The Moe Drabowsky Game

October 5, 1966 was a good day for one Baltimore Orioles pitcher, Moe Drabowsky.  This happened to be game one of the World Series and the Orioles were in LA playing Walter Alston‘s Dodgers.

So what did ol’ Moe do this day anyway?  Dave McNally got roughed up in the start for Baltimore and Drabowsky was called upon by skipper Hank Bauer to come in during the third inning.  After McNally walked the last three guys he faced Moe came in throwing darts.  With the basses loaded the first batter he faced, Wes Parker, went down on strikes.  Moe then walked one and got the next guy to pop out, escaping the inning allowing just one Dodger run.

Here is where it gets really fun.  In the bottom of the fourth all three Dodgers batters struck out against Drabowsky.  The bottom of the fifth would be a mirror image of the fourth as Moe Drabowsky would strikeout 6 Dodgers in a row.

He would end up completing the game and throwing 6 2/3 shutout innings with 11 Ks, 2 BBs and one hit allowed (a single to Willie Davis).  Baltimore won game one 5-2 in the highest scoring game of the ’66 World Series.

Jim Palmer and Wally Bunker threw shutouts in the next two games while Dave McNally would  come back in game 4 for the Orioles third shutout of the series.  That’s right, LA scored just two runs in four WS games.

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Posted on April 7, 2013, in 1960's stars, pitching rants and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Yes, The Baltimore pitchers, Moe included, shut down the Dodgers for the last 30 + innings, though some try to blame Willie Davis’ errors in game 2 for the series defeat (IDIOTS) As the Dodgers got shutout in that one too, and you need to score to win…Ask Sandy Koufax…as the Dodgers bats just went dead and you see how they got beaten by Baltimore’s pitchers…

  2. You’re right, you need to score to win. The Dodgers staff only gave up 13 runs in four games, 3.25 a game. That’s not bad pitching. It’s hard to blame anyone but the Orioles pitching and the Dodger bats for that one.

    The Orioles had a really good staff. Jim Palmer is widely acknowledged as a great pitcher. Dave McNally was a Montana kid who sometimes gets overlooked, but except for a down year in ’67, he was an ace-quality pitcher throughout the prime of his career. Steve Barber was a darn good pitcher in his 20s, and while Wally Bunker was kind of up and down, he was darn good when he was on, and certainly gave you more than you typically get from your fourth-best starter.

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