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The 1975 World Series was between the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds. It was ranked as the second greatest World Series by ESPN.[1] Cincinnati won the series 4 games to 3.

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 three-time defending World Series champion Oakland Athletics, three games to none, in the American League Championship Series.

The Reds won the series in seven games on a ninth 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 eighth; Reds reliever Will McEnaney pitching out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the bottom of the ninth; 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.

SummaryEdit

NL Cincinnati Reds (4) vs AL Boston Red Sox (3)

GameScoreDateLocationAttendance
1Cincinnati Reds - 0, Boston Red Sox - 6October 11Fenway Park35,205[2]
2Cincinnati Reds - 3, Boston Red Sox - 2October 12Fenway Park35,205[3]
3Boston Red Sox - 5, Cincinnati Reds - 6 (10 innings)October 14Riverfront Stadium55,392[4]
4Boston Red Sox - 5, Cincinnati Reds - 4October 15Riverfront Stadium55,667[5]
5Boston Red Sox - 2, Cincinnati Reds - 6October 16Riverfront Stadium56,393[6]
6Cincinnati Reds - 6, Boston Red Sox - 7 (12 innings)October 21Fenway Park35,205[7]
7Cincinnati Reds - 4, Boston Red Sox - 3October 22Fenway Park35,205[8]

MatchupsEdit

Game 1Edit

Saturday, October 11, 1975 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 123456789RHE
Cincinnati 000000000 0 50
Boston 00000060X 6 120
WP: Luis Tiant (1-0)  LP: Don Gullett (0-1)  

Luis Tiant and Don Gullett were locked in a scoreless pitching duel until the seventh. Tiant, batting in this game for the first time all season (pitchers didn't bat in the American League due to the designated hitter rule), led off with a single. He later scored the Red Sox' first run on a single by Carl Yastrzemski. From then on in the seventh, the floodgates opened. Reds reliever Clay Carroll walked Carlton Fisk to force in a run, Rico Petrocelli slapped a 2-run single, Rick Burleson had an RBI single, and Cecil Cooper ended the carnage with a sacrifice fly.

Game 2Edit

Sunday, October 12, 1975 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 123456789RHE
Cincinnati 000100002 3 71
Boston 100001000 2 70
WP: Rawly Eastwick (1-0)  LP: Dick Drago (0-1)  

In another stellar pitching performance for the Sox, Bill Lee held the Reds to four hits and a run through eight innings, the Reds' run scoring in the fourth when Joe Morgan walked, went to third on a Johnny Bench single, and scored on a Tony Perez forceout.

The Red Sox sandwiched the Reds' run with single tallies of their own in the first on an RBI single by Carlton Fisk and in the seventh on an RBI single by Petrocelli.

The Reds, however, rallied in the ninth to tie the series. Bench led off the inning with a double down the right field line. Dave Concepción tied the game by singling in Bench and then stole second. With two outs, Ken Griffey doubled in Concepcion with the go-ahead run. Rawly Eastwick retired the Sox in the ninth to get the victory and close the win.

Game 3Edit

Tuesday, October 14, 1975 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 12345678910RHE
Boston 0100011020 5 102
Cincinnati 0002300001 6 70
WP: Rawly Eastwick (2-0)  LP: Jim Willoughby (0-1)  
HRs:  BOS – Carlton Fisk (1), Dwight Evans (1), Bernie Carbo (1)  CIN – Johnny Bench (1), Dave Concepción (1), César Gerónimo (1)

Back at home, the Reds prevailed in another squeaker that showed just how much this Series was destined to become a classic. For nine innings, the game was a homer-fest. Carlton Fisk put the Sox on the board in the second with a solo homer off Reds starter Gary Nolan. The Reds countered by taking a 2-1 lead in the fourth when Tony Perez walked and Johnny Bench hit a 2-run shot off Sox starter Rick Wise.

The Reds then chased Wise in the fifth when Dave Concepción and César Gerónimo hit back-to-back solo shots. Pete Rose followed with a one-out triple and scored on Joe Morgan's sacrifice fly to give the Reds a 5-1 lead.

