The Cubs swept two games from the St. Louis Cardinals in front of 41,060 fans on “Billy Williams Day” at Wrigley Field. Williams set the National League record for most consecutive games played. In the first game of the doubleheader, the Cubs won 3-1 as Fergie Jenkins out dueled Bob Gibson in a pair of complete game performances. Tied at 0-0 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Ernie Banks singled home Billy Williams for the games’ first run. The next batter, Willie Smith, hit a two-run home run to give the Cubs all of the insurance runs that the team needed.
The Cubs took the nightcap 12-1 as Dick Selma scattered four hits and struck out ten batters while allowing only one run in a complete game victory. Cardinals’ starter Mudcat Grant retired only one batter while yielding four runs to the Cubs in the first inning. Billy Williams cracked two triples among his four hits as he added three runs scored and three runs batted in. Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, and Randy Hundley each hit home runs for the Cubs. In a display of future Hall of Fame muscle, Santo drove in five runs while Williams and Banks knocked in three each.
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