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Baseballs Greatest Games: 1985 NLCS Game 5 (2011)

The St. Louis Cardinals , Major League Baseball  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: The St. Louis Cardinals
  • Directors: Major League Baseball
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: A&E Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2011
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0054DPLGG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,009 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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The St. Louis Cardinals, under manager Whitey Herzog, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, led by Tommy Lasorda, were even at two wins as the 1985 NLCS moved to Game 5. In the quintessential style of Whitey Ball the Cardinals initiated the scoring with two walks and a two- RBI double by Tommy Herr. From then on the Dodgers dazzling ace Fernando Valenzuela stilled the Cardinals while the Dodgers evened the scoring behind Bill Madlock s 2-run home run.

Tom Niedenfuer, who anchored the Dodger bullpen in 1985 (19 Saves, 106.1 innings pitched) and had saved Game 1 with 2 2/3 innings pitched, was summoned for the bottom of the 9th with the score at 2-2. With one out, Ozzie Smith the light-hitting, switch-hitting Wizard stroked the game-winning home run his first career left-handed home run after 3,009 at-bats prompting Jack Buck s famous exclamation, Go crazy folks!

Direct from the Major League Baseball archives, this extraordinary television broadcast includes the quintessential making of an iconic moment, and one unforgettable baseball game.

A special DVD audio feature allows fans to watch the television broadcast and listen to the radio play-by-play!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the best historic video of all November 30, 2011
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First of all, this is simply a wonderful ballgame. Of course, there is the exciting finish, the great Oz hitting it out seconds after NBC flashed a graphic telling us that he had never hit a home run left-handed (the only comparable bit of prescience that comes to mind is the information offered in 1988 to the effect that Jose Canseco had never hit a grand slam).

Equally fascinating, at least if you're a baseball fan, is watching Fernando Valenzuela manage to keep his team in the game for eight innings without a semblance of his usual control (eight walks!). And Ozzie Smith makes a play at shortstop, coming across the second base bag, twisting to make a perfect throw to first, that offers a hint as to why at his peak he played the position like no one before or since. Most of us, if we tried to make our bodies do something like that, would end up in traction.

But what makes this DVD extra special is the chance to listen to two of the greatest play-by-play men ever, Vin Scully on TV and Jack Buck on radio. Buck's call for a home-town audience ("Go crazy") is justly famous, but (like all the great ones and unlike most of today's panderers to the MTV generation) Buck also has a perfect sense of the pace and tension of the game. And Scully is, in the words of Jon Miller, "the best there ever was, the best there ever will be." Ideally, he would work alone, as he has for more than 60 years with the Dodgers, but fortunately, Joe Garagiola is in one of his mellower moods and doesn't feel a need to tell us over and over how things were in his day. Of course, Vinnie had seen every inning Valenzuela had ever pitched in the majors and knew almost immediately that he didn't have his best stuff.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one for the ages January 11, 2014
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Without question this game is worthy of being called one of Baseball's Greatest Games. You can feel the tension build during the game. NBC handled the LCS's in 1985, and Vin Scully and Joe Garagiola handle announcing duties. As for Vin, well what more can you say? I'd listen to him read the Applebee's menu. The two work well together. There's only one instance that I recall (during a Cesar Cedeno at-bat) where they are talking over each other, each discussing something different.

The DVD's only drawback, which is why I didn't go five stars, is during the top of the 7th there are audio and video issues. The picture is blurrier and Vin and Joe sound like they're announcing over the phone. It clears up before the half-inning is up, so don't let this deter you from buying this. It's still a very good DVD worth getting.
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