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METS: NATIONAL LEAGUE CHAMPS!
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Tug McGraw (#45) celebrates with teammates Ron Swoboda and Tommie Agee (right) in a joyous Met locker room after New York's 6-3 triumph over Atlanta.

NEW YORK, October 8 – The adjectives "amazing" and "improbable" can no longer accurately describe the New York Mets’ 1969 season. Eighty days after man walked on the moon, the season took a turn toward the supernatural as the New York Mets, 100-to-1 pre-season picks this spring, won the National League pennant with a 6-3 pennant clinching win over the Atlanta Braves. New York spotted the visitors a two run lead, then charged ahead with a run in the third, four in the fourth, and another run in the fifth. Tommie Agee connected for deciding three-run home run off Ron Reed in the fourth inning. Koosman, Taylor and Cardwell kept the Braves off the scoreboard, and when Tug McGraw entered to pitch the ninth inning, Shea Stadium grew into a din of celebration. As the Braves batted, the crowd roared "Let’s Go, Mets" and a sign behind third base hoisted the terse testimonial: "Thanks". After Rod Gaspar snared Felipe Alou’s fly ball down the right field line, Tom Seaver led the charge from the dugout to the mob scene that erupted on the mound. Fans disregarded appeals and poured onto the diamond. The New York Mets had won the pennant.

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Tommie Agee gave New York a 5-2 lead in the fourth with a three run home run. Third base coach Eddie Yost celebrates as Agee trots around the bases.

Atlanta took the early lead on Clete Boyer’s two-run homer off Koosman in the second. New York had threatened in the first, but Ken Boswell flew out to the warning track in right with two runners on to end the inning. Reed was in position to escape another jam in the third but for a defensive lapse by RF Tony Gonzalez. Agee doubled with one out, and with two outs, Cleon Jones looped a fly ball into the right center field gap. Gonzalez raced over, but the ball glanced off his glove. Agee raced home, and Gonzalez’s hurried throw was wide of catcher Tillman. Jones held at first on the error, but Shamsky flew out to Gonzalez to end the inning. In the fourth, Boswell doubled off the center field wall to lead off the inning. Kranepool singled him to third. Boswell tied the game on Grote’s sacrifice fly to left. Harrelson singled past the shortstop Garrido, and Kranepool held at second. Koosman fouled out to Tillman on a botched sacrifice attempt. So with two outs, Tommie Agee stepped in and blasted the Mets to the World Series with a circuit clout into the visitor’s bullpen in left.

Gonzalez was able to atone for the run allowed on his third inning miscue with a RBI double in the fifth, but New York responded as Cleon Jones scored an insurance run in the fifth on a wild pitch by Cecil Upshaw. In the eighth, Atlanta mounted a final threat as Gonzalez drew a leadoff walk off Ron Taylor. Henry Aaron, a surprising non-factor in this series, struck out. Rico Carty then doubled to left field for the first Atlanta hit since the fifth inning. Gonzalez was held at third with only one out in the inning. Hodges called for Don Cardwell to relieve Taylor, and Cardwell left no margin for error as he walked Boyer to load the bases. With seemingly all of New York holding its collective breath, Cardwell induced Felix Millan to hit a lazy shallow fly to left and Bob Tillman to ground weakly to Kranepool to retire the side.

The World Series will start on Saturday in Baltimore as the Orioles open as 8 to 5 favorites to end the Mets’ preposterous dream season. Baltimore is also listed a 7 to 5 favorite to win the first game. Mike Cuellar is scheduled to start for the Birds while Hodges may go with Tom Seaver.

 
		National League Playoff Game 5 -- 10/8/1969
 
                             New York 6, Atlanta 3
 
 
                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 -  R   H   E
Atlanta              0  2  0  0  1  0  0  0  0 -  3   7   1 
New York             0  0  1  4  1  0  0  0  x -  6   9   0 


Atlanta               AB  R  H BI  Avg  New York              AB  R  H BI  Avg
F Alou CF              5  1  1  0 .250  T Agee CF              4  2  3  3 .261
T Gonzalez RF          3  0  2  1 .278  W Garrett 3B           4  0  0  0 .048
H Aaron 1B             4  0  0  0 .050  C Jones LF             3  1  1  0 .300
R Carty LF             4  1  2  0 .222  A Shamsky RF           3  0  1  0 .211
C Boyer 3B             3  1  1  2 .188   R Gaspar RF           0  0  0  0 .000
F Millan 2B            4  0  0  0 .263  K Boswell 2B           4  1  2  0 .444
B Tillman C            4  0  0  0 .111   A Weis 2B             0  0  0  0 .000
G Garrido SS           3  0  1  0 .313  E Kranepool 1B         3  1  1  0 .250
R Reed P               2  0  0  0 .000  J Grote C              3  0  0  1 .188
 C Upshaw P            0  0  0  0 .000  B Harrelson SS         4  1  1  0 .105
 M Lum ph              1  0  0  0 .000  J Koosman P            2  0  0  0 .000
 M Pappas P            0  0  0  0 .000   E Charles ph          1  0  0  0 .000
 S Jackson ph          1  0  0  0 .000   R Taylor P            0  0  0  0 .000
                                         D Cardwell P          0  0  0  0 .000
                                         R Swoboda ph          1  0  0  0 .500
                                         T McGraw P            0  0  0  0 .000
                      -- -- -- --                             -- -- -- --
Totals                34  3  7  3       Totals                32  6  9  4
 
 
Atlanta                    IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
R Reed (L 0-2)            4.0   7   6   5   1   3  22   1   2   0   1  7.20
C Upshaw                  2.0   1   0   0   1   0   7   0   0   0   0  1.92
M Pappas                  2.0   1   0   0   0   0   7   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    8.0   9   6   5   2   3  36   1   2   0   1 
 
