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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Baseball fix: Recent classic games to watch during the coronavirus shutdown

With baseball delayed indefinitely, and people around the world working from home to stem the spread of the coronavirus, entertainment options are a must. Major League Baseball’s 2020 season isn’t coming Thursday, as originally planned. We don’t know when or if it will arrive, really, and we certainly don’t know what it will look like if it does.

But we know the familiar daily comforts and thrills that usually come with spring are missing. Television networks, including MLB Network (which will show the famous 1978 Bucky Dent game several times on Saturday), are providing some access to old favorites, but the more choices the better.

We assembled a list of instant classics — regular season games of recent vintage, in this first edition — that you can watch on YouTube or with that MLB.TV subscription you had already bought in anticipation of your team’s upcoming season.

So, what games from 2018 and 2019 would you chose for the rest of us to watch?

 

QLE Posted: March 21, 2020 at 12:51 AM | 20 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: broadcasting, classics, coronavirus

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   1. Howie Menckel Posted: March 21, 2020 at 10:43 PM (#5932583)
I just flipped on MLB Network and it's Game 163 in 1978, Yankees vs Red Sox at Fenway Park.

I caught the early part of this game getting a ride home from a senior (in high school, that is) and watched the rest at home.

mid-game fun fact posted on the screen from that broadcast: Ron Guidry, who was 24-3 entering the game that year, had all three of his losses to left-handers named Mike: Caldwell, Flanagan, and Willis.

none of the 14 pitchers the Red Sox used in 1978 (only 11 of whom pitched more than 3 games) was a lefty named Mike.

so the Sax settled for their only righty named Mike - Torrez - as the starter.
   2. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 21, 2020 at 10:59 PM (#5932585)
Right now I'm watching Game 7 of the 1971 World Series on YouTube.

Paging Paul Lukas: Both teams appear to be wearing their home uniforms.
   3. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 21, 2020 at 11:04 PM (#5932588)
I took the afternoon off to watch the tie-breaker game back in 1978 (early in my working life). Good times.
   4. Lowry Seasoning Salt Posted: March 22, 2020 at 12:10 AM (#5932599)
Paging Paul Lukas: Both teams appear to be wearing their home uniforms.


My big takeaway from the Red Sox-Yankees series in London last year was that road uniforms should go away. Nothing indicated that both teams wearing home unis caused on-field problems, so I couldn't think of any reason to continue bothering with road uniforms. Outside of sports, is this practice done in any other facet of life?
   5. Perry Posted: March 22, 2020 at 12:10 AM (#5932600)
Paging Paul Lukas: Both teams appear to be wearing their home uniforms.


Nah, those are the Pirates' grays. Light gray, I'll grant you, but clearly darker than the O's' whites.

Love watching that '78 Yanks-Sox came. At least in the early innings, Guidry and Torrez each take about 8-10 seconds between pitches and nobody steps out of the box, it really moves along. Ended up nearly 3 hours so it did slow down later.

Never saw the whole game before. At the time I was just out of college and had just started my first real job a couple of months before. I think I had a little radio in the office and was listening in when I could. Every hour or so I and a colleague would slip over to an adjacent building where somebody had a TV, watch for 10 minutes or so, then return to our office. Don't remember if I saw either the Dent homer or the end of the game.
   6. Jose Needs an Absurd Ukulele Concert Posted: March 22, 2020 at 12:15 AM (#5932601)
Can you access these games on Apple TV or only on a phone or tablet?
   7. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 22, 2020 at 01:53 PM (#5932643)
MLB.TV is making all games from the 2018 & 2019 seasons available without charge. And here’s a partial list of the Classic Games available on YouTube. It’s not the same as a normal season, but a bit more than just opening the At The Ballpark app, bringing up the Wallet tab, and gazing fondly at my tickets for games that won’t, or may not, be played. <sigh>
   8. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: March 22, 2020 at 11:06 PM (#5932718)
There is a lot of interesting stuff out there on Youtube. Just think of what you want to see and search for it. Classic announcers, classic games. There's a heck of a lot there. Some of it still with the commercials. It's really informative for seeing how the game was played back then, the time between pitches, how many folks swung at the first pitch, how the positioning was different with Astroturf.

