You might not necessarily remember the date of Oct. 14, 1985, but the words “Go crazy!” tell you exactly why it’s significant in St. Louis Cardinals history.
Yes, of course, that was Game Five of the 1985 National League Championship Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Cardinals, played at Busch Stadium — which the Cardinals won in dramatic and surprising fashion thanks to Ozzie Smith. And Oct. 14, 1985, was exactly 10,000 days ago.
Chris Jaffe of The Hardball Times shared his latest post, which details the unlikely heroics. Here’s an excerpt, which follows a description of the stellar season that Tom Niedenfuer had in 1985 and the game situation after Willie McGee popped up for the first out:
But hey, maybe Smith could get on base, steal second and come home on a single by Herr. That was the most likely pro-Cardinals outcome.
Instead, Smith connected on a 1-2 pitch and it went deep to right, past the warning track, over the wall and—incredibly—into the stands. Smith had won the game in the least Ozzie-ish manner possible. In fact, he wouldn’t hit another homer until May 31, 1988. Yes, not until three seasons later.
St. Louis would win Game Six as well to claim the pennant. But that game provided no moment as memorable as Ozzie Smith’s walk-off home run. And that moment was 10,000 days ago.
In addition to Ozzie’s feat, that moment also brought about one of the most famous broadcast calls in Cardinals history from the one and only Jack Buck.
Check it out here (since embedding the video from MLB is not working like it should. And don’t worry when you hear Vin Scully to start with — Jack’s call is there).
What a moment! Truly one of the highlights in Cardinals history.
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