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More Notes Regarding Mets/Astros 1965, Yields Thoughts On The Great Oakland Athletics’ Title Teams (1972-1974).

July 29, 2019

The Oakland Athletics won three consecutive World Series titles from (1972-1974). No team/franchise, other than the vaunted New York Yankees, has ever won as many as three straight baseball crowns.

Now what does that have to do with the first Mets’ game at the Astrodome in 1965?!

Three different, excellent Astros’ starters in the 1965 tilt, played on teams that lost to the A’s, in the aforementioned three straight World Series from (1972-1974.)

Joe Morgan, who became a truly great player, the Astros’ second baseman and leadoff batter in the ’65 game, (he singled in his first at bat) was on the 1972 Cincinnati Reds team, that lost in the maximum 7 games, to the first Athletics’ title team, while based in Oakland.

The next World Series in 1973, manifested in another 7 game A’s triumph, this one vs a low wins, New York Mets team, that included ’65 Astros right fielder, Daniel “Rusty” Staub and for that matter, a ’65 and even ’62 New York Mets player in that ’65 tilt, namely Ed Kranepool.

Finally in my Strat-O-Matic baseball league, so long, in so many ways, ago, Jay Larry Rader wrote little cannon balls, on Jim Wynn’s card.

Wynn, known as “The Toy Cannon” was in center field for Houston in that 1965 game and a vital cog on the L.A. Dodgers’ 1974 N.L. pennant winning team.

The “boom” and World Series, however, went to the remarkable A’s in 5 games. Rollie Fingers got the last out, did not blow a big game and stuck to baseball talk.

 

The great, Rollie Fingers, shown, about to deliver a pitch.

 

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