1978 World Series

The 1978 World Series matched the defending champions New York Yankees against the Los Angeles Dodgers in a rematch of the previous year's World Series, with the Yankees winning in six games, just like the previous year, to repeat as champions. As of 2018, it remains the most recent World Series to feature a rematch of the previous season's matchup.[1]

1978 was the first of ten consecutive years that saw ten different teams win the World Series. The Los Angeles Dodgers would break the string with a World Series win in 1988 (as they won in the 1981 World Series).

This Series had two memorable confrontations between Dodger rookie pitcher Bob Welch and the Yankees' Reggie Jackson. In Game 2, Welch struck Jackson out in the top of the ninth with two outs and the tying and go-ahead runs on base to end the game. Jackson would avenge the strikeout, when in Game 4 he singled off Welch which moved Roy White to second, from which White would score the game winning run on a Lou Piniella single to tie the series at 2-2. In Game 6, Jackson smashed a two-run homer off Welch in the seventh to increase the Yankees' lead to 7–2 and put a final "exclamation point" on the Yankees' victory to win the series.

1978 World Series
1978 World Series
Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
New York Yankees (4) Bob Lemon 100–63, .613, GA: 1
Los Angeles Dodgers (2) Tommy Lasorda 95–67, .586, GA: 2½
DatesOctober 10–17
MVPBucky Dent (New York)
UmpiresEd Vargo (NL), Bill Haller (AL), John Kibler (NL), Marty Springstead (AL), Frank Pulli (NL), Joe Brinkman (AL)
Hall of FamersYankees: Goose Gossage, Catfish Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Bob Lemon (mgr.).
Dodgers: Tommy Lasorda (mgr.), Don Sutton.
ALCSNew York Yankees over Kansas City Royals (3–1)
NLCSLos Angeles Dodgers over Philadelphia Phillies (3–1)
Broadcast
TelevisionNBC
TV announcersJoe Garagiola, Tony Kubek, Tom Seaver, and Curt Gowdy
RadioCBS
Radio announcersBill White, Ross Porter, and Win Elliot
World Series

Background

It wasn't easy for these two teams to repeat as their respective league's champions, both scrambling back to the Fall Classic late in the season.

New York Yankees

The New York Yankees were as far back as fourteen games behind the Boston Red Sox at mid-July suffering from injuries to pitchers Catfish Hunter and Jim Beattie. A public display of antipathy between manager Billy Martin and slugger Reggie Jackson resulted in the replacement of Martin by the amenable, easygoing Bob Lemon on July 17. With time running out, the Yankees, four games behind the Red Sox in the American League East, began a crucial four-game series at Fenway Park in Boston. On September 7, the Yanks began the "Boston Massacre" with a 15–3 drubbing of the BoSox, with second baseman Willie Randolph driving in five runs. (Randolph was sidelined in the postseason, due to a pulled hamstring in late September.)[2] The assault continued with the Yankees winning game two 13–2, game three 7–0 (Ron Guidry winning his 21st—a two-hitter), and an eighteen-hit 7–4 victory in game four, completing the sweep. The Yankees and Red Sox were now tied for first place with twenty games remaining for both clubs.[3]

New York went 48–20 (.706) in their last 68 scheduled games, but lost on the final day to Cleveland to finish the regular season in a dead-heat with Boston at 99–63 (.611). The Yanks had to travel to Fenway for the one-game playoff on Monday, October 2. Down 2–0 after six innings, they won 5–4, made famous by light-hitting Bucky Dent's clutch three-run homer in the seventh inning (his fifth of the year). Ron Guidry won his 25th game (against only three losses) and Goose Gossage recorded the last eight outs for his 27th save, retiring Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski with the tying run at third base for the final out.

Los Angeles Dodgers

In the National League the Los Angeles Dodgers were locked in a tight three way race with the rival San Francisco Giants and Cincinnati Reds falling as far as ​6 12 games back. Taking a lesson from the in-fighting Yankees, this normally close-knit group caught fire after a clubhouse fight between teammates Steve Garvey and Don Sutton in August, ultimately finishing ​2 12 games ahead of the Cincinnati Reds. Unlike the 1977 Dodgers with four 30+ home run hitters, this squad's leader in home runs was Reggie Smith with 29. No pitcher won twenty or more games but five pitchers did win at least ten games. Rookie Bob Welch was a key after being promoted from the minors, winning seven games and saving three while being utilized as both a starter and reliever.

