Vin Scully, from Sunday's telecast:
Remember the trivia question? The fact that Sparky Anderson, one of two managers ever to win a World Series in both leagues? Who's the other? And you're right on the money if you said Tony LaRussa, with the A's and Cardinals. Sparky of course won with the Reds and with Detroit.
When Detroit won in 1984 and we were broadcasting the World Series, and the Tigers won at home, that was one of the scariest days we have ever spent, as Garret Anderson singles to left field.
I mean, it's one thing to win a World Series, but there was a large group of people in Detroit who went wild. Wild! Turning over buses and cars. I remember seeing the police of two hundred in lockstep. Shields, truncheons, plastic masks, walking towards Tiger Stadium. Scary stuff.
They tore up the infield. They had big clumps of infield grass and they were throwing it up towards the broadcasting booths after the game. And I wondered what caused them to do that. I didn't know that the late Jack Buck, God rest his soul, was in the radio booth with a glove on, encouraging the people to throw the grass and dirt.
And Joe Garagiola and I were doing the game, and a big clump of dirt landed on Joe's balding head, and he was furious, and he stormed out of the booth. And I still had to read, oh, about a minute and a half copy about "This broadcast was brought to you by" and blah blah blah.
But all the dirt and clods were flying into the booth. So the last minute and a half of that final broadcast of the '84 World Series, I was flat on my back under the counter reading it while the fans were throwing the dirt up there.
Yeah...yeah, Sparky, I remember '84. Indeed I do.
Two out, Anderson at first....
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