1969 Rewind: Game One Hundred Two


Date:  Tuesday, July 29.

Batting stars:  Leo Cardenas was 3-for-4 with two RBIs.  Rich Reese was 3-for-5 with a double.  Rod Carew was 3-for-5.  Harmon Killebrew was 2-for-3 with a home run (his thirtieth), a double, and a walk, scoring three times and driving in two.  Cesar Tovar was 2-for-4 with a walk.  Ted Uhlaender was 2-for-5 with a triple, scoring twice and driving in two.  Tony Oliva was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer (his fourteenth) and a walk.

Pitching star:  Ron Perranoski pitched 1.1 scoreless innings, giving up one hit and striking out one.

Opposition stars:  Norm Cash was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, his fourteenth.  Gates Brown was 2-for-4 and scored twice.  Tommy Matchick was 2-for-5 with a double.  Mickey Stanley was 2-for-5.  Don Wert was 1-for-4 with a home run, his eighth.

The game:  The Tigers got a pair of one out singles in the first but did not score.  The Twins scored twice in the bottom of the first.  Uhlaender led off with a single-plus error and was on third with two out.  Killebrew delivered an RBI double and Reese hit a run-scoring single to make it 2-0 Minnesota.

Detroit got on the board in the third as Stanley singled and scored from first on Matchick's double.  The Twins got the run back in the fourth when Johnny Roseboro doubled and Tovar singled, making he score 3-1.

The Twins broke it open with seven in the fifth.  Carew led off with a single and Oliva followed with a two-run homer.  Killebrew walked and went to third on Reese's double.  With one out, Tovar was intentionally walked.  It didn't work,as Cardenas came through with a two-run single.  With two-out, Uhlaender hit a two-run triple and scored on Carew's single.  The score was 10-1 Twins.

The Tigers put together three singles with one out in the fifth, loading the bases, but could only score one on a force out.  The Twins got the run back in the sixth when Killebrew homered, making the score 11-2.

The Tigers scored three in the eighth off starter Bob Miller.  Brown led off with a walk and Cash hit a two-run homer.  With two out, Wert homered to bring the final score to 11-5.

WP:  Miller (3-4).  LP:  Denny McLain (15-6).  S:  Ron Perranoski (20).

Notes:  Uhlaender was in left in this game.  Killebrew was back at third, with Rich Reese at first.  Frank Quilici replaced Killebrew at third in the seventh inning.

Carew raised his average to .375.  Oliva was batting .326.  Reese raised his average to. 320.  Perranoski's ERA went to 1.82.

Miller made his first start since July 18, when he was also pitching in a doubleheader.  He made only two relief appearances in the interim, pitching a total of three innings.

The Twins beat two very good pitchers in this doubleheader, Mickey Lolich and Denny McLain.

Gates Brown started in left field for the Tigers.  This was one of fourteen games which Brown started in 1969, all in left field.

Don Wert was probably a better batter than it looks like, simply because he played during the 1960s.  A third baseman, he batted between .257 and .268 each year from 1963-1967 with an OPS close to .700 and around ten home runs a year.  In the 1960s offensive context, that's fairly good.  He finished tenth in MVP voting in 1965, when he batted .261/.341/.363 with twelve homers.  Oddly enough, he made his one all-star appearance in 1968, which was his worst year at bat--he batted .200/.258/.299 that year.  His first half numbers that year were better, but not a lot--.220/.279/.340.  He really did very little at the plate after the 1967 campaign, although he did continue to average double digit home runs.  He remained the Tigers starting third baseman through 1971, when he was traded to Washington in the kind of deal we never see any more--It was Wert, Elliot Maddox, Denny McLain, and Norm McRae to Washington for Ed Brinkman, Joe Coleman, Jim Hannan, and Aurelio Rodriguez.  He batted just forty times for the Senators, going 2-for-40, and was released in June, ending his playing career.  At last report, Don Wert was living in eastern Pennsylvania.

Record:  The Twins were 63-39, in first place in the American League West, leading Oakland by 3.5 games.

Happy Birthday–January 12

Henry Larkin (1860)
Tom Kinslow (1866)
George Browne (1876)
Joe Hauser (1899)
Lee Allen (1915)
Alfredo Ortiz (1944)
Ron Polk (1944)
Paul Reuschel (1947)
Randy Jones (1950)
Terry Whitfield (1953)
Tim Hulett (1960)
Mike Marshall (1960)
Casey Candaele (1961)
Andy Fox (1971)
Luis Ayala (1978)
Dontrelle Willis (1982)
Ivan Nova (1987)

Joe Hauser twice hit over 60 home runs in a season in AAA.

Historian and writer Lee Allen contributed much to the Hall of Fame and to the first edition of the Baseball Encyclopedia.

Alfredo Ortiz won 287 games in the minor leagues, mostly in the Mexican League, and 104 more in the Mexican Winter League.

Ron Polk was a very successful college baseball coach, most notably at Mississippi State.

The Mike Marshall listed above is the outfielder/first baseman who played mostly for the Dodgers.

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FMD — “New” old bands

So I recently came across a band called the Vulgar Boatmen. They had a couple of albums out in the late 1980s and 90s that didn't get a lot of play, broke up, and then released a complilation album in 2004. I had never heard of them. The thing is they are pretty cool. Kinda like a Murmer-era R.E.M. and I even think The Beths may have even been inspired by then. Anyway definitely check out Please Panic and You and Your Sister (which was rereleased in 2015).

