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Los Angeles Dodgers 2 at Minnesota Twins 0, F -- With a league-leading 26 wins, 2.04 ERA and a then-record 382 strikeouts, Sandy Koufax was unquestionably the best pitcher in all of baseball. But with an advancing case of arthritis in his golden left arm, every breathtaking outing was countered by hours of treatment to keep the barely tolerable pain at bay. Once again, the light-hitting Dodgers had latched on to the most prized pitcher in baseball to carry them into the World Series, and once again, they were forced to rely on heavy innings from their ace to give them a fighting chance. After over 335 innings of labor in the regular season, it looked like the forces of nature finally caught up with number 32, as he lost Game 2 to the Minnesota Twins. But Koufax bounced back with a shutout victory in Game 5, and was handed the ball for the Series clincher in Minneapolis after only two days of rest. His counterpart on the mound was big southpaw Jim Kaat, whose job in the Series was to keep up with the Dodger ace. The 18-game winner had beaten Koufax in Game 2, then been on the receiving end of the Game 5 shutout. The World Championship depended on which left arm could deliver the best punch.
Many consider Willie Mays to be the greatest baseball player of all-time.
Are you a Sox fan? 'Course you are! So sink your choppas into this collection of vintage Red Sox season highlight films from back when the Sawx weren't very good, and then one year when they were -- the legendary Impossible Dream season of '67. Transcribed from a VHS source at least a couple of generations removed from the actual films, but still remarkably watchable. Nice color and some innovative (for the time) use of slo-motion cinematography help, as do the outstanding narrative contributions of Curt Gowdy and Ken Coleman. Enjoy scenes of ol' Fenway Park on beautiful summer afternoons in Back Bay, when the fellas wore crew cuts or fedoras and the ladies dresses and gloves. Also included is a feature on underrated Red Sox third baseman Frank Malzone.
1954: Baseball in Boston 0:00
1955: The Red Sox at Home 22:06
1956: The Red Sox - Pride of New England 43:28 (a regrettable blackout of about 12 seconds when Ted Williams comes to bat, but you still get a nice color closeup of The Kid powdering that pill.)
1957: Play Ball With the Red Sox 1:04:26
1962: This Is Baseball with Frank Malzone 1:26:10
1967: The Impossible Dream 1:29:43