What the heck is this all about?
I recently came across an old t-shirt promoting an unusual event that features a computer simulated game between two Dodgers' World Series clubs. It was dubbed a "Miracle Matchup", and it pitted the 1963 club against the 1981 team. (eBay Auction Link)
As a lover of Dodgers' oddball stuff I had to find out more. Unfortunately, information is a bit lacking. From what I can gather, IBM put together a group of simulations for various teams and debut the results during an upcoming game in 1986. In the Dodgers case it was unveiled during a game between the Dodgers and Reds in early September. I am uncertain if this was an in-game promotion or a commercials fans could watch on television. If you happen to know anything about this please pass that knowledge along.
Other than the Dodgers, I know the Phillies also had a "Miracle Matchup" promoted by IBM. That match featured the 1977 Phillies versus the 1983 team, and you can watch a commercial promoting the event below. I have yet to run into a similar Dodgers commercial.
Of note, Hall of Fame Philadelphia broadcaster Harry Kalas narrates the commercial -- which makes me wonder if Vin Scully did the same thing for a Dodgers ad.
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