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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

1983 Major League Baseball season coming soon!

The 1983 Major League Baseball season ended with the Baltimore Orioles defeating the Philadelphia Phillies in the fifth game of the World Series. 

Rick Dempsey was named MVP of the Series. 

The All-Star Game was held on July 6 at Comiskey Park; the American League won by a score of 13–3, with California Angels outfielder Fred Lynn being named MVP.

1983 MLB season
LeagueMajor League Baseball
DurationApril 4, 1983 – October 16, 1983
Regular season
Season MVPALCal Ripken, Jr. (BAL)
NLDale Murphy (ATL)
League postseason
AL championsBaltimore Orioles
  AL runners-upChicago White Sox
NL championsPhiladelphia Phillies
  NL runners-upLos Angeles Dodgers
World Series
ChampionsBaltimore Orioles
  Runners-upPhiladelphia Phillies
Finals MVPRick Dempsey (BAL)

Awards and honors

Significant events

Monday, September 11, 2017

Les Expos de Montréal sont des champions du monde

The 1982 Expos won over 100 games and upset the Cardinals by winning the NL East.  They had to survive a tough 5 game NLCS vs the Dodgers (where have we heard that before) in order to even make it to the world series.  I started managing the Expos back in 1976.  I envisioned winning the Series in either 1979 or 1981 when I had the "horses".  Without a post season under my belt and in my 7th season as the Expos skipper I saw the window of opportunity closing on us.  How many more good seasons would underrated (not anymore) ace Steve Rogers have?  Would the Hawk's knees hold up?  Would ownership trade "The Kid" to a contender?  All questions we pondered as the season started.  The Expos had a magical ride during this '82 campaign.  A late surge by the Cardinals made it a bit interesting, but the Expos had a nice lead to fall back on and won the division.  I've always wondered why they didn't win a string of championships in real life.  With 3 HOF'ers in their lineup:  Raines, Dawson & Carter the Expos were perennial contenders from the late 70's through the mid 80's.  Jeff Reardon was a premier reliever and Steve Rogers was definitely an ace.  Supporting players like Warren Cromartie, Chris Speier and Jerry White were rock solid.  Acquiring a borderline HOF'er like Al Oliver didn't hurt either.  When Lou Whitaker made the final out I was able to breathe a sign of relief, because the long suffering Expo fans, who were robbed of their team, finally had something to cheer about.  The headline in the Montreal Gazettee would have read:  Les Expos de Montréal sont des champions du monde !

5 Expo All-Stars pictured at the '82 ASG @ Stade' Olympique

Game 5 - "Rogers Centre of the Universe"

GAME 5 - 10/20/82
Rogers vs Ujdur
Expos 8, Tigers 1

Detroit had a monumental task facing them.  In order to force a game 6 and send the series back to Montreal they needed to conquer 25 game winner Steve Rogers, who was on full rest.  Montreal drew first blood in the top of the 2nd as Kid Carter doubled home Al Oliver.  Two batter later Warren Cromartie sent Tiger RF'er Chet Lemon back to the wall for a deep fly that scored Carter easily from 3rd to make it 2-0 Expos.  Tim Wallach's solo blast with 2 out in the 4th make it 3-0 Expos.  The Tigers loaded the bases in the bottom of the 4th with nobody out, and had Rogers in a jam.  Hojo hit into a 4-6 force play, which scored Larry Herndon and put runners on the corners for Glen Wilson who hit a bullet to Wallach at 3rd.  Wallach, speared the ball and hit Flynn at 2nd with a great throw.  "Country Boy" Dougie pivoted beautifully to get out of the way of the hard sliding Wockenfuss to throw a dart to Oliver at first to complete the DP and get Rogers out of the jam.  For Rogers and the Expos this would be the turning point of the game.  From this point on Montreal's ace was in complete control.  

The Expos added a solo run in the 8th and 4 huge insurance runs in the 9th to make the results a mere formality.  After getting Hojo and Wilson out to start the 9th Rogers began to tire.  Jerry Turner walked and Trammell singled.  Rather than have Rogers throw his 138th pitch of the day the Expos skipper went to the pen and brought in veteran lefty Woodie Fryman to face lefty batting Lou Whitaker, who hit a comebacker to the "Wood-man" to end the game and end the series.  For the first time in the history of major league baseball the World Series champion would not come from the lower 48.  The heavily favored Expos celebrated their fall classic win over a game/young Tiger club that looks destined for future greatness.  Steve Rogers would easily nab the series MVP trophy, going 2-0 with a 1.53 ERA in series play.

Special thanks to Glenn Perry, who managed the Tigers brilliantly to a most unlikely AL pennant.  Glenn was easily a couple of good breaks away from heading back to Montreal up 3 games to 2.  A wonderful competitor is Mr. Perry.
Expos win series 4-1

Game 4 - "Not Kidding Around"

GAME 4 - 10/19/82
Sanderson vs J.Morris
Expos 11, Tigers 9

Detroit batted around and battered Scott Sanderson for 6 runs in the bottom of the first.
Tiger fans had something to smile about after last night's heartbreaking extra inning loss.  Even when Montreal answered back with 3 in the top of the 2nd the Tiger faithful still felt confident with their "bend, but don't break" ace Jack Morris on the bump.  Unfortunately for Morris, and Tiger fans, the righty ace (who started game 1) was back on short rest and just didn't have it.  After the Expos scored 4 in the 5th the Tigers needed 2 in the bottom of the frame to tie the game up at 8-8.  In the top of the 7th back to back jacks by future HOF'ers Dawson & Carter off of reliever Pat Underwood made the score 10-8 Expos.  A solo blast by Chet Lemon off of closer Jeff Reardon cut the deficit to 2 runs with one inning left to play.  

After Enos Cabell flew out weakly to open the 9th former Wolverine QB Rick Leach came up to the plate and worked out a walk.  Trammell grounded out weakly to his opposite number, Chris Speier, for the second out of the inning.  Up stepped Lou Whitaker who turned on a 1-0 fastball that looked like it had a chance to tie things up.  Too much top spin and a leaping grab by Cromartie ended Detroit's threat.  Scott Sanderson, who gave up 8 runs in 6 innings was the unlikely winner.  Reardon, the game 3 winner, notched the save.  Both teams combined for 20 runs on 29 hits.  Andre "The Hawk" Dawson (4-5) knocked in 3 and scored 3.  His running mate Gary Carter (3-4) did the same.  Kid had 2 homers, while Hawk had 1.  Glen Wilson and Chet Lemon each had a 3 hit game, in this painful loss that prevented the Tigers from evening the series.
Expos lead series 3-1

Game 3 - "Eli's Comin..."

