IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY- OCTOBER 7, 1968 WORLD SERIES GAME 5 ST LOUIS AT DETROIT

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It was fifty years ago today- Monday October 7, 1968- Game 5 of the 1968 World Series. Detroit down 3 games to 1 had their backs to the wall and things didn’t start out well- the Cardinals scored 3 runs off of Tigers pitcher Mickey Lolich who had been brilliant in game 2. Lou Brock  led the game off with a double- with one out Curt Flood singled him home, Orlando Cepeda hit a 2 run home run and the Cardinals were up 3-0 before the Tigers came to bat. But that was going to be the end of the scoring for the Red Birds on this day. In the 4th inning the Tigers got back into it with 2 runs off of Cardinal starting pitcher Nellie Briles- Mickey Stanley tripled and with one out Norm Cash hit a sacrifice fly to bring him home. Willie Horton tripled and  Jim Northrup singled him home. Down 3-2 in the bottom of the 7th the Tigers erupted for 3  runs. Mickey Lolich led off with a single { can you imagine today a team down a run in the 7th inning letting their pitcher hit?} Briles was taken out for Joe Hoerner- Dick McAliffe singled, Mickey Stanley walked, with the bases loaded Al Kaline singled home two runs and then Norm Cash singled in a run. That wold give the Tigers a 5-3 lead and that would be how it ended. Mickey Lolich went the distance for Detroit allowing those 3 first inning runs and 9 hits while striking out 8.  The Tigers stayed alive- still down 3 games to 2 but the series would head back to  St. Louis for Game 6 and Game 7 if needed.

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5 responses to “IT WAS FIFTY YEARS AGO TODAY- OCTOBER 7, 1968 WORLD SERIES GAME 5 ST LOUIS AT DETROIT

  1. This was a great series… Curt Flood was a very good player for those Cardinal teams. Just a sad story though.

    • My first full series- I was rooting for the Tigers as I recall. Yes Flood was a pretty good player- sad after playing career for certain.

    • I remember that winter- my dad’s uncle had a business up in the Detroit area- my dad was laid off at the time and my uncle offered him a job up there- I was excited- the Tigers had just won the World Series- I am glad my parents decided against that move for many reasons- but the Pirates and Steelers in the 1970’s are two big reasons.

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