And That Happened: Classic!by Craig Calcaterra
July 10, 2012
Note: due to the All-Star break, we now bring you a special “Classic” version of “And That Happened.” The following originally ran on July 10, 1977
Orioles 6, Yankees 5: Reggie Jackson went 1 for 3 with an RBI double, but that wasn't good enough for manager Billy Martin, who tried to physically attack Jackson after the game was over. That keeps a seventeen-game assaulting-Reggie Jackson-streak alive for the Yankee skipper.
Indians 3, Blue Jays 2: This game was delayed for nearly an hour when the home plate umpire's CB radio malfunctioned. I suppose they could have tried to play without it, but in this day and age, modern technology is just a part of the game and those anti-citizen band people are just trying to deny progress.
Mets 7, Expos 5: This game went 17 innings and ended when Lenny Randle hit a game ending homer. It was only the second most notable hit he's had all year.
Athletics 7, Royals 1: The game was pretty dismal for Kansas City, but shortstop Freddie Patek did have a great play at short. We have no means of showing you a videotaped recreation of the play, but check out the frame-by-frame photo of it.
Brewers 3, Red Sox 2: The winning run scored when Steve Dillard booted one at second base in the eighth inning. He later explained that the "demons" in his neighbor's dog that "made him do it," and has re-christened himself "the Son of Steve."
White Sox 5, Tigers 2; Cardinals 4, Cubs 3: One Chicago team wins and the other loses, but they both remain atop their respective divisions. At this point -- exactly 81 games into the season -- I think it's safe to say that the long suffering of Chicago baseball fans is going to end this year, be it from a championship by the Cubs or the Sox.
Mariners 5, Twins 2: Dick Pole gets the win over David Goltz. Jeez, what a name. "Goltz." I mean, really.
Rangers 7, Angels 2: With the loss, the Angels fall nine and a half back of the division leading White Sox. And there is no future, In California's dreaming. No future, no future, No future for you, No future, no future, No future for me, No future, no future, No future for you, No future, no future, For youuuuuuuuu.
Reds 3, Astros 1: Tom Seaver gets the win, allowing only one run in this complete game. It's been less than a month since the Mets traded him to Cincinnati, but one can already tell that this is going to be the worst personnel move since Larry Linville left M*A*S*H.
Padres 2, Dodgers 1: A beautiful night in Southern California. From the game story:
It's so clean out here. That's because they don't throw their garbage away, they turn it into television shows. I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light.
Giants 5, Braves 4: This loss puts the Braves 25 and a half games back in the NL West. Look, I've argued this one to death, but at the risk of continuing to do it, I will simply once again note that when Ted Turner managed the team back on May 11, they were only 15 and a half back. You can't argue the numbers. Bring Ted back!
Pirates 9, Phillies 8: Davey Johnson went 3 for 5 and drove in five. He was hotter than the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire out there! Ooh, sorry. Too soon?
Craig writes the HardballTalk blog for NBC Sports.com