1990 WORLD SERIES

Cincinnati Reds (4) vs Oakland Athletics (0)

Once again, the defending champion Oakland Athletics returned for their third consecutive Fall Classic determined to start the new decade as they had ended the last. Throughout the late '80s, the A's had maintained dominant play (on both sides of the ball) and many felt the title was a foregone conclusion as the perennial champions had just completed a ten game winning streak thanks to one of the most well balanced rosters in all of baseball.

On the mound, Oakland boasted Bob Welch (with twenty-seven wins), Dave Stewart (twenty) and ace reliever Dennis Eckersley who recorded forty-eight saves and a 0.61 ERA. At the plate, the "Dynamic Duo" of Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco combined for seventy-six home runs and Rickey Henderson led the American League with sixty-five stolen bases and finished as runner-up for the American League batting title with a .325 average and twenty-eight bombs.

Adding to the team's aura of invincibility was the late-August acquisitions of Willie McGee (1990 National League batting champ) from the St. Louis Cardinals and Harold Baines from the Texas Rangers. Their opponents, the Cincinnati Reds were no strangers to postseason play either, but this Reds roster was not the familiar blueprint of the Big Red Machine that had ruled the National League during the 1970's. No player in the line-up had over twenty-five home runs or more than eighty-six runs batted in and their top pitcher finished with only fifteen wins.

It was "David vs. Goliath" for Game 1 as the home team mortals knocked down the visiting giant with a two run blast in the first courtesy of Eric Davis. The Reds added more two runs in the third inning and, with Chris Sabo slashing a two run single, tacked on three additional in the fifth. Cincinnati's Jose Rijo managed things on the other side of the ball and shutout the American League's top line-up with seven hits and five strikeouts. Relievers Rob Dibble and Randy Myers both worked an inning to close out the National Leaguers' 7-0 opening win at Riverfront Stadium.

Still shell-shocked by the upset in Game 1, the A's managed a 4-2 lead after three innings of Game 2. Canseco (who had driven in the first run of the game) led-off his team's three run rally in the third when he sent a long bomb to right. The Reds pulled within a single run after pinch-hitter Ron Oester knocked a run scoring single off Welch in the fourth. Cincinnati then tied the game when Glenn Braggs (another pinch-hitter) brought Bill Hatcher home with a force out grounder in the eighth. After leading off with a triple, Hatcher set a World Series record with his seventh consecutive hit over a two game period. The A's continued to stumble in the ninth as Todd Benzinger shot a Rick Honeycutt pitch to deep left field, but Rickey Henderson saved the go-ahead run by making a sensational leaping catch. In the tenth, pinch-hitter Billy Bates managed a single against the impenetrable Eckersley and Chris Sabo followed suite. Joe Oliver finished the rally (and the game) with a clutch RBI single down the thrd base line. Despite Oakland's bullpen getting all of the pre-game press, Cincinnati's put up the numbers (in the 5-4 triumph) after their relievers combined for 7 1/3 shutout innings.

Now down by two, Oakland retreated home to their own ballpark to rethink their strategy, as the Reds were obviously playing better in the field than they were "on paper". Tom Browning drew the start for the visitors in Game 3 and along with returning relievers Dibble and Myers who continued their on-the-job training. Sabo belted two home runs off Mike Moore (including one in the seven-run third inning) and the Reds racked up another 8-3 victory that moved them within one win of a sweep.

Game 4 was a rematch of the opener between Rijo and Stewart and things finally appeared to turn in Oakland's favor as the Reds fell behind, 1-0, in the first after Oakland's Carney Lansford singled home McGee, who had doubled to left field. Things got worse for manager Lou Piniella's team as both outfielders Hatcher (who hit a Series record .750) and Davis left due to injuries and were replaced by Braggs and Herm Winningham. Rijo persevered after surrendering the lead run and held the A's in tow while his rival Stewart matched him by holding leadoff hitters on base four times in a five inning stretch. Barry Larkin led off the Reds' eighth with a single and Winningham followed with a perfect bunt. Paul O'Neill also beat out an intentional blooper to load the bases and Braggs came through with a force out grounder that netted the tying run. Hal Morris followed with a sac-fly that pushed Cincinnati ahead, 2-1. Rijo (who had retired twenty consecutive batters) was pulled in the ninth in favor of Myers and the reliever responded by inducing Canseco to ground out, and forcing Lansford to foul out for the win and title.

In the end, it was a sweep as so many experts had predicted, unfortunately for A's fans, it was the wrong team left holding the broom.

Baseball Almanac Top Quote

"He's (Jose Rijo) got good stuff. He's among that best handful of pitchers in baseball. He can throw a number of pitches when he's behind and he's overpowering." - Joe Torre

1990 World Series

1990 World Series Program

1990 World Series Official Program

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Game 1
Date / Box Score
Location
Riverfront Stadium
Attendance
55,830
National Anthem
Alan Boynkin (Air Force Captain)
Game 2
Date / Box Score
Location
Riverfront Stadium
1 st Pitch
From
To
Barbara Bush (First Lady)
Attendance
55,832
National Anthem
Dianne Reeves (Jazz Vocalist)
Game 3
Date / Box Score
Location
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
1 st Pitch
From
To
Attendance
48,269
National Anthem
Jeffrey Osbourne (R&B Artist)
Game 4
Date / Box Score
Location
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
1 st Pitch
From
To
Attendance
48,613
National Anthem
Michael Bolton (Grammy Award Winning Singer)
1990 World Series Fast Facts

