Re: RGS BASEBALL CHALLENGE SATURDAY OCTOBER 27
- From: HC <TheHCapper@xxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 27 Oct 2007 16:01:26 -0700
On Oct 27, 12:07?pm, SteveA <ste...@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
On Oct 27, 10:59 am, HC <TheHCap...@xxxxxxx> wrote:
NYM -105 Bal (Kooseman/McNally) Game 5 1969 WS 2 pm ESPNC BOTW
Man, the difference in talent between those two teams is just
STAGGERING. The Mets just don't stand a chance.
Agreed . . . it'll take a miracle!
Orioles have 3 MVP
caliber players, a gold glover at nearly every position, and a
rotation full of 20 game winners.
BIG FAT TEAM, no doubt.
Look at that Met lineup today and
how many names are even memorable, other than their association with
this World Series. They had some good pitching,
I remember a 1970 Topps baseball card I had when I was a kid . . .
there was a series of 5 cards, one from each game of the previous
WS . . . Kooseman Shuts the Door! Mets Celebrate! I was 7 years old,
and I still remember it. That's amazing considering I can't remember
what I had for dinner yesterday . . .
but even that wasn't
up to Baltimore's caliber at the time.
On the year Seaver was 25 Ws, 2.21 ERA, 19 CGs, 5 Shutouts, 208 Ks
and a very dirty knee.
That's some pretty heady stuff.
1969 World Series
The Baltimore Orioles boasted some of the biggest guns in the American
League and entered the '69 Series with a renewed confidence after
dominating Sandy Koufax and his mighty Dodgers three years earlier.
Among the American League champs "lumber company" was Boog Powell
(thirty-seven home runs, one-hundred twenty-one runs batted in), Frank
Robinson (thirty-two homers, one-hundred RBIs), Brooks Robinson
(twenty-three homers, eighty-four RBIs) and Paul Blair (twenty-six
homers, seventy-six RBIs). Their opponents, the New York Mets were
still a young franchise and were making their first post-season
appearance after topping the National League in only their eighth
Tom Seaver (a twenty-five game winner) was given the opening start for
New York at Baltimore's Memorial Stadium and made it to his second
pitch before surrendering the first "home team - home run". By the
afternoon's end, Orioles' lefthander Mike Cuellar had given up only
six hits and struck out eight. Baltimore was an easy winner (4-1)
despite their standout line-up managing only four runs in thirty at-
bats. The Mets' Jerry Koosman continued to silence the home team's big
guns in Game 2 while holding their line-up to six hitless innings.
Donn Clendenon backed up the twenty-six year-old lefty with a fourth
inning homer off Dave McNally. Baltimore managed to tie it up in the
seventh when Paul Blair led off with his team's first hit, then stole
second and finally scored on Brooks Robinson's two out single. Not to
be discouraged, the Mets rose to the occasion in the ninth and as Ed
Charles, Jerry Grote and Al Weis all came through with two out
singles. Koosman then got last-out relief help from Ron Taylor and
emerged the 2-1 victor.
Game 3 debuted the first postseason outing at Shea Stadium and
featured one of the greatest individual performances in the sixty-six
year history of the Series, courtesy of the Mets' Tommie Agee. Agee
started the contest off with a first inning home run off of Jim Palmer
and continued to produce in the outfield for the remaining innings.
With two out in the fourth and Oriole runners on first and third, the
centerfielder raced to the 396-foot sign in left-center and made a
phenomenal backhanded, catch of Elrod Hendricks' smash. Later in the
seventh, the Orioles had loaded the bases with two out, but Agee came
up clutch again making a headfirst diving grab of Blair's liner that
sailed to right-center. Ed Kranepool added a home run as the Mets came
out on top, 5-0. On the mound, Gary Gentry and a young reliever named
Nolan Ryan combined on a four hitter.
A determined Seaver returned for redemption in Game 4 and took a 1-0
edge going into the ninth. Clendenon had given the junior pitcher the
lead after launching a rocket in the second off of Mike Cuellar, but
Frank Robinson and Powell both responded with late-game singles with
Brooks Robinson on deck. The Oriole slugger nailed a perfect line
drive to center, but right-fielder Ron Swoboda mimicked Agee's
performance in Game 3 and made a spectacular diving, one-handed catch.
While Frank Robinson tagged up and scored from third, Swoboda had
shortened a potential big inning. The deadlocked remained 1-1 through
the bottom of the tenth when the Mets sealed the deal on Jerry Grote's
double and Oriole reliever Pete Richert's errant throw on pinch-hitter
J.C. Martin's bunt. Seizing the opportunity, Rod Gaspar (pinch running
for Grote) sped home for the 2-1 win.
Now down three games to one, the stunned Orioles came out swinging in
Game 5 as pitcher McNally, (thanks to his own two run home run and
another by Frank Robinson) held a 3-0 lead after five tense innings.
Earl Weaver's team seemed to finally be on the road to recovery, but
the Mets struck again after Cleon Jones led-off with a hit by pitch in
the famous "shoe polish play", where manager Gil Hodges came out to
argue the original call that Jones had not been struck. Hodges
retrieved the ball, showed it to the umpire who saw the polish mark,
and awarded Jones first base. Clendenon followed him home with a two
run blast edging closer with only a 3-2 disadvantage. An unlikely hero
named Al Weis (who had seven home runs in ten years) stepped up to the
plate and tied the game with a leadoff home run in the sixth. Eddie
Watt came in as relief for Baltimore in the eighth, but eventually
lost 5-3 after surrendering a clutch double to Cleon Jones as well as
Ron Swoboda who drove in the winning run.
In the end, New York had not only gone on to win their first World
Championship (in their first appearance), they had also shut down the
biggest line-up in all of baseball by holding the "Bird's Big Four" to
a three for fifteen outing in Game 4 and a miserable two for fifteen
showing in Game 5.
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