October 21, 1980 - World Series Game 6 - Phillies 4, Royals 1

Phillies win series 4-2.

 

Game 6- truly a date with history. I can distinctively remember watching this game at my grandmother's house (I stayed there because I knew that she'd let me stay up!), and I was glued to her television. I was trying to be so quiet, as my grandfather was asleep on the couch, but when Tug McGraw struck out Wilson, I woke him up screaming and running and hopping around their house. Steve Carlton was dominating over the first six innings, while the Phils scored all the runs they would need on a Mike Schmidt 2-run single in the bottom of the third. Of course, with the Phillies and especially with Tug McGraw, it would not be easy. Tug faced two bases-loaded situations in the eighth and ninth innings, but crawled his way through the minefield and notched the most important strikeout in Phillies history- the one that earned them the franchise's first World Series title.

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Boxscore: Phillies 4, Royals 1

 

Kansas City

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

-

1

Philadelphia

0

0

2

0

1

1

0

0

X

-

4

 

 

 

Kansas City

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

K

Wilson, LF

4

0

0

0

1

3

Washington, SS

3

0

1

1

0

2

Brett, 3B

4

0

2

0

0

0

McRae, DH

4

0

0

0

0

0

Otis, CF

3

0

0

0

1

2

Aikens, 1B

2

0

0

0

2

1

Concepcion, PR

0

0

0

0

0

0

Wathan, C

3

1

2

0

1

0

Cardenal, RF

4

0

2

0

0

0

White, 2B

4

0

0

0

0

1

TOTALS

31

1

7

1

5

9

 

 

Fielding:

·          DP: 1.

·          Error: Aikens (1), White (2).

Batting:

·          SF: Washington (2, off McGraw).

·          LOB: 9.

 

 

Kansas City

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Gale (L, 0-1)

2*

4

2

1

1

1

Martin

2.1

1

1

1

1

0

Splittorff

1.2†

4

1

1

0

0

Pattin

1

0

0

0

0

2

Quisenberry

1

0

0

0

0

0

 

 

*Gale pitched to four batters in the third.

†Splittorff pitched to one batter in the seventh.

 

 

Philadelphia

AB

R

H

RBI

BB

K

Smith, LF

4

2

1

0

0

0

Gross, LF

0

0

0

0

0

0

Rose, 1B

4

0

3

0

0

0

Schmidt, 3B

3

0

1

2

1

1

McBride, RF

4

0

0

1

0

0

Luzinski, DH

4

0

0

0

0

2

Maddox, CF

4

0

2

0

0

0

Trillo, 2B

4

0

0

0

0

0

Bowa, SS

4

1

1

0

0

0

Boone, C

2

1

1

1

1

0

TOTALS

33

4

9

4

2

3

 

 

Fielding:

·          DP: 2.

·          Batting:

·          Game Winning RBI: Schmidt (2).

·          2B: Maddox (2, off Gale); Smith (1, off Martin); Bowa (1, off Splittorff).

·          LOB: 7.

Baserunning:

·          CS: Rose (1, 2nd base by Pattin/Wathan)

 

 

Philadelphia

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

Carlton (W, 2-0)

7‡

4

1

1

3

7

McGraw (S, 2)

2

3

0

0

2

2

 

 

‡Carlton pitched to two batters in the eighth.

 

Umpires: Nick Bremigan (AL), Harry Wendelstedt (NL), Bill Kunkel (AL), Paul Pryor (NL), Dutch Rennert (NL), Don Denkinger (AL)

 

T- 3:00.

 

A- 65,838.

 

Game Summary

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ROYALS 1ST: Wilson was called out on strikes; World Series game 6; Washington struck out; Brett grounded out (second to first); 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 1ST: Smith grounded out (second to first); Rose singled to left; Schmidt popped to shortstop; McBride lined to left; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 0.

 

ROYALS 2ND: McRae flied to right; Otis walked; Aikens walked [Otis to second]; Wathan grounded into a double play (shortstop to second to first) [Aikens out at second]; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 2ND: Luzinski struck out; Maddox doubled; Trillo made an out to right [Maddox to third]; Bowa popped to catcher in foul territory; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 0.

 

ROYALS 3RD: Cardenal flied to left; White struck out; Wilson struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 0.

