The readers have spoken: Brooks Robinson’s fielding clinic in 1970 is Orioles’ top postseason moment

The Orioles have been creating postseason recollections for greater than half a century. With the group poised to make extra in 2023, right here’s a glance again on the most magical moments in franchise historical past, ranked in line with votes acquired from Baltimore Sun readers in a Sept. 19-25 on-line ballot. No surprisingly Hall of Fame third baseman Brooks Robinson, who died Tuesday after voting was full, topped the voting for his wizardry within the area.

1) 1970: Brooks Robinson places on a clinic at third base

281 votes in Sun on-line ballot

Moments after the Orioles defeated the Cincinnati Reds, 9-3, in Game 5 to win the 1970 World Series, the Baseball Hall of Fame asks for third baseman Brooks Robinson’s glove. Small surprise. His backhand stabs, diving catches and off-balance pegs foil the Reds and earn Robinson MVP honors. Fittingly, within the closing sport, he throws out the final batter.

“I never saw a man dominate a single event like Robinson in [that Series],” baseball commissioner Bowie Kuhn says later.

2) 1966: Brooks Robinson elevates as O’s attain uncommon air

181 votes

Dave McNally’s four-hitter and Frank Robinson’s residence run give the Orioles a 1-0 victory as they sweep the Dodgers, 4 straight, within the 1966 World Series. When middle fielder Paul Blair curls his glove round a fly ball for the ultimate out, third baseman Brooks Robinson leaps towards heaven. His look in that iconic picture is euphoric; his bounce, Jordanesque.

“My kids still think it was trick photography,” Robinson stated later. “They inform me, ‘Dad, you never jumped that high in your life.’

It’s the primary championship for Baltimore, which performs errorless ball and holds Los Angeles scoreless for the final 33 innings, a World Series report.

3) 1966: Jim Palmer comes of age towards Sandy Koufax

175 votes

Jim Palmer is 20 years previous when he bests Dodgers ace and Cy Young Award winner Sandy Koufax, 6-0, in Game 2 of the 1966 World Series. Koufax had gained 27 video games that season; Palmer, 15. But the latter’s excessive fastball holds Los Angeles, the defending world champion, to 4 hits within the first of three straight shutouts by Orioles pitchers.

Koufax retires thereafter and enters the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972. Palmer pitches an extra 17 years and is enshrined in 1990.

4) 2014: Delmon Young’s three-run double rallies Orioles

135 votes

Delmon Young hits a pinch-hit, three-run double within the eighth inning to present the Orioles a 7-6 comeback win over the Detroit Tigers in Game 2 of the 2014 ALDS. The sellout crowd at Camden Yards offers a standing ovation to Young, a clutch pinch hitter all yr whom Baltimore signed as a free agent in January. The Orioles sweep Detroit in three video games earlier than being swept, 4-0, by the Kansas City Royals within the ALCS.

5) 1966: Moe Drabowsky followers 11 in Dodgers aid

102 votes

Summoned within the third inning, with the bases loaded and one out, Orioles reliever Moe Drabowsky does the inconceivable: He holds the Los Angeles Dodgers to 1 hit for the final 6 2/3 innings in a 5-2 victory within the 1966 World Series opener. En route, the journeyman right-hander, whom the Orioles drafted on a budget within the offseason, strikes out 11 Dodgers, together with six in a row, retiring all six of them swinging.

Drabowsky’s effort units the tempo for the Orioles’ four-game sweep: Los Angeles doesn’t rating once more within the Series.

6) 1983: Mike Boddicker strikes out 14 White Sox

98 votes

Rookie right-hander Mike Boddicker stymies Chicago together with his off-speed pitches, putting out a playoff-record-tying 14 batters because the Orioles even the 1983 ALCS with the White Sox at one sport apiece. Boddicker’s five-hit masterpiece earns him the collection’ MVP award, and Baltimore goes on to win the World Series.

7) 1983: Tito Landrum’s homer breaks scoreless tie in Tenth

95 votes

Tito Landrum slams a Tenth-inning residence run into the higher deck at Chicago’s Comiskey Park to interrupt a scoreless sport because the Orioles defeat the White Sox, 3-0, within the clinching Game 4 of the 1983 ALCS.

“Pinch me before I get out of here and make me believe it really happened,” stated Landrum, a longtime minor league outfielder whom the soon-to-be world champs acquired Aug. 31.

8) 1979: John Lowenstein’s pinch homer beats Angels

67 votes

John Lowenstein’s pinch-hit, three-run residence run within the Tenth inning offers the Orioles a 6-3 walk-off victory over the California Angels in Game 1 of the 1979 ALCS. With two outs, Lowenstein hits an 0-2 pitch into the left area stands. Overjoyed, supervisor Earl Weaver races onto the sector, meets Lowenstein between second and third base and hugs the sport’s hero. The Orioles go on to win the collection, 3 video games to 1. They fall to Pittsburgh within the World Series.

9) 1971: Frank Robinson’s mad sprint forces Game 7

60 votes

Daring base working by Frank Robinson keys a 3-2 walk-off victory over Pittsburgh in Game 6 of the 1971 World Series. In the Tenth inning, Robinson attracts a stroll and, on a single by Merv Rettenmund, races to 3rd, barely beating the throw. When Brooks Robinson hits a brief fly to middle area, Frank Robinson tags up after the catch and sprints residence, slightly below the tag of the Pirates’ catcher. Pittsburgh captures the Series the subsequent day.