GAME 3 - 10/18/82
Tiger Stadium
Lea vs Wilcox
Expos 5, Tigers 4 (10 inn)

This historic 1st "International World Series" shifted south across the border to the Motor City, where the Tigers delighted their fans by taking a 4-1 lead after 3 innings of play.  The Expos would fight back with a solo run in the 4th (Doug Flynn RBI single) and 2 in the 5th (2 run single by Gary Carter) to tie the game at 4 all.  Neither team could push across a run over the next 4 innings as the Detroit temperature slipped into the high 40's and became as cold as both team's respective bats.  Dave Tobik started the 10th for Detroit and faced rookie thirdbaseman Tim "Eli" Wallach, who worked the count to 3-1 and then slammed a fastball 357 feet into the overhang to make it 5-4.  Jeff Reardon, who pitched a scoreless 9th came back out for the 10th needing 3 outs for the victory.  First batter he faces, Larry Herndon flied one deep into the left center field gap that the fleet footed Dawson tracked down.  Lance Parrish fanned on a 1-2 slider for the 2nd out.  Johnny Wockenfuss worked out a walk, which brought HoJo to the plate.  Reardon threw a 2-1 fastball to a dead fastball hitter who jerked the ball to the warning track, where it fell comfortably into Warren Cromartie's leather.
Expos lead series 2-1

Game 2 - "Petry Dishes Shutout"

GAME 2 - 10/16/82
Petry vs Gullickson.
Tigers 7, Expos 0

 Dan Petry and the highly acclaimed Tiger offense were firing on all cylinders tonight.  Petry, who fanned 7, scattered 5 hits and easily shutout the Spos.  Larry Herndon (2-5) knocked in 3 via a two bagger and a long ball.  Sweet Lou Whitaker (3-5) also went deep, but more importantly was the offensive catalyst who scored 3 runs.  The top 4 batters in Detroit's offense (Whitaker/Lemon/Herndon/Parris) went a combined 9 for 18 and scored 6 of the Tigers 7 runs.  The 7th run was scored by light hitting 9th batter Allan Trammell.
Series tied 1-1

1982 World Series Game 1 - "Hawk Soars"

GAME 1 - 10/15/82
Stadie Olympique'
J.Morris vs Rogers
Expos 7, Tigers 2

The presumptive 1982 NL Cy Young Award winner, Steve Rogers, went the distance to complete the circuit and stake Les Expos to a 1-0 series lead.  The marquee matchup vs Jack Morris never really occurred as Montreal rang up 7 runs (6 earned) off of Morris.  After 3 1/2 innings of play the Expos clung to a 3-2 lead, but Rogers locked the door for the final 5 and the the Expo bats heated up.  The Hawk, Andre Dawson (3-4) knocked in 3 thanks to a double and a homer.  DH Jerry White also went deep.
Expos lead series 1-0

Friday, August 18, 2017

1982 World Series

Date1982 ScheduleHome Manager
15-OctDetroit @ MontrealMarc Weiss
16-OctDetroit @ MontrealMarc Weiss
18-OctMontreal @ DetroitGlenn Perry
19-OctMontreal @ DetroitGlenn Perry
20-OctMontreal @ DetroitGlenn Perry
22-OctDetroit @ MontrealMarc Weiss
23-OctDetroit @ MontrealMarc Weiss

ALCS - Detroit Topples California 3-2

ALCS Game 1
California 4 Detroit 3
Mike Witt took the mound against Jack Morris. Witt handcuffed the Tigers for 7 innings,
while Morris was in trouble most of the game. The Angels pushed across 2 in the 2nd on two-out singles by Tim Foli and Rod Carew followed by a long double by Fred Lynn. In the 4th, Bobby Grich walked, Foli singled again, Carew moved the runners up, and Lynn came through again with a 2-out single to make it 4-0. In the 8th, Witt faltered and gave up singles to Chet Lemon and Lou Whitaker, so Bruce Kison came on. He immediately gave up an RBI single to Larry Herndon, then made things interesting with 3 straight walks. With the score 4-3 and the bases loaded, Kison got Glenn Wilson to hit into an inning-ending double play. He put down the Tigers 1-2-3 in the 9th to finish off a very shaky save. Fred Lynn was the star, driving in all 4 runs.

ALCS Game 2
Detroit 7 California 0
Dan Petry vs. Geoff Zahn in this one. It was very tight through 6, with the only run provided by a Chet Lemon homerun. In the 7th, Doug Decinces committed an error to open the inning, and then the floodgates opened. Lemon singled, Wilson singled, Trammell doubled, and Tom Brookens doubled. When the dust settled it was 5-0 Detroit. The Tigers added 2 more in the 9th, and Petry easily finished off a 5-hit shutout.

ALCS Game 3
The action shifted to Detroit with Milt Wilcox vs. Ken Forsch. This was a back-and-forth game. The Tigers struck first on a Lemon double and a Herndon single. DeCinces tied it with a homer in the 2nd, then he put them ahead in the 4th with a double after an error by Trammell. Detroit grabbed the lead back with 3 in three 5th on a double, 4 singles and a sac fly. Unfortunately, Wilcox couldn't hold the lead as California scored 2 in the 6th on 2 singles and 2 walks. It could have been much worse as the 2nd run scored on a double play with the bases loaded before Wilcox got out of the inning. The Angels got 2 more in the 7th on a single, double (Lynn again!), 3 walks (2 intentional), and a wild pitch. Again it could have been much worse as they left the bases loaded. Forsch then retired 6 straight before Luis Sanchez came on for a 1-2-3 save. That put the Angels one game away from the World Series.

