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WHAT’S IMPORTANT IN AMERICA? A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION? THE DEFICIT? NAH, IT’S NFL FOOTBALL. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT IN THE LAND OF SNOOKY AND HONEY BOO BOO?? …IT WAS 52 YEARS TODAY, IN THE GLOAMING AT FENWAY PARK, THAT THE PLANET SAW THE BUILDUP OF HISTORY

By DAN VALENTI

PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary

(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, 2012) — The United States of Snooky and Honey Boo Boo, now in the midst of a presidential election, can offer any large number of cases in point to prove the vacuous country’s lack of values and priorities.

The most important issue of the day on Tuesday wasn’t the presidential election. It was not hunger and joblessness in America. It wasn’t government corruption at every level, that each year wasted trillions in taxpayer money. It wasn’t the deficit or terrorism.

Nope, it wasn’t anything like that.

The most important issue in America, as measured by Internet traffic, was the outcome of the Green Bay Packers-Seattle Seahawks game Monday night. The game ended with a controversial (and blown) call made by the inept substitute NFL refs, who ruled the final play a touchdown for Seattle. The replays showed the TD catch in the end zone by a Seattle receiver had occurred only after the receiver had committed a blatant interference penalty. The penalty wasn’t called. The call stood, even though the Green Bay defender had most of the ball, and it should have been ruled an interception.

Now why should the issue almost cause the Internet to melt down on Tuesday? In the word, the answer is gambling. As we all know by the illegal football cards that are available ever Tuesday at barroom and country clubs throughout Pittsfield and Berkshire County, betting on football is “for entertainment purposes only.” Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.

The Springfield mob prints the cards with the Vegas line and ships the cards to Berkshire County. Its local runners distribute them to the local taverns and social clubs, criminal activity all. The cops know about it, of course, which means it gets easily and conveniently overlooked. The process is repeated in barrooms and clubs across the country.

Follow the Money

According to Reuters, gamblers waged about $400 million on the game on the sports book in Las Vegas. Total betting on this one game was estimated at $1 billion. R. J. Bell, CEO if pregame.com, a company that  reports on sports betting, confirmed the figures. Gamblers put about about 1/3 of the money on the Packers, who gave up points. The blown call translates into $750 million changing hands in one instant, going from bettors to the bookies.

Prior to the Hail Mary pass into the end zone on the final play, the Packers held a 12-7 lead, covering on the spread. Had the right call been made, the $750 would have been in the pockets of  those who wagered. Their sense of outrage lit the Internet on fire, and many sports sites reported record traffic. This tells THE PLANET, incidentally, that the NFL-referees situation will be settled shortly, and the action will come mainly from pressure being put on the league by mobsters, bookies, wise guys, gamblers — anyone, actually, involved anywhere on the mostly illegal food chain that comprises NFL wagering.

From Reuters: “The NFL acknowledged on Tuesday that referees missed a clear penalty against the Seattle receiver that should have ended the game. The league said, however, that it supported the result of the video review and that Seattle’s victory was final.”

The outburst from gamblers got the NFL’s attention like nothing else had been able to do.

Wink, wink. Nudge, nudge.

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TWO SCORE AND 12 AGO, THE PLANET HAD A PENULTIMATE ‘SPLINTER’ EXPERIENCE

Exactly 52 years ago today, THE PLANET, then all of eight years old, watched the Baltimore Orioles defeat the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park by the ignominious score of 17-3.

The day was significant for these reasons:

(1) It was the first game we saw in person at Fenway Park.

(2) It was the penultimate game of Ted Williams‘ career.

TEDDY BALLGAME

We went on to see many other games at the “lyric little bandbox of a park,” and later, in our days as a baseball writer, got to meet Ted Williams. Nothing tops the thrill, though, of looking back in memory and recalling the dank, overcast September day,one shared with my Dad and brothers. The following day, of course, Williams would hit a home run the last time up in his storied career, one of the grand moments in baseball history that still gets mention to this day.

A Day Late But Still on Time

Missing history by one day has a tantalizing aspect to it, kind of like all the ships who passed by the iceberg that the following night would sink Titanic. It’s as if the pending moment, in the process of building, conveys something to the atmosphere before it actually arrives. We say this, because we can still remember walking up the ramp from underneath the grandstand to the box seats on the first base side, back of the Red Sox dugout, and feeling something akin to static electricity in the air.

