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Time Capsule: Cardinals Videos From The 1980s

Spring Training games are in full effect with all 30 teams,  including the St. Louis Cardinals, took to the field to start getting ready for the season.  Meanwhile, Major League Baseball has opened the vaults and given the world access to video clips that were previously locked away.

The Cardinals were a powerhouse team in the National League in the 1980’s.  Three appearances in the World Series, including winning the championship in 1982, as well as some key moments throughout the decade had many people watching the team very closely.

Today, i70baseball brings you nine classic moments from the Cardinals in the 1980’s, courtesy of Major League Baseball.

Use the navigation controls below to take a look at each of the videos.  Leave us some comments and tell us the moments you most remember from the 1980’s in St. Louis.

<b>Bruce Sutter Closes Out 1982 World Series</b>

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The Winter Warm Up: Day Two And A Numbers Game

Today at the St. Louis Cardinals Winter Warm Up, a slow morning turned rapid-fire with Matt Adams, Brandon Dickson, Daniel Descalso, and J.C. Romero all taking turns in front of reporters in a short span of time.

Adams and Dickson will enter Spring Training trying to break camp with the big league club, having built reputations as important pieces of the Cardinal farm system already. Descalso, after making a name for himself in 2011 as a versatile player whether starting or coming off the bench, expects to be in the thick of the competition for the second base job. And Romero comes to the Cards looking for redemption both personally and professionally.

The afternoon promises to be exciting as well. Former manager (weird) Tony LaRussa has been in the house all morning signing autographs and talking with fans. But he’s not the only star from the 2011 World Series Champions making the rounds today. Jason Motte, Jake Westbrook, Jon Jay, Jaime Garcia, Lance Berkman, and Matt Holliday are among the big leaguers still scheduled to appear. A formidable lineup indeed.

Not to be outdone, the Cardinal alumni will be out in force today as well. Tom Lawless, Chris Duncan, Danny Cox, Todd Worrell, and Tom Henke are just some of the former Redbirds scheduled to appear. And the Cards’ radio broadcast team of Mike Shannon and John Rooney will also be entertaining fans this afternoon.

But the biggest drama to unfold today may be the resolution of just which number new Cardinal Carlos Beltran will wear. Historically, Beltran has worn #15 and on last year’s Cardinal team, that number belonged to Rafael Furcal. Even though Beltran has a little more tenure as a Major Leaguer (which may normally sway a player to give up his number), Furcal has obviously been a Cardinal longer. And yesterday, the Cardinal shortstop told reporters he was not giving up #15…after all, he did win a World Championship with the number on his back. Apparently that information made it to Beltran because last night he tweeted (@carlosbeltran15) a request for input on what his new number should be. So perhaps Beltran will make his decision before his scheduled Winter Warm Up appearance Monday, or maybe he and Furcal can come to some kind of agreement on a swap. Or maybe someone will solicit a decision from former Cardinal Jim Edmonds (@Jedmonds15), clearly the franchise’s most famous #15 from the last decade.

Oh, the suspense. Stay tuned.

Chris Reed is covering the 2012 Winter Warm Up all weekend for I-70 Baseball. Follow him on Twitter @birdbrained.

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Cardinals Caravan Set To Cover Five States In Four Days

ST. LOUIS (January 5, 2012)– The St. Louis Cardinals announced today the schedule for the team’s 2012 Cardinals Caravan which will make stops in Missouri, Illinois, Arkansas, Iowa and Tennessee.

The Cardinals will embark on five separate caravans, scheduled around the Winter Warm-Up weekend, January 13-16. Three caravans will depart on Friday, January 13 through Saturday, January 14 and two caravan trips are slated for Sunday and Monday, January 15-16.

The caravans are scheduled to visit 19 total cities, including the respective ballparks of local minor league affiliates Memphis (Tennessee), Springfield (Missouri) and Quad Cities (Davenport, Iowa).

Several current Cardinals players such as Jaime Garcia, Jason Motte and Jon Jay will take part in the promotional caravans. Also making appearances will be National League Championship Series and World Series MVP David Freese and new Cardinals manager Mike Matheny (Springfield, Mo. only), as well as numerous other veterans and future stars. Those players include Marc Rzepcyznski, Daniel Descalso, Mitchell Boggs and others. Cardinals’ minor league future stars include 2010 and 2011 Organizational Pitcher-of-the-Year Shelby Miller, 2011 Organizational Player-of-the-Year Matt Adams and 2010 first-round draft pick Zack Cox.

Fans will also be able to meet some of their favorite former players as Cardinals Alumni Andy Benes, Al Hrabosky, Danny Cox, Chris Duncan, Cal Eldred, Tom Lawless, John Mabry, Kerry Robinson, Jason Simontacchi and others will accompany the current players. Cardinals announcers Mike Shannon, Rick Horton, Mike Claiborne, Dan McLaughlin and John Rooney will serve as Caravan emcees and team mascot Fredbird will also be on hand.

A schedule of the five caravans, their destinations and participating players is attached, and can also be found on the team’s website at cardinals.com/caravan.

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Rob Rains’ Inside Baseball: Carpenter’s Gem

The unrelenting pace of the postseason schedule only gave the Cardinals about 41 hours to enjoy Chris Carpenter’s performance in game five of the NL Division Series before they had another game to play on Sunday.

For everyone else, however, we get to savor the beauty of that game for a long time, remembering where we watched one of the greatest performances in MLB postseason history.

Two men in particular were glued to the television to watch the battle between Carpenter and the Phillies’ Roy Halladay to decide which team would advance to the NL Championship Series. Tim Wilken, now the scouting director of the Chicago Cubs, had that same position with the Blue Jays in the 1990s and was responsible for the team selecting both Carpenter and Halladay in the first round of the 1993 and 1995 drafts. Danny Cox met both pitchers about the same time while he was finishing his major-league career with the Blue Jays. Cox also had the distinction of being the last Cardinals’ pitcher to throw a shutout in the postseason, in game seven of the 1987 NLCS against the Giants.

Wilken watched the game with some other Cubs personnel at The Bonfire, a restaurant in Scottsdale,Ariz., while Cox was watching at his home in Freeburg,Ill. Neither will soon forget Carpenter’s 1-0 win over Halladay, his good friend and former teammate in the first game they have ever pitched against each other.

“That was a pretty darn good game,” said Wilken, “probably better than you could have expected. Needless to say it was a wonderful evening. Wow.

“It was two warriors and two wonderful human beings. Unbelievable.”

