Rebel Yell

 

Glancing Back, and Remembering Randy Hundley

Randy Hundley set the standards for a workhorse catcher in the late 1960s. From 1966 through 1969, he caught no less than 144 games in a season. His backstop abilities made him an All-Star and Gold Glove winner, and his leadership and abilities as a handler of pitchers made him one of the best Cubs catchers since Hall of Famer Gabby Hartnett. Continue reading

Billy’s Doubles Finish Phillies

 

This Week in 1960s Baseball

(April 9, 1969) Chicago Cubs outfielder Billy Williams today hit four consecutive doubles in spurring the Cubs to beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 11-3.

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Billy Williams smacked four consecutive doubles as the Chicago Cubs defeated the Philadelphia Phillies 11-3.

The Cubs collected 16 hits as a team to score those 11 runs. In addition to Williams’ four doubles, Glenn Beckert, Don Kessinger and Don Young each hit a double for Chicago. Beckert and Ernie Banks each had three hits for the Cubs. All of the Cubs starters had hits except catcher Randy Hundley and pitcher Bill Hands (1-0).

The losing pitcher for Philadelphia was right-hander Rick Wise (0-1). Wise gave up eight hits and four walks in five innings of work. He allowed four runs, two of which were earned.

Billy Williams finished the 1969 season with 33 doubles, third most in the National League. He batted .293 that season.

Billy Williams finished the 1969 season with 33 doubles, third most in the National League. He batted .293 that season.

Williams’ four doubles produced two RBIs. He walked in his only other plate appearance of the day. He would finish the 1969 season with 33 doubles, 21 home runs and 95 RBIs with a .293 batting average.

Hands, the Cubs’ starting pitcher and the game’s winner, would finish the season at 20-14 with a 2.49 ERA.