Tuesday, December 11, 2012

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

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