During the World Series the Dodgers wore on their uniforms a black patch with the number 19 in dedication to coach Jim Gilliam, who died from a brain hemorrhage two days before the start of the Series. His uniform number was retired by the Dodgers prior to the start of game one.

League Championship Series

In a repeat of the 1977 playoffs the Yankees again dispatched the Kansas City Royals, this time three games to one as the Dodgers did the same to the Philadelphia Phillies by the same margin. After losing the first two games of the World Series, the Yankees would become the first team ever to come back to win the Series in six. The Dodgers would duplicate that feat against the Yankees in the 1981 World Series.

Summary

AL New York Yankees (4) vs. NL Los Angeles Dodgers (2)

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 10 New York Yankees – 5, Los Angeles Dodgers – 11 Dodger Stadium 2:48 55,997[4] 
2 October 11 New York Yankees – 3, Los Angeles Dodgers – 4 Dodger Stadium 2:37 55,982[5] 
3 October 13 Los Angeles Dodgers – 1, New York Yankees – 5 Yankee Stadium 2:27 56,447[6] 
4 October 14 Los Angeles Dodgers – 3, New York Yankees – 4 (10 innings) Yankee Stadium 3:17 56,445[7] 
5 October 15 Los Angeles Dodgers – 2, New York Yankees – 12 Yankee Stadium 2:56 56,449[8] 
6 October 17 New York Yankees – 7, Los Angeles Dodgers – 2 Dodger Stadium 2:34 55,985[9]

Matchups

Game 1

Tuesday, October 10, 1978 5:30 pm (PT) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 5 9 1
Los Angeles 0 3 0 3 1 0 3 1 X 11 15 2
WP: Tommy John (1–0)   LP: Ed Figueroa (0–1)
Home runs:
NYY: Reggie Jackson (1)
LAD: Dusty Baker (1), Davey Lopes 2 (2)

With Yankee ace Ron Guidry unavailable at least until Game 3, the Dodgers pounded twenty-game winner Ed Figueroa. Figueroa left after two innings, allowing home runs to Dusty Baker and Davey Lopes. Lopes would add a three-run shot in the fourth off Ken Clay to make it 6–0. Another Dodger run crossed the plate in the fifth; Ron Cey scoring on a Clay wild pitch.

The Yankees tried to claw back in the seventh as Reggie Jackson homered and Bucky Dent singled in two runs, but the Dodgers bounced back with three of their own, two coming on a Bill North double. The Dodgers would cruise to an easy Game 1 win from there.

Game 2

Wednesday, October 11, 1978 5:30 pm (PT) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 11 0
Los Angeles 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 0 X 4 7 0
WP: Burt Hooton (1–0)   LP: Catfish Hunter (0–1)   Sv: Bob Welch (1)
Home runs:
NYY: None
LAD: Ron Cey (1)

Ron Cey drove in all the Dodgers' runs with a single in the fourth and a three-run homer in the sixth off Yankee starter Catfish Hunter. Reggie Jackson would try to keep pace by batting in all three of the Yankee runs with a two-run double and RBI groundout, but this game would be remembered for one memorable Jackson at-bat.

Rookie Bob Welch was brought in to pitch the ninth to save the game for Burt Hooton. He allowed Bucky Dent and Willie Randolph to reach base between outs, bringing up Jackson. Welch ran the count to 3–2. Jackson fouled off several pitches before Welch finally got a fastball by him, sending the Dodger Stadium crowd into a frenzy.

In post-game interviews, Jackson initially blamed his striking out on Bucky Dent running from second with the 3–2 pitch and distracting him from focusing on Welch. In later interviews, however, Jackson would give Welch his proper due.

Game 3

Friday, October 13, 1978 8:30 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0
New York 1 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 X 5 10 1
WP: Ron Guidry (1–0)   LP: Don Sutton (0–1)
Home runs:
LAD: None
NYY: Roy White (1)

With the Yankees desperately needing a win, ace Ron Guidry provided a victory aided by the stunning defense of third baseman Graig Nettles.

