On October 12, 1972 — In Game 5 of the ALCS, the A’s clinch their first American League pennant since 1931 by beating Detroit at Tiger Stadium, 2-1,

After clinching the pennant, Blue Moon Odom and Vida Blue give new meaning to the term the Swingin’ A’s when the starting pitcher and the game’s closer begin to brawl in the clubhouse. Odom, who left after five innings having allowed a run on two hits, takes exception to the universal choke sign made by Vida Blue, when the reliever used the gesture to answer his own question, “How come you starters can’t finish what you begin.”

Reggie Jackson steals home, but pulls a hamstring in the process, sidelining him for the World Series.

 


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