Friday, October 21, 2016

on this night in baseball

in 1975, Carlton Fisk ties the world series with a 12th inning home run as the Red Sox beat the Reds 7-6 in game six in one of the most memorable and greatest world series games ever. this game was delayed three days by steady rain. the scoring in this game started with Fred Lynn hitting a two out three run homer off Gary Nolan in the first. the Reds tied it in the 5th. Ken Griffey hit a two out triple to score two runs that Lynn almost caught. Johnny Bench then drove Griffey home. the Reds scored two more in the 7th as George Foster hit a two run double. in the 8th they made it 6-3 with a Cesar Geronimo hit a solo shot, thus chasing Luis Tiant from the game. in the bottom of the 8th, with Pedro Borbon pitching for Cincinnati, Lynn singled and Rico Petrocelli walked. Rawly Eastwick was then brought in to pitch. he struck out Dwight Evans and got Rick Burleson to line out. up comes Bernie Carbo. the light hitting Carbo looked overmatched, and got the count to 2 balls and 2 strikes. he then hits a three tun homer to tie the game. they go through the 9th, 10th and 11th tied with some great defensive plays. the top of 12th the Reds put up a charge but couldn't score. now the bottom of the 12. with Pat Darcy on the mound for the Reds, Carlton Fisk comes up to the plate. Darcy's first pitch was a ball. the second pitch hit the foul pole in left field above the green monster. (any ball hitting the foul pole is a home run). in an iconic monemt Lou Gerard, an NBC cameraman, captured Fisk waving his arms to the right trying to "will the ball" fair. he was located in the left field wall scoreboard with his camera. he says he was distracted by a rat and lost track of the ball so he kept the camera pointed at Fisk. Red Sox tie the series at three, but the Reds won game seven to win the series. in 1980, the Phillies FINALLY win the world series, beating the Kansas City Royals 4-1 in game six and the series 4 games to 2. they were the last of the original 16 (from 1901 when A.L. formed to 1960 before the Angels and second incarnation of Washington Senators joined A.L. in 1961 and the Mets and Astros joining N.L. in 1962) to win. Tug McGraw struck out Willie Wilson to end the series. this was the most watched series to that point. this was the first series to be played entirely on artificial turf. so that is it for today.

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