The Sox scratched back in the sixth when Reds reliever Pat Darcy issued consecutive walks to Carl Yastrzemski and Fisk, wild-pitched Fisk to third, and then gave up a sacrifice fly to Fred Lynn. In the seventh, Bernie Carbo closed the gap to 5-3 with a pinch-hit solo homer off Clay Carroll.To close out the inning Will McEnaney would enter.

In the ninth, with ace reliever Rawly Eastwick on the mound, the Reds looked poised to close the game out and take a 2-1 Series lead. But, Eastwick gave up a single to Rico Petrocelli and a tying 2-run homer to Dwight Evans, sending the game into extra innings.

Eastwick retired the Sox in the top of the tenth, setting the stage for a wild and controversial finish. Geronimo led off the Reds' half of the tenth with a single off Jim Willoughby. Manager Sparky Anderson then sent Ed Armbrister up to bat for Eastwick. Armbrister attempted a bunt that bounced high near the plate toward the first-base line. Armbrister hesitated before running, apparently thinking the ball would go foul, and Carlton Fisk appeared to collide with him as he was retrieving the ball. Fisk attempted to fire to second to force out Geronimo, but his throw sailed high over shortstop Rick Burleson. As Geronimo went to third and Armbrister pulled into second, a brouhaha ensued, with Fisk and Sox manager Darrell Johnson arguing that Armbrister should have been ruled out for interference. Umpire Larry Barnett ruled otherwise, however. Now, the Reds had the winning run on third with no outs.

Willoughby then intentionally walked Pete Rose to load the bases and set up a force play situation. Johnson then brought in left-hander Roger Moret, and Anderson countered by pinch-hitting Merv Rettenmund for Ken Griffey. Rettenmund popped out, but Joe Morgan knocked in Geronimo with the winning run by hitting a deep fly to center over a drawn in outfield.

Game 4Edit

Wednesday, October 15, 1975 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 123456789RHE
Boston 000500000 5 111
Cincinnati 200200000 4 91
WP: Luis Tiant (2-0)  LP: Fred Norman (0-1)  

Luis Tiant would pitch his second win by going all nine innings and throwing an ungodly 163 pitches. More importantly, this win would force the Reds to have to win at least one of two games at Fenway Park to win the Series.

The Reds struck first off Tiant in the first on RBI doubles by Ken Griffey and Johnny Bench. The Sox, however, would get all the runs they needed in the fourth. Dwight Evans tied the game with a two-run triple, then Rick Burleson put the Sox ahead by doubling in Evans off Reds starter Fred Norman. Tiant, continuing his surprising hitting, singled Burleson to third. Burleson then scored on a Tony Perez error on a ball hit by Juan Beniquez, while Tiant went to second. Carl Yastrzemski drove in Tiant with a single for what would turn out to be the winning run.

The Reds were able to counter with two runs in their half of the fourth on an RBI double by Dave Concepción and an RBI triple by César Gerónimo, but that was it as Tiant gutted it out the rest of the game. The Reds had a shot at winning the game in the bottom of the ninth when, with two on and one out, Ken Griffey sent a deep drive into left-center that Fred Lynn made a spectacular sprawling catch on, saving the two runs. Joe Morgan then popped out to first on Tiant's 163rd pitch of the game.

Game 5Edit

Thursday, October 16, 1975 at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio

Team 123456789RHE
Boston 100000001 2 50
Cincinnati 00011301X 6 80
WP: Don Gullett (1-1)  LP: Reggie Cleveland (0-1)  SV: Rawly Eastwick (1)  
HRs:  CIN – Tony Pérez 2 (2)

The Reds salvaged their home stand by winning Game 5 as Tony Perez picked the right time to shake a batting slump. Perez, who had no RBIs in the Series up to this point, rectified that by slamming two home runs and driving in four runs of Sox starter Reggie Cleveland. Pete Rose contributed an RBI double and Dave Concepción a sacrifice fly for the other Reds runs as Don Gullett pitched eight strong innings and won with relief help from Rawly Eastwick in the ninth.

