During a 9-2 loss to the Braves, Chicago Cubs outfielder Billy Williams becomes the first player in N.L. history to play 1,000 consecutive games. His streak will end with 1,117 consecutive games played for the Cubs.
The Chicago Cubs trade sweet-swinging Billy Williams, a fixture at Wrigley Field for 16 years, to the Oakland A’s for second baseman Manny Trillo and pitchers Darold Knowles and Bob Locker.
On Billy Williams Day in Chicago, the Cubs outfielder passes Stan Musial’s National League record for consecutive games played (896). The northsiders sweep the Cardinals 3-1 and 12-1 before 41,060 in attendance.