Guidry pitched a complete game, even though he allowed eight hits, walked seven, and struck out only four. Nettles' defense saved at least four runs.

The Yankees got on the board in the first off Don Sutton on a Roy White homer and added a run in the second on an RBI forceout by Bucky Dent.

In the third, the Dodgers began to come back against Guidry, who clearly didn't have his best stuff. Bill North led off with a walk, stole second, and went to third on a Steve Yeager groundout. Davey Lopes hit a hard liner that Nettles snared to turn a certain extra-base hit into a key out and temporarily save a run. Bill Russell followed with an infield single to score North and drive in the Dodgers' only run. The next batter, Reggie Smith, hit a hard ground ball to third. Nettles made a diving stop to save another extra-base hit and probable run, and threw Smith out at first to end the inning.

In the fifth, the Dodgers had runners on first and second with two outs when Smith came up to bat. Nettles knocked down Smith's sharply hit ground ball down the third base line. Smith reached first, but no runs scored. Steve Garvey, the next batter up, hit another hard ground ball down the third base line, and Nettles made a backhanded stop and forced Smith at second base to end the inning. The Dodgers loaded the bases again with two outs in the sixth, but Nettles again made a great stop on a ball hit by Davey Lopes, and threw to second to complete the inning-ending force play.

The Yankees would later add three more runs. Thurman Munson and Reggie Jackson had RBI singles in the rally that put the game out of reach, despite an otherwise fine pitching performance by Sutton.

In the top of the ninth inning, when Lopes came to bat, he jokingly waved Nettles away from the third base line. Nettles shook it off.

Game 4

Saturday, October 14, 1978 3:30 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Los Angeles 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 6 1
New York 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 4 9 0
WP: Goose Gossage (1–0)   LP: Bob Welch (0–1)
Home runs:
LAD: Reggie Smith (1)
NYY: None

Starters Ed Figueroa and Tommy John were locked in a scoreless duel before Reggie Smith struck with a three-run homer in the top of the fifth. John continued his shutout through the fifth, but, in the Yankees' half of the sixth, things got a little crazy.

Reggie Jackson finally got the Yankees on the board with a one-out RBI single. With Thurman Munson on second and Jackson on first, Lou Piniella hit a low, soft liner that shortstop Bill Russell fumbled (some claim intentionally). Russell recovered the ball, then stepped on second to force Jackson, but his attempted throw to first to complete the double play struck a "confused" Jackson in the right hip and caromed into foul territory. Munson scored, partially because first baseman Steve Garvey stopped to yell at the first-base umpire over the non-interference call before retrieving the ball. The Dodgers' protests went for naught but would not have been necessary if Russell had made the proper play. Thinking Russell was going to catch Piniella's liner, Munson retreated towards second and was on second base when Russell picked up the ball. Munson then turned to third and Russell stepped on second to force Jackson and threw to first. The inning would have been over if Russell had tagged Munson (out #2) and stepped on second (out #3) to force Jackson or Russell steps on second to force Jackson (out #2) and gets Munson in a rundown between second and third (out #3); the score would have remained 3–1, instead the score was then 3–2. But of course, Russell had no reason to think his throw would not reach first base.

Later review of the play showed that Jackson had stopped midway between first and second when Russell had made his throw to first. As the ball carried very close to Jackson's immediate right, Jackson had moved his hips to the right just as the ball sailed past, deflecting the ball down the first base line. While Jackson continues to deny it, Dodger manager Tommy Lasorda, along with other eyewitnesses, steadfastly believes the Yankee outfielder purposefully interfered in the play.

The Yankees tied it in the eighth when Munson doubled home Paul Blair. The score remained tied until the bottom of the tenth. Dodger rookie and Game 2 hero Bob Welch walked Roy White with one out. After Welch retired Munson, Jackson strode to the plate for his first confrontation with Welch since Game 2. This time, Reggie got the better end by singling White to second. Lou Piniella then lined a single to center, scoring White and tying the Series.

