Monday, March 7, 2011

Keeping Score: 1980 World Series Game 1

A couple of weeks ago I obtained all six games of the 1980 World Series on DVD. I have owned Game #6 (the final series clincher) for many years, but until now had been unable to get my hands on the first five games. In preparation for the upcoming season, I have decided to watch the four Phillies 1980 World Series wins from start to finish while keeping score on the iPad baseball scorebook app I have. On Saturday I watched Game #1:

Prior to 1980, the Philadelphia Phillies hadn't won a World Series game since Game 1 of the 1915 World Series against the Boston Red Sox. The Phillies pitching staff was exhausted from the NLCS against the Astros and needed to start rookie Bob Walk. Walk became only the third rookie in MLB history to start a World Series game. The Royals jumped on him early with a pair of two run bombs—one by Amos Otis in the second and another by Willie Aikens in the third. The Phillies responded In their half of the third and rallied to take the lead, sparked by a Larry Bowa steal of second and capped with a three run homer by Bake McBride. The Phils would add two more runs late to extend their lead. Willie Mays Aikens hit another two run homer to knock Bob Walk out of the game in the 8th and cut the lead to one, but Tug McGraw came in and was able to save the Phillies 7–6 victory.

Royals score card

Phillies score card

McBride HR for some reason the sound is about 2 seconds ahead of the video. Sorry.


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