Tiny crowds visited the Kingdome back on Sept. 11, 1983 and 1984

11 Sep

You think crowds around 12,000 are small nowadays at Safeco Field?

Well, lets go back to the mid 1980s!

The headlines are from the The Seattle Times. Seems like some things never change!

Sept. 11, 1984

Attendance: 3,788 (smallest crowd of the year)

Seattle 4, Texas 3

The M’s trailed 3-2 entering the bottom of the 9th inning. Here is what happened that day 28 years ago:

Alvin Davis was hit by a pitch. Domingo Ramos pinch runs for Davis.

Ken Phelps walks. Darnell Coles pitch runs for Phelps.

Dave Henderson’s sacrifice bunt moved the two runners to second and third.

Phil Bradley is intentionally walked to load the bases.

Ranger pitcher Dave Schmidt throws wild pitch with Jim Presley batting; Ramos scores, runners now on second and third.

Presley intentionally walked to re-load the bases.

Dave Valle fouls out to catcher (2-out).

Danny Tartabull’s single scores Coles for the winning run.

Kent-Meridian HS pitcher Karl Best is credited with his first Major League victory after pitching 1/3 of an inning. Best ended his career in 1988 with a 5-6 all-time record.

The M’s improved to 65-80 for the season.

Sept. 11, 1983

Texas 2, Seattle 1

Attendance: 4,080 (smallest crowd to date; 3,630 watched the K.C. Royals on Sept. 28)

Dave Stewart out-dueled Jim Beattie on a Sunday afternoon at the Kingdome. Beattie finished with a five-hit complete game.

Left-fielder Steve Henderson had the RBI for Seattle. The game took 2 hours 14 minutes.

The Mariners dropped to 55-87 on the season.

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