Tuesday, August 6, 2013

no. 198 - a.l. playoffs, orioles celebrate!

Who is the man: Well, if this is the aftermath of the last play of Game 3, the man is probably Jim Palmer, who is in there somewhere. He coerced Twins pinch-hitter Rick Renick to ground into a force play at second base to end the ninth and clinch the ALCS sweep and a trip to the World Series.

Can ya dig it: I love wrap-up postseason series cards. Not only should there be a card for every game of the postseason, but a card to wrap-up each series. There are too few of those.

Right on: I'll name the players I can see, from left to right: starting catcher Andy Etchebarren, bench outfielder Curt Motton, third-base coach Billy Hunter, pitching coach George Bamberger and first baseman Boog Powell. All other faces, I would need help from an Orioles fan.

You see these Orioles cats were a bad mother: The Orioles hit .330 for the series, averaging nine runs a game.

Shut your mouth: I'm sorry, but the phrase "team effort" should be torn up, stomped on and then fed to feral dogs.

No one understands him but his woman: No one would know it at the time, but this would be the last time the Twins would play in a postseason series until 1987.

(A word about the back): Topps ignores the Twins' cumulative stats -- winners only, please. The beasts of the O's stat-wise here are Brooks Robinson (7-for-12), Boog Powell (6-for-14, 6 RBIs) and Jim Palmer (1 R, 12 SO). Meanwhile, Paul Blair did not have a good time at the plate.


  1. I thought the original Tatooine card came from this Series. I see I'll have to wait a few hundred blog entries instead.

  2. Facing the camera, from left, Belanger, McNally, Palmer.

  3. Hmmm,thanks for pointing that out Dean,for 42 years I always thought that was Dave Johnson between Etchebarren and Motton,because Belanger always looked thinner to me (The Blade)