The bungled Russell/Jackson play changed the game and the entire Series; instead of the Dodgers going up 3–1 in games, the Series was then tied and the momentum shifted to the Yankees who outscored the Dodgers 19–4 in the final two games.

Game 5

Sunday, October 15, 1978 4:30 pm (ET) at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Los Angeles 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 3
New York 0 0 4 3 0 0 4 1 X 12 18 0
WP: Jim Beattie (1–0)   LP: Burt Hooton (1–1)

The Yankees took one step closer to a repeat World Series championship on the strength of an unexpected complete game victory by young Jim Beattie. Beattie scattered nine Dodger hits and was buoyed by an eighteen-hit Yankee performance, including a World Series-record sixteen singles.

Early on, the Dodgers tried to run to take advantage of a sore-shouldered Thurman Munson behind the plate. Davey Lopes led the game off with a single, stole second, and scored on a Reggie Smith single. The Dodgers stretched their lead to 2–0 in the third when Lopes scored again on a double by Bill Russell.

But, that would be it as Beattie settled down and shut out the Dodgers the rest of the way. In the bottom of the third, after a leadoff walk and single, Roy White's RBI single cut the Dodgers' lead to 2–1. After a double steal, Munson's two-run single put the Yankees up 3–2. One out later, Lou Piniella's RBI single made it 4–2 Yankees and knock starter Burt Hooton out of the game. Next inning, after two one-out singles, Mickey Rivers's RBI single and White's sacrifice fly made it 6–2 Yankees. Charlie Hough relieved Lance Rautzhan and allowed an RBI single to Munson. In the seventh, with runners on second and third and two outs, a strike three wild pitch by Hough to Rivers allowed a run to score and Rivers to reach first. White's RBI single made it 9–2 Yankees, then Munson's two-run double increased their lead to 11–2. They scored one more run in the eighth on Bucky Dent's RBI double off of Hough as their 12–2 win gave them a 3–2 series lead heading back to Los Angeles.

Game 6

Tuesday, October 17, 1978 5:30 pm (PT) at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, California
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
New York 0 3 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 7 11 0
Los Angeles 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 7 1
WP: Catfish Hunter (1–1)   LP: Don Sutton (0–2)
Home runs:
NYY: Reggie Jackson (2)
LAD: Davey Lopes (3)

Game 6 turned out to be the Bucky DentBrian Doyle show.

Davey Lopes gave the Dodger home crowd a ray of hope with a leadoff home run off Catfish Hunter. Dent and Doyle put the Yankees ahead in the second; Doyle with an RBI double, Dent with an RBI single and an additional run scoring on an error on the play. Lopes had an RBI single in the third to cut it to 3–2 through the fifth inning, but that would be it for the Dodgers. Sutton pitched well until the sixth.

Dent and Doyle pushed the score to 5–2 in the sixth with RBI singles and Reggie Jackson put the final nail in the Dodger coffin with a tremendous two-run blast in the seventh to get revenge against his Game 2 nemesis, Bob Welch.

Dent would be named World Series MVP, batting .417 with 10 hits, 7 RBI, and 3 runs scored. Doyle would make a claim for the MVP himself with a .438 average, 7 hits, 2 RBI, and 4 runs.

While Lopes had a monster series with three homers and seven RBIs and Bill Russell had eleven hits, the Dodgers' power hitters lack of production and the Dodgers shoddy defense was their downfall. Steve Garvey (5-for-24, no RBIs) was no factor, and neither were Dusty Baker (5 for 21, one RBI) or Ron Cey (no RBIs after Game 2) and the Dodgers defense committed seven errors.

Thurman Munson caught the final out of the game on a foul pop by Cey. This would be the final post-season game of Munson's career before his death during the 1979 season.

