Monday, October 31, 2022

3-time Champ A's Sweep, Bring Back Memories of 1st Board Game

I invented my first baseball game when I was 10
 I cut up 100 pieces of paper and numbered them 1 to 100. A players batting average determined how high his hits went (a .300 hitter got hits on numbers 1 to 30). 

Then I lowered that number one for every 10 points below a 3.00 ERA the pitcher was - and the star of my league was the 1973 Vida Blue card with his 1.82 ERA, this lowering opposing hitters by 12. Pitchers didn't adjust the extra base hits. If a batter had 500 at bats, with 10 homers and 5 triples them a 1 or 2 was a homer and a 3 was a triple.

Fast forward 52 years and I had Vida Blue back on the mound as a PB 2-8 as part of the 1972 Oakland A's. He gave up a double to the 2001 Mariner's Ichiro, but scattered 6 hits over 6 innings against the lineup that won 116 games that year in an 8-1 win to complete a sweep.

The first game took 10 innings for a 3-1 A's win, with Catfish Hunter and Rollie Fingers combining for 10 innings. 

The Mariners actually outhit the Mariners 15-13 in the two games, but Reggie Jackson had the first RBI singles in both games and Matty Alou hit homers in both games.

This was the first game in our all-time great teams Western Division, so the A's start 2-0

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