At our first glimpse of the field, we saw the Red Sox in their dazzling, crisp home white uniforms warming up. The overcast day gave the unis a brilliance the sun would have washed out, like turning on a flashlight in the daytime. The grass, as it always does to any kid seeing a major league game (this was our fifth; the first four were at Yankee Stadium), seemed impossibly green, in a hue we call Oz Emerald. The air had a buzz to it, probably from the pre-game chit-chatting of the small crowd and the organ playing of John Kiley. Still, we like to think it was some kind of crackling psychic residue building up for the next day, when, in the 8th inning, Williams clocked a Jack Fisher fastball into the Boston bullpen. That shall be our explanation, anyway.

Here, courtesy of baseball reference, is everything you could possible want to know statistically about that day, one that continues to have so much personal resonance.

Tuesday, September 27, 1960,
, Fenway Park
Attendance: 5,840, Time of Game: 3:01
                1  2  3   4  5  6   7  8  9    R H E
                -  -  -   -  -  -   -  -  -    -  -  -
Orioles         2  4  0   4  3  1   2  1  0 17 18 0
Red Sox         0  0  0   1  0  0   0  1  1 3 13 3

Baltimore Orioles

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Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
Jackie Brandt CF-RF-CF 4 3 2 3 1 1 .259 .738 0.142 0.29 0.146 -0.004 2.3 2 0 HR,SF
Albie Pearson RF 1 1 1 0 0 0 .244 .675 0.054 1.44 0.054 0.000 0.6 0 0
   Dave Nicholson PH-RF-LF-RF 3 3 2 0 2 1 .186 .653 0.028 0.12 0.028 0.000 1.9 1 1
Gene Woodling LF 2 0 1 0 1 0 .283 .815 0.007 0.75 0.012 -0.005 0.5 0 0
   Jim Busby PR-CF 0 2 0 0 1 0 .252 .647 0.001 0.04 0.001 0.000 0.8 2 0
   Ray Barker PH-LF 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 -0.5 0 0
Jim Gentile 1B 6 0 3 5 0 1 .294 .911 0.104 0.40 0.111 -0.007 2.3 9 0 2B
Brooks Robinson 3B 5 2 1 0 1 0 .293 .768 -0.017 0.12 0.001 -0.018 -1.1 2 3
Ron Hansen SS 4 2 1 3 2 0 .255 .790 -0.020 0.15 0.002 -0.022 2.5 3 4 HR
Gus Triandos C 5 1 2 3 0 2 .264 .748 0.098 0.18 0.101 -0.003 1.5 3 0 HR,GDP
   Clint Courtney C 1 0 1 0 0 0 .227 .641 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.2 2 0
Marv Breeding 2B 3 1 2 1 0 0 .268 .652 0.034 0.17 0.034 0.000 1.7 0 2 2·2B
   Jerry Adair 2B 3 1 1 1 0 0 .250 1.250 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.3 3 4 HR
Hal Brown P 4 0 0 0 0 1 .182 .548 -0.029 0.25 0.000 -0.029 -1.5 0 1
   Bob Boyd PH 1 1 1 0 0 0 .321 .800 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.7 3B
   Gordon Jones P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .800 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
Team Totals 44 17 18 16 8 7 .409 1.286 0.402 0.23 0.490 -0.088 12.5 27 15
2B: M Breeding 2 (25, 1 off D Hillman, 1 off A Earley); J Gentile (17, off I Delock).
3B: B Boyd (2, off J Casale).
HR: J Adair (1, off T Sturdivant; 6th inn, 0 on, 0 outs to Deep LF); R Hansen (22, off T Sturdivant; 7th inn, 1 on, 2 outs); G Triandos (11, off I Delock; 2nd inn, 0 on, 1 out to Deep LF-CF); J Brandt (14, off I Delock; 2nd inn, 1 on, 2 outs to Deep LF).
SF: J Brandt (6, off J Casale).
TB: J Brandt 5; G Triandos 5; J Gentile 4; J Adair 4; R Hansen 4; M Breeding 4; B Boyd 3; D Nicholson 2; B Robinson; A Pearson; C Courtney; G Woodling.
GIDP: G Triandos (11).
RBI: J Gentile 5 (97); G Triandos 3 (52); J Brandt 3 (64); R Hansen 3 (85); J Adair (1); M Breeding (43).
2-out RBI: G Triandos 2; R Hansen 2; J Brandt 2; M Breeding; J Gentile.
Team LOB: 9.
With RISP: 6 for 16.
Fielding
DP: 2. R Hansen-J Adair-J Gentile 2.
Outfield Assists: D Nicholson (D Gile at 3rd base).

