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For one glorious season, St. Louis Cardinals running back MacArthur Lane rumbled through defenses like a heavy-duty Mack truck and rushed for more touchdowns than anyone else in the NFL.

Lane died May 4, 2019, at 77. He played in the NFL for 11 seasons with the Cardinals (1968-71), Green Bay Packers (1972-74) and Kansas City Chiefs (1975-78).

His most memorable year was 1970, his third Cardinals season, when his skills as a punishing rusher with a linebacker’s approach were in peak form. Lane, 6 feet 1 and 220 pounds, rushed for 977 yards and 11 touchdowns in 14 games that season. He also had 32 receptions, including two for touchdowns. Lane was the 1970 NFL leader in both rushing touchdowns and total touchdowns.

Born in Oakland in 1942 and named in honor of U.S. Army general Douglas MacArthur, Lane’s 1970 performance prompted Sports Illustrated to note, “MacArthur Lane gives St. Louis the most powerful ground attack since his namesake relieved Seoul.”

After spending most of his first two Cardinals seasons on the bench, Lane, like the famous general, said to Sports Illustrated, “I told everyone, ‘I shall return.’ Sure enough, I did.”

Pro potential

After graduating from high school, Lane worked as a machinist in Oakland for three years. When he earned enough income, he attended a junior college for a year and was a linebacker on the football team. Utah State took notice and granted Lane an athletic scholarship. He played linebacker as a sophomore at Utah State before converting to running back.

Lane averaged 6.9 yards per carry in his two seasons as a Utah State running back and was projected to be a pro prospect, even though he’d turn 26 two months after the 1968 NFL draft.

The Cardinals wanted to draft either offensive tackle Russ Washington of Missouri or linebacker Fred Carr of Texas-El Paso, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported, but Washington went to the San Diego Chargers and Carr to the Packers before the Cardinals got to pick 13th in the first round.

Cardinals head coach Charley Winner and his staff were considering Lane or his Utah State teammate, defensive lineman Billy Staley. “Swaying their decision was advice from Utah State coach Chuck Mills,” who told the Cardinals he thought Lane had more potential, according to the Post-Dispatch.

Lane was the second running back selected in the 1968 draft, following the Miami Dolphins’ choice of Syracuse fullback Larry Csonka, who was the eighth player taken overall.

Emerging force

Lane was 28 when the Cardinals’ gave him a chance to be a starter in 1970. His breakout performance came in the second game of the season when he rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns against the Washington Redskins.

In October, he dazzled in consecutives games against the New Orleans Saints and Philadelphia Eagles. Lane had 132 yards rushing, 41 yards receiving and a touchdown versus the Saints on Oct. 11. The next week, he scored four touchdowns and rushed for 125 yards against the Eagles.

Lane and Cardinals fullback Cid Edwards “just might be the most formidable rushing combination in the country,” Post-Dispatch columnist Bob Broeg observed.

Lane appeared headed to a 1,000-yard rushing season, but in December he was limited to 10 carries against the Detroit Lions and nine versus the New York Giants. After averaging 17.5 rushing attempts per game in September, 14.8 in October and 15.2 in November, Lane got 12.0 carries per game in December.

According to the Post-Dispatch, Lane “ended the season angrier than ever after coaching strategy in the final games cost him his cherished goal of 1,000 yards rushing.”

Lane’s 977 yards rushing placed him third among 1970 NFL leaders, behind Larry Brown of the Redskins (1,125) and Ron Johnson of the Giants (1,027).

Money matters

The sour ending to Lane’s 1970 season carried over to training camp in 1971. Lane and the Cardinals couldn’t agree on contract terms and he was unsigned when President Nixon ordered a freeze on all prices and wages in the United States in August 1971 in response to increasing inflation.

According to the Post-Dispatch, “When the wage and price freeze went into effect, Lane and other unsigned players went into limbo. Lane had to play for his 1970 salary _ which was based on unproductive 1968-69 seasons _ minus a 10 percent cut he had to take to play out his option.”

Lane blamed Cardinals owner Bill Bidwill for not getting a contract done before the wage freeze occurred and he remained miffed at Bidwill throughout the season.

