On September 22, 1966 the Baltimore Orioles faced the Kansas City Athletics in a game at KC's Municipal Stadium. Orioles ace Jim Palmer was on the mound for Baltimore while Lew Krausse took the ball for the Athletics.
The Athletics took the early lead in the bottom of the second when Sal Bando doubled, scoring Larry Stahl from second. The Orioles came back strong in the third with Luis Aparicio and Frank Robinson crossing the plate and the Orioles were ahead 2 - 1. In the top of the fifth the Robinson boys (Brooks and Frank) both scored increasing the Baltimore lead to 4 -1.
The Athletics brought Catfish Hunter into the game in the sixth inning but he couldn't contain the Baltimore offense. Luis Aparicio singled and scored while Russ Snyder double and scored, increasing the lead to 6 - 1. Jim Palmer held the lead through the ninth inning, ending the game on a line-out by Royals 2B Dick Green. With that, the Orioles won the first American League pennant in franchise history.
The Orioles finished the season with a 97 - 63 record. In the AL Division Series they faced the Cleveland Indians and took the series 3 - 1. In the World Series the met up with the LA Dodgers and to the surprise of many they swept them 4 - 0 to win the first World Series title for the franchise in Baltimore.
Starting in the late 1970's and continuing into the 80's, the Houston Astros issued a sweater to their players and staff for them to wear in the dugout. Have you ever seen it?
This light weight acrylic sweater was originally worn as a snap front and later changed to a zip front. During this time a couple other teams issued sweaters (Braves, White Sox), but they didn't look as cool as the Astros version.
We haven't made it in 10+ years.
What do you think about it? Do you like it? Should we bring it back?
We showed you a preview a few weeks ago and now they are here. Check out the Tailgate Vest in all four leagues!
Anyone can argue that sports are always filled with action and exciting plays, however, some certainly stand out more than others to really grab our attention.
So far this week, there have been two triple plays in as many days. It might not be the most thrilling play to go down in live sports, but maybe one of the most difficult, as it must be executed flawlessly. Click the image below to check out the Brewers’ and Red Sox triple plays from earlier this week:
What do you think are the most exciting sports plays? Here are a couple of our favorites:
Inside the Park Homerun
Kickoff Return for TD
Soccer Goal - Headball
What are your favorites?
On August 4, 1985 Rod Carew gets his 3000th hit!
Rod Carew played in the Major Leagues from 1967 - 1985 playing with only two teams - Minnesota Twins & California Angels. Throughout his nineteen year career he has made it to the All-Star game fifteen times.
"The astonishing thing about (Rod) Carew is that he hits everybody. You think you spot a weakness in him, and it may work for 3 or 4 at-bats, but then he catches on and its bang-bang-bang all over again." - Orioles Hitting Coach Jim Frey