Re: 65 Reds
'65 was also the year when Maloney pitched 2 no-hitters. The first one was where he lost it in the 11th inning when Johnny Lewis led off the 11th with a homer. Maloney had pitched 10 innings of no-hit ball with 18Ks. A monster game.
My favorite Red that year was Leo Cardenas. I think it was because I liked his baseball card picture.
I was lucky to attend a game in July of that year with my dad, Reds vs. Dodgers (July 7, looked it up on Retrosheet). Sandy Koufax vs. Sammy Ellis. I thought we'd see a pitchers duel. But Koufax got lit up early and was yanked after giving up 9 hits and 5 runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Reds had a 5-0 lead and I thought they'd cruise. But Ellis lost it later on and Billy McCool and Joe Nuxhall couldn't do it from the bullpen (some things never change), the Dodgers chipped away at the lead, and we went into the 9th tied at 6-6.
First 2 Reds went out and Leo Cardenas came up with 2 outs. I remember sitting there thinking "please-please-please-please-please hit a HR". And then Cardenas *does* hit a blast to LF for a game-inning HR. I can still remember the ball hitting the LF screen and seeing the shock waves ripple through the screen and the crowd (and me) go berserk. First time I had experienced a GW homer in person and, to a 12 yr. old boy, it was orgasmic. I was on cloud 9.
1964 and 1965 was when I got hooked on baseball and I don't think the hooks have let loose yet.
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