Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Detroit Tigers - 1966 Tournament Champions

Congrats to Jack Mudd, who piloted the Tigers to 3 series wins en-route to the 1966 Tournament Championship.  Detroit finished the tournament 11-3.

1966 World Series Game 4: "Broom Time"

Game 4 - Tiger Stadium
"I have said this many times: I've had many good pitchers on my teams during my career, including the best in the business in Sandy Koufax, and I am sure that all these pitchers will agree that if a club had to win one game, it would be (Johnny) Podres that would get the call." - Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Buzzie Bavasi on Bloomberg.com (Larry DiTore, 01/14/2008)
The Dodgers brought back ace pitcher Sandy Koufax to stave off elimination.  Most observers felt that the Dodgers had little chance to come back in the series but that Koufax would at least prevent a sweep.  Detroit put Johnny Podres on the hill to try to clinch it.  Podres of course was a former Dodger great who had helped them win four championships, but the Dodgers, apparently thinking Podres was finished, had traded him to the Tigers in May '66 for the insulting "future considerations".  Podres was out for revenge. 
Podres and Koufax traded scoreless innings until the 4th when the Tigers again stunned Koufax with a 4 run rally.  Cash and Jim Northrup (4-4 in the game) doubled, Don Wert singled, Dick McAuliffe tripled, and Bill Freehan clouted another double to drive the Detroit crowd wild.  The outburst seemed to take the life out of the reeling Dodgers, who could only scratch out three scattered hits the remainder of the game.  In the 7th Norm Cash capped off his amazing post season with a solo home run and was rewarded with a tremendous standing ovation by the Detroit fans.  The Tigers added another run in the 8th on a bases loaded walk to light hitting shortstop Ray Oyler.  Podres had his revenge, allowing only 4 hits through 8 innings.  Although he wanted to take the ball for the 9th he had thrown 130 pitches so Detroit took him out and let Fred Gladding have the honor of closing out the Dodgers.  The final out touched off a wild celebration in Detroit, which feels like city on top of the world right now, forty years from now Detroit will probably still be one of the most prestigious cities in the world. 
  • Series MVP- Norm Cash 8-16 with 3 HR's in the series, for the tourney he hit .433 with 12 HR's and an Ops of 1.536
  • Detroit's starting pitchers get a well deserved honorable mention, allowing only 6 runs in four games.
Detroit 6-0, 
Tigers sweep series

1966 World Series Game 3: "A Test of Wills"

Game 3 - Tiger Stadium
The series moves to Detroit with the Tigers so far dominating the favored Dodgers.  LA sent Don Sutton to the mound to try to reverse the Detroit mojo, while the Tigers countered with the talented but inconsistent Denny McLain.  The Dodgers wasted no time trying to prove the two losses in LA were a fluke, scoring 3 runs in the 1st on a Tommy Davis single and Lou Johnson's 2-run HR.  The 22 year old McLain looked more irritated than flustered and struck out Al Ferrara to end the inning.  The score remained 3-0 LA until the bottom of the 3rd when Sutton, with 2 outs, walked two and then allowed a double to Willie Horton and a single by Jim Northrup to tie it up.  LA countered with a run in the 4th on a bases loaded force out, with 2 outs and the bases still loaded Tommie Davis sent a screaming line drive to center field but gold glover Al Kaline was there to end the threat. 
In the bottom of the exciting 4th the Tigers took the lead when Orlando McFarlane homered just inside the left field foul pole and McLain, Kaline and ... you guessed it, Norm Cash, singled to plate McLain.  Detroit added a key insurance run in the 6th when the Tiger's other clutch hitter Dick McAuliffe drove in Jerry Lumpe, who definitely did not hit like a lump in the playoffs.  Neither team scored in the 7th and 8th, setting the stage for the desperate Dodgers to try to mount a rally in the 9th.  A tired McLain had been removed in the 8th in favor of Detroit closer (and former Dodger) Larry Sherry, who has been excellent through most of the post-season.  However, Sherry walked Al Ferrara and Wes Parker sandwiched around a fly out.  After pinch hitter Dick Stuart also flied out Detroit brought in lefty Hank Aguirre to pitch to Willie Davis.  The Dodgers answered that move with pinch hitter Nate Oliver, who came through with a single to cut the lead to one run.  Maury Wills strolled to the plate with the tying run only 90 feet away.  Aguirre, who had been up and down warming in the bullpen, looked tired, but Detroit left him in to pitch to Wills, hoping that Wills relative weakness vs lefty's would be the deciding factor in the matchup.  Aguirre rewarded their faith (in percentages), inducing Wills to pop out to end the game, giving Detroit a commanding 3 game lead.  Detroit 6-5, 
Tigers lead the series 3-0.
--submitted by Jack Mudd--

Monday, December 10, 2012

1966 World Series Game 2: "The Fat Man Win-eth"

Game 2 - Dodger Stadium

Game 2's starting pitcher duel also seemed to favor the Dodgers; although Mickey Lolich and Claude Osteen's careers were relatively equal, Osteen was much better in '66 and Lolich's only start in the ALCS had been a dud.  However the Tigers struck first again, scoring 2 in the 2nd on Jake Wood and Bill Freehan singles.  During the rally the Tigers sent runners from 2nd to home on three consecutive singles, with the first two runners scoring before the Dodger's Lou Johnson finally threw out Freehan at home.  Detroit added 2 more in the 3rd on an Al Kaline double, Cash single, and Don Wert double.  Detroit scored again in the 4th on a Mickey Stanley RBI single, and added 2 more in the 8th on another Stanley single and a Kaline sac fly. 
Meanwhile, Mickey Lolich made the boys in blue look mousy, allowing only 4 singles, walking one, and striking out 7.  The Dodgers grounded into 2 double plays, had a runner caught stealing, and managed to advance a runner to 2nd just once.  After the dominant performance by Detroit the Dodgers were shaking their heads and wondering how they were going to turn things around.  Detroit 7-0, 
Tigers lead the series 2-0.
--submitted by Jack Mudd--
Editor's Note:  The Series moves back east to Tiger Stadium and will be completed tomorrow at 4:15 EST.

