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So now we’re in the fourth inning – I’m playing first, Joe Morgan gets on. What a duel. Morgan, a top base-stealer and Blue Moon, our Game seven starter, had a terrific pick-off move, but I just wasn’t used to this. Odom keeps trying to pick-off Morgan, who keeps sliding back. My catching instincts took over, I start blocking Joe Morgan off the bag. Morgan’s screaming at the umpire, “He can’t do this, he’s not allowed to do this! This isn’t baseball!” That’s me, I’m a catcher, if that ball’s going down in the dirt, I’m going down with it. Blue Moon threw about four balls over to me, and I’m beating the crap outta Joe Morgan, falling all over him, tripping him. The Umpire Jim Honochick, steps over and is like, “Gene, you really can’t do that.” I’m like, “C’mon on, cut me some slack, this isn’t my position.” Morgan’s furious, all shaking his head, “I gotta get away from you, you’re gonna end up breakin’ my legs.” Everyone in the ballpark knew he was running, too. Morgan takes off and Dave Duncan threw a bullet to second, nailing him by a mile. Morgan was really mad. That’s why Dick Williams put me at first. Maybe that was the turning point of the series. The Reds knew the running game wouldn’t be the same for them in Game Seven as it had in the other six.
Gary Nolan throws the first pitch, I swear to God I thought he hurt his arm, it was coming in so slow...
I didn’t have much interaction with the Reds organization – growing up, our TV only had one channel. We’d see the Saturday Game of the Week and it was always the doggone Yankees.
“Geno, somebody wants to shoot you,” Dick said, matter-of-factly as he closed the door.
I thought that was funny when I heard it, too. CBS had the rights in the early '60s. Growing up in the '70's, it seemed to me they were always showing the Reds.
I’m beating the crap outta Joe Morgan, falling all over him, tripping him
Anyone else remember that card?
The other thing I remember about Tenace during that postseason, is that after pinch hitting for Dick Green, Williams would put Duncan at catcher and move Tenace to second base. He did that twice against the Tigers, but not against the Reds. First base I can understand for a catcher, but second?
I think it was either senior or junior year in high school; our coach took us down to watch the Reds play at old Crosley Field. They put on a clinic before the game for my team and a few other schools from around the state- all these major league players with us for an hour – the whole roster out there with the kids. The outfielders by the warning track, the catchers at home plate, the pitchers on the mound. The infielders sat in the dugout before walking over to second base. I played shortstop back then. So Pete Rose and Tommy Helms were leading our group, showing us how to make the double play properly among other tips.
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