In addition to collecting Cubs cards, I have been working on a collection of Wrigley Field scorecards. I now have at least one scorecard from every season from 1967 to 2008. I won't be making it to Wrigley Field this year, so if any of you happen to make a game, would you grab me a scorecard, please? Thanks!
This is my most recent purchase and my oldest scorecard, from a Cubs - Dodgers game in June of 1967. With Cubs scorecards, it is hard to pin down the exact date of the game if the card is unscored. The cards have a date on them for the first game in the series, but you can't tell from the card exactly which of the three games it is from. This one is either June 13, 14, or 15, 1967. The Cubs dropped two of the three games to the defending National League champs. The total attendance for all three games combined was 29,736, which is about 10,000 less than today's average per game.
Click on any of the pictures to see a much larger and more readable version.
The card has a really clean front, not too bad for something that is 42 years old! The Cubs scorecards from this era had a unique cover on them. Every year the drawing changed, but the style was the same. They were like this in the '50's up until 1982.
Here is the scoring page. Let me point our a few things that struck me:
-The Dodgers have 26 players listed, one over the 25 man limit.
-Three Dodgers, Nate Oliver, Phil Regan, and Jim Hickman would be on the 1969 Cubs.
-The Cubs were carrying only two catchers, something rarely done in this era. Most team (like the Dodgers were) carried three.
-Joey Amalfitano and Ernie Banks are listed as player coaches. Amalfitano was actually the first base coach and was activated for some reason from late May through mid-June. Banks was listed as a coach because Leo Durocher was trying to force Mr. Cub off of the field. It never worked because none of the young players Leo touted to replace Ernie ever amounted to anything.
From page three...
-Box seats were $3.50, bleacher seats were $1.00
-You could buy a beer for $0.40
-Only 3 of the 107 American League pitchers made it to the Hall of Fame: Jim Palmer, Hoyt Wilhelm, and Jim Hunter.
-An amazing 10 of the 106 National League pitchers had Hall of Fame careers: Jenkins, Niekro, Drysdale, Sutton, Seaver, Bunning, Carlton, GIbson, Marichal, and Perry.
And the back page shows some of the tasty Wrigley treats. As a kid, you had to have a Frosty Malt at the game. Today, the Old Style looks pretty good. If only it still was only $0.40!!