New York                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
J Koosman (W 2-0)         6.0   6   3   3   0   4  24   0   2   0   1  1.80
R Taylor                  1.1   1   0   0   2   1   7   0   1   0   0  1.68
D Cardwell                0.2   0   0   0   1   0   3   0   0   0   0  0.00
T McGraw (Sv 2)           1.0   0   0   0   0   0   3   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    9.0   7   3   3   3   5  37   0   3   0   1 
 
 
Left On Base: ATL NL 7, NYM NL 6 
Double Plays: ATL NL 1, NYM NL 0 
Doubles: T Agee (1); T Gonzalez (1); R Carty (1); K Boswell (2); 
     G Garrido (1) 
Triples: none 
Home Runs: T Agee (2); C Boyer (2) 
Stolen Bases: none 
Caught Stealing: none 
Hit by Pitch: A Shamsky (1) 
Ground into Double Play: K Boswell (2)  
O'S CAPTURE AL PENNANT;
NIEKRO, BRAVES FORCE GAME 5
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Boog Powell is greeted at home plate after a home run in Game 1. Powell finished the series with a .429 average and hit in his first five consecutive at-bats in the series.

BLOOMINGTON, October 7 – The Baltimore Orioles earned their second trip to the Fall Classic in four years with a formula of strong pitching and home runs in a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Twins. Davey Johnson and Brooks Robinson hit two run home runs for the total of Baltimore’s offense against Twins starter Jim Kaat. Tom Phoebus hurled six and a third innings of six hit ball and received strong support from Eddie Watt and Pete Richert to close out the win. Johnson hit a two run blast the curve past the left field foul pole in the second inning to give the Orioles the initial lead. Minnesota scratched out a run in the bottom of the frame. Cesar Tovar reached first on a fielder’s choice, and stole second to get into scoring position with two outs. Johnny Roseboro followed with a single to center easily scoring the fleet Tovar. Baltimore threatened to add to their lead in the third but for the deft fielding of Kaat. Don Buford led the inning off with a double, and Paul Blair attempted a sacrifice. Kaat leaped off the mound like a cat and side-armed the ball catching Buford at third. Kaat’s play effectively ended the threat. Tovar took center stage again in the fourth with a double over Blair in center. However, Phoebus was up to the task and struck out Roseboro and Leo Cardenas to end the inning.

Brooks Robinson gave Phoebus a comfortable three run lead in the sixth with an opposite field home run to right. Minnesota averted further damage in the seventh as the Orioles put men at the corners with one out. Lefty Tom Hall came in from the bullpen and single-handedly snuffed the threat. Hall picked off Frank Robinson at first, then snared Boog Powell’s line drive to end the inning. In the Twins seventh, Tovar singled to lead off the inning. Roseboro flew out to center, and Cardenas singled advancing Tovar to third. Fan favorite Bob Allison received a warm reception as he stepped in to hit for Hall. Allison hit a fly ball to Buford in left, allowing Tovar to tag and score from third. But flame-thrower Eddie Watt struck out Ted Uhlaender to end the inning. Watt and Pete Richert shut down the Twins the rest of the way. Pinch hitter George Mitterwald hit a deep fly to left center that Merv Rettenmund chased down for the final out. The team spilled out of the dugout and rushed Richert and series hero Boog Powell. Earl Weaver’s club will now wait the final game of the National League playoff to see whether New York or Atlanta will travel to Memorial Stadium on Saturday.

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Met owner Joan Payson sits in disbelief as a shorthanded Atlanta team has cut this playoff to a one-game do or die situtation.

NEW YORK, October 7 – The Atlanta Braves evened the National League playoff with a 2-1 win against the New York. Phil Niekro turned in one of the grittiest post-season performances as he danced in and out of trouble all afternoon with his knuckle ball. New York stranded 12 men on the day, and could never get the knock out punch to Atlanta’s chin. Clubhouse leader Orlando Cepeda and Niekro’s usual batterymate, Bob Didier, were sidelined with injuries received in a collision in yesterday’s game. But, the outmanned Braves responded to the opening bell fighting. Felipe Alou opened with a single off Tom Seaver. Hank Aaron, who has quieted by the Met pitching, bounced a tailor-made double play ball to Ken Boswell at second. However, Boswell had trouble getting the ball out of his glove and could only get Aaron as Alou advanced to second. The misplay seemed insignificant as Seaver walked Rico Carty. But, 32 year-old Clete Boyer cashed in with a line drive down the left field line. Alou scored, and Carty was waived around. Cleon Jones had trouble corralling the ball in the corner and Boyer beat Jones’ throw to third with a nifty slide around the base. It was the second triple by Boyer this season. The spotlight then turned to Niekro as Atlanta would not be able to muster more runs against Met pitching.

The second inning set the tone for the entire game. Niekro walked the bases loaded. With one out, Bud Harrelson grounded sharply to the Gold Glove winner Boyer who backhanded the ball along the base and fired to the catcher Tillman who threw to Aaron at first for a dazzling inning-ending double play. Seaver put New York in the hit column with a double in the third. After a Tommie Agee strikeout, Wayne Garrett singled to left, and Seaver was held at third. Cleon Jones fouled out to Tillman and Shamsky grounded to Garrido who flipped to 2B Felix Millan to end the inning. New York left six men on base, five in scoring position, in the first four innings. In the fifth, Niekro walked Garrett and Jones singled him to second. Shamsky grounded weakly to short, but Garrido charged then short-armed the ball to Aaron at first. Aaron, subbing for the injured Cepeda, could not dig the ball out, and the Mets had the bases juiced again. Ken Boswell, the Mets hitting hero this series, stepped in as the raucous crowd stood in anticipation for the long-awaited knockout blow. But, Boswell could only ground Niekro’s knuckler to second, and Millan threw to Garrido who turned a game saving double play.

