public art / Addison Station

The Encrypted Inning

Chicago Cubs 3, San Diego Padres 2

Game Played on Wednesday, May 14, 1969 (D) at Wrigley Field

PADRES 6TH: Bill Hands pitching for the Cubs. DaVanon walked; Pena grounded into a double play (second to shortstop to first) [DaVanon out at second]; Gonzalez singled to left; Ferrara popped to first; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB.
Padres 1, Cubs 1.

Banks homered; Hundley flied out to right; N. Oliver doubled to
right; Phillips was walked intentionally; REBERGER REPLACED
PODRES (PITCHING); W. SMITH BATTED FOR HICKMAN; W. Smith singled to left [N. Oliver scored,  Cubs win!  2 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB.
Padres 2, Cubs 3.

(Scored in the hand of current Cubs announcer Ron Santo, who was also the batter who preceded Banks, and who homered in the 4th)

Keeping score at a baseball game is a tradition shared by generations.  It is a way both adults and children follow the baseball action, describing batters, pitches, hits and outs; involving themselves intimately with the players and the game. Using traditional score keeping, the Addison Station’s “The Encrypted Inning” depicts a single inning of a dramatic come-from-behind Cubs win, from a May 14, 1969 game over the San Diego Padres. “The Encrypted Inning” uses tactilely rich sand-cast bronze, which projects several inches off the brick walls of the east and west platforms, and Tower section of the Addison Elevated Train Station. The sculpture begins with the Padre’s half of the 6th inning, on the two adjacent walls across the platform. The game continues with the five batters of the Cub’s victorious ninth inning, progressing up the four-story tower of the station. Not only does this sculpture celebrate the rich history of the Chicago Cubs, but it also commemorates human nature and our ability, and propensity to communicate complex information as two-dimensional graphic language. An additional layer of meaning is added to the design as the cryptic scorekeeping is described by the hand of Cub’s broadcaster Ron Santo.  Santo was the player on the 69 Cubs who batted in the bottom of the 8th, prior to Ernie Banks 9th inning homerun. “The Encrypted Inning” is designed for those familiar with scorekeeping language, as well as those new to baseball.   Visitors to the Addison Station will find the hieroglyphics of the scorekeeping accessible, though perhaps the deciphering of the dramatic Cub’s play will happens through subsequent visits to the station.