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August 9, 2021

There were three repeat matchups from August 5-August 8, 44 years later.

In 1977,  August 7th was a Sunday, in 2021 it was a Saturday.

The Reds, reeling under .500, having lost “Doggy,” (the great Tony Perez) and Don Gullett from their awesome 2 straight title teams, after losing the opener vs Pittsburgh on Friday August 5, 1977 won the next two.

These 44 years later, Cincy won all 3 from the Pirates (Friday August 6-Sunday August 8) and have a realistic shot at playoffs qualification.

In 1977, the eventual World Champion, New York Yankees began an incredible run of 40 wins in 50 games (the Reds did similar, if not the same in ’75 and also won it all while one of the full season non title winning Dodgers team may have won 41 of 50 in the last 5 or so years) with a Sunday August 7th win at Seattle vs the Mariners.

44 years later, the Yankees made it 10 of 12 after three home wins vs “Sea,” before losing yesterday (Sunday August 8th),  44 years to the day after the surge starting win on August 7, 1977.

Finally the Atlanta Braves and Montreal Expos were each completely out of the then much better “one quarter” division race when the Braves won 3 of 4 from August 4-August 7, 1977.

“Henry Aaron”/44 years later, in this first ever Atlanta Braves season with Henry not on this angst ridden earth (yesterday despite sitting in traffic with bathroom need and the card saying “come in and get one, having filled out a survey” I was denied a 20 dollar Visa card plus 24 years later, the “Baba,” who wed 44 years ago on August 7th and had an (11-3) pro Yankees and probably telling, vs the Mets, week after his “not even appeasing regarding paying” call), Atlanta took the Washington Nationals (the Expos became the Nationals), winning on Thursday, Friday and Sunday and trail the Philadelphia Phillies by 2 games, (the Mets, who started the week 3 and a half games ahead are two and a half game out) in the relatively weak, one eighth N.L. East.

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