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1971 Orioles
This post was originally posted at The New Democrat

The Orioles blew great opportunities to put together a real dynasty in the 1970s and become the MLB team of the 1970s. Yes, they won two World Series from 1966-71 and won three American League Championships and four AL Eastern Championships from 1966-73. They could easily have accomplished so much more but instead they lost the 1969 World Series to the New York Mets, an inferior team even with their great pitching. They then did not play up to their capabilities against the Pirates in the 1971 World Series.

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This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

Playing an all-star baseball game at a football stadium. The Kingdome despite being fairly close to the action for baseball and a very loud stadium for both baseball and football, was basically a football stadium, because of its size, sixty-five thousand seats for football. And in the high fifty-thousands for baseball, but this was a great game. Where Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Dave Parker who was a five- tool player up until the mid 1980s, throws out a baserunner from the outfield wall unassisted. Perhaps the best defensive play in MLB All Star game history.

For all the talk about this game being a slugfest with the lineups that both teams had and the stadium they were playing at, this game could’ve been played at Shea Stadium in New York, or Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, Kaufmann Stadium in Kansas City. Because this was a pitchers duel with the Americans beating the Nationals 3-2. Goes to show you that great pitching, especially when that great pitching throws hard with control, will beat great hitting. Especially if those great hitters are expecting a big game because of the ballpark that they are playing at.
Nolan Ryan Pitching During All-Star Baseball Game

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Lucky Guy

Lucky Guy

Both the Yankees and Royals missed the AL Playoffs for the first time in a while in 1979.

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Royals Fan

Royals Fan

Tigers and Royals two divisional contenders in 1985 making this game very interesting

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Source: NBC Sports

Source: NBC Sports: MLB 1978- World Series Game 2- New York Yankees @ Los Angeles Dodgers: Full Game

Not often at least since that we’ve seen rematches in the World Series. Which is what 1978 was since the Dodgers played the Yankees in the 1977 World Series as well. But this was a rematch and one of the best World Series ever with two very close teams and the series could’ve gone either way. What separates the World Series of the 1970s from today, is that back then the series wasn’t just between the two teams that won their league championship. Or got hot at the perfect time, but were really against two great teams. Both the 78 Yankees and 78 Dodgers, were deep teams both offensively, as well as pitching. That could hit for average, power, run the bases. Unlike team teams today that might be really good in one area like with their pitching, but barley score enough to win games. Or score a lot of runs, but have weak starting pitching.

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Oriole Magic Returns

Oriole Magic Returns

Source: Classic MLB 11-NBC Sports: MLB 1989-AL East Championship- Baltimore Orioles @ Toronto Blue Jays

The Orioles could’ve definitely of won this series and won the AL East in 1989. But blew too many opportunities in the first two games to win it and it seemed like the Blue Jays. Capitalized on all the Orioles mistakes in this series.

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Baltimore Memorial Stadium
The Orioles started the first of three straight losing seasons in 1986. And 5-6 losing seasons from 1986-91, going through a pretty bad stretch of bad baseball as they closed out Baltimore Memorial Stadium in 1991. 1986 dealing with a bunch of injuries that season and key hitters like Eddie Murray and Fred Lynn dealing with injuries. While the Yankees were still contending, but again not making the playoffs in 1986.

With the Orioles, they were dealing with key injuries to their best players and hitters especially in Murray and Lynn. You’re talking about two of the best all around players in the game at this point. And two of the best power hitters in the game as well. And when your team isn’t that deep to begin with, losing a Lynn and Murray at the same time is really difficult. 1986, very similar as 1984, 87 and 88 for the Yankees. A very solid lineup offensively, but not enough starting pitching and enough depth in the bullpen. For the Yankees to win the AL East, which was a great division back then and still is today.

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