1990 World Series
Game 1

Line Score | Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 1
Cincinnati 2 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 x 7 10 0
Dave Stewart (L)
Todd Burns (5 th )
Gene Nelson (5 th )
Scott Sanderson (7 th )
Dennis Eckersley (8 th )
Jose Rijo (W)
Rob Dibble (8 th )
Randy Myers (9 th )
-
-
None Eric Davis (1 st )

1990 World Series
Game 2

Line Score | Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Oakland 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 10 2
Cincinnati 2 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 5 14 2
Bob Welch
Rick Honeycutt (8 th )
Dennis Eckersley (L, 10 th )
-
-
Danny Jackson
Scott Scudder (3 rd )
Jack Armstrong (5 th )
Norm Charlton (8 th )
Rob Dibble (W, 9 th )
Jose Canseco (3 rd ) None

1990 World Series
Game 3

Line Score | Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 14 1
Oakland 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 1
Tom Browning (W)
Rob Dibble (7 th )
Randy Myers (8 th )
-
-
-
Mike Moore (L)
Scott Sanderson (3 rd )
Joe Klink (4 th )
Gene Nelson (4 th )
Todd Burns (8 th )
Curt Young (9 th )
Chris Sabo (2 nd )
Chris Sabo (3 rd )
Harold Baines (2 nd )
Rickey Henderson (3 rd )

1990 World Series
Game 4

Line Score | Box Score

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 2 7 1
Oakland 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
Jose Rijo (W)
Randy Myers (S, 9 th )
Dave Stewart (L)
-
None None

1990 World Series

Cincinnati Reds

Composite Hitting Statistics

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of-1
p
p
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p
2b
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p
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1
1
4
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4
4
1
4
4
3
1
4
4
2
4
1
2
0
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11
4
0
0
14
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12
1
17
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18
12
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16
0
4
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2
0
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9
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6
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9
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0
0
0
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0
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3
0
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0
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0
0
0
0
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0
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0
1
0
0
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0
0
0
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0
0
0
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2
0
0
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1
0
0
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3
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6
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3
0
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2
0
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5
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5
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1.000
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.000
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.286
.000
.143
.750
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.353
.071
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1.000
.333
.083
.333
.563
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.500
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
2
2
0
2
1
0
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0
5
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
1
0
1
0
0
1
2
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
Totals
142
45
9
2
3
22
22
.317
15
9
2

1990 World Series

Oakland Athletics

Composite Hitting Statistics

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ss
p
of-3,dh-1
p
ss
c-1
of-3
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ph
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1
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4
4
1
2
1
4
2
3
2
1
1
7
1
0
0
12
0
11
6
13
15
0
1
0
15
10
14
0
0
3
15
0
8
1
3
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
1
2
3
5
0
1
0
4
2
3
0
0
0
4
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
2
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
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0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
2
2
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
2
0
0
0
2
0
1
1
0
1
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
.143
.000
.000
.000
.083
.000
.091
.333
.231
.333
.000
1.000
.000
.267
.200
.214
.000
.000
.000
.267
.000
.125
.000
.000
.000
1
0
0
0
2
0
1
0
1
3
0
0
0
1
0
2
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
2
1
0
0
3
0
3
0
3
4
0
0
0
0
2
4
0
0
2
0
0
1
1
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
3
0
0
0
1
1
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
0
0
0
Totals
135
28
4
0
3
8
8
.207
12
28
7

1990 World Series

Cincinnati Reds

Composite Pitching Statistics

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1
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
1
1
3
1
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1
0
1
0
0
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0
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0
0
0
0
0
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0
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0
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0
0
0
0
0
3.0
6.0
1.0
4.2
2.2
3.0
15.1
1.1
0.00
4.50
0.00
0.00
10.13
0.00
0.59
0.00
1
6
1
3
6
2
9
0
3
2
0
4
0
3
14
2
0
3
0
0
3
0
1
0
0
2
0
1
2
0
5
2
Totals
4
0
13
4
0
1
0
37.0
1.70
28
28
7
12

1990 World Series

Oakland Athletics

Composite Pitching Statistics

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0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
2
0
0
2
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1
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0
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0
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1.2
0.0
2.2
5.0
1.2
13.0
7.1
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16.20
6.75
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6.75
0.00
10.80
3.46
4.91
0.00
5
3
2
0
8
3
4
10
9
1
0
1
0
0
1
0
0
5
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0
3
1
0
0
2
0
2
5
4
0
2
0
1
1
0
2
1
6
2
0
Totals
0
4
15
4
1
0
0
35.1
4.33
45
9
17
15
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baseball almanac fast facts

Game 4 had one of the most exciting World Series moments when Cincinnati Reds starter Jose Rijo left the game and closer Randy Myers came in to face Jose Canseco and Carney Lansford , neither got a hit and the Series was a sweep .

Do you know, or can you guess, who won the World Series Most Valuable Player Award during the 1990 World Series? Clue: The MVP was born in the Dominican Republic.

When Oakland Athletics pitcher Dave Stewart entered to pitch Game 1 , he had a six (6) game post season winning streak going (it ended after four (4) innings of work).

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