Cal Abrams, a member of the Brooklyn Dodgers in their glory days of the early 1950s, died Wednesday after suffering a heart attack last week.
Abrams, who would have been 73 on Sunday, is best remembered for when he was thrown out at home plate in the final National League game of 1950, against the Philadelphia Phillies.
Abrams tried to score from second base on a hit by Duke Snider in the bottom of the ninth inning. Philadelphia’s Richie Asburn threw out Abrams.
Had he scored, the Dodgers would have won the game and forced a playoff with the Phillies for the pennant.
Instead, Dick Sisler hit a three-run homer in the top of the 10th, winning the game and the pennant for the Phillies.
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