Wrigley 100 September 8: Pete Ties Ty
On this day in 1985, the Chicago Bears were manhandling the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Soldier Field in their first game of the year, but at Wrigley Field, Pete Rose took the nation’s eyes off the NFL when he banged out two hits to tie Ty Cobb’s all-time mark of 4,191.
Rose singled in the first inning to draw within one hit of Cobb’s record, grounded out to second in the third inning, then singled to right off Reggie Patterson in the fifth inning to tie Ty (with apologies to Chevy Chase).
Patterson wasn’t supposed to pitch and Rose wasn’t supposed to play. When Cubs left-handed starter Steve Trout was scratched due to a bicycle accident (a Cubbie occurrence that predates Lou Piniella), Patterson took the ball and player-manager Rose added himself to the lineup.
The 44-year-old Rose grounded out in the 7th and struck out in the 9th, denying the fans (including a young Tom Hanks) who had braved a two-hour rain delay in hopes of seeing him break the record at Wrigley. Rose broke the record on September 11 against Eric Show at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium.
The game ended in a 5-5 suspended tie to be made up only if needed due to the pennant race. It wasn’t.