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  • The Mad Zak


    “When Red Sox catcher Carlton Fisk attempted to field the ball, Armbrister intentionally collided with him….”

    What are you, a die hard Red Sox fan? Armbruster did not “intentionally” collide with him. That is the whole issue with the call. Ed Armbruster was a righ-handed hitter and he left the batter’s box for first when Fisk ran into him. It was a judgement call, not an obvious non-call as you put it.

  • Scott

    This is complete and utter garbage – when I read at the end of the article that “Dana Bashor has absolutely no formal writing credentials whatsoever” I laughed out loud, because I can’t say that I was in the least bit surprised.

    The pine tar incident, as many have said before, was called absolutely correctly according to the rules at the time. The league then proceeded to come up with some garbage about the “spirit of the rule”. So ultimately, the league CHANGED THE RULES OF BASEBALL to deal with this particular protest. While I don’t necessarily disagree with the league that the “spirit of the rules” was not violated, it seems very strange that a league would change its rules like that.

    I find it ridiculously hard to believe that the presence of Don Denkinger behind the plate caused a team to lose a game 11-0. 11-0!!! That had NOTHING to do with the umpire, and EVERYTHING to do with the team. BTW, Whitey Herzog wrote in his book that he wishes he would have asked Commissioner Ueberroth to overrule the call on the field. If this had happened, I certainly hope the umpires would have walked off the field.

    Also, there is a difference between “your” and “you’re” and it’s pathetically embarassing that a piece of writing can be “published” with such disgusting grammatical errors.

  • Peter Boucher

    Correct me if I am wrong, but wasn’t there an incident in the 1969 World Series between the Miracle Mets vs. the Orioles. I was a youngster when it happened, but from what I heard, a Mets batter was up to the plate, and struck out swinging on a very low, into the dirt pitch. Mets manager Gil Hodges went to the plate to inspect the ball. The ball had a black smudge on it and was in question as if it was shoe polish from the cleats that the batter had on. After a few minutes, the umpire agreed that it was shoe polish and ruled it a “hit by a pitch” on the Mets batter and the Mets batter was allowed to go to first base which in turn became a rally for the Mets and them eventually won the World Series. Would anybody have information about this as I was only 7 years old when it purportedly happened

    • Dave K

      You described it almost perfectly Pete. I was 5 at the time. The only thing you got wrong was, the batter did NOT swing. If he had, he couldn’t be awarded first. EVEN if a ball hits you, you can’t go to first if you swing. No one thought the umps ruling was controversial…..except for Earl Weaver.

      • Peter Boucher

        Hello Dave. Thank For the Info on that incident and correcting the question that I had. And as far as Earl Weaver is concerned, he was a great manager but his temper is what the history books are made out of. I do believe that he holds the record for being ejected the most times than any other manger in major league history, another stat that I will have to look up. Again Thanks, Dave

      • M234

        Dave K,a batter can try to RUN to first if the catcher DROPS the ball even if the batter does swing.But,you are right,because the rule I have stated can only happen if the catcher drops the ball,but I have read the catcher didn’t drop the ball.I just wanted to say this.

  • Danny

    While #1 was a bad call, you are wrong to blame the Dekinger for the series loss. First of all, you failed to mention Frank White getting called out stealing second in the fourth inning, when he was safe. And would of scored on the next batters single. Also to say that the 9th inning was “unjustly continued” is flat out wrong. Even if Denkinger made the right call, that would of been out number one. I guess you must be a new baseball fan. Each team gets 3 outs, so the “unjustly continued inning” would of continued anyway. Next, Orta ending up making the first out of the inning later. He was thrown out at third. He never scored so the play at first didn’t matter. And don’t forget the lack of hustle between the Cardinals catcher and first baseman, that let an easy foul pop up drop that gave Balboni another chance. And the Cardinals players blaming the game 7 loss on the game 6 call, says a lot about their characters. It is unbelievable that one bad call can’t make an entire professional team become quitters in the following game.

  • Mike

    Good list! That call blowing the kid’s perfect game was brutal.

    On a side note, what made Knobloch’s phantom tag (#3) even worse was that a different blew the exact same call in the previous game. He offered a public apology for his phantom tag call. Then, the same thing happens the next game.

  • Mike DeJong

    You missed the blown call that cost the Blue Jays a triple play against the Braves in the 1992 Series.

  • cheap jerseys

    i agree with mike deJong’s opinien

  • Jeff Carlisle

    When I was a kid (long ago) there was a comic strip called Little Abner, about a handsome, muscle bound hillbilly who the ladies loved. A smitten Boston lass pleaded with him “I will follow you to the ends of the earth..even Brookline if necessary!!” Such is the endless and nauseating provincialism of Bostonians and Red Sox fans. This list is a bizarre rant of Yankee hatred..nothing more, nothing less. I’m a Reds fan yet felt compelled to point out the absurdity of this ‘list” ..after I got through laughing.
    Think of the math…there have been at least 20 teams (now 30) since 1962. Each plays 162 games a year and had, therefore, between 3%-5% chance to benefit from the countless questionable calls over those 45 years. Now if a team had 10% of the worst calls-double the natural chances-that would be ONE on a list of 10. If they had QUADRUPLE the chance of benefitting from bad calls, it’s 20%…2 of 10. Yet somehow, someway, at TWELVE times the rate of chance, the Yankees gained from 60% (6 of 10) of all the very worst calls in baseball according to the author of this-not worth scrawling back to get his name. The Redsox , according to this lunatic list benefitted…NOT AT ALL zero, zilch. In fact , since each franchise had between 3-5% chance of being HURT by bad’s put forth by this venomous Yankee hater that his beloved Sawks were directly HURT by 20% of those horrible calls -against my Reds in the Series in which Tony Perez made The Bearded lady’s junk ball disappear into the night-at win the Series on the road. The other “outrage” against Boston?..of course, a call favoring the Yanks. If you can’t make a list remotely objective, pal,…give it up As I said, I’m a Cincy fan but I know that no list, making even an insincere pass at fairness, could omit Yogi Berra’s clear tagging of Jackie Robinson attempting to steal home. But fairness isn’t part of the agenda, now is it?

  • MS64436

    The Denkinger call was a non factor in the result of the game because Orta was the 1st out on a play at third. So he didn’t score. Plus the 2nd base ump had blown an attempted steal attempt by White earlier in the game on a high tag. White got his foot to the base in time. Royals played the 25 of the 27 outs of the game and blew them out in 7th game. Cardinals always want to play the victim card.

  • Kirk

    Both of those Angels calls always make me so mad. The Angels always seem to get screwed when it comes to umpires making important calls like those

  • throwbackguy

    its not the worst