June 23, 1984 – “The Sandberg Game”Leave a Comment
32 years ago today the #Cubs Hall of Fame second baseman Ryne Sandberg planted his name around the country as a true National League MVP candidate when he hit two late-inning home runs off Hall of Fame #Cardinals reliever Bruce Sutter to give the Cubs an incredible 12-11 victory at Wrigley Field.
The game was televised nationally with Bob Costas and Tony Kubek on the call for NBC’s “Game of the Week.” Down 9-3, the Cubs get to within 9-8. Bruce Sutter, who is close to invincible, is looking to close the game for the Cardinals. Sandberg hits a solo shot into the left-center bleachers and we go to extra innings. Willie McGee, who hit for the cycle that day, knocks in two in the top of the 10th and it’s 11-9. Two outs and nobody on, Bobby Dernier works a full-count walk. Up comes Sandberg who homers off Sutter again. Dave Owen singles over a drawn-in infield in the 11th and the Cubs win the game 12-11. The game put Sandberg on the map and marked him as an MVP candidate, and in fact he did win the MVP and the Cubs did win the division.
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