“I’ve been having my problems with him and we’ve been getting under each other’s skin,” Lane said.

Lane’s frustration boiled over on Dec. 12, 1971, after the Cardinals lost to the Eagles. Talking with writers when Bidwill entered the locker room, Lane pointed at the rotund owner and said, “All his money is in that money belt around his stomach.”

“He’s the cause of all this trouble,” Lane said.

Though Lane apologized to Bidwill, the Cardinals suspended him for the season finale against the Dallas Cowboys. The suspension “was a matter of principle,” Bidwill said.

“I just spoke before thinking,” Lane said. “I put my foot in my mouth. What I said was in a rage of anger. The whole damn season has been so frustrating.”

Lane finished the 1971 season with 592 yards rushing and three touchdowns for first-year head coach Bob Hollway.

Sent packing

In late January 1972, Lane and management had amicable contract discussions, but a month later the Cardinals traded him to the Packers for running back Donny Anderson.

“It was just a total surprise,” Lane told the Post-Dispatch. “I was baffled by it all because when I was in St. Louis recently we were very close to signing the contract … We had settled our disagreements when I was there and the Cardinals and I were both happy.”

Said Hollway: “As far as myself and management are concerned, we resolved any problems we had with Lane … The trade came about because we were able to get a more versatile running back.”

Lane and fullback John Brockington gave the Packers a powerful running attack. In 1972, with Lane rushing for 821 yards and three touchdowns, and Brockington rushing for 1,027 yards and eight touchdowns, the Packers were 10-4 in the regular season.

Lane also had success for Chiefs head coach Paul Wiggin in 1976, leading the NFL in receptions with 66. He gained 542 yards rushing and 686 yards receiving that season.

He finished his NFL career with 4,656 yards rushing, 2,786 yards receiving and 37 touchdowns _ 30 rushing and seven receiving.

Allen Watson, a Cardinals pitcher struggling to get outs, and Orestes Destrade, a Marlins batter struggling to get hits, took out their frustrations on each other.

Twenty-five years ago, on May 22, 1994, Watson hit Destrade with a pitch, triggering a fight on the field at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami.

Watson and Destrade were ejected and each received a suspension _ Watson for eight games and Destrade for four. Cardinals outfielder Bernard Gilkey and Marlins pitcher Luis Aquino also got ejected for instigating another fight and Gilkey got a four-game suspension for inadvertently making contact with umpire Charlie Reliford.

Bruised feelings

Watson entered the Sunday afternoon start with a 6.70 ERA for the season and Destrade came in batting .210.

In the first inning, Destrade hit a two-run double against Watson. In the second, Watson yielded a solo home run to Rich Renteria and two-run home runs to Carl Everett and Jeff Conine, giving the Marlins a 7-2 lead. Everett’s home run was his first in the major leagues.

After Conine delivered the Marlins’ third home run of the inning, Destrade stepped to the plate and Watson’s first pitch hit him in the back.

“Obviously, it was intentional,” Destrade said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Said Watson: “I was trying to throw inside and it ran too much and hit him.”

Sticks and stones

Destrade charged toward Watson, who removed his glove and flung it hard in self-defense. The mitt struck Destrade, knocking the eyeglasses off his face. Columnist Bernie Miklasz of the Post-Dispatch said Watson displayed “his best location of the day” with his glove toss.

“I knew he was going to charge, so I wasn’t going to stand there and get my head kicked in,” Watson said.

Destrade grabbed Watson in a headlock and landed a punch to the face.

“I fight with my fists,” Destrade said to the Palm Beach Post. “I didn’t throw my helmet at him. He has to take his medicine.”

As both benches emptied, Watson and Destrade grappled until separated by teammates.

“Basically, he’s a wimpy, little gutless college boy,” Destrade said. “He was trying to make up for stinking. What he did isn’t being an athlete. It’s being a wimp.”

Replied Watson, “A wimp? I was calling for him to come out. I charged at him, too. I didn’t back down. That’s not being a wimp.”

Redbirds rally

Rich Rodriguez relieved Watson and pitched 3.2 scoreless innings. As Rodriguez was returning to the dugout after an inning, a fan threw a cup of beer at him and Rodriguez hurled his glove at the guy.

