world series

Our Sixth Legendary Scoreboard Game on Baseballisms.com featured two emerging powerhouse teams of the Seventies, The Oakland Athletics and the Cincinnati Reds.   The final scoreboard below, which appeared on yesterdays Cards from the Diamond, was from the Seventh Game of the 1972 World Series, and indicates Rollie Fingers was on the mound for the visiting team getting the last batter to fly out to the left fielder.  We had no correct answers in the comments for this particular game.

Legendary Scoreboard Game Six | Baseballisms.com

Our previous Legendary Scoreboard Games have presented batter by batter; World Series perfect games, great walkoff wins in Toronto and Los Angeles, and tough losses for Braves and Red Sox fans.

We try to pick games that are dramatic to the end, so that we can maintain the mystery as each scoreboard is posted, but most importantly they are chosen because they represent something meaningful to us as fans.  Are you of the age where you remember the beginnings of these two great dynasties, one of which flourished throughout the decade while the other was dismantled?

In this game for the A’s you had names like Campaneris, Rudi, Tenace, Bando, Odom, Hunter and Fingers appearing on your lineup card.  For the Reds you will recognize a core of Rose, Morgan, Bench, Perez, Geronimo, and Concepcion with some pitching help from Billingham, Borbon and Carroll.  All of these names will appear throughout the 1970’s World Series highlight reels.

Oakland Batting Helmet | Baseballisms.com

The choice of a World Series game in which the A’s appeared is also a reflection of some memories that I have playing our version of “stickball” in the driveway growing up. Using a wooden bat and a tennis ball, my brother and I would proceed batter by batter through the lineups of two teams, The Boston Red Sox facing the Oakland Athletics.  The choice of the teams was simple actually.  The Red Sox of course because we grew up as fans of the home town team, and the A’s because we somehow happened to obtain a plastic green and gold batting helmet.

Red Sox Batting Helmet | Baseballisms.com

The batter would don his appropriate helmet in order to really get into the feel for the game :-) and take either a righty or lefty stance depending upon the team lineup. Burleson, Remy, Lynn, Rice etc., versus Campy, Rudi, Tenace, Bando etc..  The lineups were mostly a reflection of the 1975 season when the two teams faced off in the American League Championship Series.

We would battle back and forth with the divider between the garage doors acting as the strike zone, but mostly it was a matter of K’s or blasts that settled these high scoring affairs.

High scoring was not the case for most of the ’72 Series, and was not the case for this Legendary Scoreboard Game either, as the big inning for the victorious A’s came on two run producing doubles in the sixth, one by Gene Tenace (my favorite, a catcher and infielder like me, and World Series MVP) and his team captain Sal Bando.

We hope you enjoy these little games that we produce every single day .. check out our Seventh Legendary Game beginning tomorrow, and let us know in the comments if you have any guesses as to which Game we are presenting.  The first to guess correctly (Game Five winner was @Faceyman) gets a Baseballisms t-shirt!

We would also like to thank a couple of web sites which are so valuable to pulling these Legendary Games together.  The great Baseball Almanac helps us with the rosters and uniform numbers, while Baseball-Reference gives us the play by play accounts of the game. Thanks again for all of your awesome work!

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Yesterday we reached the conclusion of the fourth Legendary Game we have presented batter by batter in the “hidden” scoreboards on the Baseballisms web site.

We try to find games that have some emotional meaning either for us as fans (Gibson’s Homer, Leyritz’ Homer, ’86 World Series), or we try to put ourselves in the shoes of other fans who may have had their own indelible response to the events that took place.

As our friend Shawn Collins or any other New York Yankee fan could attest, this recent game we highlighted, Don Larsen’s Perfect Game during the 1956 World Series, has to be one of the most remarkable accomplishments in team history.  A remarkable accomplishment in baseball history period!

It is hard to imagine what the media crush might be if this feat were to be repeated in this day and age.  In 1956, the only live coverage would be from the radio & TV stations across the country that happened to pick up this day game broadcast. The analysis and breakdown of the game happened in the daily newspapers .. the following day!

Today it would be a night game so it would go late into the evening, and it would begin to gather some trending topic mentions on Twitter while it was happening.  This would really build up momentum as the unmentionable perfect game was in progress!

Then, I believe that you might begin to see some live cut-ins from ESPN and other sports networks, although they would be restricted from showing actual footage due to the exclusivity of the broadcasting network .. you might still have some anchors beginning to do some spots.

The pressure of the situation would almost be unbearable for fans and players alike (I know I had a hard time watching Randy Johnson’s perfect game against the Braves in ’04).  On the field each player would be starting to realize that they better make all the plays otherwise they might be a victim of seeing themselves in a “Buckner moment” over and over again in the media.

Finally upon successfully completing the perfect game, footage would be transmitted across the globe instantaneously, social networks would be buzzing with posts and comments, the sports networks would be thrashing to get good insights into the player and the moment by interviewing every player, coach, even locker room attendants …. and of course the pitcher would be instantly receiving invitations to appear everywhere from Disney World to a request to post his own Baseballism on this site!

We applaud the amazing accomplishment of Don Larsen and would love to see it happen again.  May it happen to the right guy!

We hope you enjoy these little games that we produce every single day .. check out Our Fifth Legendary Game beginning tomorrow and let us know in the comments if you have any guesses as to which one we are presenting.

And if you have your own personal Baseball story that you would like to share, please visit our Upload page. We look forward to receiving it!

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