1966 World Series Game 1: "Cashing in again"

Game 1 - Dodger Stadium

The Tigers roll into LA as underdogs but are confident they have enough Cash to make it big in Hollywood (ok, no more Cash puns).  The game 1 matchup featured 27 game winner Sandy Koufax vs the solid but unheralded Earl Wilson.  In the 1st inning Detroit's remarkable ability to make opposing teams commit errors continued when Maury Wills bobbled Jim Northrup's groundball.  Northrup scored 3 batters later when Dick McAuliffe added to his collection of clutch hits with an RBI single. 
In the 3rd Norm Cash struck again with a 345 foot homer, shocking LA fans who thought that even the red-hot Cash would be helpless vs Koufax.  Tommie Davis answered with a blast to the left field bleachers in the bottom of the 3rd to cut the lead back to one run.  LA then tied it up in the 4th on a Lou Johnson bunt single, Davis single, and Johnny Roseboro sac fly.  However the lead was short-lived as Cash once again quieted the LA crowd with a 400 foot, opposite field 2 run-HR.  As Cash was rounding the bases Dodger manager Walter Alston ran out of the dugout and demanded the umps check Cash's bat for cork, the umps did so and found nothing unusual.  Cash just smiled.  The rest of the game belonged to Earl Wilson, who retired 15 of the final 16 Dodger hitters while allowing only a walk.   Detroit 4-2
Tigers lead the series 1-0.
--submitted by Jack Mudd--

Monday, December 3, 2012

NL Champs - 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers

The #1 seeded Dodgers have rolled all the way to the World Series thanks to timely hitting and the left arm of one Sandy Koufax.  Next up a battle in the World Series vs the Detroit Tigers.

NLCS Game 5: "Ace's Wild" - Dodgers take NL Flag in 5

GAME 5 - Sportsman Park
Dodgers 1, Cardinals 0
Koufax vs Gibson
When facing elimination there is no better feeling than to have the great Bob Gibson on the hill defending your cause.  Conversely, when looking to close out your opponent there is no better feeling having the incomparable Sandy Koufax sixty feet, six inches away from opposing batsmen.  This matchup setup to be a true pitching classic in every way shape and form.  After 7 innings of stalemated shutout ball everyone knew that the first run scored by either team just might be the decisive run.  With 2 outs in the top of the 8th Gibson ran the count to 2-0 on Willie Davis.  LA's centerfielder was given the green light and crushed Gibson's next pitch for a 392 foot solo blast to right center.  With Koufax dialing it up to well over 100 miles per hour the Cardinal bench felt like they were down by at least 5.  St. Louis tested Koufax with singles in the bottom of the 8th to put runners on the corners with 2 out, but Curt Flood grounded weakly to Gilliam at third to end the threat.  In the bottom of the 9th Koufax would have to face the heart of the Cardinal order.  Cepeda hit a 1 hop bullet to Wills at short for the first out.  McCarver bounced one right back to the box for the second out.  Charlie Smith walked on 4 pitches to provide some glimmer of hope, but Mike Shannon went down swinging on a 1-2 curveball for Koufax's 9th strikeout of the game as the great lefty posted his second shutout of the series.
Dodgers win series 4-1

NLCS Game 4: "Gunned Down"

GAME 4 - Sportsman Park
Dodgers 7, Cardinals 6
Sutton vs Jaster

Heading into the bottom of the 7th LA held a firm 3 run lead.  Rookie sensation Don Sutton,
who gave up 3 runs in the bottom of the 2nd settled down with 4 scoreless innings in a row.  An uncharacteristic error by gold glove first baseman Wes Parker on a Tim McCarver slow roller put the lead off runner aboard for the Cardinals.  Curt Flood singled and took second as McCarver went from 1st to 3rd and the throw missed the cutoff man.  John Buchek slammed a double off the left centerfield wall to make it 6-5.  Three batters later pinch hitter Tito Francona would tie the game with a sac fly to center.  Heading into the 9th Larry Hughes began his second inning of relief work for the Redbirds.  All looked good as leadoff man Maury Wills lined out to Flood in center and the geriatric Jim Gilliam looked at a called strike 3.  Tommy Davis hit a 2 hopper to short that Buchek tried to field on the short hop, but unfortunately booted.  Davis saw the ball get away from Buchek and never stopped hustling into second.  Davis' hustle would pay huge dividends as the ever clutch Lou Johnson would deliver a line drive single to center to put LA up 7-6.  Phil Regan, entering his 3rd inning in relief of Sutton, got Buchek to pop out to third to lead off the bottom of the 9th.  He was not so lucky when Alex Johnson hit a gapper between both Davis-es in left center that turned into a stand up triple.  Julian Javier, who hit a solo blast in the 9th yesterday, tried to lift one deep so Johnson could tag up and score the tying run.  Javier got the ball in the air, but not far enough to make it a sure thing.  Lou Johnson caught the ball in full stride toward the plate and uncorked a one hop throw that nestled neatly in Roseboro's glove just in time to slap the tag on the hard charging Johnson for the third and final out.
Dodgers lead series 3-1

NLCS Game 3: "Rose-Bowl"

GAME 3 - Sportsman Park
Dodgers 7, Cardinals 5
C.Osteen vs Carlton
The series shifted back east to the Gateway city and saw a pair of lefty starters (Osteen & Carlton) struggle mightily.  An RBI double by Jim Lefebvre followed by RBI singles from Johnny Roseboro and Nate Oliver helped Osteen to a 5-1 lead.  St. Louis would answer with 3 runs in the bottom of the sixth as the Baby Bull, Orlando Cepeda, doubled home two, then scored on a fielder's choice.  St. Louis was now in striking distance down by just 1 run.  The Cardinal pen was no more impressive than the man they replaced yielding 2 runs in the top of the 7th to put the Dodgers up by 3.  Johnny Roseboro's 2 run shot was just what the doctor ordered.  The Cards cut the lead to 2 in the 9th when Julian Javier hit a 400 foot shot off of reliever Phil Regan, who hung on to get the save.
Dodgers lead series 2-1

NLCS Game 2: "Jackson's 5"

GAME 2 - Dodger Stadium
Cardinals 5, Dodgers 3
A.Jackson vs Drysdale

Locked in a 0-0 stalemate the Redbirds busted out with 5 big runs in the top of the 7th.  Dodger starter Don Drysdale was the victim of 3 errors during that inning, so all 5 runs were unearned.  With the score 1-0 Drysdale still had a chance to get out of the inning with minimal damage, but he served up a 2 run single to the opposing pitcher, which is the ultimate no-no.  Al Jackson's single made it 3-0.  Lou Brock hammered home the final nail in the Dodgers' coffin with a 2 run single of his own to make it 5-0.  Jackson was cruising along until the bottom of the 9th when the Dodgers offense rose off of life support and scored 3 runs to finish the diminutive lefty's day.  Not taking any chances the Cards went to the pen and brought in Joe Hoerner, who got Roseboro to ground out to short and end the game.
Series tied 1-1

NLCS Game 1: "Lou'd behavior"

