Lead Story - 9/17/2021
Chicago Cubs - 1969 World Series Champion“CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!” The Chicago Cubs won the 1969 World Series, defeating the New York Yankees 4 games to 2.
Game 1 opened in Yankee Stadium featuring Yankees ace Al Downing and Cubs ace Dick Ellsworth. The Cubs took the early lead, 3-1, on Chris Krug’s RBI double in the 3rd inning. Ellsworth held the Yankees to 4 hits through 7, but the Yankees rallied in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game on Tom Tresh’s 2 run homer. In the top of the 10th, Krug hit a solo Home Run to give the Cubs the opening game win 4-3.
The bats exploded in game 2, with 22 hits total, and the Yankees hammering 5 home runs. Fanning opened the game for the Yankees with a leadoff homer, and Al Luplow followed with a 2 run shot to give the Yanks the early lead 3-0. The Cubs rallied to tie the game in the 4th on 4 singles, and Ron Santo put the cubs ahead in the 5th with a 2 run homer. Mickey Mantle followed with a 2 run shot in the bottom of the 5th, and the Cubs held the lead 6-5. The Yankees tied the game in the 7th, but the Cubs took advantage of a Yankee error, wild pitch and walk to score 2 runs in both the 8th and 9th to take Game 2 10-7.
Game 3 was an exciting one, and once again both teams pounded out 22 hits. The Yankees took the lead 4-0, scoring runs in each of the first 3 innings with Luplow’s RBI double and 3rd inning Homer. The Cubs battled back with a big 5th inning, behind Santo’s 3 run Home Run to tie the game at 6. The Yankees pulled ahead 7-6 in the 7th… In the bottom of the 9th, Series MVP George Thomas hit a walk off 2 run homer to give the Cubs the win 8-7 and a 3 games to none Series lead.
Series MVP George Thomas finished the Series with a .348 Avg, 1.478 OPS, 1 Double, 1 Triple, 2 Home Runs and 6 RBI.
With their backs against the wall the Yankees sent Jerry Walker to the mound. Walker delivered a nearly perfect complete game shutout, holding the cubs to 2 hits, walking none, facing only 28 batters. Tresh’s 1st inning RBI triple gave the Yanks an early lead and the Game 4 victory 4-0.
The Yankees carried that momentum into Game 5, with Downing and Ellsworth facing off once again. Both pitched great through 6, and with the game tied at 2, the Yankee bats erupted. In the 7th, Mantle got things started with an RBI single, and Roy White followed with a 2 run double. The Yankees got 3 more in the 8th on Tresh’s 2 run double, and the Yankees took the game 8-3.
The Series shifted back to Yankee Stadium for Game 6, and the Cubs looked to Fergie Jenkins to get them back on track. Jenkins battled hard and the Yankees could not get runners home, leaving 11 on base. Leading 2-1 going into the 5th, the Cubs took control scoring 2 on RBI singles in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th behind Billy Williams’ solo home run. Jenkins shut down the Yankees rally attempts and the Cubs took the World Championship with the 7-4 victory.
Jim Fanning led the Yankees on offense with a .522 Avg, 1.913 OPS, 5 Doubles and 2 Home Runs.