Friday, September 19, 2014

no. 331 - 1970 world series, game 5

Who is man: The man is Brooks Robinson -- finally, we get around to the star of the Series in this subset -- whose fielding exploits were the lasting memory of this World Series.

Can ya dig it: Just a classic early 1970s card. Robinson looks like a man stranded in the desert who hasn't seen water in three days.

Right on: "B. Robinson commits robbery!"????? Call the authorities!

You see this cat Robinson is a bad mother: Robinson provided one last amazing play at third base in Game 5, making a diving backhand catch in foul territory of Johnny Bench's liner to lead off the top of the ninth inning. He also fielded the final play in the series, throwing out Pat Corrales on a grounder to third as the Orioles won 9-3 to clinch the World Series, 4 games to 1.

Shut your mouth: Topps could have picked a few other guys who were more notable in Game 5. Mike Cuellar, after giving up three runs in the first inning, allowed no more and threw a complete game. Merv Rettenmund figured in two scoring innings and hit a home run. Frank Robinson's two-run HR in the bottom of the first started the Orioles back after surrendering three runs in the top of the inning.

No one understands him but his woman: Hal McRae had the big blast -- a two-run double -- in the Reds' three-run first. After winning Game 4, Cincinnati hoped the momentum had turned.

(A word about the back): These backs don't tell you much, except the score and that the Orioles got a lot of hits. But you can watch the entire game.


  1. The card that launched a genre.

    And also a card that documents the game, in a way, as field layout and stadium design is not static in the history of baseball. I don't think you would see this much dirt anywhere today. ?

    This one was reprinted in 2001 Archives

  2. Was this photo even taken in Game 5? I think it was from his diving catch in Game 3. Frank Robinson was the star of Game 5 so here's my redesign with him featured.