Friday, August 8, 2014

August 8, 1961: Boyer Bombs The Reds

     On August 8, 1961, Ken Boyer's second home run of the day came in the bottom of the ninth with one out, and propelled the Cardinals to a dramatic 6-5 victory over the visiting Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium. 

     It was a true battle from beginning to end, as the Cardinals starter Ernie Broglio surrendered a run in the first, before watching the Birds bounce back in the bottom of the inning when Bill White and Boyer connected on back-to-back singles off of Cincy's hurler Bob Purkey. White and Boyer knocked in back-to-back runs in the third with that pair of home runs it gave the Cardinals a 4-1 lead, but the ball was not done flying on that day in St. Louis. Broglio served up two big flies in the fifth. The first was hit by Cincinnati's pitcher to leadoff the inning, and the second was a two out blast by Vada Pinson that closed the gap to 4-3. 

     The Redlegs tied it up in the sixth, which proved to be the end of the day for Broglio. He handed the ball to Lindy McDaniel, who watched Charley James knock in a go ahead run in the seventh. McDaniel had gotten the last two outs of the sixth, and was nearly flawless, as he only gave up a hit in the eighth, before he watched pinch hitter Jerry Lynch launch one into the seats to lead off the ninth. McDaniel retired the next three men in succession, but I bet ya he walked to that Cardinals bench feeling a bit down as he had given away the lead. That wouldn't last long, as Boyer stepped to the plate after watching White strike out. Purkey was still on the bump for the Reds, and he was about to help send 17,660 souls home happy, as he served up the pitch to Boyer that The Captain crushed. Adios, goodbye, and see you later. That's a Winner. 

Be sure and check out: Kevin McCann is the author writing this upcoming book, and I am excited to see the finsihed product. I consider him a friend, although we have never met. The fact of it is like anybody else that reads this we are friends through a common bond that involves two birds on a bat. He can also be found on twitter at @kenboyerbook I can be found on there @CardinalHistory. 

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