Pete Rose (left) and Mike Schmidt combined for five hits, seven runs scored and eight RBIs in the memorable game at Wrigley Field. (AP)
David Wells’ perfect game isn’t the only memorable milestone with a May 17 anniversary. The annals of baseball history feature not one but two Hall of Famers collecting their 3,000th hits, 45 years apart on this day, as well as the highest-scoring game since 1922.
That game, which took place on May 17, 1979, saw the Phillies beat the Cubs, 23-22 at Wrigley Field, thus exacting a modicum of revenge for the Cubs’ Aug. 25, 1922 26-23 win at Wrigley, the highest-scoring game in major league history. Retrosheet doesn’t record the wind speed or direction in the former, but for both that game and the latter — ”18 mph in unknown direction” — it’s safe to assume it was blowing out.
In the 1979 game, the two teams combined for 11 homers, three by the Cubs’ Dave Kingman, one apiece by teammates Bill Buckner, Jerry Martin and Steve Ontiveros, two by the Phillies’ Mike Schmidt, and one apiece by Bob Boone, Garry Maddox and starting pitcher Randy Lerch. Schmidt and Boone both hit three-run homers off Cubs starter Dennis Lamp in the first inning, chasing him after he allowed six runs while retiring just one hitter. Facing reliever Donnie Moore, Lerch hit a two-out solo homer to run the score to 7-0 before he’d even taken the mound Continue Reading