Just before the first game Bauer sent 11 men down to the bullpen, but he kept his second-and third-game pitchers, Jim Palmer and Wally Bunker, on the bench. When Moe Drabowsky began getting the Dodgers out with fast balls, Palmer and Bunker got the message, and everyone on the Orioles began to realize that Russo had hit on something mighty good. Further, the momentum that the Orioles got when Frank and Brooks Robinson hit back-to-back first-inning home runs for the first time since the second day of the season was tremendous, and by the fourth inning a few people began to notice the fight in the Orioles, particularly that coming from Bauer himself on the bench. Disturbed by some ball and strike calls by Plate Umpire Bill Jackowski of the National League, Bauer lit into Jackowski in a marvelous, screaming diatribe. Even after the inning ended, Bauer was still on Jackowski, and he did not subside until Jackowski finally turned and gave him a long, warning stare. The Robinsons, Drabowsky and Bauer had the Orioles on the offensive, and they stayed there.
More significant than the fact that the Dodgers did not score for 33 straight innings is that over the final 25 innings they were able to advance only one runner to third base. Part of the Dodger act over the last few seasons had been to get runners—lots of runners—to third base. Eventually somebody makes a mistake and a run leaks home. On great days two or three runs may score. Because of this style of play the Dodgers are the only team that can win a game 2-1 or 3-2 and make the opponent look terrible. When they lose, it doesn't make any difference if the score if 9-0 or 1-0, the Dodgers look terrible either way.
One of the reasons why the Dodgers could not get men around to third was their abandonment of the bunt, normally one of their strongest weapons. Los Angeles tried to bunt only 11 times in four games, and only one of those, a sacrifice by Maury Wills in the eighth inning of the third game, was successful. The Dodgers were really intimidated by the presence of Brooks Robinson at third base and seemed afraid to bunt against him. Thus they psyched themselves into hitting at an infield only three quarters its normal size, as though a new foul line ran from home plate to shortstop.
The embarrassment that the Dodgers underwent in the Series will no doubt be reflected both in their trades during the off season and the type of pitching they will see next year. The Dodgers won the pennant this season on grit, cortisone and Koufax, and it is doubtful that they can repeat again in 1967 without a third baseman who can hit the ball out of the infield and keep grounders in it. With Maury Wills due for an operation on his knee, their speed may be vastly reduced.
Although some feel that the Orioles may already be on their way to replacing the Yankees as the American League dynasty, people were saying that about the Twins last season. The Orioles still have flaws and, like the Dodgers, they face an operation on their key man. Frank Robinson, like Wills, will undergo surgery on his knee this winter, and the prospect of that makes Oriole fans uneasy. But whatever happens, no one can take the 1966 season away from them.