Cox had a similar reaction, especially with his personal knowledge of what each pitcher was feeling to be on the mound in a win-or-go home environment.

“That was a fun game to watch,” Cox said. “The thing about it was after Carpenter lost game two, a lot of things had to happen just for there to be a game five. That also happened to me. I lost game four, and we had to get the series to game seven for me to pitch again.

“When it happens it’s almost surreal. I’m sure he was thinking that he had a second chance, and now it was payback time. He wanted to redeem himself, and it worked out just like it did for me.”

Cox did not quite have the same pressure as Carpenter in his game 24 years ago, however. He was at home, starting against Atlee Hammaker, and was staked to a 4-0 lead in the second inning, thanks in large measure to a three-run homer by Jose Oquendo. He then cruised to a 6-0 victory.

“I had a little more to work with than Carpenter,” Cox said. “He’s like an Eveready battery out there. He just keeps going, and he always has the same face and the same demeanor.”

Wilken said he was a little worried about Carpenter before the game, wondering if his sub-par performance in game two was a sign that the wear and tear of the regular season was getting to the 36-year-old pitcher, who did pitch the most innings in the National League this season.

“In the back of my mind I was hoping it would be a good game,” Wilken said.

It turned out that Wilken did not need to worry. How good was this game? Here are just a few reasons why it will long be remembered:

*It was only the third time in MLB postseason history that a pitcher won the clinching game of a series with a 1-0 complete game victory. Ralph Terry of the Yankees did it against the Giants in game seven of the 1962 World Series and Jack Morris pitched 10 shutout innings for the Twins in beating the Braves in game seven of the 1991 World Series.

*Carpenter became the third pitcher in postseason history to throw a shutout, allowing three hits or less, in a clinching game. The other two were Johnny Kucks of the Yankees in game seven of the 1956 World Series, and Sandy Koufax of the Dodgers in game seven of the 1965 World Series.

*It was only the third complete game shutout ever pitched by a Cardinals pitcher in a clinching game in the postseason, joining games by Dizzy Dean in the 1934 World Series and Cox.

*It was the 42nd 1-0 game in MLB postseason history, but was only the second time the Cardinals won a game 1-0 in their 190 postseason games. That was game six of the 1987 NLCS versus the Giants, when John Tudor, Todd Worrell and Ken Dayley combined on the shutout.

*Carpenter had made 339 starts in his career before this game, including the regular season and postseason, and he had never won a 1-0 complete game.

*It was the first time the Phillies had lost a 1-0 game in their home stadium in three years.

It was a pretty special night indeed. Said Cardinal manager Tony La Russa, “I think he (Carpenter) will remember that forever, and so will the Cardinals’ fans.”

One of the men Wilken was watching the game with was Randy Bush, the interim general manager of the Cubs who happened to be on the Twins team in 1991 when Morris out-dueled John Smoltz.

“We were talking about and it and Randy said that in that game, Tom Kelly, the Twins manager, had gone over to Jack during the game and said ‘Hell of a job,’ and Jack had a few adjectives and said, ‘I’m not done yet.’ I kind of had the feeling that if Tony had said something to Chris, he might have had the similar words to say,” Wilken said.

“You could see the determination in Chris’ face. The way relieving takes place today it was so much fun to watch a complete game and see how well Roy pitched. If you throw out his first seven or eight pitches, that’s a 0-0 game. For some reason the start of games has always been a little tough for Roy. It was unbelievable. I don’t see how it could get much better than that.”

Wilken knows that Carpenter, Halladay and former Cardinal pitcher Pat Hentgen, also a former teammate and close friend, likely will get together a few weeks from now on a fishing trip. This game certainly will come up, and probably the first thing Carpenter will want to talk about was his eighth-inning single off Halladay.

“I am sure that will come up,” Wilken said. “If Chris doesn’t bring it up I’m sure Pat will.

“It was a wonderful evening as far as being a viewer. I’m just glad I had the opportunity to know both of these gentlemen, and I say that with great respect. They are both wonderful human beings. I haven’t seen Chris for a while, and hopefully will run into him somewhere. I can’t say enough about both of them. Hopefully Chris Will Carry that torch all the way through the World Series.”

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Freak Cardinal Injuries

Matt Holliday hurt his finger while swinging a bat in the on-deck circle Tuesday night. Doctors found the tendon for the ring finger on his right hand inflamed when they examined him on Wednesday. Holliday will miss this weekend’s series with Philadelphia.

Hurting one’s finger while warming up has to qualify for weirdest injury ever, right? How unlucky can you be? Unfortunately, the Cardinals are no strangers to freak injuries. Here’s a short list of other odd injuries that have recently befallen the franchise.

Freese breaks toe, 2010. While rehabilitating from an earlier injury, part-time third baseman David Freese dropped a weight plate on his left foot, breaking his big toe. He missed the rest of the season.

Matheny cuts hand, 2000. Mike Matheny was a Gold Glove catcher for the Cardinals in 2000, and the team returned to the playoffs for the first time in 4 seasons. On the last Friday of that regular season Matheny received a hunting knife as a birthday present; since it was wrapped, he didn’t realize it was a knife until after he had opened it and almost sliced the ring finger off his right hand. Matheny missed the 2000 playoffs.

Osborne cuts hand, 1996. In Tony LaRussa‘s first year as manager, and a year after finishing 19 games under .500, the Cardinals were NL Central Champions, headed to the post-season for the first time since 1987. Dutifully, Cardinal management provided champagne for the players to enjoy the day they clinched the division title. At some point, one of the bottles was broken, and as (un)luck would have it, Cardinal lefty Donovan Osborne cut his pitching hand grabbing that bottle. 1996 was the best year of Osborne’s career, and based on ERA+ he was the ace of the staff. Osborne got shelled in two of his three post-season starts, including Game 7 of the NLCS against Atlanta.

Cox breaks ankle, 1986. Danny Cox was an 18-game winner for the NL Champs in 1985, combining with Joaquin Andujar and John Tudor to form a formidable rotation for the Cardinals. In a harbinger of the season to come, he jumped off a 3-foot seawall while fishing during spring training and chipped a bone in his right ankle. The surgery to remove the chip, and subsequent recovery, caused the righty to miss the first month of the 1986 season. St Louis staggered out of the gate, was 10 games under .500 on 31 May, and finished 79-82.

