Monday, April 11, 2022


As we follow the peregrinations of two teams (Giants/Dodgers) who met in a memorable playoff series sixty years ago, we see that the teams' second game of the year--April 11, 1962--featured very solid starting pitcher performances from two very different southpaws...

In Los Angeles, flamethrower Sandy Koufax took a one-hitter into the ninth inning and scuffled through the final frame (slapped hard by Vada Pinson, Frank Robinson and Wally Post: single-double-single), but was bailed out by a backhanded grab from Jim Gilliam on a hard grounder that was turned into a double play to snuff out the Reds' rally. 

The Dodgers were a single short of the cycle in the third inning against Moe Drabowsky (Maury Wills, triple; Gilliam, homer; Duke Snider, double). In the bottom of the fifth, free-swinging Willie Davis may have had a singular event in his career: a bases-loaded walk (we'll have to research that in bb-ref's event files...will report back on that later). Final score: Dodgers 6, Reds 2

In San Francisco, nibbler Billy O'Dell was changing speeds and hitting spots with exceptional precision against the Braves (who'd been shut out the day before by Juan Marichal). O'Dell pitched a four-hit complete game (an occurrence that is now as scarce as those proverbial hen's teeth...), finishing with nine strikeouts--two more than "the Left Arm of God."

Willie Mays hit another first-inning homer--a two-run shot; the Giants added a run in the second and O'Dell made it stand up. Final score: Giants 3, Braves 1.

SEASON RECORDS: SF 2-0, LA 1-1. (They will face each other at Candlestick in less than a week.)