 

PHILLIES 3RD: Boone walked; Smith reached on an error by White [Boone to second, Smith to first]; Rose singled [Boone to third, Smith to second]; Schmidt singled [Boone scored (unearned), Smith scored, Rose to third]; MARTIN REPLACED GALE (PITCHING); McBride popped to second in foul territory; Luzinski lined to third; Maddox made an out to right; 2 R, 2 H, 1 E, 2 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 2.

 

ROYALS 4TH: Washington singled; Brett grounded into a double play (shortstop to first) [Washington out at second]; McRae grounded out (shortstop to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 2.

 

PHILLIES 4TH: Trillo popped to left; Bowa grounded out (third to first); Boone flied to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 2.

 

ROYALS 5TH: Otis struck out; Aikens was called out on strikes; Wathan singled to center; Cardenal popped to second; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 2.

 

PHILLIES 5TH: Smith doubled to center; Rose flied to center [Smith to third]; Schmidt walked; SPLITTORFF REPLACED MARTIN (PITCHING); McBride grounded out (shortstop to first) [Smith scored, Schmidt to second]; Luzinski grounded out (shortstop to first); 1 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 3.

 

ROYALS 6TH: White popped to shortstop; Wilson grounded out (pitcher to first); Washington struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 3.

 

PHILLIES 6TH: Maddox singled to left; Trillo grounded into a double play (pitcher to shortstop to first) [Maddox out at
second]; Bowa doubled to left; Boone singled to center [Bowa scored]; Smith flied to center; 1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 4.

 

ROYALS 7TH: GROSS REPLACED SMITH (PLAYING LF); Brett singled to right; McRae popped to shortstop in foul territory; Otis flied to right; Aikens grounded out (pitcher to first); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 4.

 

PHILLIES 7TH: Rose singled to third; off Brett's glove; PATTIN REPLACED SPLITTORFF (PITCHING); Rose was caught stealing second (catcher to second); Schmidt was called out on strikes; McBride reached on an error by Aikens [McBride to first]; Luzinski was called out on strikes; 0 R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB. Royals 0, Phillies 4.

 

ROYALS 8TH: Wathan walked; Cardenal singled to left [Wathan to second]; MCGRAW REPLACED CARLTON (PITCHING); White popped to first in foul territory; Wilson walked [Wathan to third, Cardenal to second]; Washington hit a sacrifice fly to center [Wathan scored]; Brett singled [Cardenal to third, Wilson to second]; McRae grounded out (second to first); 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 3 LOB. Royals 1, Phillies 4.

 

PHILLIES 8TH: QUISENBERRY REPLACED PATTIN (PITCHING); Maddox flied to left in foul territory; Trillo grounded out (shortstop to first); Bowa made an out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Royals 1, Phillies 4.

 

ROYALS 9TH: Otis was called out on strikes; Aikens walked; CONCEPCION RAN FOR AIKENS; Wathan singled to right [Concepcion to second]; Cardenal singled to center [Concepcion to third, Wathan to second]; White grounded out (catcher to first); pop in front of dugout jumped from Boone's glove to Rose's; Wilson struck out; 0 R, 2 H, 0 E, 3 LOB. Royals 1, Phillies 4.

From "The World Champion Phillies and the Road to Victory"

Veterans Stadium was packed- 65,838, the largest crowd ever in the 10-year-old stadium. They came to see their heroes try to win the Phillies first World Championship in the 98-year history of the club.

 

Steven Carlton stode to the mound and served notice that KC was in for a long night. Willie Wilson was called out on strikes. U.L. Washington struck out swinging and George Brett bounced to Manny Trillo.

 

In the second, Lefty walked two with one out but John Wathan grounded into a double play started by Larry Bowa. Bowa set a WS record for a shortstop by starting his seventh double play in the fourth.

 

Rich Gale walked Bob Boone on four pitches to start the third. Lonnie Smith grounded to Frank White, who threw to Washington covering second. Boone was called safe by second base umpire, Bill Kunkel, who ruled that Washington missed the bag.

 

Pete Rose laid down a bunt toward third and beat Brett's throw to first. The Phillies had the bases loaded for Mike Schmidt. Schmidt lined a single to right center scoring Boone and Smith to give the Phillies first blood, 2-0.

 

The Phillies increased the pad to 3-0 in the fifth. Smith doubled and took third on Rose's fly ball to Amos Otis. Mike Schmidt walked and Paul Splittorff, a lefty, was called on to face Bake McBride.