Coleman and the tarp, 1985. Quite possibly the most famous of all the Cardinal freak injuries. Vince Coleman, arguably the fastest man in baseball, the 1985 NL Rookie of the Year, owner of 110 stolen bases, was run down by the 1.5 MPH automatic tarp machine before Game 3 of the 1985 NLCS against the Dodgers. Without him as the catalyst for their attack, St Louis put up a puny .309 OBP and recorded only 8 successful steals (they were caught 8 times) during the rest of the post-season (13 games).

Matt should only be out 4 or 5 games. The bad news: that’s 38% of the Cardinals remaining games. Trying to make up 4 games on Atlanta with 13 left to play just got a lot harder.

Mike is a life-long Cardinals fan currently sitting in San Diego with his fingers crossed. He blogs about the San Diego Padres.

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June 24, 1984 – Rick Horton Nearly Made History

On this night, the fifth place Cardinals would play the West Division leading San Diego Padres in the second game of a four game series. Even though the Cardinals were in fifth place in the East, they were only 6 games out of first. Both divisions were up for grabs. The Cubs would catch fire later in summer and win the East while the Padres would hold on and win the West. None of that mattered right now, the Cardinals and Padres had a game to play.

The Cardinals were in the middle of a rough transition. Gone was Keith Hernandez, one of the best players in recent years. Terry Pendleton had yet to make his major league debut. The Cardinals pitching staff was decimated by injuries, especially among the starters. At this point, Danny Cox, Dave LaPoint and Bob Forsch were all injured and unavailable. Over the course of the next week, Kurt Kepshire would make his major league debut and Rick Ownbey (part of the Hernandez trade) would make his Cardinals debut. Neither would make much of an impact. Whitey Herzog was so desperate for starters that he was using Ken Dayley and Neil Allen, just to have somebody take the mound in the first inning.

A Promising Rookie

Rick Horton

Younger fans may know Rick as one of the Cardinal announcers on Fox Sports Midwest. A very pleasant announcer with an ever present smile, Rick has become a very good broadcaster. He often speaks of his time pitching, always downplaying his abilities – especially his 82mph fastball. While that may be what White Sox and Dodgers fans remember, Cardinal fans know differently. Rick Horton was a very good pitcher for his first four years in St. Louis. And I mean very good. He didn’t have the flair of Joaquin Andujar. He didn’t throw hard like Ken Dayley or Todd Worrell. He couldn’t dominate game after game like John Tudor or Danny Cox. But Rick Horton was still a very good pitcher. He was crafty with a capital C. In those four seasons, Horton would put up a 24-12 record with an ERA that stayed under 3 runs per game, except when excessive mop up duty inflated it just a bit. He was used mainly out of the bullpen, but would be the occasional spot starter when needed. Tonight was one of those nights.

The 24 year old lefty made the team out of spring training. Up to this point, he had been used mostly in mop-up assignments. While not the most glamorous role, they gave him time to develop his major league game. At the same time, those appearances gave Whitey Herzog and Mike Roarke time to evaluate his talent. And there was plenty to be happy about. Horton would get his first start on June 12 and combine with Neil Allen for a nice win against the Phillies, picking up his second win of his short career. He would be hit a bit harder on his next start against the Mets, but together with Bruce Sutter, they would hold the Mets off for another win.

Rick would suffer his first loss on June 24 against the Cubs, although he pitched well enough to win. He had the bad fortune of facing Rick Sutcliffe in the beginning of his 16-1 run to his Cy Young Award (to go with his 1979 Rookie of the Year). Sutcliffe would shut out the Cardinals, striking out 14. Not a lot that the young man could do against that kind of performance. Very quietly though, Horton was putting together a nice season. His ERA to date was 1.75.

June 24 – St. Louis at San Diego

Eric Show

Rick Horton (3-1) would face the right hander Eric Show (7-5). Show was the Woody Williams of the 80s. Fairly durable, Show would throw a lot of innings but not a lot of strikeouts. He would win 15 games twice, and 16 in his best season, 1988. But he would never have that monster year that we thought he was capable of producing. How would he do tonight ?

Show was impressive from the first pitch. He would strike out the first two batters he faced. Willie McGee would end the inning grounding out to long time Dodger, Steve Garvey at first.

Although not as dominating, Horton was just as effective in his half inning, getting two fly outs and striking out Garvey to end the inning.

The Cardinal bats would wake up in the second inning. Darrell Porter would lead off with a double. He was unable to advance when Steve Braun flied out to left (Steve, you are supposed to hit the ball to the other side of the outfield with a runner in scoring position and less than 2 outs). Mike Jorgensen would single, but Porter was held up at third. With Art Howe at the plate, Jorgensen is caught stealing in a broken hit and run. It was so bad that Jorgensen isn’t even credited with a caught stealing. Howe then flies out to end the inning.

In the San Diego half of the second inning, Horton shuts down the Padres. The ball never left the infield. When Horton was on, he could nip the corners. With his ability to change the speed, hitters never got a good swing on anything near the plate. So far, Horton was in very good form tonight.

In the third, the Cardinals would put a run on the scoreboard. Ozzie Smith, hitting eighth at this point in his career, leads off with a walk. Horton bunts Smith to second. Lonnie Smith follows that with a single, easily scoring Smith from second. Show would limit the damage, but the Cardinals had an early 1-0 lead. Maybe that would be enough with the way Horton is pitching.

The Padres third inning was much like their second, nothing leaving the infield. Three up and three down. One time through the order and Horton retired all nine.

Show settles down in the fourth. Steve Braun would fly out. Mike Jorgensen would single, but Art Howe would hit into an around the horn double play: 5-4-3. In the Padres fourth, nothing. Tony Gwynn and Steve Garvey finally got something out of the infield, but the ball fell safely into the gloves of Cardinal outfielders.

Adding On

The Cards would stir up trouble in the fifth. Ozzie Smith would ground out to start the inning, but Ricj Horton would follow that with a walk. Walking the opposing pitcher is always a bad idea, and it generally comes back to haunt the other team. Lonnie Smith would fail to advance the runner, flying out to right. Tommy Herr would single, bringing free swinging Willie McGee to the plate. Show would throw a pitch to the backstop, moving the runners to second and third. Willie McGee would would single to left, scoring both Horton and Herr. McGee would advance to second when Carmelo Martinez misplayed the ball. Darrell Porter would end the inning with a strikeout, but the Cardinals now led 3-0.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Padres would get their first base runner when the just victimized Carmelo Martinez leads off with a walk. He is quickly dispatched when catcher Terry Kennedy hits the ball back to the pitcher and Horton starts a nifty 1-6-3 double play. Not only had Horton been getting it done with his arm and bat, now he is showing off a bit of leather. Kevin McReynolds would ground out to end the inning.

