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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Redbirds take 3 from Astros down Memory Lane

May 1, 1970 at St. Louis – A dandy May Day matchup between Larry Dierker (1-2) and Steve Carlton (2-2) was just that until the 7th inning when the Cardinals exploded a tight 2-1 Astros lead, scored 6 runs and went on to win 7-3. Dick Allen singled to score two runs in the St. Louis 7th. Leron Lee brought home 3 with a bases-clearing double. Carlton added the complete game.

May 2, 1970 at St. Louis – Bob Gibson (2-2) scattered 8 hits for a complete-game 3-0 shutout.  Simply, Gibby at his magical best.

May 3, 1970 (Game #1) at St. Louis – Another strong pitching performance by a Cardinals hurler as Nelson Briles (1-1) goes 8 innings, yielding just 1 run on 6 hits in a 4-1 victory. Sal Campisi (1) nailed down the save. Lee had two more knocks to drive in a pair of runs.

May 3, 1970 (Game #2) at St. Louis – Jimmy Wynn (4) homered and drove in 2 runs to salvage a 4-2 win for the reeling Astros. Denny Lemaster (3-3) went 7 ½ IP for the win. Fred Gladding (4) finished it up.  

I must say, this series brought back magical memories for me. The first game I ever saw away from Chicago was a July, 1972 matchup between the Redbirds and Stros. My memories include an old-timers pre-game between the ’64 Cardinals and Yankees. Mantle blasted one out over the wall at Busch. Honestly, can’t remember who won the game, but vividly remember Mantle and my first time seeing astro turf. Still have my 110 camera memories. 

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