Boston Red Sox

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Batting AB R H RBI BB SO BA OPS WPA aLI WPA+ WPA- RE24 PO A
Pumpsie Green SS 4 0 1 0 1 0 .232 .662 -0.006 0.25 0.018 -0.024 -0.1 0 3 SB
Willie Tasby CF 5 0 2 0 0 0 .270 .728 -0.032 0.25 0.001 -0.032 0.1 4 1
Ted Williams LF 2 0 0 0 1 0 .316 1.089 -0.022 0.28 0.001 -0.022 -0.3 0 0
   Tom Sturdivant P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .182 .356 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
   Frank Malzone PH 1 0 0 0 0 0 .274 .720 -0.001 0.04 0.000 -0.001 -1.2 GDP
   Jerry Casale P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .658 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
   Carroll Hardy PH 1 1 0 0 0 0 .229 .633 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 -0.3
Vic Wertz 1B 2 0 2 0 0 0 .280 .793 0.031 0.25 0.031 0.000 1.0 4 1 2B
   Don Gile PR-1B 3 2 2 2 0 0 .190 .538 -0.001 0.01 0.000 -0.001 1.3 3 0 HR,2B
Russ Nixon C 4 0 3 0 0 0 .284 .738 -0.015 0.21 0.007 -0.021 0.9 8 0
Lou Clinton RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 .230 .672 -0.028 0.21 0.000 -0.028 -2.2 4 0 GDP
Pete Runnels 2B 3 0 1 1 1 0 .317 .789 0.010 0.14 0.010 -0.001 0.4 1 1
Marlan Coughtry 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 .091 .322 -0.022 0.21 0.000 -0.022 -0.6 2 3
Ike Delock P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .116 .233 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 1 0
   Arnold Earley P 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 -0.011 0.42 0.000 -0.011 -0.2 0 0
   Dave Hillman P 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .143 0.000 0.00 0.000 0.000 0.0 0 0
   Rip Repulski PH-LF 3 0 1 0 0 1 .243 .652 0.001 0.01 0.001 0.000 -0.4 0 0
Team Totals 37 3 13 3 3 4 .351 .886 -0.096 0.19 0.069 -0.163 -1.5 27 9
2B: D Gile (1, off G Jones); V Wertz (21, off H Brown).
HR: D Gile (1, off G Jones; 8th inn, 0 on, 0 outs).
TB: D Gile 6; V Wertz 3; R Nixon 3; W Tasby 2; M Coughtry; P Green; R Repulski; P Runnels.
GIDP: L Clinton (12); F Malzone (19).
RBI: D Gile 2 (5); P Runnels (33).
2-out RBI: D Gile; P Runnels.
Team LOB: 10.
With RISP: 1 for 10.
Fielding
DP: 1. P Green-P Runnels-D Gile.
E: M Coughtry 3 (4).
Outfield Assists: W Tasby (J Gentile at 3rd base).
Baserunning
SB: P Green (2, 2nd base off H Brown/G Triandos).

Baltimore Orioles

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Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Hal Brown, W (12-5) 7 8 1 1 3 3 0 3.06 30 57 0.096 0.25 2.5
Gordon Jones, S (2) 2 5 2 2 0 1 1 4.42 10 0 0 0.000 0.00 -1.0
Team Totals 9 13 3 3 3 4 1 3.00 40 57 0 0 0.096 0.23 1.5

Boston Red Sox

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Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Ike Delock, L (9-10) 1.2 4 5 3 1 0 2 4.80 10 30 -0.332 0.90 -4.1
Arnold Earley 2 5 5 4 4 3 0 18.00 15 0 0 -0.064 0.21 -3.4
Dave Hillman 1.1 4 3 3 1 1 0 5.59 9 2 1 -0.008 0.02 -3.0
Tom Sturdivant 2 3 3 3 0 3 2 4.97 9 0 0 0.000 0.00 -2.0
Jerry Casale 2 2 1 1 2 0 0 6.50 10 0 0 0.000 0.00 0.0
Team Totals 9 18 17 14 8 7 4 14.00 53 30 2 1 -0.404 0.19 -12.5
Balks: None.
WP: H Brown (3); A Earley 2 (2).
HBP: None.
IBB: None.
Pickoffs: None.

Other Info

Umpires: HP – Cal Drummond, 1B – Eddie Hurley, 2B – John Rice, 3B – Johnny Stevens.
Time of Game: 3:01.
Attendance: 5,840.
Field Condition: Unknown.
Start Time Weather: Unknown.

