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Encyclopedia > 1985 National League Championship Series

The 1985 National League Championship series was played between the St. Louis Cardinals and Los Angeles Dodgers from October 9-October 16, 1985. It was the first championship series played under the new best-of-seven format. In previous years, the NLCS had been settled by a best-of-five format. Major league affiliations National League (1892-present) Central Division (1994-present) Eastern Division (1969-1993) American Association (1882-1891) National League (1876-1877) National Association (1875) Major league titles World Series titles (9) 1982 â€¢1967 â€¢ 1964 â€¢ 1946 1944 â€¢ 1942 â€¢ 1934 â€¢ 1931 1926 NL Pennants (16) 2004 â€¢ 1987 â€¢ 1985 â€¢ 1982 1968... Major league affiliations National League (1890-present) West Division (1969-present) American Association (1884-1889) National Association (1872-1875) Major league titles World Series titles (6) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1955 NL Pennants (21) 1988 â€¢ 1981 â€¢ 1978 â€¢ 1977 1974 â€¢ 1966 â€¢ 1965 â€¢ 1963 1959 â€¢ 1956 â€¢ 1955 â€¢ 1953 1952 â€¢ 1949 â€¢ 1947...


The Cardinals made it to the series by winning 101 games and edging the Mets in the National League East. The Dodgers were led by Pedro Guerrero and had beaten the Reds by 5.5 games. Pedro Guerrero (born June 29, 1956 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball player who spent his career (1978-1992) with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. ...


It was telecast on the NBC network with Dodger announcer Vin Scully and former Cardinal player Joe Garagiola calling the games. Both were announcers on the year-long NBC Game of the Weeek, and ironically, each man's team made it to the playoffs. NBC, (Formerly an acronym for the National Broadcasting Company until 2004), is an American television and radio network based in New York Citys Rockefeller Center. ... Vin Scully publicity photo, © Los Angeles Dodgers Vincent Edward Vin Scully (born November 29, 1927 in The Bronx, New York) is an American sportscaster, known primarily as the play-by-play voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball teams. ... Joseph Henry Garagiola, Sr. ...

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Game One Wednesday, October 9, 1985 Los Angeles

The opening contest in Los Angeles pitted Fernando Valenzuela against the Cardinals' twenty-game winner, John Tudor. The pitchers matched zeroes through the first three innings, but an error by Terry Pendleton allowed Bill Madlock to reach first. After stealing second, Madlock came home on a Guerrero single to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. In the Dodgers sixth, Madlock struck again when he doubled and then scored on a single by Mike Scioscia. Prior to Scioscia's single, the Cardinals had intentionally walked Pedro Guerrero, who scored on a bunt by Candy Maldonado. A double by Steve Sax scored Maldonado, and Tudor got the hook. Ken Dayley ended the inning with a strikeout of Valenzuela, but the Dodgers had a 4-0 lead en route to a 4-1 final victory. The win gave the Dodgers a one games to none lead in the best-of-seven series. The god Woden, after whom Wednesday was named. ... October 9 is the 282nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (283rd in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Fernando Valenzuela Anguamea (b. ... John Tudor (born February 2, 1954 in Schenectady, NY) is a baseball player. ... Terry Lee Pendleton (born July 16, 1960 in Los Angeles, California) is a former third baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1984-1998, primarily for the St. ... Bill Madlock (born Bill Madlock Jr. ... Mike Scioscia, left, argues with the umpire about a call. ... Pedro Guerrero (born June 29, 1956 in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball player who spent his career (1978-1992) with the Los Angeles Dodgers and the St. ... Candido Maldonado Guadarrama (born September 5, 1960 in Humacao, Puerto Rico) was a Major League Baseball player from 1981 to 1995 for the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Milwaukee Brewers, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Cubs, Toronto Blue Jays, and Texas Rangers. ...