Composite box

1978 World Series (4–2): New York Yankees (A.L.) over Los Angeles Dodgers (N.L.)

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
New York Yankees 1 4 6 3 0 4 13 4 0 1 36 68 2
Los Angeles Dodgers 2 3 3 4 4 3 3 1 0 0 23 52 7
Total attendance: 337,304   Average attendance: 56,217
Winning player's share: $31,237   Losing player's share: $25,483[10]

Aftermath

This Series is tied with the 1980 World Series for the highest overall television ratings to date, with the six games averaging a Nielsen rating of 32.8 and a share of 56.[11]

The Yankees became the last repeat World Champions until fifteen years later (19921993; Toronto Blue Jays). This would be the last time the Yankees would win a World Series until 1996. The Dodgers would go on to win the World Series in 1981, against the Yankees in the same way the Yankees won this series (losing the first two games, then winning the next four), and 1988, against the Oakland Athletics. For the Yankees, they would again lose the first two games of the World Series in 1996 against the Atlanta Braves, then win the next four games.

This would be the last World Series championship for the city of New York until the Yankees' cross-town rivals, the Mets, won in 1986 when they defeated the Red Sox 4 games to 3.

Notes

  1. ^ https://www.baseball-reference.com/leagues/
  2. ^ "Rematch in World Series starts with John Figueroa". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. October 10, 1978. p. 5C.
  3. ^ "Those Damn Yankees tie Red Sox for division lead". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). wire services. September 11, 1978. p. 3B.
  4. ^ "1978 World Series Game 1 - New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Dodgers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "1978 World Series Game 2 - New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Dodgers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "1978 World Series Game 3 - Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "1978 World Series Game 4 - Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "1978 World Series Game 5 - Los Angeles Dodgers vs. New York Yankees". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  9. ^ "1978 World Series Game 6 - New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Dodgers". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  10. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2009.
  11. ^ "World Series Television Ratings". Baseball Almanac. Archived from the original on January 15, 2010. Retrieved January 31, 2010.

See also

References

  • Cohen, Richard M.; Neft, David S. (1990). The World Series: Complete Play-By-Play of Every Game, 1903–1989. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 371–376. ISBN 0-312-03960-3.
  • Reichler, Joseph (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.). Macmillan Publishing. p. 2206. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.
  • Forman, Sean L. "1978 World Series". Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information. Archived from the original on November 30, 2007. Retrieved December 9, 2007.

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Bobby Baldwin

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Brian Doyle (baseball)

Brian Reed Doyle (born January 26, 1954 in Glasgow, Kentucky) is a former Major League Baseball infielder who played for the New York Yankees and Oakland A's. He played primarily as a second baseman. Although a reserve for most of his career, Doyle starred in the 1978 World Series for the World Champion Yankees that beat the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Chris Chambliss

Carroll Christopher Chambliss (born December 26, 1948) is an American professional baseball player and coach. He played in Major League Baseball from 1971 to 1988 for the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Atlanta Braves. He served as a coach for the Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds, and Seattle Mariners.

Chambliss won the American League Rookie of the Year Award with the Indians in 1971. He was an All-Star with the Yankees in 1976, the same year he hit the series-winning home run in the 1976 American League Championship Series. He was a member of the Yankees' 1977 and 1978 World Series championship teams, both against the Los Angeles Dodgers, and won the Gold Glove Award in 1978. Chambliss went on to win four more World Series championships as the hitting coach for the Yankees in 1996, 1998, 1999, and 2000.

Doug Rau

Douglas James Rau (born December 15, 1948 in Columbus, Texas), is a retired professional baseball player who pitched in the Major Leagues from 1972 to 1981. Rau attended Texas A&M University, and was a first-round draft pick of the Dodgers in the secondary phase of the June 1970 amateur draft, and played almost exclusively for the Dodgers in his major league career.Rau broke in with the Dodgers in 1972, earning a 2.20 ERA in 32 2/3 innings and giving up just 18 hits. In 1974, Rau became a starter and they won the NL pennant. His record was 13-11. In 1975, he went 15-9 with a 3.11 ERA. In 1976, he finished with a record of 16-12 and a 2.57 ERA, second in the National League.

In 1977 and 1978, Dodgers won the pennant again and Rau was a mainstay in the starting rotation. In 1977 he went 14-8, with a winning percentage of .636, while in 1978 he went 15-9 with a winning percentage of .625. In the 1977 World Series he did not pitch effectively, but in the 1978 World Series he gave up no runs in 2 innings pitched.

