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Reds, Dodgers in a Wild Doubleheader

August 10, 2010 |  8:33 am


Aug. 10, 1970, Dodgers Aug. 10, 1970 : The Dodgers blew up the record book and challenged their fans' endurance during a wild doubleheader, using 35 hits to sweep the Cincinnati Reds, 7-3 and 13-3.

The Dodgers had 26 singles, seven doubles and two triples. Willie Davis, Maury Wills and Wes Parker each had five hits, Bill Russell had four and Billy Grabarkewitz and Tom Haller each had three hits. Parker, the first baseman better known for his stylish glove work, drove in two runs to give him 82 RBIs for the season. That made him the top first baseman in Los Angeles Dodger history, overtaking Gil Hodges in 1959.

It must have been a wild day, particularly in the 13-3 second game. Dodger starting pitcher Alan Foster drove in three runs. And the Reds, who were still 12 games in front of the Dodgers, used future Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench in left field and at first base as well as behind the plate. He also was thrown out of the first game. Reds Manager Sparky Anderson told The Times' John Wiebusch, "I could use him at shortstop and not be embarrassed."

--Keith Thursby