~ Mark Twain
What happened in 1964? Did you retire?
There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.
~ Mark Twain
Code:It Ain't Over Till It's Over Some impressive comebacks in big league history 1914 National League Pennant July 4 End of Season Team W-L Pct. GB Team W-L Pct. GB Giants 40-24 .625 -- Braves 94-59 .614 -- Braves 26-40 .394 15 Giants 84-70 .545 10.5 1938 National League Pennant August 9 End of Season Team W-L Pct. GB Team W-L Pct. GB Pirates 62-35 .639 -- Cubs 89-63 .586 -- Cubs 55-44 .556 8 Pirates 86-64 .573 2.0 1942 National League Pennant August 4 End of Season Team W-L Pct. GB Team W-L Pct. GB Dodgers 73-30 .709 -- Cardinals 106-48 .688 -- Cardinals 62-39 .614 10 Dodgers 104-50 .675 2.0 1951 National League Pennant August 11 End of Season Team W-L Pct. GB Team W-L Pct. GB Dodgers 70-35 .667 -- Giants (+) 96-58 .623 -- Giants 59-51 .536 13.5 Dodgers 96-58 .623 -- 1964 National League Pennant September 20 End of Season Team W-L Pct. GB Team W-L Pct. GB Phillies 90-60 .600 -- Cardinals 93-69 .574 -- Cardinals 83-66 .557 6.5 Phillies 92-70 .568 1.0 1969 National League East Division August 13 End of Season Team W-L Pct. GB Team W-L Pct. GB Cubs 73-43 .629 -- Mets 100-62 .617 -- Mets 62-51 .549 9.5 Cubs 92-70 .568 8.0 1978 American League East Division July 19 End of Season Team W-L Pct. GB Team W-L Pct. GB Red Sox 62-28 .689 -- Yankees (+) 99-63 .611 -- Yankees 48-42 .533 14 Red Sox 99-63 .611 -- 1993 National League West Division July 22 End of Season Team W-L Pct. GB Team W-L Pct. GB Giants 65-32 .670 -- Braves 104-58 .642 -- Braves 55-42 .567 10 Giants 103-59 .636 1.0 1995 American League West Division August 2 End of Season Team W-L Pct. GB Team W-L Pct. GB Angels 56-33 .629 -- Mariners (+) 78-66 .542 -- Mariners 43-46 .483 13 Angels 78-66 .542 --
Barry Larkin - HOF, 2012
Put an end to the Lost Decade.
1964... the Reds finished 1 GB
The Phils looked to be in total control (5 game lead I believe) then the Reds swept them in Phillie and the Phils lost a couple of more to somebody else and Reds won some more. The then Phils returned the favor on the Reds by beating the Reds twice in Cincy on the last weekend.
The Cards had also moved into the picture but they lost the first 2 of that last weekend to the Mets. So the final day of the season dawned with the Cards and Reds tied for first and the Phils 1 game back. The Cards beat the Mets and the Phils beat the Reds on the last day which made the Cards NL champs and left the Reds and Phils tied 1 game back.
Unfortunately, Chico Ruiz is deceased, so the 2006 Reds will have to find someone else to steal home to win a big game down the stretch.
I really do not expect St. Louis to blow the division, but LaRussa certainly does love to constantly tinker with everything, just as Mauch did. I don't see LaRussa using starting pitchers on only a couple of days rest as Mauch did.
"Hey...Dad. Wanna Have A Catch?" Kevin Costner in "Field Of Dreams."
'64 was the first year I was a Reds fan. Geeky 12 yr. old with his white plastic AM radio with Waite Hoyt and Claude Sullivan. And Ed Kennedy and Frank McCormick on WLW-D. What a year to break in on.
What it looks like to me is the Cardinals are the Phillies, the Astros are the Reds, and the Reds are the Cardinals, i.e. in 1964 the Phils had the big lead and blew it, the Reds breathed down their necks that whole collapse, and the Cardinals came out of nowhere and snuck in at the wire.
and the fans
The Rally Onion wants 150 fans before Opening Day.
Click on the Next link to see the Phils lead disappear. The Reds move up and then the Cards make their move.
and the fans