ALCS Game 4
Jack Morris came back on 3 days rest to face Bruce Kison. It was a pitchers' duel with no score through 3. Morris weakened in the 4th, allowing 2 runs on 3 singles and a sac fly. The Tigers came back in the 4th to make it 2-1 on 2 singles, a walk, and a sac fly, but they left runners on 2nd and 3rd. In the 5th, the Tigers tied it when Herndon singled, went to 2nd on an error, and scored on a single by John Wockenfuss. Dave Goltz came on in the 6th and let the Tigers take the lead on a single by Jerry Turner and a double by Chet Lemon. And that was it as Morris got stronger, allowing only two baserunners the rest of the game. Series tied 2-2!!

ALCS Game 5
This winner-take-all game started with controversy when the Tigers passed up game 2 star Dan Petry on 3 days rest in favor of journeyman Jerry Ujdur. Game 1 star Bobby Witt took the hill for California. That decision looked horrible right away for Detroit as the Angels scored 2 in the 1st on a double, single, 2 walks, and a sac fly. They once again left the bases loaded however....that would come back to haunt them. Ujdur walked Tim Foli to start the 2nd, and Captain Hook went to Dave Rucker...that immediately stabilized the game for Detroit. In the bottom of the 2nd, the Tigers tied it when Witt walked in one run with 2 outs, then Tim Foli fumbled an easy grounder to let in the tying run. That's the way it stayed until the 6th when Lance Parrish, who was having an awful series at the plate up to that point, wrapped a long homerun just barely around the left field foul pole to make it 4-2 Detroit. The Angels got 2 on to start the 7th, but Dave Tobik came on to end the threat. The Tigers added an insurance run in the 7th, and had another potential run thrown out at the plate in the 8th. Tobik weakened in the 9th, allowing a run on a triple and a ground out, before finishing off the 3 inning save to send Detroit to the World Series.

Chet Lemon was named the series MVP, hitting .353 with a homer, 3 doubles, 6 runs scored and 3 RBI. The Tigers outhit the Angels .299 to .222, but their 22-15 advantage in runs could have been a lot better if it weren't for the fact that they hit into TEN double plays.

Congrats to Bill on a great season and a great playoff series!

Friday, August 11, 2017

NLCS GAME 5 - "In-Speiered Expos Win 1st Pennant"

Valenzuela vs Rogers
Expos 4, Dodgers 1

With the pennant on the line in this decisive game 5 both teams went back to their game 1 starters.  No drama needed to be built here as game 5 pretty much mirrored game 1 with Rogers being masterful and Valenzuela being pedestrian.  The Expos banged out 16 hits, but only produced 4 runs.  With Rogers in dominant form (CG / 1 ER) those 4 runs looked as large as the Empire State building.  Montreal's tablesetters (Raines & Speier) combined to go 7 for 10.  Chris Speier had a field day going 4-5 with 2 RBI, while batting in the two hole.  Rogers gave up just one run in 18 innings of work during the NLCS to be unanimously voted the series MVP as the Expos win the first pennant in franchise history.
Expos Win Series 3-2

Editor's Note:  Special thanks to Erik Nelson (LAD) for having a great season and reversing history (the Dodgers finished 1 behind ATL in real life).  I personally want to thank Erik for putting up with my constant interruptions (drop off wife...pick up daughter...numerous game crashes).  It was a fun series that featured one dominant pitcher, which is hard to overcome in a short 5 game set.

NLCS GAME 4 - "Enter Sandman"

Hooton vs Sanderson
Expos 7, Dodgers 2

Looking to close out the series LA sent Happy Hooton to the hill.  Unfortunately there were no smiles on his face as LA's beleaguered starter was chased after giving up 7 runs in 2 AB's.  Montreal's Scott Sanderson answered the call and allowed just 2 runs in 6 2/3 innings.  Veteran Woodie Fryman and closer Jeff Reardon would take it the rest of the way.  Montreal's first 3 batters each had 2 hits to set the table for "Kid" Carter and "Eli" Wallach, who each had 2 RBI's.
Series tied 2-2

NLCS GAME 3 - "Welch's Grape Day"

Stade Olimpique'
Welch vs Lea
Dodgers 5, Expos 3

Ron Cey's bat remained hot as the Penguin delivered a game changing 3 run dinger to turn a 3-1 deficit into a 4-1 lead.  Kenny Landreaux singled home Steve Yeager in the 7th to add some insurance for Bob Welch, who got to within one out of completing the circuit.  Closer Steve Howe came on board to fan pinch hitter Dan Norman for the final out.
Dodgers lead series 2-1

NLCS GAME 2 - "Penguin has final Cey"

Gullickson vs Reuss
Dodgers 9, Expos 5

LA jumped out to a 8 run lead and never looked back.  Montreal scored 5 backdoor runs late in the game to serve purely as window dressing.  Jerry Reuss went 8 and gave up 3 for the victory.  Every Dodger starter, except Scioscia had a knock.  The Penguin, Ron Cey's, two homers and 4 RBI's paced a 15 hit attack as LA evened up the series.
Series tied 1-1

NLCS GAME 1 - "Mr. Rogers Neighborhood"

Dodgers Stadium
Rogers vs Valenzuela
Expos 4, Dodgers 0

The presumptive Cy Young Award Winner, Steve Rogers, completely lived up to his billing tossing a complete came 6 hit shutout as the 'Spos draw first blood in this best of 5 series.  All of the scoring happened in the top of the 4th.  After Kid Carter led off with a single, SoCal hometown boy Tim Wallach hit a 2 run shot.  Five batters later Rock Raines singled home Cromartie and Flynn.  Rogers needed no further help as he cruised to victory.
Expos lead series 1-0

Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Week 27 LCS
Date1982 ScheduleHome Manager
5-OctDetroit @ CaliforniaBill Schneider
6-OctDetroit @ CaliforniaBill Schneider
8-OctCalifornia @ DetroitGlenn Perry
9-OctCalifornia @ DetroitGlenn Perry
10-OctCalifornia @ DetroitGlenn Perry
7-OctMontreal @ Los AngelesErik Nelson
9-OctMontreal @ Los AngelesErik Nelson
10-OctLos Angeles @ MontrealMarc Weiss
11-OctLos Angeles @ MontrealMarc Weiss
12-OctLos Angeles @ MontrealMarc Weiss

Monday, July 10, 2017

Snake Eyes for Snake Bitten Phightin's as 'Spos get their mojo back

After shockingly dropping a DH the day before to the lowly Metsies the 'Spos rebound nicely by winning a pair of 1-0 games vs the Phightin's.