Game 6Edit

Tuesday, October 21, 1975 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 123456789101112RHE
Cincinnati 000030210000 6 140
Boston 300000030001 7 101
WP: Rick Wise (1-0)  LP: Pat Darcy (0-1)  
HRs:  CIN – César Gerónimo (2)  BOS – Carlton Fisk (2), Fred Lynn (1), Bernie Carbo (2)

This game would go down as one of the greatest games not only in World Series and post-season history, but baseball history as well. Thanks to three days of rain in Boston, Sox manager Darrell Johnson now had the luxury of both of his best starters, Luis Tiant and Bill Lee, available for Games 6 and 7 at home to try to stave off the Reds.

Fred Lynn opened the scoring in the first with a two-out, three-run homer off Reds starter Gary Nolan. Meanwhile, the fresh Tiant breezed through the first four innings, holding the Reds to all zeros.

The Reds finally broke through in the fifth. With two on, Ken Griffey sent a drive to deep center that Lynn almost made a spectacular leaping catch on against the wall. Lynn would suffer a rib injury, but would continue the game. Both runs scored as Griffey ended up with a triple. Johnny Bench singled Griffey home to tie the game at 3-3.

In the seventh, George Foster put the Reds ahead with a two-run double and, in the top of the eighth, César Gerónimo hit a solo homer to chase Tiant and give the Reds a 6-3 lead. In the bottom of the eighth, Pedro Borbon was on the mound, with Rawly Eastwick warming up in the Reds` bullpen.

Borbon gave up a single to Fred Lynn, and then walked Rico Petrocelli. Eastwick was brought in, and proceeded to strike out Dwight Evans and retire Rick Burleson on a line-out to left, Eastwick looked on his way out of the inning.

Bernie Carbo, a former first-round pick of the Reds, who had pinch-hit a home run in Game 3, was called on to bat for Roger Moret. Sparky Anderson was on the top step of the dugout, ready to call in left-hander Will McEnaney to pitch to the left-hand hitting Carbo. Anderson said later that he was concerned that the Sox would call on Juan Beniquez to pinch hit for Carbo if he made the move.

Carbo looked hopelessly overmatched by Eastwick, and on a 2-2 pitch, fouled off a pitch on a swing that was described as having "all the athletic grace of a suburbanite raking leaves." On the next pitch, however, Carbo tied the game with a three-run home run just to the left of dead center field.

Supposedly, as Carbo approached third base on his home run trot, (it was more of a sprint) Carbo yelled out to former teammate Pete Rose, "Hey, Pete....don't you wish you were that strong?" To which Rose replied, "This is fun."

The Sox looked poised to win the game in the bottom of the ninth. With McEnaney, the Reds' seventh pitcher, on the mound, the Sox loaded the bases with no outs. Denny Doyle walked and went to third on a Carl Yastrzemski single. McEnaney then intentionally walked Carlton Fisk to load the bases to face the left-handed hitting Lynn. Lynn flied out on a short fly ball to Foster in left, and Foster gunned down Doyle, who tagged up and attempted to score. McEnaney then retired Petrocelli, ending the jam. Doyle would later admit that, when he tagged at third, he thought he heard Sox third-base coach Don Zimmer yelling "Go, go, go!", when, in reality, Zimmer was screaming, "No! No! No!".

In the top of the 11th, with Griffey on first, Joe Morgan hit a deep drive to right off Dick Drago that looked to be headed over the fence. Evans, however, made a spectacular catch near Pesky's Pole in right to rob Morgan and doubled Griffey off first.

The Reds mounted another threat in the top of the 12th. Tony Perez and Foster slammed one-out singles off Rick Wise, but Wise retired Dave Concepción on a fly to right and struck out Geronimo.

