Monday, December 10, 2012

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--

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