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1970 – 19-year-old Cesar Cedeno makes his major league debut in a 9-6 triumph over the Braves. He singles twice off George Stone as Houston builds an early lead. Homers by Johnny Edwards and Bob Watson appear to put the game away but Atlanta makes a furious rally which ends only when Fred Gladding fans Bob Aspromonte with two aboard for the final out. 

1970 – 19-year-old Cesar Cedeno makes his major league debut in a 9-6 triumph over the Braves. He singles twice off George Stone as Houston builds an early lead. Homers by Johnny Edwards and Bob Watson appear to put the game away but Atlanta makes a furious rally which ends only when Fred Gladding fans Bob Aspromonte with two aboard for the final out. 

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1970 – Tom Griffin tosses a one-hitter in a 5-1 victory over the Padres. A double by Cito Gaston in the seventh is the lone safety although Jim Wynn robbed Gaston of a similar hit earlier . Houston also pulls off a triple steal when John Mayberry, Doug Rader and Johnny Edwards run on a failed squeeze play. 

1970 – Tom Griffin tosses a one-hitter in a 5-1 victory over the Padres. A double by Cito Gaston in the seventh is the lone safety although Jim Wynn robbed Gaston of a similar hit earlier . Houston also pulls off a triple steal when John Mayberry, Doug Rader and Johnny Edwards run on a failed squeeze play. 

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 1970- Astros blast five home runs to trounce Phil Niekro and the Braves, 8-3 . Jim Wynn has the most memorable shot, a rocket that doesn’t come to rest until it finds the gold (upper reserved) seats in the third inning (section 738C, row 6, seat 3) . That bested his blast into the purple seats in the first. Tommy Davis, Joe Pepitone and Doug Rader go yard as well, making an easy night for starter Larry Dierker. 

 1970- Astros blast five home runs to trounce Phil Niekro and the Braves, 8-3 . Jim Wynn has the most memorable shot, a rocket that doesn’t come to rest until it finds the gold (upper reserved) seats in the third inning (section 738C, row 6, seat 3) . That bested his blast into the purple seats in the first. Tommy Davis, Joe Pepitone and Doug Rader go yard as well, making an easy night for starter Larry Dierker. 

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1970 – Pitcher Larry Dierker orders pinch-hitter Norm Miller to belt a homer as he’s leaving the game. Miller delivers with a three-run shot off Gaylord Perry to key an 8-5 Opening Day win at San Francisco. Dierker picks up the victory while Fred Gladding earns the save.

1970 – Pitcher Larry Dierker orders pinch-hitter Norm Miller to belt a homer as he’s leaving the game. Miller delivers with a three-run shot off Gaylord Perry to key an 8-5 Opening Day win at San Francisco. Dierker picks up the victory while Fred Gladding earns the save.

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1970 – Doug Rader becomes the first to reach the Dome’s gold (upper reserved) seats with a home run off Stan Bahnsen during a 9-5 exhibition win against the Yankees. The ball lands in section 738D, row 6, seat 1. 

1970 – Doug Rader becomes the first to reach the Dome’s gold (upper reserved) seats with a home run off Stan Bahnsen during a 9-5 exhibition win against the Yankees. The ball lands in section 738D, row 6, seat 1. 

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1970 – Jim Wynn launches two homers off Nolan Ryan to pace a 9-5 thrashing of the Mets. Wynn totals four hits and drives in five. Denis Menke also goes deep twice. Don Wilson survives an early 3-0 deficit to gain the victory. Wynn tells the press that Ryan’s fastball is no match for his bat and backs it up. 

1970 – Jim Wynn launches two homers off Nolan Ryan to pace a 9-5 thrashing of the Mets. Wynn totals four hits and drives in five. Denis Menke also goes deep twice. Don Wilson survives an early 3-0 deficit to gain the victory. Wynn tells the press that Ryan’s fastball is no match for his bat and backs it up. 

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1970 – Don Wilson hurls a 16-hitter during a 7-3 victory in Montreal. That’s no typo. Wilson caps a five-run first inning with an RBI single and this lead lets him stay in the game as he dodges Montreal’s bullets all day. Fred Gladding is summoned to get the final out after Wilson allows three straight hits with two out in the ninth.

