Twenty-six years today was one of the classic games in Cardinals history — actually, one of the classic games in baseball history. Game five of the 1985 NLCS, Dodgers vs. Cardinals at Busch Stadium, series tied at two games, score tied 2-2 going into the bottom of the ninth …
Every Cardinals fan knows what happened next. Ozzie Smith stepped to the plate. The count ran to 1-2. Ozzie swung, the ball went flying and then came the famous Jack Buck call: “Go crazy, folks, go crazy!”
That famous walk-off winner.
How would you like to own a DVD of that very game, one that even includes Jack’s unforgettable call? We have five DVDs of the game to give away today.
It’s one of 11 DVDs in a brand-new line from A+E Home Entertainment/MLB Productions called “Baseball’s Greatest Games. Read more about game five and the DVD here.
Just in case you don’t remember the details (or perhaps weren’t even born 26 years ago!) the Cardinals were led by manager Whitey Herzog while Tommy Lasorda managed the Dodgers and, as mentioned above, the series was tied two-two. To summarize the game: in the quintessential style of “Whitey Ball,” the Cardinals initiated the scoring with two walks and a two- RBI double by Tommy Herr. From then on, the Dodgers ace Fernando Valenzuela stilled the Cardinals while the Dodgers evened the scoring behind Bill Madlock’s two-run home run. Tom Niedenfuer, who anchored the Dodger bullpen in 1985 and had saved game one, was summoned for the bottom of the ninth with the score still tied. Then came Ozzie, the light-hitting and switch-hitting “Wizard” — and next was his first career left-handed home run after 3,009 at-bats.
The “Greatest Games” DVD is direct from the Major League Baseball archives and includes a special audio feature that allows you to watch the television broadcast and listen to Jack and the radio play-by-play.
Here’s how you can win. Just submit a comment below with the name of the winning pitcher for the Cardinals. (Hint: if you don’t know, click the link at the top of the page that says “game five.”) We have five DVDs to give away and will draw five names at random tomorrow morning from everyone who submits a comment before midnight Central Time tonight.
Just knowing this is the anniversary of the game AND Ozzie will be at Busch Stadium to throw out the first pitch has me feeling good about our 2011 Cardinals tonight. And now it’s time to share those good feelings by giving away these DVDs.