29 Years Ago Today; Game 1 Of The 1981 NLCS

Since there is no baseball for two days, let's look back at some baseball past. It was 29 years ago today that the Dodgers opened the National League Championship Series with a game at Dodger Stadium against the Expos.

An RBI double by Ron Cey, followed one out later by a Bill Russell squeeze bunt, plated two second-inning runs against Bill Gullickson. Those were the only runs allowed by Gullickson in seven innings.

Burt Hooton pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings, picking up his second win of the postseason. He would go on to allow five runs (three earned) in five postseason starts that season, going 4-1 with a 0.82 ERA. Hooton is the all-time Dodgers franchise leader with six playoff wins.

Back-to-back home runs by Pedro Guerrero and Mike Scioscia in the eighth inning pushed the Dodger lead to to 5-0. Montreal scored a run in the ninth, but it wasn't enough, as the Dodgers won Game 1, 5-1. They would lose the next two games to fall behind 2-1 in the series, but won the final two games in Montreal to advance to the World Series. In 1981, the Dodgers trailed in all three playoff series, but won their fifth World Series.

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