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(Photo by Stephen Green)
A short, three-game homestand at Wrigley Field kicks off this Friday, July 11, as the Cubs welcome the Braves to town for a 1960s-themed celebration. Cubs fans can relive one of the venerable stadium’s greatest decades along with Hall of Fame Bears running back Gale Sayers, Rookie of the Year star Thomas Ian Nicholas and Cubs players from the 1960s.
Here are the other guests and promotions you’ll find at the Friendly Confines this weekend.
1960s Homestand Recap, July 11-13
Friday, July 11, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 3:05 p.m.
- Promotion: Gale Sayers Bobblehead presented by Comcast SportsNet (first 10,000 fans)
- First pitch: Carl Giammarese, Chicago native and original lead singer of 1960s band The Buckinghams
- Seventh-inning stretch: Former Chicago Bears running back Gale Sayers
- Broadcast: Comcast SportsNet, MLB Network, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com
Saturday, July 12, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 3:05 p.m.
- Promotion: Billy Williams Retired Number Flag presented by Wrigley (first 10,000 fans)
- First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Thomas Ian Nicholas, actor from Rookie of the Year
- National Anthem: Derrick Mitchell, Out at Wrigley contest winner
- Broadcast: WGN-TV, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com
Sunday, July 13, Chicago Cubs vs. Atlanta Braves, 1:20 p.m.
- Throwback uniforms: Retro 1969 home and visiting uniforms
- Promotion: ‘60s Throwback Cubs Etch-A-Sketch (first 5,000 children)
- First pitch and seventh-inning stretch: Former teammates from the late-1960s, including Ernie Banks, Randy Hundley, Rich Nye, Paul Popovich and Ken Rudolph
- Broadcast: Comcast SportsNet, WGN 720-AM Radio, Cubs.com
For more information on Wrigley Field’s 100th birthday celebration, please visit www.wrigleyfield100.com.
Former catcher Randy Hundley is a regular contributor to Vine Line, telling stories from his day in our alumni section, “Glory Days.” The following is from the September 2011 issue, as told to Jim McArdle. (Photo by Stephen Green)
Somebody that I should’ve hit better was Sandy Koufax. Being that he was a left-hander, you would think that I’d be comfortable against him, but it was a short day for me hitting against him.
His curveball was absolutely incredible, and he threw his fastball right over the top. The ball spun directly backward, and then when he threw the curveball, the ball was spinning forward. You couldn’t tell until the ball got on you whether it was spinning backward or forward.
He threw a four-seamer (fastball), but it had more of a rise to it than a tail. I remember the ﬁrst time I hit against him, I was playing for the Giants, and it was like my ﬁrst game in the big leagues. He threw a fastball. I thought it was going to be low, and I was going to be cool and take the pitch. I turn around and the umpire says, “Strike 1!” Holy cow! That ball was coming in ankle high, but it got up to my kneecap.
The next pitch looked like it was going to be over my head, and again, I take the pitch. I looked back as Johnny Roseboro caught it right down the middle: “Strike 2!” I stepped out of the box and got some dirt, and I looked at Roseboro. I said, “Mr. Roseboro, I’m in a heap of trouble. I need to ﬁnd myself a brown paper bag and make a lunch and go to work somewhere else.”
Lee Smith was puzzled when Joan Janssen needed to take a timeout from a bullpen session to grab something from her purse.
“Wait a minute,” Smith said. “I got a relief pitcher with a purse?”
Mutual interest between Cubs legends and everyday fans defined the inaugural Chicago Cubs Fantasy Camp that took place Aug. 8-9 at Wrigley Field. On the 8th, campers had signed one-day contracts with Cubs general manager Jim Hendry.
Smith joined Randy Hundley, Billy Williams, Rick Sutcliffe and Ernie Banks to show 32 camp participants the basics of hitting, pitching and fielding before the campers split up into four teams and faced off tournament-style.
“There’s a lot of ability here,” Sutcliffe said. “There are some guys out here that are ready to get after it.”
Team Williams beat Team Banks 15-3 to take the day’s crown. Frank Cascella (below) was Team Williams MVP and Overall MVP.
Cascella, who moonlights as a Wrigley Field tour guide on the weekends and won his ticket from a radio show contest, was nevertheless blown away when he stepped “between the foul lines” on Monday morning.
“I didn’t want to say this to my wife, but it was up there with my kid being born for sure,” he said. “One of the best feelings ever… I had to fight back some emotion.”
The camp’s youngest player, 11-year-old Brian Brady (above with Hendry), was named the Defensive Player of the Day.
AJ Karstens, who hit the day’s only homer, was Team Banks MVP and the Long Ball Award winner. Josh Silver was Team Sutcliffe MVP while Chris Donaldson took the award for Team Smith.
Chatting with and learning from old pros was a treat for the campers.
“It feels so easy,” participant Chris Donaldson said. “The staff just makes us feel like we’re ballplayers. That’s all we could ask.”
Members of the triumphant Team Williams squad all were rewarded with bats engraved with their names. Tim Creed wrapped up his experience with a phrase uttered many times during the day: “It’s a dream come true.”