Philadelphia Inquirer - November 20, 1980

Sixth game of World Series:  A Second look, with feeling

 

By Harry Harris, Inquirer TV Writer

 

Harry Kalas, Richie Ashburn and Andy Musser will be convening at Channel 17 today to record their first play-by-play comments while taking a second look at the climactic sixth game of the World Series.

 

The 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals that brought the Phillies their first world championship, played at Veterans Stadium on Oct. 21, will be rerun in its entirety on Channel 17 at 8 p.m. tomorrow.

 

Kalas & Co., who provided vocal accompaniment to Channel 17's Philliescasts during the regular season and during the National League playoffs with the Houston Astros concurrently aired by ABC on Channel 6, were silenced during the World Series. In accordance with NBC's World Series pact, the Phillies station could serve only as a conduit for the network's telecasts, including commercials, exactly as seen and heard on Channel 3.

 

This is the second time that Channel 17 will be adding its own after-the-fact words to Phillies pictures from another source.

 

On June 7, 1979, the station presented a prime-time encore of the "shootout in Chicago" – the 10-inning May 17, 1979, game in which the Phillies topped the Cubs 23-22.

 

 

On that occasion, an entirely new sound track – including phony crowd reaction – had to be added to the tape from WGN-TV, Chicago. For tomorrow's "reconstruction," NBC has provided a tape that omits the network commentary but retains the actual sound of Phillies fans flipping.

Saucier sent to Rangers in Lyle deal

 

The Phillies sent lefthanded relief pitcher Kevin Saucier to the Texas Rangers yesterday as the player to be named later in the Sept. 13 deal that brought them Sparky Lyle.

 

"We hated to lose Kevin," said Phils' general manager Paul Owens. "But Texas said they needed a lefthander to replace Lyle. Sparky was a big help for us down the stretch and will be an integral part of the bullpen for us for a couple of years."

 

Saucier, 24, was the Phils No. 2 selection in the 1974 draft. He was 7-3 with a 3.42 earned-run average in 40 relief appearances last year, his first full season with the club. Saucier allowed 50 hits in 50 innings while striking out 25 and walking 20.

 

Lyle, 36, appeared in 10 games with the Phillies last year, compiling an 0-0 record and a 1.93 ERA, with two saves.

 

Eddie Robinson, executive vice president of the Rangers, said, "Saucier challenges the hitters. He's a good competitor – very aggressive – and should be a valuable addition to our bullpen."

 

In other moves, concerning last week's winter re-entry draft, Owens said he has talked to only one agent.

 

"Jim Bunning, who represents Jim Dwyer, called and will get back to us later," Owens said. "I'm expecting to hear from the other four we drafted plus Tug McGraw and Del Unser within the next seven days."

 

 

Owens also announced that pitcher Jim Wright has been assigned to Oklahoma City and that outfielder Alejandro Sanchez, 21, has taken his spot on the roster.

Sports People

 

No field, good act

 

Students at a middle school In Reno, Nev., were expecting to hear a talk by Phillies outfielder Lonnie Smith Tuesday, but the guest of honor beat a hasty retreat when he learned that reporters were going to be present.

 

The reason for his departure became clear when a call to Spartanburg, S.C, revealed that the real Lonnie Smith was relaxing at home.

 

"I've never been to Reno in my life,".Smith said. "I've been in Spartanburg since the Series."

 

Phillies publicity director Larry Shenk said, "These things happen all the time. Last year, we had somebody walking around saying he was Mike Schmidt. A few years ago, somebody said he was Steve Carlton."

 

The man who passed himself off as Smith was scheduled to speak on "Motivation and What It Takes to be a Professional Athlete."

 

This was the year

 

"The Phillies will be a contending ball club the next four or five years," general manager Paul Owens told the Television, Radio and Advertising Club of Philadelphia at the Franklin Plaza. But will they ever match the effort of this year's championship team?

 

Manager Dallas Green told the group that, "In five months we did what hadn't been accomplished in 97 years.... Probably no other team in the history of baseball played better. I waited 25 years to see it."

 

 

Even bullpen hero Tug McGraw seemed to realize that he was in a once-in-a-lifetime situation. According to executive vice president Bill Giles, "Tug said to me after the third game 'I'm going after a three- or four-year contract. If I were you, I wouldn't give it to me. I'll never be this good again.'"