Game Two Thursday, October 10, 1985 Los Angeles

Another Cardinal twenty-game winner, Joaquin Andujar squared off against the Dodgers' new ace, Orel Hershiser, who had compiled a 19-3 record during the regular season and had not lost at home. After two scoreless innings, the Cardinals scored first when batting champion Willie McGee singled, went to second on a walk to Tom Herr, and scored on a wild pitch by Hershiser to give the Cardinals their first lead of the series. In the bottom of the third, Sax singled. Andujar had Sax picked off first, but a throwing error put Sax all the way to third with one out. Sax then scored on a single by Hershiser, who scored himself on Ken Landreaux's double. The hot-hitting Bill Madlock singled to score Landreaux and give the Dodgers a 3-1 lead. Thursday, by international standard, is the fourth day of the week, falling between Wednesday and Friday. ... October 10 is the 283rd day of the year (284th in Leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Pitcher Joaquín Andújar, with the Astros Joaquín Andújar [an-DOO-har] (born December 21, 1952 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher who played for the Houston Astros (1976-81, 1988), St. ... Orel Hershiser on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1991. ... Willie Dean McGee (born November 2, 1958 in San Francisco, CA) is a former outfielder for the St. ... Ken Landreaux, born December 22, 1954 in Los Angeles, California, was a Major League Baseball player. ... Bill Madlock (born Bill Madlock Jr. ...


In the next inning, Scioscia singled and scored on Brock's two-run homer to give the Dodgers a 5-1 lead. They eventually won, 8-2.


Game Three Saturday, October 12, 1985 St. Louis

In past years, a 2-0 hole would have occasioned a must-win game, but the Cardinals still had a little breathing room. They did, however, need a win to get back on track in the series, and they got it with a 4-2 win behind Danny Cox to cut the Dodgers' series lead to 2-1. The Cardinals got roaring quickly when leadoff hitter Vince Coleman singled and stole second. After a Willie McGee walk, Dodgers starter Bob Welch seemed to have picked Coleman off, but a throwing error, reminiscent of Andujar's in game two, scored Coleman with the game's first run. McGee went to third on the error. Tommy Herr walked and promptly stole second to give the Cardinals runners on second and third with nobody out. After an intentional walk to Andy Van Slyke, McGee scored on Pendleton's ground out to give the Cardinals a 2-0 lead. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... October 12 is the 285th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (286th in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... The Gateway Arch, shown here behind the Old Courthouse, is the most recognizable part of the St. ... Vince Coleman can refer to two different people: Vince Coleman: a train dispatcher died in the Halifax Explosion Vince Coleman: a former Major League Baseball player This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... There are a number of famous people of this name including: Bob Welch (musician) Bob Welch (baseball player) Bob Welch (politician) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Andrew James Van Slyke (born December 21, 1960 in Utica, New York) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the St. ...


The next inning, Coleman again singled - and was again picked off base, only to advance to third on a throwing error. McGee singled Coleman home and was promptly caught stealing. Tommy Herr homered to give the Cardinals a 4-0 lead in the second. The game was for all purposes over. The Dodgers scored single runs in the fourth on back-to-back doubles by Guererro and Marshall and in the seventh when Enos Cabell scored on Landreaux's one out single. Cox got the win and Daley got the save with Welch the losing pitcher. The victory cut the Dodger lead to two games to one. Enos Cabell (1949- Present) played 15 seasons of Major League Baseball for the Baltimore Orioles, Houston Astros, San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, and Los Angeles Dodgers. ...