GAME 1 - Dodger Stadium
Dodgers 4, Cardinals 0
Gibson vs Koufax
The series opener featured the marquee matchup of the decade:  Bob Gibson vs Sandy Koufax.  Neither man would disappoint, but the great Koufax would be just a tad better.  In the bottom of the first Maury Wills walked, then stole second with 2 outs.  The ever so clutch Lou Johnson, who always gets big hits in Koufax games, delivered a 2 out RBI single to score the speedy Wills.  Jim Lefebvre walked and Johnny Roseboro singled him home to make it 2-0.  Gibson, who might have been disturbed by the 20 mph wind, would not give up another run in his next 6 innings of work.  Unfortunately when you spot Koufax 2 runs it's almost impossible for your team's offense to make up the deficit.  Koufax wasn't lights out, but he was able to come up with the big strikeout when needed to strand Cardinal runners in scoring position.  LA would add 2 insurance runs in the 8th on a Wills double and another Lou Johnson single.  Those runs came off of the Cardinal bullpen, not Gibson, who exited the previous inning for a pinch hitter.  Koufax would got the distance and record the series opening shutout, despite allowing 6 hits and 3 walks.  He is now 3-0 in the tournament.
Dodgers lead series 1-0

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Congrats to Jack Mudd and the 1966 Tigers for winning the AL Pennant

Down 3 games to 1 to the Cinderella NY Yankees manager Jack Mudd never panicked.  He called it a night and broke the Yankees momentum and returned to take 3 straight and the AL Pennant the following morning.  An excellent piece of managerial strategy for the KOD Tournament newcomer.  Jack and his Motown 9 will wait patiently for the winner of the Dodgers / Cardinals NLCS to see who we crown as our 1966 Champs.

ALCS GAME 7: "Cash-ing In" - Tigers win ALCS

Game 7 - Tiger Stadium
Al Downing vs Denny McLain
After all the epic games preceding it game 7 was much anticipated.  However, as often happens in real life (and when having sex with supermodels) this game 7 was anti-climatic.  After the shell-shocked Pinstripers went down easily in the 1st the Tigers jumped on Al Downing for 4 runs in the bottom of the inning on a bases loaded walk, infield single, and "outfield" single.  The Yankees answered with a run in the 2nd on a Clete Boyer single but that was all the scoring they could muster.  Denny McLain tried to keep the score close to cover the spread for his organized crime buddies by walking 7 but the Yankees had lost all their fight, getting only 3 hits.  The Tigers scored 2 more in the 7th when series MVP Norm Cash (NORM!!!) hit a 2 run double and McLain and Doug Wickersham closed out the game and the series.  Detroit fans celebrated by sipping tea and politely clapping.  Detroit 6-1
Tigers win series 4-3
Marc did a great job getting the Yankees as far as he did, obviously I got more than a little lucky in game 6. 
--submitted by Jack Mudd Detroit Tigers--

ALCS GAME 6: "How-weird an ending"

Game 6  - Tiger Stadium
Mel Stottlemyre vs Johnny Podres

The two teams returned to the Motor City with the Tigers still on the brink of elimination.  The Yankees scored a run in the 1st when Joe Pepitone singled in a run after Mantle was intentionally walked.  The Tigers came right back with 3 in their 1st thanks to run scoring doubles by Kaline and Don Wert.  After a scoreless 2nd the Yanks plated 3 in the 3rd on homers by Tresh and Mantle and a Roy White single.  Both teams were quiet until the 8th when each team scored 2 (Whitaker HR for NY, Horton RBI single, double play ball for DET) to make it 5-4 Yankees.  The New Yorkers scored a run in the 9th when small ball made a rare appearance- Roy White bunted for a hit, stole 2nd, and scored on a Schofield single. 
The Tigers season appeared to be over going into the bottom of the 9th, trailing by 2 with closer Dooley Womack pitching.  Light hitting 2B Jerry Lumpe started with a single, but then pitcher Larry Sherry struck out ("my pinch hitters suck" said Tiger manager Jack Mudd) and the Detroit crowd was losing hope.  But Dick McAuliffe shocked the Yankees with a home run that landed in the right field stands just inside the foul pole.  With the game now tied the Tigers crowd was so excited they started several fires in the stands (wait, not Halloween yet, never mind).  The Tigers proceeded to load the bases on an error, single, and walk, and Jim Northrup strolled into the batters box with the bases loaded needing just a decent fly ball to win it for Detroit.  Northrup did hit a fly ball but not very deep, but with 2 outs Al Kaline decided to test Mickey Mantle's arm one more time but Mick's throw was on the money (not Cash this time) and Elston Howard held onto the ball for the out to temporarily douse Detroit's fire.  
In the 10th the Yanks loaded their own bases on 3 walks given them by Larry Sherry but Howard flied out to deep center field to end the threat.  In the bottom of the 10th New York brought in not-closer Pedro Ramos to pitch.  Don Wert greeted Ramos with a single up the middle and moved to 2nd on a groundout.  Then Jerry Lumpe again came up with a key hit, singling to move Wert to 3rd.  Really light hitting pinch hitter Dick Tracewski came up ("I told you my bench sucks", Jack Mudd said) only needing to get a runner home from 3rd with less than 2 outs to send it to game 7.  However, Tracewski hit a little pop-up a few feet in front of home plate, Elston Howard jumped up to grab it and again force on-deck hitter Dick McAuliffe to be a hero.  But wait, there's more!  Howard dropped the ball!  (No premature infield fly rule in this game!)  As the ball rolled away from a disbelieving Howard. Don Wert crossed the plate with the game winning run.  The Detroit crowd just sat stunned in their seats for a minute and then exploded with joy, setting more fires as well.  After the game Howard angrily denied reports he was either a) taking bribes from Denny McLain's mobster friends, or b) distracted by Australian bikini models.  Detroit 8-7, each team had 14 hits but the Yankees made 4 errors.  Some guy named George Steinbrenner ran into the Yanks owner box and tried to fire the Yankees fielding coach but was escorted from the stadium.
Series tied 3-3 

ALCS GAME 5: "Aguire keeps Pinstripe offense on the Fritz"

Game 5 - Yankee Stadium
Hank Aguire vs Fritz Peterson
The Yankees were hoping to clinch the AL title at home but their bats went silent in game 5.  Fritz Peterson was again mediocre, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits in 5 2/3, including HR's by Cash (nothing beats Cash!) and Willie Horton.  Hank Aguirre looked like Greg Maddux (wait, still a kid, never mind) going 8 2/3, allowing one run on 6 hits with one walk and only two strikeouts.  Fred Gladding was glad to pick up the save, getting bonus baby turned career utility guy Dick Schofield to ground out with a runner on 2nd.  Detroit 4-1
Yankees lead series 3-2

ALCS GAME 4: "Clarke Bar"

Game 4 - Yankee Stadium
Earl Wilson vs Jim Bouton
Another classic back and forth game.  There were 7 HR's by 7 different players in the game, all of them solo shots.  Each team scored 2 in the 4th, then Detroit scored 1 in the 6th and 7th to take a 4-2 lead.  But the Yankees scored 1 in the 7th and 3 in the 8th to take a 6-4 lead.  The never say die Tigers came back in the 9th to tie it on a 2 run single by Dick McAuliffe with Jake Wood scoring ahead of Maris's throw.  Another extra inning game?  No, the Yankees sent their fans home happy with another walk-off win, this time scoring on a Mike Ferraro double, Bobby Richardson sacrifice, and Horace Clarke single.  Yanks 7-6
Yankees lead series 3-1

