The Cincinnati Reds won the National League Championship on Wednesday (8 October) against the home team favourites, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Boston Red Sox clinched the American League the same day by beating the Auckland Athletics.
(Cincinnati Reds match)
CU Pirates baseball team member
MV Pitcher throws ball
MV Pitcher throws ball and strike made
CU Split screen scenes
MV Pitcher throws ball, strike made, player runs to base (5 shots)
Pitcher throws ball, strike made, player hits base
CU Players cheering, congratulating one another
CU Players celebrate with champagne (2 shots)
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CU Player speaking
(Red Sox match)
CU Fans cheering Red Sox return (3 shots)
MV Striker hits ball; general play (7 shots)
CU Yastremski speaking to camera
AMUNDSON: "The Reds' win kept the lustre off the pitching performance of Pirates John Candelaria. When he struck out Caesar Geronimo in the eighth, he tied a play-off record of fourteen strike outs. But it was the last he was to get. One walk later, Pete Groves hit Candelaria's first pitch into the left field seats to give the Reds a three-to-two lead. Cincinnati scored its other run in a homer by Dave Concepcion. Al Oliver hit a two run homer for the Pirates. Asked about the rose homer later Candelaria smiled and said: "Didn't you see it? He just belted the things clear over the fence". Pittsburgh tied at the ninth but the Reds scored two runs in the tenth. One, in this double to right setter by Jo Morgan, the probable winner of the National League's most valuable player award. The hit came off loosing pitcher Raymond Hernandez. Pedro Bolbone sent the Pirates down an order in the tenth getting Willie Randolph with a final out, and protecting the win for Wally Eastwik. He put the Reds in the World Series for the third time in five years.
(AMUNDSON): They were looser the previous two times under Sparky Anderson. So, champagne in the club house as Bone stumped for the Reds. But they have not enjoyed the pleasure of celebrating a world Series Championship. The three games sweep did give the Reds a few extra days to think about their next challenge, the Boston Red Sox."
SEQ. 10: REDS PLAYER: "Well they are tough. But we are going to have to play them tough. If we play as tough as we did against the Pirates we cn win. But we are going to have to do it. We are going to have to know a little more about them and we are probably going to gave to adjust.
SEQ. 11: REDS PLAYER: "Boston really took it away from them in three straights so Boston must be unbelievable. I don't know. If I start thinking about Boston I might get scared."
NORTHCOTT: "Two thousand noisy but orderly fans were waiting at Boston's Logan Airport this morning when the Red Sox returned home from Auckland with the American League Championship, their first since nineteen sixty-seven. Many of the fans headed for the airport shortly after the Red Sox completed a three game sweep of the play off series. Boston won it with a three-run-fifth-finish. One of the runs coming home on this single by Carlton Fisk. The hit team tied but the run was charged to starter-looser Ken Holdsworth. Another Red Sox hit brought in Carl Linblad and he promptly threw a wild pitch to allow Carl Yastremski to score. Again in this game, Yastremski was the defensive hero for Boston.
(NORTHCOTT): His remarkable play kept Redgy Jacknson's drive from gong to the fence and helped end an "A's rally in the eighth. He was jubilant in the club house."
SEQ. 14: YASTREMSKI: "A good bunch of guys ... tremendous victory for the Boston Red Sox. Just fantastic."
This film is serviced with (first) a commentary in English by T.V.N. reporter Charles Amundson on the Cincinnati game with part of interviews with two Cincinnati players. And (second) a commentary in English by T.V.N. reporter Bruce Northcott with part of an interview with Red Sox player Carl Yastremski.
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Background: The Cincinnati Reds won the National League Championship on Wednesday (8 October) against the home team favourites, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Boston Red Sox clinched the American League the same day by beating the Auckland Athletics. The winning teams now meet in the World Series.
This is the third time in the past five years that the Cincinnati Reds have reached the World Series. They beat the Pittsburgh Pirates five-two, thereby sweeping the National League play-offs by winning the first three out of five games.
However, the CINCINNATI Reds were not boasting they could beat the Red Sox as the Champagne flowed in the club house after their victory. Clearly they respect their opponents.
The Boston Red Sox beat the Auckland Athletics five-three to take the American League Championship with three straight victories.
And on their return to Boston from Auckland, they were greeted by two thousand cheering fans at the airport. Carl Yastremski was the Red Sox hero, scoring and fielding in telling style.