Cubs Vault: Ramirez walks off Brewers

June 20th, 2021

MLB.com is digging back into its massive video vault to uncover classic plays that you have loved, forgotten about or, perhaps, are discovering for the very first time. Watch these moments and many, many more on the MLB Vault YouTube page.

June 29, 2007: Ramirez walks off Brewers
It was a critical moment in a crucial game at an important point of the 2007 season for the Cubs. Chicago had won six in a row and was trying to erase a gap in the standings between itself and Milwaukee. With two outs and the Cubs down 5-4 in the ninth at Wrigley Field, Aramis Ramirez delivered a dramatic two-run walk-off homer. Former Cubs play-by-play man Len Kasper has pointed to that moment as his favorite call while in the booth for the franchise.

May 25, 1982: Fergie notches 3,000th K
In his second stint with the Cubs, Fergie Jenkins reached a historic milestone with his 3,000th strikeout in his 10th start of the 1982 campaign. The big righty used an 0-2 fastball to strike out San Diego's Garry Templeton in the third inning. Per the Chicago Tribune the next day, Jenkins did not keep the ball. Instead, he gave it to Templeton with this note penned on the baseball, "Tempy: Thanks for 3,000. Fergie." At the time, Jenkins was the seventh member of baseball's 3,000-K club. He currently ranks 12th all time (3,192), but still holds the Cubs' franchise record for strikeouts with 2,038.

June 19, 2016: Contreras homers on first MLB pitch
The Cubs' parade of highly touted prospects continued with the arrival of Willson Contreras in June 2016. And the catcher wasted no time in winning over fans on the North Side. On Father's Day, Contreras grabbed a bat as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning against the Pirates for his first career plate appearance. He then crushed the first pitch he saw in The Show out to center for a stadium-shaking home run. Contreras' moment was complete with a jog up the dugout steps for the first of many curtain calls for the Cubs.

May 17, 1979: Buckner's 7-RBI game
It was a wild affair at Wrigley Field, where the Cubs and Phillies combined for 11 home runs and Chicago nearly pulled off an improbable comeback in a 23-22 loss in 10 innings. Within the mayhem was a memorable day for Bill Buckner, who rapped four hits and knocked in seven runs. Four came on one swing. In a seven-run fifth inning, Buckner launched a grand slam off Tug McGraw.

Aug. 20, 1989: Walton's streak hits an even 30
Hall of Famer Ron Santo boasted the longest hitting streak of the Modern Era for a Cubs hitter with a 28-game run in 1966. He lost his place atop that list to an unexpected source: rookie outfielder Jerome Walton. After besting Santo's streak, Walton upped his run to an even 30 games with a leadoff single in the first inning against Houston's Mike Scott, who was only three years removed from winning a Cy Young Award. Walton's modern record has held to this day. The closest any Cub has come was a 21-game streak by Derrek Lee in 2009.

Sept. 2, 1972: Pappas' play keeps own no-hitter alive
Milt Pappas' 1972 no-hitter is probably remembered most for the walk he issued to the 27th batter (pinch-hitter Larry Stahl) that foiled his chances for a perfect game, but this play deserves mention. Pitchers will often rely on their teammates to provide "The Play" on defense that preserves their no-no, but Pappas provided the glovework himself when he knocked down Derrel Thomas' two-out comebacker, found the ball and recovered to throw to first in time for the final out of the top of the eighth inning. The Cubs wouldn't be involved in another no-hitter -- either for or against them -- until Carlos Zambrano's in 2008.

Sept. 2, 2003: Sosa walks off Cardinals in 15th
Sammy Sosa had not only gone hitless through his first five at-bats in this 2003 game against the Cardinals, but he had also failed to hit a ball out of the infield -- a rarity, given his monumental power at the time. But Sosa got a sixth chance in the bottom of the 15th inning and he took advantage, belting a massive two-run walk-off homer off Jeff Fassero onto Waveland Avenue.

Sosa's walk-off was part of a wild, marathon day between these fierce rivals. In Game 2 of the doubleheader, Cubs ace Kerry Wood brushed back Cardinals starter Matt Morris twice at the plate, and Antonio Alfonseca and Moises Alou were both ejected after a heated argument with the umpires.

Sept. 21, 1992: Maddux's super-athletic play
Greg Maddux was already working on the third of his record 18 career Gold Glove Awards when he took the mound at Shea Stadium, where he proceeded to make one of the most athletic plays you'll ever see a pitcher pull off. Pat Howell chopped a ball over Maddux's head, but "The Professor" ran down the back slope of the mound to snag it over his shoulder. That would have been impressive enough, but Maddux then contorted his body in mid-air and somehow still made an accurate throw to first base for the out.

May 11, 2015: Bryant, Rizzo go back-to-back for first time
We're turning back the clock to the first installment of "Bryzzo," with Kris Bryant hitting his first career Wrigley Field homer and then Anthony Rizzo following with a tater of his own for the pair's first set of back-to-back blasts. Both shots came off a young Jacob deGrom, who was en route to his first All-Star Game appearance two months later.

Sept. 9, 1989: Salazar ties it in eighth, wins it in 10th
Looking for a slice of what life was like at Wrigley Field in the 1980s? How about this classic ending from the Cubs-Cardinals rivalry, with Harry Caray and Steve Stone in the broadcast booth, Andre "The Hawk" Dawson giving everything his battered knees would allow and an absolutely frantic crowd at the friendly confines.

The Cubs had blown a 7-1 lead to the Cardinals the day before to slice their NL East lead to just a half-game over St. Louis, so Luis Salazar's heroics -- a game-tying single in the eighth, and a game-winning, walk-off double in the 10th -- put the Chicago faithful in an especially good mood. The North Siders won the division by six games before falling to the Giants in the NLCS.

Oct. 8, 1945: Hack finds lucky hop on World Series walk-off
Legend has it that the Cubs' famous "Curse of the Billy Goat" originated during the 1945 World Series, but the North Siders caught at least one lucky break in that Fall Classic. Chicago forced a Game 7 when Stan Hack's 12th-inning hit took an unpredictable hop over left fielder Hank Greenberg's shoulder, allowing pinch-runner Bill Schuster to score all the way from first base. It was a small measure of revenge for Hack, who was left stranded on third base in the ninth inning of the Tigers' first World Series triumph over the Cubs 10 years before.