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    Ryne Sandberg from the Chronology

    Aug 27, 2005 - The Cubs trounce the Marlins‚ 14-3. Prior to the game‚ Chicago holds a ceremony to retire Ryne Sandberg's uniform number.

    Jul 31, 2005 - Ryne Sandberg and Wade Boggs are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

    Jul 18, 2005 - Soriano will have 36 homers this year and joins Ryne Sandberg and Bret Boone as the only 2B in major league history to have 4 straight 20-homer seasons.

    Jan 4, 2005 - Wade Boggs and Ryne Sandberg are elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame by the sportswriters‚ Boggs in his 1st year of eligibility.

    Sep 21, 1997 - The Cubs beat the Phils‚ 11-3‚ but Curt Schilling racks up 8 K's to match J.R. Richard for the most strikeouts by a NL righty (313). He'll finish with 319 strikeouts. Ryne Sandberg‚ in his final game at Wrigley‚ is 2-for-3 before leaving for a pinch runner in the 5th. He makes a curtain call in the 7th when Harry Carey sings. Kevin Tapani wins his 6th straight start.

    May 10, 1997 - In San Francisco‚ the Cubs pull off the first triple play in the majors this year‚ taking advantage of the infield-fly rule and the wind at San Francisco to turn an odd one against the Giants. With 2 on‚ Stan Javier lofts a fly into shallow center field and umpire Bob Davidson waits before calling an infield fly rule. Three Cubs lunge for the ball before it bounces off center fielder Brian McRae's glove and hits the ground for the first out. Kirk Rueter tries for third‚ but McRae's throw beats him. Hamilton tries for second‚ but 3B Jose Hernandez's throw to Ryne Sandberg nabs him to complete the triple play. The Giants will win the game‚ however‚ 4-2.

    Apr 26, 1997 - Chicago 2B Ryne Sandberg hits his 2nd HR of the year in the Cubs' 7-6 win over Pittsburgh. The HR is Sandberg's 267th as a second baseman‚ breaking the record held by Hall of Famer Joe Morgan for most HRs at that position.

    Jun 11, 1996 - The Cubs defeat the Phillies‚ 9-2‚ as they are led by OF Scott Bullett's 5 hits and 4 runs batted in. Ryne Sandberg adds a bases-loaded triple.

    Oct 31, 1995 - Cubs' 2B Ryne Sandberg‚ who retired last year in the middle of a 4-year‚ $28.4 million contract‚ announces that he will return for the 1996 season.

    Jun 13, 1994 - Cubs 2B Ryne Sandberg announces his retirement‚ effective immediately.

    Sep 6, 1993 - In the Cubs 7-6 win over the Phils‚ Ryne Sandberg is held hitless‚ ending his 17-game hitting streak He'll hit safely in 24 of his last 25 games as his season ends September 13th when he breaks a finger sliding.

    Mar 27, 1993 - The Cubs put 2B Ryne Sandberg (broken hand) and SS Shawon Dunston (lower back rehab) on the DL. The two will miss opening day for the first time in 9 years together.

    Mar 2, 1992 - Cubs 2B Ryne Sandberg becomes the highest paid player in baseball history when he agrees to a 4-year contract extension worth $28.4 million.

    Aug 28, 1990 - Ryne Sandberg homers in the Cubs' 5-2 win over the Astros to become the first 2B ever to post back-to-back 30-HR seasons. He will finish the year with 40 HRs to become the first 2B since Rogers Hornsby in 1925 to lead the league in that category.

    Aug 21, 1990 - Billy Hatcher ties a ML record with 4 doubles to pace the Reds to an 8-1 win over the Cubs. Mahler beats Harkey. The only score for Chicago in Ryne Sandberg's 29th homer.

    May 18, 1990 - In a 7-0 loss to the AstrosCubs 2B Ryne Sandberg finally commits an error. This ends his ML-record errorless streaks at 123 games and 584 chances. Joe Morgan held the previous record of 91 games.

    Jul 23, 1989 - The Cubs remain in last-place but beat the Giants‚ 9-5‚ for their 8th straight win. Greg Maddux (10-8) wins with the help of Andre Dawson's 3-run homer and 3 runs scored by Ryne Sandberg. The streak ends here.

