30-Year-Old Cardboard has been celebrating Billy WIlliams Day all day today with several great posts. If you haven't checked them out yet, you should. Since Billy is my all-time favorite Cub, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon.
This is what the Cubs scorecard looked like in 1969. They had a similar looking card in 1962 when the Mets and Astros joined the league, and they repeated the format with the addition of the Expos and Padres. The card also shows everyone the new divisions for 1969.
And here is the inside, with the scoring for game 2 on June 29, 1969 - BIlly Williams Day. Billy had a great game as the Cubs blew out the Cardinals 12-2, giving them the sweep. He went 4-5 with a single, a double, and two triples. I wonder if he thought about trying to stretch the second triple into an inside the park HR for the cycle. I'm sure he was swinging for the fences in his final at bat, when he struck out. It was a great day for a great player.
I got the scorecard off of Ebay a couple years ago. I wish I was among the 41,000 who attended, but since I was only 7, and living in the southwest suburbs in a family of Sox fans, there was no way I would be going to Wrigley Field.
I also have the Billy Williams Day button, which I purchased off of Ebay. The strange thing about the button is that it looks to be in perfect condition for something that is 40 years old. You can also almost always find them on Ebay. Right now there are eight available. How did so many of these buttons survive for 40 years in such great shape? Any chance they are fakes?? Well, I guess it doesn't matter much to me since it was only $3, but it does make me wonder.
And finally, here is a ball I picked up, signed by the Hall of Famer.