October 9, 1979: World Series Game One Rained Out

For the first time ever, the opening game of the World Series has been postponed.  A downpour pushed the Pirates’ and Orioles’ opener to tomorrow, in Baltimore.

The grounds crew had to deal with more than just rain, as the field was chewed up by a Colts’ game two days earlier.  There was also a comic element:

Baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn put up a façade of warmth by trying to ignore the frigid conditions, and “[h]e saw to it that players kept up appearances as well, forbidding the wearing of woolen ski caps during batting practice and on the bench.”

The starters tomorrow remain the same:  right-hander Bruce Kison for the Pirates and left-hander Mike Flanagan for the Orioles.