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  1. McNally had a hit,, he was a pretty good hitter for a pitcher. Guess we won't be seeing that any longer with the new universal DH. I didn't recall that about the Sunday Sun having all the stats, but I'm sure it's true. I used to subscribe to The Sporting News which had all the stats for each MLB team, pages and pages of stats. However by the time the paper arrived in the mail the stats were already a few days old. I'd never have dreamed we would one day have virtually instant online stats.
  2. The Orioles usually handled the Senators back then. Interesting that Mike Epstein had 8 RBI in the first game and yet the Senators still lost. In 1969 Ted Williams had won manager of the year after he led the Senators to their only winning season,. but his magic was gone by 1970.
  3. That's a game nobody would have predicted, Palmer losing to a 1-7 Milwaukee pitcher Brabender and a poor Milwaukee team in it's second year of existence. I always thought Seattle got a raw deal when the expansion team split after one season in 1969 leaving for Milwaukee. Jim Bouton wrote a famous best-selling book "Ball Four" about that 1969 Seattle Pilots team playing in Sicks Stadium (the name fit the stadium) in Seattle .
  4. I used to listen to all the Baltimore Bullet games in 1968-69, how many times did I hear "Rebound Unseld, off to Monroe (or Loughery). His full court chest passes were unbelievable. That was such an exciting team and the seven game playoff wars they had with the Knicks (Willis Reed, Dave. DeBusschere and Bill Bradley) were unbelievable to watch. Wes Unseld visited my school Johnnycake Junior High school during the '68-'69 season and talked about what he thought was important in life. I recall he said how much he admired his father above everyone else. He was a class act, RIP Wes,. It was a joy to watch you play.
  5. Interesting that Minnesota and Cincinnati both had higher winning percentages. The Orioles however would beat them both in the post season. I recall the Reds got off to a great start that year and Johnny Bench had a career year,
  6. Thanks for posting the 1970 box scores daily. They bring back fond memories of a. great championship season for the Orioles, and also memories of those great Orioles players from my childhood and teenage years.
  7. Having Terry Crowley batting 3rd and going 0 for 4 made it hard in the 2nd game. The King of Swing was a good pinch hitter but not really a number 3 hole hitter. Looking at some of Weaver's lineups I have to think no way a manager would set the lineup that way today now that managers are more statistically oriented.
  8. I'll bet the later stroke was related to Tony C's serious injury in 1967. He had a brother Billy Congiliaro who is now in his 70's. I think they set the record for most HR's by brothers, in 1970, most of them by Tony. Both played for the Red Sox that year. Kind of like Cal and Billy Ripken.
  9. I see Tony Conigliaro was in the Sox lineup. He had perhaps his best year in 1970 with 36 HR and 116 RBi. Yet the Sox must have known his vision was going. He was traded to California after the season and the next year he was done. He never fully recovered from that terrible beaning in 1967. I later read that Ted Williams had sent word to Conigliaro before the game in which he was beaned, telling him he was crowding the plate too much,, back off the plate or he'd get beaned.
  10. .322 with 18 HR in limited playing time, what a year Merv Rettenmund had in 1970. Too bad he couldn't sustain that level of excellence over his career.. Seems odd that there was a Thursday double header early in the year (not a makeup game) but back then was different.
  11. 8900 fans at RFK stadium for that game and probably half were Orioles fans who made the trip from Baltimore.
  12. The Orioles pretty much owned the Senators back then, beating them with regularity. Looking at the Senators lineup, I recall every one of their players even their first names. I was such a baseball fan I tried to watch the Senators games if the Orioles were not on TV. Living in Columbia MD as I recall I could pull in the weak Washington TV stations if I adjusted the rabbit ears just right, even though there was a lot of static for the Senators games. The Baltimore Sun used to publish a TV guide with their Sunday paper back then, that showed all of the upcoming Senators and Orioles TV games. It was a good time to be a kid watching baseball in Baltimore.
  13. This game reminds me of Eddie Watt giving up a long 3 run HR to Lee May of the Reds in the 9th inning of game 4 on Watt's first pitch out of the bullpen.. That HR by Lee May cost the Orioles a 4 game sweep of the Reds. Watt had an off year in 1970, Weaver probably used him too much in clutch situations that year.
  14. Yes I agree Brock did probably touch the plate (the photo seems to show that too ) and from looking at the replay I think he gets to the plate a split second before the throw. So I change my mind I think Brock was safe. Too bad they can't reverse a call 52 years later. I suppose there is not "definitive video evidence". If that play happened today there would be several different video angles with closeups and most likely it would be decided for certain. On the other hand people will not be talking about controversial 2020 World Series plays 52 years from now in 2072, like we are talking about the Brock Freehan 1968 WS play in 2020. Because nowadays just about every play , there is no question due to the replay angles and coaches challenges. In a way that has taken part of the charm of MLB away, discussing and thinking about controversial calls in crucial games.
  15. Yeah and Freehan hit less than .100 in that series yet he is remembered for blocking Brock off the plate. Being thrown out at home is one of the most damaging plays in baseball, instead of another run it's an out and a rally killer. I was a Cardinals fan and I thought Brock was out because he never touched home, he ran right into Freehan's glove as the ball was arriving around waist high (Willie Horton, a mediocre fielder, made the throw of his life) . Yet all these years later I see a photo showing Brock's foot did touch home plate. So he was possibly safe. Still he could have slid under the tag and there would have been no question. https://retrosimba.com/2018/11/08/bill-freehan-lou-brock-and-a-world-series-controversy/
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