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More World Series Notes

January 6, 2019

1978, of course forty years ago, did not end well for fine Boston Red Sox and L.A. Dodgers’ teams.

This past season the Red Sox denied an ALCS berth by the Yankees in ’78’s classic, never allowed again, true playoff, defeated them to make the ALCS and eventually “titled”, “5 ing” L.A. in the World Series, to complete a great 119 win(s) season.

The Dodgers, now (6-14) in World Series play, were beaten in back to back World Series, as they were forty years ago.

Here is one, in both games in which the Dodgers were eliminated in those World Series forty years apart at Dodger Stadium, an L.A. player named “David or clear facsimile of,” homered leading off the Dodgers first inning.

In 1978, Davey Lopes’ home run gave the Dodgers a (1-0) lead, the Yankees relatively easily overcame, to take their 22nd crown.

Just months back, after 2018 World Series MVP, Steve Pearce had given Boston a (2-0) lead they would not relinquish with a 2RHR–T1 vs 4 time loser in a game in which L.A. was eliminated, Clayton Kershaw, David Freese, an unbelievable performer as he led the Cards to their eleventh title in ’11, homered leading off the home first inning.

 

Another “8” World Series, the great one 50 years ago in 1968, manifested in a Detroit Tigers’ crown. The great player Al Kaline, pictured above had a huge hit in the Tigers’ comeback win in game, 5 that propelled the even greater comeback to win the title.

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