Seaver and Nolan Ryan kept Atlanta off the scoreboard, but the Mets were getting anxious and frustrated with Niekro and his knuckler. Finally with one out in the eighth, Boswell singled and Lum Harris finally called for fireman Cecil Upshaw to relieve Niekro. Upshaw gave no initial relief as he walked Kranepool. Jerry Grote singled to left center scoring Boswell. Rod Gaspar was sent to run for Kranepool at second. Bud Harrelson flied out to Gonzalez in right, and with two outs, Donn Clendenon pinch hit for Ryan. The masses at Shea again arose in anticipation, but Clendenon grounded to Millan for a force out at second. With two outs in the ninth, Atlanta opened the door for New York on another Garrido throwing error on a grounder by Cleon Jones. But, Upshaw slammed the door shut, forcing a Game 5, by inducing Shamsky to fly out harmlessly to Alou in center. Lum Harris will now need a similar gritty performance from Ron Reed while New York’s fate is in the capable hands of Cy Young candidate Jerry Koosman.


                 American League Championship, Game 4 -- 10/07/1969
 
                            Baltimore 4, Minnesota 2
 
 
                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 -  R   H   E
Baltimore            0  2  0  0  0  2  0  0  0 -  4  10   1 
Minnesota            0  1  0  0  0  0  1  0  0 -  2   6   0 


Baltimore             AB  R  H BI  Avg  Minnesota             AB  R  H BI  Avg
D Buford LF            5  0  1  0 .176  T Uhlaender LF         4  0  0  0 .125
 P Richert P           0  0  0  0 .000  R Carew 2B             4  0  0  0 .059
P Blair CF             5  0  1  0 .133  T Oliva RF             4  0  1  0 .133
F Robinson RF          4  0  1  0 .214  H Killebrew 3B         3  0  0  0 .071
B Powell 1B            3  1  0  0 .429  R Reese 1B             4  0  0  0 .214
B Robinson 3B          4  2  2  2 .188  C Tovar CF             4  2  2  0 .214
D Johnson 2B           4  1  2  2 .250  J Roseboro C           3  0  1  1 .333
A Etchebarren C        3  0  2  0 .500   G Mitterwald ph       1  0  0  0 .167
 E Hendricks ph C      1  0  0  0 .167  L Cardenas SS          3  0  2  0 .364
M Belanger SS          3  0  1  0 .231  J Kaat P               2  0  0  0 .000
T Phoebus P            2  0  0  0 .000   D Chance P            0  0  0  0 .000
 E Watt P              0  0  0  0 .000   T Hall P              0  0  0  0 .000
 M Rettenmund ph LF    1  0  0  0 .000   B Allison ph          0  0  0  1 .375
                                         D Woodson P           0  0  0  0 .000
                      -- -- -- --                             -- -- -- --
Totals                35  4 10  4       Totals                32  2  6  2
 
 
Baltimore                  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
T Phoebus (W 1-0)         6.1   6   2   2   1   6  26   0   1   0   0  2.84
E Watt                    1.2   0   0   0   0   2   5   0   0   0   0  0.00
P Richert (Sv 1)          1.0   0   0   0   0   0   3   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    9.0   6   2   2   1   8  34   0   1   0   0 
 
Minnesota                  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
J Kaat (L 0-1)            5.2   7   4   4   1   2  25   0   2   0   2  6.35
D Chance                  0.2   2   0   0   1   1   5   0   0   0   0  0.00
T Hall                    0.2   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0  0.00
D Woodson                 2.0   1   0   0   0   3   7   0   0   0   0  6.00
Totals                    9.0  10   4   4   2   6  38   0   2   0   2 
 
 
Left On Base: BALT AL 7, MIN AL 5 
Double Plays: BALT AL 1, MIN AL 0 
Doubles: D Buford (2); C Tovar (1); A Etchebarren (1) 
Triples: none 
Home Runs: B Robinson (1); D Johnson (1) 
Stolen Bases: C Tovar (1) 
Caught Stealing: none 
Hit by Pitch: none 
Ground into Double Play: H Killebrew (2) 
 
 
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                   National League Championship, Game 4 -- 10/07/1969
 
                             Atlanta 2, New York 1
 
 
                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 -  R   H   E
Atlanta              2  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 -  2   5   2 
New York             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  0 -  1   7   0 


Atlanta               AB  R  H BI  Avg  New York              AB  R  H BI  Avg
F Alou CF              4  1  1  0 .286  T Agee CF              5  0  0  0 .158
T Gonzalez RF          4  0  1  0 .200  W Garrett 3B           4  0  1  0 .059
H Aaron 1B             4  0  0  0 .063  C Jones LF             5  0  1  0 .294
R Carty LF             3  1  0  0 .143  A Shamsky RF           4  0  0  0 .188
C Boyer 3B             4  0  1  2 .154  K Boswell 2B           4  1  2  0 .429
F Millan 2B            3  0  0  0 .333  E Kranepool 1B         1  0  1  0 .231
B Tillman C            3  0  0  0 .200   R Gaspar pr           0  0  0  0 .000
G Garrido SS           3  0  1  0 .308   D Cardwell P          0  0  0  0 .000
P Niekro P             2  0  1  0 .250  J Grote C              3  0  1  1 .231
 C Upshaw P            0  0  0  0 .000  B Harrelson SS         4  0  0  0 .067
                                        T Seaver P             2  0  1  0 .333
                                         E Charles ph          1  0  0  0 .000
                                         N Ryan P              0  0  0  0 .000
                                         D Clendenon ph 1B     1  0  0  0 .000
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Totals                30  2  5  2       Totals                34  1  7  1
 
 
Atlanta                    IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
P Niekro (W 1-0)          7.1   6   1   1   5   5  32   0   1   0   0  0.55
C Upshaw (Sv 1)           1.2   1   0   0   1   0   8   0   0   0   0  3.37
Totals                    9.0   7   1   1   6   5  40   0   1   0   0 
 
New York                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
T Seaver (L 0-1)          6.0   5   2   2   1   4  23   0   0   1   0  1.20
N Ryan                    2.0   0   0   0   2   1   8   0   0   0   0  0.00
D Cardwell                1.0   0   0   0   0   0   3   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    9.0   5   2   2   3   5  34   0   0   1   0 
 
 
Left On Base: ATL NL 5, NYM NL 12 
Double Plays: ATL NL 2, NYM NL 1 
Doubles: T Seaver (1) 
Triples: C Boyer (1) 
Home Runs: none 
Stolen Bases: none 
Caught Stealing: none 
Hit by Pitch: none 
Ground into Double Play: H Aaron (1); K Boswell (1); B Harrelson (1)
TWINS TAKE O'S GIFTS;
METS RALLY TO DEFEAT BRAVES

BLOOMINGTON, October 6 – The Minnesota Twins escaped elimination with help from sloppy play from Baltimore in a 3-1 victory before 32,735 at Metropolitan Stadium. Don Buford’s wild high throw home in the seventh allowed Tom Quilici and Cesar Tovar to score the go-ahead runs and Ron Perranowski pitched two scoreless innings to preserve the win. The two teams will play again here this afternoon.

