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Feb 10 – Legends Look: Game 5 of the 1976 ALCS

nyy-26-logo(Bronx, NY) – In the midst of all these not so fun stories a quick look at a classic may make Yankeechambliss-winning-homer fans smile.  A great series with the Royals came down to Game 5 in the Bronx.  Here is the recap.

Game 5

Thursday, October 14, 1976 at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, New York

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Kansas City 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 6 11 1
New York 2 0 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 7 11 1

WP: Dick Tidrow (1–0)  LP: Mark Littell (0–1)
HRs:  KC – John Mayberry (1), George Brett (1)  NYY – Chris Chambliss (2)

The deciding game was a fitting ending to a thrilling series as both teams fought tooth and nail to bring home the AL flag. It culminated in a moment of sheer, unbridled joy for the winners and stunned disbelief for the losers. The Yankees started Ed Figueroa on three days rest, as the Royals did likewise, starting Dennis Leonard. The Royals jumped out on top in the first as Brett doubled and scored on John Mayberry‘s two-run homer. The Yankees quickly countered in their half as Mickey Rivers tripled and scored on Roy White’s infield single. White went to third after Thurman Munson singled. Herzog removed Leonard and brought in Game 2 winner Paul Splittorff, who limited the damage by allowing only Chambliss’ sacrifice fly. The Royals countered with one in the second but the Yanks jumped ahead in the third as they tacked on two, one on a Munson single and the other on a Chambliss’ ground out. The Yanks added on in the sixth scoring twice, once on a Munson single and a second time on a Brett throwing error. Figueroa held that lead going into the eighth. After Al Cowens led off with a single, Billy Martin brought in lefty Grant Jackson. He allowed a single to pinch hitter Jim Wohlford. Brett then stunned the sell-out crowd of 56,821 by planting Jackson’s second pitch just over the short right-field wall tying the game at six. All this was a prelude to the bottom of the ninth inning, when at 11:13 pm, Chris Chambliss hit KC reliever Mark Littell‘s first pitch over the right center field wall, winning the Bronx Bombers’ first pennant in twelve years and touching off bedlam at the Stadium. Thousands of fans vaulted over the dugouts and walls and celebrated. Chambliss reached second, then dodged hordes of spectators in trying to reach third, then proceeded to make a beeline towards the safety of the clubhouse as the area around home plate and much of the field was covered by a mass of humanity. Some time later Chambliss was escorted back out onto the field to touch home, or at least the area where it had been. The game and series were over and the Yankees had reached the top of the AL once again while the Royals repaired to their clubhouse, disappointed but proud.

Source: Wikipedia

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