In a fitting end to such an exciting game, Fisk faced Pat Darcy, the eighth pitcher that Reds manager Sparky Anderson used. Fisk took Darcy's second pitch and lifted a high drive down the left-field line. The ball struck the foul pole just above the Green Monster. In what has now become an iconic baseball film highlight, the NBC left-field game camera caught Fisk wildly waving his arms to his right after hitting the ball and watching its path while drifting down the first base line, as if he was trying to coax the ball to "stay fair." The ball indeed stayed fair and the Red Sox had tied the Series. (According to the NBC cameraman Lou Gerard located above the third base stands, cameramen at the time were instructed to follow the flight of the ball. Instead Gerard was distracted by a rat nearby, thus he lost track of the baseball and instead decided to capture the image of Fisk "magically" waving the ball fair).[9]

Game 7Edit

Wednesday, October 22, 1975 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 123456789RHE
Cincinnati 000002101 4 90
Boston 003000000 3 52
WP: Clay Carroll (1-0)  LP: Jim Burton (0-1)  SV: Will McEnaney (1)  
HRs:  CIN – Tony Pérez (3)

After an exciting Game 6, there was no worry about Game 7 being anti-climactic. Reds starter Don Gullett started having control problems in the third inning. After giving up an RBI single to Carl Yastrzemski, Gullett walked Carlton Fisk to load the bases. He then walked Rico Petrocelli and Dwight Evans to force in two more runs. However, that would be it for the Sox scoring.

Bill Lee shut out the Reds through five innings, but, in the sixth with a man on, he tried to throw a slow lob pitch (his famous "Leephus pitch or Space Ball") to Tony Perez. Perez hung back, waited for it perfectly, and blasted it for a two-run homer, his third in three Series games. Now, the score was 3-2.

The Reds tied it in the seventh when Ken Griffey walked, stole second, and scored on a two-out single by Pete Rose.

In the ninth, Griffey led off with a walk, was sacrificed to second by César Gerónimo, and went to third on a groundout. Sox pitcher Jim Burton then walked Rose to set up a forceout, but then gave up a bloop single to Joe Morgan to score Griffey with the go-ahead run. Will McEnaney retired the Sox in the ninth, closing out an unbelievable World Series.

Composite BoxEdit

1975 World Series (4-3): Cincinnati Reds (N.L.) over Boston Red Sox (A.L.)

Team 123456789101112RHE
Cincinnati Reds 200675323100 29 592
Boston Red Sox 513502733001 30 606

<tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="16">Total Attendance: 308,272   Average Attendance: 44,039</td></tr> <tr><td style="text-align:left;" colspan="16">Winning Player’s Share: – $19,060   Losing Player’s Share – $13,326[10]</td></tr>


