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  • 1972 - The Cincinnati Reds defeat the Oakland Athletics, 1 - 0, in Game 3 of the World Series. Cincinnati wins despite some successful strategy by the Athletics. In the 8th inning, with runners at second and third, Oakland manager Dick Williams apparently calls for Rollie Fingers to intentionally walk Johnny Bench, only to have Fingers whistle a third strike past the confused Reds catcher. Pitcher Blue Moon Odom strikes out 11 Reds, but Jack Billingham is the winner as the Reds win their first game of the Series.
  • 1973 - New York Mets Jerry Koosman and Tug McGraw combine to pitch a three-hit, 2 - 0 shutout against the Oakland Athletics to take a 3-2 lead in the World Series .

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