Starting Lineups

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Inn Score Out RoB Pit(cnt) R/O @Bat Batter Pitcher wWPA wWE Play Description
t2 3-0 2 -2- RR BAL J. Brandt I. Delock 11% 88% Home Run (Deep LF); Breeding Scores/unER; Brandt Scores/unER
t2 2-0 1 R BAL G. Triandos I. Delock 8% 77% Home Run (Deep LF-CF)
t1 0-0 1 -23 RRO BAL J. Gentile I. Delock 7% 66% Double to CF; Brandt Scores; Pearson Scores; Gentile out at 3B/CF-SS-3B
t1 0-0 0 1– BAL A. Pearson I. Delock 5% 59% Single; Brandt to 2B
t2 5-0 2 12- R BAL J. Gentile A. Earley 4% 93% Single to RF; Nicholson Scores/unER; Woodling to 2B

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Inn Score Out RoB Pit(cnt) R/O @Bat Batter Pitcher wWPA wWE Play Description
Top of the 1st, Orioles Batting, Tied 0-0, Red Sox’ Ike Delock facing 1-2-3
t1 0-0 0 BAL J. Brandt I. Delock 4% 54% Walk
t1 0-0 0 1– BAL A. Pearson I. Delock 5% 59% Single; Brandt to 2B
t1 0-0 0 12- O BAL G. Woodling I. Delock -0% 59% Groundout: 1B-P; Brandt to 3B; Pearson to 2B
t1 0-0 1 -23 RRO BAL J. Gentile I. Delock 7% 66% Double to CF; Brandt Scores; Pearson Scores; Gentile out at 3B/CF-SS-3B
t1 2-0 2 O BAL B. Robinson I. Delock -1% 65% Groundout: SS-1B
2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Orioles 2, Red Sox 0.
Bottom of the 1st, Red Sox Batting, Behind 0-2, Orioles’ Hal Brown facing 1-2-3
b1 0-2 0 O BOS P. Green H. Brown 2% 67% Groundout: 2B-1B
b1 0-2 1 O BOS W. Tasby H. Brown 2% 69% Groundout: SS-1B
b1 0-2 2 O BOS T. Williams H. Brown 1% 70% Groundout: 2B-1B
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Orioles 2, Red Sox 0.
Top of the 2nd, Orioles Batting, Ahead 2-0, Red Sox’ Ike Delock facing 6-7-8
t2 2-0 0 O BAL R. Hansen I. Delock -2% 68% Groundout: 3B-1B
t2 2-0 1 R BAL G. Triandos I. Delock 8% 77% Home Run (Deep LF-CF)
t2 3-0 1 BAL M. Breeding I. Delock 3% 79% Reached on E5 (throw) (Ground Ball); Breeding to 2B
t2 3-0 1 -2- O BAL H. Brown I. Delock -2% 77% Groundout: 3B-1B; Breeding stays at 2B
t2 3-0 2 -2- RR BAL J. Brandt I. Delock 11% 88% Home Run (Deep LF); Breeding Scores/unER; Brandt Scores/unER
Arnold Earley replaces Ike Delock pitching and batting 9th
Dave Nicholson pinch hits for Albie Pearson (RF) batting 2nd
t2 5-0 2 BAL D. Nicholson A. Earley 0% 89% Walk
t2 5-0 2 1– BAL G. Woodling A. Earley 1% 89% Walk; Nicholson to 2B
t2 5-0 2 12- R BAL J. Gentile A. Earley 4% 93% Single to RF; Nicholson Scores/unER; Woodling to 2B
t2 6-0 2 12- O BAL B. Robinson A. Earley -1% 92% Flyball: RF
4 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB. Orioles 6, Red Sox 0.
Bottom of the 2nd, Red Sox Batting, Behind 0-6, Orioles’ Hal Brown facing 4-5-6
Dave Nicholson moves from PH to RF
b2 0-6 0 BOS V. Wertz H. Brown -3% 89% Double to LF
b2 0-6 0 -2- O BOS R. Nixon H. Brown 2% 91% Groundout: 3B-1B; Wertz stays at 2B
b2 0-6 1 -2- O BOS L. Clinton H. Brown 2% 93% Flyball: CF
b2 0-6 2 -2- BOS P. Runnels H. Brown -1% 92% Walk
b2 0-6 2 12- O BOS M. Coughtry H. Brown 2% 94% Groundout: P-1B
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Orioles 6, Red Sox 0.
Top of the 3rd, Orioles Batting, Ahead 6-0, Red Sox’ Arnold Earley facing 6-7-8
t3 6-0 0 O BAL R. Hansen A. Earley -0% 94% Foul Flyball: 1B
t3 6-0 1 O BAL G. Triandos A. Earley -0% 93% Strikeout
t3 6-0 2 BAL M. Breeding A. Earley 0% 94% Double to LF
t3 6-0 2 -2- O BAL H. Brown A. Earley -1% 93% Flyball: CF
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Orioles 6, Red Sox 0.
Bottom of the 3rd, Red Sox Batting, Behind 0-6, Orioles’ Hal Brown facing 9-1-2
b3 0-6 0 O BOS A. Earley H. Brown 1% 94% Strikeout
b3 0-6 1 BOS P. Green H. Brown -1% 93% Single to CF
b3 0-6 1 1– BOS W. Tasby H. Brown -1% 92% Wild Pitch; Green to 2B
b3 0-6 1 -2- O BOS W. Tasby H. Brown 2% 94% Popfly: C
