I’m suppose to divulge some secrets or discuss something from my past on this March Madness Thursday.
The picture above is Wrigley Field on New Years this year when the Blackhawks played the Winter Classic hockey at Wrigley. Red Wings give Hawks the cold shoulder in Winter Classic, 6-4. No big deal.
However, on August 19, 1969, I traveled with my father (now in his 80’s and suffering from dementia) and my brother (now old and bald : () ) via the CTA trains to Wrigley to see the Cubs play. Who would have guessed that pitcher Ken Holzman would pitch a no hitter- one of two for the Cubs- that day.
Holtzman’s no-hitter was against the eventual Western Division champion Atlanta Braves, winning 3-0 on Ron Santo’s 3-run home run (sorry Lola). Holtzman had no strikeouts and it was the first no-hitter ever thrown by a Cub left-hander at Wrigley Field.
It was also the first no-hitter ever thrown without a strikeout.
I know that many of my readers were not even alive when this took place. Heck, I’m only 29, again. But, you have to understand what was going on in the world, middle class suburbia, and America at the time. Remembering something like this isn’t just about having been to a baseball game. It’s about going back to what may or may not seem to have been a simpler time. It’s also about being with my brother, who I had been out of touch with for a long time, and with my father, who cannot rememeber what he did yesterday.
Count your blessings.
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