In his only full season in San Francisco, Bob was a ten-game winner with a 3.64 ERA. After a brutal start to 1965 (21 ER in 15 IP), he was traded to the Cubs and got back on track somewhat. He only started 10 of his 18 games with Chicago, but two consecutive starts in September proved to be very memorable. On September 9 at Dodger Stadium, he mowed down the opposition, allowing just one hit and one walk. Unfortunately, the batter he walked (Lou Johnson) was sacrificed to second, stole third, and scored on catcher Chris Krug's wild throw. Meanwhile, opposing pitcher Sandy Koufax pitched a perfect game and Hendley took a 1-0 loss. Time of game: 1 hour, 43 minutes. But five days later there was a rematch at Wrigley Field and Bob got his revenge, twirling a four-hitter to beat Koufax 2-1. In a two-game span, the southpaw lowered his ERA by two full runs!
After retirement, Bob returned home to Georgia and coached high school baseball. He had the opportunity to coach his sons, Bart and Brett, as well as current major leaguer Russell Branyan. Both sons would go on to play collegiately, with Brett spending time in the Athletics organization afterward.
Fun fact: Bob must have seen Frank Howard in his nightmares! "Hondo" hit eight home runs and batted .366 against him.