- 1970 World Series
Infobox World Series Expanded
year = 1970
champion_games = 108-54, .667, GA: 15
runnerup_games = 102-60, .630, GA: 14½
October 10– October 15
television = NBC
Curt Gowdy, Jim McIntyre (Game 1-2), and Chuck Thompson(Game 3-5)
radio_network = NBC
radio_announcers = Jim Simpson,
Chuck Thompson(Game 1-2), and Jim McIntyre (Game 3-5)
Ken Burkhart(NL), Red Flaherty(AL), Tony Venzon(NL), Bob Stewart (AL), Billy Williams (NL), Emmett Ashford(AL)
HOFers = Orioles:
Earl Weaver(mgr.), Jim Palmer, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson.
Sparky Anderson(mgr.), Johnny Bench, Tony Perez.
Baltimore Oriolesover Minnesota Twins(3-0)
Cincinnati Redsover Pittsburgh Pirates(3-0)
The 1970 World Series matched the
American Leaguechampion Baltimore Oriolesagainst the National Leaguechampion Cincinnati Reds, with the Orioles winning in five games.
In this series
Emmett Ashfordbecame the first African Americanto umpire in the Fall Classic. It also featured the first World Series games to be played on artificial turf, as Games 1 and 2 took place at Cincinnati's brand-new Riverfront Stadium.
This was the last World Series in which all games were played in the afternoon.
Baltimore Orioleswon the American League Eastdivision by 15 games over the New York Yankeesthen defeated the Minnesota Twins, three games to none, in the American League Championship Series. The Cincinnati Redswon the National League Westdivision by 14 ½ games over the Los Angeles Dodgersthen defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, three games to none, in the National League Championship Series.
Baltimore Orioles(4) vs NL Cincinnati Reds(1)
October 10, 1970at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, OhioLinescore
Jim Palmer(1-0)|LP=Gary Nolan (0-1)|SV= Pete Richert(1)
Boog Powell(1), Brooks Robinson(1), Elrod Hendricks(1)|HomeHR= Lee May(1)|
Game 1 of was the first
Fall Classicgame played on artificial turf. The Jackson 5sang "The National Anthem". Prior to the, a reporter asked Brooks Robinson if he thought he would be able to play defense on the artificial grass. Robinson replied, "I'm a Major League third baseman. If you want to go play in a parking lot, I'm supposed to stop the ball."Fact|date=May 2008
The Reds got off to a fast start, taking a 3-0 lead off
Jim Palmeron a 1st-inning RBI single by Johnny Benchand a 3rd-inning two-run homer by Lee May. Palmer, however, settled into a groove, allowing only one more hit and no runs in eight innings. Meanwhile, the Orioles came back on a two-run homer by Boog Powellin the fourth off Reds' starter Gary Nolan. Elrod Hendrickstied it with a solo homer in the fifth, and Brooks Robinsonhit what turned out to be the game-winning homer in the seventh. Pete Richertpitched the ninth for the save.
Prior to his game-winning blast,
Brooks Robinsonprovided a taste of things to come in the Reds' sixth when he made a spectacular backhanded grab of a hard grounder hit down the third base line by Lee Mayand spun to throw him out.
On a controversial play in the sixth, the Reds had
Bernie Carboon third and Tommy Helmson first when Ty Cline, batting for Nolan, hit a high chopper in front of the plate. Plate umpire Ken Burkhartpositioned himself in front of the plate to call the ball fair or foul as Carbo sped home. O's catcher Hendricks fielded the ball and turned to tag Carbo with Burkhart blocking the way. Hendricks tagged the sliding Carbo with his glove hand while holding the ball in his other hand; all the while, Burkhart was knocked to the ground and had his back turned to what was going on. When Burkhart turned around and saw Carbo well out of the baseline and not near the plate and that Hendricks had the ball in his hand, he signaled Carbo out. Carbo and Reds' manager Sparky Andersonvehemently argued the call, but to no avail.
October 11, 1970at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, OhioLinescore
Tom Phoebus(1-0)|LP= Milt Wilcox(0-1)|SV= Dick Hall(1)
Boog Powell(2)|HomeHR= Bobby Tolan(1), Johnny Bench(1)|
Again, another fast start by the Reds fell by the wayside. The Reds scored three in the first on a two-run double by
Lee May, who went to third when Oriole center fielder Paul Blair bobbled the ball. Hal McRaesqueeze-bunted May home for the third run. They pushed the lead to 4-0 on a homer by Bobby Tolanin the third.
The Orioles began their comeback innocently enough on a
Boog Powellsolo homer in the fourth. In the fifth, the floodgates opened. With one out, Reds' starter Jim McGlothlingave up successive singles to pinch-hitter Chico Salmonand Don Buford. Paul Blair singled home Salmon, chasing McGlothlin and bringing in Milt Wilcox. Wilcox gave up RBI singles to Powell and Brooks Robinsonand the crushing blow, a two-run double to Elrod Hendricks.
The Reds would get back one run in the sixth on a
Johnny Benchhome run, but that was it.
