It was fifty years ago today- October 3, 1968 Game 2 of the 1968 World Series- Detroit Tigers at the St. Louis Cardinals. The pitching match-up the Tigers going with left hander Mickey Lolich who was 17-9 during the season against the Cardinals Nelson Briles who was 19-11.
Game 2 featured another great pitching performance this time it was Tiger Mickey Lolich who went the distance giving up 1 run on 6 hits as the Tigers won 8-1. In the top of the second Willie Horton hit a solo home run to put the Tigers ahead, in the 3rd it was the pitcher Mickey Lolich taking Nellie Briles downtown- with another solo home run and that would be all they needed. Norm Cash led the 6th inning off with a home run and then the Tigers added 2 more when Dick McAuliffe singled home two. 5-0 Tigers. The Cardinals would score their run in the bottom of the 6th when Orlando Cepeda singled in Lou Brock. The Tigers would add a run in the 7th and 2 more in the 9th as they breezed to victory evening up the series at a game each.
Detroit 8 runs 13 hits and 1 error– Norm Cash went 3-5. The Cardinals 1 run 6 hits and 1 error. October 3rd would be a travel date- Game 3 scheduled for October 5th in Detroit. This is the first World Series I watched from start to finish- these were the days before night World Series games- how did I see the week day afternoon games? I was in second grade and I faked being sick so I could stay home from school. I don’t think I missed out on much- it was worth it.