Re: What is the most powerful baseball memory from your childhood?
I've got 3...
10/4/64 - Watching the last game of the Reds' season on TV. If the Reds win, they are NL champs. Top of the 6th, the Reds are down 4-0. Tony Gonzalez rolls one into LF with the bases loaded to score 2 and then Dick Allen hits a 3-run HR to bust the game wide open. I'm 12 years old, watching with my dad, and I say "damn" which is something I have never ever said in front of my dad. Thinking I was going to get beat, instead he just says "yeah". Broke my young heart that day.
7/7/65 - Reds-Dodgers at Crosley, Sandy Koufax vs. Sammy Ellis but both get shelled. Leo Cardenas hits one into to LF screen in the bottom of the 9th to win the game 7-6. I can still see it hit the screeen and the vibrations ripples out. First time I've ever been at a game with a walk-off HR (wasn't called that then). I kinda lose my mind for a minute.
10/4/99 - Reds-Mets playoff game - we're sitting behind the Reds dugout and the stadium thunders like it hasn't in 20 years. The crowd is primed like I can't believe. Edgardo Alfonso hits a 2 run HR off Steve Parris in the top of the 1st and you could hear a pin drop. The only sound I hear is all the Mets whooping it up in their dugout. The air whooshes out of the stadium Al Leiter pitches a gem. Idiots run on the field all game. I haven't been this disappointed since 1964.
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