Camden Courier-Post - October 22, 1980
By Bob Kenney, Courier-Post Sports Editor
PHILADELPHIA – At 11:29 last night the longest wait in the history of prof essional sports ended.
The Phillies won the World Series.
Tug McGraw struck out Willie Wilson in Veterans Stadium to leave Kansas City with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and set off horns blowing and church bells ringing.
The Phillies won the World Series.
The last of professional baseball's original teams to win a world championship ended 97 seasons as an also-ran with a 4-1 victory that eliminated the Royals in six games.
The Phillies won the World Series. With the largest homecrowd in Philadelphia history, 65,838, on its feet yelling and pleading, the Phillies turned back two desperate rallies by the American League champions from Kansas City.
The Phillies won the World Series.
The fans stayed on their feet cheering and celebrating, held in check by helmeted Philadelphia police complete with dogs and horses, long after the final out.
After an initial round of champagne, Manager Dallas Green and first baseman Pete Rose led most of the team back to home plate for an unusual encore.
But this was an unusual team, these "Comeback Kids" who refused to die despite being buried in Pittsburgh in mid-August. And then by Montreal with just seven games to play, and by Houston in the playoffs and even by the Royals, last week in Kansas City.
"All the experts were wrong," said Larry Bowa, who played a perfect shortstop and added a hit in every game. "We're the world champions now, and nobody can take that away."
Losing had been a way of life for the Phillies, who spent 24 years in last place in the National League. Even the good years ended in failure and frustration.
The 1915 team won the pennant and lost to Boston in five games. The 1950 team won the pennant and lost to New York in four games.
There were no other pennants. The Phillies lost a 6-game lead with 12 to play in 1964 by losing 10 straight games. They won division titles in 1976, '77 and '78 and then bowed out without much of a fight.
"We had some ghosts to put to sleep and we did it," said Green, who took over as manager this year and pushed, pulled and whipped his sometimes reluctant team from the very first day.
"I told them in spring training they could do it," said Green. "It just took us a while to get our act together."
The manager, who stressed a "We not I" motto all season, got a supreme team effort in the finale. So much so the second out in the dramatic ninth inning was a foul ball tipped by Bob Boone and caught by Rose.
"It was mine," said Rose. "But with all the noise, nobody could hear. I figured Boonie was the best in the league on foul pops and I wasn't going to try to move him."
Boone thought Rose would take it but couldn't hear either. He reached for the ball but couldn't hold it. Rose gathered it in and Kansas City was down to its final out.
"That gave me a tremendous lift," said a very tired McGraw, who left the bases loaded with Royals in both the eighth and ninth innings.
The veteran bullpen ace celebrated by striking out Wilson and ending the Phillies' most successful season.
"We're the world champions," said Green. "A lot of people didn't think we could do it."
Including, at times, some of the players, who openly questioned Green's managing and picked at his use of personnel.
"But we learned we could find a way to win," said Mike Schmidt, who was voted the Most Valuable Player of the Series.
Schmidt, who drove in the winning run in Game 2 and singled to score the decisive run in Game 5, gave the Phillies a lead they never lost with a two-run single in the third.
"I'm ecstatic," said Schmidt "I'd like to thank the Lord. Kansas City is a ball club of winners and so are the Houston Astros and about five other clubs. I've been there before."
The Phillies, who are about $33,000 per man richer, rode the shutout pitching of lefty Steve Carlton for seven innings.
Lonnie Smith doubled and used his tremendous speed to score a run in the fifth, and Boone singled after a Bowa double to make it 4-0 in the sixth.
"Carlton threw super. He had outstanding stuff," said Boone of the 27-game winner. "His fastball was really popping until he tired a bit in the eighth."
The big pitcher left after a walk and a single and Green called on McGraw, who won one, lost one and saved two in the series after pitching in all five playoff games with Houston.
"I was tired," said McGraw. "I just tried to reach about for the little bit extra. It's what this team is all about."
The turning point probably came in the eighth. Kansas City had scored once and had reloaded the; bases with two out. Hal McRae, the Royals' veteran cleanup hitter, was at the plate.
"I was thinking home run all the way," said McRae, "until it went to 3-2. 1 probably swung at ball four, but I couldn't take a chance on being called out in a World Series."
McGraw got the out on a grounder to Manny Trillo at; second base and was refreshed enough to strike out Amos Otis to open the ninth. But a walk and two singles loaded the bases, setting the stage for the Boone and Rose act.
And McGraw's final strikeout.
The Phillies won the World Series.
The night a town became king
By Ray W. Kelly of the Courier-Post
PHILADELPHIA – It was only a game. But, for
the joy it brought, the pride it created and the wounds it healed, nothing may ever match the night the Phillies took the crown of baseball and made a town king.
It was not the end of a war or the discovery of a cure. But when Tug McGraw reached back for what he knew was the last pitch his arm could find for 1980 and threw it past the Kansas City batter for the final, glorious out, a new page in the history of the heart was written.
Before the Phils beat the Royals, 4-1, in Veterans Stadium last night to win the World Series for the first time since they began playing the national pastime, there had been 97 years filled mostly with frustration and disappointment.
Some thought it would never end. Some believed losing was their fate. And some kept the faith, passing it on from generation to generation, hoping for the day of redemption, which Dallas Green and bis "Comeback Kids" made a reality.
It was only a game. But, for the millions of fans who held their breath for weeks on end as the Phils walked across the tightrope of never-ending calamities, it was a sign that good things really do come to those who wait. And that to wish on stars isn't always an invitation to disaster.
"The toughest players to convince were, in the end, the guys who played the hardest," said Green.
The same was true of the people. They'd been put down, shut down and run down so many times, they resented a team that over the years couldn't lift their daily lives out of the mire of their own dismal self-image.
But somehow, some way, the Phillies, who had mirrored decades of people's own pessimism, began to reflect something altogether new. For all tbeir faults, they refused to accept anything less than victory. Night after night, game after game, they proved that you can come back.
It's a wonder that, while the Phillies splashed themselves with champagne in their locker room, the world outside still turned on its axis. People hugged, kissed, cried, waved to each other from passing cars, honked their happiness and shared the same common bond as the driver and the tolltaker on the Ben Franklin Bridge.
"Wonderful night, isn't it?" said the big man as he smiled and counted out change for a dollar.
It's the best of nights," said the driver.
Neither had mentioned the Phillies. But then, they didn't have to.
"You play the game for the fans," Pete Rose had said after it was all over. "All they ever wanted was what we accomplished tonight. If you don't believe it, go outside and look around."
As for the Phils themselves, the season had also been a learning experience. They bad learned how to win – together.
"I don't give a damn about any more individual achievements," said Mike Schmidt, winner of the Most Valuable Player Award for the Series. "I've had enough of those.
"All I want is that championship ring on my finger. I know now that there is no substitute for that. Because, when I look at it, I will remember the down times... when .we got thumped in Pittsburgh. And how we came back.
"I think of Del Unser, who deserves half the MVP trophy. I can look at a trophy, but it will never come close to what I see in that ring... to believe you can come back... and to have the other team think, 'here they come again'... if we have that quality going for us, we're going to have some kind of tradition here in Philadelphia."
Traditions have a way of changing. No change was more welcome than the one the Phils brought about last night.
"I've been with Philly for 25 years," said Green. "I was there. I know what it's all about I know how the fans felt."
Of course, Green was one of the little people all along. There are hundreds of them in the Phils' organization who have suffered and grieved just like the fans.
This was one night they didn't want to think about whether this was Greg Luzinski's farewell. Or whether rightfielder Bake McBride's feelings should be hurt oyer his not winning the MVP. Or whether Steve Carlton would talk.
Carlton had let his ability do his talking to the people. And, if you wanted a quote, then you should talk to the sports writer who spent last night remembering how the big lefthander had saved a baseball from a special game a few years back and sent it without the writer's knowledge, to the writer's dying father.
