Saturday, March 26, 2016

Tigers Take Flag!: Monday, September 25th, 1967


WAS 1, BAL 0 W-Ortega 9-19 L-McNally 8-13 HR-Howard(34) Ortega 1-hitter.

CAL 8, MIN 3 W-McGlothlin 15-10 L-Boswell 15-9 HR-Rollins(4) Mincher 5 rbi.

DET 5, NY 0 W-Wilson 20-10 L-Stottlemyre 18-16 HR-Cash(40) Detroit clinches.

The Detroit Tigers are the 1967 AL replay champions! Earl Wilson mowed down the Mantle-less Yanks, Norm Cash hit his 40th HR, a 3-run shot, and the Tigers took a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the ninth in New York. The Yanks managed to put two on with one out, but Dick "Howser Mudda Howser Fadda?" Howser sent a ground ball to Ray Oyler, who flipped to McAuliffe for one, and the relay to Cash completed the double play and gave the jubilant Tigers their first flag since 1945. Wilson collected his 20th win, making him the league's fifth 20-game winner. 

The MXC gang tried to warn the Twins.
Earlier in the day, the Twins had eliminated themselves by losing to the Angels 8-3. Old friends Don Mincher and Jimmie Hall led the attack against them. Mincher had 5 rbi, one short of his total against his old team back on July 23rd. "You should not have traded me," he sniffed, sipping an apertif. Once again the Twins failed to take advantage of a chance to tie the Red Sox for second place. One game separates them with each team having 4 games left, the last two against each other.

Phil Ortega of the Senators just said "no" to losing 20.  Supported by a first inning solo bomb by Frank Howard, Phil made a bid for a no-hitter, but Orioles' pinch-hitter Dave May blooped a single to left with two out in the last of the eighth. 

6 days and 23 games to go!

No comments: