What a game! The Redbirds were on oxygen about to expire when they came back alive! They fought back deficits of 1-0, 3-2 4-3, 7 -4 and 9-7. This game had everything! I really thought Texas had won it when the score was 7-4 in the seventh but the Redbirds went on to win it in the 11th with a final score of 10-9! What a game 6! Bring on Game 7!
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I was watching the World Series game in Spanish on FOX Deportes with Manny Mota as color analyst. When the game ended, they switched to Soccer so I switched the channel only to find that ESPN Classics was showing game 6th of the 1981 World Series! What a treat for me! I had forgotten that Howard Cosell broadcasted the game. The guys in the booth could not make up their mind who the World Series MVP was going to be. They were saying “Ron Cey” Then they were saying Pedro Guerrero. Finally they said both Cey & Guerrero. As we know there were three MVPs with Cey, Guerrero & Yeager. It was nice and sad to see Steve Howe on the mound. Steve had a cocaine problem. He was given so many opportunities by the Dodgers.
Who is that person next to Pedro Guerrero?
(Cardinal picture: Ezra shaw/getty Images. Pedro Guerrero picture from mblblogsbuzzblogs.files, 1981 MVP’s: Halloffamesports.com
I was checking the scoresheet from my 1981 World Series program. Fernando Valenzuela pitched that game! it was game three at Dodger Stadium.
I had Jaime Jarrin sign it.
btw, the back of my shirt says Scully” and it has a mike.
The program cost me $3 back then.
the scoresheet. Jaime always signs with his HOF year (1998). Fernando signed above.
The final score was Dodgers 5, Yankees 4. I always note the attendance in my scoresheets. That day It was 56,236. .
The 1981 Yankees. Note the ‘staches and hair.
The 1981 Dodgers. Dave Stewart is here. He is now Matt Kemp’s agent.
The 1981 NL All-Stars. I miss the Expos and the Pirates unis. Very colorful picture. i counted six Dodgers and only one Giant (Vida Blue).
1981 AL All-Stars.
I can’t believe next year it will be 30th anniversary of that World Series. It was a nice trip down memory lane.
In the tradition started by Jimmy Curran, I dedicate my #46 ranking to
- #46 Burt Hooton who Tommy Lasorda nicknamed “Happy” because he hardly ever smiled.
- The Taylor Hooton Foundation that fights steroid abuse. Don Hooton, the President is a cousin of Burt Hooton.
1. Burt Hooton started with the Cubs pitching three full seasons there. In 1972 and only in his fourth start as a Cubbie, he pitched a no-hitter against Philadelphia. After a losing record with the Cubs, he was dispatched to the Dodgers for Jeoff Zahn & Eddie Solomon in 1975. That year he won 18 games for the Dodgers–at one stretch 12 in a row. In 1978, a pennant-winning year, Happy Hooton won 19. He was the NL Champshionship series MVP in 1981 and won the desisive 1981 World Series game 6 against the Yankees! He posted a 1.59 ERA in that World Series. His signature pitch was the knuckle curve.
2. Taylor Hooton Foundation was formed in memory of Taylor E. Hooton, a 17-year old high school athlete from Plano, TX. Taylor took his own life on July 15, 2003 as a result of the abuse of anabolic steroids. This Foundation was founded by the parents, family and friends of Taylor after his death when the founders became aware of the magnitude of a growing problem among high school athletes across the country–the illegal use and abuse of anabolic steroids as a performance enhancement drug in addition to other PEDs. They discovered that this is a serious problem among young athletes; and that young people and their parents are generally ignorant of the real dangers of these powerful drugs. Link to the foundation http://www.taylorhooton.com/home
I was remembering the first Opening Day I attended. It was 1981 and I had become a season ticket holder for the first time. Before that I would go to quite a few weekend games.
The final games of 1980 where the Dodgers tied with Houston to force an extra game that they lost left me desolated but with hunger for more baseball. That November of 1980 I made the decision to be a season ticket holder so I showed up at Dodger Stadium where a young guy showed this then shy young woman a seat in the Loge level. Aisle 103 row N seat 3 became my seat. I would get to my seat early, watch the game enthusiastically and go home right after the game ended.
Because I was going by myself I thought myself how to keep score by following the program examples, something that I still do to this day. Another thing that I did back then and continue to do is carry a radio.
Opening Day Thursday April 9, 1981, Jerry Reuss was supposed to be the starter but he had a strained calf muscle. Burt Hooton was sidelined with an ingrown toe nail. Bobby Welch was out with bone spurs in his elbow and Dave Goltz had a pulled groin. Tommy Lasorda turned to Fernando who at age 20 was simply sensational in his Opening Day start!
Fernando tossed a complete game, five-hit shutout as Los Angeles beat the Houston Astros, 2-0, before a crowd of 50,510 plus this fan who was there for this electrifying Opening Day and the start of Fernandomania.
Here is a photo of my ticket from Opening Day 1981 Thursday april 9. Game time 1.05 PM. I placed the ticket with a giveway picture that Union 76 used to give out. I would only go to Union 76 gas stations so that I could get the pictures.
Here is Pepe Yniguez, me & Fernando at Camelback Ranch Sunday 3/29/09. Pepe is a great person! Thank you Pepe! Thank you Fernando! Pepe along with HOF Jaime Jarrin and Fernando are the Spanish broadcasters for the Dodgers. They do a great job! Thank you guys!
P.S. Alyson: My prayers are with you today during your surgery. I hope to see you soon back at Dodger Stadium!