By Sam Bush
On Oct. 21, 1980, Tug McGraw loaded the bases three times in the last two innings of game 6 while surrendering only one run.
As the Royals loaded the bases with one-out in the ninth, the left-hander induced Frank White to hit a high foul pop near the Philly dugout. As catcher Bob Boone drew under it, the ball bounced in and out of his mitt. Luckily, first baseman Pete Rose was also giving chase and narrowly grabbed the disastrous deflection protecting the 4-1 triumph.
Not only had White failed to bring home a single base runner in his final at-bat, but Willie Wilson followed him only to be struck out for the twelfth time — a humiliating Series record. “Runner-Up” was familiar territory for the Kansas City franchise, while Philly had finally brought a title home to The City of Brotherly Love after almost a centennial of trying.
We’ll let the crowd tell you what happened on this date 40 years ago… pic.twitter.com/HHcnE8zKTV
— Philadelphia Phillies (@Phillies) October 21, 2020