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1969 Cubs vs. 1964 White Sox-Game 7

Posted 11-24-2009 at 11:25 PM by TommyJohn
Updated 11-24-2009 at 11:33 PM by TommyJohn

Game 7 lineups:

1969 Cubs
Don Kessinger, SS
Glenn Beckert, 2B
Billy Williams, LF
Ron Santo, 3B
Ernie Banks, 1B
Jim Hickman, RF
Randy Hundley, C
Don Young, CF
Ferguson Jenkins, P

1964 White Sox
Jim Landis, CF
Don Buford, 2B
Floyd Robinson, LF
Pete Ward, 3B
Bill Skowron, 1B
Mike Hershberger, RF
Ron Hansen, SS
JC Martin, C
Joe Horlen, P

The White Sox and their fans went into the game supremely confident-the thrilling victory in 11 innings had seemingly given them the edge. With an extra day off, Al Lopez made the decision to start Joe Horlen on three days rest. Leo Durocher made the apparently insane decision to go with Jenkins, who had started Game 5 and relieved in Game 6. "I gotta hunch. **** all you pansies who don't like it. How much do you make a year?" growled the Lip to second-guessing fans.

Sox fans had the series all but wrapped up-they were in the faces of Cub fans, telling them to give up and go home. Chicago media members were aghast-they had seen some despicable behavior before-like the St. Valentine's Day Massacre-but the rude actions of Sox fans topped that times 1,000. The fans were barely seated when the action began:

Cubs 1st: Kessinger singled and stole second; Beckert grounded out Hansen to Skowron [Kessinger advancing to 3rd]; Williams walked; Santo walked; Banks singled to left [Kessinger scored, Williams scored, Santo advanced to 3rd]; Hickman flied out to Hershberger [Santo scored]; Hundley grounded out Ward to Skowron. Cubs 3, White Sox 0.

Before the Sox and fans knew what hit them, the Cubs were up 3-0. When Skowron got the final out, the Cub fans cheered and Sox fans cut loose with a thunderous torrent of boos, directed specifically at Horlen.

"**** you, Horlen you ******!" yelled one.

"Horlen, **** you, you ******! yelled another.

"You're a ******! **** you, Horlen!" yelled a third.

It grew worse as the game progressed. The Sox were unable to score in the first, bringing the Cubs up again.

Cubs 2nd: Don Young reached first when Skowron bobbled his grounder; Jenkins flied out to Robinson; Kessinger tripled to left [Young scoring]; Beckert grounded out Buford to Skowron [Kessinger scoring]; Williams struck out. Cubs 5, White Sox 0.

Only an inning and a half into the game the Sox were down 5-0. The boos grew louder. Cheers were heard from Cub fans in attendance, along with the gathered media in the press box. Sox fans were calling for the mass lynchings of Horlen, Al Lopez, Arthur Allyn, Ed Short, and anyone else responsible for the 5-0 deficit. The imploring by some that there was plenty of game left fell on deaf ears.

The Cubs, comfy with their 5-0 lead, went on cruise control behind Jenkins. The Sox went down in the next two innings. In the fourth came a threat-Buford and Ward got on with one out. Skowron was intentionally passed for Hershberger, who obliged the Cubs by popping out to shallow left, runners holding. Ron Hansen then whiffed at a 1-2 Jenkins fastball to extinguish the would-be rally.

Jenkins was hitting his spots after that, putting them down 1-2-3 in the fifth and sixth, then giving up a harmless two out single in the 7th before JC Martin flied out to end the inning.

Horlen was just as good, settling down after the 2nd frame. He held the Cubs hitless after the 2nd, striking out 8. It all was going down as too little, too late. Every out was greeted by boos from fans who were enraged that he didn't have his stuff together in the first two innings.

"It's too late, you piece of ****!" One screamed. "It's over! You're a loser! Trade this bum!" A few Sox fans talked about their team's need for hitting and suggested a trade-Al Weis, JC Martin and Dave Nicholson to the Yankees for Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris.

The Sox went down in the 8th, much to the delight of Cub fans who saw their team edge closer to victory. Others kept waiting for the other shoe to drop-it all seemed too good to be true. The Sox would pull off a miraculous 9th inning rally, wouldn't they? Isn't that how it worked? The Cubs had the lead in all three games that the Sox won. Would this one break that mold?

The Cubs took the field in the bottom of the 9th. Jenkins trotted out, ready to go. Cub fans got on their feet. Sox fans sat and swore, calling for the head of Al Lopez.

Pete Ward, who had seemed destined to be series MVP with his hitting heroics, grounded to Santo, who heaved to Banks for out number 1. Moose Skowron hit a harmless pop fly that Beckert caught in shallow right. The fans rose as one and cheered as Hershberger stepped up. Mike worked the count and drew a walk, but this merely prolonged the inevitable. Ron Hansen skied an 0-1 pitch to left. Williams settled under it and caught it.

The Cub fans in attendance erupted in celebration as Jenkins and Hundley hugged each other. Ron Santo leaped in the air and clicked his heels, drawing the boos of angry Sox fans. The Cubs put on a low-key celebration on the field. Their explanation was that of course they don't need to celebrate-beating the Sox was no big deal for them.

Cub fans gloated with joy, a contrast to their act after games 1 and 2-when they had dismissed the series as a lowlife trash series against lowlife south siders. Now, they acted as if their team had won the World Series.

Sox fans walked out of the park glum and angry. A few called for the lynching of Horlen and Lopez. Others, more intellectually inclined, sneered at them that it was only a game, and why were they getting so excited? They should forget it all and study more intellectual pursuits. These few also reacted in wounded fashion when the angry ones blasted all Cub fans as rich garbage. How dare you say that, the intellectuals declared, on the verge of tears. That's not fair, stereotyping like that. Cub fans, on the other hand, were united in the shared belief that all Sox fans were lowlife garbage.

The Chicago media was also ecstatic over the outcome. Hollywood couldn't have scripted it better, they said. They voted Ferguson Jenkins the series MVP, comparing his comeback after the Game 1 shellacking to Jesus Christ's famous comeback three days after being battered and beaten by the Romans.

One happy, happy writer summed it all up with his joyful lede in his column the next day: "There is no doubt about it! It is official! The 1969 Chicago Cubs are the biggest losers of All-Time!"

Cubs...320 000 000-5
Sox.... 000 000 000-0

2B: None 3B: Kessinger
Errors: Skowron, Williams

Pitchers-Cubs: Jenkins White Sox: Horlen, Wilhelm

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Series Most Valuable Player-Ferguson Jenkins
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