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The Famous "Green Box"

What's a green box and why is it so famous? Well, just like a baseball dugout, that's where the stories are told. The "Green Box" appeared on the Baseball Historian web site during our inception back in 1999 and has been holding kangaroo court ever since. Enjoy the stories...

'Take Me Out to the Old Ballgame' - April 13, 1968
St. Louis Cardinals vs Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field

Recap by Legendary Baseball Writer... Eugene Siuda from an old scorecard-program:

Lefty Steve Carlton on the mound for the Cardinals. Rich Nye goes for the Cubs -

The Cardinals' leadoff batter Lou Brock flies out to left-fielder Billy Williams to start the ball game... Julian Javier strikes out ... two-outs, no-one on... Curt Flood singles to left... Orlando Cepeda lines a hard base-hit to right, Flood goes to third base. Runners on 1st and 3rd, two-outs... Mike Shannon grounds out - SS Don Kessinger tosses to Ernie Banks at 1st base.

Kessinger leads off with a base-hit to center. Glenn Beckert follows with another single (to RF)... Billy Williams strokes a single to center scoring Kessinger (Cubs up 1-0)... Third baseman Ron Santo drives a Steve Carlton pitch into the right-center seats for a 3-run home run (Cubs up 4-0) no one out yet... Ernie Banks flies out to Curt Flood in CF... Catcher Randy Hundley singles to left... RF Ted Savage gounds to Carlton, who throws to 2nd to force Hundley... two-outs... Savage is picked off first base, Carlton to Cepeda, three outs.

--------------------------------------- 2nd Inning, Cubs leading 4-0

Cardinal catcher Tim McCarver grounds out, first baseman to pitcher... playing RF in place of Roger Maris, who has a pulled leg muscle, Dick Simpson hits a home run into the center-field bleachers. Dal Maxvill flies out to center... Carlton goes down swinging.

Steve Carlton opens the inning by striking out both CF Adolfo Phillips and Pitcher Rich Nye... Kessinger reaches first base on 3B Mike Shannon's error... Beckert flies out to Lou Brock in LF.

----------------------------------------- 3rd Inning, Cubs Leading Cardinals 4-1

Lou Brock flies to center for the first out... Javier singles to left... Curt Flood lines a shot off pitcher Nye leg for a infield hit... Cub manager Leo Durocher brings in Bill Hands to replace the injured Nye... Orlando Cepeda lines a single to right, scoring Javier... Shannon walks to load the bases... Tim McCarver hits a sacrifice fly, Flood scores, making the score Cubs 4, Cardinals 3... Simpson fans for the third out.

Cubs- Billy Williams singles to left... Santo flies to center... Banks pops-out to McCarver, the catcher... Hundley flies out to left.

----------------------------------------- 4th Inning, Cubs Leading Cardinals 4-3

Cardinals - Maxvill lines out to Kessinger at short... Carlton and Brock both strike out.

Cubs - Ted Savage hits a hard grounder towards the hole near 2nd base, Maxvill makes the "play-of-the game" and throws Savage out... Adolfo Phillips strikes out... Bill Hands grounds out to SS Maxvill.

------------------------------------------ 5th Inning, Cubs Leading Cardinals 4-3

Julian Javier opens by slashing a double to center... Flood lines his 3rd hit of the game, a single scoring Javier... Tie score 4-4... Cepeda grounds into a double play, 2nd-SS-1B... Shannon singles to right... McCarver grounds out, pitcher to first. Cubs 4, Cards 4.

Cubs - Kessinger flies out to center, Flood makes a nice running, back-hand catch... Beckert flies out to Brock in left-field... Billy Williams strikes out.

--------------------------------------------- 6th Inning, Game Tied at 4-4

Cardinals - Simpson strikes out... Maxvill lopes a soft single to left... Carlton pops-up softly to Bill Hands, the pitcher... Lou Brock strikes out.

Cubs - Santo flies out to Brock in left... Banks grounds out - 2B Javier to Cepeda at 1B... Randy Hundley singles to center... Savage lines out to Javier at second base... three-outs.

-------------------------------------- -------------------------------------- 7th Inning Stretch - Let's all sing! Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd, buy me some peanuts, popcorn and cracker-jack............... How many fans can sing the whole song --------- Let me Heeeeeeaaar You, now!

------------------------------------- -------------------------------------

7th Inning, Game Tied 4-4

Cardinals - Javier grounds out to Beckert at 2nd... Curt Flood collects his fourth straight hit, a bunt towards the pitcher's mound... Cepeda flies out to center... Shannon flies to right.

Cubs - Phillips strikes out... Bill Hands singles to left... Kessinger grounds into fielder's choice, 2nd to SS... one-out, man on 1st... Beckert lopes a soft single to right... Billy Williams lines a hard shot for an out to Brock in left.

--------------------------------------- 8th Inning, Score still Tied 4-4

Cardinals - McCarver grounds out 2B-1B, (Beckert goes deep towards 2nd, dives and throws to Banks, who scups the ball out-of-the dirt for the out)... Simpson doubles to deep center... Maxvill walks... Chuck Hartenstein comes in to replace Bill Hands... Paul Gagliano pinch-hits for Carlton and singles, Simpson scores... runners on 1st and 3rd, one-out... Lou Brock grounds into a fielder's choice, Maxvill scores (Cards leading 6-4)...runners on 1st and 2nd... Javier singles to left, loading the bases... Curt Flood cracks his fifth consecutive single, scoring Maxvill and Brock... Bobby Tiefenauer now pitching for the Cubs...Flood steal second base... Cepeda pops-out to short...Cards leading 8-4.

Cubs Ron Santo reaches on a two-base error on Cepeda... Banks pops-out to Maxvill at short... Hundley strikes out... Al Spangler pinch-hits for Savage and singles... Phillips Flies to left for the third out.


9th Inning, Cardinals leading 8-4

Cardinals - Shannon singles to open the 9th... Tim McCarver pops-out to Beckert at second... Simpson grounds out to Beckert, who throws to second for the force out... Maxvill is walked intentionally, loading the bases... Cardinals' pitcher Ron Wills pops-out to Kessinger at SS for the third out.

Cubs batting last of the 9th. - Dick Nen pinch-hits for Tiefenauer and flies to center for the first out... Kessinger Grounds out to short, Maxvill to Cepeda... Beckert flies deep to center-fielder Curt Flood to end the game.

Cardinals beat Cubs 8-4 - Sat.- April 13, 1968

Recap complied by Eugene Siuda for

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