October 18, 1972 Johnny Bench, with runners on second and third…

October 18, 1972

Johnny Bench, with runners on second and third base in Game 3 of the World Series, strikes out looking with a full count when he is duped by a trick play. The Cincinnati slugger, believing he is going to be given an intentional walk after the A’s manager visits the mound and catcher Gene Tenace returns to his position to call for a wide ball 4, but he is fooled when the A’s backstop quickly crouches behind home to catch a called strike three from Rollie Fingers. The Reds still beat Oakland 1-0.