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1908 Fred Merkle's failure to touch second after an apparent game-winning hit by Bridwell scoring McCormick from third costs the Giants a 2-1 win over the Cubs when the ump calls him out and rules the game a tie. Merkle's 'boner' will eventually cost the Giants the flag.

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1965 In an 11-5 complete-game victory at Wrigley Field, Jim Bunning breaks the Phillies' season record for strikeouts when Cubs shortstop Jimmy Stewart becomes his 242nd victim of the year. The right-hander, who finishes the campaign fanning 268 batters, surpasses the mark established in 1915 by Pete Alexander.
1998 With his team ahead 7-5 in the bottom of the ninth inning with the bases full of Brewers and two outs, Cubs' outfielder Brant Brown drops Geoff Jenkins's routine long fly ball to left field, allowing three runs to score, giving Milwaukee an 8-7 walk-off win at County Stadium. The infamous error will be immortalized by Ron Santo's radio call when the broadcaster mournfully exclaims, "Nooooooooo!!!!!" as the ball rolls toward the ivy-covered wall.

1998 In Chicago's 8-7 loss at Milwaukee, Cubs' outfielder Sammy Sosa hits his 64th and 65th homers, tying Mark McGwire for the historic home run lead. After both sluggers blast their 66th in two days to stay even, 'Big Red' will collect four more round-trippers in the final two days of the season to finish with 70.
2001 Alex Rodriguez' 48th home run breaks Ernie Banks' major league record for most in a season by a shortstop, which 'Mr. Cub' established in 1957. The homer also ties the Rangers' infielder with Frank Howard (1969 as a Senator) for the franchise record for home runs in a season.
2008 Jose Reyes collects his 200th hit of the season with a bases-loaded triple in a much-needed Mets 6-2 victory over the Cubs at Shea Stadium. The 25 year-old shortstop joins Lance Johnson (1996) as one of the only two players in franchise history to reach the esteemed plateau.
2011 Starlin Castro collects his 200th hit on with a lead-off single off Chris Carpenter in the team’s 5-1 victory over the Cardinals to become only the 10th player to accomplish the feat before the age of 22 years-old and the youngest Cub in franchise history to do so in a single season. Chicago’s 21-year-old shortstop, en route to finishing the season with a league-leading 207, reaches the milestone being two years younger than Billy Herman (1932) and Augie Galan (1935), who were both 23 at the time.

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