    Jul 5, 1985 - At Wrigley Field‚ the first three hitters in the Cubs' announced batting order are Billy HatcherDavey Lopes‚ and Ryne Sandberg. After Hatcher walks‚ Lopes takes a strike before someone in the Cubs' dugout sees that the lineup card submitted to the umpire has Sandberg listed second and Lopes third. Sandberg then finishes the at-bat (during which Hatcher is picked off) and singles. Lopes‚ hitting in his proper turn‚ doubles Sandberg home. All for naught as the Giants beat them‚ 12-6.

    May 8, 1985 - Ryne Sandberg's homer‚ off Mike Krukow‚ is the only score as Rick Sutcliffe and the Cubs beat the Giants‚ 1-0.

    Nov 13, 1984 - Ryne Sandberg wins the NL MVP Award‚ becoming the first Cubs player to do so since Ernie Banks in 1959. Sandberg hit .314 with 19 home runs and 32 stolen bases and led the NL in runs (114) and triples (19). He's a triple and homer short of being the first with 200 hits‚ 20 HRs‚ 20 triples‚ 20 doubles‚ and 20 steals.

    Jun 23, 1984 - At Wrigley Field‚ in game that will be known as the Sandberg game‚ the Cubs Ryne Sandberg goes 5-for-6 with game-tying home runs off Cardinals relief ace Bruce Sutter in both the 9th and 10th innings. He drives in 7 runs to lead Chicago to a 12-11 win in 11 innings. It is the first time Sutter has given up two HRs to the same batter in the same game. Dave Owens' base-loaded single wins it. Willie McGee hits for the cycle and drives in 6 runs in a losing cause.

    May 17, 1984 - In the 3rd inning at Cincinnati‚ Mario Soto strikes out four Cub batters (Tom VeryzerDick RuthvenBob Dernier and Ryne Sandberg) enroute to a 5-3 Reds victory. Eric Davis pinch hits for the Reds wearing no number. Like Joe Horlen in 1961‚ the only road uniform available has no number.

    Apr 8, 1984 - In San Diego‚ Ryne Sandberg cracks a 10th inning run-scoring triple to make the score 7-5 over the Pads‚ and then steals home to seal it for the Cubs.

    Jun 12, 1983 - In the Cubs 6-3 win over the Cardinals‚ 2B Ryne Sandberg has 12 assists to tie the ML record.

    Jun 16, 1982 - Scot Thompson breaks his collarbone crashing into the wall to rob Luis Aguayo of a possible double with two men on. Ryne Sandberg then knocks in a run with a single in the bottom of the 11th to give the Cubs a 7-6 win. Chicago complete a 3-game sweep of the Phils at Wrigley.

    Jan 27, 1982 - Philadelphia sends veteran SS Larry Bowa and minor league infielder Ryne Sandberg to the Cubs in exchange for SS Ivan DeJesus.

    Jun 8, 1978 - Bob Horner‚ the College Player of the Year‚ is selected first in the free-agent draft by the Braves. Horner will skip the minors and debut on June 16 with a homer in his first game‚ off Blyleven. The Blue Jays make Lloyd Moseby the 2nd selection. The Yankees‚ with 3 first-round selections awarded as compensation in player signings‚ pick Rex HudlerMatt Winters‚ and Brian Ryder. On the 23rd round they take a Clearwater RHP named Howard Johnson‚ who will make the ML as an infielder. MSU's Kirk Gibson‚ who most teams assume will play football‚ lasts until the 12th overall pick when his hometown Tigers take him. He signs for $200‚000 and promises to drop football. Kent Hrbek lasts until the 17th round‚ and on the 20th round the Phillies gamble on prep all-American QB Ryne Sandberg. Besides Horner‚ 3 other draft picks‚ all high schoolers‚ will jump directly to the majors after signing: the A's Mike Morgan (June 11); Blue Jays Brian Milner (June 23) and the A's Tim Conroy (June 23). Morgan is taken in the 1st round by the A's. Second round picks include Jesse Orosco (Twins)‚ and Cal Ripken (O's).

    Sep 30, 1956 - In the first of two games‚ the Giants beat Robin Roberts and the Phils‚ 8-3. Roberts serves up homers to pitcher Al Worthington‚ who hits his only ML homer‚ and a pair to Bill White and has now thrown 46 gophers‚ a new ML record. He also fails in his bid to win 20 for the 6th straight year. White's pair gives him the Giants rookie record with 22. In the nitecap‚ Giants 2B Red Schoendienst gets the 2‚000th hit of his ML career‚ but the Giants lose 5-2. Schoendienst also finishes the season with a .9934 fielding average‚ a mark that will last for 30 years until Ryne Sandberg breaks it.

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