Ty Cline--1971
A .270-hitter off the bench for Sparky
Anderson during the 1970 season, Ty
Cline made the most of his two
appearances in '70 National League
Playoffs versus the Pirates.

Cline would hit a pinch-hit triple to open
the tenth inning and eventual score what
would be the deciding run in Game 1 of
the Playoff Series.














He would then strike again, landing on
playoff cardboard a second time, when
Cline plated the winning run of Game 3
of the 1970 NLCS. With two outs in the
bottom of the eighth inning of a 2-all tied
game, Cline would draw a pinch-hit walk
off Pirate starter Bob Moose. He would
later score from second on single by
Bobby Tolan on a close play as seen on
the card--- as the Reds swept their way
to a World Series date with the Baltimore
Orioles.














Not bad for a guy who appeared in just
48 games for the Reds in 1970. Then
again, at a time when every game and
every play is paramount, the playoffs can
make heroes out of even the unlikeliest
players.





Editor’s Note: In the ’70 Fall Classic, Ty
Cline would rap out one hit ( a single off
Moe Drabowski in Game 2) in three
pinch-hitting at-bats as the Reds lost to
the Orioles in five games.
Cline would hit .238 in 892 games from
1960-1971. He was a left-handed hitting
outfielder who on cardboard seemed to
be wearing a different uniform each year
during the 1960’s, as Cline would play for
the Indians, Braves, Cubs, Giants, Expos
and Reds.


(10/18/12)