Bill Gullickson carried a no-hitter into the 7th on 9/22, but the game was still scoreless until Raines got on in the 8th and stole second, the while attempting to steal third he was able to come around and score on an errant throw by Phils' catcher Bo Diaz.  That would be the lone run scored in the game.  On 9/23 Steve Rogers was masterful en route to his league leading 25th victory.

Montreal now has 97 victories in this magical season

Friday, June 23, 2017

Montreal takes 3 playoff atmosphere games against the Braves, as the fading 'Spos get their mojo back.

Game 1 saw Mr. Scoops hit a solo shot off of Phil Niekro to break a 2-2 tie in the 6th.  Charlie Lea continued along fine until the 8th when Jeff Reardon had to come in from the pen to get the final out.  What a wild and tense atmosphere !!!

Game 2 featured Scott Sanderson as the unlikely hero.  Not for his mound presence, but for his bat.  Tied 3-3 heading into the 7th he hit a lead off double off of reliever Gene Garber.  Rock Raines would single and steal second to put runners on 2nd and 3rd.  Cromartie grounded out to second, but with the drawn in IF Sanderson was held up.  Hawk Dawson blasted a sac fly to right to make it 4-3.  Fryman took over for Sanderson in the 9th, but had to be removed with 2 outs for Reardon who threw 4 pitches to get PH Jerry Royster to fly out weakly to center.

Game 3 showcased 20 game winner Steve Rogers pitching 10 innings to up his record to 21-5 (1.85).  Rogers was lifted for pinch hitter Wallace Johnson in the bottom of the 10th.  Johnson singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on Raines slow roller.  Warren Cromartie lined an oppo single to easily score Johnson and award the Spos, who've lost their last 2 series a much need sweep.  Atlanta (63-73) played like a division champ in this 3 game set that felt more like an NLCS than 3 games in early September.
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Expos Manager Weiss pictured with his mentor Phil Niekro almost 35 years after this 1982 series.  Photo taken during a private tour of the HOF.
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Saturday, April 15, 2017

ChiSox Top M's in Kiingdome

June 25, 1982
SEATTLE -- Tom Paciorek's (8) solo blast to straightaway CF off Bill Caudill (4-6) lifted the White Sox to a 3-2 win in the Kingdome.  LaMarr Hoyt (6-6) tossed 8 strong innings for the win. Salome Barojas (12) recorded the final 3 outs for the save. Steve Kemp recorded 3 hits for the Sox. Bruce Bochte and Rick Sweet did the same for the Mariners.

June 26, 1982
SEATTLE -- Mike Squires, Vance Law and Bill Almon, the bottom third of the Sox order, each banged out 3 hits as part of a 17-hit attack in a 6-3 White Sox winner. Despite racking up 11 hits through 6 innings, the Sox failed to dent the scoreboard against Gaylord Perry (3-9). For some reason when a big hit was needed, the ball just missed the bat? However, the Ancient Mariner did tire in the 7th and the Pale Hose hung up a 5-spot. Relievers Ed Vande Berg and Mike Stanton did not contain things very well. Meanwhile, Chico Escarrega (2-1) took over for an injured Britt Burns and earned the win. Barojas (13) retired the last 5 outs for the save.

June 27, 1982
SEATTLE -- Bud Bulling (1) sent a Freddie Solomon (0-1) 9th inning offering into the LF stands to give Seattle a 1-0 walk-off win in the finale. Solomon and Caudill (5-6) were the pitchers of record after marvelous mound performances from the M's Gene Nelson and Steve Trout of the ChiSox. Tony Bernanzard had 2 hits for the visitors to extend his hitting streak to 14.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

ChiSox get Twin wins in series with Minnesota

June 21, 1982
CHICAGO -- Ron Washington (3 hits) and Gary Gaetti (3 hits) were wishing like Ernie Banks to "play two" on this longest day of the year. Washington drove in 3 runs and Gaetti scored 3 runs in a 6-3 Minnesota victory. Five other Twins hitters had 2 hits apiece in a 16-hit attack. Albert Williams (8-3) was the beneficiary of the offense, earning the pitching win with 6 IP. Britt Burns (7-5) took the loss for Chicago. Harold Baines (7) had 3 hits in the loss, including a solo home run.

June 22, 1982
CHICAGO -- Ron Leflore (3H, 3RBI) and Bill Almon (3H) and the rest of the Sox lineup shelled Frank Viola (1-3) for 8 runs in the first 4 innings. It could have been worse as twice they left the bases loaded. Steve Trout (5-9) was looking unbeatable on the hill for the Pale Hose, but he tired. The Twins clobbered Salome Barojas for 4 runs in the 7th, including a 3-run bomb from Ron Washington (3). In B8th, the ChiSox added 2 more on a 2-run single from Leflore to make the final 10-6. Kevin Hickey closed out the 9th.

June 23, 1982
CHICAGO -- Dennis Lamp (4-5) gave up just 4 hits and 1 run in 7.2 IP. Chico Escarrega (2) finished up a 3-1 White Sox winner. Carlton Fisk led the offense with 2 RBI.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Chicago Earns 3 A's with Road Sweep

June 15, 1982
OAKLAND -- Bill Almon's 2-run triple highlighted a 4-run 4th inning for the White Sox, leading to a 5-2 victory. Davey Lopes (3) started the game scoring in the 2nd with a 2-run clout for the Athletics. LaMarr Hoyt (5-5) got the CG win for Chicago. Pat Underwood (2-5) took the loss for Oakland after replacing starter Brian Kingman in the 1st. Kingman left with shoulder stiffness, apparently from not being warmed up completely. He is not expected to miss his next start.

June 16, 1982
OAKLAND -- Steve Kemp (3 hits) doubled twice and drove in 4 runs in a 6-1 White Sox victory. Sox hurlers Britt Burns (7-4) and Salome Barojas (9) gave up just 5 hits and struck out 10 A's batters between them. Cliff Johnson (5) nailed Oakland's only run with a solo shot in the 6th. Rick Langford (5-9) threw 144 pitches in a CG loss.

