On this date 25 years ago the St. Louis Cardinals beat the San Francisco Giants 6-0 to win the seventh and deciding game of the 1987 National League Championship Series.
Down 3-2 after five games, the Redbirds won one of the most intense contests in franchise history in game six. John Tudor, the loser of game two was mocked at Busch Stadium in a 5-0 loss by San Francisco slugger Jeffrey Leonard. He liked to run around the bases with his arms spread out like the wings of an airplane. But, after hitting a homer off Tudor, he held out his right arm and held his left arm limply at his side. The implication was that the lefty had a broken pitching arm.
In game six Tudor got the last laugh, shutting out the Giants in a 1-0 victory. The only run of the game came in the second inning when Giants RF Candy Maldonado misplayed a fly ball from St. Louis catcher Tony Pena into a triple. Tudor and closer Todd Worrell made the run stand up and the Birds forced game seven.
The deciding game was completely the opposite kind of contest.
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St. Louis scored four runs in the second inning when Jose Oquendo, who had only 14 home runs in his 12-year major league career, socked a three-run shot to break the game open. The Birds were never seriously challenged after that.
Tommy Herr helped drive in a pair of insurance runs in the sixth and starting pitcher Danny Cox pitched a complete game shutout to bring the Cardinals their 15th National League pennant.