The margin of victory:
Here is my story that aired recently on 790 KABC as part of the Lasorda at His Best series presented by Skechers:
I’ll tell you a story about the International League. As a player, and I don’t think this has ever been done before or since, but we won the pennant by half a game. I was playing for Montreal and we had a half game lead over Toronto. They had to make up a rain-out game in Rochester, but Jack Kent Cooke, the owner of the Toronto club, did not want to send his club all the way to Rochester to play a make-up game. He just wouldn’t go.
Believe it or not, Toronto won their last ten games in a row. We won our last ten games in a row. But since he didn’t want to play that make-up game we won the pennant by half a game.
That was a close call. But in 1970 I was managing the Spokane Indians in the Pacific Coast League. We won the pennant by 26 games! Not too long ago Baseball America voted that team as the greatest team in the history of minor league baseball.
Win a pennant by half a game, and win a pennant by 26 games. You gotta believe!