Cubs Calendar: August 24, 1983

In an otherwise forgettable season, the Cubs had one of their most exciting games on this date in 1983. The Cubs blanked the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 before 17,955 frenzied fans at Wrigley Field. A Keith Moreland sacrifice fly out and a Mel Hall two-run scoring double provided the Cubs with all the runs they needed on the day. Starter Chuck Rainey threw a complete game shutout in which he allowed only one hit. In fact, Rainey took a no-hitter into the ninth inning and then retired the first two batters he faced. With two outs, Eddie Milner laced a single up the middle to ruin Rainey’s attempt to make history. Rainey won only seven more games over the rest of his career and never again flirted with a no-hitter. SIDE NOTE: I turned on the television to watch this game after school (first week of the school year). Having never seen a Cubs’ pitcher throw a no-hitter, I exciting called my dad into the living room watch the game with me in the seventh inning. As the game wore on, my dad called and cancelled his barber’s appointment to stay for the ninth inning. Alas, in typical Cubs’ fashion, Milner ruined a great father-son moment with his hit.