And On

More trouble for Show in the sixth inning. With one out, Mike Jorgensen would walk and Art Howe would hit a single. Ozzie Smith would single home Jorgensen. Once again, Horton lays down a good bunt, moving the runners to second and third. The young lefty was putting on quite a clinic tonight. Lonnie Smith would follow with a single, scoring Howe. Ozzie Smith would be thrown out in a close play at home. The Cardinals now led 5-0.

Absolutely nothing was happening in the bottom of the sixth. Another solid Horton inning. A pop up to short, a pop up to second and a ground out to short. Three batters, nothing leaving the infield. Through six, no Padre hits.

Andy Hawkins was in to replace Show, who had been lifted for a pinch hitter in the previous inning. Hawkins did what Show had not been able to do – retire the Cardinals in order. The bottom of the seventh was a repeat of the sixth. Three Padre batters, two infield grounders and a strikeout. Nothing left the infield. Through seven innings, Cardinals 5, Padres 0 – and no Padre hits.

The Cardinals went fairly quickly in the eighth. Two singles, a fly out and rarity: Ozzie Smith grounding into a double play.

Horton Hears a Hit

Kevim McReynolds

Rick Horton takes his no hitter into the eighth. He strikes out Carmelo Martinez and gets Terry Kennedy to pop out to third. With two outs, Kevin McReynolds ends Horton’s no hitter with a clean double. A disappointed Horton gets Graig Nettles to ground out to short, preserving the shutout.

The Cardinals go quietly in the top of the ninth. A very tired Rick Horton takes the mound, working on a one hit shutout. He gets Garry Templeton to ground out to his opposite number for the first out. Pinch hitter Kurt Bevacqua walks. Leadoff man Alan Wiggins would get the Padres second hit, with Bavacqua stopping at second base. Tony Gwynn, one of the games greatest hitters, would end things by hitting into a 4-6-3 double play.

What an amazing performance by the young lefty. A 2 hit shutout against the West leading Padres – a team that would go on to the World Series. Horton was four outs from throwing a no hitter in his fourth major league start. Only five balls would get out of the infield, the two hits and three harmless fly balls. This was as masterful a game as Cardinals fans had seen in a very long time.

The Rest of the Story

Horton would finish his rookie season with a 9-4 record, posting a modest ERA of 3.44. He would be equally impressive in the next three seasons, going 3-2/2.91 in ’85, 4-3/2.24 in ’86 and 8-3/3.82 in ’87 (with 67 appearances, 61 in relief).

Horton would be traded to the White Sox, along with speedster Lance Johnson after the 1987 season for Jose DeLeon. DeLeon was an amazing talent that no pitching coach had been able to figure out. The Cardinals would soon be added to that list as DeLeon gave us 4 1/2 frustrating years. Horton failed to impress the White Sox and he was dealt to the Dodgers in a last minute deal before the end of post season eligibility. Horton would return to the Cardinals in 1989 and retire at the end of the 1990 season.

Lance Johnson would go on to be one of the better hitters in the American League. He would routinely lead the league in triples as well as stealing 30 or more bases a year. That’s one we sure wish we had back.

The next time you hear Rick Horton talking about his pitching days, know that he is being modest. Horton was one heck of a pitcher. And on this night he almost pitched his way into the Cardinal record books.

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For Mitchell Boggs: April 14, 1986

With the disappointing end to the 1985 World Series now a distant memory, Whitey Herzog’s St. Louis Cardinals would travel to New York for an important three game series with their arch rivals, the Mets. Rainy weather would shorten the series down to just this one game, with the other two to be made up when the Cardinals return in August. Six games over four nights, perhaps in the heat of a pennant race, gave the schedulers and fans chills just thinking about it. Before worrying about those games, the Cardinals and Mets had one to play on April 14. It turned out to be a very long one.

Dwight "Doc" Gooden

For Mets manager, Davey Johnson, filling out the lineup card was a simple task. Not only were his regular eight position players set, so was his starting rotation. And what a rotation it was: reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Dwight Gooden, Ron Darling, Sid Fernandez, Rick Aguilera and Bob Ojeda. Add in the righty/lefty relief tandem of Roger McDowell and Jesse Orosco, and you have a staff that was good for 108 wins and a World Series title.

Herzog’s pitching situation couldn’t have been more different. His starting eight were in relatively good shape, but the pitching rotation was a complete mess. John Tudor and Danny Cox were set as the number one and two, and veteran Bob Forsch would bring up the rear. It seemed like Whitey auditioned every pitcher for the remaining two spots before finally setting on Tim Conroy and Greg Mathews. Unfortunately, the Cardinals would be well out of contention by the time the rotation straightened itself out.

David vs. Goliath

Rick Horton

This game took on an air of David and Goliath as the two managers turned in their lineup cards. Forget that the Cardinals were 5-1 on the young season, they would be facing one of the best in the game, Dwight “Doc” Gooden. On the mound for the Cardinals, Rick Horton. This was going to be a game of power versus deception, and the Mets had a significant advantage.

The game started out exactly as you would have expected. Gooden made quick work of the Cardinals the first time through the order. The contact hitters at the top of the order made contact, but they were harmless fly balls or sharp grounders hit right at the infielders. The big swingers in the middle of the order came up empty, and Gooden would record four quick strikeouts.

For his part, Horton was just as effective, perhaps even a bit better. None of the Mets managed to get solid contact the first time through the order. They didn’t the second or third time either. Horton’s ability to keep the ball down and vary speeds frustrated a very good offensive team.

First Blood

The Mets would score the first run of the game in the home half of the third inning. A leadoff walk to Ray Knight came back to haunt Rick Horton when he would also walk the eighth place batter, light hitting Rafael Sanata. Dwight Gooden would lay down a nice sacrifice bunt, moving both runners into scoring position. Horton would then walk Len Dykstra to load the bases, setting up a double play opportunity. This would backfire when Tim Teufel hit a fly ball to right field, deep enough to score Knight from third base.

Turning the Cards

The Cardinals would tie the game in the top of the sixth inning on a play that we learned to love in 1985. With one out, Vince Coleman hit a line drive right between the center and right fielders, and it went all the way to the wall. The speedy left fielder turned that hit into a triple, and was in easy scoring position. Coleman would indeed score when Wille McGee hit a ground ball up the middle that split the two middle infielders. After a Tommy Herr fly out, McGee would show off his speed by stealing second base, and then moving on two third base when Gary Carter’s throw sailed into center field. A Jack Clark strikeout ended the rally, but not before the Cardinals got on the board and sent a bit of a message: they were going to run, and run, and run.