Game Four Sunday, October 13, 1985 St. Louis

The most important even of game four occurred over two hours before the first pitch was thrown. Rainy conditions in St. Louis mandated deployment of the protective tarpaulin. The tarp in Busch Stadium was automated and came out of the ground. Standing next to it was Cardinal rookie Vince Coleman, the catalyst in game three's win. Coleman was trapped under the tarp and several players had to lift the tarp so Coleman could escape. But the damage was done. Coleman suffered a broken ankle and would miss the rest of the 1985 post-season. The question entering game four was whether the Cards could win with their catalyst on the bench. And the resounding answer from Game Four was, "No problem." Sunday is the first or seventh day of the week, between Saturday and Monday, and the second day of the weekend in some cultures. ... October 13 is the 286th day of the year (287th in leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... The Gateway Arch, shown here behind the Old Courthouse, is the most recognizable part of the St. ... Busch Stadium was the home of the St. ... Vince Coleman can refer to two different people: Vince Coleman: a train dispatcher died in the Halifax Explosion Vince Coleman: a former Major League Baseball player This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


John Tudor took the mound against Jerry Reuss. In the first, both pitchers allowed no hits. Tudor continued his mastery in the second. But the bottom of the second saw the floodgates open on Reuss. Three straight singles by Jack Clark, Tito Landrum (Coleman's replacement) and Cesar Cedeno gave the Cardinals a 1-0 lead. Back-up catcher Tom Nieto, starting his first game in the series, walked after a Pendleton ground out scored Cedeno. With the score 2-0 and runners at first and third, Tudor tried a squeeze play that worked beyond the Cardinals' dreams. A throwing error by Reuss put the Cars up, 3-0, and sent Nieto to second with Tudor on first. Willie McGee lined out to Marshall in right, moving Nieto to third. With two outs, Ozzie Smith hit an infield single to shortstop that scored Nieto, and when Herr followed with his own single, Reuss departed in a 5-0 hole. John Tudor (born February 2, 1954 in Schenectady, NY) is a baseball player. ... Jerry Reuss (born July 19, 1949 in St. ... Jack Clark is the name of: A former Major League Baseball player: see Jack Clark (baseball) A former television announcer: see Jack Clark (television) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... C sar Cede o [THAY-sar thay-DAY-nyo] (born February 25, 1951 in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played with the Houston Astros (1970-81), Cincinnati Reds (1982-85), St. ... Squeeze play may mean: Squeeze play (baseball) Squeeze play (bridge) Squeeze Play (novel) Squeeze Play (The Price is Right pricing game) This is a disambiguation page: a list of articles associated with the same title. ... Osborne Earl Smith, known as Ozzie Smith (born December 26, 1954), is a former Major League baseball player born in Mobile, Alabama. ...


Rick Honeycutt came in to put out the fire, but Jack Clark's single scored Smith. Cedeno's walk loaded the bases, and an infield single by Landrum made it 7-0 with the bases still loaded. Terry Pendelton singled to score both Clark and Cedeno, and Tudor had a nine-run lead. Honeycutt was pulled in favor of Bobby Castillo, who struck out Tom Nieto to end the inning. Frederick Wayne Honeycutt (June 29, 1954 Chattanooga, TN - ) was a pitcher for 21 years from 1977 to 1987. ... Thomas Tom Andrew Nieto is the catching instructor for the New York Mets. ...


At this point, the game was effectively over. Bill Madlock homered off Tudor in the seventh, the only run he permitted, but by that point the Dodgers were trailing 11-1 en route to a 12-2 loss that tied the series at two wins apiece. Tudor went seven innings for the win while Castillo hung around until the ninth. Bill Madlock (born Bill Madlock Jr. ...


In past years, this would set the stage for the clinching game five, but the new format gave leeway to each team's pitching arrangement.


