35 Years Ago: 'The Ryne Sandberg Game'

George Ofman
June 23, 2019 - 10:34 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Today marks the 35th anniversary of what is known as “The Sandberg Game,” in honor of the late-inning heroics of Cubs second baseman and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg.

It was June 23, 1984. The Cubs were trailing 9-8 against the rival St. Louis Cardinals. Sandberg stepped up to the plate to face star closer Bruce Sutter.

Sandberg – he would go on to win the National League MVP that year -- hit a home run to left field to tie the game at 9-9.

The Cardinals responded with two runs in the 10th inning to take an 11-9 lead. With one man on base and Sutter still on the mound for the Cardinals, Sandberg hit another game-tying homer in the bottom of the 10th.

The Cubs would go on to win the nationally televised game 12-11 the 11th inning. Despite his game-saving home runs, Sandberg wasn’t named NBC’s player of the game. That honor was awarded to the Cardinals’ Willie McGee, who hit for the cycle, prior to Sandberg hitting his first home run.