The Cardinals would take the lead in the game in two innings later. In the top of the eighth, Ozzie Smith blooped a ball over the infield for a single. Playing for a big inning, Whitey Herzog decides to pinch hit for Rick Horton, in spite of him only giving up two hits through seven innings. Clint Hurdle, now the manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, would hit for Horton. That turned out to be the right move as Hurdle singles up the middle, allowing Ozzie Smith to go to third base on the play. After Vince Coleman pops up to the shortstop, Willie McGee steps up to the plate, and plays the role of hero. McGee hits a fly ball to left field, deep enough to score the speedy Ozzie Smith from third base. That would give the Cardinals a 2-1 lead with just six more outs to get.

Why Did He Do That ?

Ken Dayley

The first of those six outs would come very quickly as Ken Dayley took over in the eighth inning. When Dayley was on, he was one of the best in the game. He had an electric fastball with sharp movement and complemented that with a curveball that looked like it rolled off the end of a table. Dayley was on tonight, and he made quick work of the Mets in his first inning of work.

In the Cardinals ninth inning, Andy van Slyke gave the Cardinals a chance for a much needed insurance run. With one out, he would single on a swinging bunt. He would immediately swipe second base, to put himself into scoring position. Unfortuantely, Terry Pendleton and Mike Heath would fail to drive in young right fielder, and that would prove costly in a few moments.

The brilliance of the Mets batting order came into play in the ninth inning, forcing Whitey Herzog to make a difficult decision. Johnson’s batting order alternated left and right handed hitters through the entire lineup, making it tough on late inning relievers, especially the lefties.

Herzog left Ken Dayley in to start the inning. He would walk the right handed hitting Tim Teufel. Dayley then got a very tough left handed hitter to ground into a force out, retiring the runner at second base. With Gary Carter coming up to bat, and another left handed hitter, Darryl Strawberry, on deck, Herzog goes to his bullpen and brings in Todd Worrell.

Todd Worrell

Worrell was a late addition to the Cardinals in 1985, just before the post-season roster eligibility deadline. While we remember him exploding onto the scene in September and October, with a dazzling fastball and video game slider, the truth was that he struggled at first. He had only recently been converted from a starter to a max effort reliever, and he had a few misfires before becoming the closer that we all remember. Because Worrell was such a late callup, he did not pitch enough innings to qualify as a rookie, so 1986 was his official rookie season.

In his first two appearances this season, he had been good enough to convert them into multi-inning saves. He did struggle a bit with his control, and would continue to do so for another week or so, but he was two for two in save chances. He would not fare as well in this game.

The first batter Worrell would face is the right handed hitting Gary Carter. Worrell had a high leg kick and long stride in his deliver, and Wally Backman, running for Keith Hernandez, took advantage of that and stole second base. Worrell would then lose the righty he was brought in to face when he walks Carter, putting the winning run on base.

Does any of this sound familiar ?

At this point, Herzog probably wishes he had left Dayley in the game because the next hitter was Darryl Strawberry, one of the most dangerous left handed batters in the game. Strawberry delivers with a line drive single, easily scoring Backman from second base. The game is now tied, and the young right hander has just blown his first save on the young season.

Worrell would retire George Foster and Howard Johnson to end the inning, but the damage had been done and the game would now go into extra innings.

Extra Innings

A much different Roger McDowell took the mound in the tenth inning. He made quick work of the bottom of the Cardinals order, including Todd Worrell who took his at-bat, remaining in the game.

Todd Worrell also toughened and survived a two out single and stolen base in the tenth inning and a one out walk in the eleventh.

The Cardinals would get the next big chance in the top of the twelfth inning. Now facing Jesse Orosco, the Cardinals would take advantage of his wildness and draw a pair of walks to start the inning. An Ozzie Smith bunt backfired when the Mets were able to get the force out at third base. The inning would come to a quick end with no more runs on the scoreboard.

The new Cardinals pitcher was Pat Perry, and he made quick work of the Mets in the twelfth inning, working around a walk and a wild pitch.

The game would be broken open in the span of about 30 seconds in the top of the thirteenth inning. Willie McGee would start things off by beating out a weak grounder to second base. Tommy Herr bunted McGee to second base, but the Mets were unable to make the play, allowing both runners to be safe. Davey Johnson goes to his bullpen and brings in the big right hander, Bruce Berenyi.

Berenyi would pitch around Jack Clark, eventually walking him to load the bases. That would prove costly when Tito Landrum hits a ground ball to Howard Johnson and he boots it, allowing McGee and Herr to score a pair of go-ahead runs. The Cardinals would again load the bases, and Ozzie Smith delivered the knock-out blow when he doubled home two more runs. The Cardinals now led 6-2 and all of the enthusiasm had drained out of the Mets dugout.

Pat Perry made quick work of a now devastated top of the Mets order in the thirteenth inning, and earned a nice extra inning win. Although it was Berenyi’s meltdown that led to the Cardinals rally, Randy Niemann had put the first two men on base and would take the hard luck loss.

Lost in this story is a blown save from Todd Worrell. Also lost were several scoring chances that the Cardinals could not turn into runs.

The Rest of the Story

Fortunately for Worrell and the Cardinals, there was no social media technology in 1986. Bloggers did not analyze every pitch and Twitter users did not immediately demand Worrell be sent back down to Louisville. Aside from a few call-in sports shows, nobody commented on Worrell’s early season trouble. Whitey Herzog certainly did not over-react. He threw Worrell back out for the next save opportunity, and the young right-hander converted it with little fanfare. Or effort – he only faced a single batter.

Sadly, the Cardinals were about to go into a tailspin, falling 8 games out of first place before they knew what had hit them. That provided very few save opportunities for Worrell, and his next one he would not be able to convert. Still, Herzog did not over-react and remained supportive of the young hurler.

All of that was about to be forgotten as Worrell started pitching with authority in mid-May. He would finish his rookie season with 74 appearances, totally a whopping 103 2/3 innings. He would post a 9-10 record, which may be more about the poor Cardinals offense than his pitching ability. A sparkling 2.08 ERA is a better indicator, as was his league leading 36 saves. Although we will remember 1986 as somewhat of a lost season, it would very memorable for Todd Worrell as he took home the Rookie of the Year award.

What we can learn from this story is that one blown save does not a bad closer make, as Emily from the Cardinals Diamond Diaries points out in a recent article.

