Tuesday, August 17, 2021

Boyer and Jackson; Baseball 1961


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NEW TRIVIA QUESTION: While Ken Boyer drove in two runs for the Cardinals with two hits on August 17, 1961, how many hits did brother Clete have for the Yankees that day?  
ANSWER to the Trivia question in the previous column: 
Tom Satriano was the super versatile Angel of the mid 1960's.

 Sometimes it's just that one guy who can ruin a great performance and on August 17, 1961, his name was Ken Boyer. The battle between the Giants Mike McCormick and the Cardinals Larry Jackson was a pitching duel extraordinaire. Neither pitcher was having a great season but they both were having great games this day in front of nearly 11,000 fans at Candlestick Park.

McCormick came in with a 9-11 record facing Jackson who wasn't much better at 8-9. Jackson would get the best this time out. St. Louis was a .500 team with the Giants fighting for the pennant and were 10 games over .500. The Giants big gun on the day was Orlando Cepeda (who would have some great years with the Cardinals later on in the decade). 

Cepeda would have one of the three hits Jackson would allow; a double. It was Ken Boyer though who stole this show to back the shutout pitching of Jackson. McCormick had retired 11 in a row at one point and was sailing along into the sixth. Julian Javier opened the frame with a single and moved to second on a Curt Flood sacrifice. One out later Boyer blasted a double to bring home Javier and the Cards had all they needed, 1-0. 

In the eighth Charlie James doubled and Boyer singled him home to provide an insurance run. It was all Jackson needed. At one point he retired 22 of 23 batters and the one batter who did reach base was doubled up with an infield double play ball. He did not walk a batter and struck out only two but he was magnificent and with Boyer's backing was the ace of the day. McCormick also went the distance. He gave up seven hits, walked two and struck out five.

Jackson would finish the season strong with a 14-11 record and three shutouts. McCormick was 13-16 also with three shutouts. A season later  he was sent packing to the Orioles in a six player deal. That same year Jackson was sent to the Cubs in a six player deal. Each went onto have one 20-win season.

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