It was the seventh inning. The Giants led 1-0, the Dodgers had the bases filled, there was one out. The batter hit a ground ball to Third Baseman Jim Davenport, who grabbed the ball and threw hard to second. It looked like an inning-ending double play, but these dramatic pictures, shot by SPORTS ILLUSTRATED'S Hy Peskin, show what actually happened: a nightmare for the Giants. Just as Second Baseman Daryl Spencer took the throw, the Dodgers' Joe Pignatano slid hard and sent him flying. Spencer lost his cap and glove, and the ball trickled away onto the infield grass. Spencer fell on his back (see sequence below), rolled over and half crawled, half lunged toward the ball. It seemed as if he was acting out a bad dream. In the eternity of his struggle to retrieve the ball, a run came in, the score was tied and there was still only one out. Then the Dodgers made the nightmare real; they scored four more times in the inning, won the game and tied up the pennant race. Next day they beat the Giants again to grab first place.
THE BASEBALL WHITER THAN EVER IN STARK GLARE OF LIGHTS AT SEALS STADIUM, BOUNCES AWAY AFTER DODGERS' JOE PIGNATANO SLIDES HARD INTO SAN FRANCISCO SECOND BASEMAN DARYL SPENCER. THE ERROR COST GIANTS THE GAME, POSSIBLY THE PENNANT
AS PIGNATANO, SAFELY ON SECOND BASE, WATCHES, SPENCER LANDS HEAVILY ON BACK. HE LOSES HIS GLOVE AND THEN HIS HAT. IN NIGHTMARISH SEQUENCE HATLESS, GLOVELESS SPENCER STRUGGLES TO HIS KNEES AND, HALF STUNNED, STAGGERS TOWARD BALL