ALCS GAME 3: "Oh, Mickey you're so fine"

Game 3 - Yankee Stadium
Denny McLain vs Al Downing
This game looked like another high scoring affair with Detroit scoring 2 in the 1st (another Cash HR) and New York 2 in the 2nd.  However, Denny McLain and Al Downing settled down and no more runs were scored in until the 14th inning.  Both teams wasted numerous opportunities to score, including Al Kaline getting thrown out at the plate by Mickey Mantle.  In the 14th Kaline got his revenge with a solo HR.  But the Tigers celebration was premature as Roger Repoz singled home Roger Maris to tie it back up.  In the 16th Kaline made another bid for a HR but Mantle tracked it down in deep CF.  Then the Mick came up in the bottom of the 16th and smacked a walk-off HR off of Orlando Pena to conclude a classic game.  Yanks 4-3
Yankees lead series 2-1

ALCS GAME 2: "Tresh Talk"

Game 2 - Tiger Stadium
Mel Stottlemyre vs Mickey Lolich
Game 2 resembled a Coors Field game (wait, not built yet, never mind).  The Bombers jumped all over Mickey Lolich in the 1st inning, scoring 6 runs after 2 quick outs.  Joe Pepitone homered, Clete Boyer singled in a run, and Steve Whitaker hit a 3 run HR.  New York scored one more in the 3rd and seemed to be cruising along to an easy win behind Mel Stottlemyre.  However the Tigers scored 6 runs in the 5th thanks to five singles, a double, and a HBP.  Suddenly it was a one-run game and the Tiger fans were roaring.  But the Yanks came right back in the top of the 6th with a Tom Tresh grand slam to push their lead to 11-6.  The score remained that way until the bottom of the 9th when Norm Cash again made his presence felt with a 2 run HR off of lefty specialist Steve Hamilton.  After an out was recorded Jim Northrup tripled, but Don Wert flew out and Orlando McFarlane struck out to give the Yankees the win.  Yanks 11-8
Series Tied 1-1

ALCS GAME 1: "Striking Oyl"

Game 1 - Tiger Stadium
Fritz Peterson vs Hank Aguire
The series got off to a sloppy start with the Tigers and Yanks committing 2 errors apiece.  Detroit picked up where they left off from the first 2 rounds as their offense continued to blast opposing pitchers, this time to the tune of 18 hits, with 2 HR's by Norm Cash, who has been on fire throughout tourney.  Defensive whiz Ray Oyler went 4-5, including 2 doubles and a triple.  Detroit starter Hank Aguirre pitched 6 ok innings for the win.  Yankee pitcher Fritz Peterson, who gave up 7 runs in 5 innings, denied he was distracted by Mike Kekich's wife, saying "I have no idea what you are talking about, I actually had my eye on that Australian bikini model in row 1".  Detroit 13-2
Tigers lead series 1-0
--submitted by Jack Mudd--

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Round 2: Miracle Bombers (10) upset Chisox (4) in 3 straight

GAME 1 - Comiskey Park
Peterson vs Peters
Yankees 1, White Sox 0
Fans came to the South Side of Chicago expecting a nail biting pitcher's duel between two lefties who were on top of their game vs two stagnant offenses.  They got just what they expected.  Gary Peters was spot on dominant for 7 innings before being lifted for a pinch hitter with runners on the corners and 2 outs.  Peterson, who would eventually go the distance and notch the shutout, had his moments of turbulence.  With 2 out in the bottom of the 2nd Jerry Adair doubled down the left field line.  Knowing that runs would come at a premium today the Chisox waved Ken Berry around third and tried to score him all the way from first.  Yankee leftfielder Tommy Tresh threw the ball to cutoff man Horace Clarke, who relayed a perfect pea to catcher Ellie Howard to erase Berry in a cloud of dust.  A similar scenario would occur again in the bottom of the 4th as the Pale Hose strung together 3 consecutive singles.  Moose Skowron, who was looking for revenge from his former mates, registered the 3rd single, which was a hot smash up the middle.  A hard charging Mickey Mantle, playing on half a leg came up throwing and nailed lead foot Johnny Romano at the plate to keep the scoreless tie in tact.  It would stay scoreless until the top of the 9th when Tresh led off the inning with a 355 foot blast to nirvana.  Fritz Peterson, who grew stronger as the day went on, set the Chisox down in order in the 9th to nail down the 1-0 shutout.
Yankees lead series 1-0

GAME 2 - Comiskey Park
Stottlemyre vs Horlen
Yankees 4, White Sox 3
Nothing could top yesterday's pitching performances.  Today's game would be just as close as the series opener, but it would feature a bit more balance between pitching and offense.  New York got on the board with a 363 foot 2 run blast by Roger Maris.  Maris' blast plated his M&M boy partner Mickey Mantle (4-4), who is having himself a private renaissance this tournament. Chicago manager Dan Holm said at this point, "2 runs...Chicago scores that many in 2 games...no way of getting 3".  The Chisox must have heard their skipper, because they rebounded for solo runs in the 1st and 5th to tie the game up at 2-2.  New York was scoring their runs with the long ball, while Chicago was forced to grind them out with walks, hits and bunts.  the top of the 8th saw a new pitcher for Chicago, Bob Locker, but a mirror image result of inning 2.  Mantle once again singled to reach base and Maris again delivered a 2 run shot.  This 2 run shot would turn out to be the knockout blow.  The Chisox rallied hard for a run in the bottom of the 8th, but overcoming a 2nd two run deficit was too much to ask.  New York got stellar relief work from Dooley Womack, who came on in the 8th with the bases loaded and pitched out of the jam.
Yankees lead series 2-0