October 13, 1970at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, MarylandLinescore
Dave McNally(1-0)|LP= Tony Cloninger(0-1)|SV=
Don Buford(1), Frank Robinson(1), Dave McNally(1)|
Dave McNallyhad a banner day, pitching a complete game, scattering nine hits. McNally's most significant contribution was with the bat, however. He connected for a grand slam in the sixth inning off reliever Wayne Grangerto break the game wide open. (As a sidenote, Granger had entered the game in that inning in relief of Tony Cloninger—the only pitcher, to date, to hit two grand slams in one game.) Dave McNally, not especially known as a hitter, became the first pitcher to hit a World Series grand slam home run. The Reds were now down 3-0 in games and in big trouble.
It was in this game that
Brooks Robinsonwould stake his claim as one of the best fielding third sackers of all time. After Pete Roseand Bobby Tolanled the game off with consecutive hits, Robinson made a sensational, leaping grab of Tony Perez's hopper, stepped on third and fired to first for a perfect double play. In the second inning, Robinson snagged a slow grounder hit by Tommy Helmsand threw out the sprinting second baseman. And, in the sixth, Robinson made a diving catch of a line drive hit by Johnny Bench.
October 14, 1970at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, MarylandLinescore
Clay Carroll(1-0)|LP= Eddie Watt(0-1)|SV=
Pete Rose(1), Lee May(2)|HomeHR= Brooks Robinson(2)|
The Reds staved off a Series defeat in this game thanks to clutch hitting by
Lee Mayand stellar relief pitching by rookie Don Gullettand veteran Clay Carroll.
With a 2-1 lead in the third, Reds' starter Gary Nolan gave up two-out RBI singles to
Frank Robinsonand Brooks Robinson. Gullett relieved Nolan and surrendered another RBI single to Elrod Hendricks. The Reds crept back in the fifth on a solo homer by Pete Rose.
Gullett gave up an unearned run in the sixth when Hendricks singled
Brooks Robinsonto third and Robinson scored when Rose's attempted throw from right field sailed past Tony Perezat third.
In the eighth, Perez walked and
Johnny Benchsingled. Lee Maythen slammed a three-run homer off Orioles' reliever Eddie Wattto put the Reds ahead. Carroll, who had come in in the seventh, made the lead stand up. Gullett and Carroll pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up four hits and one unearned run, allowing the Reds to claw back on May's heroics.
October 15, 1970at Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, MarylandLinescore
Mike Cuellar(1-0)|LP= Jim Merritt(0-1)|SV=
Frank Robinson(2), Merv Rettenmund(1)|
Seemingly re-energized from their Game 4 win, the Reds rocked
Mike Cuellarfor three runs in the first on an RBI single by Johnny Benchand a two-run double by Hal McRae. Unfortunately, that would be it for the Reds as Cuellar settled down and allowed no more runs and only two hits the rest of the way in a complete-game win. Frank Robinsonhit a two-run homer, Merv Rettenmundhad a homer and two RBIs, and Davey Johnsonhad two RBIs to pace the Oriole hitters as they completed the rout. Brooks Robinsonwon the World Series Most Valuable Player Awardhitting .429, (which broke the record for total bases with seventeen (17)), tied the record for most hits in one (1) game with four (4), and tied teammate Paul Blair for most hits in a five-game Series with nine (9). "Total Baseball" described Brooks Robinson's fielding with, "other-worldly defense at third (which) gave Reds right-handed hitters nightmares through the Series." Upon hearing that Brooks Robinson had won the MVP award and a new car from Toyota, Reds' catcher Johnny Benchsaid, "If we had known he wanted a car that badly, we'd all have chipped in and bought him one."
: [http://mlb.mlb.com/NASApp/mlb/mlb/baseballs_best/mlb_bb_gamepage.jsp?story_page=bb_70ws_gm5_cinbal mlb.com coverage of Game 5] ----
1970 World Series(4-1): Baltimore Orioles(A.L.) over Cincinnati Reds(N.L.)Linescore
Total Attendance: 253,183 Average Attendance: 50,637 | Winning Player’s Share: – $18,216 Losing Player’s Share – $13,688cite web|url=http://www.baseball-almanac.com/ws/wsshares.shtml|title=World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares|accessdate=2008-05-07|publisher=Baseball Almanac]
*Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. "The World Series." 1st ed. New York: St Martins, 1990. (Neft and Cohen 330-334)
*Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). "The Baseball Encyclopedia" (5th ed.), p. 2182. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
*cite web |author=Forman, Sean L. |title=1970 World Series |date= |work=Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information. |url=http://www.baseball-reference.com/postseason/1970_WS.shtml |accessdate=2007-12-09
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* [http://www.retrosheet.org/boxesetc/YPS_1970.htm 1970 World Series box scores and play-by-play at Retrosheet.org]
* [http://www.sportingnews.com/archives/worldseries/1970.html History of the World Series - 1970]
* [http://www.redshistory.com Reds History at redshistory.com]
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