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From zeroes to heroes

GM's deals helped Cubs turn fortunes around for one magical year

Originally Published: September 24, 2009
By David Schoenfield | ESPNChicago.com

On Aug. 2, 1977, the Cubs defeated the Reds 5-2, scoring five runs in the eighth inning after having two outs and no runners on. The Cubs were 62-42 and leading the National League East by 2½ games. But then the Phillies won 19 of their next 20 games, including a four-game sweep at Wrigley Field, and a month later the Cubs were 10½ out of first place. Capping off the collapse, the Cubs couldn't even finish with a winning record: They lost their final five games to end up 81-81.

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