GAME 3 - Yankee Stadium
John vs Bouton
Yankees 9, White Sox 7
The series shifted twelve hundred miles east to the Big Ball Orchard up in the Bronx.  Yankee fans, who during the regular season were described by their lead WPIX broadcaster Red Barber as, "disguised as empty seats", showed up in droves.  Well over 72,000 including SRO were in attendance to witness their pinstripe heroes trying to do the unthinkable:  win their 3rd playoff series in a row.  Fans were more than just delighted to see their team jump out to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first and knock Chicago starter Tommy John out of the box.  Sox manager Holm said, "5 runs ?  Sox score 5 runs in a month, this game is over".  Once again manager Holm inspired his troops to do the unexpected.  Chicago answered the Yankees right back with 3 runs in the top of the 5th off of Jim Bouton, who was quite lucky to get out of the inning without any further damage thanks to a stellar fielding play by Lou Clinton in right.  Off of Tommy McCraw's single, slow footed pinch hitter Smokey Burgess attempted to score from second.  Clinton threw a one hopper to Ellie Howard, who applied the tag to end the carnage.  Clete Boyer singled home a run in the bottom of the 3rd to give New York a 5-3 lead.  The offenses began to slow down during the middle innings.  Bouton was still shaky on the mound, but he was just good enough to wiggle out of trouble until he was lifted after completing the 6th.  The goal was to put the ball in the bullpen's hand to carry the Yankees to victory over the final 3 innings.  Chicago must not have been clued into the plan, because they managed to score a month's worth of runs in the top of the 7th off of lefty Steve Hamilton.  Chicago capitalized heavily on errors by gold glover Clete Boyer, who booted one and launched another into the expensive seats.  Not to make excuses, but Boyer has spent the year jockeying back and forth between his customary hot corner spot and shortstop as the Yankees battled injuries and Tony Kubek's retirement.  Still, Boyer needed to make those plays.  Surrounding Boyer's bookend errors, all with 2 out, were some timely hits by pinch hitter Jerry McNertney and "Mighty Mite" Al Weis.  When the dust all cleared, Hamilton yielded 4 unearned runs and the Southsiders had themselves a 7-5 lead.

The Bombers failed to answer back in the 7th and the Chisox didn't bother to pad their lead in the 8th.  With time beginning to run out, the Yankees struck back in the bottom of the 8th.  Back to back to back singles by Tresh, Pepitone and pinch hitter Jake Gibbs cut the deficit to 1.  Roger Maris, who took over in right from Clinton, was given and intentional pass to load he bases with 1 out.  With the pitcher due up, rookie Roger Repoz was called upon to pinch hit.  Up by 1 with the bases loaded and 1 out Chisox manager Holm chose to walk Repoz, which plated the tying run.  Holm, who saw how hot Repoz was said after the game, "He was going to knock in at least 2 runs, walking him prevented the Yanks from taking the lead".  Holm's out of the box strategy was designed to cut his loses and escape with a tie.  That decision was rendered moot when Bobby Richardson hit a one hopper back to the box, which should have been an inning ending DP.  Instead reliever Eddie Fisher threw the ball away and Jake Gibbs slid in for the go ahead run.  Horace Clarke would lift a sac fly to center to score Maris and just like that New York went from being 2 down to 2 up.  Sloppy fielding, poor relief pitching (by Wilhelm and Fisher) and some unorthodox decision making did the Southsiders in.  Taking no chances the Bombers brought in Dooley Womack to close out the 9th.  After a lead off single by Skowron, Womack got the next 3 to end the game and the series.  Pete Pamos notched the win having faced just one batter in the 8th before New York's comeback.  New York's offensive star was hometown boy Joe Pepitone (3-4), who knocked in 3, scored 3 and hit a 3 run shot in the first.  New York closes out the unfathomable sweep and heads to the final 4.
Yankees win series 3-0

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Round 2: Cards (6) defeat Reds (7) in 4

GAME 1 - Busch Memorial
O'Toole vs Gibson
Cardinals 4, Reds 3

Great low scoring battle that was tied 3-3 heading into the home half of the 9th.  Don Nottebart was on the bump in relief of Jim O'Toole, who gave up 3 in 6 1/3.  After Julian Javier struck out on an 0-2 offering pinch hitter George Kernek single sharply between the 4-3 hole.  Lou Brock (3-5) lined a 2-2 curveball from Nottebart down the right field line for a walk off triple.  Orlando Cepeda (3-4) also eclipsed the 3 hit mark.  Hal Woodeshick threw 2 scoreless innings in relief of Gibson for the win.
Cardinals lead series 1-0

GAME 2 - Busch Memorial

Maloney vs A.Jackson
Reds 12, Cardinals 4

Cincy broke open a tight 3-2 game with 4 runs in the 6th and 5 runs in the 7th.  Jim Maloney, who is 3-0 in the tournament, cruised to victory even though he didn't have his best stuff.  Diminutive lefty Al Jackson was abused by the Red offense for 7 runs (6 earned) in just over 5 innings of work.  Leo Cardenas (4-5) scored 3 runs and knocked in another to pace the Red offense.  Cardenas hit his 3rd homer of the tourney and his 1st double.  St. Louis managed just 5 hits.
Series tied 1-1

GAME 3 - Crosley Field
Carlton vs Pappas
Cardinals 9, Reds 7

St. Louis compiled a 9-2 lead after 3 innings, then got a wee bit too cozy and had to hold on for dear life against the resurgent Reds.  Cincy dug itself a huge early hole when starter Milt Pappas gave up 7 runs in 1 1/3 innings.  Adding insult to injury is the fact that Pappas was acquired by the Reds in exchange for Frank Robinson at the end of the '65 season.  Cincy counted on Pappas heavily to be part of a restructred rotation.  Instead, Pappas rewards the Queen City fans with this horrific performance.  Pappas' opposing number, Steve Carlton, was purely pedestrian during his 6 1/3 inning outing.  Carlton gave up 5 runs (4 earned) during that span.  However, he was 3 for 3 at the plate and scored 2 runs.  Maybe all of that baserunning tired him out.  Both teams combined for 27 hits.  Pete Rose was 3 for 4 with 3 runs scored for Cincy.  Joe Hoerner notched his 2nd save of the tournament despite giving up a run.
Cardinals lead series 2-1

GAME 4 - Crosley Field

Jaster vs Nuxhall
Cardinals 3, Reds 2

An RBI double by Pete Rose and an RBI single by D.Johnson staked Joe Nuxhall to a 2-0 lead after 4.  St. Louis, aided by errors from Nuxhall and Tony Perez tied the game up in the top of the 5th with a pair of runs.  Tim McCarver led off the 6th for the visitors with a triple and scored immediately on Phil Gagliano's sac fly to center.  Neither team would threaten to score over the final three and a half innings.  Nuxhall would wind up being the hard luck loser thanks to his and Perez' fielding.  Larry Jaster notched the win with 8 solid innings.  Hal Woodeshick threw a scoreless 9th for the save.  St. Louis' balanced attack featured 2 hit games from McCarver, Gagliano and Javier.  As a team the Redbirds are hitting .310 for the tournament.  McCarver's 2 hits were both triples.
Cardinals win series 3-1

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Round 2: Dodgers (1) discover their offense in final 2 games to blow out Braves (5) in 4

