Friday, August 14, 2015

August 14, 1967: The Birds Rally To Beat The Cubs In The Ninth

     On August 14, 1967, the Cardinals came back from a 5-3 deficit with three run ninth to beat the Cubs 6-5 at Busch. The Redbirds came into the inning having just watched a Ron Santo home run sail over the wall in the top of the ninth to give the Baby Bears a little insurance. Apparently, it was not enough insurance though, as the Cardinals surged back into the contest.

     The winning rally started with Bob Tolan working a walk out of Cubs reliever Bob Shaw, who got a quick hook. Chuck Hartenstein took over on the bump and got Alex Johnson to groundout. It was a productive out though, as Tolan took second in the process, then was knocked in by Lou Brock who singled. The heat was on. Curt Flood ripped a single that pushed Brock to third, then came Roger Maris who singled to right. When the ball came off of Maris' bat it looked like the game would be tied, but the right fielder Ted Savage fumbled the ball, and Flood only stopped running once he touched the dish with the game winning run.

     The win put the Cardinals 9 1/2 games up in the standings. It was the 72nd win of the season for the club that was en route to 101 wins. They took the flag by 10 1/2 games, then brought home another World Series title by beating the Boston Red Sox in a seven game classic.

Check out the box score here:

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