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80's Tournament: A.L. Elite Eight

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A.L. West Finals: (12) 1988 Minnesota Twins vs. (6) 1983 Chicago White Sox


Game 1: Twins 6, White Sox 5


Tim Laudner hit a grand slam in the 6th off LaMarr Hoyt. White Sox had the tying and winning runs on in the 9th but Jeff Reardon held them off.


Game 2: Twins 15, White Sox 4


Every Twins starter scored at least one run as they crushed Floyd Bannister and the White Sox bullpen. Dan Gladden led the way going 3 for 5 with a homerun.


Game 3: White Sox 3, Twins 2


Richard Dotson allowed just one earned run in 7 2/3 innings as the Sox steal a win back in the Metrodome.


Game 4: Twins 7, White Sox 5


Twins escaped to take a 3-1 series lead as the Sox nearly made a miraculous comeback from being down 7-0 in the 9th.


Game 5: Twins 5, White Sox 4 10 innings


Twins wrap up the series on a walk off….ground out. With John Moses on 3rd, Gladden hit a chopper to Scott Fletcher and he was unable to throw Moses out at the plate. Kirby Puckett was 3 for 4 with a homerun.


Twins win series 4 games to 1


A.L. West All-Region Team


C: Tim Laudner, '88 Twins

1B: Kent Hrbek, '88 Twins

2B: Tom Herr, '88 Twins

3B: Gary Gaetti, '88 Twins

SS: Dick Schofield, '86 Angels

LF: Dan Gladden, '88 Twins

CF: Rudy Law, '83 White Sox

RF: Harold Baines, '83 White Sox

SP: Frank Viola, '88 Twins

RP: Jeff Reardon, '88 Twins


Region MVP: Gary Gaetti, .365/.402/.667, 96 AB, 20 R, 35 H, 4 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 23 RBI



A.L. East Finals: (13) 1987 Toronto Blue Jays vs. (6) 1980 New York Yankees


Game 1: Yankees 3, Blue Jays 2


An Eric Sodherholm rbi single in the bottom of the 8th broke up a 2-2 tie.


Game 2: Blue Jays 3, Yankees 2


Lloyd Moseby hit a two out, rbi double in the top of the 9th for the winning run. Jim Clancy got the complete game victory.


Game 3: Blue Jays 6, Yankees 2


Jesse Barfield was 2 for 3 with a homerun and Dave Stieb allowed just one earned run on four hits in seven innings. The ’80 Yankees now trail in a series for the first time in the tournament.


Game 4: Blue Jays 3, Yankees 2 11 innings


Willie Randolph booted a groundball with two out in the 11th and then Ron Davis uncorked a wild pitch to score George Bell from third for the winning run.


Game 5: Yankees 7, Blue Jays 6 10 innings


Randolph drew a bases loaded walk from Jeff Musselman in the 10th to force in the eventual winning run and the keep the Yankees alive.


Game 6: Yankees 3, Blue Jays 1


Gaylord Perry and Goose Gossage hold the Jays to five hits to help force a Game 7.


Game 7: Yankees 3, Blue Jays 2


Davis pitched three scoreless innings in relief and Reggie Jackson hit his 12th homerun of the tournament as the Yankees complete the series comeback and now put three teams from 1980 into the Final Four.


Yankees win series 4 games to 3


A.L. East All-Region Team


C: Rick Cerone, '80 Yankees

1B: Don Mattingly, '85 Yankees

2B: Willie Randolph, '80 Yankees

3B: Graig Nettles, '80 Yankees

SS: Tony Fernandez, '87 Blue Jays

LF: George Bell, '87 Blue Jays

CF: Lloyd Moseby, '87 Blue Jays

RF: Reggie Jackson, '80 Yankees

SP: Tommy John, '80 Yankees

RP: Goose Gossage, '80 Yankees


Region MVP: Reggie Jackson, .350/.441/.825, 80 AB, 20 R, 28 H, 2 2B, 12 HR, 19 RBI, 13 BB


So there you have it, three teams from 1980 into the Final Four. The '80 Yankees aren't a huge shock as they won 103 games that year but laid an egg in the ALCS. Didn't see the other three teams getting in though.



Final Four: A.L. Finals

'88 Twins vs. '80 Yankees


Up Next: Final Four: League Finals

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