GAME 1 - Dodger Stadium
K.Johnson vs Koufax
Dodgers 2, Braves 1

Ken Johnson gave up 2 unearned runs in the 5th.  He might as well have given up 20 runs, because he was facing the great Sandy Koufax, who never gives an inch.  The 1966 Cy Young Award winner had a no hitter going until the 5th, which is commonplace for him.  What isn't commonplace for him is a line drive single, which he achieved with 2 outs in the 5th.  Willie Davis followed with a one hopper to short that Woody Woodward booted.  Maury Wills singled to right to score Koufax and make it 1-0.  Lou Johnson followed that up with an RBI single of his own to make it 2-0.  Koufax actually looked human in the 7th when Joe Torre took him to the warning track after Hank Aaron singled.  Rico Carty's slicing double down the rightfield line scored Aaron, but that was all the Braves could muster against that dominant lefty from Brooklyn.  Koufax would allow 1 run on 3 hits, while fanning 8 in a complete game effort.
Dodgers lead series 1-0

GAME 2 - Dodger Stadium

Lemaster vs Drysdale
Braves 4, Dodgers 0

Game 2, just like game 1, belonged to a dominant lefty performance.  This time that lefty work the uniform of the Atlanta Braves.  Denny LeMaster was brilliant scattering 6 hits and fanning 7 for a complete game shutout.  Atlanta only managed to score 4 runs off of 12 hits, but with LeMaster being "THE" master, those 4 runs were more than enough.  Felipe Alou and Eddie Mathews each had 3 hits.  Dodgers starter Don Drysdale was barely effective, giving up 4 runs on 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings.  Bob Miller and Joe Moeller eat up innings as the Dodgers seemed to have conceded this contest early.
Series tied 1-1
GAME 3 - Fulton County Stadium
Osteen vs D.Kelly
Dodgers 11, Braves 1

For the 3rd game in a row it was a lefties' paradise.  This time it was Claude Osteen's turn to dominate.  Osteen had himself a shutout until Hank Aaron hit a solo shot in the bottom of the 9th.  By that point LA had completely bombarded the Brave pitching staff into submission.  Not one Dodgers starter, including Osteen, went hitless.  Osteen's hit was a solo homer.  Jim Lefebvre (4-5) and Lou Johnson (2-4) each had 3 RBI days.  Lefebre had more hits (4) than the entire Brave lineup (3).  Old Timer Junior Gilliam even got into the action going 2 for 5.
Dodgers lead series 2-1

GAME 4 - Fulton County Stadium

Sutton vs Cloninger
Dodgers 12, Braves 5

Rookie sensation Don Sutton lost his focus and his shutout bid in the bottom of the 7th when Atlanta scored 3 runs off of him.  By that time the score of the contest was 10-0, so one could hardly blame Sutton for his lack of concentration.  For the 2nd consecutive days the normally offensively challenged Dodgers hit double digits on the scoreboard.  Catcher Johnny Roseboro and Rightfielder Ron Fairly each had 3 hit days before they left the game for defensive replacements.  Sweet Lou Johnson was on base 4 times in 5 plate appearances.  Johnson went 2 for 3 with a walk and 4 RBI's.  Hank Aaron hit his 2nd solo shot in as many days, but even his offensive prowess couldn't overcome his teams shoddy pitching.  Sutton was the only starter in the lineup not to get a hit.  Even farmhand Bart Shirley managed to get himself a pinch hit knock as the Dodger offense is firing on all 8 cylinders.
Dodgers win series 3-1

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Round 2: Tigers (3) end Nats (8) Magical run

Washington's underdog run ended quickly when it ran into Detroit's scorching offense.  Wasn't much Justin could do in this series, his players just didn't perform.
Jack - Detroit

4 RBI's & HR CG victory w/10k's 3 HR's & 5 RBI

September 21;  Tiger Stadium
The Senators jumped out to an early lead (their only lead of the series as it turned out) when Frank Howard's single and a Willie Horton error allowed Bob Saverine to score.  However, the Tigers scored three runs in the bottom of the 1st and never looked back in a 12-1 victory.  Norm Cash homered and had 4 RBI's and Don Wert reached base all five times he stepped up to the plate.  Denny McLain pitched a complete game, scattering 6 singles.  Washington starter Barry Moore was knocked around, giving up 7 runs in 3 2/3.

September 22;  Tiger Stadium
Earl Wilson overpowered the Sens, twirling 8 shutout innings and striking out 11 in a 10-0 Detroit victory.  The Tigers offense was purring again with 13 hits off of Phil Ortega and Jim Hannan.  Cash had 2 more hits and RBI's apiece while catcher Orlando McFarlane had the game's only HR.

September 24;  D.C. Stadium
Al Kaline hit a two-run HR in the 1st inning to end Washington fans' hopes for a home rally.  Kaline homered twice more in the game for a monster 3-5, 3 HR, 5 RBI game.  Norm Cash and Jim Northrup also homered for the Tigers.  Washington starter Mike McCormick, who gave up 4 of the HR's said "I had good stuff in the 'pen warming up, I don't know what happened".  Detroit starter Johnny Podres relived his glory days with the Dodgers with a solid complete game performance. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Round 1: Ancient Bombers (10) upset O's (1) in miracle sweep

GAME 1 - Memorial Stadium
Downing vs Palmer
Yankees 4, Orioles 2

Roger Maris' 2 run shot off of Jim Palmer in the top of the 6th put the resurgent Bronx Bombers on top 3-2.  Joe Pepitone's solo blast in the 9th off of Dick Hall would allow New York to double up the O's behind 7 strong innings from Al Downing.  Pepitone would go 2 for 5 and increase his tournament batting average to .467.  Baltimore would compile just 4 hits.
Yankees lead series 1-0


GAME 2 - Memorial Stadium
Peterson vs McNally
Yankees 13, Orioles 2

The cast of Cocoon, I mean the New York Yankees, once again turned back the clock five years earlier and bombarded the O's with 17 hits that plated 13 runs.  Unheralded switch hitting rookie Roy White came out of the shadows of the M&M boys to go 3 for 5 with 4 runs scored and an RBI.  1962 Rookie of the Year Tommy Tresh also recorded 3 hits as well as 3 runs.  Elston Howard and Hector Lopez provided some late inning long balls for window dressing as the 10th seed Yankees put the #1 seed O's on the ropes.  Fritz Peterson gave up just 1 run in 7 innings of work and left the game after throwing just 88 pitches.  Bob Friend finished out the final 2 innings, so New York's lefty ace could be well rested if needed later in the series.
Yankees lead series 2-0