June 17, 1982
OAKLAND -- Tony Armas (13,14) homered twice and drove in 4 runs for the A's. His second tater was a 3-run shot in the 9th pulling Oakland to a 1-run deficit, 7-6. But alas, Barojas (10) was able to record the 27th  out to pick up the very shaky save for Steve Trout (4-9) and preserve the road sweep for Chicago. Tony Bernazard (5) highlighted a 5-run 2nd for the ChiSox with a 3-run bomb. Mike Norris (4-9) started and lost for Oakland, which has now lost 8 straight.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Angels Reach Unholy Levels with Sweep of ChiSox

June 10, 1982
CHICAGO -- Make it 10 in a row for the Angels as they pound the hometown White Sox 10-1 in the opener of this 4-game set. Doug DeCinces (16) drove in 4 runs with 3 hits, including a 2-run bomb. Fred Lynn also collected 3 hits and Reggie, Reggie drove in 3 with 2 hits. Steve Renko (4-1) scattered 9 hits over 7.1 IP for the win. Britt Burns (6-4) was sent to the showers after 4 IP.

June 11, 1982
CHICAGO -- The Angels are singing every note to near perfection. Bruce Kison and Doug Corbett (1-1) combined on a 5-hit shutout as California blanked Chicago 3-0. Actually, Kison allowed all 5 hits in 5.2 IP. Corbett was nearly perfect in his 3.1. A pair of Sox errors led to two runs scored in the Halos 7th with Lynn and DeCinces knocking in runs. Bobby Grich (7) blasted a solo HR in the 8th off Richard Dotson (4-6).

June 12, 1982
CHICAGO -- Don Baylor went 5-6 with 3 RBI and 2 runs scored to lead the Halos to a 9-5 win, their 12th consecutive. I'm starting to wonder how this team didn't win the pennant. Ken Forsch (8-4) went the distance for the win. Bob Boone chipped in 3 hits.

June 13, 1982
CHICAGO -- The Angels are other-worldly!! They just won their 13th straight game on June 13. Geoff Zahn (7-4) pitched a CG, yielding just 1 run on 4 hits for a 4-1 win. Five different Halos hitters contributed 2 hits apiece with Lynn driving in 2. Sixty games into the season, the Angels are playing at a .650 clip. Break 'em up!

'Spos take 2 of 3 from Cubbies thanks to "Marshall Tito" !

6 for 6 to boost avg to .420
The series opener was one of the wildest games ever.  The lead changed hands 9 times.  Chicago headed into the bottom of the 9th up by 1 with Willie Hernandez on the mound looking for the save.  Cromartie led off with a cheap flyout to right.  Speier and PH Jerry White singled putting runners on 1st and 2nd.  Raines grounded back to the box for out number 2.  Up stepped Terry Francona, who was a perfect 5 for 5 (all singles) on the day.  With a 2-0 count "Tito" lined a single to center to score Speier and White for the walk off 11-10 Montreal win.

Game 2 saw the Cubbies exact some revenge via some late inning heroics.  Tied 2-2 and heading to extras the Cubs were riding the hot hand of Randy Martz, who finished 9, but was looking at a no-decision after Bob Molinaro was summoned to pinch hit for him in the top of the 10th.  Montreal had Ray Burris, who threw 2 scoreless innings to this point, on the hill.  Burris quickly got Bowa to ground out to 2nd and the aforementioned Molinaro to fly out to the Hawk in deep center.  That's when Chicago's fireworks began to go off.  Wills beat out a slow roller and Ryno singled to put runners on the corners.  Billy Buck worked out a walk to load the bases and Leon "the Bull" Durham launched a tape measure grand slam.  Bill Campbell came on board to set the 'Spos down in the bottom of the 10th for the save.  Martz, appropriately, got the "W".

The finale was over before it really got underway.  Montreal dropped a 5 spot on Tom Filer in the bottom of the first and never looked back.  The Cubbies managed to score 4 runs off of Steve Rogers in the 6th, but were still doubled up 8-4 as Rogers went the distnace to bump his record to 8-3 (2.31).

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Brewers Lead AL East with 3 of 4 Wins over Baltimore

Going into a four game home stretch against the Baltimore Orioles the Milwaukee Brewers faced some bleak odds.  An 11-11 record at home seemed a
Milwaukee fans celebrate Brewers home wins.
bit odd for the AL East leading Brewers but manager Harvey Kuenn still had an optimistic mind set that his team would make County Stadium a friendly confine yet.  And his team responded, taking 3 of 4 from their division rivals.  The Brewers outscored the Orioles 20-12 in the 4 game stint and increased their league leading batting average to .304 on the season.  The 3 wins improve Milwaukee to 34-21 on the season and continue to lead the AL East Division.  The losses drop Baltimore to 29-26 on the season.  Kuenn was asked by a reporter what he did to turn around his team at home, he responded, "All I do is write their names on the lineup card and let them play. It’s not a tough job. I haven’t misspelled one name yet."  Guess that sums it up.

A's Drop 2 of 3 in Chicago

June 7, 1982
CHICAGO -- Aurelio Rodriguez doubled twice and posted a 4-3-3-3 line to power the White Sox to a 9-5 victory over Oakland. Tom Paciorek added 3 hits to a Steve Trout (3-8) win. Fred Stanley had 3 hits for the A's. Rick Langford (5-7) started and lost.

June 8, 1972
CHICAGO -- The Athletics took advantage of 3 walks and a Sox error to plate 2 runs in the 7th to win 4-3. Davey Lopes scored on a sacrifice fly by Dwayne Murphy and Stanley scored on a bases loaded walk to Jeff Burroughs. Fernando Arroyo (1-0) got the win with Dave Beard (3) getting the save. Paciorek (6) and Steve Kemp collected 3 hits apiece for the Pale Hose. Dennis Lamp (2-4) took the loss.

June 9, 1982
CHICAGO -- LaMarr Hoyt (4-5) fired a 7-hit, CG shutout in a 7-0 White Sox winner. Jim Morrison (6) homered and drove in 2 runs. Tony Bernazard also contributed 3 hits. Wayne Gross added 3 hits in a losing effort. Matt Keough (5-7) went the distance but took the L.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

A Royal flush; KC Sweeps ChiSox

May 24, 1982
CHICAGO -- George Brett (5) banged out 3 hits and drove in 3 with a 3rd inning blast to power Kansas City to a 7-3 win at Comiskey. Paul Splittorff (5-1) was stellar on the mound with a 3-hitter in 6 IP. Cesar Geronimo (2) and Hal McRae (10) also went yard off LP LaMarr Hoyt (3-3). Bill Almon (2) accounted for all of the Sox runs with a sac fly and 2-run homer.

