Your Baltimore Orioles defeated the New York Yankees 1-0 in 10 innings on Thursday, their third walk-off victory of 2016. In keeping with my season-long focus on the 1966 Orioles for each Flashback Friday, I took at look at that team’s walk-offs for this week’s post.
The 1966 Orioles won 10 games in walk-off fashion. The first walk-off (a term they wouldn’t have used back then) came on this date.
The O’s beat the Cleveland Indians 3-2 in 15 innings at Memorial Stadium on May 6, 1966. Second baseman Davey Johnson homered leading off the bottom of the 15th to tie the game, and pinch-hitter Boog Powell later singled home pinch runner Russ Snyder with the winning run. Snyder replaced catcher Andy Etchebarren on the base paths after Etchebarren drew a walk.
Cleveland joined Washington and California as the three teams victimized most often by Orioles walk-offs. All three outfits lost twice in Baltimore on the Orioles’ final at-bat. Chicago, Kansas City, Boston, and New York were the other walk-off victims.
Seven of the Orioles’ 10 walk-off victories in 1966 came in extra innings. The 15-inning game on May 6 was the longest game of the season. The O’s also lost four games via walk-off that season.