I love this interview guest! Thank you for landing a great one, Tim!
Mike Marshall could very easily have been the NL MVP in 1974, as well. He was that dominating. In addition to his 106 games pitched in '74, finishing 83, saving 21, and winning 15 in relief, he was just as dominating in the '74 World Series. He closed out all 5 games of the Series, and only gave up one run.
That just so happens to lead into my question for Dr. Marshall. You came into the 5th game in the 6th inning, and mowed down the top part of the A's order. Three up and three down. When the A's came to bat in the 7th, Joe Rudi was leading off. As I recall you threw very few, if any warm up pitches before that inning. It was like you were daring him to hit your inside heater. It's been 35 years since I saw that game, but I believe that's what you threw him, and he hit it out for a solo home run to give the A's the lead, and what turned out to be the game winner, and the end of the Series. It was the only mistake I saw you make the whole season. What was going through your mind when Rudi walked up to the plate, and if you had the chance to go back in time and do it over again, what would you throw him?