This was a time to watch Manny Trillo complete the finest season of his career by singing "Nobody does it better" to Rose.
This was a time to watch Marty Bystrom lift Keith Moreland into the air shouting, "You're a rookie, too!"
And Moreland answering, "Yeah, and they couldn't have won it without us... I hope!"
Tug was there. Tug is always there.
"I've had some 10 experiences in my life," he was saying. "This is the closest I've ever come to an 11.
"I was just out of gas out there on the mound. If I hadn't gotten Frank White out, I was going to wave Dallas out of the dugout and tell him I didn't have any more to give.
"Just before that last pitch to White, Boonie signaled for a screwball and I shook him off; My arm didn't have another screwball in it. I just went with the straight fastball and prayed."
It was only a game – grown men hitting, catching and throwing a little white ball.
But when it was over, the President of the United States called.
"I told him I knew he was more of a football guy," said Green. "He told me he was a softball player."
The manager began to smile as he recalled what he said next to the man in the White House. And it's a shame the rest of the country wasn't on the upstairs extension.
He said, "When you come to Philadelphia, we'll show you how to play baseball."
In South Jersey, the joy of victory
By Mary E. Pembleton and Deborah Stoudt of the Courier-Post
Thousands of South Jersey residents watched their favorite team in bars, hotels, restaurants or the comfort of home last night; but people who had to work still managed to see the Phillies claim their victory.
"It's been pretty tough trying to watch the game," said 24-year-old Dave Sommer, a gas station attendant at the Barclay Mobil station on Route 70 in Cherry Hill, as he and a co-worker peered at a tiny television sitting on a shelf in the garage of the station.
"When they're pulling their comebacks, people come in. Just before they made their first two runs, a customer drove up. But lucky for me he had a portable television in his car. I watched the Phillies score those runs on his television set.
"The customers have been really nice – in fact, they've been apologetic," said Sommer, an English major at Rutgers University-Camden.
"Even my teachers have been pretty nice throughout this series. They've really cut back on the homework tremendously. Sure, I know they're doing it for themselves as well. After all, they're watching the game too."
"I can't believe they won. They sure convinced me that they have heart and character," said Jim Mayhew, also an attendant at Barclay Mobile Station in Cherry Hill.
Although they could not be among the 65,000 fans at Veterans Stadium, it did not dampen the Phillies spirit of many New Jerseyans who had to work last night.
A food checker and cashier in the kitchen of the Cherry Hill Inn came prepared. She brought a portable television and perched it on her desk, as she had done the other game nights she worked.
"I've watched them through the playoffs and the series," said Ann Strathmeyer, signing a restaurant check and handing back change.
"I wanted to take off, but I need the hours," she said.
As she spoke, other employees paused at her television set.
"What's the score? It's un-American not to watch the game," said Jim Johnson, a room service waiter en route to serve a hotel guest.
Also in the kitchen, Pete Sherman, a cook from Lindenwold, had his own television set sitting on a stainless steel toaster. On another table sat shrimp, a box of frozen broccoli, a cup full of garlic and uncooked sliced beef.
"We run back and forth taking a peek whenever we can," he said.
With two men on base and no score, bartender Jiggy Lauria told a waitress, "Can't make no drinks now; I gotta watch the pitch.”
Even the quiet, calm atmosphere of area hospitals were temporarily interrupted by enthusiasm for the winning team.
"The Phillies are going to blow it for New Jersey," said security guard George Farrell at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden.
He walked back and forth in front of the emergency room desk and listened to the announcer describe each inning of the game.
Even those South Jerseyans who didn't have a television set or a radio managed to follow the Phillies' progress.
A clerk at a 7-11 store on Cuthbert Boulevard in Haddon Township said his boss didn't want him to have a radio for fear of disturbing customers.
"I made do by asking the customers to tell me the score and innings," he said.
Jim Meyers, a clerk at a 7-11 store in Cherry Hill, fared a little better than his Haddon Township colleague. Not only did he have a radio, he also remembered the Whiz Kids of 1950 who won the pennant 30 years ago.
"I went to my first Phillies game when I was 11 years old. I remember Richie Allen, Puddin Head Jones, Robin Roberts," said Meyers, of Cherry Hill.
"It would seem that employees at Video Concepts in the Cherry Hill Mall – who are surrounded by scores of television sets and the most modern video equipment – would have had ample opportunity to watch the game.
"No, not so," said salesman Wayne Vogel.
"I was running around here pulling my hair out. Everytime some-thing happened – there's a big rumble (from the crowd) and I couldn't here myself talk," he said.
"At one point the crowds were so large we had to get mall security to clear them out. As soon as one group leaves another comes in. It was so bad we couldn't get reach customers who wanted to be helped," said store manager John Berstecher.
"This is our duty," said, mall security guard Richard Petras who was among me au customers sitting on the plush modular couches in the rear of the store watching the baseball game on movie-like television screens.
"We don't need a team in New Jersey. I'm satisfied with Philadelphia," he said.
Members of the Erlton Fire Co. said, "this is the biggest thing that's hit South Jersey since gambling."
"Even in the Bahamas I heard dribs and drabs about the game," said newlywed fireman Steve Budd of Cherry Hill, who returned on Monday from a honeymoon on Paradise Island.
"The only place on the island that had TV was in the casino, and the reception there is real fuzzy. I was going crazy wondering what was happening with the Phillies team," he said.
Psychic picked Series winner
Psychic Jeane Dixon would have won the bet she refused to make with sports handicapper Mickey Charles.
Dixon, speaking in Philadelphia a week ago today, predicted the Phillies would win the World Series. Charles, a New York attorney with a weekend radio sports talk show in Atlantic City, said he favored the Kansas City Royals because they had a better pitching staff. Dixon, who writes an astrology column, seemed almost convinced by Charles' detailed analysis of the two teams' strengths and weaknesses.
But, in the end, her vibrations proved more accurate than Charles' handicapping.
Revelry turns to fighting
A melee erupted last night in front of Freddie's Bar along the Black Horse Pike as overzealous and drunken Phillies fans first stopped motorists and then pelted police , cars with beer bottles.
Six people were arrested and charged with causing a disturbance, said Runnemede police Sgt. John Howell.
One person was injured and taken to John F. Kennedy Hospital.
Howell refused to release the names of those arrested.
The trouble started about 12:15 a.m. as a crowd of about 500 Phillies fans congregated in front of Freddie's Bar at Third Avenue and the Black Horse Pike. The crowd set off cherry bombs, jumped on cars and poured beer in the streets, police said.
When police responded to reports of trouble, the crowd threw beer bottles at them.
Howell said that police cleared the area after two hours of urging the crowd to break up.
About 2 a.m. a second melee started in front of Gardner's Funeral Home at Haverford Avenue and South Black Horse Pike. The crowd was smaller and no arrests were made, Howell said.
The Phillies celebration erupted into other street fights and bar brawls, police throughout South Jersey reported early today.
Fighting broke out in the Fairview section of Camden and police reported a crowd at Yorkship Square hurling bottles.
Deptford police reported three bar fights. One fight broke out at S & J Tavern on Route 45, another at Friends Bar on Route 45 and a third at Lakeview Inn on Cooper Street. Police said they tried to quell the disturbances and reported no arrests.
In Cherry Hill, police reported one heart attack after the game ended, but no details were available immediately.
Police in Gloucester City reported heavy traffic and noisy crowds gathering around apartment complexes.
In Woodbury, fans climbed telephone poles, honked car horns and noisily cheered the Phillies.
In Washington Township, throngs of Phillies admirers congregated at street corners, contributed to heavy traffic and set off fireworks.
Fans wearing pajamas poured into the streets in the Cherry Wood development in the Blackwood section of Gloucester Township.
St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Runnemede played its chimes to the tune of God Bless America in celebration of the Phillies victory.