Game Five Monday, October 14, 1985 St. Louis

High drama unfolded when the Dodgers and Cardinals met for game five tied at two victories apiece. The Dodgers sent Fernando Valenzuela for his second start of the series against the Cardinals' number four starter, Bob Forsch. Whitey Herzog felt comfortable starting Forsch to give extra rest to his pair of twenty-game winners, Andujar and Tudor. Prior to the game, Tommy Lasorda declared, "If they can beat Valenzuela and Hershiser, then we're not as good as we thought." Dodger announcer Vin Scully repeated this several times during the broadcasts of games five and six. Monday (pron. ... October 14 is the 287th day of the year (288th in Leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... The Gateway Arch, shown here behind the Old Courthouse, is the most recognizable part of the St. ... Fernando Valenzuela Anguamea (b. ... Robert Herbert (Bob) Forsch (born January 13, 1950 in Sacramento, California) is a former starting pitcher in Major League Baseball who played for the St. ... Whitey Herzog (born November 9, 1931) is a former major league baseball player and manager. ... Thomas Charles Lasorda (born 22 September 1927 in Norristown, Pennsylvania) was a Major League baseball player and manager. ... Vin Scully publicity photo, © Los Angeles Dodgers Vincent Edward Vin Scully (born November 29, 1927 in The Bronx, New York) is an American sportscaster, known primarily as the play-by-play voice of the Brooklyn and Los Angeles Dodgers baseball teams. ...


As in games three and four, the Cardinals got the ball rolling quickly. Willie McGee and Ozzie Smith led off with walks, and Tommy Herr doubled, scoring both runners. At second with nobody out, the Dodgers - for the fifth time in the series - picked a runner off base, Herr in this case, only to see him advance on a throwing error by Valenzuela. With Herr at third and nobody out, Valenzuela masterfully got out of the jam with no further damage, and the Cardinals led, 2-0. current manager of the Lancaster Barnstormers Thomas Mitchell Herr (born 1956 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball who played from 1979 to 1991 for the St. ...


In the fourth inning, Ken Landreaux singled and Bill Madlock homered for the second time in the series to tie the game at two. Ken Dayley replaced Forsch and got out of a two on and nobody out jam. And that ended the scoring until the ninth. Ken Landreaux, born December 22, 1954 in Los Angeles, California, was a Major League Baseball player. ... Bill Madlock (born Bill Madlock Jr. ...


Tom Niedenfuer came in to hold the Cardinals at bay in the ninth. After inducing McGee to pop up to third, Ozzie Smith came to bat from the left side of the plate. Never before in his career had Smith homered from the left side - until now. He golfed a Niedenfuer fastball down the right field line and over the fence for a home run, ending game five as a 3-2 Cardinal victory. The ball hit the front facing of the lower deck and bounded back onto the field, but it was clearly above the home run line and Smith scored the winning run.


Reliever Jeff Lahti got the win and Niedenfuer got the loss. Jeffrey Allen Lahti (born October 8, 1956, in Oregon City, Oregon) was a Major League Baseball pitcher. ...


This was the game where a fan blew water from the top of the visitors dugout into the eyes of Steve Sax as he came back after making an out. Sax attempted to enter the stands and was halted by security. Sax later pointed out that the water was mixed with beer and hurt him. The fan was evicted by security with no further incident. Stephen Louis Sax (born January 29, 1960 in Sacramento, California) is a former second baseman in Major League Baseball. ...


Game Six Wednesday, October 16, 1985 Los Angeles

The St. Louis Cardinals won their second National League title in four years by beating the Dodgers, 7-5, in one of the most exciting playoff games ever. The Dodgers returned to Los Angeles trailing three games to two, but comfortable knowing the last two games would be played in Chavez Ravine. The Dodgers fired Orel Hershiser, 19-3 on the year and the game two winner, against Cardinal twenty-game winner, Joaquin Andujar. The god Woden, after whom Wednesday was named. ... October 16 is the 289th day of the year (290th in Leap years). ... This article is about the year. ... This article is about the largest city in California. ... Dodger Stadium has been the home of the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball team since 1962. ... Orel Hershiser on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1991. ... Pitcher Joaquín Andújar, with the Astros Joaquín Andújar [an-DOO-har] (born December 21, 1952 in San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic) is a former Major League Baseball right-handed starting pitcher who played for the Houston Astros (1976-81, 1988), St. ...


