Monday, October 24, 2016

tonight in diamond doings

on this day in 1992, the Blue Jays were the first team outside the U.S. to win the world series. they won game six 4-3 in 11 innings. Dave Winfield hit a double that scored Devon White from second and Roberto Alomar from first after the ball took a bad hop off the left field corner and skipped past Ron Gant that put the Jays up 4-2. with Atlanta's turn at the plate, they got one back with Jeff Blauser, who led off the bottom of the 11th with a single, scored when Brian Hunter grounded to Joe Carter, who was playing first. now with two out and the tying run on, Otis Nixon came to the plate. Toronto Manager Cito Gaston came out, had Jimmy Key replaced with Mike Timlin then had a conference with the infielders to strategize. once done, Carter went to Timlin and gave him a heads up about a possible bunt. first pitch was fouled off. second pitch was bunted towards first base. remembering what Carter said, Timlin fielded the ball and got the ball to first and got the out. (Nixon could still fly down the bases). Cito Gaston was the first African American manager to win a world series. also on this day in 1972, a sad day as Jackie Robinson passed away after suffering a heart attack. Complications of diabetes and heart disease had weakened him and was almost blind. his last appearance was at game two of the 1972 world series between Cincinnati and Oakland, nine days before his death. he was 53.

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