I was nine years old in 1964 and just beginning to follow baseball.  It was the year of the Phillies’ collapse.  However, the Phillies beat the Reds on the last day, crushing the Reds’ hope of a one game playoff with the Cardinals, with the winner going to the World Series. 

The Cardinals beat the Yankees that year, ending a string of 29 of 46 pennants and twenty World Series wins.  No, Tim it was the Yankees, not the Stan the Man Cardinals.

I have only read about what happened before 1964, like “the Shot Heard ‘Round the World” or the Pirates winning the 1960 World Series when they were out scored 57-27.

Tim McCarver was the catcher of the ’64 Cardinals.  They had Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, and Curt (free agent) Flood (Flood was traded to the Cardinals by the Reds because they had Vada Pinson).

Now McCarver is shooting off his yap about the Cardinal September-October Mystique.

I have a few questions?  Correct me if I am wrong but since I was born in 1955, how many championships have the Cardinals won?  Three: 1964, 1982, and 2006. 

During the same time period, how many championships have the Reds won?  Three: 1975, 1976, and 1990.

Of those teams, which has won its last nine World Series games?  No, it is not the Cardinals.

Which of those team was the only team since the LCS began in 1969 to sweep an LCS and a World Series in the same year.  No Tim, it was not the Cardinals.

Before Marty Brenamin came in 1974, the Reds play-by-play man went to ABC.  Al Michaels knows when to be a homer (Do you believe in miracles?). 

If McCarver chooses to be a homer, turn the sound down and turn up Reds’ Radio.


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