March Thru History II, 1972

Cleveland Indians - 1971 World Series Champions

The Cleveland Indians won the 1971 World Series, defeating the Houston Astros 4 games to 2.
Luis Tiant got the win for the Indians in Game 1 allowing 1 run on 5 hits, striking out 9. Walt Bond gave the Indians an early lead with a 1st inning RBI single. Bond got the scoring going in the 3rd with another RBI single, giving the Indians the lead 4-0 in route to a 6-1 victory.
The Indians pitching continued to dominate in Game 2, with Series MVP Mel Stottlemyre pitching a complete game, allowing 1 run on 4 hits to get the win. The Indians again took an early lead with Orlando Cepeda?s 3 run 1st inning home run, in route to a 5-1 victory.
The Astros bats came to life in Game 3, and Dan Wilson responded, holding the Indians to 1 run on 3 hits to earn the win. The Astros took the lead in the 3rd with a 3 run home run by Marv Blaylock. Blaylock then hit a solo homer in the 5th giving the Astros the victory 7-2.
The Astros tied the Series, taking Game 4, 5-3. The Indians took an early lead on Bond?s 2 run homer in the 2nd, but the Astros responded in the bottom half behind a leadoff single by Vic Davalillo. Behind 3-2 in the bottom of the 5th, the Astros took the lead for good on Jimmie Hall?s 2 run homer.
Luis Tiant battled Larry Dierker in game 5. Tiant allowed 2 runs on 3 hits, striking out 11, and Dierker allowed 2 runs on 7 hits striking out 9. The game went into extra innings, tied at 2. In the top of the 10th, Gary Geiger hit the game winning Home run, giving the Indians the Series lead with the 3-2 victory.
The Indians sent Mel Stottlemyre back to the mound in game 6, and he delivered another gem, holding the Astros to 1 run on 3 hits. With the Game tied at 1 going into the bottom of the 8th, Orlando Cepeda broke the game open with a 3 run home run, giving the Indians the World Championship with the 4-1 victory.
MVP Mel Stottlemyre won 2 games in the Series with a 1.06 ERA, .588 WHIP and 5.29 K/9

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Simmons blasts off, leads Cardinals to win

Ted Simmons blasted 2 homers, lifting the Cardinals to a 12-2 win over Cleveland. Gary Kolb hit 2 homers in the game for the Cardinals. Chuck Cottier had a big game as well, knocking in 3 runs for St. Louis while recording 3 hits. | Box

Astros can't contain Jones, fall 13-4

Cleon Jones was on his game, knocking in 3 runs in California's 13-4 victory over the Astros. Jones also had 3 hits in the game. Aurelio Rodriguez had a big game as well, knocking in 3 runs for California while recording 3 hits. Carl Yastrzemski had a big game as well, knocking in 3 runs for Houston while recording 3 hits. | Box

Giants fail to follow McCovey's lead in loss

A big game from Willie McCovey couldn't lift the Giants to victory. Kansas City prevailed by a score of 10-6, despite 3 hits and 3 RBIs by McCovey. Joe Hague of the Royals had 4 hits in the game. | Box

LaRussa powers Expos to win over Brewers

Tony LaRussa blasted 2 homers, lifting the Expos to a 11-2 win over Milwaukee. | Box

Petrocelli blasts off, leads Red Sox to win

Rico Petrocelli blasted 2 homers, lifting the Red Sox to a 7-4 win over Los Angeles. | Box


WHO'S HOT - Last 5 Games

L. Klimchock, Braves .4214 HR9 RBI
N. Oliver, Orioles .3894 HR9 RBI
J. Hiatt, Giants .3134 HR10 RBI
G. Tenace, Athletics .4715 HR6 RBI
T. LaRussa, Expos .5503 HR7 RBI

WHO'S NOT - Last 5 Games

Z. Bonura, Expos 2 for 23 (.087)
M. Stanley, Astros 1 for 21 (.048)
R. Severson, Royals 4 for 23 (.174)
F. Malzone, Athletics 2 for 20 (.100)
S. Bando, Athletics 0 for 18 (.000)