“It wasn’t an Anheuser-Busch product,” Rodriguez said. “That’s what got me upset.”

The Cardinals scored four in the sixth to get within a run at 7-6. The Marlins responded with two runs in the bottom half of the inning against John Habyan to go up 9-6.

Rob Murphy held the Marlins scoreless in the seventh and eighth, keeping the Cardinals in the game.

In the ninth, the Cardinals had two outs and none on against Marlins closer Jeremy Hernandez, who had nine saves and a 1.42 ERA on the season.

After Jose Oquendo walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch, Mark Whiten drove him in with a double, making the score 9-7. Ray Lankford’s single scored Whiten and got the Cardinals within one at 9-8. After Luis Alicea singled for his fifth hit of the game, Gregg Jefferies doubled down the right-field line, plating Lankford and Alicea for a 10-9 Cardinals lead.

“I had nothing on any of my pitches,” Hernandez said. “I probably should have told the coaches I felt terrible.”

In the bottom of the ninth, Mike Perez struck out Kurt Abbott, hit Bret Barberie with a pitch and got Dave Magadan to ground into a game-ending double play. Boxscore

Destrade played two more games for the Marlins, got released and never played in the big leagues again.

Four years after pitcher Joaquin Andujar was sent away by the Cardinals, manager Whitey Herzog wanted to bring him back and give him a chance to earn a spot in the starting rotation.

Thirty years ago, in May 1989, Andujar wrote to the Cardinals, apologized for his behavior and asked to come back.

Herzog advocated for Andjuar’s return, but the front office wasn’t interested.

Spurned by the Cardinals, Andujar pitched successfully in a senior professional league, earned a tryout with the Expos but failed in his attempt to get back to the major leagues.

Good, bad, ugly

Andujar was a stalwart of the Cardinals’ staff from 1981-85. posting a 68-53 record. In 1982, he earned 15 wins in the regular season and three wins in the postseason, including the clinchers in the National League Championship Series against the Braves and the World Series versus the Brewers. Andujar had 20 wins in 1984 and 21 wins in 1985.

In his last year with the Cardinals, Andujar fell out of favor with management because of drug use and an on-field temper tantrum in Game 7 of the World Series against the Royals.

At a September 1985 federal trial of an accused drug dealer in Pittsburgh, Andujar and former Cardinals Bernie Carbo, Keith Hernandez, Lonnie Smith and Lary Sorensen were among major-league players identified as cocaine users. A month later, Andujar was ejected from the decisive game of the World Series for his tirade directed at umpire Don Denkinger.

Embarrassed by Andujar’s behavior and concerned he had become a divisive clubhouse presence, the Cardinals traded him to the Athletics on Dec. 10, 1985, for catcher Mike Heath and pitcher Tim Conroy.

After posting records of 12-7 in 1986 and 3-5 in 1987 with the Athletics, Andujar pitched for the Astros in 1988. He was 2-5 for Houston, became a free agent after the season and remained at home in the Dominican Republic when he received no major-league offer.

No, thanks

In April 1989, as the Cardinals neared Opening Day, Herzog sized up his starting pitching and openly lobbied for the club to sign Andujar. “I wish we had him now,” Herzog said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A month later, with the Cardinals in need of a No. 5 starter, Herzog pressed again for the team to sign Andujar.

“Herzog has hoped the Cardinals and Anheuser-Busch would reconsider their stance on not having Andujar around anymore,” the Post-Dispatch reported on May 20, 1989.

Knowing he needed to repair relations with upper management, Andujar, with the help of agents Alan Hendricks and David Hendricks, wrote a letter to Cardinals chief operating officer Fred Kuhlmann, “apologizing for his actions and hoping for a job,” according to the Post-Dispatch.

Herzog said Kuhlmann wrote Andujar “a polite reply,” but made it clear the club was uninterested, a stance supported by general manager Dal Maxvill.

“He can’t pitch,” said Maxvill. “He hasn’t pitched well since we sent him” to the Athletics.

