1969 Chicago Cubs
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Managed by Leo Durocher
 History, Comments, Contributions
The 1969 Chicago Cubs appeared to be headed for the postseason for the first time in over 20 years. Their lineup was led by three future Hall of Famers, first baseman Ernie Banks, third baseman Ron Santo and outfielder Billy Williams. Santo clubbed 29 homers and drove in 123 runs, and All-Star catcher Randy Hundley provided experience behind the plate. The pitching staff was led by a pair of 20-game winners, Bill Hands and another future Hall of Famer, Ferguson Jenkins.
In the first year of divisional play, the Cubs jumped to an early advantage in the NL East, leading by two games going into May. By June 15th, the lead had extended to 9 games, before dipping to 3.5 on July 9th. But the Cubbies would go on a tear, winning 22 of their next 33 games which gave the Cubs a nine-game lead on the New York Mets on August 16th. But by September 8th, the lead was down to just 2 1/2 games, going into a two-game series against New York in Shea Stadium. The Mets won both games and took over the division lead on September 10th, never surrendering it, as the Cubs dropped 12 out of their last 20 games to finish eight games behind the Mets.
 Awards and Honors
- All-Stars: Ernie Banks, Glenn Beckert, Randy Hundley, Don Kessinger and Ron Santo
- NL Gold Glove: Don Kessinger (SS)
 Further Reading
- Doug Feldmann: Miracle Collapse: The 1969 Chicago Cubs, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 2006.
- John Kuenster: Heartbreakers: Baseball's Most Agonizing Defeats, Ivan R. Dee Publishers, Chicago, IL, 2001. ISBN 978-1566634120
- Rick Talley: The Cubs of '69: Recollections of the Team That Should Have Been, Contemporary Books, 1990.