March Thru History II, 1970

Chicago Cubs - 1969 World Series Champion

“CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN! CUBS WIN!” The Chicago Cubs won the 1969 World Series, defeating the New York Yankees 4 games to 2.
Game 1 opened in Yankee Stadium featuring Yankees ace Al Downing and Cubs ace Dick Ellsworth. The Cubs took the early lead, 3-1, on Chris Krug’s RBI double in the 3rd inning. Ellsworth held the Yankees to 4 hits through 7, but the Yankees rallied in the bottom of the 9th to tie the game on Tom Tresh’s 2 run homer. In the top of the 10th, Krug hit a solo Home Run to give the Cubs the opening game win 4-3.
The bats exploded in game 2, with 22 hits total, and the Yankees hammering 5 home runs. Fanning opened the game for the Yankees with a leadoff homer, and Al Luplow followed with a 2 run shot to give the Yanks the early lead 3-0. The Cubs rallied to tie the game in the 4th on 4 singles, and Ron Santo put the cubs ahead in the 5th with a 2 run homer. Mickey Mantle followed with a 2 run shot in the bottom of the 5th, and the Cubs held the lead 6-5. The Yankees tied the game in the 7th, but the Cubs took advantage of a Yankee error, wild pitch and walk to score 2 runs in both the 8th and 9th to take Game 2 10-7.
Game 3 was an exciting one, and once again both teams pounded out 22 hits. The Yankees took the lead 4-0, scoring runs in each of the first 3 innings with Luplow’s RBI double and 3rd inning Homer. The Cubs battled back with a big 5th inning, behind Santo’s 3 run Home Run to tie the game at 6. The Yankees pulled ahead 7-6 in the 7th… In the bottom of the 9th, Series MVP George Thomas hit a walk off 2 run homer to give the Cubs the win 8-7 and a 3 games to none Series lead.
Series MVP George Thomas finished the Series with a .348 Avg, 1.478 OPS, 1 Double, 1 Triple, 2 Home Runs and 6 RBI.
With their backs against the wall the Yankees sent Jerry Walker to the mound. Walker delivered a nearly perfect complete game shutout, holding the cubs to 2 hits, walking none, facing only 28 batters. Tresh’s 1st inning RBI triple gave the Yanks an early lead and the Game 4 victory 4-0.
The Yankees carried that momentum into Game 5, with Downing and Ellsworth facing off once again. Both pitched great through 6, and with the game tied at 2, the Yankee bats erupted. In the 7th, Mantle got things started with an RBI single, and Roy White followed with a 2 run double. The Yankees got 3 more in the 8th on Tresh’s 2 run double, and the Yankees took the game 8-3.
The Series shifted back to Yankee Stadium for Game 6, and the Cubs looked to Fergie Jenkins to get them back on track. Jenkins battled hard and the Yankees could not get runners home, leaving 11 on base. Leading 2-1 going into the 5th, the Cubs took control scoring 2 on RBI singles in the 5th and 2 more in the 6th behind Billy Williams’ solo home run. Jenkins shut down the Yankees rally attempts and the Cubs took the World Championship with the 7-4 victory.
Jim Fanning led the Yankees on offense with a .522 Avg, 1.913 OPS, 5 Doubles and 2 Home Runs.

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Cleveland Indians - 1968 World Series Champion

