1987 World Series Replay – Game One

1987 World SeriesFrom time to time, I like to replay World Series of the past using the APBA Baseball Game I played a lot as a teenager. I’ve previously done the 1953, 1982 and 1984 (with the Cubs playing the Tigers) series, and am adding a twist to this one: The St. Louis Cardinals were missing slugger Jack Clark (who’d been out with an ankle injury most of the time since early September) and got only spot duty from thirdbaseman Terry Pendleton (who pulled a ribcage muscle in the seventh game of the NLCS). In this replay, both will be fit and ready for action. In real life, the home team won every game of the 1987 World Series, with the Minnesota Twins capturing the last two at home in the Metrodome to win their first championship. The Game One story is after the jump.

Viola Strings Together Nine Shutout Innings, Twins Win Game One

MINNEAPOLIS (October 17, 1987) – Frank Viola pitched a three-hit shutout and Gary Gaetti’s three-run home run broke open a tight game in the seventh inning as the Minnesota Twins took the first game of the 1987 World Series, 5-0 over the St. Louis Cardinals at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on Saturday night.

Viola, who went 17-10 during the regular season and Game Four of the American League Championship Series, pitched out of a jam in the first, then cruised the rest of the way, allowing only two Cardinal runners to reach second base in a dominant performance.

Terry Pendleton had two of the Cardinals’ three hits, but was caught stealing for the final out of the fourth after a single to right, and was erased in a double play to end the seventh.

Kent Hrbek’s sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fourth plated Gaetti with the Series’ first run, and Don Baylor added a home run to right in the sixth off Cardinal starter Joe Magrane to double the lead to 2-0.

The seventh proved to be the undoing for Magrane and the National League champions. After retiring Tim Laudner and Dan Gladden on fly balls to start the inning, the lefthander hung a curve ball that Greg Gagne launched into the left center field corner and off the wall. By the time the ball had finished caroming around the Metrodome outfield, Gagne was on third with a standup triple. Manger Whitey Herzog opted to intentionally walk Kirby Puckett, but Gaetti made him pay for the move by drilling a home run over the wall in left field for what turned out to be the final margin.

Jack Clark, who had missed most of the last month of the season with an ankle injury that limited him to one at bat in the NLCS, pronounced himself fit and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a strikeout.

After winning both of his ALCS starts against Detroit, Bert Blyleven will start Game Two Sunday night against 11-game-winner Danny Cox.


St. Louis......AB..R..H..BI    Minnesota.......AB..R..H..BI
Coleman lf......4..0..0..0     Gladden lf.......3..0..1..0
Smith ss........3..0..1..0     Gagne ss.........3..1..1..0
Herr 2b.........2..0..0..0     Puckett cf.......3..1..1..0
Clark 1b........3..0..0..0     Gaetti 3b........4..2..2..3
McGee cf........4..0..0..0     Baylor dh........4..1..2..1
Pendleton 3b....4..0..2..0     Brunansky rf.....4..0..0..0
Lindeman rf.....2..0..0..0     Hrbek 1b.........3..0..0..1
 Oquendo ph-rf..1..0..0..0     Lombardozzi 2b...4..0..0..0
Pagnozzi dh.....2..0..0..0     Laudner c........2..0..0..0
 Lake ph-dh.....1..0..0..0
Pena c..........3..0..0..0
TOTALS.........29..0..3..0     TOTALS..........30..5..7..5

St. Louis.......000 000 000 - 0 3 0
Minnesota.......000 101 30x - 5 7 1

DP - Minnesota 1. LOB - St. Louis 6, Minnesota 5
E - Gagne
2B - Smith
3B - Gagne
HR - Baylor, Gaetti
SB - Gladden
CS - Pendleton
SF - Hrbek

St. Louis...........IP...H...R..ER..BB..SO
Magrane (L 0-1)....6.2...7...5...5...4...7
Dawley.............1.1...0...0...0...0...0

Minnesota...........IP...H...R..ER..BB..SO
Viola (W 1-0)......9.0...3...0...0...4...5

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2 Responses to “1987 World Series Replay – Game One”

  1. Matthew Cuber Says:

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  2. admin Says:

    And *I* think it’s funny that you showed up here on the very day I said that there.

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    It is, of course, bullshit.

    My life is fine, thanks. And I have no need of luck for the website, because I am not making money off it, have no intention of or desire to, don’t care about traffic and don’t use it for anything but to store information I think should be written down somewhere for posterity or to write about stuff that interests me.

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