Jack Buck's "That's a winner!"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jun 24 04:35:07 UTC 2002

At 4:43 PM -0400 6/23/02, Alice Faber wrote:
>Laurence Horn wrote:
>>At 11:25 AM -0500 6/19/02, Elaine -HFB- Ashton wrote:
>>>I grew up in St. Louis with Jack Buck. He had the most unmistakable voice
>>>in broadcasting and radio will be less without him.
>>>[quoting some obituary:]
>>>  >From the 1985 World Series he is often remembered for the "Go Crazy Folks,
>>>Go Crazy!" jubilant cry at the game and series winning home run.
>>Can anyone clarify this reference for me?  First of all, it was
>>Kansas City that won that series (and the Cardinals that lost), and I
>>suspect Buck was enough of a homer [in the 'subjective', not
>>'four-bagger' sense] not to have exulted quite that jubilantly at the
>>result.  Second, the series-deciding 7th game was something like 9-0
>>(Saberhagen pitching the shutout), so there was no 'game and series
>>winning home run'.  Perhaps the playoffs (NLCS) preceding the series,
>>when the Cards beat the Dodgers on Jack Clark's homer, IIRC?
>By the third time that I saw the SportsCenter retrospective on Jack Buck, I
>finally figured out that this call was from the end of game 6 of that
>series. Ozzie's homer capped a come-from behind rally and forced a game 7.
>I suppose I *could* check retrosheet, but I *should* weed my veggie garden.
No, you're quite likely right.  Ozzie's blow was much more unexpected
and hence jubilacient, although less ultimately decisive, than
Clark's homer, which as I recall was foreordained when Lasorda didn't
have Niedenfuhr walk him intentionally.  Anyway, it wasn't from the
World Series.


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