On this date 30 years ago Cardinals manager Whitey Herzog went to extreme lengths to break an extra innings tie with the Giants.
With the bases loaded and two out in the bottom of the 12th at Busch Stadium, Herzog told third string catcher Glenn Brummer to try to steal home. Brummer, who stole 36 bases in a 15-year career while being caught 42 times, shocked the Giants and won the game 5-4.
The win allowed the Cardinals to preserve their two game lead over the Phillies in the National League East and helped them finish strong en-route to a division win, a playoff win over the Braves and their first World Series win since 1967 when they defeated the Brewers four games to three.
The Redbirds led the game 3-0 against San Francisco in the sixth inning when starting pitcher Joaquin suffered a meltdown and allowed four runs. The Birds tied the game in the bottom of the ninth when Frank Robinson's Giants hit Ken Oberkfell with a pitch and David Green doubled him in.
Rookie Willie McGee was the hitting star for the Cardinals with four hits in six-at bats. He scored one run and drove in two more to raise his batting average to .331 in his rookie campaign in the majors.
Some say Brummer's steal was so shocking that it made the umpire forget to call the pitch, which appeared to high in the strike zone for strike three against Green. The Giants argued furiously that the inning should have been over. But it was to no avail and the Cardinals pocketed an important win.
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