Wednesday, September 4, 2013

September 4, 1983: Willie McGee's Ninth Inning RBI Propels The Birds To Victory

On September 4, 1983, Willie McGee knocked in the game winner in a 5-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds at Busch. The Cardinals organization honored the Reds catcher before the game as Bench was set to retire at the end of the season. The Cincy backstop erased a 4-1 lead with one swing of the bat in the eighth with a long ball off of the Cardinals closer Bruce Sutter. It was the 388th home run of Bench's career, he finished with 389. While the wind was knocked out of the team after Bench went yard, Willie and his teammates would put it behind them real quick after Lonnie Smith doubled to start off the bottom of the ninth, then was followed by an intentional to Ozzie Smith as the Reds were looking to setup the double play. McGee erased all hope for the double play with a shot up the middle that brought Lonnie into score the game winner to spoil Bench's day at the ole ballpark.

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