Perhaps my very first addition to the SP78 vault, even before their was an SP78! On September 29th, 1978, my Dad and brother Scott and I attended the third-to-last game of the Padres season (and my fifth of the year, and first since June), a Friday night match-up against the Dodgers, who were in first place and headed for the World Series against the Yankees. LA’s Burt Hooton was going for his 20th win, but it wasn’t to be as the Padres pulled out a 3-1 win, in a game that took just 1 hour, 58 minutes to play.
On the way in, I paid a vendor fifty cents for the program, whose cover celebrated the Padres’ tenth year of existence, as well as them being the host team of that summer’s All-Star Game. It’s fun for me to look through the program now and check out all the San Diego ads, and the places I used to frequent that are no longer around: Square Pan Pizza, Dow Sound City, Monterey Jack’s, Picnic ‘n Chicken, Kinney Shoes, and sadly, San Diego Stadium itself, which hasn’t seen a Padres game played there since 2003.
Besides acquiring this program, this was also the game where I caught my first batting practice home run ball, in the left field seats off the bat of LA outfielder Dusty Baker. My brother also got himself a baseball, tossed to him by Dodgers utility player Joe Simpson from the bullpen, where Scott was watching some players warm up before the game.
Posted in Inside the SP78 Vault
Tagged 1978, baseball, Burt Hooton, Dad, Dusty Baker, Joe Simpson, Los Angeles Dodgers, memorabilia, program, San Diego Padres, San Diego Stadium, Scott, SP78 Vault, Statis Pro Baseball
With the Cardinals putting the game away in the seventh with an eight-run explosion, an already tension-filled match-up between two last-place teams became even more strained when a teenage baserunner took matters into his own hands, hammering a final unapologetic nail into the Braves coffin and helping the Cards to a 13-2 rout at Busch Memorial Stadium in St Louis.
Things were quiet enough throughout the first few innings, with Atlanta building a 2-0 lead thanks to an RBI double from Biff Pocoroba in the second and a solo home run from Gary Matthews in the fourth. But St Louis countered in the bottom of the fourth, thanks in part to a pair of errors—by starting pitcher Eddie Solomon and second baseman Jerry Royster—and a passed ball by catcher Pocoroba, which helped three runners to cross the plate. Two harmless innings followed, with the Cards still holding a 3-2 advantage…and then everything went horrifically south for the Braves.
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Posted in Game of the Week
Tagged 1978, Atlanta Braves, August, Busch Memorial Stadium, Game of the Week, Gary Matthews, George Frazier, recap, St Louis Cardinals, Statis Pro 1978 Replay, Statis Pro Baseball
Houston third baseman Enos Cabell went 2-for-5 and scored the game’s only two runs, and pitchers Joaquin Andujar and Tom Dixon combined on a 4-hit shutout, as the Astros took their second straight from the Pirates by a 2-0 count, earning a split of their four-game series at a rain-soaked Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh.
Cabell led off the game with a gap double off Buc starter Don Robinson (5-13); he advanced to third on a fly out to right by Jose Cruz, and scored when Robinson uncorked a wild pitch past catcher Ed Ott, handing the Astros a quick 1-0 lead. Two innings later, Cabell would strike again; after punching a base hit past Willie Stargell at first, he stole both second and third before jogging home on Terry Puhl’s line-drive single up the middle, rounding out the game’s scoring.
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Tagged 1978, Astros, August, Enos Cabell, Game of the Week, Houston, Joaquin Andujar, Pirates, Pittsburgh, rain delay, SP78 Replay, Statis Pro Baseball, Three Rivers Stadium, Tom Dixon
Well, more recaps are here, I should say, with more on the way! While I continue getting additional scoresheets scanned and prepped for the Classic Scoresheets section of the blog, I thought I’d start adding game recaps to the Daily Scores section as well, which you can find in a dropdown box on the main page (see photo below). Over the past few years, I’ve randomly posted over thirty for July (starting with the July 21st slate of games) and nine for August, and I figured it was time for me to start adding them more frequently, beginning with April.
I’ve already posted six new recaps over the past few days, which you can find here (look for the blue ‘R’ links next to the score, as seen below), plus I found one for July in draft form that I decided to post as well (and can be directly accessed here).
I’m having fun writing these up, so hopefully I can get at least one posted every day or two…we’ll see how it goes. With every handful I add, I’ll make note in the Recent Site Updates section found on the bottom right side of the main page. Also, I may throw in a few recaps for May and June as well, just to balance things out a bit; as with April, I discovered they’d had no recaps posted yet, either.