VIDEO: 21-year-old Bob Welch vs Reggie Jackson in '78 World Series
Let's remember Bob Welch by looking back at one of his best individual moments on the mound.
On Tuesday, we sadly learned of the passing of Bob Welch at the age of 57. While Welch is broadly remembered for his Cy Young season in 1990, his most memorable "moment" as a pitcher probably came in Game 2 of the 1978 World Series. It was then that Welch squared off against the great Reggie Jackson in a high-stakes encouter.
With one out and runners on first and second in the top of the ninth and the Dodgers clinging to a 4-3 lead over the Yankees, L.A. manager Tommy Lasorda summoned Welch, then a 21-year-old rookie fire-baller, to save the game.
Welch retired Thurman Munson on a fly-out to right, and then Jackson -- at the time an eight-time All-star and author of 340 career homers -- stepped in. Please enjoy and appreciate the nine-pitch struggle that followed ...
That still stands as one of the greatest battles in World Series history.
Rest in peace, Mr. Welch.