Friday, August 9, 2013

no. 199 - 1970 n.l. playoffs, game 1

Who is the man: That's veteran bench player Ty Cline sliding into third base with his pinch-hit triple that kicked off the 10th inning of Game 1 of the National League Championship Series. The Reds would go on to score three runs in the inning and beat the Pirates 3-0.

Can ya dig it: The NLCS cards in the '71 set feature red-tinted photos, which pleases my odd color sensibilities. Yellow for AL and red for the NL makes sense to my brain.

Right on: That is Richie Hebner fielding the throw for the Pirates.

You see this cat Cline is a bad mother: Cline, entering his final season of a 12-year career, is featured on three cards in this set. Not bad for a guy who never had 400 at-bats in a single season.

Shut your mouth: The Reds went ahead 1-0 when Pete Rose drove in Cline with a single. Then, after the Pirates got the next two outs, they decided to intentionally walk Johnny Bench. Bad move. Lee May doubled in Rose and Bench and the Reds led 3-0.

No one understands him but his woman: Dock Ellis pitched 9 2/3 innings of shutout ball ... and got the loss.

(A word about the back): One of Willie Stargell's three hits was a double with one out in the eighth inning of the still scoreless game. Stargell was lifted for a pinch-runner. Reds starter Gary Nolan then struck out Manny Sanguillen and Hebner to end the inning.


  1. Yellow for AL and red for the NL? Its always been red for AL and blue for NL in my brain.

    1. Yes, me too. But if the AL is yellow, then my brain thinks it's cool to select a darker color, like red in this case, for the NL. Can't explain it beyond that though.