Statistics Summary Edit

Series Batting Stats Edit

Cincinnati Reds Edit

                                          SERIES STATS                   |      REGULAR SEASON       
 Player              G  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO  BA    OBP   SLG  SB |  AB   H   HR   BA    OPS  SB
+-------------------+-+---+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+--+-----+-----+-----+---+----+----+---+-----+-----+---+
 Ed Armbrister       4   1  1  0  0  0  0   0  2  0  .000  .667  .000  0 |  65   12   0  .185  .454   3
 Johnny Bench        7  29  5  6  2  0  1   4  2  4  .207  .258  .379  0 | 530  150  28  .283  .878  11
 Jack Billingham     3   2  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  0 |  65    7   0  .108  .313   0
 Pedro Borbon        3   1  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  0 |  24    7   0  .292  .625   0
 Clay Carroll        5   0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0                    0 |  19    0   0  .000  .000   0
#Darrel Chaney       2   2  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  .000  .000  .000  0 | 160   35   2  .219  .574   3
 Dave Concepción     7  28  3  5  1  0  1   4  0  1  .179  .200  .321  3 | 507  139   5  .274  .679  33
*Terry Crowley       2   2  0  1  0  0  0   0  0  1  .500  .500  .500  0 |  71   19   1  .268  .728   0
*Pat Darcy           2   1  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  .000  .000  .000  0 |  47    4   0  .085  .191   0
*Dan Driessen        2   2  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  0 | 210   59   7  .281  .814  10
 Rawly Eastwick      5   1  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  0 |  15    1   0  .067  .133   0
 George Foster       7  29  1  8  1  0  0   2  1  1  .276  .300  .310  1 | 463  139  23  .300  .875   2
*César Gerónimo      7  25  3  7  0  1  2   3  3  5  .280  .357  .600  0 | 501  129   6  .257  .690  13
*Ken Griffey         7  26  4  7  3  1  0   4  4  2  .269  .367  .462  2 | 463  141   4  .305  .793  16
 Don Gullett         3   7  1  2  0  0  0   0  0  2  .286  .286  .286  0 |  62   14   0  .226  .520   0
*Will McEnaney       5   1  0  1  0  0  0   0  0  0 1.000 1.000 1.000  0 |  14    0   0  .000  .000   0
*Joe Morgan          7  27  4  7  1  0  0   3  5  1  .259  .364  .296  2 | 498  163  17  .327  .974  67
 Gary Nolan          2   1  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  0 |  68   12   0  .176  .474   0
#Fred Norman         2   1  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  0 |  60    7   0  .117  .292   0
 Tony Perez          7  28  4  5  0  0  3   7  3  9  .179  .258  .500  1 | 511  144  20  .282  .816   1
 Merv Rettenmund     3   3  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  1  .000  .000  .000  0 | 188   45   2  .239  .669   5
#Pete Rose           7  27  3 10  1  1  0   2  5  1  .370  .485  .481  0 | 662  210   7  .317  .838   0
+-------------------+-+---+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+--+-----+-----+-----+---+----+----+---+-----+-----+---+
 Total               7 244 29 59  9  3  7  29 25 30  .242  .315  .389  9 |5203 1430 124  .275  .753 168
   * - bats left-handed, # - switch hits, ? - unknown, else - bats right-handed
   A + before season totals indicates the player was with multiple teams this year. 

Boston Red Sox Edit

                                          SERIES STATS                   |      REGULAR SEASON       
 Player              G  AB  R  H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO  BA    OBP   SLG  SB |  AB   H   HR   BA    OPS  SB
+-------------------+-+---+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+--+-----+-----+-----+---+----+----+---+-----+-----+---+
 Juan Beniquez       3   8  0  1  0  0  0   1  1  1  .125  .222  .125  0 | 254   74   2  .291  .760   7
 Rick Burleson       7  24  1  7  1  0  0   2  4  2  .292  .393  .333  0 | 580  146   6  .252  .634   8
 Jim Burton          2   0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0                    0 |   0    0   0               0
*Bernie Carbo        4   7  3  3  1  0  2   4  1  1  .429  .500  1.42  0 | 319   82  15  .257  .892   2
 Reggie Cleveland    3   2  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  2  .000  .000  .000  0 |   0    0   0               0
*Cecil Cooper        5  19  0  1  1  0  0   1  0  3  .053  .050  .105  0 | 305   95  14  .311  .899   1
*Denny Doyle         7  30  3  8  1  1  0   0  2  1  .267  .312  .367  0 |+325   97   4  .298  .742   5
 Dick Drago          2   0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0                    0 |   0    0   0               0
 Dwight Evans        7  24  3  7  1  1  1   5  3  4  .292  .393  .542  0 | 412  113  13  .274  .809   3
 Carlton Fisk        7  25  5  6  0  0  2   4  7  7  .240  .406  .480  0 | 263   87  10  .331  .923   4
 Doug Griffin        1   1  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  0 | 287   69   1  .240  .560   2
*Bill Lee            2   6  0  1  0  0  0   0  0  3  .167  .167  .167  0 |   0    0   0               0
*Fred Lynn           7  25  3  7  1  0  1   5  3  5  .280  .345  .440  0 | 528  175  21  .331  .967  10
*Rick Miller         3   2  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  0 | 108   21   0  .194  .557   3
 Bob Montgomery      1   1  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  0 | 195   44   2  .226  .559   1
#Roger Moret         3   0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0                    0 |   0    0   0               0
 Rico Petrocelli     7  26  3  8  1  0  0   4  3  6  .308  .379  .346  0 | 402   96   7  .239  .644   0
 Dick Pole           1   0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0                    0 |   0    0   0               0
 Diego Segui         1   0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0                    0 |   0    0   0               0
 Luis Tiant          3   8  2  2  0  0  0   0  2  4  .250  .400  .250  0 |   1    0   0  .000  .000   0
 Jim Willoughby      3   0  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0                    0 |   0    0   0               0
 Rick Wise           2   2  0  0  0  0  0   0  0  0  .000  .000  .000  0 |   0    0   0               0
*Carl Yastrzemski    7  29  7  9  0  0  0   4  4  1  .310  .382  .310  0 | 543  146  14  .269  .776   8
+-------------------+-+---+--+--+--+--+--+---+--+--+-----+-----+-----+---+----+----+---+-----+-----+---+
 Total               7 239 30 60  7  2  6  30 30 40  .251  .333  .372  0 |4522 1245 134  .275  .761  66
   * - bats left-handed, # - switch hits, ? - unknown, else - bats right-handed
   A + before season totals indicates the player was with multiple teams this year.

