1970, Reds vs. O’s: Now that was a World Series
The 1970 World Series (Orioles vs. Reds) was where the legend of Brooks Robinson was established. Yes, his fielding was great, as always. But the pride of Little Rock was no slouch at the plate, batting .429, collecting nine hits and launching two home runs. Rarely has the selection of a World Series MVP been so clear-cut.
Still, the 1970 World Series was more than just Brooks. It was pitcher Dave McNally hitting a grand slam, Paul Blair batting .474, Pete Richert getting a onepitch save and Mike Cuellar overcoming a rough first inning in Game 5 to shut out the Reds for the rest of the game.
When that fifth game was over, the championship was ours. And as it had in 1966, when the Orioles won their first world championship, the city went a little bonkers. As soon as first baseman Boog Powell recorded the final out, according to the Oct. 16, 1970, Baltimore Sun, “45,000plus fans broke into spasms of orgiastic, frenzied screaming.”
And down on The Block on Baltimore Street, things were appropriately raucous.
Leave it to The Block’s most storied attraction, the burlesque queen Blaze Starr, to keep the poor Reds in mind, even at such a celebratory moment.
She invited the team to a party at her 2 O’Clock Club, but curiously, none showed. “Actually, I suppose I scared them,” she told longtime Sun sportswriter Lou Hatter
“All that one of them could mumble was: ‘Gee, I think that would break curfew.’ ”