CHICAGO - On an old board littered with numbers, the one that wasn't there was most alarming.
Located in the bottom and in the middle of the iconic scoreboard over the center field bleachers at Wrigley Field is the part where the hits our tracked for each team. If one team doesn't have a hit, there's nothing put on the board.
As each inning passed on Saturday, there was nothing next to the Cubs' name. Not in the sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth.
No hitters happen but it rarely happens against the Cubs. Almost never.
It had been 50 years since the home team that occupied the stadium at 1060 W. Addison was held with one in their home stadium. Overall it was nearly as long. Not since September 9, 1965 when Sandy Koufax threw a perfect game at Dodgers Stadium had the Cubs gone a full game without at hit.
For those keeping score at home, that was 7,920 games if you're keeping score at home. Trust us, Jimmy Greenfield was.
The writer for Chicago Now started up a Twitter account @CubsNoHitStreak which documented the streak since June of 2012. There were some tense moments but not a ton of close calls as the streak surpassed seven-thousand days.
But on one painful afternoon that came to an end as Cole Hamels shut down the Cubs in a 5-0 victory and effectively ended the streak. It also put a bit of a damper on the Twitter account which continued to tweet even after the Cubs' long streak of getting at least one hit in a game ended.
On Sunday night Greenfield came on Sports Feed to talk about his very interesting 24 hours following Hamels' no hitter. To listen to the interview with Jarrett Payton and Josh Frydman, click on the video above.