Diplomat Carter congratulates Green, Frey
PHILADELPHIA – President Carter telephoned congratulations to Philadelphia Manager Dallas Green shortly after his team won the 1980 World Series last night.
But Carter, touching all political bases in this election year, also telephoned Kansas City Royals Manager Jim Frey to congratulate him on fine play by the losing Royals.
They were dancing in the streets
By George Clark and Linda Jankowski of the Courier-Post
PHILADELPHIA – Thousands of people – watched by hundreds of riot-helmeted police, some mounted on horses and others holding barking attack dogs – jammed center city last night, blocking traffic, honking horns, hanging out of car windows and shouting.
"I never saw so many cops in my life," one Kansas City reporter told his editor on the telephone at about the fifth inning of last night's 4-1 Phillies win. "I don't know if I'm going to get out of here alive or not. I'll let you know what happens."
It looked more like the death throes of a Latin American dictatorship than the celebration of a baseball team's first World Series championship in its 97-year history.
But it was a celebration as thousands of fans linked arms and marched up Broad Street and blocked Market Street, waving, cheering and chanting, "We're number one!"
Police reported several unruly crowds in different parts of the city last night, varying in size from a few hundred to about 7,000, a police spokesman said.
At least three policemen and several civilians were reported injured in minor scuffles inside and outside the stadium, police said.
The staccato pop of firecrackers and champagne corks and the banging of cherry bombs was heard throughout the night. Some of the 65,858 fans, many young and intoxicated, clung to the roofs and hoods of cars or hung out from hatchbacks, sunroofs or side windows in impromptu automobile caravans throughout the city,
All police days off were canceled as extra officers were put on duty in the stadium and on the subways. Many police were on duty at least two hours before the game began.
Veteran's Stadium security forces were beefed, up too, according to security director Pat Cassidy.
City police spokesman Don Fair said the extra officers were called in in anticipation of over-exuberant fans tearing down the stadium and causing other mayhem in "spontaneous demonstrations."
"I don't know what to expect," Fair said. "It's been 30 years since the last World Series."
City police; who ringed the playing field with mounted patrols and attack dogs at about the eighth inning, were able to keep everyone and everything but the horse droppings off the playing field after the game. Elsewhere in the city, officers were stationed at every corner along Broad Street from the stadium to City Hall and along Market Street from City Hall to Front Street.
"If you think this is something, wait until the parade tomorrow," said one policeman stationed at Broad and Locust streets last night.
The parade, which was to begin at 11:30 a.m. today, will start at 18th and Market steets and end at John F. Kennedy Stadium in South Philadelphia.
Phillies memorabilia was everywhere last night. People were offering $10 for pennants and programs that normally sold for $3 before the game.
A few young entrepeneurs managed to silkscreen several T-shirts with a world champion Phillies logo in anticipation of a victory. The shirts sold for $6 each.
Scalpers were in force outside the stadium prior to the game. Tickets in the upper decks, the 700 level, were going for between $30 and $70 apiece depending on a person's bargaining skills. Tickets in the lower 200-300 levels went for $100 to $125 each.
New Jersey Assemblyman John Rocco, R-Camden, stood in a crowded line in an unsuccessful attempt to get tickets from those who didn't show up for the game before he paid $50 to sit in the 700 level.
Some fans, many of them adolescents, scaled fences and climbed the outside ramps of the stadium to get inside without paying.
Several fans exuded, confidence before the game.
"If lefty (winning Phillies pitcher Steve Carlton) is on tonight I know we can win." said Phil Gardner of Beverly City. "I just hope the fans show some class tonight.”
After the game, one disappointed Kansas Cjty fan summed it up.
"You just can't beat Carlton (in Philadelphia)," said John Williams of Washington, D.C. "This (Veteran's Stadium) is his house."
Everyone, from novice Phillies fan Marcia Leimberg of Wildwood, who was attending her second game this year, to those who suffered with the team through several lean seasons, joined in the victory celebrations.
"I’m elated," Ve waited a iong time. We knew it was going to happen," said. Pat Zelahos, of Gibbstown,N.J.
"I feel fantastic. I've been waiting for this for I don’t know how many years. I've been a fan since 1961," said Estha Rubin.
Phillies baseball: Maddox, McBride and Smith are the unsung heroes of this team
The Philadelphia Phillies are one dynamic baseball team. I think they should be congratulated for their efforts throughout the season, the playoffs and now in the World Series.
So with such a great team making history, what does a Phillies fan have to complain about? I believe in giving credit where credit is due. Tell me why Pete Rose makes the headlines when Garry Maddox not only hit in the winning run in the final playoffs game, but caught the ball for the third and final out?
Also, there are always sarcastic remarks being made regarding the errors by Lonnie Smith, but what about the remarkable plays he has made? Greg Luzinski is okay, but Lonnie Smith is an excellent ball player in his rookie year.
And last but not least, dependable Bake McBride. He has done so many exciting, remarkable things, but the only way the public is informed of these things is by watching the game, because certain newspapers don't write of his contributions.
I'm not downgrading the rest of the Philadelphia team, but I think that recognition of Garry Maddox, Lonnie Smith and Bake McBride is long overdue.
Philadelphia Phillies, I hope you continue in your endeavors, and remain unified as a team.
Phillies win World Series: Kansas City stopped in six
By Bob Kenney, Courier-Post Sports Editor
PHILADELPHIA – The Phillies won their first world championship last night, men laughed at the experts in an emotional club house scene.
“We learned we could find a way to win," said Mike Schmidt, the slugging third baseman who was voted the Most Valuable Player of the World Series.
Losers since their first game in 1883, the Phillies became the last of baseball's original teams to win a World Series by defeating the Kansas City Royals, 4-1, in Game 6.
"We proved the experts wrong," said shortstop Larry Bowa. "We're the No. 1 team in the USA."
WITH A RECORD 65,838 fans standing and roaring encouragement, reliever Tug McGraw struck out Willie Wilson to end the game and pitch his way out of a second straight bases-loaded jam.
"We're the world champions," said Manager Dallas Green, who led his team back onto the field for a cheerful encore at home plate. "A lot of people didn't think we could ever do it, but I knew in my heart we could do it."
The Phillies got seven solid innings from Steve Carlton, who won his 27th game of the year. Then McGraw took over and pitched out of two jams with the help of a circus catch by first baseman Pete Rose.
With the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning, Frank White popped up in front of the Phillies' dugout. It looked like an easy play, but catcher Bob Boone and Rose could not call for the ball because of the crowd noise.
"WHEN I WENT after it," said Boone, "I felt it was Pete's ball. But I didn't hear him so I grabbed for it."
The ball popped out of Boone's mitt, but the alert Rose gloved it for the second out of the inning. "We've been practicing that trick play all year long," said a relieved Rose later.
"It gave me a tremendous lift," said McGraw, who picked up his second save of the series. He also won one game and lost another in a very busy post season.
“I was tired at that point," continued McGraw, who also pitched in all five playoff games against Houston and the two must games that clinched the division title the previous weekend in Montreal. "I was very grateful for that play, but not a bit surprised. We've been doing whatever was needed."
THE FINAL OUT came as the helmeted Philadelphia police force moved into the stadium with police dogs and horses. The fans were standing, cheering in anticipation' of this city's first world title since Connie Mack's American League Athletics won in 1930.
McGraw got two quick strikes, threw a ball, then fanned Wilson to touch off the victory celebration.
''They had me so shook up in the ninth inning, I can't remember anything," said McGraw. "If I hadn't gotten Wilson, I was going to tell Dallas that I'd had enough."
Green called for McGraw after Carlton ran out of gas in the eighth and walked John Wathan and gave up a single to Jose Cardenal.
"STEVE WAS feathering his fastball a little bit," said Green. “Lefty and I have pretty good rapport. He gave me the thumb up sign before the game and I knew he had it tonight."
Green had gambled with rookie Marty Bystrom in Game 5, but it paid off. "The extra rest made Lefty a power pitcher again," said Green. "That is the way I planned it."
