1975 World Series
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The Cincinnati Reds won the National League West division by 20 games over the Los Angeles Dodgers then defeated the Pittsburgh Pirates, three games to none, in the National League Championship Series. The Boston Red Sox won the American League East division by 4 ½ games over the Baltimore Orioles then defeated the Oakland Athletics, three games to none, in the American League Championship Series.
The Reds won the series in seven games on a 9th-inning single by Joe Morgan. The sixth game of the Series was a 12-inning classic at Boston's Fenway Park. While there are many memorable moments from that game (among them Red Sox pinch hitter Bernie Carbo hitting a game-tying home run in the 8th; Reds reliever Will McEnaney pitching out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the bottom of the 9th; and Boston's Dwight Evans making a spectacular 11th-inning catch to rob Joe Morgan of a go-ahead home run), it is remembered in Boston for the walk-off home run hit in the bottom of the 12th by Carlton Fisk. Fisk's home run gave the Sox a 7-6 win to send the series to a deciding seventh game, which the "Big Red Machine" won to clinch the first of back-to-back World Series championships.
The series also included Red Sox starter Luis Tiant's extended mediations while communing with someone in center field during his windups while pitching, a controversial play involving Fisk and the Reds' Ed Armbrister in Game 3, Tony Pérez' home run off a Bill Lee blooper pitch in Game 7, and many other memorable events.
- Art Frantz (AL), Nick Colosi (NL), Larry Barnett (AL), Dick Stello (NL), George Maloney (AL), Satch Davidson (NL)
|Game||Score||Date||Location||Attendance||Time of Game|
|1||Reds – 0, Red Sox – 6||October 11||Fenway Park||35,205||2:27|
|2||Reds – 3, Red Sox – 2||October 12||Fenway Park||35,205||2:38|
|3||Red Sox – 5, Reds – 6 (10 inns)||October 14||Riverfront Stadium||55,392||3:03|
|4||Red Sox – 5, Reds – 4||October 15||Riverfront Stadium||55,667||2:52|
|5||Red Sox – 2, Reds – 6||October 16||Riverfront Stadium||56,393||2:23|
|6||Reds – 6, Red Sox – 7 (12 inns)||October 21||Fenway Park||35,205||4:01|
|7||Reds – 4, Red Sox – 3||October 22||Fenway Park||35,205||2:52|
|Boston Red Sox||5||1||3||5||0||2||7||3||3||0||0||1||30||60||6|
|Total Attendance: 308,272 Average Attendance: 44,039|
|Winning Player’s Share: – $19,060, Losing Player’s Share – $13,326 * Includes Playoffs and World Series|
Quotes of the Series
And Cincinnati has won the World Championship, beating the Red Sox 4 to 3. - Curt Gowdy, on NBC Television after the final out.
The 1-0 delivery to Fisk. He swings... long drive, left field... if it stays fair, it's gone... HOME RUN! The Red Sox win! And the series is tied, three games apiece! - Ned Martin on NBC Radio, calling Carlton Fisk's 12th-inning, game-winning home run off Pat Darcy in Game 6. There it goes! A long drive, if it stays fair...HOME RUN! - Dick Stockton's call of Fisk's home run on NBC Television.
Tied - Bill "Spaceman" Lee when asked after game 2 to describe the series thus far.
- The image of Carlton Fisk waving his Game 6, 12th inning home run fair was caught on tape because the cameraman stationed inside Fenway Park's Green Monster noticed an enormous rat coming toward him and did not move his camera after the hit.
- Game 7 was watched by an estimated 75 million TV viewers.
- These were the final major-league games to be played before arbitrator Peter Seitz's decision two months afterward, which nullified baseball's reserve clause and ushered in the free agent era.
- Mark Armour, ed.: The Great Eight: The 1975 Cincinnati Reds, University of Nebraska Press, Lincoln, NE, 2014. ISBN 978-0-8032-4586-0
- John Kuenster: Heartbreakers: Baseball's Most Agonizing Defeats, Ivan R. Dee Publishers, Chicago, IL, 2001. ISBN 978-1566634120
- Bill Nowlin and Jim Prime: From the Babe to the Beards: The Boston Red Sox in the World Series, Sports Publishing LLC, New York, NY, 2014. ISBN 978-1-6132-1727-6
- Joe Posnanski: The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a Heart-stopping World Series: The Story of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds, HarperCollins, New York, NY, 2009. ISBN 978-0061582561
- Matthew Silverman: "The 1975 World Series", in Bill Nowlin and Cecilia Tan, ed.: '75:The Red Sox Team that Saved Baseball, SABR, Phoenix, AZ, 2015, pp. 293-308. ISBN 978-1-933599-97-7
|Modern Major League Baseball World Series
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