Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times e-mailed me this morning with a link to his latest piece at that site, reflecting on Bob Gibson’s 14-inning victory 40 years ago today.
My favorite part of Jaffe’s post is what he calls his favorite as well:
My favorite part came in the eleventh inning. In the top of the inning, Gibson found himself in a big jam, with the bases loaded and only one out. After San Diego’s Ed Spiezio hit into timely double play got Gibson out of the inning, Gibson came to the plate in the bottom of the inning. Even though there were two outs and a runner on (and in scoring position after a wild pitch), the team let Gibson bat.
My goodness, the current manager would probably vomit at least four times watching something like that!