Wednesday, August 10, 2011
203 - World Series Game 1
The 1972 World Series matched the Cincinnati Reds against the Oakland A's. The Reds would play in their second World Series in three years and the A's would play in the World Series for the first time since moving to Oakland.
With the series opening at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, the A's would get off to a good start. Unexpectedly, A's catcher Gene Tenace hit home runs in the second inning and in the fifth inning and drive in all three runs to give the A's a 3-2 victory. Tenace was the first player ever to hit home runs in his first two plate appearances in a World Series; the feat was later matched by Andruw Jones of the Braves in 1996.
About This Card
The photograph shows Gene Tenace scoring after his first home run in the second inning with George Hendrick waiting to congratulate him at the plate. Reds catcher, Johnny Bench looks on.