Cubs Calendar: June 30, 1959

The Cubs fell 4-1 to the St. Louis Cardinals before 9,885 Wrigley Field faithful. Larry Jackson outdueled Bob Anderson to earn the win for the Cardinals. This game was most remembered as the infamous “two balls in play” game. In the top of the fourth inning, Stan Musial drew a one out walk. Ball four was a wild pitch that caromed off the backstop and Musial attempted to take second base after drawing a walk on the pitch. Cubs’ third baseman Alvin Dark fired the ball to second base to throw out Musial. Simultaneously, the home plate umpire had given Cubs’ starter Anderson a new ball. Anderson also fired his ball to second base in an attempt to throw out Musial. Faced with two balls headed toward him, Cubs’ shortstop Ernie Banks caught Dark’s throw and tagged out Musial for the out. The Cardinals protested the game, but the protest was disallowed after the Cardinals won the game.