Bob Netherton covers Cardinals history for i70baseball.com and writes at On the Outside Corner. You may follow Bob on Twitter here or on Facebook here.

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The Cardinals In Time: Runnin’ Redbirds

During the offseason we have been taking a look at the past, giving readers a timeline of St. Louis baseball throughout history. Last time we learned about how Whitey Herzog came in and rebuilt the organization into a lean mean running machine. Whiteyball led to a World Series title in 1982, but felt a little less than potent in the two years following. Could the team rise to the top?

When people talk about the Cardinals’ 1985 team, it all seems to boil down to the Series. More specifically, it points to the Call. The team here at I-70 Baseball even did a week-long tribute to the 1985 Series between the Cardinals and Kansas City Royals (You can find the archive here). It is unfortunate that a 101-61 record that witnessed players winning the MVP, Rookie of the Year, and Gold Glove awards has boiled down to one call, but it happened.

Whitey and owner Gussie Busch were disappointed with how the team had performed in both 1983 and 1984. Because of that, most of the championship team from 1982 was long gone before the beginning of 1985. The real holdovers included Ozzie Smith and Tommy Herr in the infield, Willie McGee in the outfield, and Bob Forsch and Joaquin Andujar in the rotation. Joining those names were slugging first baseman Jack Clark, outfielders Vince Coleman and Andy van Slyke, and starting pitcher Danny Cox.

The Cardinals did not exactly run away with the division, as their biggest lead of four games out in front would indicate. They battled with the New York Mets tooth and nail all the way through the season. The “Pond Scum” Mets featured former Cardinal Keith Hernandez and young pitching phenom Dwight Gooden, who at age 20 picked up 24 wins in 1985.

What pushed the Cardinals to the top? Speed. The Mets and Cardinals basically had the best two lineups and pitching rotations in the National League, going toe to toe in many of the top counting categories, with the exception of a few. Where the Mets relied on power, in the form of home runs from their sluggers and strikeouts from their pitchers, the Cardinals looked to speed around the bases and scoring runs in bunches.

The Cardinals pushed through the NLCS against the Los Angeles Dodgers despite facing such pitchers as Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser and Tom Niedenfuer. The real loss of that series occurred in Game 4, when Rookie of the Year winner Vince Coleman was trapped by a rolling tarp and suffered a broken leg. Losing his speed on the basepaths for the rest of the playoffs was a tough blow, but the team was far from finished.

The big question: if the Call does not happen, do the Cardinals win the Series? It is certainly possible. However, one bad call does not produce seven games’ worth of outcomes. There was still one whole game after it happened. The Cardinals still could have won… but they rolled over in game seven. They let it slip away.

1986 was a down year across the board. For Willie McGee it meant dropping from an MVP winning season in which he batted .353/.384/.503 to a disappointing .256/.306/.370 line. He was not the only sharp fall. The team was dead last in hits, runs, doubles, home runs, batting average, slugging and on base percentages. That is correct… dead last in the National League. The funny thing is they still managed to lead the league in stolen bases, despite having the fewest opportunities to do so.

The pitchers did not have quite a drop, but consider this: in 1985, Tudor and Andujar both won 21 games and Cox won 18. The pitching staff was in the top 3 in every category except strikeouts. The next year Andujar had found his ticket out of town and Tudor/Cox/Bob Forsch all put up rather similar lines of 12-14 wins and a roughly 3.00 ERA. Not bad, but who was the shutdown ace? That was a rotation of number two or three starters.

Speaking of not having an ace, the 1987 team might fit that bill even better. Have you ever heard of a team that went to the World Series without a pitcher winning more than eleven games? It happened. Eight different pitchers won at least eight games, but no pitcher on the team won more than eleven. Whitey pulled wins out of that team every way he could, because on paper, this team was not the top.

Jack Clark

All in all, the lineup was solid. The starters all seemed to hit around .285, and for the first time in what felt like decades, the Cardinals had a genuine slugger in Jack Clark, who thumped 35 home runs and racked up a ridiculous 136 walks. The whole team was patient at the plate, leading the league in walks and, as a result, in on base percentage, but Clark blew them all away. Wonder of wonders, the highest batting average on the season belonged to “light hitting” shortstop Ozzie Smith, who smacked out a .303 batting average (despite 138 of them being singles).

Finishing at 95-67 put the Cardinals three up on the Mets in the National League and pushed them into the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants, led by Will “the Thrill” Clark. Despite pushing the series to seven games, the Cardinals snuck out of it and on to the World Series to face the big bats being wielded by the Minnesota Twins’ Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek and Garry Gaetti. The Cardinals’ wiry runners looked like batboys next to the big guys hanging out in the Twins’ dugout!

The World Series turned out to be one of those affairs where the home team wins every game, but some people have made somewhat of a stink about that. The Twins played in the Metrodome, and in at least one player account of the Series, when the Twins’ players were up to bat the crowd noise was such that the team would turn on fans somewhere in the stadium that caused balls to blow into the stands, helping those sluggers just a little bit more. Who knew there would be wind in a dome? This was never confirmed of course, but considering the very lopsided scores in those four games in Minnesota (10-1, 8-4, 11-5, and 4-2), I suppose anything is possible.

Coming out of the World Series that year felt like a letdown, but for kids like Joe Magrane, who finished third in the Rookie of the Year voting in ’87, getting to the postseason was a, “Ho-hum, we will be back next year,” kind of feeling. Little did any of them know that this would be the last time the team sniffed the postseason for ten long, lean years.

Joe Magrane

1988 was awful for the Cardinals. Jack Clark and general manager Dal Maxvill were not the best of friends, and when the two could not come to terms on a new contract, the free agent basically threw his hands in the air and walked away to join the Yankees. It was a sucker punch to the rest of the team, who relied on the big slugger to push across all the runners they were getting on base for him. Without a guy to bring in the runners, tallies on the scoreboard were scarce. Vince Coleman and Willie McGee were still tearing up the basepaths, but they were left stranded more often than not. Joe Magrane knew that better than anyone, winning the ERA title in ’88 with a puny 2.18, but finishing with a 5-9 record. He would go up against David Cone and the Mets’ fearsome lineup, but his team could only ever scratch out a run at a time for him. With that kind of support, the team finished an abysmal 76-86, a very distant fifth place in the NL East.

1989 had promise. Slugger Pedro Guerrero came through in a big way, finishing third for the NL MVP, being branded with a “clutch” label and bringing around all those baserunners to score, racking up what felt like a monstrous 117 RBI after a year in which no one could seem to push a runner across. The pitching staff felt less of a burden to allow one run or less in every start, and as a result Joe Magrane had a nice year, going 18-9 and finishing third in the CY Young race.