Rau's career was close to an end, though, because of injury problems. In 1979, he pitched in only 11 games, with a record of 1-5, and had rotator cuff surgery. He was not in the majors in 1980, and when he came back in 1981 with the California Angels, he appeared in only 3 games, going 1-2.

Rau was involved in an argument during Game 4 of the 1977 World Series with manager Tommy Lasorda. After Rau gave up 2 doubles, a single and one run to start the 2nd inning, Lasorda went to the mound to remove him from the game; the two men then got into a profanity-filled argument on the mound in which fellow player Davey Lopes had to restrain them. The argument was recorded on Lasorda's microphone.

Frank Pulli

Frank Victor Pulli (March 22, 1935 – August 28, 2013) was a baseball umpire, working in the National League from 1972 until 1999. During his career, he officiated in four World Series (1978, 1983, 1990 (crew chief), and 1995), six National League Championship Series (1975, 1979, 1986, 1991, 1993, and 1997), four National League Division Series (1981, 1995, 1996 and 1998), and two All-Star games (1977 and 1988--crew chief). He also officiated in the April 8, 1974 game in which Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's home run record.Pulli was born in Easton, Pennsylvania and died in Palm Harbor, Florida on August 28, 2013, due to complications from Parkinson's disease. Pulli wore uniform number 14 during his career.

Gary Thomasson

Gary Leah Thomasson (born July 29, 1951) is a retired Major League Baseball player. An outfielder and first baseman, Thomasson played with the San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees, and Los Angeles Dodgers from 1972 to 1980. He was part of the Yankees' 1978 World Series winning team over the Dodgers.

Gil Morgan

Gilmer Bryan Morgan II, OD (born September 25, 1946) is an American professional golfer.

Morgan was born in Wewoka, Oklahoma. He graduated from East Central State College in Ada, Oklahoma in 1968. In 1972, Morgan earned a Doctor of Optometry degree from the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, Tennessee before turning professional at golf later that year. He is a member of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity.

Morgan won seven events on the PGA Tour between 1977 and 1990. He was also one of the most consistent top five finishers during this period. He posted 21 2nd place and 21 3rd place finishes on the PGA Tour in his career. The most prestigious tournament he won on the PGA Tour was the 1978 World Series of Golf. He also played on the 1979 and 1983 Ryder Cup teams.

Morgan was known for playing tournaments with little or no practice. He was exceptional at "playing cold".

Although he never won a major title during his time on the PGA Tour, Morgan showed signs of brilliance. For example, during the 1992 U.S. Open at Pebble Beach, Morgan became the first player to reach 10-under-par (−10) during U.S. Open competition when he recorded a birdie on the third hole during the third round. He later added two more birdies to reach −12 after the seventh hole. He would later finish badly to finish at −4. This was good enough for the 54-hole lead. However, a final round 81 left him +5, in a tie for 13th place and eight shots behind eventual winner Tom Kite Morgan also led the 1976 PGA Championship after 36 holes but finished T8.

He became eligible to play on the Champions Tour in 1996. He has enjoyed much success on the Champion's Tour notching 25 wins. Three of his wins have come in senior majors, namely The Tradition in 1997 and 1998 and the Senior Players Championship in 1998.

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Lance Rautzhan

Clarence George Rautzhan (August 20, 1952 – January 9, 2016) was an American pitcher in Major League Baseball who played from 1977 to 1979 for the Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Brewers.Lance was offered a full athletic football scholarship to the University of Kentucky; when drafted in the third round pick for the Dodgers in 1970 (drafted right out of high school after he pitched a perfect game), decided to play baseball. He played 7½ years in the Dodger minor league system and had the most complete games in the AA Eastern League for a single season in 1975. In 1976 he made the AAA Pacific Coast League all-star team.

Rautzhan was the winning pitcher in Game 3 of the 1977 NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies, after the Dodgers came back from a two-out, 5-3 deficit in the top of the 9th inning thanks to key pinch hits by Vic Davalillo and Manny Mota. His father William Rautzhan also played baseball in minor league for the Chicago White Sox.

Rautzhan also pitched with the Dodgers in the 1977 and 1978 World Series, both times against the New York Yankees.Rautzhan died of cancer in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on January 9, 2016 alongside his wife, Crystal and daughter, Jaime.