Leaders: AVG

W. McCovey, Giants .330
C. Yastrzemski, Astros .319
R. Fosse, Expos .313
P. Rose, Reds .306
J. Small, Phillies .305

Leaders: WHIP

D. McLain, Tigers 0.97
J. Merritt, Red Sox 1.00
J. Nash, Athletics 1.00
J. Sparma, Tigers 1.02
G. Stone, Braves 1.07

California Angels - 1970 World Series Champions

The California Angels defeated the Houston Astros 4 games to 3, to win the 1970 World Series. It was a sensational World Series, with 5 of the 7 games decided by a single run, and Game 7 going into extra innings.
The Angels took the early lead in Game 1, 3-1 on Jim Hickman?s 3 run shot in top of the 3rd. The Astros narrowed the lead in the 4th on Mickey Stanley?s 2 run homer, and broke it open in the bottom of the 5th on Carl Yazstrzemski?s Grand Slam to take the lead 8-4. The Angels? rally fell short in the 9th. Jim Fregosi hit a 2 run homer, but the Astros brought in Jim Bethke to relieve and he retired the 3 batters he faced to give the Astros the opening game win 8-7.
The Angels followed their opening game loss, taking Games 2, 3 and 4 to take what appeared to be an insurmountable 3 games to 1 Series Lead.
The Angels fell behind early in Game 2, 6-2, with Yaz leading the way with a 3 run homer in the bottom of the 1st. After being kept at bay, the Angels rallied in the 8th; behind 6-3, Len Gabrielson hit a 3 run homer to put the Angels up 7-6. Jim McGlothin closed the game to earn the save.
The Angels? Series MVP Tom Murphy pitched a complete game, holding the Astros to 3 runs on 8 hits to give the Angels Game 3. In the bottom of the 5th, Gabrielson put the Angels up for good with a 2 run homer, and added a 2 run double in the 6th, leading the Angels to a 6-3 victory.
Game 4 was a thriller. The Astros scored in the top of the 3rd on Yaz? RBI single. Chuck Hiller tied the game in the bottom half with a solo Home Run. The Astros took the lead in the top of the 5th on Stanley?s 2 run homer. Fregosi tied it in the bottom half with a 2 run homer for the Angels. The Astros took the lead 4-3 in the 6th. In the Bottom of the 9th, Jim Hickman hit a 2 out walk off homer to give the Angels the win 5-4.
The Angels looked to be cruising in Game 5, taking a 3-0 lead into the 7th inning. Narrowing the lead to 3-1 in the 7th, the Astros tied the game in the 8th with back to back doubles by Marv Blaylock and Merritt Ranew, sending the game into extra innings. The game remained tied into the 14th; Jackie Hernandez broke the tie in the top half with an RBI single; Chris Zachary got the save to keep the Astros alive with the 4-3 victory.
Once again in Game 6, the Angels took a 3-0 lead into the 6th inning. The Astros responded with runs in the 6th, 7th and 8th to take the game 6-4 and send the World Series to Game 7. Stanley?s 2 run homer in the 7th tied the game, and in the 8th Blaylock and Yaz both homered to lead the Astros to victory.
Game 7 was a hard fought pitching battle. Dennis Bennett pitched a gem, going 9 2/3 innings for the Astros allowing 2 runs on 4 hits. Tom Murphy was better. Murphy held the Astros to 1 run on 4 hits pitching the Complete 10 inning game. The game was scoreless through 6. Gabrielson doubled and scored to give the Angels a 1-0 lead. The Astros tied the game in the bottom of the 9th on Yaz?s RBI double. The Angels responded in the top of the 10th on Buck Rodgers? game winning solo Home Run to give the Angels the World Championship with the 2-1 victory.
Tom Murphy earned the MVP pitching 2 complete games, finishing with 2 wins, 19 Innings, 1.89 ERA, .068 WHIP.
Jim Fregosi led the Angels on offense with a .375 Avg, 1.406 OPS, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 3 Home Runs and 8 RBI.
Carl Yastrzemski led the Astros on offense with a .333 Avg, 1.367 OPS, 2 doubles, 4 Home Runs and 14 RBI

Chicago Cubs - 1969 World Series Champion

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?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.

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.

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