Unfortunately, things were getting messy off the field. Gussie Busch’s health was failing. He turned the team over to his son, August Busch III, who had little interest in the team, and forced Whitey to go through a board of directors to get any baseball decisions done. On September 29, Gussie died, but the Cardinals had already started to fade out of the pennant race, finishing a close third. The pitchers’ arms tired and the bats could not keep up with the Cubs.

The end was nearing for the Cardinals. Gussie was gone, and Whitey was going to be next. The only question was when.

Angela Weinhold covers the Cardinals for i70baseball.com and writes at Cardinal Diamond Diaries. You may follow her on Twitter here or follow Cardinal Diamond Diaries here.

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October 9, 1987 – The Day Jeffery Leonard’s One Flap Went Down

Earlier this month, we took a look at how the 1987 Cardinals overcame a slew of injuries to win the National League East Division Title, holding off a late run by both the New York Mets and the Montreal Expos. John Tudor would miss half of the season with a broken leg, newcomer Tony Pena a month and a half with a broken hand and long disabled list stints by Danny Cox, Tommy Herr, Curt Ford, Joe Magrane and Jack Clark. Of these, Clark’s injury hurt the Cardinals the most as he was their only legitimate power threat in the lineup. Behind the dual running threat of Vince Coleman and Ozzy Smith and the reliable bat of Tommy Herr, Jack Clark feasted on opposing pitchers. He put together one of the best offensive seasons since a guy named Stan Musial roamed in the right field corner at Grand and Dodier (Sportsman’s Park). That is until the sixth inning of the game in Montreal on September 9 when “The Ripper” tried to avoid a tag on an errant throw by Expos third baseman Tim Wallach and ended up tearing some ligaments in his ankle, ending his season. For many Cardinal fans, their hopes for post-season ended with that awkward slide.

Thanks to some late season heroics by Terry Pendleton and the pitching of Greg Mathews, Joe Magrane, Danny Cox and John Tudor, the Redbirds were able to hold onto the lead that they had built earlier in the season and would face NL West Champions, the San Francisco Giants, in the National League Championship Series. While the Cardinals limped into post-season, the Giants stormed into the series. A long winning streak in mid-September separated the Giants from both Houston and Cincinnati and the outcome of the division was really never in doubt after that. The Giants were also entering the playoffs with all of their regulars in the lineup.

Bad Blood, Lots of it

Not that post-season needs any more drama than the best-of-seven game series provides, this one featured just a bit more than the others in the decade. There was bad blood between these two teams, and a lot of it. It all dated back to a game the previous season. To be specific, a Tuesday night game in St. Louis on July 22, 1986. Both pitchers would get off to a rough start. Giants starter Vida Blue was being beaten up, one single at a time. At the same time, John Tudor could not retire the Giants in order and surrendered a game tying home run to Bob Brenly just moments after being given an early lead. It was going to be one of those kind of games.

Things fell apart for the Giants in the fourth inning when the Cardinals sent 11 men to the plate against Blue and relievers Mark Davis and Juan Berenguer. Andy van Slyke did most of the damage with a triple and a home run, but it was the aggressive base running of Vince Coleman and Ozzie Smith that got under the Giants skin. By the time Berenguer got the last out in the inning, the Cardinals plated 8 runs for a 10-2 lead.

In the next inning, John Tudor would single with one out. Vince Coleman would ground out, forcing Tudor at second. With a 10-2 lead, Coleman was back off to the races and would steal both second base as well as third. The last straw came when Vince Coleman tried to score on a wild pitch to Willie McGee. Catcher Bob Brenly threw out Coleman and pitcher Juan Berenguer slammed the ball into the ground to show his displeasure of Coleman’s aggressive play with such a big lead. Both benches emptied, but nothing happened quite yet. Coleman added fuel to the fire when he tipped his cap to Berenguer in mock appreciation of his play.

You know what comes next, right ? Exactly. When Coleman comes up to bat the next time, he take his punishment – which in this case was a pitch in the rib cage, but not before the first attempt failed to hit the Cardinals speedster. Both benches were warned, but that apparently wasn’t a deterrent as Frank Williams’ next pitch hit Coleman in the mid-section, prompting an automatic ejection of Williams and manager, Roger Craig. That’s when the melee broke out, and a good one it was. Even Whitey Herzog got into the act when Jeffrey Leonard threw Cardinals pitching coach Mike Roarke to the ground. A huge mound of players exchanged blows with Tommy Herr getting the worst of it, receiving 8 stitches to the face.

The Giants would make the game more interesting by jumping all over reliever Ray Burris, but Todd Worrell would close the game out, preserving the win for the Redbirds. But the Giants would get their revenge, it just took a bit over 14 months for another opportunity to present itself.

NLCS Games 1 and 2

Even though the Cardinals had won 5 more game than their Western Division foes, injuries to Jack Clark and Terry Pendleton made the Giants the favorites in this series. Fortunately for the Cardinals, the series would start in St. Louis where young left-hander Greg Mathews won Game One with 7 1/3 innings of 4 hit baseball. Mathews would even drive in the eventual winning runs with a 2 out single in the sixth inning. Todd Worrell and Ken Dayley would bail Mathews out late in the game, preserving the win for the home team.

Dave Dravecky would even the series with the best post-season pitching performance since Jim Lonborg’s 1 hitter in the 1967 World Series. The Giants lefty would hold the Cardinals to just 2 hits as they pecked away at John Tudor for a 5-0 win. In this game, Jeffrey Leonard would hit his second home run in as many games. That was starting to get under the skin of the Cardinals.

Game 3

While the first two games featured some very good pitching on both sides of the diamond, the first game at Candlestick Park looked to be more of an offensive battle. Whitey Herzog would give the ball to his star rookie, Joe Magrane. On the other side, Roger Craig would call on his big lefty, Atlee Hammaker. Hammaker had been a bit of a Ray Sadecki pitcher for the Giants. He had great stuff and could completely shut down the opposition, but for some reason could not get any run support. If the current group of baseball writers were voting for the Cy Young award in 1983, Hammaker would probably have won it. Even though he only compiled a 10-9 record, he led the league in ERA (2.25), walks per 9 innings (1.7) and K/BB ratio of almost 4. After missing the entire 1986 season with an injury, Hammaker turned in a solid 1987, finishing with a 10-10 record.