Baltimore wasted an opportunity in the second to put the Twins to bed early as Boog Powell and Brooks Robinson singled. Davey Johnson bounced to 1B Rich Reese who deftly turned a double play with SS Leo Cardenas. Bob Miller walked Elrod Hendricks to load the bases. Mark Belanger grounded sharply to the left side and Cardenas backhanded the ball in the hole, but could not muster a throw to first to end the inning. Powell rumbled home to give the O’s a 1-0 lead, but for Reese’s slick fielding, the opportunity for more runs was lost. Minnesota failed to tie the score in the bottom of the frame as Frank Robinson erased Killebrew at home attempting to score on a two-out Johnny Roseboro. Killebrew atoned for his lack of speed in the second by scoring the tying run in the fourth. Killebrew drew a one-out walk then stole second. Hendricks, surprised by the steal, threw wildly into center allowing Killebrew to move to third. Reese then singled over Johnson at second scoring Killebrew.

Reese opened the seventh with a single over Belanger, and Baltimore starter Jim Palmer walked Cesar Tovar. Martin sent Tom Quilici to run for Reese, and the Twins had speed on the basepaths with no one out. Roseboro flew out to Blair in shallow center. Cardenas singled sharply to left and Quilici aggressively headed for home. Buford raced in and uncorked a wild throw over Hendricks and to the backstop. Tovar raced in as Palmer had trouble corralling the ball, and the Twins led 3-1 as a result of two Oriole errors.

Perranowski, shaky in the first game of the series, needed help from his teammates to get through the last two innings. Buford doubled off the right field wall, and moved to third on a Paul Blair ground out to Perranowski. Frank Robinson hit a dying quail to left, but Ted Uhlaender raced in for a shoestring catch to end the threat. Baltimore mounted a last gasp rally with two out in the ninth as Davey Johnson doubled. Curt Motton was summoned by Earl Weaver to bat for Hendricks. But, Perranowski retired Motton, who homered yesterday, with a fly out to Tovar in center ending the game. Minnesota manager Billy Martin refused to name his starter for today’s elimination game. Speculation is that lefty Jim Kaat will be called in order to offset Boog Powell who has been Baltimore’s hottest hitter (.545) this series. Weaver may go with Mike Cuellar two days rest or Tom Phoebus.

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Ken Boswell led the Mets six run rally a two run triple in the 4th.

NEW YORK, October 6 – The New York Mets moved to within one game of a miracle World Series appearance with a 6-3 comeback win against Atlanta before 53,195 frenzied fans at Shea Stadium. Atlanta put three big runs on the board against rookie Gary Gentry in the first three innings. In the first, Atlanta lost an opportunity to put the jittery Gentry and Mets away as they left the bases loaded to end the inning. Felix Millan, Tony Gonzalez, and Hank Aaron each singled off Gentry to open the game. Aaron’s single, his first of the series, drove in Millan. With Gonzalez in scoring position, Gentry settled in to retire Carty and Cepeda. But, Clete Boyer drew a two-out walk to load the bases. However, Gentry buzzed a fastball past fellow rookie Bob Didier for a clutch strikeout stranding three Tribesmen on base. In the Mets second, Ken Boswell tripled to right, but was stranded there as Pat Jarvis retired Ed Kranepool and Jerry Grote to end the inning. Atlanta added a pair of runs in the third with a blast off the bat of Boyer into the bullpens over the left center wall.

New York rallied in the fourth as the lineup started to solve Jarvis. Cleon Jones and Art Shamsky singled and Boswell again bombed a triple over the head of Aaron to cut the Braves lead to one run. Kranepool grounded slowly to Millan who raced in to nail Boswell attempting to score the tying run. But just as it appeared Atlanta would escape, the roof caved in around them. Grote popped up into foul territory for an easy third out, but Cepeda collided with the catcher Didier and the ball dropped harmlessly. Both players were shaken badly and were assisted off the field. Post-game test revealed both would be lost for the remainder of this series. After the delay, Jarvis picked Kranepool off first. But, Grote came back up to open the fifth and tied the game up with an opposite field circuit clout to right. Gil Garrido booted Harrelson grounder and Gentry attempted to sacrifice Harrelson to second. On a 1-2 pitch, Gentry squared to bunt, and Jarvis’ fastball tailed in nailing Gentry in the ribs. The rookie from Arizona State was all right and trotted to first. Gary Neibauer relieved Jarvis and retired Agee and Garrett on groundouts. But, Garrett grounded deep in the hole at short preventing Garrido to get Harrelson at home. Cleon Jones followed with a Texas leaguer to give New York five unanswered runs and a two run lead. Late season hero Ron Swoboda notched another run on the board with a PH RBI single. The Met fans roared in approval and some disrupted play by running onto the field. Play resumed, but down by three and their clubhouse leader, Cepeda, in the clubhouse, Atlanta was a beaten team.

Atlanta manager Lum Harris said all along he was going with a three-man rotation and that will send knuckleball ace Phil Niekro to the mound in tomorrow’s game. But Niekro will be without battery mate Didier who caught nearly all of Knucksie’s starts. Gil Hodges would not commit to a starter, though Seaver is the likely choice to face Niekro in a repeat of Game 1’s match-up. New York’s superior starting pitching has silenced Hank Aaron (.083) and Atlanta will hope to win the next two games without the inspiration of Cha-Cha and the defense of the rookie Didier.