After taking over for Carlton, McGraw got White to foul out but walked Willie Wilson to load the bases. U.L. Washington made it 4-1 with a sacrifice fly, then George Brett beat out a single toward second.
That left it up to Hal McRae and the designated hitter went up to the plate with one thing in mind.
"I WAS GOING for the home run," said the No. 4 hitter, "until the count went to 3-2. 1 probably swung at ball four, but I couldn't take a chance on being called out in a World Series."
Second baseman Manny Trillo fielded McRae's grounder and McGraw was out of the eighth inning.
After striking out Amos Otis to open the ninth, McGraw walked Willie Aikens, who was replaced by pinch runner Onix Concepcion, and served up singles to Wathan and Cardenal to set the stage for the dramatic finish.
The Phillies took advantage of some performing mistakes to score twice in the third. Losing pitcher Rich Gale made the biggest blunder when he failed to cover his area and Pete Rose beat out a sacrifice bunt attempt for a base hit.
“I JUST screwed up," said Gale. "I was more concerned with throwing a strike on the 3-1 pitch than I was covering for the bunt. It was my fault."
The mental mistake came after Gale opened the third by walking Bob Boone, the No. 9 hitter, on four pitches. Second baseman Frank White then rushed a throw and pulled shortstop Washington off the bag trying to get a force on Lonnie Smith's grounder. Both runners were safe.
"A lot of times that's an automatic call," said Washington. '"In the World Series it isn't."
After Gale gave Rose the gift single, the Phillies had the bases loaded and MVP Schmidt at the plate. The blunder might have been a factor as Schmidt laced a single into right-center.
BOONE SCORED EASILY on the play, but Smith fell down rounding third and, with Rose heading into the bag, the Royals had the Phillies in trouble. But Smith scampered to his feet and raced home without a throw to make it 2-0.
"You just can't hear anything out there with 65,000 people yelling," said Kansas City Manager Jim Frey. "I'm sure my catcher was yelling, but you can't hear 15 feet away."
Smith used his blazing speed to account for his team's third run in the fifth. Lonnie turned a single into a double when Otis was slow fielding the ball in center field, took third on a long drive to center by Rose and scored as Bake McBride bounced to short.
Lefty Paul Splittorff was touched for a double by Bowa with two out in the sixth and Boone singled him home to make it 4-0.
"THIS REALLY hasn't hit me yet," said Schmidt after the game. "Maybe in two weeks I'll start to truly realize what happened."
“Feelings are hard to express," said Brett. "I can forget losing in the playoffs, but I will never forget this.
"The World Series is something I'll tell my grandchildren about. I'm sure our fans are disappointed, but I think when we beat the Yankees it was like winning the World Series in our town."
The Phillies played in two previous World Series. They lost 4-1 to Boston in 1915 and 4-0 to New York in 1950.
"THIS IS A special moment," said Green, who came down from the front off ice to take over as manager this season. "So many people in this organization have worked very hard and waited so long.
"I've been a Phillie for 25 years and I know what a special feeling this is. It finally came down to the players getting together and grinding it out."
Happiness is Paul Owens
By Rusty Pray of the Courier-Post
PHILADELPHIA – Pictures are not always more valuable than words. There are times – and last night was one of them – when a picture doesn't even begin to tell the story.
The scene was the Phillies' locker room, in the jubilant moments just after the first world championship in the history of the franchise had become reality, and Larry Bowa was proclaiming his happiness to a television camera.
Behind Bowa, hardly noticeable amid the hopeless confusion of a wild World Series victory celebration, stood Manager Dallas Green in the embrace of a small, balding man in a brown suit.
The man in the brown suit seemed to be intent on setting one final World Series record – for longest hug in a six-game series. But there was more to the story than what the picture told.
Indeed, there is not a thousand pictures or a million words capable of conveying the emotion, the pure uninhibited happiness, of that small, balding man 4h the brown suit.
For Paul Owens, the general manager who molded this Phillies team, this world championship team, the moment was the culmination of a career. To Owens – the Pope, as he is known – this was the crowning joy of a lifetime.
"I couldn't imagine my own emotion," Owens said, wiping tears from his eyes. "I like to think I'm a little cool and can handle it. I've been telling everybody I have a cold, but I'm just crying, I can't stop.
"I thought I'd know what to say and all, and there's no way... I'm so damn happy."
Owens interrupted himself when he saw team publicist Larry Shenk winding his way through the mob of media and well-wishers on hand to mark the occasion. "We did it Larry," Owens said, beginning another record embrace. "We did it! We're champions of the world! Do you realize that?"
If anyone in that crazy locker room had a right to be happy, it was Owens, who has poured his heart and soul into the job of general managing for the last eight years.
Owens is the man who brought respectability to a franchise steeped in a tradition of failure. He is the man who signed Pete Rose as a free agent; who traded for Tug McGraw, Bake McBride, Garry Maddox and Manny Trillo; who believed in Larry Bowa, Mike Schmidt, Greg Luzinski and Bob Boone.
If ever there was one man responsible for the success of a team, Paul Owens is that man.
"Paul Owens," said Green, "has directed this whole thing."
In these days of round-table management, Owens is a throwback to another era. He is a self-acknowledged, eat-sleep-drink baseball man who is totally dedicated to an organization he has been with for the better part of two decades.
He travels with his club, making his presence known in a variety of ways. And, while it is not his policy to interfere in the daily management of the team, the Pope has been known to step in when the situation seemed to demand it.
He did it on July 10, 1972, barely five weeks after he replaced John Quinn as general manager, by firing Frank Lucchesi and taking over the field job himself. And, he did it early in September this season during the club's final West Coast trip.
After a particularly vexing loss in San Francisco, Owens went into the locker room and berated the team, telling the players to win for Owner Ruly Carpenter and himself if they didn't have enough pride to win for themselves.
"I had some doubts early because of the way the club was playing and the problems we were having," Owens said. "But it's a funny thing, I never really felt we would give up. Maybe it was my speech in September; I just told them the way I felt. I don't think it was what I said. All I was doing was reiterating what Dallas was saying all year. And they responded to it. Evidently they did because they played the greatest ball I ever saw the last five weeks.
"They've got more heart and more courage than I've ever seen. And I've seen it up close for five weeks. It's the greatest tribute that I can give to them. This club never gave up."
If Owens is unafraid to confront his players, he is equally unabashed in showing his personal concern for them. He is a shirtsleeves GM who regards his players as something more than corporate assets, which may be the primary reason why most of them respond to him in a positive way. Even the players he has traded away hold him in high regard.
"I think," said Del Unser, whose career was rescued by Owens, “we all hold him dearly. He is a pretty straight shooter."
That shoot-from-the-hip style is an Owens trademark. It has gained him the respect of everyone connected with the game, from rival general managers to Carpenter to equipment manager Pete Sera.
Owens is a man daring enough to follow his own instincts and cautious enough to listen to the advice of others.
"I've worked with him for 11 years and known him, oh, 15-16 years," said Hugh Alexander, Owens' major-league scout and chief confidant. "He's the one who talked me into coming here from the Dodgers. And I wouldn't have done it for anybody else.
"We'd sit, Paul, Dallas and I, to discuss a trade or players, and sometimes we'd disagree. Paul would take the consensus. I've seen Paul Owens back off when we didn't agree with him.
"He really is a man who believes in his people. I guess the best way to put it is that Dallas Green, Paul Owens and Hugh Alexander get along better than any three men in baseball."
Away from the office, Owens, is a genuine one-of-a-kind. He can, at once, warm you with his charm and freeze you with his ire.
He has been known to demonstrate his sliding technique in some hotel lobbies, curse the rising of the sun in some National League cities, and arrive in others under the alias of Fred Jackson, Philadelphia truckdriver.