b3 0-6 2 -2- O BOS T. Williams H. Brown 1% 95% Popfly: SS
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Orioles 6, Red Sox 0.
Top of the 4th, Orioles Batting, Ahead 6-0, Red Sox’ Arnold Earley facing 1-2-3
t4 6-0 0 O BAL J. Brandt A. Earley -0% 95% Strikeout
t4 6-0 1 BAL D. Nicholson A. Earley 0% 95% Single to LF
t4 6-0 1 1– BAL G. Woodling A. Earley 1% 96% Single to CF; Nicholson to 2B
Jim Busby pinch runs for Gene Woodling (LF) batting 3rd
t4 6-0 1 12- O BAL J. Gentile A. Earley -1% 95% Strikeout
t4 6-0 2 12- BAL B. Robinson A. Earley 0% 95% Wild Pitch; Nicholson to 3B; Busby to 2B
t4 6-0 2 -23 R BAL B. Robinson A. Earley 2% 97% Wild Pitch; Nicholson Scores/No RBI; Busby to 3B
t4 7-0 2 –3 BAL B. Robinson A. Earley 0% 97% Walk
t4 7-0 2 1-3 BAL R. Hansen A. Earley 0% 97% Walk; Robinson to 2B
t4 7-0 2 123 RR BAL G. Triandos A. Earley 2% 99% Single to CF; Busby Scores; Robinson Scores; Hansen to 3B
Dave Hillman replaces Arnold Earley pitching and batting 9th
t4 9-0 2 1-3 R BAL M. Breeding D. Hillman 0% 99% Double to LF; Hansen Scores; Triandos to 3B
t4 10-0 2 -23 O BAL H. Brown D. Hillman -0% 99% Strikeout
4 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Orioles 10, Red Sox 0.
Bottom of the 4th, Red Sox Batting, Behind 0-10, Orioles’ Hal Brown facing 4-5-6
Jerry Adair replaces Marv Breeding playing 2B batting 8th
Dave Nicholson moves from RF to LF
Jim Busby moves from PR to CF
Jackie Brandt moves from CF to RF
b4 0-10 0 BOS V. Wertz H. Brown -0% 99% Single to 2B (Ground Ball)
Don Gile pinch runs for Vic Wertz (1B) batting 4th
b4 0-10 0 1– BOS R. Nixon H. Brown -1% 98% Single to LF; Gile to 2B
b4 0-10 0 12- OO BOS L. Clinton H. Brown 1% 99% Ground Ball Double Play: SS-2B-1B; Gile to 3B
b4 0-10 2 –3 R BOS P. Runnels H. Brown -0% 99% Single to LF; Gile Scores
b4 1-10 2 1– O BOS M. Coughtry H. Brown 0% 99% Popfly: 1B
1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Orioles 10, Red Sox 1.
Top of the 5th, Orioles Batting, Ahead 10-1, Red Sox’ Dave Hillman facing 1-2-3
Don Gile moves from PR to 1B
t5 10-1 0 BAL J. Brandt D. Hillman 0% 99% Single to CF
t5 10-1 0 1– BAL D. Nicholson D. Hillman 0% 100% Single to LF; Brandt to 2B
t5 10-1 0 12- BAL J. Busby D. Hillman 0% 100% Walk; Brandt to 3B; Nicholson to 2B
t5 10-1 0 123 RR BAL J. Gentile D. Hillman 0% 100% Single to RF; Brandt Scores; Nicholson Scores; Busby to 3B
t5 12-1 0 1-3 O BAL B. Robinson D. Hillman 0% 100% Foul Flyball: C
t5 12-1 1 1-3 R BAL R. Hansen D. Hillman 0% 100% Reached on E5 (Ground Ball); Busby Scores; Gentile to 2B
t5 13-1 1 12- OO BAL G. Triandos D. Hillman 0% 100% Ground Ball Double Play: SS-2B-1B
3 runs, 3 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB. Orioles 13, Red Sox 1.
Bottom of the 5th, Red Sox Batting, Behind 1-13, Orioles’ Hal Brown facing 9-1-2
Rip Repulski pinch hits for Dave Hillman (P) batting 9th
b5 1-13 0 BOS R. Repulski H. Brown -0% 100% Single
b5 1-13 0 1– O BOS P. Green H. Brown 0% 100% Groundout: 2B-SS/Forceout at 2B
b5 1-13 1 1– O BOS W. Tasby H. Brown 0% 100% Flyball: CF
b5 1-13 2 1– BOS T. Williams H. Brown -0% 100% Green Steals 2B
b5 1-13 2 -2- BOS T. Williams H. Brown -0% 100% Walk
b5 1-13 2 12- O BOS D. Gile H. Brown 0% 100% Flyball: CF
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Orioles 13, Red Sox 1.
Top of the 6th, Orioles Batting, Ahead 13-1, Red Sox’ Tom Sturdivant facing 8-9-1
Tom Sturdivant replaces Ted Williams (LF) pitching and batting 3rd
Rip Repulski moves from PH to LF
t6 13-1 0 R BAL J. Adair T. Sturdivant 0% 100% Home Run (Deep LF)
t6 14-1 0 O BAL H. Brown T. Sturdivant 0% 100% Groundout: 3B-1B
t6 14-1 1 O BAL J. Brandt T. Sturdivant 0% 100% Flyball: CF
t6 14-1 2 O BAL D. Nicholson T. Sturdivant 0% 100% Strikeout
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Orioles 14, Red Sox 1.