                Game 3, American League Championship -- 10/06/1969
 
                            Minnesota 3, Baltimore 1
 
 
                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 -  R   H   E
Baltimore            0  1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 -  1   6   2 
Minnesota            0  0  0  1  0  0  2  0  x -  3   6   0 


Baltimore             AB  R  H BI  Avg  Minnesota             AB  R  H BI  Avg
D Buford LF            4  0  1  0 .167  T Uhlaender LF         4  0  1  0 .250
P Blair CF             3  0  0  0 .100  R Carew 2B             4  0  0  0 .077
F Robinson RF          4  0  0  0 .200  T Oliva RF             4  0  0  0 .091
B Powell 1B            4  1  1  0 .545  H Killebrew 1B 3B      3  1  1  0 .091
B Robinson 3B          4  0  1  0 .083  R Reese 1B             3  0  2  1 .300
D Johnson 2B           4  0  1  0 .167   F Quilici pr 3B       0  1  0  0 .000
E Hendricks C          2  0  1  0 .200  C Tovar CF             2  1  0  0 .100
 C Motton ph           1  0  0  0 .250  J Roseboro C           3  0  1  0 .333
M Belanger SS          3  0  1  1 .200  L Cardenas SS          2  0  1  0 .250
J Palmer P             2  0  0  0 .000  B Miller P             2  0  0  0 .000
 M Lopez P             0  0  0  0 .000   G Nettles ph          1  0  0  0 .000
 C Salmon ph           1  0  0  0 .500   R Perranoski P        0  0  0  0 .000
 D Hall P              0  0  0  0 .000  
                      -- -- -- --                             -- -- -- --
Totals                32  1  6  1       Totals                28  3  6  1
 
 
Baltimore                  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
J Palmer (L 0-1)          6.1   6   3   1   3   3  26   0   1   0   0  1.42
M Lopez                   0.2   0   0   0   0   0   2   0   0   0   0  0.00
D Hall                    1.0   0   0   0   0   0   3   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    8.0   6   3   1   3   3  31   0   1   0   0 
 
Minnesota                  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
B Miller (W 1-0)          7.0   4   1   1   2   4  26   0   0   0   0  1.28
R Perranoski (Sv 1)       2.0   2   0   0   0   0   8   0   2   0   0  3.85
Totals                    9.0   6   1   1   2   4  34   0   2   0   0 
 
 
Left On Base: BALT AL 6, MIN AL 4 
Double Plays: BALT AL 0, MIN AL 1 
Doubles: D Buford (1); H Killebrew (1); D Johnson (1) 
Triples: none 
Home Runs: none 
Stolen Bases: P Blair (1); H Killebrew (1) 
Caught Stealing: T Uhlaender (1) 
Hit by Pitch: none 
Ground into Double Play: D Johnson (1) 
 
 
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                Game 3, National League Championship -- 10/06/1969
 
                             New York 6, Atlanta 3
 
 
                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 -  R   H   E
Atlanta              1  0  2  0  0  0  0  0  0 -  3   9   1 
New York             0  0  0  2  3  1  0  0  x -  6   7   0 


Atlanta               AB  R  H BI  Avg  New York              AB  R  H BI  Avg
F Millan 2B            4  1  2  0 .417  T Agee CF              4  0  0  0 .214
T Gonzalez RF CF       4  0  2  0 .182  W Garrett 3B           4  0  0  1 .000
 T Aaron ph            1  0  0  0 .000  C Jones LF             4  1  2  1 .333
H Aaron 1B RF          4  0  1  1 .083  A Shamsky RF           4  1  1  0 .250
R Carty LF             4  0  1  0 .182  K Boswell 2B           3  1  2  2 .400
O Cepeda 1B            2  1  1  0 .200   A Weis 2B             0  0  0  0 .000
 F Alou CF             2  0  0  0 .333  E Kranepool 1B         4  0  0  0 .167
C Boyer 3B             3  1  1  2 .111  J Grote C              3  1  1  1 .200
B Didier C             2  0  0  0 .222  B Harrelson SS         3  1  0  0 .091
 B Tillman C           2  0  1  0 .500  G Gentry P             1  1  0  0 .000
G Garrido SS           3  0  0  0 .300   R Swoboda ph          1  0  1  1 1000
 S Jackson ph          1  0  0  0 .000   R Taylor P            0  0  0  0 .000
P Jarvis P             2  0  0  0 .000   T McGraw P            0  0  0  0 .000
 G Neibauer P          0  0  0  0 .000  
 M Lum ph              1  0  0  0 .000  
 G Stone P             0  0  0  0 .000  
 B Aspromonte ph       1  0  0  0 .000  
                      -- -- -- --                             -- -- -- --
Totals                36  3  9  3       Totals                31  6  7  6
 
 
Atlanta                    IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
P Jarvis (L 0-1)          4.0   5   5   3   0   2  18   1   0   2   1  6.75
G Neibauer                2.0   2   1   1   2   0  10   0   0   0   0  4.50
G Stone                   2.0   0   0   0   0   3   6   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    8.0   7   6   4   2   5  34   1   0   2   1 
 
New York                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
G Gentry (W 1-0)          6.0   7   3   3   1   3  26   0   0   0   1  4.50
R Taylor                  2.2   2   0   0   0   0  11   1   0   0   0  2.25
T McGraw (Sv 1)           0.1   0   0   0   0   0   1   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    9.0   9   3   3   1   3  38   1   0   0   1 
 
 
Left On Base: ATL NL 8, NYM NL 4 
Double Plays: none
Doubles: none 
Triples: K Boswell 2(2) 
Home Runs: C Boyer (1); J Grote (1) 
Stolen Bases: O Cepeda (1) 
Caught Stealing: none 
Hit by Pitch: F Millan (1); G Gentry (1) 
Ground into Double Play: none 

O's BLANK AND BLAST TWINS; METS EVEN SERIES BEHIND KOOSMAN.