1970 – Don Wilson hurls a 16-hitter during a 7-3 victory in Montreal. That’s no typo. Wilson caps a five-run first inning with an RBI single and this lead lets him stay in the game as he dodges Montreal’s bullets all day. Fred Gladding is summoned to get the final out after Wilson allows three straight hits with two out in the ninth.

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1970 – Disgruntled first baseman Joe Pepitone, who suddenly “retired” rather than play in Houston, is sold to the Cubs. He had belted 14 home runs during his four months in Texas. Bob Watson takes over at first as Larry Dierker is roughed up during a 9-2 loss at Wrigley Field. 

1970 – Disgruntled first baseman Joe Pepitone, who suddenly “retired” rather than play in Houston, is sold to the Cubs. He had belted 14 home runs during his four months in Texas. Bob Watson takes over at first as Larry Dierker is roughed up during a 9-2 loss at Wrigley Field. 

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1970 – San Francisco’s Gaylord Perry is met by two umpires and forced to towel down before the second inning of a game at the Dome. Minus the medicine, Perry gives up five runs as the Astros build an early lead. The Giants roar back to claim a 7-5 advantage before Houston tallies three in the ninth for an 8-7 triumph. Doug Rader singles home Jim Wynn with the game-winner. 

1970 – San Francisco’s Gaylord Perry is met by two umpires and forced to towel down before the second inning of a game at the Dome. Minus the medicine, Perry gives up five runs as the Astros build an early lead. The Giants roar back to claim a 7-5 advantage before Houston tallies three in the ninth for an 8-7 triumph. Doug Rader singles home Jim Wynn with the game-winner. 

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Major League Season Recap 1970

Major League Season Recap 1970 World Series – Baltimore Orioles AL over Cincinnati Reds NL 4 games to 1 World Series MVP – Brooks Robinson Babe Ruth Award – Brooks Robinson ALCS Baltimore Orioles over Minnesota...

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1970 – The San Francisco Giants trade popular second baseman Ron Hunt to the Montreal Expos for first baseman Dave McDonald. Hunt will be a solid starter for three seasons in Montreal, while McDonald will be sold back to the Expos less than a year later.

1970 – The San Francisco Giants trade popular second baseman Ron Hunt to the Montreal Expos for first baseman Dave McDonald. Hunt will be a solid starter for three seasons in Montreal, while McDonald will be sold back to the Expos less than a year later.

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Shortstop Enzo Hernandez and pitchers Tom Phoebus, Al Severinsen and Fred Beene go from the Orioles to the Padres for pitchers Pat Dobson and Tom Dukes. Dobson will win 20 games for the Orioles next season.

Shortstop Enzo Hernandez and pitchers Tom Phoebus, Al Severinsen and Fred Beene go from the Orioles to the Padres for pitchers Pat Dobson and Tom Dukes. Dobson will win 20 games for the Orioles next season.

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The White Sox trade OF Ken Berry to the Angels for OF Jay Johnstone in a six-player deal. The White Sox also make a rare trade with the Cubs when they send OF Jose Ortiz and infielder Ossie Blanco to the North side for pitchers Pat Jacquez and Dave Lemonds.

The White Sox trade OF Ken Berry to the Angels for OF Jay Johnstone in a six-player deal. The White Sox also make a rare trade with the Cubs when they send OF Jose Ortiz and infielder Ossie Blanco to the North side for pitchers Pat Jacquez and Dave Lemonds.

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1970 – The Sporting News announces Gold Glove Award selections. Chicago White Sox shortstop Luis Aparicio wins the ninth and final honor of his career, while New York Mets outfielder Tommie Agee becomes the first position player to win it in each league. Aparicio has now won a gold glove in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, while Agee also won the honor with the White Sox during his 1966 Rookie of Year season.

1970 – The Sporting News announces Gold Glove Award selections. Chicago White Sox shortstop Luis Aparicio wins the ninth and final honor of his career, while New York Mets outfielder Tommie Agee becomes the first position player to win it in each league. Aparicio has now won a gold glove in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, while Agee also won the honor with the White Sox during his 1966 Rookie of Year season.

