And that, despite Willie's catch, is what they continued to be. They had tied a 61-year-old World Series record for consecutive scoreless innings in their previous time at bat. After Willie's catch they broke it, and then added four more to finish with 33 straight innings without a run. They had been shut out in three straight games, the first time that had happened in a Series since 1905. They lost successive 1-0 shutouts, and that had never happened before. As a team they made the fewest hits and scored the fewest runs in Series history.
Baltimore, on the other hand, functioned like a team, like a winner. Its pitching had weak hitting to cope with, but it coped, almost perfectly. The fielding was seldom spectacular (except that Brooks Robinson is always spectacular), but it was impeccable: the Orioles did not make an error, another Series record. Not that Baltimore's batters ripped things apart—the Orioles' .200 batting average was the lowest ever for a Series winner. But Baltimore's hits were dramatic—the back-to-back homers by Frank and Brooks Robinson in the first game, Paul Blair's in the third, Frank Robinson's in this last insult to the Dodger dynasty. And in the final evaluation, Frank Robinson was the difference. He won the pennant for Baltimore. He won the Series.