Tuesday, December 22, 2009

World Series Circa 1970

I am in the process of watching a recording of the first game of the 1970 World Series involving the Cincinnati Reds v. Baltimore Orioles. (Thank you Major League Baseball network.) Being a Cincinnati Reds fan growing up, I was only 9 years old during the 1970s World Series. Some observations:

The game was placed on October 10th, about 2 1/2 weeks earlier than the Fall Classic now starts. It was a day game with the temperature at the start of the game 65 degrees. Now all the World Series games are night games and temperatures often dip down near freezing at 32 degrees.

Looking at the crowd, virtually everyone seemed to dress up for the game. Men wore suits and ties, women dresses. You sure wouldn't see that today.

Camera angles and graphics are much better on today's broadcasts than they were back in 1970.

As far as the Reds go, it surprised me at how young the Reds star players were. Many of the members of the Big Red Machine were in their early 20s. Gary Nolan, who started the game, was a veteran of three years, having broken into the majors at 18.

The youth of the star players on the Reds and to a lesser extent, the Orioles, really surprised me. The prime age for baseball players is now several years older. Star players generally don't hit their stride until their late 20s or early 30s. Today you wouldn't see a championship-level team made of of key players who are 21-25 years of age.

It is a shame that the steroid era came along and ruined the statistics of the ballplayers of my youth. The statistical accomplishments of a Tony Perez and Johnny Bench, seem puny compared to the numbers put up by the steroid-laced athletes of the 90s.


Cato said...

Brooks Robinson owned the Reds.

Ed Coleman said...

I will be disappointed the day someone breaks Charlie Hustles hitting record.

Paul K. Ogden said...


I too am a fan of Pete Rose. Whatever he did as manager can't take away what he did as a player. He should be let into the Hall of Fame or they should close it down.

One thing that really surprised me was that, although people said Rose only had "average" speed or was kind of slow, he was in fact much faster than billed. I was stunned how fast he got down the line to first base.

varangianguard said...

Pete Rose will get a chance to get into the Hall of Fame - after he dies.