 

McBride topped a roller to the left of the mound. Splittorff couldn't field it and all Washington could do was get an out at first, Smith scoring the third run.

 

With two out in the sixth, Bowa doubled past Wilson in left field. Boone singled up the middle to make it 4-0.

 

Carlton was breezing along. The Royals could only get two men on base in an inning once and that came back in the second.

 

When Lefty walked Wathan and Jose Cardenal singled, Dallas Green made the move one more time for Tug McGraw in the eighth.

 

White fouled to Rose for one out. McGraw walked Wilson, loading the bases. The Royals reduced the deficit to 4-1 as Washington hit a sacrifice fly to Garry Maddox.

 

Brett beat out an infield hit to again load the bases and bring up Hal McRae. McGraw fell behind the count, 3-0. McRae fouled off two pitches and then tapped weakly to Trillo.

 

Every post-season Phillies victory was decided by one run (3) or two runs (3). Is it possible they would stop that pattern?

 

They did, but again, it wasn't easy.

 

Ninth inning... Otis looked at a 2-2 pitch for strike three. The stadium mob was on its feet, screaming at every pitch. Aikens got a full count and drew a walk. Onix Concepcion ran for Aikens.

 

When Wathan and Cardenal followed with singles, the Royals loaded the bases for the third time in two innings. Tylenol Tug was in a jam.

 

White hit a foul near the Phillies dugout. Boone and Rose converged on the ball. Rose stopped as Boone reached out to make the catch. The ball dropped out of Boone's glove but the ever alert Rose was there to make the catch for out number two.

 

That brought up Wilson. McGraw was ahead in the count, one ball, two strikes and then... swing and a miss!!

 

WORLD CHAMPIONS flashed across the scoreboard.

 

The players poured out of the dugout... the fans were applauding and screaming, standing on their feet... Schmidt dashed in from third and jumped on the top of hte happy Phillies mob of bodies...the players popped the champagne corks for the third time this month... Schmidt won the Most Valuable Player award.

 

Commissioner Bowie Kuhn presented the World Championship Trophy to Paul Owens, Ruly Carpenter and Dallas Green on a platform in the middle of a sardine-packed clubhouse... The fans stayed, chanting 'We're Number One'... Green, Rose, Unser and a few others went back out on the field to acknowledge the cheers... Ships on the Delaware sounded their horns; cars were filled with jubilant fans, waving Phillies pennants, yelling about being No. 1, blowing horns; church bells rang.

 

It'll go down in Philadelphia baseball history at 11:29 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 21, the PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES WON THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP.

 

Tomorrow, the players would be treated to the largest and most enthusiastic victory parade the City of Brotherly Love has ever given.

Quotes

"The key was we kept their three rabbits off the bases- Wilson, Washington and White." - Dallas Green

 

"The Phillies played better than us, they got some hits at the right time, got better pitching and played good defense." - Dan Quisenberry

 

"I can't get a hit any bigger than that... this has to be the highest point of my athletic career without question." - Mike Schmidt

 

"It (two-run single) was a fastball in and I just had to relax my bat to put the ball in play. It was the first pitch he threw me inside. I just inside-outed it... a fastball in." - Mike Schmidt

 

"I don't know (the key for the Phillies). I don't know if there is a fair answer to that. Their ability to come back like when he had the two-run lead in the 8th and a one-run lead in the 9th. We saw them do it on TV against Houston and we knew they were capable of coming back." - Jim Frey

 

"I think Bowa said it best... 'we had some ghosts to put to sleep' and we did it. We had won three Eastern Division Championships and we had to get over the brink. They've waited a long time for this." - Dallas Green

 

"I'm proud of all these guys, every one of them. You talk about courage, you talk about character, this team showed more guts the last month of the season than any team ever. You look at all the games we won by one run, all the 'must' games we won." - Dallas Green

 

"There's no way we could have started off a new decade of baseball any better than this.... In September and October, when we had all those close finishes, the great playoffs and the Series, the players were showing why baseball is the American pasttime." - Tug McGraw

 

"I know the players are happy and I'm happy for them, but in their own way, they can't appreciate this the way I can. I made a stop at every level in this organization- player, coach, manager, farm director. I have a feel for all the people behind the scenes, like the scouts, minor league people, the secretaries and the front office staff." - Dallas Green

 

"We are the best baseball team in the United States of America. We are the best. No one else can say that." - Larry Bowa