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Herb Washington Pickoff - 1974 WS In 1974 Oakland Athletics' owner Charlie Finley signed 22-year-old Herb Washington to an MBL contract. Washington's baseball experience was minimal, but he did hold the indoor world record in the 50-yard dash. Throughout the 1974 season, Washington never once batted or played a defensive position. His sole task was to pinch-run. He stole 29 bases in 45 attempts--which is not really a good success rate for a fast MLB baserunner. In Game #2 of the 1974 World Series, Washington was brought in to pinch-run for Joe Rudi in the top of the ninth inning with one out and the A's trailing the L.A. Dodgers 3-2. To the delight of baseball traditionalists who viewed Washington as an unqualified interloper, Mike Marshall decisively picked off Washington in front of a huge NBC television audience. Curt Gowdy and Vin Scully call the play. Washington's out effectively squelched an A's rally. (They had scored twice in the top of the ninth to make the game close.) The Dodgers won the game 3-2. Washington was cut by the A's in May 1975 and never played baseball again.
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Added: 30th April 2015
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Posted By: Lava1964
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-04-30 
Even as a 10-year-old fan in 1974 I thought Herb Washington had no business being in MLB--much less the World Series--due to his lack of experience as a ballplayer. I applauded loudly when Mike Marshall picked him off so easily.
Posted by: Steve on 2015-04-30 
Good to see Reggie again!
Posted by: Lava1964 on 2015-04-30 
For me it was good to see my favorite umpire again. The man in blue at first base who makes the out call is Doug Harvey who has to be rated among the best five or six umps to ever work MLB games. He was only 44 in this clip but he looked older. His nickname was God--that's how respected he was.
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