GAME 3 - Yankee Stadium
Barber vs Stottlemyre
Yankees 6, Orioles 2
The heavily favored O's needed a spark or their tournament would end quickly and tragically.  Back to back RBI hits by Boog Powell and Brooks Robinson in the top of the first staked Steve Barber to a 2-0 lead.  Those 2 runs looked to be the spark that would get this heavily favored O's team back on track.  Unfortunately for the O's someone forgot to tell the Cinderella Bombers that it was time for them to collapse.  New York answered right back with 4 mammoth runs in the bottom of the inning and just like that the O's were back on life support.  After Bobby Richardson led off the game as a strike out victim the next two batters (White & Tresh) both walked.  The Mick singled home White to make it 2-1.  Joe Pepitone (2-3, 2 runs scored) followed with an RBI single of his own to tie the game at 2-2.  A sac fly by Clete Boyer put the Bombers up and a single by Lou Clinton made it 4-2 New York.  With a lightning fast 2 run lead third year man Stottlemyre put the hammer down on the O's bats.  Mel would get to within 1 out of a complete game victory before he ran out of gas.  Hal Reniff was called in from the pen to face little Luis Aparicio with runners on 1st and 2nd and 2 out.  Aparicio showed zero patience by lunging at Reniff's first offering which he beat into the ground.  Shortstop Boyer fielded it cleanly and pegged a strike over to Pepi at first for the final out of the game.  New York's pitching staff held the O's famed lineup to a .188 team batting average.  Frank Robby hit an abysmal .091 and Brooksie went .083.  When your two big bats are that cold it's impossible to win.  Cleanup hitter Boog Powell hit only .222.  The burning embers of the great Yankee dynasty move into the Elite 8 looking like it's 1961 all over again.
Yankees win series 3-0

Round 1: Chisox (4) edge Tribe (5) in 4 one run games

GAME 1 - Comiskey Park
Bell vs Horlen
Indians 3, White Sox 2

The Tribe got a solid complete game performance from Gary "Ding Dong" Bell, who went the distance and gave up just 2 runs on 8 hits, while fanning 7.  His opposing number, Joe Horlen was victimized by 3 errors from his keystone combo.  Shortstop Jerry Adair booted 2 and second sacker Wayne Causey butchered 1.  Cleveland capitalized by scoring 1 unearned run off of those errors, which provided the difference.  Leon Wagner (3-5) was the hitting star for the Tribe.  Tommy McCraw, Floyd Robinson and Wayne Causey each had 2 hits in a losing effort.
Indians lead series 1-0


GAME 2 - Comiskey Park
Siebert vs Peters
White Sox 3, Indians 2

Tied 2-2 after 8 1/2 innings of play the Pale Hose needed just 1 run off of Sonny Siebert to walk off with a win.  Siebert line heading into the 9th was 2 runs on 4 hits over 8 innings.  Ken "F-Troop" Berry led off and grounded out to short.  AL Rookie of the year Tommie Agee doubled to left center.  Catcher Johnny Romano was given and "unintentional / intentional walk" to create a force around the horn.  A wild pitch erased that force play possibility as the runners moved up 90 feet into scoring position.  Agee took a conservative lead off of first, then caught the tiring Siebert napping.  As Seibert began his windup Agee broke for home and slid in under a late tag by Del Crandall which couldn't be avoided since Siebert's offering was high and outside.
Series tied 1-1

GAME 3 - Municipal Stadium
John vs McDowell
White Sox 3, Indians 2 (10 inn)
In a battle of contrasting styles the Tribe sent lefty fireballer "Sudden" Sam McDowell to the hill to face the Chisox's crafty lefty Tommy John.  McDowell was good (2 runs over 6 innings with 7k's), but John was masterful.  Over 7 1/3 innings of work John scattered 7 Tribe hits, but did not allow a run.  When he left the game his team had themselves a 2-0 lead.  Ken Berry knocked in Don Buford in the top of the 1st to break the ice.  Romano was pegged out at the plate on that play to end what could have been a big inning.  Tommie Agee's RBI single in the 7th made it 2-0.  Heading into the bottom of the 9th the Tribe desperately needed 2 runs to tie and 3 to win.  Max Alvis reached first thanks to an error by Adair at short with 1 out.  When Gonzalez grounded out to short the game should have been over, but thanks to Adair's gaffe Cleveland was entitled to one more batter.  Duke Sims was called on to pinch hit vs reliever Bob Locker.  On a 2-1 hitters count Sims guessed fastball, and he sure guessed right.  Locker's offering found itself resting 325 feet down the right field line for a game tying homer.  The crowd inside the "mistake by the lake" was raucous.  Finally a reason for life.  Tom Kelly was brought in to hold down the Chisox in the 10th.  Back to back lead off singles by Agee and McCraw put runners on the corners with nobody out.  Ken Berry grounded back to the box as Kelly held the runners at bay.  Fielding goat Jerry Adair came to the plate and atoned for his sins by lining a seeing eye single just past the outstretched arms of shortstop Chico Salmon.  Just like that all the air was sucked out of the cavernous stadium on Lake Erie.  Cleveland still had 3 out to try and tie it.  Locker fanned Salmon then got Leon Wagner to fly out to right.  When Rocky Colavito singled for the third time today, Locker's day was done.  Hoyt Wilhelm was brought in from the pen to get the final out, which he did easily by fanning Fred Whitfield.

White Sox lead series 2-1

GAME 4 - Municipal Stadium

B.Howard vs Hargan
White Sox 2, Indians 1

For the 4th straight game these two teams battled down to the wire in another 1 run game.  Once again tied at 2-2 after 8 the White Sox magic took over in the 9th.  Cleveland trusted fading veteran Dick Radatz to hold down the fort vs the bottom of the Chisox lineup.  Radatz blew away Adair on 3 pitches but served up a two bagger to veteran pinch hitter Smokey Burgess.  Don Buford grounded out for the second out, but Tommy McCraw delivered a clutch double of his own to put the Pale Hose up 3-2.  Veteran Knuckleballed Hoyt Wilhelm was called on to close out the game.  After getting Vic Davalillo to pop out to first and Larry Brown to ground out to the box, Wilhelm fanned Leon Wagner for the final out to save the game.
White Sox win Series 3-1

Round 1: Braves (5) defeat Phightin's (4) 3 games to 2

In a very competitive series between two evenly matched clubs, the Atlanta Braves outlasted the Philadelphia Phillies 3 games to 2 to move on in the KOD 1966 tournament.  The Braves were relentless on offense in their three wins, scoring 10, 7, and 7 runs. In the two losses, Phillies pitching dominated holding Atlanta to only 1 run in 18 innings.

Game one was one of these, as Larry Jackson scattered 9 hits over 8 innings while the middle of the Phillies order, Richie Allen, Bill White, and Johnny Callison accounted for 7 hits and five runs scored. Callison was three for four, and left fielder Johnny Briggs drove in three. Tony Clonginger took the loss for the visiting Braves.

Game two saw the Braves pound out 18 hits and put 10 runs on the board, while also getting a four-hit shutout from Ken Johnson to even the series. Felipe Alou had four hits, but the big surprise was number 8 hitter, veteran Frank Bolling. In the lineup more for his defense, Bolling had three hits, slugged a three-run homer and drove in 5. The offensive stars were numerous as Hank Aaron, Rico Carty, Joe Torre, Gene Oliver, and Denis Menke each had two hits.

