1970, Reds vs. O’s: Now that was a World Se­ries

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND - By Chris Kal­tenbach THEN AND NOW chris.kal­tenbach@balt­sun.com

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.’ ”

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