Monday, July 18, 2016

TURN BACK THE CLOCK: 10TH ANNIVERSARY: BILL MAZEROSKI KILLS THE YANKEES IN THE WORLD SERIES

Today we start a new thread regarding baseball anniversaries in the 1970’s, 10th anniversaries throughout the “wild ‘70’s”, and we start with one of the biggies, Bill Mazeroski and his World Series winning home run in Game 7:



I can’t even imagine a series where the Yankees outscored the Pirates 55-27, with blow-outs in all three of their wins, only to find themselves going home empty-handed after the Pirates stun the baseball world and take home the top prize in dramatic fashion.
In the three Yankee wins, they outscored Pittsburgh 38-3!!
But that didn’t matter as the Pirates won games 1, 4, 5 and 7 by the scores of 6-4, 3-2, 5-2 and 10-9, proving that it doesn’t matter how you win, taking home the championship is just as sweet!
After the Yanks tied what was a see-saw game in the top of the ninth on a wild play where Mickey Mantle avoided a tag by first baseman Rocky Nelson, allowing pinch-runner Gil McDougald to scoot home, the game was set up going into the bottom of the inning.
Yankee pitcher Ralph Terry was working his second inning after coming in to get the last out in the 8th, and was facing the Pirates lead-off hitter, second baseman Bill Mazeroski, who homered in the first game.
After a first pitch ball, Terry delivered the next, and Mazeroski followed with a home run that instantly made the baseball history books, sending a drive over the left field wall and giving the Pirates their championship, the last until they’d win it all again in 1971.

6 comments:

  1. Gio, the caption on the card turns back the clock to 1950, which was the year the Yankees beat the other Pennsylvania team in the World Series. The "Whiz Kids" Phillies.

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    1. Damn! How did I miss that? Will fix when i get home...thanks for the heads up!

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    2. That would make this one another rare topps corrected error card!

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  2. One of my lasting childhood memories is racing home from school and watching the last few innings of this game. Then waiting for my Yankee fan Dad to get home from work in Manhattan with the evening edition of the Daily News. He was, as always, very even keeled about the loss. But I know he was disappointed.

    Great job on this one

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