Unlike the previous three games, it was the Dodgers and not the Cardinals who got the scoring started quickly when Mariano Duncan's double and Bill Madlock's single put the Dodgers ahead, 1-0. An inning later, a walk to Greg Brock and singles by Hershiser and Duncan scored Brock to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Bill Madlock (born Bill Madlock Jr. ...


Both pitchers helped themselves with hits. After Hershiser's single in the second, Andujar led off the third with a double off the wall and scored on Herr's single to cut the lead to 2-1. But Andujar hurt himself with a throwing error in the fifth that put Duncan on base. Duncan promptly stole second and went to third on a ground out by Landreaux. He then scored on Guerrero's deep fly to center field. Bill Madlock homered for the third time in the series, and the Dodgers led, 4-1. Bill Madlock (born Bill Madlock Jr. ...


In the top of the seventh, Darrell Porter singled as did Tito Landrum. Steve Braun pinch-hit for Andujar and grounded out, but moved the runners to second and third. McGee's single plated both runners, leading Tommy Lasorda to call on reliver Tom Niedenfuer. Niedenfuer's last pitch had landed in the seats to end game five, and the first batter he faced was the same - Ozzie Smith. Ozzie drilled a triple that just barely missed being a second left-handed homer, but Niedenfuer struck out Jack Clark to end the threat. But the Cardinals had now tied the game at four. Darrell Ray Porter (January 17, 1952 – August 5, 2002) was an American catcher in Major League Baseball, and one of the first American professional athletes to publicly admit he had a problem with substance abuse. ... Thomas Charles Lasorda (born 22 September 1927 in Norristown, Pennsylvania) was a Major League baseball player and manager. ... Osborne Earl Smith, known as Ozzie Smith (born December 26, 1954), is a former Major League baseball player born in Mobile, Alabama. ... Jack Clark is the name of: A former Major League Baseball player: see Jack Clark (baseball) A former television announcer: see Jack Clark (television) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


In the bottom of the eighth, Mike Marshall lifted a towering fly ball to right off of Todd Worrell. It looked like a routine out, but the wind carried the ball just out of the reach of Andy Van Slyke and behind the wall for a home run. The Dodgers were now just three outs from forcing game seven. Mike Marshall can refer to different people: Mike Marshall: a Major League Baseball outfielder (from 1981-1991) Mike Marshall: a Major League Baseball pitcher (from 1967-81) Mike Marshall: a Bluegrass musician Mike Marshall: an Inventor (Footbag, Wham-O) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other... Todd Roland Worrell (born September 28, 1959 in Arcadia, California) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played for the St. ... Andrew James Van Slyke (born December 21, 1960 in Utica, New York) is a former center fielder in Major League Baseball who played for the St. ...


In the ninth, Niedenfuer struck out Cedeno. McGee singled and stole second. With Ozzie Smith's prior success against Niedenfuer - a homer and triple in his last two at-bats - the Dodgers walked Smith and induced a ground out from Herr. With runners at second and third and two out, the obvious question faced Tommy Lasorda: do you walk Clark to the open first base or do you pitch to him? Niedenfuer had struck out Clark in the seventh. By contrast, the next two hitters in the Cardinal line-up, Van Slyke and Pendleton, were having miserable series. But Lasorda opted to pitch to Clark, and he drilled Niedenfuer's first fastball 450 feet into the left field stands for a pennant-winning home run. Demoralized, the Dodgers went down in order in the bottom of the ninth, with Guerrero popping up for the final out.


The Cardinals had won and would face the Kansas City Royals in the World Series. Major league affiliations American League (1969-present) Central Division (1994-present) West Division (1969-1993) Major league titles World Series titles (1) 1985 AL Pennants (2) 1985 â€¢ 1980 Central Division titles (0) None West Division titles (6) [1] 1985 â€¢ 1984 â€¢ 1980 â€¢ 1978 1977 â€¢ 1976 Wild card berths (0) None [1...


 
 

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