1969 Chicago Cubs
1969 Chicago Cubs
Tinker to Evers to Chance. The famous double play combination of the 1908 Chicago Cubs. Those names are not only etched in Chicago Cubs history but also in baseball history.
For me the double play combination of Kessinger to Beckert to Banks is etched in my mind. It was the summer of 1969. I did not really follow baseball but my best friend Delbert did and he was a Cubs fan. Since Delbert was a Cubs fan and the Cubs were in first place, I figured why not? I jumped on board thinking I was following a team that could win the World Series.
I began following the Cubs very closely. Little did I know that not only would the Cubs not win the World Series in 1969 but 40 years later they still have not won the Series. Not only that, they haven't even made it to the World Series. The last time the Cubs went to the World Series was 1945, the last time they won it was 1908!
Delbert really led me astray back then. I hopped on the Cub bandwagon and have followed them ever since.
Who would have thought that a team with such future Hall of Famers as Ernie Banks, Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins in the line up would falter like they did. Those were not the only good players the Cubs had on the 1969 team. Ron Santo (who should be in the Hall of Fame), Beckert, Kessinger, Hundley, Holtzman and Bill Hands just to name a few of the other players on the Cubs roster. They also had Hall of Fame manager Leo Durocher leading the team.
The 1969 Cubs faltered and the Amazing Mets passed the Cubs and went on to win the World Series. I still wonder what would have happened if the Cubs could have held on to win the division. Since the Mets were good enough to win the World Series, would the Cubs have won? I think they would have.