Sunday, March 13, 2011

1963 Redbirds go quietly to upstart Braves

Warren_Spahn Lee_Maye Eddie_Mathews Stan_Musial
Warren Spahn Lee Maye Eddie Mathews Stan Musial

8/8/63 - 8/11/63 - Sportsman's Park
GAME 1 - Braves 5, Cardinals 4
Warren Spahn vs Bob Gibson
Neither HOF'er had his "A" game today. Spahn gutted out 7 innings allowing 4 earned runs.  Gibson gave up 5 in 6 innings and was never really a factor.  The Braves saw their 5-2 lead evaporate into a 1 run lead as the Redbirds scored 2 in the bottom of the 7th to make it a game.  Frank Funk would come on in the 8th in relief of Spahn to get the save compliments of 2 shaky, but scoreless innings.  Milwaukee interestingly had only 5 hits.  Warren Spahn's solo shot in the 6th turned out to be the game winning run.
Braves lead series 1-0

GAME 2 - Braves 5, Cardinals 3
Denny Lemaster vs Ernie Broglio
St. Louis did not get any help from Denny Lemaster who fanned 8 and walked none, while giving up just 3 runs in a complete game effort.  Lee Maye went 3 for 5 with 2 runs scored as every regular, not named Lemaster had a hit for Milwaukee.
Braves lead series 2-0

GAME 3 - Braves 6, Cardinals 3
Curt Simmons vs Bob Hendley
The Redbirds looked to mail this one in, then scored 2 runs in the top of the 7th to make it a 1 run game.  The Braves, who have played Cinderella to a "T", responded with 3 runs of their own and never looked back.  Eddie Mathews and light hitting shortstop Roy McMillan hit homers and Hendley was rock solid scattering 9 hits over 7 innings and only allowing 2 runs.  Curt Simmons had himself one of those 6/3 quality starts, but could not get the runs support.  Hendley fanned 6 and walked none.  Mathews had a breakout 4 for 4 day with 2 runs and 2 RBI's.  In his final at bat in the 1960's Stan "the Man" Musial lined a clean single into right as a pinch hitter.  Milwaukee fans, sensing this historic moment, gave "Stash" a rousing 5 minute standing ovation.  Bob Shaw would pitch a scoreless 9th to notch his 3rd save of the tournament.
Braves win series 3-0

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