On April 22, 1980, Barry Foote hits a grand slam with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Chicago Cubs a dramatic 16-12 win over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cubs’ catcher finishes the game with eight RBIs.

The Cubs were down 12-6 and crawled there way back to tie the game after 8, 12-12.

In the bottom of the inning, right-handed closer Mark Littell came on for the Cardinals, hoping to get the game into extra innings. Littell got De Jesus a grounder, the first time in the game the shortstop was retired. But pinch-hitter Dave Kingman lined a one-out single to left. Lenny Randle ran for Kingman and swiped second. Buckner was intentionally passed, then Littell uncorked a wild pitch to put runners on second and third. Littell struck out Biittner, looking, but walked Jerry Martin to load the bases. Foote, already the author of one homer, lofted a first-pitch slider to right center. Hendrick and Scott retreated, but could only watch the “wind-aided” sphere land in the wire basket near the 368-foot mark for a walk-off grand slam.

Ivan DeJesus collects 5 hits for the Cubs. For the Cardinals Bobby Bonds homers and drives in 4 runs.

Ken Boyer said, “It looked like where the team that scored last would win. In 20 years, I’ve never seen the wind blow out like this.”

Gomez agreed, commenting, “The wind made things very tough out there today. From batting practice on, you could see it would be one of those days. If you could write a script, this is the way you would have done it.”


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