Mike Heath

Michael Thomas Heath (born February 5, 1955) is an American former professional baseball catcher. He played fourteen seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) with the New York Yankees (1978), Oakland Athletics (1979–1985), St. Louis Cardinals (1986), Detroit Tigers (1986–1990), and Atlanta Braves (1991).

While Heath played most of his games as a catcher, he started his professional baseball career as a shortstop and played every position except pitcher during his major league career. He played 1,083 games at catcher, 142 games in right field, 79 games in left field, 39 games as a DH, 38 games at third base, four games each at first base and shortstop, and one game each at second base and center field.

Drafted by the New York Yankees in the second round of the 1973 Major League Baseball draft, Heath made his major league debut with the New York Yankees on June 3, 1978 at the age of 23. He hit .228 in 33 games with the 1978 Yankees and appeared in one game of the 1978 World Series.

On November 10, 1978, Heath went to the Oakland A's in a ten-player trade that sent Dave Righetti to the Yankees. Heath got substantial playing time in seven seasons with the A's. Heath hit .333 for the A's in the 1981 American League Championship Series.

While with the A's, Heath caught Mike Warren's no-hitter on September 29, 1983.Heath was known for his strong throwing arm. In 1989, playing with the Detroit Tigers, Heath led the AL's catchers with 66 assists and 10 double plays.

Heath singled in his last plate appearance vs. the Cincinnati Reds in July 1991.

Paul Lindblad

Paul Aaron Lindblad (August 9, 1941 – January 1, 2006) was an American Major League Baseball left-handed middle-relief pitcher. During his career, he pitched primarily for the Kansas City Athletics and Oakland Athletics. At the time of his retirement in 1978, he had recorded the seventh-most appearances (655) of any left-hander in history.

Lindblad was born in Chanute, Kansas. A member of three World Series championship teams, he was a solid left-handed specialist in the American League for 14 seasons. A very fine fielder as well, he set a major league record by playing from 1966 to 1974 without making an error in 385 games.

Lindblad was signed by the Kansas City Athletics in 1962, who moved to Oakland in 1968. His most productive season came in 1969, when he posted career highs with nine wins and nine saves. A year later he followed with an 8–2 mark, and in the 1971 midseason he was traded to the Washington Senators, who became the Texas Rangers a year later. With Texas, he led American League pitchers with 66 appearances in 1972. He returned to Oakland at the end of the season.

Lindblad was the winning pitcher for Oakland in Game Three of the 1973 World Series against the New York Mets, by working shutout baseball in the ninth and tenth innings. In the 10th, he became the last pitcher faced by future Hall of Famer Willie Mays, who grounded out as a pinch-hitter.

In 1975, Lindblad had a 9–1 record with seven saves. On the final day of the regular season, he combined with Vida Blue, Glenn Abbott, and Rollie Fingers on a no-hitter against the California Angels. He appeared in two games against the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS.

Lindblad came back to Texas for part of two seasons and made his final majors appearance with the New York Yankees in Game One of the 1978 World Series. He finished his career with a 68–63 record and 64 saves in 665 games. He posted a 3.29 ERA and struck out 671 batters in 1,213​2⁄3 innings pitched.

Following his playing career, Lindblad joined the minor league baseball system as a pitching coach, and also worked as a custom home builder for several years.

Lindblad died in 2006 from Alzheimer's disease in Arlington, Texas at the age of 64.

Ross Porter (sportscaster)

Ross Porter (born November 29, 1938) is an American sportscaster, known for his 28-year tenure (1977-2004) as a play-by-play announcer for Los Angeles Dodgers baseball.

Porter was born in Shawnee, Oklahoma, and graduated from Shawnee High School in 1955, then went on to earn a radio journalism degree at the University of Oklahoma. His broadcasting career began at age 14 when he broadcast a few innings in several games involving Shawnee's Class D baseball team, the Hawks, a Los Angeles Dodgers farm club, over KGFF. At age 15, Porter was elevated to play-by-play man of the Shawnee Wolves' football and basketball broadcasts and the Hawks when the regular announcer resigned. At a high school football game one night, Ross was introduced by his father to the legendary Jim Thorpe.

