The Orioles’ strange ability to compete with the New York Yankees has been one of the few highlights of a 2018 season when the O’s seem best at beating themselves. You know what’s even more fun? Beating the Yankees with something on the line.
Barber, who allowed seven hits, struck out three, and walked one, went head-to-head with Jim Bouton, who completed seven strong innings but allowed a first-inning RBI single to Brooks Robinson. Barber was coming off his best season as an Oriole when he finished 20-13 with a 2.75 ERA (2.80 FIP) in 1963.
The Orioles tacked on an insurance run on a rare Jerry Adair home run in the eighth inning off of the Yankees’ Bill Stafford. Adair totaled 43 home runs in nine seasons in Baltimore.
The win upped the O’s record to 67-42 while dropping the Yankees to 64-41. New York got the last laugh, however, as the 97-win Yankees claimed the American League by one game over the Chicago White Sox and two games over the 97-win Orioles. That’s three teams with 97-plus wins and only one who advanced to the postseason. The Yankees lost the 1964 World Series to the St. Louis Cardinals in seven games.