This late-season game featured two things you'll likely never, ever see in modern baseball.
The Cubs had optimism after finishing with a winning record in 1963. That was misplaced; they started losing almost as soon as 1964 began, and in late May suffered one quite embarrassing defeat.
The Cubs completely turned around their disastrous 1962 season to have a winning year in 1963, and one early-June game was particularly memorable.
The former Cubs first baseman, son of Hollywood Squares host Peter Marshall, had a brief career in the major leagues, during which he had a couple of run-ins with Hall of Famer Bob Gibson. Or did he?
The Cubs ended the era of the 154-game schedule with another 90-loss season. This date, though, produced a dramatic victory.
After the promise of 1959 -- a season not too far under .500, and contention into July -- Cubs fans might have been excused if they had hope for 1960, with Ernie Banks coming off consecutive MVP seasons. The 1960 Cubs didn't waste too much time quashing that hope. They were awful. But in midseason, a future star played in his first big-league game.
In the 10 years from 1947 through 1956, the World Series was played entirely within the city of New York seven times. The White Sox won the American League pennant in 1959, their first pennant in 40 years. Wouldn't it have been something if the Cubs could have matched that feat, making for the first all-Chicago World Series in 53 years?
No Cubs fan who lived through the 1957 debacle of a season (92 losses) would have predicted the Cubs' great start to 1958. A 13-7 beginning had them in first place in early May; that, unfortunately, was followed by a 6-14 stretch that dumped the team into sixth place.
A 20-year-old Cub had made just a handful of major-league starts, when, in May of his rookie season, he had a game for the ages, setting a team record by striking out a huge number of players from a team headed to the postseason. Kerry Wood? No, I'm talking about Dick Drott, the Kerry Wood of his day.