So any bands out there that you missed but came across years later?

As always drop 'em if you got 'em.

1969 Rewind: Game One Hundred One


Date:  Tuesday, July 29.

Batting stars:  Cesar Tovar was 2-for-4 with two runs.  Rod Carew was 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, his seventh.

Pitching stars:  Jim Perry pitched eight innings, giving up two runs on eight hits and no walks and striking out two.  Al Worthington pitched a scoreless inning, giving up a hit and a walk.

Opposition stars:  Jim Price was 3-for-4.  Dick Tracewski was 2-for-3.

The game:  Each team put men on first and second with two out in the second and did not score.  The Twins got on the board in the third.  Perry and Tovar opened the inning with singles.  A ground out advanced them to second and third and Harmon Killebrew was intentionally walked.  Tony Oliva made them pay with a two-run double and Bob Allison followed with an RBI ground out to put the Twins up 3-0.

It went to 5-0 in the fifth.  Tovar led off the inning with a single and Carew followed with a two-run homer.  The Tigers had gotten a two-out double in the third, but then did not get a man past first until the eighth, when Mickey Stanley and Tracewski each got a one-out single.

Detroit finally got on the board in the ninth.  Perry had thrown eight shutout innings, but apparently tired in the ninth.  Willie Horton, Tommy Matchick, and Price all singled, making the score 5-1.  Worthington then came in.  A fly out and a ground out made the score 5-2.  Stanley walked and Tracewski singled, bringing the potential winning run to the plate in the person of Al Kaline.  He grounded to third, however, ending the game.

WP:  Perry (12-4).  LP:  Mickey Lolich (14-3).  S:  Worthington (1).

Notes:  Bob Allison has been playing more in left field lately.  Rick Renick has been playing more third, with Killebrew at first.  It's a sacrifice of offense, not so much with the benching of Ted Uhlaender but with Rich Reese out of the lineup.  Reese was batting .314 with an OPS of .866.  Renick was batting .190 with an OPS of .511, lower than that of Perry.

Mitterwald was again behind the plate, with Johnny Roseboro on the bench.  Presumably this was simply because it was a doubleheader.

Carew was now batting .371.  Oliva was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk, driving in two, and was batting .327.

This was Tovar's fifth consecutive multi-hit game.  He was 11-for-21 with a home run in that span.  His average went up from .255 to .270.

The Twins seem to be going to Worthington more in late-game situations, rather than just using Ron Perranoski in that role.  I don't know why.  Not that Worthington was terrible, but Perranoski had not done anything to warrant losing the closer role.  Perhaps Perranoski was getting tired and it was felt that they needed to give him a break to get ready for the stretch.

MIckey Lolich was a fine pitcher, but the Twins got to him in this game.  He still went seven innings, giving up five runs on five hits and four walks and striking out three.

Tracewski did not start the game, but came in to pinch-run for Jim Northrup after Northrup doubled in the third.  Tracewski had an eight-year major league career, but was never more than a part-time player.  He had two at-bats with the Dodgers in 1962 and then was a reserve infielder for them from 1963-1965.  He got the most playing time of his career in 1964, when he had 304 at-bats.  He batted .247/.315/.326.  That wasn't bad for 1964, but it was as good as it would get for him as a Dodger.  He was traded to the Tigers after the 1965 season for Phil Regan.  He was with Detroit through 1969, only once getting more than 125 at-bats.  His best year as a Tiger was 1967, when he batted .280/.325/.383 in 107 at-bats.  If he could have kept that up he'd have had a solid career, but it appears that was simply a small-sample size fluke.  He was with the Tigers for all of 1969 but was generally used as a defensive replacement at shortstop, as he got only 96 plate appearances.  Amazingly, he drew fifteen walks.  He had more walks than hits, as he went 11-for-79 for an odd slash line of .139/.277/.165.  He had eighteen percent of his hits for the season in this game.  If you believe in "count the rings", he has three World Championships, with the Dodgers in 1963 and 1965 and with Detroit in 1968.  He also got another ring as a Tigers coach in 1984.  He was a minor league manager for Detroit from 1971-1972 and then was a coach from them through 1995, when he retired.

Record:  The Twins were 62-39, in first place in the American League West, three games ahead of Oakland.

Happy Birthday–January 11

George Pinkney (1859)
Silver King (1868)
Elmer Flick (1876)
Max Carey (1890)
George Trautman (1890)
General Crowder (1899)
Schoolboy Rowe (1910)
Don Mossi (1929)
Gene Cook (1932)
Jim McAndrew (1944)
Jack Zduriencik (1951)
Rocket Wheeler (1955)
Lloyd McClendon (1959)
Donn Pall (1962)
Warren Morris (1974)

George Trautman was the president of the National Association of Professional Baseball Clubs from 1947 until his death in 1963.

Gene Cook was the general manager of the Toledo Mud Hens from 1978-1998.  He is credited with convincing Jamie Farr to wear a Mud Hens cap on M*A*S*H.

Jack Zduriencik was the general manager of the Seattle Mariners from 2008-2015.

Rocket Wheeler has been a manager in the low minors for twenty-six seasons.  He was the manager of the Rome Braves in 2018.

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Remodeled basement. Same half-baked taste.