On Aug. 16, 1969, the ill-fated Cubs hit essentially their high-water mark for the season when Ferguson Jenkins shut out the San Francisco Giants and Gaylord Perry, 3-0. As a result, the first-place Cubs were 75-44 and had a nine-game lead in the NL East. Then, of course, the bottom fell out. They finished the rest of August by going 8-10 and went 9-19 in September and October. Of course, the Amazin' Mets had a 23-7 September and rocketed past the Cubs on their way to a World Series championship over the Orioles.