Wrigley Field has been the home of the Chicago Cubs since 1914. Throughout its 100-plus years of existence, Wrigley Field could be a pitcher’s friend one day and a run barrage the next. Even with excessive wind on most days, the Cubs haven’t won the World Series since Wrigley Field had its ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Over the years, the Philadelphia Phillies have encountered the Cubs in the Windy City at Wrigley Field for a handful of series (well, one series a year after the National League expanded to 16 teams since 1993). Hall of Fame third baseman Michael Jack Schmidt hit four home runs in an 18-16 Phillies victory in 10 innings on April 17, 1976. During the 1979 shootout in Chicago (May 17, 1979), the Phillies defeated the Cubs in 10 innings, 23-22 (the Phillies had a 17-6 lead entering the bottom of the fourth).
Believe it or not, the Phillies and Cubs set the Major League Baseball record for most runs by two teams in one game. On Aug. 25, 1922, the host Cubs defeated the Phillies, 26-23, in three hours and one minute. The Phillies produced 26 hits while the Cubs posted 25 and each club committed five errors; there were 34 singles, 12 doubles, two triples, and three sayonaras.
Philadelphia scored three runs in the top of the second, two in the third, one in the fourth, three in the fifth, eight in the eighth, and six in the ninth. Chicago plated one in the bottom of the first, 10 in the second, 14 in the fourth, and one in the sixth.
Cubs center-fielder Cliff Heathcote was five-for-five with two doubles and five runs. Left-fielder Hack Miller went four-for-five with two homers and three runs. Third baseman Marty Krug posted two singles and two doubles in five at-bats with four runs. Catcher Bob O’Farrell had been two-for-three with a sacrifice, one dinger, and three runs. Tony Kaufman started on the mound and had been relieved by George Stueland, Uel Eubanks, Ed Morris, and Tiny Osborne.
Phillies third baseman Russ Wrightstone batted four-for-seven with a triple and three runs. Right-fielder Curt Walker was four-four six with two runs, one double, one triple, and a sacrifice. Utility man Clifford Walker Lee played first base and went three-for-four with four runs. Center-fielder Bevo LeBourveau and left-fielder John Mokan also compiled three hits and two runs apiece. On the mound for Philadelphia were Jimmy Ring and Lefty Weinert.
The 1922 Irving Wilhelm-managed Phillies finished in seventh place out of eight NL teams at 57-96-1. On the mound, the Phillies displayed a 4.64 Earned Run Average in 1,372 innings with six shutouts, 73 complete games, a league-most 1,692 hits, 460 bases on balls (including an NL-worst 103 from Ring), and 394 strikeouts. At the plate and on the bases, the Phillies were 1,537-for-5,459 (.282 batting average) with 738 runs, 268 doubles, 55 triples, a league-high 116 round-trippers, 685 runs batted in, and 48 stolen bases.
*Information about the Phillies from 1883 until 2003 can be found in “The Phillies Encyclopedia (Third Edition)” by Rich Westcott and Frank Bilovsky.