The series shifted to Atlanta for game three and Braves stayed hot, starting fast against Phillie ace Jim Bunning after Denny Lemaster pitched around an error in the first, scoring two on an Alou single and Henry Aaron homer. The Phillies got one back in the second when with two outs and none on, Dick Groat doubled and after a walk to former Brave Bob Uecker, Bunning doubled Groat home. The Braves stuck for two more in the fourth on singles by Torre and Carty and a triple by Denis Menke. Alou and Aaron did their magic again in the 8th, with Felipe singling, stealing second, and trotting home on Aaron's second homer of the game. Joe Torre followed with solo shot to seal the deal, although the Philles did touch Clay Carroll for two in the ninth on a shot by Cookie Rojas after Tony Taylor had singled.

The Phillies sent young Rick Wise to the mound to try to extend the series in game four,
facing lefty Dick Kelley for Atlanta. Wise was up to the task, scattering eight hits, striking out six and not walking anyone in keeping the Braves off the board through 8. He got just enough offense from solo home runs by the youthful Johnny Briggs in the third, and the veteran Bill White in the eighth.

That set up a deciding fifth game in the City of Brotherly Love, where game one starters Larry Jackson and Tony Cloninger met again. The Braves were looking to get better production from the number 2 slot in the order and inserted Gary Geiger in center field to hit in that 2 slot, and he paid immediate dividends lining a one out home run to give the Braves a lead in the top of the first. But the Phillies came right back as Cloninger was wild, walking leadoff man Jackie Brandt then hitting Cookie Rojas. Richie Allen and and Bill White had chances to get the Phillies going early, but each was over anxious and struck out on pitches out of the zone. Johnny Callison waited the erratic Cloninger out and drew a walk to load the bases for Tony Gonzalez, who came through with a two run single to give the Phillies the early lead. Cloninger escaped further trouble and his teammates, or rather teammate,  immediately tied the game in the second as Eddie Mathews reached back for some of his glory years and cranked a long solo home run to right center.

The Braves suffered what looked like it could be a serious blow to their chances when the red hot Felipe Alou, who had gone 11 for 20 in the series with two doubles and two triples, pulled up lame on a ground out leading off the third. Then in the bottom half Johnny Callison homered to put the Phils in front 3-2. Momentum was clearly with the home team. The scored remained 3-2 Phillies through 6, with Larry Jackson once again pitching well and keeping the Braves off the board, if not always off the bases.
Veteran bench player Lee Thomas was called on to hit for Cloninger to start the seventh, and worked a walk from Jackson. Gene Oliver, hitting well in the series when he played, was the next hitter, entering the game in the third at first base when Alou came up lame. Oliver knew Jackson from their days in St. Louis, and picked on a change up that stayed up in the zone and hammered it over the left field wall to give the Braves a 4-3 lead. Atlanta put three more on the board in the ninth on an error and three singles to take control, and held on to win by the same 7-4 score as game 3.

The Braves were an offensive juggernaut in the series, with two guys, Felipe Alou .550 and Rico Carty .529, hitting over .500, two more, Gene Oliver .462 and Joe Torre .429 over .400. They also hit 10 doubles, four triples, and seven homers in the series.

Meanwhile the Phillies top hitter was Cookie Rojas at .294. Big sticks Richie Allen .167 and Bill White .150 were huge disappointments, with all three of Allen's hits singles and White hitting a solo home run and two singles.
--submitted by Bike Mike Roberts--

Round 1: Nats (8) upset Twins (2) in 4

GAME 1 - Metropolitan Stadium
Moore vs Kaat
Twins 6, Senators 2

The highly favored Twins got off to a great start behind 7 shutout innings from Jim Kaat.  With the Twins up 3-0 Tony Oliva hit a 3 run shot in the bottom of the 7th to serve as the proverbial "coffin nail" for the Nats.  Minnesota's pen held on for the victory despite reliever Johnny Klippstein giving up 2 runs in the 8th.
Twins lead series 1-0


GAME 2 - Metropolitan Stadim
Richert vs J.Perry
Senators 7, Twins 3

Washington manager Justin Ryan gave Pete Richert the quick hook after giving up 3 runs in 3 innings or work.  That move served as a jump start for the Nats who go 4 stellar innings of relief out of Diego Segui.  With the game deadlocked at 3-3 after 7 innings the Nats exploded for 4 unanswered runs in the top of the 8th.  Ed Brinkman scored on a squeeze play to make it 4-3.  Don Lock (2-4, 4 RBI) followed that with a double to make it 5-3.  Jim King's 2 run shot was the crushing blow to the Twin effort.  Al Worthington gave up all 4 runs in the 8th on 3 hits and took the loss, while Segui rightfully earned the win.
Series tied 1-1

GAME 3 - D.C. Stadium
Grant vs Ortega
Senators 4, Twins 3

Both teams exchanged 2 spots in the 1st.  Neither team could mount any offense until Jim King walked, which forced home Fred Valentine.  Washington added what would turn out to be an important insurance run in the 7th in a most unlikely way.  With 1 out pitcher Phil Ortega singled to right center, then scored immediately when light hitting shortstop Ed Brinkman doubled off the wall down the left field line.  Harmon Killebrew's solo blast to lead off the 8th made it a 1 run game once again.  Casey Cox and Dick Lines combined to keep the Twins off the board and lock the game up for the Nats.
Senators lead series 2-1
GAME 4 - D.C. Stadium
Kaat vs McCormick
Senators 4, Twins 2

Could the 8 seed Nats upset the 2 seed Twins ?  As we have learned many times over, anything can occur in a short series.  The Twins jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the 2nd when Rich Rollins led off the inning with a homer and Tony Oliva doubled home Ted Uhlaender with 2 outs.  That lead would be short lived as Jim Kaat surrendered 3 runs to the Nats in the bottom of the frame.  Frank Howard was able to reach base courtesy of a Versalles error at short.  Ken McMullen walked to put runners on 1st an 2nd for Washington's "catch and throw" backstop Paul Casanova.  Kaat, who is usually fine with his control, got wild in the strike zone and Casanova launched a 391 foot opposite field bomb to put the Nats up 3-2.  Washington would add another run in the 5th.  All the while Washington starter Mike McCormick was on cruise control mowing down the vaunted Twin lineup.  After getting Killebrew and Rollins to make easy outs in the 9th, the Nats were 1 out away from the tournament's biggest upset.  Then Cesar Tovar singled and Ted Uhlaender walked to put the go ahead run in the batter's box in the form of All-Star Tony Oliva.  Manager Ryan wasted no time going to the pen to get lefty Dick Lines to face the lefty hitting Oliva.  With a blink of an eye Lines had Oliva in an 0-2 hole.  Oliva battled hard by fouling off 3 consecutive strike 3 pitches before lifting a weak fly to Don Lock in center to end the series.
Senators win series 3-1