Bottom of the 6th, Red Sox Batting, Behind 1-14, Orioles’ Hal Brown facing 5-6-7
b6 1-14 0 BOS R. Nixon H. Brown -0% 100% Single to LF
b6 1-14 0 1– O BOS L. Clinton H. Brown 0% 100% Popfly: 3B
b6 1-14 1 1– O BOS P. Runnels H. Brown 0% 100% Foul Flyball: 3B
b6 1-14 2 1– O BOS M. Coughtry H. Brown 0% 100% Strikeout
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Orioles 14, Red Sox 1.
Top of the 7th, Orioles Batting, Ahead 14-1, Red Sox’ Tom Sturdivant facing 3-4-5
Ray Barker pinch hits for Jim Busby (CF) batting 3rd
t7 14-1 0 O BAL R. Barker T. Sturdivant 0% 100% Strikeout
t7 14-1 1 O BAL J. Gentile T. Sturdivant 0% 100% Popfly: 3B
t7 14-1 2 BAL B. Robinson T. Sturdivant 0% 100% Single to CF
t7 14-1 2 1– RR BAL R. Hansen T. Sturdivant 0% 100% Home Run; Robinson Scores
t7 16-1 2 BAL G. Triandos T. Sturdivant 0% 100% E5 on Foul Ball
t7 16-1 2 O BAL G. Triandos T. Sturdivant 0% 100% Strikeout
2 runs, 2 hits, 1 error, 0 LOB. Orioles 16, Red Sox 1.
Bottom of the 7th, Red Sox Batting, Behind 1-16, Orioles’ Hal Brown facing 9-1-2
Clint Courtney replaces Gus Triandos playing C batting 7th
Ray Barker moves from PH to LF
Jackie Brandt moves from RF to CF
Dave Nicholson moves from LF to RF
b7 1-16 0 O BOS R. Repulski H. Brown 0% 100% Strikeout
b7 1-16 1 BOS P. Green H. Brown -0% 100% Walk
b7 1-16 1 1– BOS W. Tasby H. Brown -0% 100% Single to RF; Green to 3B
Frank Malzone pinch hits for Tom Sturdivant (P) batting 3rd
b7 1-16 1 1-3 OO BOS F. Malzone H. Brown 0% 100% Ground Ball Double Play: SS-2B-1B
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Orioles 16, Red Sox 1.
Top of the 8th, Orioles Batting, Ahead 16-1, Red Sox’ Jerry Casale facing 8-9-1
Jerry Casale replaces Frank Malzone (PH) pitching and batting 3rd
t8 16-1 0 O BAL J. Adair J. Casale 0% 100% Flyball: CF
Bob Boyd pinch hits for Hal Brown (P) batting 9th
t8 16-1 1 BAL B. Boyd J. Casale 0% 100% Triple
t8 16-1 1 –3 RO BAL J. Brandt J. Casale 0% 100% Flyball: RF/Sacrifice Fly; Boyd Scores
t8 17-1 2 BAL D. Nicholson J. Casale 0% 100% Walk
t8 17-1 2 1– O BAL R. Barker J. Casale 0% 100% Flyball: RF
1 run, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB. Orioles 17, Red Sox 1.
Bottom of the 8th, Red Sox Batting, Behind 1-17, Orioles’ Gordon Jones facing 4-5-6
Gordon Jones replaces Bob Boyd (PH) pitching and batting 9th
b8 1-17 0 R BOS D. Gile G. Jones 0% 100% Home Run
b8 2-17 0 BOS R. Nixon G. Jones -0% 100% Single to LF
b8 2-17 0 1– O BOS L. Clinton G. Jones 0% 100% Strikeout
b8 2-17 1 1– O BOS P. Runnels G. Jones 0% 100% Flyball: RF
b8 2-17 2 1– BOS M. Coughtry G. Jones -0% 100% Single to RF; Nixon to 3B
b8 2-17 2 1-3 O BOS R. Repulski G. Jones 0% 100% Groundout: 2B-1B
1 run, 3 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Orioles 17, Red Sox 2.
Top of the 9th, Orioles Batting, Ahead 17-2, Red Sox’ Jerry Casale facing 4-5-6
t9 17-2 0 O BAL J. Gentile J. Casale 0% 100% Flyball: RF (Deep RF)
t9 17-2 1 O BAL B. Robinson J. Casale 0% 100% Flyball: CF (Deep CF)
t9 17-2 2 BAL R. Hansen J. Casale 0% 100% Walk
t9 17-2 2 1– BAL C. Courtney J. Casale 0% 100% Single to RF; Hansen to 2B
t9 17-2 2 12- O BAL J. Adair J. Casale 0% 100% Foul Flyball: 1B
0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 2 LOB. Orioles 17, Red Sox 2.
Bottom of the 9th, Red Sox Batting, Behind 2-17, Orioles’ Gordon Jones facing 1-2-3
b9 2-17 0 O BOS P. Green G. Jones 0% 100% Flyball: CF
b9 2-17 1 BOS W. Tasby G. Jones 0% 100% Single to LF
Carroll Hardy pinch hits for Jerry Casale (P) batting 3rd
b9 2-17 1 1– O BOS C. Hardy G. Jones 0% 100% Groundout: 3B-2B/Forceout at 2B
b9 2-17 2 1– RO BOS D. Gile G. Jones 0% 100% Double to RF; Hardy Scores; Gile out at 3B/RF-SS-3B-SS
1 run, 2 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB. Orioles 17, Red Sox 3.

