On this day 40 years ago, it was not all rainbows and lollipops for Phillies fans. The team was swept in a Shibe Park double header with the Cubs, losing the first game 1-0 and the second game 6-1. Rightfielder Johnny Briggs played all 18 innings that day, going 1 for 7 with three strikeouts to lower his season average to .220. At the end of the day, under skipper Bob Skinner, the Phillies were 39-55 and 20 games behind the first place Cubs.
So it wasn't a great day in Phillies history. Of course, there was the whole man walking on the moon thing to take the fans' minds away from the team's struggles . . .
And that's the way it was on July 20, 1969.