Herzog wanted to place Andujar, 36, with the Cardinals’ top farm club at Louisville, give him a chance to work into shape and bring him to St. Louis in the summer.

“There’s nothing to lose,” Herzog said. “There are a lot of veteran pitchers who haven’t had as much success as he has.”

Super senior

In July 1989, the Post-Dispatch published a story from Cox News Service, which sent a reporter to visit Andujar in his hometown of San Pedro de Macoris in the Dominican Republic. Andjuar said he was supplying food and water to the poor as well as donating baseball equipment to youth players.

“It’s time the people know the good sides to Joaquin Andujar, not only the bad side,” Andujar said.

Asked whether he’d play again in the big leagues, Andujar replied, “I can still throw 90-something miles per hour, but I said last year somebody wanted Joaquin Andujar out of baseball and you see that’s true. If they don’t want me, I don’t want to play.”

A few months later, after the 1989 major-league season ended, Andujar joined the fledgling Senior Professional Baseball Association for players older than 35. Playing for manager Earl Weaver’s Gold Coast Suns in Pompano Beach, Fla., Andujar was 5-0 with a 1.31 ERA. Impressed, the Expos signed him to a minor-league contract in December 1989 and invited him to their big-league spring training camp in 1990.

“If they give me the ball and leave me alone, I can win 20 games,” Andujar said to the Associated Press. “I’m not going to play in the minor leagues. I’m not a minor-league pitcher.”

Au revoir

After reporting five days late to Expos spring training camp, Andujar, 37, had root canal surgery. He pitched in two exhibition games, yielding two earned runs in five innings, and was released on April 3, 1989, before the season began.

In an interview with the Toronto Globe and Mail, Andujar said, “I’m being blackballed” and mocked the Expos for releasing him.

“I’ve never seen a crazy ballclub like Montreal, believe me,” Andujar said. “They’re out of their minds. They’re all miserable _ from the manager to the bat boy.

“That club doesn’t know what they’re doing. Everybody in the world knows I can help a club like that one.”

Like a couple of grand chess masters, managers Joe Torre of the Cardinals and Jim Leyland of the Pirates engaged in a series of maneuvers designed to outwit the other. Torre won, and the result was as unusual as it was satisfying.

Twenty-five years ago, on May 17, 1994, Torre utilized six pitchers to achieve a shutout against the Pirates at Pittsburgh.

The Cardinals tied a National League record for most pitchers used in a shutout. The American League record at the time was seven.

Since then, the American League Indians established a record by using nine pitchers in a shutout against the Tigers on Sept. 17, 2016, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Boxscore The previous record of eight had been done five times, MLB.com reported.

Tom terrific

The Cardinals-Pirates game was played on a 40-degree Tuesday night at Three Rivers Stadium. The starting pitchers were left-handers Tom Urbani for the Cardinals and Zane Smith for the Pirates.

Urbani entered the start with a season record of 0-3 and a 5.04 ERA. The Cardinals wanted to send him to the minor leagues, but balked when left-hander Rheal Cormier injured his shoulder.

Both starters worked fast and the first seven innings were played in less than 90 minutes. The Cardinals scored a run in the sixth and another in the seventh and led 2-0.

The Pirates’ lone hit against Urbani was a single by Carlos Garcia leading off the fourth.

“I set up hitters and I got them out the way I wanted to get them out,” Urbani said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Torre observed, “Even when he didn’t hit his spots, he had enough on the ball where they didn’t get good wood on it.”

Mix and match

In the eighth, the Pirates had two on via walks with two outs when Torre lifted Urbani and brought in right-hander John Habyan to face Lance Parrish. Leyland countered by using Dave Clark, a left-handed hitter, to bat for Parrish and Habyan walked him, loading the bases.

Torre called for left-hander Rob Murphy to pitch to Orlando Merced, a switch-hitter, but again Leyland countered and switched to right-handed batter Don Slaught. Murphy got Slaught to hit a grounder to shortstop Ozzie Smith, who threw to second baseman Jose Oquendo for the inning-ending force on Clark.

In the ninth, Torre used three pitchers to get three outs.

Garcia led off with a single against Mike Perez. After Jay Bell popped out to second, left-hander Rich Rodriguez came in to face the former Cardinal, Andy Van Slyke.