Series Pitching Stats Edit

Cincinnati Reds Edit

                        SERIES STATS                    |     REGULAR SEASON           
 Player              G  ERA  W-L SV CG  IP   H ER BB SO |  W-L   IP   ERA   WHIP  SO SV 
+-------------------+-+-----+---+--+--+----+--+--+--+---+------+----+-----+-----+---+--+
*Don Gullett         3  4.34 1-1  0  0 18.2 19  9 10 15 | 15-4   160  2.42  1.15  98   
 Jack Billingham     3  1.00 0-0  0  0  9.0  8  1  5  7 | 15-10  208  4.11  1.43  79   
 Rawly Eastwick      5  2.25 2-0  1  0  8.0  6  2  3  4 |  5-3    90  2.60  1.13  61 22
*Will McEnaney       5  2.70 0-0  1  0  6.2  3  2  2  5 |  5-2    91  2.47  1.26  48 15
 Gary Nolan          2  6.00 0-0  0  0  6.0  6  4  1  2 | 15-9   211  3.16  1.10  74   
 Clay Carroll        5  3.18 1-0  0  0  5.2  4  2  2  3 |  7-5    96  2.62  1.30  44  7
 Pat Darcy           2  4.50 0-1  0  0  4.0  3  2  2  1 | 11-5   131  3.58  1.48  46  1
*Fred Norman         2  9.00 0-1  0  0  4.0  8  4  3  2 | 12-4   188  3.73  1.31 119   
 Pedro Borbon        3  6.00 0-0  0  0  3.0  3  2  2  1 |  9-5   125  2.95  1.33  29  5
+-------------------+-+-----+---+--+--+----+--+--+--+---+------+----+-----+-----+---+--+
 Total                  3.88 4-3  2  0 65.0 60 28 30 40 | 94-47 1300  3.37 1.310 598 50 
   * - throws left-handed, ? - unknown, else - throws right-handed
   A + before season totals indicates the player was with multiple teams this year. 

