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This Day in Baseball - The Daily Rewind


This podcast is for the baseball fan with a curious mind. We bring you one event from each day in the calendar and go well beyond the box score. Our stories are brief and fun and come with some surprises.

Oct 12, 2020

On October 12, 1971 The Baltimore Orioles took the first games of the World Series out scoring the Pittsburgh Pirates 16-6. Game 3 shifted to Three Rivers Stadium and with Steve Blass available, The Pirates were up 2-1 in the Bottom of the 7th as Frank Robinson had just homered to make it a one run game for the Orioles. But The big blow was about to be provided by  Bob Robertson, Robertson had hit 53 homeruns over the past 2 seasons and drove in 150+ runs in less than full time duty

slammed a three-run home run in the seventh off starter Mike Cuellar—after missing the bunt sign.

Manager Danny Murtaugh issued the sign to Robertson, who had no sacrifice bunts on the season. Television replays showed Roberto Clemente, who was on second base, appearing to call a timeout, but Cuellar was already in his windup at the time. Blass was sitting next to Murtaugh in the dugout at the time, and told the Pirate manager: "If you fine him (Robertson, for missing the bunt sign), I'll pay." Murtaugh didn't. 

Check out the 1971 World Series and the radio broadcasts - 

https://youtu.be/CATCZh8jM7M