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Tommie Agee greets Cleon Jones at home in the third after the pair scored easily on Art Shamsky's triple to right. New York evened the series with timely hits and solid pitching from Cy Young candidate Jerry Koosman.

BALTIMORE, October 5 - The Baltimore Orioles moved to a game from their second World Series appearance in four years with a 6-0 thumping of the Minnesota Twins. Dave McNally scattered five hits over seven innings and Pete Richert and Eddie Watt added a perfect inning of work each to shut down the Twins attack. In fact, mound opponent Dave Boswell was the only Twin to solve McNally. Boswell doubled in the third for the first Twins hit, then tripled with two outs in the fifth. Cesar Tovar grounded out to Belanger at short stranding Boswell. To the delight of the 41,704 at Memorial Stadium, Baltimore put its runs on the board via the longball. Boog Powell launched a two run blast in the first for his fifth consecutive hit in the series. Powell was finally retired in the third on a groundout to Boswell. For six innings, it appeared Powell’s homer would be the only support McNally would receive. In the seventh, Curt Motton hit a two out pinch- hit two run home run to give Baltimore a 4-0 lead. Frank Robinson also added another two run shot in the eighth off reliever Dick Woodson for the final score of 6-0. The teams travel to Minnesota as Jim Palmer is scheduled to face Bob Miller as the O’s look for the sweep.

ATLANTA, October 5 – The New York Mets tied the series, 5-0, at one game apiece with a masterful four hit shutout by Cy Young candidate Jerry Koosman. The Braves could stratch together only four singles against Koosman. The 50,270 fans on a glorious autumn afternoon were left to sitting on their hands as New York quickly jumped out to the lead and Koosman never let the home team in the game. Back-to-back doubles by Ken Boswell and Ed Kranepool off Braves starter Ron Reed gave New York a 1-0 lead in the second. With one out in the third, Tommie Agee singled past a diving Orlando Cepeda at first. Wayne Garrett flew out to Aaron in right. Cleon Jones singled to left, advancing Agee to second. Art Shamsky, the hero in so many Met comebacks down the stretch, lined a Reed fastball down the right field line. Agee and Jones scored easily, and Shamsky had a two-run standing triple as Aaron corralled the ball in the corner. Ken Boswell threatened to blow the game out as he took Reed to the warning track in left, but Rico Carty, not known for his defensive prowess, made a wonderful leaping catch into the fence. Atlanta managed a mild threat in the sixth as pinch-hitter Tommie Aaron drew a walk, and Felix Millan singled. With the heart of the lineup approaching, Tony Gonzalez attempted to sacrifice both runners into scoring position. Koosman fielded the bunt and cut Aaron down at third. Koosman then cut the heart out of any Atlanta rally by easily retiring Hank Aaron and Rico Carty to end the inning. Tommie Agee capped the day with a two-run home run that hit Chief Noc-a-Homa’s teepee in left for a 5-0 Met victory. The clubs travel tonight to New York as Gary Gentry is set to oppose Pat Jarvis in the critical third game of the series.

                 American League Championship, Game 2 -- 10/05/1969
 
                            Baltimore 6, Minnesota 0
 
 
                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 -  R   H   E
Minnesota            0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 -  0   5   0 
Baltimore            2  0  0  0  0  0  2  2  x -  6   4   1 


Minnesota             AB  R  H BI  Avg  Baltimore             AB  R  H BI  Avg
C Tovar CF             4  0  0  0 .125  D Buford LF            4  0  0  0 .125
R Carew 2B             4  0  1  0 .111  P Blair CF             2  2  1  0 .143
H Killebrew 3B         4  0  0  0 .000  F Robinson RF          4  1  1  2 .333
T Oliva RF             4  0  1  0 .143  B Powell 1B            3  1  1  2 .714
B Allison LF           4  0  1  0 .375  B Robinson 3B          4  0  0  0 .000
R Reese 1B             3  0  0  0 .143  D Johnson 2B           3  1  0  0 .125
G Mitterwald C         2  0  0  0 .200  M Belanger SS          2  0  0  0 .143
L Cardenas SS          3  0  0  0 .167  A Etchebarren C        1  0  0  0 .333
D Boswell P            2  0  2  0 1000   E Hendricks ph C      1  0  0  0 .000
 R Renick ph           1  0  0  0 .000  D McNally P            2  0  0  0 .000
 D Woodson P           0  0  0  0 .000   C Motton ph           1  1  1  2 .333
                                         P Richert P           0  0  0  0 .000
                                         E Watt P              0  0  0  0 .000
                      -- -- -- --                             -- -- -- --
Totals                31  0  5  0       Totals                27  6  4  6
 
 
Minnesota                  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
D Boswell (L 0-1)         7.0   2   4   4   5   4  28   0   0   0   2  5.14
D Woodson                 1.0   2   2   2   0   1   5   0   1   0   1 18.00
Totals                    8.0   4   6   6   5   5  33   0   1   0   3 
 
Baltimore                  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
D McNally (W 1-0)         7.0   5   0   0   0   5  26   0   2   1   0  0.00
P Richert                 1.0   0   0   0   0   2   3   0   0   0   0  0.00
E Watt                    1.0   0   0   0   0   2   3   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    9.0   5   0   0   0   9  32   0   2   1   0 
 
 
Left On Base: MIN AL 5, BALT AL 3 
Double Plays: MIN AL 0, BALT AL 1 
Doubles: P Blair (1); T Oliva (1); D Boswell (1) 
Triples: D Boswell (1) 
Home Runs: F Robinson (1); B Powell (1); C Motton (1) 
Stolen Bases: none 
Caught Stealing: none 
Hit by Pitch: none 
Ground into Double Play: H Killebrew (1) 
 
 
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                National League Championship, Game 2 -- 10/05/1969
 
                             New York 5, Atlanta 0
 
 
                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 -  R   H   E
New York             0  1  2  0  0  0  0  0  2 -  5   9   0 
Atlanta              0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 -  0   4   1 