Never a good one for names, Owens is still trying to get Billy Grabarkewitz straight. In Owens-ese, the "Incredible Hulk" becomes the "Incredible Hunk"; "High Noon" is transformed into "Twelve O'Clock Noon."
But it would be a mistake to picture Owens as a somewhat absent-minded guy who managed to persevere long enough to be in the right place at the right time. He possesses one of the sharpest minds in the business of baseball. He recognizes talent and knows how to utilize it.
And now he is a world champion, a title befitting the Pope.
Schmidt is MVP
By Don Benevento of the Courier-Post
PHILADELPHIA – There was a time Phillies' fans would boo Mike Schmidt, and he had a hard time understanding why.
"I went through a period in 1978," said Schmidt, "when I’d get booed every time I put this uniform on. I hit about .250, had 20 home runs and about 70 RBIs – a good year for a lot of guys. But they blistered me.
"People don't realize that they shouldn't judge you just for what you do on a baseball field. They really don't know you well enough to judge. I bet if people had a chance to spend some time with me off the field, there's very few of them who wouldn't like me."
BUT WITHOUT having a chance to get close to Schmidt, the best they could do was weigh his talents – and what the fans had in mind for him was a season like this one. A major league-leading 48 home runs and 121 RBIs wins an amazing amount of friends.
And, as if that wasn't enough, Schmidt followed that with a glittering World Series in which he hit .381 with eight hits and seven RBIs. Fittingly, he was named the Series Most Valuable Player for his efforts.
"It hasn't set in yet," said Schmidt after driving in a pair of runs with a two-run single in the third inning last night to spark the Phils to their first World Championship ever with a 4-1 win over the Kansas City f Royals.
"In about two weeks, I'll sit back and realize what has happened to myself and my teammates," said Schmidt. "I might have been elected MVP, but I'd like to chop it up into 25 pieces. We had a handful of different guys who got key hits down the stretch. Greg Gross, Del Unser… You know what the other guys did."
SCHMIDT SAID HE would donate the $5,000 scholarship that goes with the MVP Award to his alma mater, Ohio Univerity in Athens, Ohio.
Told that the award also carries with it a $9,000 engraved gold watch, the power-hitting third baseman said, "You mean I don't geta car? I've already got a watch. Heck, I'll just trade it for a car."
Then Schmidt turned more serious as the magnitude of the Phillies' accomplishment began to sink in.
"I'd like to thank the Lord," he said. "I don't want to bring religion into it, but I play for the glory of God.
"ALL MY PRAYERS were answered over the last month except one. My grandmother, her name was Viola Schmidt, died Sept 26. 1 wish she could have been here to enjoy this. She's the one who first began throwing a ball to me. It's the only prayer that wasn't answered."
This was a night made even more sweet for Schmidt by the fact few thought a championship would come to Philadelphia this year.
"We had many low points," said Schmidt, "and they were all in in-front-of-the-world situations. Losing in playoff competition was hanging over us. And that amphetamine thing. That was like a cancer on the whole team.
"But we were able to turn it around. I think we were a different team the last two weeks. We sure didn't play the first five-and-a-half months of the season like a World Championship team. No team does all the time. I'm sure you could have gone to Vegas and the odds of Philly winning the World Series would have been pretty slim on July 1.
"BUT NOW we've won it. We are the best team in baseball and nothing can change that for a whole year. When spring training starts, you guys will all be down in Clearwater – not Bradenton or St. Petersburg. The magazines and networks will come to look at us first, and that feels pretty good."
A breakdown of Schmidt's World Series accomplishments reads like this:
Game 1, walked twice and scored two runs; Game 2, hit a double in the eighth inning for the game-winning RBI; Game 3, hit a home run and walked; Game 4, hit a sacrifice fly to tie the game in the eighth inning; Game 5, hit a two-run homer to break a scoreless tie and touched off the winning rally in the ninth inning with a single. He eventually scored the tying run.
"Game 5 was the key to the whole thing," said Schmidt "They came in here having to win two games, and it's hard enough for a visiting team to win one here."
SCHMIDT SAW to that in the third inning against Royals' pitcher Rich Gale. The Phillies had loaded the bases with nobody out. Gale worked the count to 1-1 on Schmidt then made a fatal mistake.
"He threw me an inside fastball" said Schmidt "I just tried to relax my bat and put the ball in play. I just inside-outed it."
The ball ripped its way into right center and it was 2-0.
"I thought," said Schmidt "'well, we got two, but we're going to need more.'
"THERE WASNT one ounce of over-confidence in me. I didn't feel secure until after the last pitch.”
That kind of thinking turned out to be Schmidt's only mistake of the series. Steve Carlton and Tug McGraw saw to that, holding the Royals in check the rest of the way.
"I think you guys will agree we have proved ourselves the way we have come back and battled when we were on the ropes," said Schmidt "We won when nobody said we would. Now, even though we're the World Champions, I bet they won't pick us next year. They'll find some reason to say we can't win, and we'll have tb prove them wrong again. I think the charge that we are a 'choke' team has finally been eliminated."
Phils’ season of battles ends in victory
By Vic Carucci of the Courier-Post
PHILADELPHIA – One of Larry Bowa's hands was strangling the neck of a champagne bottle. The other had an even tighter grip on the moment.
Bowa had waited a long time for this ! chance to say, "I told you so." Now, it had arrived, along with all the hugging and kissing and crying and shouting and guzzling in the Phillies' clubhouse last night.
"We're supposed to be smug, over-paid, low-key, don't-want-to-win athletes," the shortstop said after the Phils clinched the World Series. "Gentlemen, I think we proved everybody wrong... And I told you so. Thank you."
WITH THAT, he lifted the bottle to his lips, threw his head back and let it go and go and go.
"I had a brutal first three months," Bowa recalled. "Worst I've ever played in my entire life, counting Little League, counting Babe Ruth League. And all this is worthwhile.
"Everybody wrote us off when the Pirates beat us four straight (in August). I was down then. I'm not going to lie to you. It didn't look too good, being six games down in the loss column. But then we went to New York and swept the Mets five straight and that turned the season around.
"It's an unbelievable feeling. All the hard work, everything's paid off just for this moment here."
THE MOMENT, however, didn't pour acid on the past. It didn't erase the turmoil that accompanied this team through each mile of its journey to the World Series the battles the players had with themselves, Manager Dallas Green, the fans and the press.
Nobody said, "We are Fam-a-lee." Certainly not Bowa, whose complaints about Green have led many to believe he will be a part of somebody else's "Fam-a-lee" next season.
"The bad memories won't be forgotten, believe me," said Bowa, who set a World Series record of starting seven double plays. "This whole season was a battle. Without a doubt, we have some ghosts to bury around here.
"I know what people said to me, about me. They'll probably still write about me, even if I get 2,000 hits in my career. But, I'll tell you, don't sell me short on that, either."
PETE ROSE HAD been through celebrations like these before – with the Cincinnati Reds. To say he was nonchalant would hardly be correct. Turning a champagne bottle into a machine gun and spraying the entire room is hardly docile behavior.
But, unlike most of his teammates, you didn't get the feeling his head had been separated from the rest of his body. He seemed in complete control of his emotions as he spoke with reporters.
"Some of these guys have been working for it their whole careers," Rose said. "I've been there, but these guys have been so close so many times and always came up short, so it's probably a lot more rewarding for them.
"Sure, it's a different feeling for me. But when you hear those fans and the way they responded to us out there, I get as excited as anybody else. That's who I play for. I don't play for our manager. I play for the Philadelphia Phillies and the 2.5 million fans every year. All they wanted us to do was to accomplish what we did tonight.
"I THINK this team really learned a lot the last two months of the season. I think they not only learned what kind of players they are, but how to play on a daily basis, how to approach the big game, the big series, whether it's home or on the road.
"We never did it easy. We always backed ourselves into a corner, but a good ballclub, when it's in a corner, separates itself from the boys by coming out smelling good."