There's also this treasury of Baseball games on the radio:

https://archive.org/details/classicmlbbaseballradio
   9. Welcome to Gator Hammock (CoB). Posted: March 23, 2020 at 12:14 AM (#5932719)
Watching Game 6 of the 1977 World Series on YouTube

Ron Cey was one funny running ############, no wonder he ended up with the nickname of "the penguin".

Huh, the DH wasn't used at all in the 77 series, even in the AL ballparks.

Things I learned today.
   10. Howie Menckel Posted: March 23, 2020 at 12:48 AM (#5932721)
they still called the AL the "Junior Circuit" back then, because it started relatively 'late' in 1901, and the parents of those in power then raised those kids to think of the AL that way.
   11. Misirlou cut his hair and moved to Rome Posted: March 23, 2020 at 08:35 AM (#5932743)
Huh, the DH wasn't used at all in the 77 series, even in the AL ballparks.


They used to alternate years. In 1978, it was used in all games.
   12. ERROR---Jolly Old St. Nick Posted: March 23, 2020 at 11:25 AM (#5932777)
Paging Paul Lukas: Both teams appear to be wearing their home uniforms.


Nah, those are the Pirates' grays. Light gray, I'll grant you, but clearly darker than the O's' whites.

Right, although the grainy TV reception makes you have to look kind of hard to see the distinction. What's also a bit confusing is that in 1971 most road uniforms still had the city on the jersey, whereas the Pirates had "PIRATES", same as on their home uniforms.
   13. ajnrules Posted: March 23, 2020 at 02:33 PM (#5932837)
Anybody else upset that MLB is not uploading the complete games from 2019 on YouTube? I feel like that was a major resource to have most of the games from 2009-18 available, and it's like there's a void with the 2019 games not present.
   14. Howie Menckel Posted: March 23, 2020 at 08:36 PM (#5932949)
Mark Buehrle's 2009 perfect game is MLB Network's star performance today.

amazing how quickly he works - he doesn't appear to know what a resin bag is, or even a groin adjustment. he looks like a dude at the county fair with a handful of baseballs trying to knock down the milk bottles. toss. toss. toss. toss. toss. toss.

did not recall that the guy who hit the stolen-home run fly ball caught by DeWayne Wise in preposterous fashion - with that breathtaking bobble near the end - is a current MLB manager.
   15. . Posted: March 23, 2020 at 08:49 PM (#5932952)
Watching Game 6 of the 1977 World Series on YouTube


Did you notice early on Steve Garvey running balls out on a line drive to the short RF wall near the line and making it to third for a triple?
   16. Howie Menckel Posted: March 23, 2020 at 09:04 PM (#5932955)
Buehrle also put down his first 17 batters in his next game, which is amazing.
   17. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: March 24, 2020 at 01:54 AM (#5932989)
This one is pretty interesting:

1952 World Series, Game 6. Game 7 is there too. Notice the starting pitchers warm up on the filed, near the on-deck circles.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iN2VxjMMwf4

1960 World Series, Game 7
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TregDtArakM

Notice the time between pitches. Even after a foul ball. Even with men on base.
Notice the bullpens are nearly in the field of play.

1965 World Series Game 7
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeKbktNm0Mk

1975 All Star Game, Gaylord Perry
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qw8szHvsqS4









   18. Welcome to Gator Hammock (CoB). Posted: March 24, 2020 at 07:40 AM (#5932996)
Did you notice early on Steve Garvey running balls out on a line drive to the short RF wall near the line and making it to third for a triple?


The Penguin scoring from 1st at full waddle was on that triple, so yes.
   19. Bourbon Samurai stays in the fight Posted: March 24, 2020 at 04:39 PM (#5933170)
They showed this game on MASN classic last night and it seemed like all of Nats twitter was tuning in. Great fun.
   20. Doug Jones threw harder than me Posted: March 24, 2020 at 08:51 PM (#5933248)
There are actually a number of Harry Caray games out there, with both the White Sox and the Cubs. And some of his work with the Cardinals on the radio.

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