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1970 – Baltimore Orioles first baseman Boog Powell, who batted .297 with 35 home runs and 114 RBI, is named American League Most Valuable Player, beating Tony Oliva of the Minnesota Twins by a 234-157 margin.

1970 – Baltimore Orioles first baseman Boog Powell, who batted .297 with 35 home runs and 114 RBI, is named American League Most Valuable Player, beating Tony Oliva of the Minnesota Twins by a 234-157 margin.

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1970 – Former major league pitcher Charlie Root dies at the age of 71. Root posted a 201-160 record over 17 major league seasons, but was best known for an incident in the 1932 World Series. Root was on the mound for the Chicago Cubs when Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees allegedly “called his shot” before hitting a home run.

1970 – Former major league pitcher Charlie Root dies at the age of 71. Root posted a 201-160 record over 17 major league seasons, but was best known for an incident in the 1932 World Series. Root was on the mound for the Chicago Cubs when Babe Ruth of the New York Yankees allegedly “called his shot” before hitting a home run.

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St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson wins the National League Cy Young Award by a 118-51 margin over Gaylord Perry of the San Francisco Giants. Gibson posted a 23-7 record with 274 strikeouts and a 3.12 ERA.

St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Bob Gibson wins the National League Cy Young Award by a 118-51 margin over Gaylord Perry of the San Francisco Giants. Gibson posted a 23-7 record with 274 strikeouts and a 3.12 ERA.

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Dave McNally is the first pitcher to hit a grandslam in the World Series

In Game 3 of the Fall Classic played at Memorial Stadium, Dave McNally goes deep with the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth inning off the Reds’ right-hander Wayne Granger, becoming the first pitcher in World Series history to hit a grand slam. The Orioles’ hurler’s offensive output contributes to the Birds’ 9-3 victory over Cincinnati and gives Baltimore a commanding 3-0 game advantage in the seven-game series.

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Red Sox deal Tony Conigliaro to the Angels

“It was as if [Boston] Mayor Menino were to trade the USS Constitution to Baltimore for the USS Constellation.” – HERB CREHAN, referring to the Red Sox dealing Tony Conigliaro to the Angels in his book Red Sox Heroes of Yesteryear.During the O’s/Reds World Series, the Red Sox trade fan-favorite Tony Conigliaro along with Ray Jarvis and Jerry Moses to the Angels for Doug Griffin, Jarvis Tatum, and Ken Tatum. The deal stuns the baseball community and crushes the former Boston outfielder, who fans admire for his courageous comeback after being hit in the left cheekbone by a Jack Hamilton pitch that caused a severe eye injury.

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In the first World Series game to be played on artificial turf, Boog Powell, Ellie Hendricks, and Brooks Robinson homer to power the Orioles past the Reds, 4-3. Baltimore’s offensive output in Game 1 of the Fall Classic overcomes Cincinnati’s 3-0 early lead at Riverfront Stadium.

In the first World Series game to be played on artificial turf, Boog Powell, Ellie Hendricks, and Brooks Robinson homer to power the Orioles past the Reds, 4-3. Baltimore’s offensive output in Game 1 of the Fall Classic overcomes Cincinnati’s 3-0 early lead at Riverfront Stadium.

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Baltimore’s Mike Cuellar becomes the first pitcher to homer in a league championship game. The right-hander’s fourth-inning grand slam proves to be the difference in the Orioles’ 10-6 ALCS Game 1 victory over Minnesota.

Baltimore’s Mike Cuellar becomes the first pitcher to homer in a league championship game. The right-hander’s fourth-inning grand slam proves to be the difference in the Orioles’ 10-6 ALCS Game 1 victory over Minnesota.

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The Phillies beat the Expos in the final game to be played at Philadelphia’s Connie Mack in ten innings, 2-1. A post-game ceremony, which includes the removal of home plate to be delivered to Veterans Stadium by helicopter, is canceled when souvenir-hunting fans swarm onto the field and destroy the ballpark.

The Phillies beat the Expos in the final game to be played at Philadelphia’s Connie Mack in ten innings, 2-1. A post-game ceremony, which includes the removal of home plate to be delivered to Veterans Stadium by helicopter, is canceled when souvenir-hunting fans swarm onto the field and destroy the ballpark.

