's feat broke the National League record, which was 12. Bob Gibson of the Cards went all the way in the second game. #
July 13, 1961 - Frank Robinson (pictured right with Vada Pinson) hit his 24th home run in the seventh today and drove in the winning run in the ninth as the Reds beat the Cubs, 4-3. It was only the fifth victory for the National League leaders in 13 games with the 7th-place Cubs. Robinson has driven in 11 runs in the Reds' last 4 games. Jim O'Toole was the winning pitcher. #MLB #baseball #sports #reds #cubs