The Giants would draw first blood in this battle, getting all over Joe Magrane in the bottom of the second inning. A double by Chili Davis, single by Will Clark and double from the bat of Bob Brenly would give the Giants a quick 2-0 lead. That would lead would soon grow to 3-0 when Bob Brenly scored on a Magrane wild pitch to leadoff hitter, Robby Thompson.

What the box scores don’t tell you is that the Cardinals were being beaten on every aspect of the game. They were being out-pitched, out-hit and out-hustled. If something didn’t change, and soon, the series might not return to Busch Stadium.

The last straw for the Cardinals in this game came in the bottom of the third inning. Jeffrey Leonard would lead off with his third home run of the series. In front of the large home town crowd, Leonard took his time rounding the bases. As he did so, he ran with his right arm dangling limply – he called that his “one flap down.” It was a huge insult to the opposing pitchers, and that was not lost on Bob Forsch who was getting ready to enter the game.

Bob Forsch Knocks One Flap Down

The dean of the Cardinals pitching staff would take over for Joe Magrane in the fourth inning. After a failed bunt from Robbie Thompson and a sharp single by Kevin Mitchell, Jeffrey Leonard stepped into the batters box. In a bit of old school retribution, Bob Forsch puts a pitch right in Leonard’s rib cage. Leonard takes it like a professional and quietly takes his base. After some shaky infield play, Forsch closed out the inning without any further damage. But he did make a big statement – if the Cardinals bats could just show some sort of life, this could be a game again.

That would happen in the next inning. With two outs and Ozzie Smith on first base, Jim Lindeman, filling in for the injured Jack Clark, surprised everybody by blasting a 2 run homer. After tearing up spring training and making it possible for Dal Maxvill to deal Andy van Slyke to the Pirates for Tony Pena, Lindeman struggled through the regular season, finishing with a disappointing .208 average with 8 home runs and 28 RBIs. With this one hit, Lindeman gave the Cardinals some much needed life.

If Lindeman was feeding off Forsch’s efforts in the previous inning, Forsch in turn feed off the bats waking up by setting down the Giants in order without a ball leaving the infield. That put the Cardinals bats back into the game quickly, and they would break the game open against Hammaker and relievers Don Robinson and Craig Lefferts. Unlike the previous inning, the Cardinals did it this time by pure Whitey-ball: singles, stolen bases and sacrifices. Jim Lindeman, who drove in the first two runs, would drive in the last run with a sacrifice fly. By the time the inning ended, the Cardinals enjoyed a 6-4 lead and were standing much taller than they were an hour earlier.

Whitey Herzog would turn the game over to Todd Worrell for a 3 inning save. A 2 out home run in the 9th inning by Harry Spilman would make it a one run game, but Worrell would retire Kevin Mitchell to end the game.

Games 4 and 5

In Game 4, the Cardinals got to Giants starter, Mike Krukow, early but failed to tack on any more runs. Cardinals starter, Danny Cox, ran into trouble with the long ball as Robbie Thompson, Jeffrey Leonard and Bob Brenly would victimize the big right hander. Leonard’s game winning homer was his 4th in as many games. Fortunately, this would be the last we would hear out of Leonard.

Game 5 was a back and forth affair as each time the Cardinals would score, the Giants would come back and tie the game. San Francisco would have the final word, scoring 4 runs in their half of the fourth inning. Neither team would allow another run and the Giants would leave San Francisco with a 3-2 lead in the series.

Games 6 and 7

When the series returned to Busch Stadium, John Tudor pitched one of the best post-season games in his career. He gave the Giants fits, scattering 6 hits in 7 1/3 innings of work. Todd Worrell and Ken Dayley would retire the five batters they would face, three by way of the the strikeout. The only run in the game came on a Tony Pena fly ball that Candy Maldonado misplayed into a triple. Jose Oquendo would drive him in two batters later with a sacrifice fly.

Game 7 would feature Danny Cox against Game 3 starter Atlee Hammaker. In a complete reversal of fortunes from Game 3, it was Hammaker that would fall apart early. Three consecutive singles by Tony Pena, Terry Pendleton and and Willie McGee in the second inning would set up the big play of the game. Jose Oquendo would break the game open with a three run homer, giving Danny Cox a lead that he would not surrender. The Cardinals would tack on two insurance runs later in the game, but Cox didn’t need them as he would go the distance in the 6-0 shutout, further adding to his reputation of being a big game hurler.

Epilogue

As much as Jeffrey Leonard irritated opposing players and fans, he had a truly remarkable post-season in 1987. He would be rewarded by taking home the NLCS Most Valuable Player award, the first one given to a player on the losing team. Willie McGee and Tony Pena had a good series for the Cardinals, but nothing like the .417/.500/.917 that Leonard put up. He would finish the series with 4 home runs, but just 5 RBIs. Yes, he deserved the award more than any other player.

But one player deserves an even bigger award. Bob Forsch gave his team a much needed lift when he sent the series MVP down in the dirt at that pivotal moment in Game 3. He won’t receive any iron for that, but he should get the respect of Cardinals fans, young and old. If not for some old school payback, the 1987 NLCS might have ended in San Francisco.

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25th ANNIVERSARY: Game 2 Recap

1985 World Series

St. Louis Cardinals vs. Kansas City Royals

Game 2 – October 20, 1985

Location: Royals Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

Attendance: 41,656

Recap: For the second game in a row, the Royals put up more hits than the Cardinals, but could not find a way to win. Despite a three-hit performance including two doubles from Royals cleanup hitter Frank White and multi-hit games from Lonnie Smith and Willie Wilson, the Cardinals racked up hits in big situations. Tito Landrum had a second consecutive two-hit game, and Terry Pendleton drove in three runs. Just like in Game 1, the Royals’ starting pitcher outlasted the Cardinals’, with Charlie Liebrandt throwing 8.2 innings versus Danny Cox’s 7. The Cards also benefited from a shut-down bullpen; Ken Dayley, who recorded the win, and Jeff Lahti each threw one scoreless inning.

Line Score:

TEAM R H E

St. Louis 4 6 0

Kansas City 2 9 0

Winning pitcher: Ken Dayley

Losing pitcher: Charlie Leibrandt

Save: Jeff Lahti

Notables: Outside of the first four hitters in the Royals’ lineup, only No. 7 hitter Steve Balboni recorded a hit for Kansas City; Frank White and Willie Wilson recorded stolen bases for KC.

Thursday: A recap of Game 3.

Matt Kelsey is a Royals writer and the content editor for I-70 Baseball. He can be reached at mattkelsey@i70baseball.com.

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