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The 60s were my decade William. 4 man rotations. I grew up in Chicago when the White Sox were the team, always in contention always a little behind the Yankees. Cubs were a bad joke. This was before the time when all day games added "atmosphere." The pitchers dominated in those days, so much so that they had to flatten the mound. But I can tell you every team in each league had absolute stud pitchers. Carlton's last game, May 7, he finished after taking a 6-0 lead into the 8th. Giants knocked him around in the 8th, but there he was in the 9th, where they also hit him hard. But he finished what he started. I like that.

Best game I ever saw:

Cubs: September 1966. Dodgers in a pennant race, Koufax pitching his arm off. He went up against rookie Ken Holtzman. Cubs were headed for 100 losses. Holtzman got the best of him this day, beating him 2-1. Koufax gave up 4 hits. Holtzman took a no hitter into the 9th inning. My dad got us box seats about 15 rows up right behind the plate. Game took about an hour and 3/4.

White Sox: Summer of 1974. A's v White Sox. By this time the A's were literally going through the motions.They wouldn't win one more game than they had to just to spite Finley. They won the division by winning 90 games, and then you saw what they did to Baltimore and LA. 7 wins 2 losses. 5 of the 7 wins were 1 run games. Anyway, Vida Blue was pitching, nursing a 2-1 lead in the 7th inning. Sox got a man on and Dick Allen (he of the 40+ ounce bat) at bat. We were sitting behind 1st base. Blue unleashed a bullet very low and outside. Literally ankle high and at least 3 inches outside. Allen went down and BOOM!! like a cannon shot, put that ball in the lower right field stands. It took about 2 seconds to get there. I'll never forget the crack of that bat. 2-1 Sox. A's come up in the top of the 8th. With 2 outs and no one on. Single, stolen base, single, stolen base, single. 3-2. And that is how it ended. What a team they had. But Allen's HR, I'll take that to the grave. Carlton is facing off against the Dodgers at Veteran's tonight. A beautiful Saturday night in Philly. Going up against Claude Osteen. Got to head out to the park. Will have the story tomorrow.


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