September 28, 1938. The Cubs (86-61) trail the Pirates by a half-game in the Central with 5 games remaining in the regular season. The game ends up tied 5-5 in the 9th, two outs, with one last at-bat before the game is called due to darkness. In steps Hall of Famer, catcher/manager Gabby Hartnett (.274/.380/.445, and 10 HR on the season), to face the Pirates’ Mace Brown. Hartnett’s homer in the gloamin’ won the game, and sent the Cubs on to a NL pennant a week later, up two games on the Pirates. (I think we lost to the Yankees in the World Series. Figures.)
Here’s to the Cubs, magic at Wrigley, and more homers in the light-infused gloaming. Eamus Catuli!
Eamus (Latin): let us go
Catulus (Latin): pup, whelp, cub
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