And that, basically, was what Game 3 came down to. The Cardinals guarded the line and the Twins didn't. When the chorus asked Kelly why he didn't bring in Schatzeder sooner, Kelly said, a bit petulantly, 'T think I know my team better than you do." The Panama-born Berenguer gave an even shorter response: "No talk. I pitch crap. That's it. No talk."
Tudor was talking, though. Vilified in the 1985 Series for his rudeness—the press box habitu�s gave him a standing ovation after Kansas City shelled him in Game 7—Tudor patiently took on all reporters after his 3-1 win. He even joked, "I asked Whitey to petition the National League to get rid of the fourth inning," referring to the seven-and six-run fourths the Twins enjoyed in Games 1 and 2.
In Game 4 the fourth inning again proved to be the big inning for the home team, and again Herzog came out looking like a genius, particularly in light of an offhand remark he had made after Viola beat St. Louis in Game 1. "Lawless is a pretty good hitter," Herzog had said. "He just might be the guy to deal with Viola next time."
Herzog was talking about the utility player referred to as "Hitless" in the Oct. 19 issue of this magazine. A lot of people wondered why a player who had gotten two hits in the regular season (Aug. 12 and Oct. 4) was starting at third base in Game 4, including David Herzog, Whitey's 30-year-old son. "He was all over me about Lawless," said the manager. So were the fans on the radio call-in shows in St. Louis, as Lawless and his wife, Cheryl, heard on their drive to the park.
Now it was the bottom of the fourth, the score tied 1-1. The Cardinals had runners on first and third with none out when Lawless came to the plate for the second time against Viola. He had struck out looking the first time. This time Viola threw him an 0-and-1 fast-ball, and Lawless turned on it. He stood at the plate watching his drive with all the insouciance of Reggie Jackson, who was working the Series for ABC and had admitted before the game he didn't know who Lawless was. The way Lawless stood looking, the ball might have been heading for the Mississippi, right through the Gateway Arch, but actually it just cleared the fence in left, hitting the concrete facade and bouncing back onto the field. He flung his bat in a daze and made a slow trot around the bases, like a man who has hit 600 home runs in his major league career and not just a single dinger. "He has hit 600," Herzog said afterward. "Only they've all come at six o'clock." The Cardinals went on to score three more runs in the fourth to take a 7-1 lead, but the game wasn't over yet. They had a tense moment or two in the fifth. With runners on first and third and one out, Lawless—he fields, too—held Puckett to a single by knocking down his shot near third base. Then Smith made a sensational play, diving to his right to stop a shot by Gaetti and recovering quickly enough to throw from his knees to force Puckett at second. Brunansky followed with a sinking liner to left that Coleman caught with a headfirst slide. Using the bucket brigade of starter Greg Mathews and relievers Bob Forsch and Ken Dayley, the Cards had beaten Viola and the Twins 7-2, tied the Series at two games apiece, and guaranteed that it would go upriver.
Best of all, the Series gained a hero in the great tradition of Hank Gowdy, Al Gionfriddo, Al Weis and Brian Doyle. When Viola, who grew up on Long Island as a Mets fan, was asked if he recalled Weis's dramatic homer in the 1969 Series, he said, "Did you have to remind me?" Lawless thus became the fourth nonpitcher in history to hit a home run in the World Series without having hit one in the regular season.
Until this night Lawless was known (if at all) for two things: He was the only player ever traded for Pete Rose (from Cincinnati to Montreal, 1984), and he got his first hit of the season later than every other player on an Opening Day roster in each of the last two seasons. Now people were learning he is the best golfer on the Cardinals and that he was a political science major at Behrend College of Erie-Penn State U. Asked what career he would be pursuing if he weren't playing baseball, Lawless said, "Playing golf." How big a thrill was the home run? "Well, I'll probably go home and sleep in my uniform tonight."
While some of the Twins took umbrage at his trot, most Cardinals got a kick out of it. "Really funny," said Dayley, who had served up Lawless's only previous homer when Dayley was a Brave and Lawless a Red. "If he'd done that to me, I'd have drilled him next time up," said Tudor, Lawless's best friend on the club.
The only aspect of Game 4 that was stranger than Lawless's homer was the fan spotted in the stands wearing an old man's mask, cheering wildly for the Twins. The fan turned out to be none other than Steve Carlton, a resident of the St. Louis area and former Cardinal who pitched in nine games for Minnesota this season.
At dawn on Thursday, some 15 hours before Game 5, Herzog went angling and caught nine fish. Earlier in the week, he had tried to bait Blyleven, accusing him of balking by not coming to a stop in his delivery with runners on base. But Blyleven wasn't biting. "Tell Whitey not to bother if he's trying to mess with my mind," said Blyleven, "because I have no mind." When the message was relayed to Herzog, the Rat said, "Tell Bert I know that."