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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...

Reviewing an old scorecard - Cardinals vs Cubs - April 1968
Eugene Siuda staff writer

Rummaging thru an old baseball box in my basement, an old scorecard dated April 14, 1968 captured my attention. As a young teenager then, my father took me to Wrigley Field on Chicago's north-side. The Cubs were hosting the St. Louis Cardinals, the 1967 World Champions.

My old scorecard lists admission to the grandstands, where we sat - $1.50 each.

With the aid of my old scorecard, I can recall as if it was yesterday the game that I inked onto the scorecard. Five, future members of the "Hall of Fame" battled in the chilly, windy April of '68.

Anyway, here's the recap of a "Game to Remember"

Starting Pitchers - Dick Hughes, Cards, Joe Niekro, Cubs

As a young Cub fan I watched as the first two Cardinal batters, Lou Brook and Curt Flood both singled to centerfield. And was totally stunned when their number 3 hitter Roger Maris pulled a home run off Joe Niekro into the right-field bleachers giving the Cardinals a 3-0 lead. Zow-Wee! My Cubs are losing by 3-runs and haven't even batted yet. The next batter first baseman Orlando Cepeda was hit by a pitch from Niekro. Three straight flyouts ended the inning.

However - To open the bottom of the first - SS Don Kessinger flied out to Brock in leftfield, 2B Glenn Beckert walked, RF Billy Williams stroked a sweet double scoring Beckert. 3B Ron Santo walked and the "legendary Cub" Mr. Ernie Banks blasted a long three-run homer, putting the Cubs up 4-3. - "That's my guy" - "What a first inning!"

The Cubs scored two more in the 2nd, and were leading 6-3 going into the 4th. Catcher Tim McCarver opened the inning with a single to center and 3B Mike Shannon followed with a homer to left, cutting the Cubs lead to 6-5.

Glenn Beckert and Billy Williams singled to leadoff the last off the fourth. Ron Santo walked, loading the bases. A passed ball scored Berkert. Cubs 7-5 after 4-innings.

Time for hot dogs... here's some '68 prices as listed in my old scorecard-program:

Hot Dogs 30c ... Popcorn 15c ... Peanuts 25c ... Lemonade 25c ... Coca Cola or Fresca 15c & 25c ... Budweiser Beer or Heileman's Old Style Beer 45c ... Borden's Milk 20c ... Cubs T-shirts $1.50 ... Wrigley's Chewing Gum 5c ... Scorecard-Program 15c ... Pencil 10c ... Borden's Frosty Malt 25c ... Hamburger 45c and Taffy Apple 20c

Eight Inning - Roger Maris led off and belted his second homer of the game, into the right-fielder bleaches, this time off reliever Bobby Tiefenauer.

The Cubs held on to beat the Cardinals 7-6 - In the "greatest game ever played" - or something like that.

----------------------------------------------- The Lineups - Cardinals' Manager Red Schoendienst

Cardinals - Brock LF 1-for-4 ... Curt Flood CF 1-5 ... Maris RF 2-4, 2 HRs, 4 RBIs ... Cepeda 1B 1-3 ... McCarver C 1-3 ... Shannon 3B 2-4, 2 RBIs ... J. Javier 2B 0-4 ... D. Maxvill SS 0-4 ... Pitchers Hughes (loser) L. Jaster, Gilson, Torrez ... Ricketts C 0-1. ------------------- Cubs' Manager Leo Durocher

Cubs - Kessinger SS 1-for-4 ... Beckert 2B 3-4, 1 RBI ... Billy Williams RF 3-5, 2 RBIs ... Ron Santo 0-1, 3 Walks ... Ernie Banks 1B 1-4, 3 RBIs ... Randy Hundley C 1-4 ... A. Spangler LF 1-4 ... Adolpho Phillips CF 1-3 ... Pitchers Joe Niekro (winner) Tiefenauer (save) - Archives - Scorecard 4/14/1968 (Rotating Green Boxes) 1968 Chicago Cubs 1968 St Louis Cardinals

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