Cubs Calendar: July 7, 1987

The Cubs beat the San Diego Padres 7-5 at Wrigley Field before 26,615 fans. The victory moved the Cubs five games over .500. Starter Greg Maddux lasted only three and two third innings before being ejected from the game (more on that later) before Scott Sanderson came on in relief to pick up the victory. Lee Smith threw two innings to earn his twenty-second save of the season. The Cubs took the lead in the bottom of the first inning when lead-off hitter Dave Martinez hit a solo home run and red-hot slugger Andre Dawson connected on his twenty-fourth home run of the season off of Padres’ starting pitcher Eric Show. Maddux helped his own cause in the bottom of the second inning when he singled home Keith Moreland to extend the Cubs’ lead to 3-1. Cubs’ utility infielder led off the third inning with a solo home run for the team’s fourth run.

Two batters later, an otherwise routine game took a memorable twist when John Birch Society member Show threw a pitch that struck Andre Dawson in the face. The fight that ensued was one of the more memorable brawls in cubs’ history.  Click hereto read the New York Times’ account of the fight. Watching the game live on television, I always will remember watching Rick Sutcliffe charging out of the dugout to confront Show following the beaning. When Dawson rose from the ground with his face bloodied, he chased show off the field.

After the dust settled, Show was ejected and Dawson left the game to get stiches. When play resumed, Cubs’ catcher Jim Sundberg singled home Jerry Mumphrey for the Cubs’ fourth run. The following inning, a young Maddux hit Benito Santiago in retaliation for the Dawson incident. Maddux was ejected from the game and Sanderson came in to pitch. The Cubs scored two more runs in the fifth inning when Brian Dayett doubled home Leon Durham and Mike Brumley drove in Dayett. The Padres subsequently scored three runs, but the Cubs held on to win the emotionally charged contest.

Skip to the 14th minute of this video for coverage of the Andre Dawson getting hit by the pitch: