Today’s “Turn Back the Clock” moment is more like “moment(s)”, as we celebrate the Baltimore Orioles and their magical 1966 season which ended with a World Championship by SWEEPING the reigning champion Los Angeles Dodgers:
Led by Triple Crown winner Frank Robinson, who came over in a
blockbuster deal before the season, the Orioles had a young pitching
staff that would not disappoint, led by their “aged veteran” Steve
Barber who was only 28.
After finishing their season with a 97-63 record, it was on to the World
Series against a Dodger teamed anchored by Sandy Koufax and Don
But this year was all about the O’s, as their young staff did the
improbable and limited the Dodgers to TWO runs (both scored in the first
game) for the ENTIRE series, throwing three straight shutouts to close
it out and take home the series win.
The Dodgers were shut out for 33 straight innings, from the fourth inning of game 1 through to the end of game four!
It would be the beginning of a nice run for the organization, as they’d
reach the World Series again in 1969, 1970, 1971, with another
championship in 1970 against the Cincinnati Reds (who were themselves
starting up a dynasty of sorts at that time).