Torres: Sandy Alomar Sr.: All-Star second baseman turned All-Star dad

From Danny Torres at La Vida Baseball on August 31, 2017:

He stood in the on-deck circle in the bottom of the ninth, taking his cuts as teammate Chris Chambliss dug into the batter’s box. The New York Yankees had not been this close to a World Series since the glory days of the early 1960s. For many of us who lived there, the Bronx might have been burning, but on this Thursday night, Oct. 14, 1976, there was playoff baseball to worry about as the Yanks faced off against Kansas City in the fifth and deciding game of the American League Championship Series.

Santos “Sandy” Alomar Sr. — who had entered the game earlier as a pinch runner — was taking it all in. If Chambliss didn’t deliver, it would be up to the veteran infielder from Puerto Rico.

With nobody on and the game tied, Chambliss connected. The ball arced over the right-centerfield wall for a home run and a 7-6 victory. The stadium was pandemonium. After a 12-year drought, the Yankees were returning to the World Series.

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Originally published: September 1, 2017. Last Updated: September 1, 2017.