After three days journaling personal gratitude, today I’m back to the public gratitude. This afternoon, I opened up Uncle YouTube and watched Game 4 of the 1969 World Series. The game had everything:
Seaver took a 3-hit shut and 1-0 lead into the 9th inning. After getting the 1st out, he gave up a single to Frank Robinson. Gil Hodges left him in He gave up another single to Boog Powell. Gil Hodges left him in. Art Shamsky made a great play on a line drive by Brooks Robinson allowing F. Robinson to score on the Sac Fly. Gil Hodges left him in. Seaver got out of the inning and pitched the 10th, all with Tug MaGraw throwing and available in the bullpen. The Mets scored in the 10th to give Seaver the win.
Earl Weaver got ejected, the first manager to get ejected from a World Series game since 1934.
Sandy Koufax and Mickey Mantle were on the NBC pre and post game shows with Jim Simpson. The red double breasted blazers they wore are going to give me nightmares.
Curt Gowdy and Lindsey Nelson were the broadcasters.
There were political overtones as an anti-Vietnam war organization called for a general strike and asked that the American Flag at Shea Stadium be lowered to half mast. New York Mayor John Lindsay wanted to do it, Baseball Commisioner Bowie Keuhn ordered the flag not to be lowered. https://vietnamtheartofwar.com/1969/10/15/15-october-1969-moratorium-to-end-the-war-in-vietnam-demonstrations-around-the-world/#:~:text=In%20New%20York%20City%2C%20the,be%20flown%20at%20full%20mast.
A lot of shots of the young and beautiful Nancy Seaver. Gowdy called them a handsome young couple. The handsome couple were together 51 years later when Tom passed away last week.
I remember it like it was yesterday. A 7th grader at Lincoln School, I was the only one pulling for the Orioles. I was convinced that they were going to sweep, particularly after they beat up on Seaver in Game One. The Mets won Game 2 and didn’t look back. In those days, all World Series Games were played during the day, 12:30 PM Eastern 9:30 AM Pacific. Some nice teachers would have a TV in the room and let us watch. I remember Mrs. Heston let me leave her class and visit a classroom that had a TV. One of the other kids said, “hey, why does he get to watch the game and we don’t?” Mrs Heston said, well, ” Steven is the most interested in baseball.” Nobody could argue with that point. My friends and I would also sneak transtor radios into school. As I think back to those days, I think we had it better with the day games than the kids today who have to deal with the night games. With the day baseball, even if we were in the classrom, someone always new the score. Now, with the 8:15 EST start times most kids on the East Coast are asleep when the game ends.
As with all of social media, there are some downsides to YouTube. That said, YouTube worked well on a day when it was to hot and smokey to go outside. Tomorrow I’m going to watch Lou Brock take on the Yankees in the 1964 World Series.
What are you grateful for today. Please write your comments below and help us find that shining needle of common ground in that scary haystack of fear.