"It's the biggest thrill of my life," Keith Moreland said. "I'll wake up in the morning with a hangover and know it's for real then. I tried, through the whole deal, not to be nervous and not to think about it. Now that it's over, I can think about it and look back over the last month and a half and enjoy it for the rest of my life. I can always say, for the rest of my life, I played on a world champion.”
For others, it may even take longer for the reality to sink in.
"I CANT believe it," Warren Brusstar said. "I'll wake up in two weeks and believe it then.'
“I've got all winter for it to hit me," Garry Maddox said. "Just because of the way things had gone in the Houston series and the way the season started for us, I don't think we ever believed it would happen. We've learned one thing – you can't believe it's over until the last out is made.
"You know not to count your chickens before they hatch. Or maybe that's eggs? I don't know."
‘Tylenol Tug’ maintains drama in final
By Rusty Pray of the Courier-Post
PHILADELPHIA – It was all going much too smoothly.
Steve Carlton sailed along for seven innings with a three-hitter. The lefthander had his best Cy Young Award stuff, a comfortable 4-0 lead and the bottom of the Kansas City Royals' batting order to face in the eighth.
Clearly, it was time to make it interesting. The Phils' clinching of the first world championship in their 98-year history would not have seemed right without at least a measure of drama.
DUTIFULLY, Carlton walked the Royals' No. 7 hitter, John Wathan, on a 3-2 pitch, then gave up a single to left to Jose Cardenal.
Enter Tug McGraw, who often wears a tee-shirt rightly proclaiming him "Tylenol Tug."
If the sixth game of the World Series couldn't provide enough excitement on its own, McGraw was more than willing to inject some. Afterall, he long ago had the market in spine-tingling adventures cornered.
And, true to his image, McGraw worked out of more tight spots than Harry Houdini before nailing down a 4-1 victory that clinched the Series for the Phillies.
"THOSE LAST TWO innings, I was so shook... I can't remember much," said McGraw, "This is the biggest thing since Moby Dick was a guppy."
Indeed. McGraw relieved Carlton and got Frank White to pop up. But McGraw walked leadoff man Willie Wilson and permitted U.L. Washington a sacrifice fly. That brought George Brett, who merely hit .390 this season, to the plate as the tying run.
Brett hit a grounder in the hole between second baseman Manny Trillo and first baseman Pete Rose. Trillo fielded the ball in shallow right field, but Brett beat the throw to load the bases for Hal McRae, another hitter of some skill.
McGraw fell behind McRae, 3-0, got the count to 3-2, then McRae fouled off two pitches before bouncing harmlessly to Trillo. McGraw fanned his heart instead of pounding his thigh as he walked off the field. Somewhere in Veterans Stadium, six fans fainted dead away.
BUT ANYONE who has watched the Phillies during this incredible journey knew the eighth was only a foreshadowing of things to come. After McGraw caught Amos Otis looking at a third strike for the first out of the ninth, the Royals loaded the bases with a walk and two singles.
In the runway off the first base dugout, Phillies General Manager Paul Owens stood praying.
"I wasn't really scared," Owens later laughed. "I was confident that -somewhere he'd come back and get that little extra. He's done it all the time. Tug loves that. I think sometimes he sets it up. The guy is phenomenal.
"I love Tug. I had to kiss him. If Tug had ever failed me one time in the last three weeks in all these pressure situations, I couldn't have blamed him. He pitched his rear end off, but that guy is something else. He just reached back and kept coming back, coming back.
"I THOUGHT we could have broke it open early, and we missed our chance, and I knew it kept them in the ballgame. But what else is new? We've done that all year."
And, as he has been doing for what seems a year, McGraw made the pitches when he had to. He got White to pop up again, this time on a ball Rose caught after it deflected off the glove of catcher Bob Boone. Then he fanned Wilson with a 1-2 fastball.
"In the eighth,” said McGraw, "I felt in control. I still felt all right after warming up in the ninth. But after the first batter, I began to feel very tired.
"At that point I tried not to overthrow, just throw strikes. I was trying to let them hit the ball and let my defense work for me. If I hadn't gotten Wilson out, I was going to tell Dallas (Green) that I'd had enough."
AS IT TURNED out, "Tylenol Tug" had just enough to get Wilson – and a world championship for the Phillies.
Great Yankee revenge not enough for Royals
By Jeff Jacobs of the Courier-Post
PHILADELPHIA – The Kansas City Royals swore it was the Promised Land.
After wandering around the vast American League desert for four frustrating years, they finally stumbled upon The House That Ruth Built. It was in the Bronx that third baseman George Brett launched Goose Gossage's pitch into next week and the Royals repaid the hated Yankees for three miserable playoff defeats. The Promised Land.
“It doesn't matter what happens now," said the jubilant Brett that late Friday night in Yankee Stadium. "We have won our World Series. We have WON our World Series."
LAST NIGHT in Veterans Stadium – in a Royals' clubhouse so quiet, one could hear a tear drop – the Royals discovered the Promised Land was a blasted mirage. The diamond was a piece of rock candy. The gold was of the fool's variety. The crown was made of papier-mache.
"I made that claim and I was wrong," said Brett, who beat a nasty case of hemorrhoids, but the Royals succumbed to the world champion Phillies in six World Series games – the real World Series.
"After all the frustrations, all the heart ache and all the stomach aches, we finally beat the Yankees. We went crazy. When we lost, in 1976, it was tough. When we lost in 1977, it was tougher. When we lost the third time, it was the toughest.
"We finally did it, but after the celebration was over, we found out it wasn't the World Series. There's got to be a loser and it's us. We're disappointed, but it was a lot of fun."
UNLIKE THE' bitter weeping apparent after the three consecutive losses to the Yankees during the 1970s, most of the Royals quietly took their defeat without a great outpouring of emotion.
They squandered leads to lose the first two games at the Vet, before returning for two victories at Royals Stadium. Sunday, Philly's "Comeback Kids" burned the Royals again in Game 5. Last night, Steve Carlton overpowered Kansas City for seven innings. The Royals had splendid scoring opportunities in both the eighth and ninth innings but, like they had throughout the World Series, they could not produce the crucial play when it mattered most. Still, they didn't drown reporters with tears.
"You can't die with this," said second baseman Frank White, who continued his outstanding defensive play, but hit a miserable 2-for-25. "We scored enough runs, but we just didn't hold the lead. We had a great time. Why should I be crushed? I thought, overall, we outplayed them in the first five games."
"You get crushed in. the playoffs because everything you've done seems like it doesn't matter," said designated hitter Hal McRae.
"IT'S KIND OF an empty feeling," said John Wathan. "But the Phillies went through the exact same thing we did. We're still one of the best two teams in baseball and that's more than 24 others can say."
There was no team cry-in last night, but they were not Team Joy either. In fact, in some cases there was bitterness. Some Royals were not particularly happy with Manager Jim Frey's moves during the Series. There was some grumbling after Jose Cardenal was left in to hit (instead of Wathan) in Game 5, and struck out to kill a ninth-inning rally. Pete LaCock, a good fielder, was not used in his normal role as defensive replacement for Willie Aikens. Paul Splittorff, a wily veteran, never earned a start. Although Splittorff is a lefty, the Phils have had problems with pitchers who mix their pitches well. Instead, Frey used only three starters and risked tired arms. The Royals' manager, however, wasn't shy about using Larry Gura, another lefty with a similar style to Splittorff. Many also felt relief pitcher Dan Quisenberry was called on too early in various games.
Some enjoyed outstanding Series at the plate: Amos Otis went 11-for-23 (.478); Aikens was 8-for-20 with four homers; Brett, who underwent minor surgery last Thursday, and McRae both hit .375. But others like Willie Wilson, White and Darrell Porter hit miserably.
Leftfielder Wilson, the fuse to the Royals' dynamite attack, hit .154 and struck out a World Series' record 12 times. After Tug McGraw struck him out for the final out of 1980, no man was more despondent than Wilson.
