Game 4: Los Angeles Dodgers at Baltimore Orioles
Vice President of United States Hubert H. Humphrey kicked off Game 4 with the ceremonial first pitch featuring the Game 1 rematch between pitchers Dave McNally and Don Drysdale.
McNally and Drysdale rebounded from their lackluster Game 1 performances with three shutout innings to open Game 4.
The Triple Crown winner Frank Robinson rescued the Orioles in the fifth inning with a solo knock for his second home run of the World Series and more importantly a 1-0 Orioles lead.
Two batters later, Orioles power-hitting first baseman Boog Powell was inches away from hitting his first home run of the World Series. Dodgers center fielder Willie Harris had other plans in mind after robbing Powell from a home run with a jaw-dropping grab to save the Dodgers from a 2-0 deficit.
However, in the end, it wouldn’t matter as McNally went the distance with a complete game shutout and four strikeouts to help the Orioles shut out the Dodgers for the third straight game.
As a result, the Orioles completed the sweep to earn their first World Series championship in franchise history.
The Orioles World Series rotation of McNally, Palmer and Buckner was nothing short of incredible throughout the series. The phenomenal relief appearance by Drabowsky in Game 1 can’t go unrecognized after nearly pitching seven shutout innings to help the Orioles steal Game 1 in LA.
When all said and done, the Orioles pitching staff combined for 28 strikeouts in 36 innings with an unbelievable 0.50 ERA. Frank Robinson earned World Series MVP to complete one of the most memorable seasons in MLB history.