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    Knowledge Is Good Big Klu's Avatar
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    This Date In Reds History (10/18): Past Lineups -- 1972 World Series

    35 years ago (1972), a 1-0 win in Game 3 of the World Series at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

    Pete Rose lf
    Joe Morgan 2b
    Bobby Tolan cf
    Johnny Bench c
    Tony Perez 1b
    Denis Menke 3b
    Cesar Geronimo rf
    Darel Chaney ss
    Jack Billingham p

    Bert Campaneris ss
    Matty Alou rf
    Joe Rudi lf
    Mike Epstein 1b
    Sal Bando 3b
    George Hendrick cf
    Gene Tenace c
    Dick Green 2b
    Blue Moon Odom p

    WP: Jack Billingham (1-0)
    LP: Blue Moon Odom (0-1)
    Sv: Clay Carroll (1)
    HR: None.

    Jack Billingham and Clay Carroll combined on a three-hit shutout, as the Reds cut the deficit to 2-1 in the best-of-seven Series. The only hits for the Athletics were singles by Joe Rudi in the fourth, Dick Green in the fifth, and pinch-hitter Gonzalo Marquez in the seventh inning. John "Blue Moon" Odom, Vida Blue, and Rollie Fingers combined on a four-hitter in a losing effort for the A's, with Odom striking out 11 Reds in 7 innings. The only hits for the Reds were singles by Denis Menke in the second, Tony Perez and Cesar Geronimo in the seventh (Geronimo's hit scored Perez with the game's only run), and Bobby Tolan in the eighth inning.
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    Re: This Date In Reds History (10/18): Past Lineups -- 1972 World Series

    Dick Green. Now there's a name for you.

    Another clutch pitching performance by Billingham. He proved to be a very good post season performer for the Reds over the next few seasons.
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    Re: This Date In Reds History (10/18): Past Lineups -- 1972 World Series

    This was also the game when one of the more entertaining (and unfortunately forgotten) trick plays in baseball took place (link here):

    It was Williams who pulled off one of the great Book ruses of all time while managing the A's against the Big Red Machine in the 1972 World Series. In Game 3 at Oakland, with Cincinnati leading 1-0 in the eighth inning, the Reds put runners on second and third with one out and powerful Johnny Bench at the plate.
    Rather than do the conventional move, which would have been to walk Bench intentionally to load the bases and set up the double play or force at home, Williams had Rollie Fingers pitch to Bench, with Tony Perez sitting on deck. But when the count worked full at 3-2, Williams went to the mound and made the traditional hand signal for an intentional walk. Sure enough, when Oakland catcher Gene Tenace returned to the plate, he pointed toward first, stood up and moved to the right of home plate.
    But just as Fingers was delivering, Tenace jumped back behind the plate, and Fingers threw a slider on the outside corner. Bench, lulled into expecting ball four, never took the bat off his shoulders, and it was strike three. Postscript: The Reds won the game anyway, 1-0. But Oakland won the Series in seven games.
    The look on Bench's face was classic.

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