"GEORGE SAID it was fun? Well, it wasn't for me for the whole damn World Series," Wilson said. "All I hear is how the Royals lost because of Willie Wilson. Stop me and stop the Royals. There are 25 guys on this team and they got credit for winning. We got here and suddenly it's my fault. I've got feelings. I'm hurt. People are going to make me feel bad for the rest of my life.
"We gave them Game 2 and Game 5. We had a 4-0 lead in Game 1 and they took it away. Tonight was the only night they beat us. But I read and hear that it's all my fault. My mother in New Jersey reads, too. It hurt her."
Otis, meanwhile, was hitless in three trips last night, including a strikeout in the final inning. Still, one would think his tremendous Series hitting show would have redeemed the 34-year-old veteran for a mediocre season.
"There's probably no way I'll be back in center, field," said the 11-year veteran. "They've got a fast-moving star coming along (Wilson). They want to move me to left, and I haven't slowed down enough.
"I CAN VETO any trade, but I may well leave. And there probably will be a couple others – 30 or older. They want youth.
"We had the lead in the first five games and blew it. With crucial situations coming up, we didn't make the right decision. I won't call out anybody's name (Frey?). Maybe Kansas City is just a jinxed team. We still haven't won the big one."
Indeed, the Promised Land was not to be found in Philadelphia.
No joy in Wheatville
KANSAS CITY (AP) – It was all quiet on the Midwestern front late last night, as baseball fans here huddled sadly in bars and hotel lobbies after the Phillies defeated the Kansas City Royals, 4-1, to end the 1980 World Series in six games.
But Kansas City planned an upbeat reception for its baseball heroes today. City officials said they planned a ticker tape parade to honor the Royals, despite their loss to the Phillies.
Last night, fans in homes, taverns and restaurants throughout the city clung to their fading hopes as the Royals struggled through the sixth game.
About 250 people crowded into the lobby of the Crown Center Hotel to watch the game, their eyes glued to a four-by-five foot television screen amid rowdy yells and good-natured swearing.
"We might pull it out yet. But it's looking grimmer and grimmer," said Dennis Tercey, a bar porter, as the Phillies took a 4-0 lead into the eighth inning. His comments were interrupted by screams when Royals' third baseman George Brett singled in the top of the eighth.
"A lot of people will be disappointed (if they lose), but I think a lot of people will stay with them," said Tercey.
Another outspoken fan shouted, "I know we're going to win. I'm a Kansas Citian, and I know – I KNOW, we're going to do it. We're so mad now, we're gonna win. You mark my words."
Several people said they were just happy the Royals had made it to the World Series.
The fans remained supportive into the ninth inning. The Royals staged one final threat, loading the bases with one out and giving the fans cause for hope. But after Frank White popped up for the second out, and Willie Wilson struck out to end the Royals season, there were cries of anguish.
There was one more burst of cheering, though, when network reporters interviewed Royals' Manager Jim Frey.
"The Royals did a fantastic job, and nobody can take that away from them," said Brenda Tripp, a patron at one midtown Kansas City tavern. "The highlight was their three straight wins against the Yankees. The Series was anti-climactic."
At another midtown bar, Phil Corbett was angry. "Maybe Ewing Kauffman will spend some more money this year," he said. Corbett said he thought the Royals' owner needed to buy some better talent, instead of relying on trades with other teams.
But then he added, the Royals "did the best they could do."
Another fan, Dennis Dumovich launched into an analysis of what went wrong. "They should have started (Royals pitcher Paul) Splittorff in at least one of the games," he stressed. "But the Royals are still the best."
Police Officer Richard White called the Series an "uphill battle" for the Royals. "They had to fight for every game," he said.
The blare of automobile horns and screaming throngs that jammed Kansas City sidewalks after the Royals beat the Yankees in the American League playoffs were noticeably absent last night.
After the game, many fans slowly left eating and drinking establishments and started for home to Wait for next year.
SALUTE TO THE PHILS
The Phils' journey into the World Series In 1980 Is a feat to be remembered. The Courier-Post will help its readers keep that memory alive Tuesday with a special section to salute the Phillies. Every step taken by Dallas Green's team toward the National League title against Houston and the World Series Championship against Kansas City will be illustrated.
Green to decide future
By Rusty Pray of the Courier-Post
PHILADELPHIA – Sometime in the next few days, after the parades are finished and the blush of a world championship fades, Dallas Green and Paul Owens will meet to talk of the future.
And, there is a good chance they will not agree on exactly how to proceed. Green, who managed the Phillies to their first World Series triumph ever, would prefer not to return to the field job. Owens, the club's general manager, said last night he wants Green back and gave him a ringing endorsement.
"I've stated my preference. It's still there," said Green. "Nobody knows what I'm doing. I don't know. We have to sit down in a few days and decide. I'll do whatever they want to do, but I prefer not to manage."
"AS FAR AS I'm concerned he will (return)," said Owens. "In all sincerity, we haven't talked at all. I'm about three weeks behind in my work. I've got a general manager's meeting next Tuesday. Normally, by this time I'm eliminated and there's about seven clubs I'm zeroed in on. Right now, outside of a briefing I had yesterday afternoon with my two top field men, I don't have a thing going for me. I'm the most unprepared, general manager you ever saw."
Green, a 25-year veteran of the Phillies system, was named interim manager Aug. 31, 1979 to replace Danny Ozark. He then signed a one-year contract for the 1980 season. He has never said that he wanted to manage for any length of time.
"I'll tell you one thing," said Owens, "he's done one heckuva job through his own strength. And that's what I knew I had him down here for.”
"I've known Dallas Green for 25 years and I knew he was the type of man we had to have down there (managing the team). We played the best baseball anybody saw the last five weeks of the season. We weren't that good the first five months, but the last five weeks we were great.
"AND THAT was him (Green) coming through. He used everybody. He did it. He battled a little bit, but I think he came through. He had some trying moments, as we all know. But he never gave in. And I think finally his message got through."
Green had been director of minor leagues since June of 1972 for the Phillies before becoming a manager in their minor league system.
Phils-K.C. rewrite record book
PHILADELPHIA – Steve Carlton and Tug McGraw, who combined to shut down the Kansas City Royals, 4-1, in Veterans Stadium last night to give the Phillies their first World Championship, led a parade of new entries in the World Series record book.
Carlton, who won Game 2 as well as the sixth-game finale, became one of the many pitchers to sport a perfect 2-0 record in a six-game Series. No pitcher has posted three triumphs in a six-game Series, although many have done it in Series of other lengths.
McGraw, meanwhile, became the first pitcher to post two saves in a six-game Series since the current save rule was established in 1969. Pittsburgh's Kent Tekulve holds the all-time Series save mark of three, set last year.
AND, WHEN McGraw struck out Willie Wilson to end it all, it marked the 12th time that the Kansas City speedster had fanned during the Series, establishing a new all-time Series record. The previous mark of 11 was held jointly by Eddie Mathews of the 1958 Milwaukee Braves and Wayne Garrett of the 1973 New York Mets.
Other records abounded, as well. The Royals' Willie Aikens became the sixth player to hit four homers in one Series. Duke Snider did it twice, while Lou Gehrig, Babe Ruth, Hank Bauer and Gene Tenace all did it once. The Series high for homers is five by Reggie Jackson of the New York Yankees in 1977.
Dan Quisenberry of the Royals became the first relief pitcher to appear in every game of a six-game Series, breaking the mark of four appearances held by Larry Sherry and Gerry Staley. The all-time Series mark is seven appearances by Darold Knowles of the 1973 Oakland A's. Quisenberry also finished six games, tying Hugh Casey's all-time Series record.
Larry Bowa, the Phillies' 11-year veteran, set a new all-time Series record for shortstops by starting seven double plays. Phil Rizzuto of the 1951 Yankeesheld the old record of six.