Boston Red Sox Edit

                        SERIES STATS                    |     REGULAR SEASON           
 Player              G  ERA  W-L SV CG  IP   H ER BB SO |  W-L   IP  ERA   WHIP  SO SV 
+-------------------+-+-----+---+--+--+----+--+--+--+---+------+----+-----+-----+---+--+
 Luis Tiant          3  3.60 2-0  0  2 25.0 25 10  8 12 | 18-14  260  4.02  1.28 142   
*Bill Lee            2  3.14 0-0  0  0 14.1 12  5  3  7 | 17-9   260  3.95  1.32  78   
 Reggie Cleveland    3  6.75 0-1  0  0  6.2  7  5  3  5 | 13-9   171  4.43  1.32  78   
 Jim Willoughby      3  0.00 0-1  0  0  6.1  3  0  0  2 |  5-2    48  3.54  1.28  29  8
 Rick Wise           2  8.44 1-0  0  0  5.1  6  5  2  2 | 19-12  255  3.95  1.31 141   
 Dick Drago          2  2.25 0-1  0  0  4.0  3  1  1  1 |  2-2    73  3.84  1.38  43 15
*Roger Moret         3  0.00 0-0  0  0  1.2  2  0  3  1 | 14-3   145  3.60  1.43  80  1
 Diego Segui         1  0.00 0-0  0  0  1.0  0  0  0  0 |  2-5    71  4.82  1.61  45  6
*Jim Burton          2  9.00 0-1  0  0  1.0  1  1  3  0 |  1-2    53  2.89  1.45  39  1
 Dick Pole           1   inf 0-0  0  0  0.0  0  1  2  0 |  4-6    90  4.42  1.49  42   
+-------------------+-+-----+---+--+--+----+--+--+--+---+------+----+-----+-----+---+--+
 Total                  3.86 3-4  0  2 65.1 59 28 25 30 | 95-64 1426  3.98 1.360 717 31 
   * - throws left-handed, ? - unknown, else - throws right-handed
   A + before season totals indicates the player was with multiple teams this year. 

Series quotesEdit

This is some kind of game, isn't it?

According to Carlton Fisk, Pete Rose turned and said this to him when Rose came to bat in the 10th inning of Game 6.

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. (Audio)

Tied.

Bill "Spaceman" Lee, when asked after Game 2 to describe the series to that point.

There he goes...Left center field, that’s going to plug the gap. Rose will score easily! There goes Griffey to third, they're going to have a shot at him...in time they got him!

Joe Garagiola, Sr. calling Pete Rose's steal to second and run scored, as well as Ken Griffey Sr.'s attempt at a triple in game 4.

Two strikes. The pitch...Carbo hits a high drive to deep center, way back, home run!

Ned Martin on NBC Radio, calling Bernie Carbo's three-run home run in game six 6 that tied the score 6-6.

High fly ball, left field...Foster's got a shot! They're tagging up at third. Here comes the throw...it is...IN TIME!

Joe Garagiola, Sr. calling left fielder George Foster's throw to catcher Johnny Bench to tag Denny Doyle out at home plate in game 6.

Well hit, right field deep...Evans is going back, back near the wall and...Oh what a catch he made! What a catch by Dwight Evans and the double play...Griffey didn't know what happened as Dwight Evans made a spectacular catch and take a look at this.

Joe Garagiola, Sr. calling Dwight Evans catch off Joe Morgan's drive to the right-field wall in game 6.

BroadcastingEdit

NBC broadcast the Series on television and radio, with Curt Gowdy and Joe Garagiola alternating play-by-play along with team announcers Ned Martin and Dick Stockton (Red Sox) and Marty Brennaman (Reds) and Tony Kubek doing color commentary.

This was the final World Series broadcast for Gowdy, who had been NBC's lead play-by-play announcer for baseball since 1966. Garagiola would take over full-time as NBC's lead baseball announcer the following season.

This was also the final Series broadcast for NBC Radio, which had retained exclusive rights to the event since 1957. CBS Radio would become the exclusive national radio network for MLB beginning the following season.

NotesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Adelman, Tom. (2003). The Long Ball: The Summer of '75 -- Spaceman, Catfish, Charlie Hustle, and the Greatest World Series Ever Played. Boston, MA: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-06899-3.
  • Forman, Sean L.. 1975 World Series. Baseball-Reference.com - Major League Statistics and Information.. Retrieved on 2007-12-09.
  • Lowitt, Bruce. (1999). "Rats! Fisk's homer" St. Petersburg Times, November 23, 1999
  • Neft, David S., and Richard M. Cohen. (1990). The World Series. 1st ed. New York: St Martins. ISBN 0-312-03960-3. (Neft and Cohen 355-360)
  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2197. MacMillian Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.

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