Wishing you many more!
Happy birthday Sandy.
Man the memories Sandy provided.
Happy Birthday Sandy!!!
It’s hard to believe that he is 77.
It seems like it was just yesterday I was sitting in front of the TV on Sunday, October 6, 1963 watching him beat the Yankees 2-1 to win the WS for the Dodgers.
The day that we got our tickets for the 1963 World Series, my brother Tom and I were “sick” from school. (Actually we had eye problems – we just couldn’t see going to school that day).
My dad had to work so he dropped us off at the advanced ticket sales booth on Stadium Way next to the Naval Reserve Training Center (which is an LAFD Fire Training Center now).
We stood in line all day with a wad of cash in our pockets and specific instructions to buy tickets for Game-4 and if those weren’t available, Game-3. By the time we finally got up to the ticket window it was like 3 PM (we’d gotten there at 8 AM) and Game-4 was already sold out and there were very few tickets left for Game-3, so we bought them.
Even though Sandy Koufax set a new (then) all-time strike-out record in Game-1 in New York and won Game-4 to clench the sweep, Game-3 is considered one of the greatest World Series games of all time. Don Drysdale pitched a 3-hit shutout and the Dodgers won by a score of 1-0 on a base hit by Tommy Davis in the first inning. I nearly died when Joe Pepitone sent Dodgers right fielder Ron Fairly to the bullpen gate for the final out of the game.
This from Wikipedia:
Don Drysdale pitched a masterful three-hitter in his complete game win, Walter Alston said of Drysdale’s performance “One of the greatest pitched games I ever saw”. The lone Dodger run in the game occurred in the bottom of the first on a Jim Gilliam walk, a wild pitch and a single by Tommy Davis. The final out of the game came on Joe Pepitone’s long drive that backed Dodger right fielder Ron Fairly up against the bull pen gate to make the catch of a ball that would have been a home run in Yankee Stadium.
Of course I would have loved to have been at Game-4 to witness Sandy get the win and complete the sweep, but I am both blessed and grateful to have been at Game-3.
Ron, what a thrill that must have been for you and your brother as kid’s to be at a WS game and see the Dodgers win. I too was holding my breath as the ball went into Fairly’s glove.
What ever happened to the tickets stubs from that game? Do you still have them? I still have the ticket stubs from the Dodger-Yankee WS games I attended at Yankee Stadium in 1977 and 1978. I’ll bring them to ST with me to show you and maybe I can get Lopes, Monday and Yeager(he should be there, right?) to autograph them for me.
I’m pretty sure that my World Series ticket stub ended up on the spokes of my bicycle along with my 1963 Hank Aaron card. Who knew?
But damn if I don’t still have that Dodgers/Mets game ticket stub that I traded that Mets T-shirt for with that guy on the subway after Josh Wall’s MLB debut victory, which I hope to get Josh to sign at spring training – you remember Josh, don’t you? My daughter’s new boyfriend?
Yes I do remember Josh Wall and I still have my 81/2 X 11 paper ticket stub which I’m hoping to get him to sign at ST also.
Happy Birthday Sandy.
The only Dodger pitcher that I felt positively sure was going to win and I was usually right.
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