After earning his college degree, Porter was hired by WKY radio in Oklahoma City as a newscaster. He also was a sports anchor for WKY-TV, and at age 24 became the youngest recipient of the Oklahoma Sportscaster of the Year award, and the youngest state winner ever in the nation. Ross repeated the next year. Between 1960 and 1966, he did the

play-by-play of the previous day's OU football game on channel 4's one-hour "Sunday

Playback Show."

In 1966, at age 27, he left for Los Angeles and subsequently spent 10 years as a sportscaster for KNBC-TV in Los Angeles. He worked alongside Tom Snyder on the 6 PM news and Tom Brokaw on the 11PM news. Porter won two local Emmys.

Porter worked for NBC Sports in the early 1970s, calling NFL football from 1970–76 and Pacific-8 college basketball from 1972-76. Ross was the halftime host of the 1974 Final Four on NBC, the sideline reporter for the network telecast of the 1975 Rose Bowl and was in the tower covering one hole for NBC at the Bing Crosby Pebble Beach golf tournament. Porter had to give up his NBC assignments when he joined the Dodgers in 1977 due to an overlap in seasons. He later was the radio and television voice of UNLV Rebels football and basketball from 1978-92.

During the 1970s, Porter had been the television play-by-play announcer for the high school basketball Game of The Week on KNBC showing matchups between Los Angeles area teams. Former Dodgers pitcher Sandy Koufax worked as a game analyst with Ross the first year.

Ross was rated among the top 60 baseball announcers of all-time by Curt Smith in his book Voices of Summer.

Ross Porter is the only broadcaster to have been the voice of a World Series champion (the 1981 and 1988 Dodgers) and a college basketball champion (with UNLV in 1990). In 1988, Porter was honored as a Distinguished Alum of the University

of Oklahoma.

Porter was known for providing fans with statistical information on players during his broadcasts. He was the host of a pregame and postgame radio show known as DodgerTalk for 14 years, answering phone calls from listeners with questions pertaining to baseball. He was voted Los Angeles Sportstalk Host of the Year the first three years the award was presented by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association,and later won it a fourth time.

Ross was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005 with Vin Scully, his colleague of 28 years, as his presenter.

In 2007, Porter received the Bill Teegins Excellence in Sportscasting Award from the Oklahoma Sports Museum.

On August 23, 1989, Porter set a major league baseball record for broadcasting 22 straight innings

on radio without any replacements, in a six-hour, 14 minute game against the Expos in Montreal.

Porter broadcast the 1977 World Series and 1978 World Series on over 600 CBS Radio stations around the world. Ross also did Game of the Week broadcasts for CBS Radio in the 1980s and '90s. His most famous national call is from the sixth and final game of the 1977 Series, during which Reggie Jackson smacked three home runs on three consecutive pitches. The capper:

Jackson with four runs batted in - sends a fly ball to center field and deep! That's going to be way back and THAT'S going to be gone! Reggie Jackson has hit his third home run of the game!

The Bronx Zoo (book)

The Bronx Zoo: The Astonishing Inside Story of the 1978 World Champion New York Yankees is a nonfiction book written by former Major League Baseball pitcher Sparky Lyle and Peter Golenbock. A memoir of Lyle's tenure with the New York Yankees, the book documents the 1978 New York Yankees season, including the 1978 World Series and conflicts between players. The book was published by Crown Publishers in 1979.

The term "Bronx Zoo" became a nickname for the Yankees teams of the late 1970s through early 1980s.

World Series Cricket World XI

The World Series Cricket Rest of the World XI was a cricket team representing the Rest of the World in World Series Cricket (WSC). Their first game was against the Australia XI in 1978. World Series Cricket ended in 1979 after the Australia XI tour to West Indies. The side was captained by former England captain Tony Greig, who was assigned to recruit his teammates. Greig's former England teammates Derek Underwood, Dennis Amiss, John Snow and star wicketkeeper Alan Knott were signed along with many players from Pakistan, including national icon Imran Khan. Rest of the World XI also offered competitive international class cricket to players from South Africa, who were then banned from international cricket, such as Barry Richards, Garth Le Roux and Mike Procter.

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