New York              AB  R  H BI  Avg  Atlanta               AB  R  H BI  Avg
T Agee CF              5  2  2  2 .300  F Millan 2B            4  0  1  0 .375
W Garrett 3B           5  0  0  0 .000  T Gonzalez CF          3  0  0  0 .000
C Jones LF             5  1  1  0 .250   B Aspromonte ph       1  0  0  0 .000
A Shamsky RF           3  0  2  2 .250  H Aaron RF             4  0  0  0 .000
K Boswell 2B           3  1  2  0 .286  R Carty LF             3  0  1  0 .143
E Kranepool 1B         3  0  1  1 .250  O Cepeda 1B            4  0  0  0 .125
 D Clendenon ph 1B     1  0  0  0 .000  C Boyer 3B             3  0  0  0 .000
J Grote C              4  0  1  0 .143  B Didier C             3  0  1  0 .286
B Harrelson SS         4  0  0  0 .125  G Garrido SS           3  0  0  0 .429
J Koosman P            4  1  0  0 .000  R Reed P               1  0  0  0 .000
                                         T Aaron ph            0  0  0  0 .000
                                         M Pappas P            0  0  0  0 .000
                                         G Stone P             0  0  0  0 .000
                                         H Wilhelm P           0  0  0  0 .000
                                         F Alou ph             1  0  1  0 1000
                                         C Upshaw P            0  0  0  0 .000
                      -- -- -- --                             -- -- -- --
Totals                37  5  9  5       Totals                30  0  4  0
 
 
New York                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
J Koosman (W 1-0)         9.0   4   0   0   2   6  32   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                    9.0   4   0   0   2   6  32   0   0   0   0 
 
Atlanta                    IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
R Reed (L 0-1)            6.0   7   3   3   1   6  26   0   2   1   0  4.50
M Pappas                  1.1   1   0   0   0   2   5   0   1   0   0  0.00
G Stone                   0.0   0   0   0   1   0   1   0   0   0   0  0.00
H Wilhelm                 0.2   0   0   0   0   2   2   0   0   0   0  0.00
C Upshaw                  1.0   1   2   1   0   0   5   0   0   0   1  9.00
Totals                    9.0   9   5   4   2  10  39   0   3   1   1 
 
 
Left On Base: NYM NL 7, ATL NL 5 
Double Plays: NYM NL 1, ATL NL 0 
Doubles: A Shamsky (1); K Boswell (1); E Kranepool (1) 
Triples: A Shamsky (1) 
Home Runs: T Agee (1) 
Stolen Bases: none 
Caught Stealing: none 
Hit by Pitch: none 
Ground into Double Play: F Millan (1)

EXTRA! EXTRA! O's, BRAVES WIN.
Salmon, Garrido provide extra inning game winning hits

Baltimore, October 4 - Baseball lore states that post-season play brings out heroes in the most unlikely sources. Yesterday's first ever league championship games provided two more shining examples of that belief. Baseball fans were treated to extra frames in both games in Baltimore and Atlanta, and baseball traditionalists may have to confess to enjoying this new layer of play in October baseball.

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Mark Belanger races home with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th.

In Baltimore, infielder Chico Salmon, who batted only 95 times all season, lined a game-winning double down the left-field line off Twins fireman Ron Perranowski. Mark Belanger who was running with the pitch scored from first base to give Baltimore a 3-2 tenth inning win. Don Buford opened the scoring with a leadoff home run in the first off Jim Perry. Frank Robinson and Boog Powell singled, and Brooks Robinson reached first on a catcher's interference call on George Mitterwald. But, Baltimore missed a grand opportunity to blow the game open as Elrod Hendricks popped out to first, and Davey Johnson took Tony Oliva to the warning track for the final out. Jim Perry settled down, and the tide slowly turned toward Minnesota. In the third, Perry caught Frank Robinson looking at a third strike. Robinson slammed his bat down in disgust, and took issue with home plate umpire Nestor Chylak. Manager Earl Weaver rushed out of the dugout, but not in time to save Robinson who was ejected by Chylak. Surprisingly, Chylak spared Weaver who argued furiously over losing his superstar in such a cruical game. As the fireworks dimmed, Mike Cuellar (25-5) had the Twins tied up in knots with his arsenal of off-speed pitches and screwballs. But, the possible Cy Young winner made two mistakes. In the 7th with Cuellar cruising with two outs, lefty Rich Reese belted a hanging curveball over the right center field wall. In the 8th, Mitterwald lifted another breaking pitch opposite field over ther right field wall for a 2-1 Minnesota lead. But with two outs in the ninth, Perranowski walks Curt Motton, who replaced Robinson in right. Boog Powell pulled Perranowski's next pitch down the right field line. Oliva corralled the ball in the corner, and fired home. But, as third base coach George Staller waved him home, Motton beat the relay throw to tie the game. That set the stage for Salmon's two out pinch hit magic in the tenth inning to win the game.

In Atlanta, light-hitting shortstop Gil Garrido, who batted .189 in the regular season, did something few Brave hitters could accomplish - hit Tom Seaver. But in the eleventh, Garrido lined a single past Ken Boswell's outstretched glove to drive home Bob Didier for a 1-0 Atlanta win. Starters Phil Niekro and Tom Seaver gave the fans what everyone expected - a classic pitching duel in contrasting styles. Niekro's knuckler baffled Met hitters while Seaver zipped through the Braves lineup without allowing a hit until Felix Millan's single to lead off the fourth. Tommie Agee ended Atlanta threats in the 6th and 8th innings by throwing out Garrido and then Cepeda at home to end each inning. New York's only serious threat came in the 10th by Paul Doyle (1-0) induced Agee to hit into a double play. Then, Didier pulled a Ron Taylor fastball down the right field line. Shamsky retrieved the ball in the corner, but Didier beat Boswell's relay with a sliding triple, his first three bagger of the season. The unlikely one out triple led Mets manager Gil Hodges to make a decision that will may be second-guessed all winter by the New York press. With one out and the pitcher's spot batting next, Hodges stayed with the righthander Taylor to face Garrido who was 2 for 4 on the afternoon, but a .189 hitter for the season. Tug McGraw was available in the bullpen to face any left-handed pinch-hitters, Mike Lum or Sonny Jackson, if Hodges intentionally passed Garrido to set up the double play. Garrido lined to Boswell who was playing slightly in. The ball went past the second sacker and into right, scoring the rookie Didier for the only and winning run of the game. The anxious crowd of 50,122 erupted in joy as Atlanta won its first playoff game.

