A look at all the Cubs walkoff home runs from 1975-79

In the five-season period from 1975-79, the Cubs combined for just five walkoff homers, an average of one per season.

In part this was because some of those Cubs teams were really, really bad at hitting home runs in general. For example, in 1978 Dave Kingman led the Cubs with 28 home runs. No one else on the team hit more than nine and the team total of 72 was second-to-last in the National League. For comparison, the 1978 Dodgers, who led the league with 149, would have ranked 14th in the 15-team N.L. of 2019.

Somehow that 1978 Cubs team managed to stay in contention until Labor Day.

Anyway, here are the five:

June 24, 1976: A pair of doubles tied this game 1-1 in the bottom of the ninth, and then in the last of the 13th, Jerry Morales homered for the 2-1 win over the Pirates. It’s the latest inning-wise in our series so far.

September 9, 1977: In front of just 3,983, the Cubs went behind 4-0 after two innings. They took an 8-7 lead after six, only to have Bruce Sutter give up a game-tying double in the ninth. Gene Clines pinch-hit for Sutter and bailed him out with a two-run walkoff in the bottom of the ninth for a 10-8 win over the Mets.

April 14, 1978: This was the home opener that year and became famous before the game even began. In that…

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