The Oakland A's take a 2-0 lead in the 1972 American League Championship Series with a 5-0 win over the Detroit Tigers at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. Jim Odom pitches a complete game three hit shut out and Bert Campaneris is the hitting star for the A's as he scores two runs and goes three for three. Woody Fryman is the loser for the Tigers. Announcers are Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek.
INCLUDES BERT CAMPANERIS / LERRIN LaGROW BRAWL.
Bert Campaneris Bat Throwing Incident: 1972 ALCS
In 1972, LaGrow had a 1.32 earned run average (Adjusted ERA+ of 240) in 16 games. He also pitched 1 scoreless inning in Game 2 of the 1972 American League Championship Series against the Oakland Athletics. LaGrow's single inning led to one of the most memorable moments of the 1972 ALCS. In the bottom of the 7th inning, Bert Campaneris came to bat, having had 3 hits, 2 runs scored, and 2 stolen bases in his first 3 at bats in the game. LaGrow's first pitch hit Campaneris in the ankle. Campaneris staggered for a moment, glared at LaGrow and then flung his bat toward LaGrow. The bat spiraled at LaGrow five feet off the ground, but LaGrow ducked, and the bat narrowly missed LaGrow, landing a few feet behind the mound. A bench-clearing brawl ensued, and Tigers manager Billy Martin had to be restrained by umpires and teammates to prevent him from going after Campaneris. Both LaGrow and Campaneries were suspended for the rest of the ALCS.
Curt Gowdy does the play-by-play from the Mets top of the eighth inning in this seventh and deciding game. Tony Kubek and Monte Moore interview the victorious Oakland team from their clubhouse. They interview owner Charles O. Finley, who congratulates team captain Sal Bando. Also interviewed are manager Dick Williams, Joe Rudi and Reggie Jackson, who reveals there was a threat on his life by the "Weatherman" terrorist group. He also gives praise to Dick Williams. Moore interviews Darold Knowles, Rollie Fingers, Sal Bando and Bert Campaneris. Gowdy wraps up the broadcast.
Curt Gowdy anounces the play-by-play from the top of the Dodger 8th inning. Tony Kubek does the "color" commentary from the victorious Oakland clubhouse. Monte Moore and Kubek interview commissioner of baseball Bowie Kuhn, who presents the championship trophy to the A's team. There are interviews with Catfish Hunter, Sal Bando, Reggie Jackson, Bert Campaneris, Ray Fosse and owner Charles O. Finley. Gowdy wraps up the broadcast.