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CUBS TIMELINE
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Sport imitated life in the 60s. A period mostly remembered for rebelling against the norm and untimely deaths of promising young leaders could describe the nation's or the organization's history during this time. In 1960 owner P.K. Wrigley experimented with manager position, implementing a "College of Coaches." The system was meant to be a blending of ideas from several individuals instead of the traditional one skipper ended without success five years later when Leo "The Lip" Durocher took the helm. 1961 brought more individual success as future Hall-of-Famer Billy Williams is voted the National League Rookie of the Year. The next year the name of his teammate Ken Hubbs was engraved on the trophy. The promising young second baseman played a record 78 games without an error during his freshman campaign and was the first rookie to win a Gold Glove Award. His life was cut short two years later when the plane that he was piloting crashed into an icy Utah lake. 1969 began the disdain that most Cubs fans feel for the Mets. The Wrigley faithful shatter The Friendly Confines attendance records, as Ron Santo, Billy Williams and Fergie Jenkins lead the Cubs to one of their most memorable seasons. A tremendous late-season pennant drive by the Mets left the Cubs in second place, despite a 92-win season. For the decade, Fergie Jenkins leads the squad on the mound with 917 Ks and a 2.95 ERA while Ron Santo drove in 937 runs and Ernie Banks hit 269 homers.

1960  - May 15, 1960: Don Cardwell no-hits Cardinals in his Cubs debut, with Moose Moryn's shoestring catch preserving 4-0 win.

December 21, 1960: P.K. Wrigley announces that Cubs will not have a manager, opting instead for "College of Coaches."

1962  - September 30, 1962: Cubs hand Mets their major-league record 120th loss in 5-1 contest that includes Ken Hubbs (second base)— to-Ernie Banks (first base)-to-Andre Rodgers (shortstop) triple play.
1965  - September 9, 1965: Pitcher Bob Hendley tosses one-hitter but is hard-luck loser by 1-0 score to Dodgers and Sandy Koufax, who throws a perfect game.

October 25, 1965: Leo Durocher is named Cubs manager, officially ending five-year "College of Coaches" run.

1966  - April 23, 1966: Fergie Jenkins homers and picks up first win as Cub in 2-0 victory vs. Dodgers.
1969  - June 29, 1969: Cubs sweep two from Cardinals on "Billy Williams Day" at Wrigley Field, as Chicago outfielder sets NL record for most consecutive games played.

August 19, 1969 Ken Holtzman tosses first of two no-hitters, blanking Braves 3-0.

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