10) 1997: Mike Mussina and Jeff Reboulet greatest Randy Johnson

36 votes

In a duel between two future Hall of Famers, the Orioles’ Mike Mussina beats Seattle’s Randy Johnson for the second time in 4 days as Baltimore defeats the Mariners, 3-1, in Game 4 of the best-of-five collection to win the 1997 AL Division Series. All instructed, Mussina permits three runs and strikes out 16 batters in 14 innings towards Seattle, the highest-scoring group in baseball. The Orioles’ first run comes on a house run from light-hitting utility participant Jeff Reboulet off Johnson, who went 20-4 within the common season. In the ALCS, the Orioles fall to the Cleveland Indians, 4 video games to 2.

11) 1969: Paul Blair’s walk-off bunt wins first-ever ALCS sport

29 votes

After Boog Powell ties the first-ever American League Championship Series sport with a ninth-inning residence run, Paul Blair lays down a two-out squeeze bunt to attain a charging Mark Belanger from third base within the twelfth because the Orioles defeat the Minnesota Twins, 4-3, at Memorial Stadium. Baltimore sweeps the best-of-five collection in 1969 earlier than dropping to the New York Mets within the World Series, 4 video games to 1.

12) 1970: Pitcher Mike Cuellar muscular tissues up on the plate

24 votes

Pitcher Mike Cuellar, an .089 hitter through the common season, lofts a wind-aided grand slam in Minnesota off Twins ace Jim Perry to guide the Orioles to a 10-6 victory in Game 1 of the 1970 ALCS. Baltimore sweeps the collection, then defeats Cincinnati, 4 video games to 1, within the World Series.

13) 1983: Scott McGregor closes out the Phillies in Series finale

7 votes prorated to 22*

“All I wanted to do was to keep us close,” says Scott McGregor, the Orioles’ star left-hander after finishing a five-hit, 5-0 shutout of Philadelphia within the decisive Game 5 of the 1983 World Series.

The Orioles get two prodigious Eddie Murray residence runs — one in all which caroms off the Phillies’ scoreboard — and one by Series MVP Rick Dempsey. Shortstop Cal Ripken Jr. catches the ultimate out. With that, McGregor pumps his fist and is buried in orange.

*This second was inadvertently omitted from the unique model of the ballot. It was added on Sept. 23 and its votes have been prorated.

14) 1979: Six-run eighth inning rallies Orioles vs. Pirates

19 votes

Trailing 6-3 within the eighth inning, the Orioles explode for six runs to beat Pittsburgh, 9-6, in Game 4 of the 1979 World Series. In the comeback, two pinch hitters, John Lowenstein and Terry Crowley, ship two-run doubles and pitcher Tim Stoddard knocks in a run with a single, his first base hit as a professional. The Pirates win the subsequent three video games to take the Series.

15) 2012: Joe Saunders shuts down Rangers in wild-card win

12 votes

Unheralded pitcher Joe Saunders, signed to a minor league deal in August, holds high-scoring Texas to 1 run in 5 2/3 innings in a 5-1 wild-card win over the Rangers in 2012. It’s the primary playoff sport in 15 years for the Orioles and the primary victory for Saunders in seven profession selections in Texas, the two-time defending AL champion. But the Orioles lose within the ALDS to the New York Yankees, 3 video games to 2.

16) 1997: Brady Anderson shines with glove, bat

11 votes

Brady Anderson sparkles in Game 1 of the 1997 ALCS. In the primary inning, he scales the middle area wall at Oriole Park to rob Cleveland’s Manny Ramirez of a house run. Then, on the subsequent pitch, Anderson — the Orioles’ leadoff hitter — slams a house run as Baltimore defeats the Indians, 3-0. But Cleveland takes the collection, 4 video games to 2.

17) 1996: Embattled Roberto Alomar ties, wins sport

10 votes

Roberto Alomar turns from spitter to hitter, drilling a fastball over the appropriate area wall in Cleveland within the twelfth inning to present the Orioles a 4-3 win over the Indians within the clinching Game 4 of the 1996 ALDS. Alomar, who — eight days earlier — had drawn public ire when he spat within the face of umpire John Hirschbeck, additionally hit a two-out, two-strike, game-tying RBI single within the ninth inning. The Orioles drop the ALCS to the New York Yankees, 4 video games to 1.

17) 2014: Nelson Cruz retains it honest, helps put away Tigers

10 votes

Orioles followers erupt within the sixth inning as a fly ball by Nelson Cruz hugs the appropriate area foul pole and lands within the first row of the stands in Detroit for a two-run residence run. That’s all Baltimore must defeat the Tigers, 2-1, in Game 3 of the 2014 ALDS for its first postseason sweep since 1971. The Orioles are swept in 4 video games by the Kansas City Royals within the ALCS.

19) 1971: Orioles hit 4 homers in Game 2 vs. A’s

8 votes

Though held to seven hits by Oakland’s Catfish Hunter, the Orioles slug 4 residence runs in a 5-1 win over the A’s in Game 2 of the 1971 ALCS. Boog Powell homers twice whereas Brooks Robinson and Elrod Hendricks additionally join. The Orioles sweep the best-of-five collection however lose to the Pittsburgh Pirates within the World Series.

20) 1973: Andy Etchebarren’s homer keys comeback vs. A’s

3 votes

Blanked for six innings by Vida Blue, Oakland’s 20-game winner, the Orioles rally from a 4-0 deficit within the seventh inning in Game 4 of the 1973 ALCS. Light-hitting Andy Etchebarren’s three-run residence run ties the sport and, an inning later, Bobby Grich homers for a 5-4 win. The A’s go on to win the collection in 5 video games and the world championship.

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