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Once Upon a Yesterday: Cubs vs. Cards

Today we travel back to 1972 for a pitcher's duel at Wrigley Field.
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Fergie Jenkins

With the Cubs kicking off a three-game series at the St. Louis Cardinals, we throw it back to 1972 in our latest edition of OUAY. Typically, I try to focus on a game that the Cubs won, but sometimes the nuggets unearthed are too good not to look at.

On May 31st, 1972, these two foes squared off in a matchup of aces. The Cubs had Fergie Jenkins on the bump, and the Cardinals trotted out Bob Gibson. The two behemoths battled on the field and during awards season, often each other's stiffest competition for the Cy Young award. Gibson won in 1970, and Jenkins took it home in 1971.

The game went exactly as you'd expect — a 1-0 affair with both pitchers going the distance. Gibson came out on top, suffocating the Cubs bats with a line of 9 IP, 0 R, 3 H, 5 K, and 2 BB. The hits were all singles. Jenkins was great but still got bested after tossing a line of 8 IP, 1 R, 8 H, 5 K, and 2 BB.

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Nuggets of note:

  • The game featured five HOFers. Fergie Jenkins and Billy Williams of the Cubs; Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, and Joe Torre* for the Cardinals. While Torre was inducted to the hall as a manager, in 1972 he was the reigning NL MVP. At 57.6 career WAR, he could have easily made it as a player too.
  • Matty Alou fell a dinger short of the cycle for the Cardinals. He is also Moises Alou's uncle.

Go get 'em today, boys!

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