The Cleveland Indians defeated the New York Mets 4 games to 3 to win the 1968 World Series.
The 1968 Series was a terrific one. The Mets took the first game behind the two hit pitching of Dave Boswell. Joe Morgan hit a two run home in the second to give the Mets their 2-0 victory.
Game 2 was a thriller, going 15 innings. The Indians scored first with Curt Food’s 1st inning RBI double and stretched the lead to 4-1 in the 5th on Gary Geiger’s RBI double. The Mets fought back and tied the game in the 9th on Johnny Callison’s solo home run. The Indians broke the tie in the 15th inning on Flood’s RBI single and reliever John Gabler closed the door for the win, notching the series at 1 with the 5-4 Indians victory.
The Indians took Game 3, fighting back from a 2 run deficit to take the Series lead with a 3-2 victory. The Indians tied the game in the 5th on Ward Bond’s solo home run and Floods triple. John Snyder’s walk of home run in the 9th gave the Indians the victory. Series MVP Luis Tiant outpitched Bob Gibson, holding the Mets to 2 runs on 3 hits, striking out 6.
Tiant finished the Series 1-0, 2.25 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 8.44 K/9
The Mets tied the series in Game 4 with a hard fought 4-3 victory. Down 2-1 in the 3rd, the Mets took the lead for good on Callison’s 2 run homer. The Mets widened the lead 4-2 on Earl Averill’s 6th inning RBI single. After the Indians narrowed the lead to 1, Ray Washburn closed the door earning the save.
The Mets took the Series lead in Game 5, and looked to be in great shape heading home to New York for games 6 and 7. Johnny Briggs opened the scoring with a 1st inning 2 run homer. After the Indians tied the score in the 2nd, the Mets took back the lead in the 3rd on solo homers by Averill and Callison. The Indians rallied in the 8th , scoring 5 runs behind Russ Nixon’s grand slam taking the lead 7-6 heading into the 9th. Johnny Logan got the game winning RBI for the Mets with a pinch hit 2 run single, giving the Mets the victory in a terrific game, 8-7.
The Indians took the early lead in the 1st inning of Game 6 on Geiger’s 2-RBI Triple, and stretched the lead to 5-1 in the 4th on Orlando Cepeda’s 2 run home run. The Mets struck right back narrowing the lead to 5-3 on Reichardt’s 2 run home run. The Indians stayed ahead with Averill’s solo home run in the 5th and Rocky Colavito’s solo home run in the 9th tying the Series with the 7-5 victory.
Luis Tiant took the mound for the Indians in Game 7 and pitched another great game allowing 2 runs on 6 hits, striking out 9. The Indians took the early lead, scoring 3 runs in the 2nd with a RBI double by Nixon and single by Jim Small. Small tripled and scored in the 6th to give the Indians the World Series victory 4-2.
Russ Nixon led the Indians on offense with a .400 Avg, 1.680 OPS, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 1 Home Run and 5 RBI.
Johnny Callison led the Mets on offense with a .346 Avg, 1.808 OPS, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 4 Home Runs and 5 RBI.

Cleveland Indians - 1967 World Series Champion

The Cleveland Indians won the 1967 World Series 4 games to 2 over the Cincinnati Reds.
Series MVP Herb Score led the Indians to a 4-1 victory in Game 1 allowing 1 run on 6 hits. With the score tied at 1 in the bottom of the 3rd, the Indians scored 3 runs on an RBI single by Billy Martin and a 2 RBI double by Walt Bond.
Score finished the Series with 2 wins, 18 Innings pitched, 0.50 ERA, and a 0.61 WHIP
Stellar pitching by Jim Maloney and Von McDaniel led to a 13 inning marathon in Game 2. The Reds opened the scoring with a run in the 1st and the Indians tied it in the 5th. Billy Harrell hit a solo Home Run in the 13th to give the Reds the victory, 1-0 to even the series.
The Reds took the Series lead in Game 3, 3-0 behind the pitching of Claude Osteen, who shut out the Indians allowing 4 hits through 5 innings. The Reds bullpen kept the Indians hitless the rest of the way. Frank Robinson drove in two runs with RBI singles in the 3rd and 5th innings.
The Indians evened the Series in Game 4 behind the 1 hit pitching of Sonny Siebert. Curt Flood opened the game with a leadoff Home Run giving the Indians the early lead 3-0. The Indians added 4 in the 5th behind Jim Small’s 2 RBI double taking the victory with a decisive 7-1 victory.
Herb Score pitched another gem in Game 5 for his 2nd win of the Series with another complete game. Score’s 1 hitter, held the Reds to 1 unearned run, striking out 8. The Indians offense put Score in front early scoring 4 runs on 5 hits in the first inning, earning the win 5-1.
Von McDaniel took the mound for the Indians in Game 6 and pitched a complete game, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits leading the Indians to the Championship. Falling behind 2-1, the Indians took the lead in the 6th on a 2 run Homer by Walt Bond. Orlando Cepeda hit a solo home run in the 8th giving the Cleveland the World Series with the 4-2 victory.
Jim Small led the Indians offense with a .478 Avg., 1.304 OPS, 2 Doubles, 1 Triple and 2 RBI
Pete Rose led the Reds offense with a .333 Avg., .905 OPS, and 1 Double.