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28 Responses to “WHAT’S IMPORTANT IN AMERICA? A PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION? THE DEFICIT? NAH, IT’S NFL FOOTBALL. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT IN THE LAND OF SNOOKY AND HONEY BOO BOO?? …IT WAS 52 YEARS TODAY, IN THE GLOAMING AT FENWAY PARK, THAT THE PLANET SAW THE BUILDUP OF HISTORY”

  1. tito
    September 27, 2012 at 8:53 am #

    It’s hard to beat Bedard’s!

  2. Judas Priest
    September 27, 2012 at 10:55 am #

    I was one of them DV who lost on that bogus call on the last play. Good to see they settled and the regular refs are back.

  3. Dave
    September 27, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    Replacement refs meetin on the field and announce:

    On further review, the runner clearly missed touching second base. Touchdown! Celtics!!

  4. joetaxpayer
    September 27, 2012 at 1:39 pm #

    Dan,nobody wants to think there president is a liar (Libya).Or that Mrs Warren is a fraud.They rather block it out with NFL and dancing with stars.Onlyy hope this is a bump in the road.

    • danvalenti
      September 27, 2012 at 6:21 pm #

      True, JOE. It’s the old Roman “bread and circuses” ruse. Give the unwashed masses plenty of bread to eat, wine to drink, and circuses to distract them, while the officials pick them clean.

  5. ambrose
    September 27, 2012 at 4:22 pm #

    More columns like this planet – how about telling us what you did fifty years ago tomorrow – we’ll never be able to read interesting stuff like that in the BB – all they wanna write about is what somebody had for lunch the day after Yom Kippur

  6. joetaxpayer
    September 27, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    Amass you show your true stripes.

  7. ShirleyKnutz
    September 27, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Don’t know how the regular refs will do. Didn’t they screw up a super bowl for Seattle against the steelers? I also remember a regular ref screw up the coin toss. The list could go on and on…

  8. Are We Dreaming?
    September 27, 2012 at 5:30 pm #

    Dan thanks for the great piece on Ted Williams. He was my dad’s favorite player. It brought back wonderful memories of him. As for NFL, glad the real refs are back but they have blown a lot of calls too.

    • danvalenti
      September 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

      Thank, DREAMER.

  9. Scott
    September 27, 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Once the ball is in possession all it has to do is go over the goal line it was a touch down as soon as the receiver made a controlled catch the defense guy yanking it away when they’re on the ground means nothing it was already a TD.

