Billy Williams celebrated his day by setting a National League endurance record as the Chicago Cubs moved within a half game of the National League East lead with a double header sweep of the St. Louis Cardinals. Williams broke former Cardinal Stan Musial’s record of 893 consecutive games by appearing in both contests before a crowd of 41,060, the largest of the season in Chicago.
Williams, who was honored between games wtih a shower of gifts. started the scoring in the nightcap with a RBI single. He went hitless against the Cardinals’ Bob Gibson in the opener. The Cubs won both games by identical scores of 3-1. In the opener, each club collected six hits, but two of Chicago’s left the premises. Ron Santo and Randy Hundley both homered off Gibson to account for the deciding runs. After the ceremonies, the Cubs jumped on Cardinal starter Mudcat Grant for a pair of runs. Grant, like Gibson in the opener, was staked to a one-run first inning run. Grant was greeted by singles off the first three Bruin batters, Kessinger, Popovich, and Williams. Ron Santo drew a bases-loaded walk for a Cubs’ lead that starter Dick Selma and fireman Ted Abernathy would not relinquish. Santo leads the National League in RBI with 61.
The Cubs honored Williams with a new Chrysler automobile, a boat and motor, a pool table, and a watch among the gifts from the team. Through tears, he took the microphone and thanked God and his family, and his teammates for all their help.