Cubs Historical Research: Edited by Bill Buckner

Cubs Historical Research: Edited by Bill Buckner

Getty Images says:

Bill Buckner #22 of the Chicago Cubs scores against the San Francisco Giants during a Major League Baseball game circa 1983 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.

In this case, Getty is correct: this photo was, in fact, taken in 1983.

Narrowing this one down was very easy because of the receiver shown. This is John Rabb, who was a backup catcher for the Giants from 1982-1984.

In those years, Rabb played in just one game with the Giants against the Cubs at Candlestick Park. This was the first game of a doubleheader on July 10, 1983.

Bill Buckner went 3-for-5 and scored twice in that game. So which of the two races is this?

That’s why we go to pitch number two, the pitcher standing on the right supporting the play. This is Jim Barr, who pitched in relief that day, one inning, the fifth. (Interestingly, “Rabb” and “Barr” have the same letters in their names.)

Buckner led off that inning with a single and scored on Leon Durham’s double. That’s what we’re looking at here. The run gave the Cubs a 7-3 lead.

Unfortunately, they couldn’t hold it. Steve Trout and Mike Proly singled for three runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it 7-6 and the Giants scored two more from Proly and Warren Brusstar in the seventh to take an 8-7 lead. A Keith Moreland fly tied the game in the top of the eighth, but the Giants scored two off Bill Campbell in the bottom of the inning and won the game 10-8. The Puppies also lost the cap, 4-2. It was in the midst of a stretch where the ’83 Cubs lost nine of 10 after coming within one game of .500 and two games out of first place on July 3.

This run scored by Bill Buckner in the first game of a doubleheader in San Francisco on Sunday, July 10, 1983.

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