Wrigley Field's Most Memorable Moments

April 22, 2014

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Wrigley Field's Most Memorable Moments

Bartman Game

Bartman Game

The image of the bespeckled fan wearing a Cubs hat, blue sweatshirt and green turtleneck was forever etched in team history when Steve Bartman, along with several other spectators, reached for a foul ball by the Marlins' Luis Castillo with one out in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the NLCS. Bartman deflected it from Cubs left fielder Moises Alou and the Cubs ended up yielding eight runs in the inning, losing 8-3 and being eliminated in Game 7 the next day.

'Called Shot'

'Called Shot'

Babe Calls His Shot: A legendary tale was born in Game 3 of the World Series with Babe Ruth's called shot. Witnesses said Ruth pointed to center field before launching his home run, although Cubs pitcher Charlie Root maintained until his death that no called shot occurred.

Wood K's 20

Wood K's 20

In just his fifth major league start, 20-year-old Kerry Wood turned in one of the most dominating pitching performances of all time, striking out 20 Astros while allowing no walks and just one hit.

Sandberg Game

Sandberg Game

In what would quickly come to be known as the "Sandberg game," Ryne Sandberg saved the game twice with ninth- and 10th-inning home runs off the Cardinals' Bruce Sutter. The Cubs went on to win 12-11 in 11 innings.

Sayers' 6 TDs

Sayers' 6 TDs

Gale Sayers tied an NFL record with six touchdowns in a single game as the Bears beat San Francisco 61-20.

HR In Gloamin'

HR In Gloamin'

Gabby Hartnett's two-out, game-winning shot at twilight -- known as the "Homer in the Gloamin' " -- put the Cubs in first place. They won the division three days later.

Turn On Lights

Turn On Lights

The long-awaited first night game at Wrigley Field, the only ballpark in the major leagues without lights, went bad from the start when Phillies leadoff hitter Phil Bradley homered off Rick Sutcliffe before the game was rained out after three and a half innings. The first official night game came the next day with a 6-4 victory over the New York Mets.

Banks' 500th

Banks' 500th

Ernie Banks hit his 500th home run off Braves pitcher Pat Jarvis. Banks retired the next season with a career total of 512.

Bears Win Title

Bears Win Title

The Bears' defense, known as the Monsters of the Midway, stopped the Giants and Y.A. Tittle to win the NFL championship game 14-10.

Nos. 61 and 62

Nos. 61 and 62

Sammy Sosa hit two home runs -- Nos. 61 and 62 -- to tie Mark McGwire during the great home run race in 1998. Sosa's two 480-foot blasts came in an 11-10 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers in 10 innings. He finished the season with 66, behind McGwire's 70.

Billy Goat Curse

Billy Goat Curse

Billy Goat Tavern owner William Sianis reportedly placed a curse on the Cubs after his pet goat was denied entry to the 1945 World Series vs. the Tigers. The Cubs have not returned to the World Series since.

Near Perfect

Near Perfect

Leading 8-0, Milt Pappas loses a perfect game with two outs in the ninth on a walk to Larry Stahl. Pappas held on for a no-hitter, but he claimed home-plate umpire Bruce Froemming cost him the perfect game because of a bad call.

First Series

First Series

Wrigley Field hasn't seen a World Series game since 1945, but it hosted its first at the end of the 1929 season. The Philadelphia A's beat the Cubs 3-1 in Game 1.

NLCS Game 7

NLCS Game 7

Trying to recover from losing the "Bartman Game," the Cubs sent Kerry Wood to the mound against the Marlins. He eased some concerns of Cubs fans when he belted a two-run home run in the second inning to erase a 3-1 Marlins lead. Moises Alou followed with a two-run homer in the third inning for a 5-3 lead but Wood and the Cubs couldn't make it hold up, falling short of their first World Series appearance since 1945.

The Beginning

The Beginning

Wrigley Field was named Weegham Park when the first game was played there 100 years ago. The field hosted Chicago's Federal League team, which was known as both the Federals and the Whales. The Federals beat the Kansas City Packers 9-1 in the ballpark's opener.

A New Home

A New Home

After the Federal League folded, the Cubs moved into Weegham Park. They beat the Cincinnati Reds 7-6 in 11 innings in the first National League game at the park.

MJ, Sox Hero

MJ, Sox Hero

The highlight of Michael Jordan's foray into baseball came in the Windy City Classic at Wrigley Field, when the Bulls superstar went 2-for-5 with two RBIs against the Cubs in the annual exhibition game. The next day Jordan made his minor league debut for the Birmingham Barons.

Corked Bat

Corked Bat

In the middle of one of the worst slumps of his career, Sammy Sosa's bat shatters during an at-bat against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The home plate umpire notices something on the infield grass and finds cork. Umpire Tim McClelland calls Sosa out and ejects him from the game for using the corked bat. Sosa later admits his guilt, claiming it was an honest mistake.

First Stretch

First Stretch

New Cubs broadcaster Harry Caray sang "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch for the first time at Wrigley Field in a game against the Mets. He began the tradition while working in the White Sox's TV booth. 

Elia's Epic Rant

Elia's Epic Rant

With the Cubs off to a 5-14 start and getting booed by the hometown crowd, manager Lee Elia lost his patience in epic style, going on an expletive-laden rant about the fans' behavior. He apologized and kept his job, but was fired later that season.

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