                Game 1 - American League Championship Series - 10/04/1969
 
                     Baltimore 3, Minnesota 2 - 10 Innings
 
 
                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 -  R   H   E
Minnesota            0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1  0  0 -  2   6   2 
Baltimore            1  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1  1 -  3  11   0 


Minnesota             AB  R  H BI  Avg  Baltimore             AB  R  H BI  Avg
C Tovar CF             4  0  1  0 .250  D Buford LF            4  1  1  1 .250
R Carew 2B             5  0  0  0 .000  P Blair CF             5  0  0  0 .000
H Killebrew 3B         4  0  0  0 .000  F Robinson RF          2  0  1  0 .500
T Oliva RF             3  0  0  0 .000   C Motton RF           2  1  0  0 .000
B Allison LF           4  0  2  0 .500  B Powell 1B            4  0  4  1 1000
R Reese 1B             4  1  1  1 .250  B Robinson 3B          4  0  0  0 .000
L Cardenas SS          3  0  1  0 .333  E Hendricks C          2  0  0  0 .000
G Mitterwald C         3  1  1  1 .333   A Etchebarren ph C    2  0  1  0 .500
J Perry P              2  0  0  0 .000  D Johnson 2B           5  0  1  0 .200
 R Renick ph           1  0  0  0 .000  M Belanger SS          5  1  1  0 .200
 R Perranoski P        1  0  0  0 .000  M Cuellar P            2  0  1  0 .500
                                         M Rettenmund ph       1  0  0  0 .000
                                         P Richert P           0  0  0  0 .000
                                         C Salmon ph           1  0  1  1 1000
                      -- -- -- --                             -- -- -- --
Totals                34  2  6  2       Totals                39  3 11  3
 
 
Minnesota                  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
J Perry                   7.0   7   1   1   3   2  32   0   2   0   1  1.28
R Perranoski (L 0-1)      2.2   4   2   2   1   1  13   0   2   0   0  6.75
Totals                    9.2  11   3   3   4   3  45   0   4   0   1 
 
Baltimore                  IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
M Cuellar                 8.0   5   2   2   3   1  30   0   0   0   2  2.25
P Richert (W 1-0)         2.0   1   0   0   1   2   8   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                   10.0   6   2   2   4   3  38   0   0   0   2 
 
 
Left On Base: MIN AL 6, BALT AL 13 
Double Plays: MIN AL 1, BALT AL 2 
Doubles: B Powell 2(2); M Cuellar (1); C Salmon (1) 
Triples: none 
Home Runs: D Buford (1); R Reese (1); G Mitterwald (1) 
Stolen Bases: none 
Caught Stealing: none 
Hit by Pitch: none 
Ground into Double Play: B Robinson (1); J Perry 2(2)
A - 50,429 
 
 
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                   Game 1 - National League Championship Series - 10/04/1969
 
                       Atlanta 1, New York 0 - 11 Innings
 
 
                     1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9 10 11 -  R   H   E
New York             0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0 -  0   4   0 
Atlanta              0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  0  1 -  1   7   0 


New York              AB  R  H BI  Avg  Atlanta               AB  R  H BI  Avg
T Agee CF              5  0  1  0 .200  F Millan 2B            4  0  2  0 .500
W Garrett 3B           4  0  0  0 .000  T Gonzalez CF          4  0  0  0 .000
 R Gaspar ph           1  0  0  0 .000  H Aaron RF             4  0  0  0 .000
 R Taylor P            0  0  0  0 .000  R Carty LF             4  0  0  0 .000
C Jones LF             3  0  1  0 .333  O Cepeda 1B            4  0  1  0 .250
A Shamsky RF           5  0  0  0 .000  C Boyer 3B             3  0  0  0 .000
K Boswell 2B           4  0  0  0 .000  B Didier C             4  1  1  0 .250
E Kranepool 1B         5  0  1  0 .200  G Garrido SS           4  0  3  1 .750
J Grote C              3  0  0  0 .000  P Niekro P             2  0  0  0 .000
B Harrelson SS         4  0  1  0 .250   P Doyle P             0  0  0  0 .000
T Seaver P             1  0  0  0 .000  
 J Martin ph           0  0  0  0 .000  
 A Weis ph 3B          0  0  0  0 .000  
                      -- -- -- --                             -- -- -- --
Totals                35  0  4  0       Totals                33  1  7  1
 
 
New York                   IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
T Seaver                  9.0   5   0   0   0   4  29   0   0   0   0  0.00
R Taylor (L 0-1)          1.1   2   1   1   0   0   6   0   0   1   0  6.75
Totals                   10.2   7   1   1   0   4  35   0   0   1   0 
 
Atlanta                    IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO BFP  HB   D   T  HR   ERA
P Niekro                  9.0   4   0   0   4   5  35   1   1   0   0  0.00
P Doyle (W 1-0)           2.0   0   0   0   2   0   7   0   0   0   0  0.00
Totals                   11.0   4   0   0   6   5  42   1   1   0   0 
 
 
Left On Base: NYM NL 9, ATL NL 3 
Double Plays: NYM NL 1, ATL NL 2 
Doubles: B Harrelson (1) 
Triples: B Didier (1) 
Home Runs: none 
Stolen Bases: none 
Caught Stealing: none 
Hit by Pitch: T Seaver (1) 
Ground into Double Play: T Agee (1)
A - 50,122