A left-handed batter, Van Slyke turned on a Rodriguez fastball and hit it high and far. Van Slyke’s drive had home run distance but landed a few feet foul down the right-field line.

“I was able to get away with a pitch,” Rodriguez said. “I had new life and once I did I figured I’d better make something happen.”

Rodriguez switched to sliders and struck out Van Slyke.

Playing the percentages, Torre brought in right-hander Rene Arocha to face right-handed Brian Hunter and got him to fly out to shallow left, ending the game.

Urbani pitched 7.2 innings, limiting the Pirates to one hit and four walks, and earned his second career win in the big leagues. Boxscore

In using Habyan, Murphy, Perez, Rodriguez and Arocha to complete the shutout, Torre emptied his bullpen.

“I didn’t have any left,” Torre said to the Associated Press. “(Arocha) was the last I had.”

On the night he pitched an immaculate inning, Bob Gibson also was perfect at the plate.

An immaculate inning is defined as using the minimum number of pitches, nine, to strike out the minimum number of batters, three.

Fifty years ago, on May 12, 1969, Gibson faced three Dodgers batters in the seventh inning and struck out each on three pitches. He also produced three singles and a walk in four plate appearances, scored a run and stole a base in the Cardinals’ 6-2 victory at St. Louis.

“Gibson did everything but put in AstroTurf,” the St. Louis Post-Dispatch marveled.

Gibson is one of two Cardinals to pitch an immaculate inning. The other is Jason Isringhausen, who struck out Daryle Ward, Jose Vizcaino and Julio Lugo in order on nine pitches in the ninth inning of a 2-1 Cardinals triumph over the Astros on April 13, 2002, at St. Louis. Boxscore

9 perfect pitches

Gibson, 33, achieved his feat versus the trio of Len Gabrielson, Paul Popovich and John Miller. Gabrielson, a left-handed batter, and Popovich, a switch-hitter batting left, both struck out swinging. Miller, a right-handed batter substituting for starting pitcher Claude Osteen, struck out looking.

“I was throwing hard. All of them were good pitches,” Gibson said to the Post-Dispatch. “Good and low, most of them. Right on the corners. I don’t do that. Not nine straight pitches.”

Cardinals catcher Joe Torre said, “I’d just like to know what that Miller kid was thinking when Gibson shook me off twice on an 0-and-2 pitch. He shook me off a slider and then he shook off a curve. Then I called for a fastball and that’s what Gibson wanted. The kid took it.”

Gibson pitched a seven-hitter, struck out six and “proved he is just as good as ever _ and that’s almost as good as a pitcher can be,” the Los Angeles Times declared.

He told the Post-Dispatch he ached after throwing 123 pitches and the pain “starts here _ at the tip of my fingers _ and works up the arm and then into the shoulder and around down my side and all the way down to here _ my toes.”

Hit and run

Gibson made the Dodgers hurt for intentionally walking Steve Huntz, batting .083, to load the bases with two outs in the fourth. Gibson followed by drilling a two-run single, extending the Cardinals’ lead to 3-0.

“You have to drive in the runs yourself sometimes,” Gibson said.

In the seventh, Gibson scored on Julian Javier’s two-run single against Alan Foster.

With the Cardinals ahead, 6-2, in the eighth, Gibson worked a one-out walk from former teammate Pete Mikkelsen and swiped second. It was his second stolen base of the season and one of five steals for Gibson in 1969. He had 13 stolen bases in his Cardinals career. Boxscore

Dave Pallone was a minor-league umpire who caused a major ruckus when he ejected three prominent Cardinals for arguing one call.

Forty years ago, on May 9, 1979, Pallone, substituting for major-league umpires who were on strike, tossed manager Ken Boyer, first baseman Keith Hernandez and catcher Ted Simmons in the ninth inning of a game at Houston’s Astrodome.

Pallone also ordered all of the players on the Cardinals’ bench to go inside the clubhouse and stay there until needed.

Pallone’s antics were part of a wild game in which the Astros prevailed over the Cardinals, 5-4, in 16 innings.

