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    Watching my boyhood baseball hero, Cardinal third sacker and NL MVP, Ken Boyer, belt a grand slam in the 6th inning of World Series Game #4, 1964 in Yankee Stadium. The Cardinals trailed 3-0 as Yankee hurler Al Downing was pitching a gem. To that point. But with Carl Warwick, Curt Flood and Dick Groat on base, Boyer sent Downing's second pitch into the leftfield seats and gave the Cardinals a 4-3 win - which was the eventual final score. More importantly, it knotted the World Series at 2-2, giving the Cardinals a chance to win in seven. It's always been said that Ken Boyer's brother, Clete Boyer, playing third for the Yankees, gave Ken a quick handshake as he rounded third.

    The grand slam is nicely recorded on You Tube:


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vj2z5L04hqI

  • #2
    Iron Jaw.....


    I have Harry Caray's call of Boyers' Grand Slam in MP3 format. PM me, or send me an email at [email protected] if you would like to have it. I'd be happy to pass it along.

    As for me, my favorite Cardinal moment has to be the 2006 World Series win. I was at the game with my son, and it was something we will never forget. I went to the 82, 85, and 87 Series with my Dad, and he was there with me and my son for Game 4 of the 06 Series. Three generations of Cardinals fans. My Dad also was at the 64, 67 and 68 Series as well. Being at the clinching game with my own son (with a ticket my father gave me, incidentally) was something to cherish.

    Before that, my favorite moment was Jack Clark's HR in 1985. (Which I also have as an mp3.... same instructions as above if you want it).

    My buddies and I were playing wiffle ball in the front yard, listening to that game on the radio... one of those big 1980's boom boxes with the double tape decks. We had it turned up real loud so the outfielders could hear the action. I remember being up to bat, and Clark hitting one out. As me and my buddies go running inside the house, my Dad comes running outside, tells us he is going down to the ballpark to get in line for bleachers seats for the Series. I don't think Clark had even touched home yet, and he was backing out of the driveway. I met him in line outside Busch a few hours later, and camped out for tickets with him. We slept under the Hwy 40 overpass that night, very near where home plate is now at the new Busch.
    "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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    • #3
      The World Series win was unbelievable. Aside with the steroid era, I really enjoyed the entire season of McGwire vs. Sosa.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DerekD View Post
        The World Series win was unbelievable. Aside with the steroid era, I really enjoyed the entire season of McGwire vs. Sosa.
        At the time I did as well. But looking back on it, it disgusts me now. It's akin to finding out about 10 years down the road that your first "love" was also the first love for about a dozen other guys in your class....
        "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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        • #5
          As a long time Cardinals fan, there are many great moments. Perhaps my favorite, as far as watching on TV or otherwise, is Sutter's K to win the 82 WS. Wasn't that Gorman Thomas he wiffed? please refresh my memory. Clark's HR in 85 was great too. I had to settle for only hearing Ozzie's HR the game before on the radio as I was not at home at the time, a college class I think if I remember correctly. Molina's HR in game 7 NLCS against the Mets was also one for the books. I must admit that though I had been watching the whole game up to shortly before that, I wussed out because I was getting so nervous and thought I was gonna toss my dinner if I kept watching so I changed the channel to like TAGS on TV land or something. It was my wife and kids who returned from shopping shortly after the HR was hit and heard it on the car radio who broke the news. Man was I shocked, at that moment I just knew the Cards were destined to win it all, no doubt.

          Great analogy about the 98 season Stan The Man, it sums up exactly how I feel about that as well now that I think of how to sum it up. 98 is best just forgotten.

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          • #6
            Gorman Thomas.... yep. I have the mp3 of that one as well as the "Go Crazy Folks, Go Crazy Ozzie Smith Homer."

            Can I change my second place moment to the Wainwright K of Carlos Beltran on the most beautiful curveball I have ever seen?

            I had tickets to the World Series Games 4 and 5..... and just needed the Cards to win the Pennant over the Mets.

            After camping out overnight and getting tickets to the Series in 2004 (but tickets to the never played Game 5) and not getting to go, my son, then 8, was gutted at the time.

            Knowing we had tickets for the 06 Series, when Beltran froze and watched Adam's yacker drop in for a strike, well, we went nuts. We were going to the Series again, and this time we had tickets to a game that would be played for CERTAIN (Game 4) as well as 5. It was a great feeling for me, can't imagine how it was for my boy.
            "Herman Franks to Sal Yvars to Bobby Thomson. Ralph Branca to Bobby Thomson to Helen Rita... cue Russ Hodges."

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            • #7
              In the same World Series that Boyer hit the grand slam against the Yankees, Tim McCarver hit a 10th inning, three-run shot that won game #5 (anyone have a video of that one?). McCarver had an outstanding World Series - I remember thinking that Tim should have been the Cardinal MVP. Bob Gibson won the award though. Tim was a very good hitting catcher from 1963-67......among the best in baseball for his position at the time. Too many only remember him for his days as Steve Carlton's personal catcher in Philly during the latter days of his career. But he was once, a solid all-star.

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