July 17, 1966

July 17, 1966

#OnThisDay in @chicagocubs history ▸ Billy Williams hits for a natural cycle, scoring 4 times and driving in 2 RBIs to propel the Cubs to a 7-2 victory over the @stlcardinals in the second game of a Sunday doubleheader. 

Williams becomes the first Cub player, and 8th @mlb player, to get the hits of their cycle in “natural” order (single, double, triple, and home run).  Not to be outdone, Cubs pitcher Fergie Jenkins hurls a perfect 2 innings of relief to earn the save and preserve rookie Ken Holtzman’s win.

July 12, 2001

July 12, 2001

#OnThisDay in @chicagocubs history ▸ Shortstop Ricky Gutiérrez becomes the first Cubs player to hit a regular season grand slam against the White Sox.

Gutiérrez’s shot comes off of Sox righty Jon Garland in the 8th inning of the @wrigleyfield contest to give the Cubs a 5-1 victory in this cross-town classic game.

July 3, 1960

July 3, 1960

#OTD in @chicagocubs history ▸ third baseman Ron Santo gets his first, of 342 career, @mlb​ home runs off @cincinnatireds pitcher Jim O’Toole. The first inning bomb (to deep left field) comes with two on and two out and sparks the Cubs to a 7-5 victory.

h/t: image credit – Cards That Never Were

July 1, 1997#OTD in @chicagocubs history ▸ pit…

July 1, 1997

#OTD in @chicagocubs history ▸ pitcher Greg Maddux records his first career shutout, blanking the Montreal Expos 1-0, to mark “…the first moment when Maddux was Maddux.”

The win spoiled a dominating 14 strikeout, 3 hit showing by Expo pitcher Bob Serba.  Serba’s 90 game score performance is regarded by @mlb as one of the 10 “best-pitched defeats” in modern history (Maddux’s own game score was only 80).  Unfortunately for Serba, two of the three hits he surrendered were to Cubs left fielder Jerry Mumphrey, including a game winning home run in 9th inning.

June 30, 2002

June 30, 2002

#OTD in @chicagocubs history ▸ third baseman Mark Bellhorn becomes only the third Cubs player to homer from both sides of the plate (following Augie Galan and Ellis Burton) in the same game. The Cubs use Bellhorn’s power to overcome the White Sox in a 9-2 victory at Comiskey Park.

Bellhorn would top the feat when he hit two dingers, from opposite sides of the plate in the same inning, against the @brewers later in the season.

June 28, 1951

June 28, 1951

#OTD in @chicagocubs history ▸ the Cubs defeat the @stlcardinals in 8-0 at St. Louis’ Sportsman Park. Cubs’ pitcher Frank Hiller faces the minimum of 27 Cardinal batters, just missing a no-hitter and perfect game.

A 5th inning single, to Enos Slaughter, was the only blemish on Hiller’s gem. After Slaughter’s single, Hiller induced a 5-4-3 double play off of Del Rice’s bat to erase the lone runner from the base paths.

Unfortunately, Hiller injured his back during the game and ended up missing several starts and never recovering his form. His record over the second-half of the season was a dismal 1-10. He finished the season with an overall win-loss record of 6-12 before he was traded to the @cincinnatireds for the 1952 campaign.