Here’s the scene: In Royals Stadium that Friday, Ed Figueroa was pitching well for the Yankees, giving up 2 runs on 6 hits, and going into the 9th inning with a 3-2 lead. Figueroa g0t Hal McRae and Al Cowens to pop out, but with two outs he walked catcher Darrell Porter and then went 2-0 on Amos Otis. Billy Martin decided he’d seen enough, and brought in closer Goose Gossage.
Gossage’s first pitch to Otis was hit to right-center field, and centerfielder Paul Blair seemed to catch it for the final out, but…
…and this is the part I like…
…he collided with rightfielder Reggie Jackson, the ball and Blair’s glove went flying and a shaken Paul Blair wasn’t able to get to the ball before Otis came all the way around with a walk-off inside-the-park home run!
Royals Win! Thuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuh Royals win!!!!
Coincidentally, the Yankees are in Kansas City this weekend. Maybe something similar will happen today and the Royals can avoid the sweep.
Incidentally, there are sources on the web which say the collision was between Jackson and Mickey Rivers, but Blair had pinch-run for Rivers in the 7th. I wonder if there were extenuating circumstances, because I can’t imagine why you’d need to pinch-run for “Mick The Quick”.