New York Mets - 1966 World Series Champion

The New York Mets beat the Chicago White Sox 4 games to 3 to win the 1966 World Series.
Game 1 featured pitching Aces Barry Latman and Sam Jones, and they did not disappoint. The White Sox came out on top 2-1, behind Latman’s 3 hitter. The Sox scored both runs early on RBI’s by Earl Battey and Luis Aparicio.
The Mets’ offense came alive to even the Series in Game 2 with 10 hits. Gary Kolb got the scoring started with a 1st inning solo home run and added 3 more in the 3rd on George Banks’ 2 RBI triple. Series MVP, Pedro Ramos held the White Sox to 2 runs on 6 hits to give the Mets the win 6-2.
Ramos pitched 15 innings, winning 1 game, with a 1.19 ERA, .860 WHIP and 6.56 K/9.
The Mets’ bats continued to lead the way in Game 3 pounding out 11 hits. Johnny Callison opened the scoring with a solo homer in the 1st, setting the stage for a 5 run explosion in the 2nd. RBI singles by Earl Averill and Frank Quilici got the inning started, before Callison drove in 2 more with a RBI single. Averill added a 2 RBI single in the 4th giving the Mets the victory 9-4.
The White Sox needed to get their bats going, and the squad responded with 17 hits in Game 4. The Sox evened the series with the 10-2 victory, behind Ted Bowsfield, who allowed 2 runs on 5 hits. With the score tied at 2 in the 7th, the White Sox opened the flood gates, scoring 4 runs in the 7th and repeating the effort in the 8th. Leo Burke got things started in the 7th with an RBI singe, and Owen Friend added a 2 RBI triple. In the 8th, Battey doubled in 2 and Al Weis completed the scoring with his RBI triple.
Latman and Jones faced off again in Game 5 with nearly identical results. Latman once again allowed only 3 hits, shutting out the White Sox through 7. The Mets tied the game in the 9th on Banks’ RBI single. Jim Landis led off in the bottom of the 10th, and ended the game with a walk off home run, giving the Sox the Series lead with the 2-1 victory.
The Mets send Pedro Ramos back to the mound in Game 6, and he pitched brilliantly. Ramos struck out 9 batters allowing no runs on 3 hits. The Mets scored single runs in the 3rd and 4th innings on RBIs by Rich Rollins and Jimmy Wynn to send the Series to Game 7 with the 2-1 victory.
The Mets took the early lead in Game 7 scoring 2 in the 2nd on back to back RBI doubles by Averill and Johnny Logan and widening the lead to 5-0 on George Banks’ 3 run homer. The White Sox fought back narrowing the lead to 5-4 with homers by Burke and Battey. The Mets responded in the bottom of the 6th on a 2 run homer by Logan. The Sox once again narrowed the lead in the 8th on RBIs by Landis and Weis, but could not overtake the Mets, who took the game 7-6.
George Banks led the Mets on offense with a .385 Avg, 1.615 OPS, 1 Double, 3 Triples and 2 Home Runs and 8 RBIs.
Al Weis led the White Sox on offense with a .478 Avg, 1.348 OPS, 2 Doubles and 1 Triple

Cincinnati Reds - 1965 World Series Champion

The Cincinnati Reds beat the Baltimore Orioles 4 games to 1 to win the 1965 World Series.
The Orioles took the lead in Game 1 scoring 2 runs on 4 hits in the 2nd inning. Down 3-1, the Reds tied the game in the 7th on Series MVP Tony Gonzalez’ 2 run homer, and the game went to extra innings. In the 11th, Frank Robinson tripled and Billy Harrell’s RBI single brought him home, giving the Reds the victory 5-3. Gonzalez finished the series batting .400 with a 1.500 OPS, 3 HR, 1 double and 6 RBIs.
The Orioles tied the Series with a 12-10 victory in Game 2; a high scoring game that had 30 hits and 7 home runs. The Orioles jumped out early scoring 3 in the 1st on Haywood Sullivan’s 2 run homer. The Orioles stretched their lead to 8-1 in the 5th behind a 2 run homer by Bobby Del Greco and a solo homer by Howie Bedell. The Reds fought back, narrowing the lead to 9-7, but the Orioles put the game out of reach in the 8th on singles by Casey Wise and Jim Gentile.
The Series shifted to Cincinnati and the Reds took advantage of the Home Field. In Game 3, the Orioles once again struck first, scoring 5 runs in the 1st inning. Tito Francona had a 2 run triple and Bedell hit a 2 run homer. The Reds bullpen shut the Orioles down the rest of the game and their offense methodically scored 9 runs on Homers by Billy Moran, Harrell and Don Pavletich, winning the game 9-5.
Pitching settled in in Game 4, Art Mahaffey allowed 3 runs on 6 hits for the Orioles, and Bob Mabe allowed only 3 hits pitching 5 shutout innings for the Reds. Gonzalez’ bat won the game 3-1 for the Reds, with a solo Home Run in the 5th, and an RBI single in the 6th.
Cy Young winner, Jim Maloney brought the Championship to Cincinnati allowing 2 runs on 5 hits, leading the Reds to victory 3-2. The Reds scored early on solo Home Runs by Vada Pinson and Leo Cardinas. The Orioles fought back in the 7th on Del Greco’s 2 run homer, but could get no closer.
Tito Francona led the Orioles offense batting .450 with a 1.200 OPS, 1 double, 1 triple and 4 RBIs.

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