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Phantom Tag Call - 1973 World Series It's Game #2 of the 1973 World Series. The game is tied 6-6 in the top of the tenth inning. The New York Mets have a runner (Bud Harrelson) at third base with one out. Felix Millan lofts a fly ball to Oakland's Joe Rudi in left field. Harrelson tries to score on the play. Catcher Ray Fosse catches Rudi's strong throw on one hop and attempts to apply a sweep tag on Harrelson who does not slide. Veteran NL umpire Augie Donatelli assumes an unusual position to make the call--and declares Harrelson out. You decide if the call was right. (The Mets eventually won the game 10-7 in 12 innings.)
Tags: MLB  1973  World  Series  Harrelson  Fosse  Donatelli  Mays 
Added: 25th November 2014
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2014-11-25 
Not exactly great positioning by umpire Augie Donatelli, was it?
Posted by: Classico on 2014-11-25 
Wonderful replay - thanks for sharing.

I've always felt it was karma due to Harrelson getting a favorable call in the 1969 World Series when he and Boog Powell of the Orioles got tangled up. Fate has a way of evening out the calls.

How I loved the World Series in those days!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2014-11-26 
I hadn't see this play since I was nine years old. I came across a reference to it while researching my next book.

It seems clear by the clip that Fosse missed the tag. However, I am told that Baseball Digest published a photo that apparently shows Fosse's glove nicking Harrelson's arm. Despite my best efforts, I haven't found such a photo on the Internet.

By the way, umpire Augie Donatelli retired after the 1973 World Series at age 59. This was the last game he ever worked behind the plate.
Posted by: Classico on 2014-12-01 
I hope you can find that photo because I honestly cannot remember any discussion of that. Donatelli was known for his quick trigger in ejecting players who argued his calls. IIRC he did otherwise enjoy a decent reputation throughout his long career.
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2014-12-02 
When I first watched this clip I thought Donatelli, based on his mannerisms, had ejected at least one of the Mets. He didn't.

Donatelli had an interesting life. He was captured by the Germans during WWII and learned how to umpire while in a POW camp.
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