BOWA ALSO tied a six-game Series record with three stolen bases, matching the mark set by the Chicago White Sox' Eddie Collins in 1917. Lou Brock holds the all-time mark of seven steals in one Series.
Kansas City's U.L. Washington joined Wes Westrum, Roy Campanella and Brooks Robinson as the only men to hit two sacrifice flies in one Series.
Jose Cardenal endured a record wait before getting into his first World Series. The Royals outfielder appeared in 18 major league seasons before participating in the Series, tying a record held by Washington pitching great Walter Johnson.
The Phillies and Royals combined for a total team batting average of .292, breaking the six-game Series record established in 1953, when the New York Yankees and Brooklyn Dodgers hit a combined .290. The all-time mark is .300, set by the Yankees, and Pittsburgh Pirates in I960.
WITH WILSON accounting for a dozen, the Royals struck out 49 times, tying the six-game Series mark held by the 1944 St. Louis Browns. The Oakland A's of 1973 hold the all-time Series record by fanning 62 times.
By contrast, Kansas City also drew a total of 26 walks, tying a six-game Series standard also held by the Yankees of 1936 and 1951. The Yanks walked 38 times in 1947 for the all-time mark.
Symbolizing their ultimate frustration, however, the Royals left 54 runners on base during the course of the Series, a new six-game record. The 1935 Detroit Tigers and 1944 St. Louis Cardinals shared the previous six-game mark with 51.
The combined total of 16 Series double plays, eight by each team, established a new six-game, standard.
THE PHILLIES used 10 pitchers, tying the six-game Series standard set by the 1953 Brooklyn Dodgers. The 1946 Boston Red Sox used an all-time Series record of 11 pitchers.
For only the fifth time in history, both clubs went through the entire Series without getting a complete game out of their pitching staffs. That hadn't occurred since 1974, when both the Oakland A's and Los Angeles Dodgers had to call on their bullpens in every game.
Philadelphia's Dallas Green became the first National League rookie manager to lead his club to the World Championship since Eddie Dyer did it with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1946. In the AL, Ralph Houk led the New York Yankees to a world title in 1961, his first year at the helm.
After a 50-year wait, the city of Philadelphia could finally claim baseball's World Championship. The last Philadelphia-based team to win the title was the Connie Mack-led Athletics df 1930, who beat the St. Louis Cardinals in a six-game Series. Ironically, the Athletics moved to Kansas City for the 1955 season.
THE PHILLIES won their title before 65,838 fans, the largest crowd in Pennsylvania baseball history. The old mark of 65,791 was se in. the first game of this year's Series.
It was the first time the National League triumphed in a six-game Series since 1959, when the Los Angeles Dodgers topped the Chicago White Sox.
Philly’s finest keep it orderly
PHILADELPHIA – You've heard of "Angels in the Outfield?"
This was "Animals in the Infield."
It started in the seventh inning last night when nine horses with policemen in the saddle galloped across the warning track in Veterans Stadium.
Then, with two out in the ninth and an 0-2 count on Kansas City leftfielder Willie Wilson, the canine patrol arrived and positioned their German Shepherds just off the first and third base foul lines and on top of the dugouts.
SECONDS BEFORE Phillies' ace reliever Tug McGraw struck out Wilson to end the game and win the 1980 World Series, a wall of leather-jacketed, helmeted policemen stood poised in front of the stands.
When it was over and the fireworks boomed above, the horses, who had galloped by in the seventh inning, settled in around the bases.
Now who would brave all that just to cut up a piece of artificial turf as a memento? Only one or two souls made a dash for the field and they didn't get very far.
It was an unprecedented show of security for a World Series by a police force that was concerned with containing the postgame celebration.
And it worked. Except for some manure, the field was unscathed. There wasn't even any trash op it.
THE TONE THAT was set inside the ballpark by the contingent of policemen, horses, and dogs apparently helped keep the lid on antics outside the stadium, too.
Jubilant fans, many young and intoxicated, danced and screamed in parking lots, hopped on car roofs and hung out open car windows as traffic slowly threaded its way out the stadium area.
Despite the blare of honking car horns and the fans' yelps on the street, the whooping was pretty tame.
"I'd give them an 'A’ right now for behavior," said Police Officer Raymond Naphys, as he watched a procession of cars honk their way down Pattison Avenue.
Video stars in World Series telecast
By Fred Rothenberg, Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA – There was much more good than bad but NBCs coverage of the final game of the World Series last night was somewhat inconsistent, particularly in Philadelphia's decisive third inning.
One of the game's key plays came when Kansas City shortstop U.L. Washington missed second base on Lonnie Smith's fieider's choice ground ball.
After fishing for the right replay, the left field camera captured Washington leaving the bag too soon. Fine shot. Error shortstop.
However, the official scorer then changed his decision, blaming Frank White Tor the throw that pulled Washington off the bag. Error second baseman. But we never saw the throw again on replay. Error NBC.
Pete Rose, the next batter up, dropped a beautiful bunt from the left side, which pitcher Rich Gale didn't field.
Tony Kubek: "Gale froze."
Tom Seaver: "That's the pitcher's responsibility . He should be breaking toward third."
Joe Garagiola: "Rose had only four sacrifice bunts all year."
Triple play for NBC.
Mike Schmidt then singled in two runs that keyed Philadelphia's final-game victory over Kansas City, 4-1.
In the early innings, there were several discussions in the broadcast booth about a possible balk move by Steve Carlton, Did his foot move toward first on the pickoff, as it's supposed to, or did it start toward home?
Apparently the National League umps are more lenient about this than the American Leaguers. Garagiola said it was significant that the AL's Nick Bremigaii was working home plate. Actually, it was the first base ump, the NL's Harry Wendelstedt who would have made the call on a balk.
Kubek called it a flat-out balk. This is one case where director i Harry Coyle's picture didn't keep pace with the commentary. Here we should have seen isolated shots of Carlton's feet. Was it or was it not a balk?
Overall, like Philadelphia catcher Bob Boone, Coyle called another great game. His baseball instincts are unmatched in the industry.
Examples: In the fifth inning, the center field camera focused on Carlton pitching to John Wathan, who lined a single up the middle. Most directors would have punched up the home plate camera, but Coyle stayed on the ball and rode into center field.
As soon as Jose Cardenal singled in the eighth, Coyle zoomed in on Phillies Manager Dallas Green. As if on cue, Green moved from the top step. We knew Carlton was gone because Coyle then zeroed in on Tug McGraw waiting and then moving in from the bullpen.
We still don't think NBCs announcers filled the significant human drama that well. Without Howard Cosellian bombast, they still could have done more in the ninth with Willie Wilson, he of the then 11 strikeouts, batting with the bases loaded and two outs and facing McGraw, who had been lighting his own fires before putting them out.
Credit should go to Garagiola, who had the great sense to keep quiet for more than a minute as the cameras rolled over the Philadelphia players' and fans' victory celebration.
But NBC, did we really need your promo for the nightly news, David Brinkley and Roger Mudd at the top of the ninth? Couldn't you have squeezed it in earlier?
And was it necessary for our final remembrance from NBC's World Series broadcast to be a plug for an upcoming segment of "Games People Play"?
Promos aside, we will remember NBCs overall fine coverage for Coyle's excellence in the truck, the meshing and baseball savvy of Garagiola-Seaver-Kubek and the brilliant work of Bryant Gumbel.
Phils-Kansas City break TV records
NEW YORK (AP) – The first three games of the World Series, all in prime time on NBC, set records for average ratings and homes, according to Nielsen figures released yesterday.
The Phillies-Kansas City games Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday nights averaged a 33.1 rating, meaning 33.1 of the nation's sets, or 25,750,000 homes, were watching.
The record was NBCs broadcast of the first three games of the '78 series between Los Angeles and the New York Yankees, which averaged a 32.8 rating and 24,440,000 homes.
NBC research estimated that 105 million people had watched some part of the first five games.