For Los Angeles Dodgers’ fans, the date October 6, 1966 lives in infamy, as the most embarrassing day in the team’s history.* The Dodgers’ had the day before lost the opening game of the World Series to Baltimore, 5-2, with the Orioles quickly getting the best of Don Drysdale. Down 4-2 in the third inning, the Dodgers knocked out Dave McNally, but journeyman reliever Moe Drabowsky came in to relieve, and pitched the best game of his career, shutting out the Dodgers over the final 6-2/3 innings, while striking out 11. But, never fear, Sandy Koufax was to pitch the next day.
In what was to be the final game of of his career, 27-game winner Koufax was victim to likely the worst World Series performance ever by a league championship team, as the Dodgers committed six errors, three in one inning by center fielder Willie Davis, as the
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|Orioles scored three unearned runs (of the four he allowed) off of Koufax on their way to a 6-0 game two victory. Dodgers' hitters performed just as well as did their defense, as the team was dominated by 20-year-old Jim Palmer, who became the youngest pitcher to ever throw a complete game shutout in the World Series.
Totally demoralized, the Dodgers did not score another run in the 1966 World Series, losing both game three and game four, by 1-0 scores. The
The futility and sheer embarrassment of game two of the 1966 series was re-lived this evening, when the 2014 Dodgers, again behind the game’s number one pitcher, this time Clayton Kershaw, became a laughingstock of baseball, losing by a score of 18-7 to the worst collection of has-beens, never-weres, and fringe players who call themselves major
Losing to Arizona is an embarrassment under any circumstances, but to lose a game like this, to THAT team, is, not unlike game two of the 1966 World Series, something that the Dodgers can never live down.
What do you think? Were you watching game two back in 1966?
*LA Dodgers’ history; in franchise history, there was that other game back in Brooklyn, in 1951, and a guy named Thompson