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9/30/1970: Leo Cardenas lost a solo home run to an umpire’s decision. In the eighth inning of a game in Minneapolis, Cardenas hit a ball that appeared to hit the left field fair pole off Kansas City’s Wally Bunker. However, the umpires ruled it a foul ball. Both Bill Rigney and Bob Allison were ejected for protesting the call and Cardenas finished his plate appearance with a strikeout.

9/30/1970: Leo Cardenas lost a solo home run to an umpire’s decision. In the eighth inning of a game in Minneapolis, Cardenas hit a ball that appeared to hit the left field fair pole off Kansas City’s Wally Bunker. However, the umpires ruled it a foul ball. Both Bill Rigney and Bob Allison were ejected for protesting the call and Cardenas finished his plate appearance with a strikeout.

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The Orioles rally for two runs in the 8th inning to beat the Indians’ Sam McDowell, 4 – 3. Dick Hall wins his 10th game with three innings of hitless relief. He also walks no one and ends the year with more wins than walks – 10 wins and only six walks in 61 innings. Not since Slim Sallee’s 21 wins in 1919 when he walked 20 has a pitcher accomplished this. Bret Saberhagen in 1994 will be the next, winning 14 and walking 13. Before Sallee, Christy Mathewson had two seasons of more wins than walks.

The Orioles rally for two runs in the 8th inning to beat the Indians’ Sam McDowell, 4 – 3. Dick Hall wins his 10th game with three innings of hitless relief. He also walks no one and ends the year with more wins than walks – 10 wins and only six walks in 61 innings. Not since Slim Sallee’s 21 wins in 1919 when he walked 20 has a pitcher accomplished this. Bret Saberhagen in 1994 will be the next, winning 14 and walking 13. Before Sallee, Christy Mathewson had two seasons of more wins than walks.

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The Pirates clinch the National League East with a 2 – 1 win over the Mets. A record crowd of 50,469 cheer on the Bucs. It’s New York who draws first blood, capitalizing on Pirate starter Dock Ellis’ 1st-inning wildness. Pittsburgh right fielder Roberto Clemente, whose sprained back has limited him to seven games in September and four in the last 23 days, helps erase the early 1 – 0 deficit. “The two-bagger Clemente rapped to the center-field wall in the 3rd was a key blow,” reports The Cumberland Evening Times. “Tommie Agee, who had a bad defensive series, turned the wrong way on the ball,” writes Jack Hernon of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “When he eyed the ball at the last second, he dropped it.” Dave Cash moves to third on the play and scores on Bob Robertson’s sacrifice fly. Cash’s own sac fly in the following frame will push across the deciding run. This will be the ailing Clemente’s final regular season game this season; though he’ll strap it up for the Championship Series against Cincinnati, he’s clearly just a shell of his normal self. In the game, New York’s Ken Boswell, who had played a record 85 games at 2B without an error, boots a grounder in the 5th for his first miscue in 389 chances.

The Pirates clinch the National League East with a 2 – 1 win over the Mets. A record crowd of 50,469 cheer on the Bucs. It’s New York who draws first blood, capitalizing on Pirate starter Dock Ellis’ 1st-inning wildness. Pittsburgh right fielder Roberto Clemente, whose sprained back has limited him to seven games in September and four in the last 23 days, helps erase the early 1 – 0 deficit. “The two-bagger Clemente rapped to the center-field wall in the 3rd was a key blow,” reports The Cumberland Evening Times. “Tommie Agee, who had a bad defensive series, turned the wrong way on the ball,” writes Jack Hernon of Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “When he eyed the ball at the last second, he dropped it.” Dave Cash moves to third on the play and scores on Bob Robertson’s sacrifice fly. Cash’s own sac fly in the following frame will push across the deciding run. This will be the ailing Clemente’s final regular season game this season; though he’ll strap it up for the Championship Series against Cincinnati, he’s clearly just a shell of his normal self. In the game, New York’s Ken Boswell, who had played a record 85 games at 2B without an error, boots a grounder in the 5th for his first miscue in 389 chances.

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