May 25, 1982
CHICAGO -- Keith Creel (1-0) and Mike Armstrong (2) combined on a 3-hit shutout in an 8-0 KC whitewashing. Geronimo (3) continued his heavy swinging with another homer and 3 RBI. Creel and Richard Dotson (3-4) were in a pretty good pitching duel until the royals erupted for 5 in the 7th.

May 26, 1982
CHICAGO -- Larry Gura (5-6) had the honors this time of hand-cuffing the Sox batters. He slow-curved his way through 8.1 IP, yielding just 4 hits in a 5-2 Royals victory. KC gets the sweep with Willie Wilson leading the offense with 2 knocks. Chicago did not score until the 9th, having been blanked for 19 consecutive innings.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

"Winning Ugly" is all in the perspective

May 17, 1982
CHICAGO -- In 1983 Texas Ranger manager Doug Rader accused the White Sox of "Winning Ugly," which became their slogan for the rest of the year. Well, this game was as pretty as a one-sided game can get as the White Sox dominated in every phase of the game in an 8-0 blanking of Texas. Dennis Lamp (2-3) fired a complete-game, 4 hitter. Six different White Sox batters had 2 hits apiece in a 14-hit attack. Steve Kemp made the most of his with 3 RBI.

May 18, 1982
CHICAGO -- This was a pretty 2-1 win for Texas. Doc Medich (2-2) started and went 6 innings. Paul Mirabella had a 2-inning hold. Steve Comer (2) nailed the save with a 1-2-3 9th. Jim Sundberg led the offense with 3 hits. Larry Parrish had 2 knocks and 2 RBI. LaMarr Hoyt (3-2) started and lost for the Pale Hose, but pitched very well.

May 19, 1982
CHICAGO -- Ok. This one was ugly. The White Sox committed 4 errors, including 2 in a 4-run 9th inning for Texas to allow them to win 5-3. All 4 runs off Kevin Hickey (2-2) in the 9th were unearned, but he was atrocious, yielding 3 hits and a walk and recorded just 2 outs. Manager Bruce Thomas was also atrocious for leaving him in that long. Danny Darwin (4-1) got the win in relief for the Rangers with 3 strong IP. Bill Stein singled in a pair that proved to be the game winners in the 9th.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Bruce Thomas graduates High School and Brewers Take 3 of 4 from ChiSox

May 13, 1982
CHICAGO -- Mike Caldwell (4-1) was strong for the full 9 on the bump and Milwaukee's Brew Crew took care of the rest with 12 his in a 5-1 victory. Five different Brewers rang up 2 hits each. Ted Simmons 2-run single in the B8 sealed the deal. LaMarr Hoyt (3-1) suffered his first defeat for the White Sox.

May 14, 1982
CHICAGO -- Greg Luzinski (7,8) and the rest of his South-Side Hitmen were not just baning the walls at Comiskey Park, they were bashing the ball over them. In addition to The Bull's taters, Steve Kemp (8) and Ron Leflore (2) also went yard in a 12-3 Sox romp. the beneficiary on the hill was Richard Dotson (3-3). Jim Slaton (0-1) took the loss for Milwaukee, but it was really Dwight Bernard who took the brunt of the beating. Luzinski finished with 4 hits and 4 RBI. "Wimpy" Tom Paciorek chipped in 3. Meanwhile, 18-year old Bruce Thomas was oblivious as he celebrated his high school graduation with friends.

May 15, 1982
CHICAGO -- Moose Haas (2-1) had the answers for Milwaukee on the hill today with CG scattering 7 hits in a 7-3 Brewers victory. Meanwhile Harvey's Wallbangers pounded out 10 hits, 3 from Charlie Moore. Robin Yount (6) put up a 4-3-2-2 line. Britt Burns (3-2) was pummeled early and left after giving up 6 runs in 4.2 IP.

May 16, 1982
CHICAGO -- Robin Yount's (7) double, home run, 4 hits and 4 RBI, ensured that this one was over before the halfway point. Randy Lerch (2-4) was magnificent for 8 IP before surrendering to fatigue in the 9th. The Pale Hose plated a meaningless 3 in the B9, but the Brew Crew walked away with a 10-3 game win and a series win. Reserve catcher Ned Yost also contributed 3 hits.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The 4th was with the Sox, but not the 5th

May 4, 1982
CHICAGO -- Star Wars Day was celebrated at Comiskey Park today and the force was with the home team in the B8. Trailing 2-0 to Dave Stieb (2-4) and the Blue Jays, Tony Bernazard legged out an RBI triple, which was followed by an opposite field poke by Steve Kemp (2). ChiSox win 3-2 with Britt Burns (2-1) tossing 8 IP for the win and Salome Barojas (4) adding the save. "Party On" Garth Iorg led the northern birds with 3 hits.

May 5, 1982
CHICAGO -- Luis Leal (4-1) gave up just 1 run on 1 hit in 7 IP as Toronto hung on for a 3-2 win and split in the short series. Joey McLaughlin (2) yielded another run and almost gave up the tying run in the B9, but CF Lloyd Moseby gunned down PR Rudy Law at the plate. Steve Trout pitched well, but fell to 0-5.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Tigers Shred Pale Hose in 3 of 4

April 29, 1982
CHICAGO -- Two costly errors in the first 2 innings led to 7 unearned runs off Dennis Lamp (0-2) and a 9-0 Tigers lead after 2 for starter and winner Larry Pashnick (1-1). Detroit went on to win 9-3. Sweet Lou Whitaker banged out 3 hits to pace the Bengal offense.

April 30, 1982
CHICAGO -- Milt Wilcox (2-2) tossed 7.2 innings of very good baseball in another big Detroit win, 10-1. Lou Whitaker (2) went 4-for-5 with 3 runs scored and a homer. Enos Cabell contributed 3 hits and 3 RBI, including a 2-run double to highlight a 6-run Tiger 6th.

