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Wild night

A first-person account of when the Cubs clinched their division in '84

Originally Published: September 23, 2009
By Bruce Levine | ESPNChicago.com

It was a wild scene in the Chicago Cubs' clubhouse 25 years ago as new general manager Dallas Green and the Cubs did the unthinkable, winning the National League East with a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on a cool, early fall evening.

Manager Jim Frey's team clinched its first playoff berth in 39 years.

"I told the players to put their hats in their shirts," Frey told me in the clubhouse on that Sept. 24, 1984, evening.

For some reason, Frey was worried the fans ...

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