Ryne Sandberg 1994 Photo Series Card, June 23/84, No#24 Series Of 30.
HOF Ryne Sandberg "The Sandberg Game" Cubs 1994 Photo Series Card, Park Promotion, June 23/84, No#24 Series Of 30.
It was a magical game during a memorable season. The 1984 Chicago Cubs season provided thrills, cheers, and the team’s first playoff appearance in 39 years. In a game that season, against arch-rival St. Louis on June 23, second baseman Ryne Sandberg gave the Wrigley Field faithful a day no Cubs fans would ever forget. While Cubs fans were familiar with Sandberg’s abilities, he was still unknown to the rest of the country. That changed with his performance on June 23. Sandberg started with an RBI single in the bottom of the first to tie the game at one. At the bottom of the fifth. He brought in a run on an RBI groundout that was followed by an RBI double by Gary Matthews. top of the sixth extended the Cardinals' lead to 9-3, the Cubs' Richie Hebner tallied an RBI single, and Bob Dernier followed with a two-run double. Sandberg then cracked a two-run single to trim the deficit to 9-8. With Chicago still trailing by one and facing St. Louis closer Bruce Sutter in the bottom of the ninth, it looked as though Sandberg’s offensive efforts would come in a loss. In a battle of two future hall of famer, Sandberg brought the Wrigley crowd to its feet with a lead-off home run to tie the game at nine. Later that inning, the Cubs had a runner at third and two outs but failed to score. The joy at Wrigley seemed to be short-lived as the Cardinals plated two runs in the top of the 10th. Reality set in when Sutter retired the first two Cub batters in the bottom half of the inning. But then Dernier walked to bring Sandberg and his five RBI to the plate. He was having a career day, but asking him to hit another home run off of Sutter, the Mariano Rivera of his time was perhaps too much. Amazingly, it happened. Instead of just reaching base to keep the inning alive, Sandberg’s two-run home run tied the game at 11. What followed were loud cheers and pandemonium from the Cubs faithful and stunned silence and shock from Cardinals players and fans. Sandberg’s heroics opened the door for bench player Dave Owen. With the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the 11th, Owen delivered a game-winning, pinch-hit single to bring home Leon Durham and give the Cubs an unbelievable 12-11 triumph. While Owen brought home the winning run, it would have never been possible without Sandberg. He finished the game five-for-six with two home runs and seven RBI.
Item Code - MEMSOU1E74RSA
Width: 5 3/8" Height: 7 1/8" Depth: 1/16" Weight: 33 g
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