May 1, 1982
CHICAGO -- Dan Petry (3-1) pitched 7.2 innings as Detroit easily won again 6-1. Larry Herndon was the offensive star with 4 hits and 3 RBI.

May 2, 1982
CHICAGO -- LaMarr Hoyt (2-0) hurled a CG as Chicago salvaged a win in the series with another blowout, 10-2. Greg Luzinski knocked in 3 runs with a pair of singles to lead the South-siders.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Twins drowned by Brewers - Many questions.

Minneapolis.  The Twins after splitting the two game series with Detroit were feeling good and ready to tangle with the Eastern Division Harvey Wallbangers.  But instead, it went very bad!!!

April 30, 1982.  How do you lose a game where you score 9 runs?  The answer, you give up 17 runs and 20 hits.  Yount and Thomas both hit two homers and Simmons added another for the Brewers.  The ball traveled 1866 ft on those 5 homers.  Only Randy Johnson hit one for the Twins.  Erickson (0-5) took the loss, but he only gave up 4 ER and 3 UER in 6 innings.  The relievers put gasoline on the game by giving up 10 ER in 3 innings of work.  Corbett is looking to be traded.

May 1, 1982.  Can the Twins be any worse than the night before?  The answer is yes, by giving up 19 runs and only scoring 6 runs.  Another question, how do you give up 19 runs.  You let Simmons hit three homers and then let Gantner and Cooper to hit one a piece.  Simmons went 4 for 5 with 8 rbi's with a batting average of .397.  Gantner is leading the team at .457.  Vuckovich went 4.2 innings until he was tossed for arguing a pitch.  The relievers:  let's not call them that, they are giving Billy Gardner no relief.  Another 10 runs in 3 innings.  Hmmm... that's a 30 ERA for the relievers in two games.  With 24 games into the season, the Twins have pretty much pitched themselves out of contention.

May 2, 982. The end of April and the beginning of May were brutal for the Twins faithful.  Another loss and the Twins are not merely expired but are actually stinking - and we did not think Twinkies could do that.  Al Williams actually made the Twins look good until he just ran out of gas in the 8th inning.  Jim Gantner tripled scoring two runs off of Davis. Ron's ERA is ballooned to 10.57.  Williams is leading the Twins with a 2.27 ERA and a 3-2 record.  The only good thing about today is that the Brewers leave town and the new dome didn't deflate with all those Brewer Homeruns.  At least the Twins only gave up 4 runs this time, but only managed 2 runs.  Something must be unhinging the Brewers, because for the second day in a row their starting pitcher was ejected for arguing calls.  The Twins are going to Bean Town next, hopefully they can take one from the Senior Circuit.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Expos and Phils spit a pair.
Al Oliver hits a walkoff HR in the 10th of game 2 to make the hometown faithful happy.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Fireworks Finale as ChiSox and Bombers split Pair

April 20, 1982
CHICAGO -- Mike Morgan (2-0) pitched 6.2 innings of shutout ball, thanks in part to 4 IF DPs, as the Yankees beat the White Sox 8-1. Willie Randolph (1) cracked a 3-run homer in the 6th. Chicago 3B Jim Morrison booted 2 more balls giving him 7 errors over the past 2 games.

April 21, 1982
CHICAGO -- Extra fireworks bursting in air as Greg Luzinski (4) sent the patrons home deliriously happy with a B10th grand slam bomb off Goose Gossage. The Bull also had a 2-run blast in the 1st and a sacrifice fly to account for 7 of the 8 ChiSox runs in an 8-4 victory. Kevin Hickey (2-0) grabbed the in in relief for Chicago. George Frazier (1-1), who began the 10th with a lead-off walk to Bill Almon, was tagged with the loss.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Athletics keep rolling, take 2 from  Struggling Twins

The Athletics are now 10-5 after taking the book end games and are within striking distance of the World Champion Angels.

April 19: Oakland
2-0 Havens versus 2-1 Langford proved to be a relatively good matchup until the As scored 2 in the 5th to clinch the game.  The Twins took the lead on a single by Hatcher that scored Eisenreich.  The inning ended when Hrbek flied deep to center and Hatcher was thrown out at third. In the 2nd, Armas launched a solo homer to knot up the game.  Newman singled scoring Lopes to take the lead.  Hrbek tied the game in the 4th with his 3rd homer of the season.  Murphy racked up 2 rbi's in the 5th that sank the Twins.  Twins 2, As 4.

April 20: Oakland
The Twins tired of losing took it out on Mike "Chuck" Norris by karate chopping him with 5 runs in the first two innings.  In the first, the Twins sent 7 batters to the plate scoring 2 runs on 2 hits. To keep the pressure on Norris, the Twins sent 8 batters to the plate and scored 3 runs on 5 hits.  Those  5 hits were consecutive started by Bomber Butera, the Faedo, a double by Eisenreich and then singles by Mitchell and Hatcher.  After the damage was done, the Twins were up 5-0.  In the 6th, Henderson singled and stole 2nd base and moved to third on an error.  Henderson eventually scored on a wild pitch.  Twins 6, As 3.

April 21: Oakland
Oakland expired the Twinkies by scoring 5 runs in the first 6 innings.  The game was not even close with the Twins scoring their only run on a single by Jesus Vega.  Joe Rudi and Jeff Newman hit homers to put this game away.  Both Joe and Jeff went 2 for 3 in the game.  Oakland might be calling these the "Bash Brothers".  Well maybe Jeff and the Old guy might be better.  Underwood pitch his first game and won it for the upstart As.  Twins 1, As 5.

Monday, February 6, 2017

ChiSox Freeze out O's in Twin Bill; Lose Getaway Game

April 17, 1982 (Game#1)
CHICAGO -- Four White Sox batters took advantage of the "Hawk" (the wind in Chicago for you foreigners) blowing out at 33 mph, including Greg Luzinski (1) in the 7th with the bases loaded. Tony Bernazard (1), Tom Paciorek (1), and Harold Baines (1) also hit big flies in a 10-4 Chicago win. Benny Ayala (1) went yard for the Orioles. Britt Burns (1-0) got the win. LaMarr Hoyt (3) hurled 3 IP for the save.