Questionable call

When big-league umpires went on strike in March 1979, the American League and National League brought in retired and amateur umpires and also hired eight replacement umpires, including Pallone, from the minor leagues.

Pallone was the second base umpire in the Cardinals-Astros game.

In the ninth inning, with the score tied at 4-4, the Astros had Jimmy Sexton on first base with none out and Terry Puhl at the plate against Will McEnaney, the former Reds reliever who was making his first appearance with the Cardinals.

Puhl, looking to advance Sexton to second, bunted. McEnaney fielded the ball and threw to shortstop Garry Templeton, who was covering second. McEnaney’s throw was wide of the bag and Templeton had to reach to catch it.

Templeton said he kept his foot on the bag long enough to record the out, but Pallone disagreed and ruled Sexton safe at second.

“Bad call,” Templeton said to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “I couldn’t stand there all day.”

Law and order

Pallone’s call prompted multiple Cardinals to rush toward him to protest.

Hernandez arrived first. “When I ran up to him,” Hernandez said, “I couldn’t slow down. I bumped him inadvertently.”

Pallone said to Hernandez, “Don’t you bump me,” and ejected him.

When Simmons and Boyer joined the argument, Simmons called Pallone a scab for working in place of the strikers.

“That’s what he is, isn’t he?” Simmons said.

Pallone objected and ejected Simmons.

After Boyer voiced his views in language he admitted “you couldn’t print,” he was tossed, too.

When angry Cardinals flung towels, a baseball and a jacket from the dugout onto the field, Pallone ordered all the players on the bench to go into the clubhouse, though he didn’t eject them.

“Any time you throw equipment onto the field, you can’t let them sit on the bench,” Pallone told the Post-Dispatch.

Said Boyer: “I doubt very seriously if that guy knew what he was doing.”

Missed opportunities

After order was restored, the Astros had Sexton on second, Puhl on first and none out, but McEnaney worked out of the jam. Craig Reynolds grounded into a force, and after Jeffrey Leonard walked, loading the bases, ex-Cardinal Jose Cruz bounced into a double play.

Entering extra innings, Cardinals coach Red Schoendienst instructed the bench players to return to the dugout and Pallone made no attempt to send them back.

“You just can’t stop the game every time and ask them to leave,” Pallone said.

Joaquin Andujar, the future Cardinals ace, worked two innings in relief for the Astros and escaped a tight spot in the 11th. With one out and George Hendrick on third, Ken Reitz grounded to Reynolds at short and Hendrick was thrown out at home. “You’ve got to take a chance with one out,” third-base coach Jack Krol said.

The Cardinals, though, weren’t done. Lou Brock singled and Bernie Carbo walked, loading the bases, before Andujar struck out Templeton.

In the 14th, the Astros loaded the bases with none out, but Tom Bruno kept them from scoring. After Bob Watson flied out to shallow left, Julio Gonzalez was supposed to try a suicide squeeze, but he missed the sign, took the pitch and Leonard, running from third to home, was tagged out. The inning ended on Gonzalez’s fly out to right.

Bruno’s luck ran out in the 16th when Watson looped a soft liner just beyond second baseman Ken Oberkfell, scoring Leonard from third with the winning run. Boxscore

Controversial career

A few days later, after the big-league umpires ended their strike, the American League and National League formally hired the eight replacement umpires and allowed them to stay.

Pallone was treated as an outcast by the union umpires, but he remained in the National League from 1979 to 1988, and worked the 1987 League Championship Series in which the Cardinals beat the Giants despite four home runs by Leonard.

On April 30, 1988, Pallone and Reds manager Pete Rose got into an argument during a game in Cincinnati. Rose thought Pallone poked him and he shoved the umpire in retaliation. Rose was ejected and Pallone was removed from the game for his protection when fans pelted the field with debris. Video.

Rose was suspended for 30 days and fined for his actions.

Five months later, Pallone was forced to resign for what was termed unprofessional behavior. He briefly was linked to a police investigation of a male sex ring in upstate New York, but charges never were filed against him.

Pallone wrote a book, “Behind the Mask: My Double Life in Baseball,” about his umpire career and his life as a gay man, and said he had sexual relationships with players.