    Also maybe the owners of Herman’s can use this in their defense on the illegal gambling charges. How can you put the squeeze on them when gambling on such a large scale is knowingly going on? Maybe they were under the assumption being that cops and or other law enforcement was in the bar that it was no big deal…

    • joetaxpayer
      September 27, 2012 at 6:04 pm #

      Scott there has beeh gambling at bars across berkshire county and beyond.Machines for entertanment,football cards and bar pools.If you play by the rules you will not be touched.If you don’t you get busted.

      • joetaxpayer
        September 27, 2012 at 6:14 pm #

        Forgot bookies for sports and horses too!

      • Scott
        September 28, 2012 at 2:44 am #

        I understand but it’s still illegal no matter how you slice it. Now by playing by the rules do you mean staying with in the guide lines where cops look the other way or by catering to those in power?

        • AMBROSE
          September 28, 2012 at 6:09 am #

          Wink wink, Nudge nudge. the fact is that people want to gamble, just like they want to drink and smoke. Playing a football card or betting on horse you have a decent chance of winning if you do your homework. If you bet $1000 on 8 picks on the football card you win $10,000 and the mob in Springfield pays off in cash. On the flip side, the mob in Boston who made your bet illegal sends up thousands of scratch tickets every week at which you have little to no chance of winning. If you should be so fortunate to win $10,000 the the mob in Boston is right there to grab their share of your good fortune. Gambling is either right or its wrong. If playing a football card leads to the moral decay of society so does scratching a million dollar ticket. The only benefit from the lottery is that we get to tax the poor who otherwise would contribute no money to the state. Wink, wink, nudge nudge.

          • Scott
            September 28, 2012 at 6:30 am #

            Another example how prohibiting something fuels organized crime.

          • danvalenti
            September 28, 2012 at 6:38 am #

            So true, SCOTT. This is the argument, and a valid one, for legalizing drugs. You eliminate the drug lords, keep people out of over-crowded prisons, and generate cash flow for the legitimate economy.

          • danvalenti
            September 28, 2012 at 6:39 am #

            A lottery is a self-imposed tax on those who cannot do math.

    • danvalenti
      September 27, 2012 at 6:19 pm #

      The ball doesn’t have to go over the goal line. The NFL has the ridiculous rule of “breaking the plane.” The tip of the ball only has to break the imaginary vertical plane that rises up invisibly from the goal line. On the play in question, the refs didn’t call a blatant push-off by the receiver — clearly, offensive pass interference. Game over, Pack wins 12-7. Even disallowing the interference, the receiver did not make the catch. The defensive player had most of the ball. It was not a simultaneous catch.

      • Scott
        September 28, 2012 at 2:42 am #

        Offensive pass interference always makes me laugh I mean isn’t that the idea? I watched the highlights it’s clear to me the receiver had possession in the air over the goal line TD! All in all though I could care less.

        • Hilly Billy 2 in Ward 4
          September 28, 2012 at 5:06 am #

          Might want to get some glasses brother…

          • Scott
            September 28, 2012 at 6:10 am #

            Hind sight is always 20/20

          • danvalenti
            September 28, 2012 at 6:39 am #

            With Ted Williams, it was 20/10.

          • danvalenti
            September 28, 2012 at 6:40 am #

            HILLY
            Sounds like you and I saw the same play: a blatant push-off by the receiver, and even then, the D-back had most of the ball.

        • danvalenti
          September 28, 2012 at 6:44 am #

          Offensive pass interference is not the idea, but it raises the point how the NFL has engineered high-scoring passing games into the business-as-usual. It has made so many moves by D-backs illegal that refs could call penalties on every play, sort of like calling fouls in basketball on drives to the hoop. In today’s game, if a D-back looks the wrong way as a precious receiver, he gets flagged. One effect of this has been on the running game, where the fullback is basically now just another offensive lineman. In today’s game, Jimmy Brown and Jim Taylor, John Henry Johnson and Alan Ameche — fullbacks who ran the ball 300 times a year — would be nothing but blockers.

          • Scott
            September 28, 2012 at 11:16 am #

            That’s why I like back yard games no pads and basic rules. Pushing off is allowed. What I meant was it’s the offenses objective to get away to make a play and it’s the defenses job to prevent it from happening. Maybe I’ll watch the video again but I only spent about five seconds on it. I had to make my family dinner.

  10. Giacometti
    September 27, 2012 at 7:31 pm #

    Dan……Did you ever see Ted Williams wearing a necktie ? He was just a real non conformist who played by his own rules.

    • danvalenti
      September 27, 2012 at 8:10 pm #

      Yes. He did wear a tie on R-A-R-E occasion, but you are correct, he was his OWN MAN, which is why I guess I loved him so.