A Cubs blog by the editor-in-chief of the website www.justonebadcentury.com
Saturday, June 20, 2009
Hottest day in Chicago history
It was on this date in 1953. The official temperature was 104 degrees, and the Cubs actually played a day game at Wrigley Field. Incredibly, 17,000+ fans came out to smolder in the steamy hot ballpark and watch the Cubs lose 5-3 to the Brooklyn Dodgers.
Hank Sauer hit a homer, but two errors by shortstop Roy Smalley cost the Cubs the ballgame.
Joe Garagiola started at catcher for the Cubs and caught all nine innings.