April 17, 1982 (Game #2)
CHICAGO -- The Pale Hose swept the twin bill with a 4-2 win. Paciorek went 3-3 and Luzinski (2) hit a 2-run bomb. More fascinating was watching the thermometer plunge from 30 to 13 during the course of the game as the winds continued to howl out of the west. At game's end the wind chill was an inhumane -8. Oh, the memories this brought back from my days growing up in the Windy City!! Kudos to Dave Koch for his weather accuracy as I looked back at actual weather that day in Chitown, and also for being consistent with both games of the double dip.

April 18, 1982
CHICAGO -- ChiSox third-sacker Jim Morrison committed 5 errors opening the gates for a 7-2 Orioles win in he getaway game. He was removed in the 4th inning, and it was later determined he had suffered frost bite from the night before. Meanwhile, Scott McGregor (2-1) was sold through 9 complete o the hill for Baltimore. Dan Ford (1) and Gary Roenicke (3) each provided 2-run home runs to the O's attack.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Brewers Coral Rangers 2-1

The Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers had a good ole fashioned shootout at
County Stadium that saw two of the 3 games go into extra frames before a decision was made.  Both teams traded extra inning victories (game 1 going to Milwaukee in 10 innings and game 3 to the Rangers in 10 innings)  while the odd game out went to the Brewers in a landslide.  Milwaukee improves to 6-3 on the season while Texas drops to 3-5.

Game 1 - 10 innings
Milwaukee 4  Texas 3
WP - Rollie Fingers (1-0, 0.00 ERA)
LP - Paul Mirabella (0-1, 11.25 ERA)
GWRBI - PH Robin Yount 10th inning

Game 2 
Milwaukee 11  Texas 2
WP - Bob McCLure (1-0, 7.2 IP, 2.35 ERA)
LP - Frank Tanana (0-2, 9.00 ERA)
HR - Cecil Cooper (2)
         Ted Simmons (1)
          Larry Hisle (1)
          Don Money (3)

Game 3 - 10 innings
Texas 5  Milwaukee 3
WP - Danny Darwin (1-0, 1.04 ERA)
LP - Rollie Fingers (1-1, 2.84 ERA)
HR - Ted Simmons (2)
         Don Money (4)

Sunday, January 29, 2017

April 9, 1982 (CA 1: MN 2)
Twins go into the series against the Western Division leading Angels with a one game winning streak.  Al Williams vs Angel Moreno.  The Angles get on board first with a Brian Downing Double that scored Baylor.  Baylor lead off the inning with a single and Decineces popped up to Wilfong..  Gaetti hit a two run homer down the left field line (352 feet) in the bottom of the 8th to give the Twins a 2-1 lead.  In the bottom of the 5th Hrbek singled to right and Gaetti followed with a single to right to put runners on first and second.  Vega lined to the pitcher and Hrbek was caught off 2nd and Gaetti was caught off first for a triple play.  The Twins were almost demoralized by that play.  But Gaetti came back to hit the big go ahead homer in the 8th.

MVP. Al Williams, GWRBI: Gaetti

April 10, 1982 (CA 14: MN 1)
This was all Angels.  Let's go by the numbers.
2b: Boone, Downing and Burelson
3b: Carew (2)
HR: Baylor, Clark

Enough said.

Kison: 1 ER, 2 hits, 1 BB, 6K

MVP: Kison, GWRBI: Carew

April 11, 1982 (CA 9: MN 7): 7th Heaven for the Angels
The Twins were leading 2-0 until the skies opened and the heavens sang.  The Angels scored 9 runs in the 7th, which was enough to hold onto the win, as the Twins scored 5 in the last 3 innings.

Eisenreich homered in the bottom of the third to bring the game to 2-0.  That awful 7th the Angels sent 14 batters to the plat scoring 9 runs on 7 hits and 3 walks.    Burleson singled scoring Downing.  Fred Lynn doubled scoring Boone.  Carew singled scoring 2 take the lead 4-2.  Decinces hit a 417 foot grand slam and Downing hit a solo HR to make it 9-2.

On defense, Engle had 3 poor plays to lead the Twins horrific fielding.

The rookies Hrbek and Gaetti are starting the season well.  If they continue this play, they might be in contention for rookie of the year, unless of course Cal Ripken, Jr outshines them both.  Hrbek is batting .294 with a .368 OBP, while Gaetti is hitting .286/.348/.476.

MVP: Decinces, GWRBI: Carew

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Stros Hurlers Blank Braves Twice; Take series 2 of 3

April 9, 1982
ATLANTA -- Houston's Don Sutton exited the game with a 6-2 lead. Frank Lacorte (0-1) walked 5 in the 7th  and gave up 5 of the 6 runs Atlanta tallied. The Braves added 3 more in the 8th and went on to an 11-8 win. Dale Murphy led the offense with 3 RBI. Steve Bedrosian (1-0) earned the win in relief.

April 10, 1982
ATLANTA -- Verne Ruhle (1-0) scattered 6 hits over 9 complete innings of shutout ball as Houston won 3-0. Ruhle fanned 4 and walked none. Bedrosian started and had a no hitter going through 7, but tired in the 8th and yielded a pair of runs on a Craig Reynolds hit. Terry Puhl (1) added a solo homer in the 9th.

April 11, 1982
ATLANTA -- Nolan Ryan (1-0) made it back-to-back shutouts for the Stros, fanning 8 and allowing just 2 base knocks. Phil Garner (1) and Alan Ashby (1) each went yard to lead the offense in a 5-0 whitewashing.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Defending Champ Halos Start Hot

April 6, 1982
OAKLAND -- Doug DeCinces (1) homered with one of his 2 hits and scored twice as the Angels spoiled Oakland's home opener 3-2. Ken Forsch (1-0) started and went 6 innings for the win. Don Aase (1) notched the 2-inning save.

April 7, 1982
OAKLAND -- Geoff Zahn (1-0) dazzled and frustrated Athletics hitters with his slow stuff, allowing just 6 base knocks in a 2-0 CG whitewashing. Rod Carew and Bobby Grich paced the Halos offense with a pair of hits each.

April 8, 1982
OAKLAND -- Reggie Jackson (1) victimized his old mates with a home run and double to drive in 3 in an 8-5 win. Brian Downing also had 3 RBI and Decinces added 3 hits. Mike Witt (1-0) tossed 6.1 IP for the W. Aase (1) recorded his second save. Davey Lopes had 3 hits for Oakland.