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1975 World Series

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1975 World Series
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Team (Wins) Manager(s) Season
Cincinnati Reds (4) Sparky Anderson 108–54, .667, GA: 20
Boston Red Sox (3) Darrell Johnson 95–65, .594, GA: ​4 12
DatesOctober 11–22
MVPPete Rose (Cincinnati)
UmpiresArt Frantz (AL), Dick Stello (NL), George Maloney (AL), Satch Davidson (NL), Larry Barnett (AL), Nick Colosi (NL)
Hall of FamersReds: Sparky Anderson (mgr.), Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Pérez
Red Sox: Carlton Fisk, Jim Rice (injured), Carl Yastrzemski.
ALCSBoston Red Sox over Oakland A's (3–0)
NLCSCincinnati Reds over Pittsburgh Pirates (3–0)
Broadcast
TelevisionNBC
TV announcersCurt Gowdy (Games 1, 3, 5, 7), Joe Garagiola (Games 2, 4, 6), Dick Stockton (Games 1, 6), Ned Martin (Games 2, 7), Marty Brennaman (Games 3–5) and Tony Kubek
RadioNBC
Radio announcersJoe Garagiola (Games 1, 3, 5, 7), Curt Gowdy (Games 2, 4, 6), Marty Brennaman (Games 1–2, 6–7), Ned Martin (Games 3, 5–6) and Dick Stockton (Games 4, 7)
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The 1975 World Series of Major League Baseball was played between the Boston Red Sox (AL) and Cincinnati Reds (NL). In 2003, it was ranked by ESPN as the second-greatest World Series ever played.[1] Cincinnati won the series in seven games.

The Cincinnati Reds recorded a franchise-high 108 victories and 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 4½ games over the Baltimore Orioles then defeated the three-time defending World Series champion Oakland A's, three games to none, in the American League Championship Series.

Boston star left fielder Jim Rice missed both the ALCS and the World Series due to a broken hand.

The Reds won the seventh and deciding game of the series on a ninth-inning RBI single by Joe Morgan. The sixth game of the Series was a 12-inning classic at Boston's Fenway Park culminated by a game-winning home run by Carlton Fisk to extend the series to seven games.

It was the third World Series appearance by the Reds in six years, losing in 1970 to Baltimore and in 1972 to Oakland.

Oddly, this was the fourth consecutive time that a seven-game series winner (Pittsburgh 1971, Oakland 1972, Oakland 1973, Cincinnati 1975) scored fewer runs than the losing team.

Summary

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

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 11 Cincinnati Reds – 0, Boston Red Sox – 6 Fenway Park 2:27 35,205[2] 
2 October 12 Cincinnati Reds – 3, Boston Red Sox – 2 Fenway Park 2:38 35,205[3] 
3 October 14 Boston Red Sox – 5, Cincinnati Reds – 6 (10 innings) Riverfront Stadium 3:03 55,392[4] 
4 October 15 Boston Red Sox – 5, Cincinnati Reds – 4 Riverfront Stadium 2:52 55,667[5] 
5 October 16 Boston Red Sox – 2, Cincinnati Reds – 6 Riverfront Stadium 2:23 56,393[6] 
6 October 21 Cincinnati Reds – 6, Boston Red Sox – 7 (12 innings) Fenway Park 4:01 35,205[7] 
7 October 22 Cincinnati Reds – 4, Boston Red Sox – 3 Fenway Park 2:52 35,205[8]

: postponed from October 18 due to rain

Matchups

Game 1

Saturday, October 11, 1975 1:00 pm (ET) at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 X 6 12 0
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 inning. Tiant led off with a single and later scored Boston's first run on a single by Carl Yastrzemski. Then the floodgates opened: Reds reliever Clay Carroll walked Carlton Fisk to force in a run, Rico Petrocelli slapped a two-run single, Rick Burleson had an RBI single, and Cecil Cooper ended the scoring with a sacrifice fly. Tiant finished with a five-hitter against a team that had scored an MLB high 840 runs during the regular season.

Game 2

Sunday, October 12, 1975 1:00 pm (ET) at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 3 7 1
Boston 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 7 0
WP: Rawly Eastwick (1–0)   LP: Dick Drago (0–1)

Game 2 proved to be a very pivotal game as the Reds were on the brink of being down 0-2 before rallying for victory in the ninth inning. Red Sox starter Bill Lee held the Reds to four hits and a run through eight innings. Johnny Bench led off the ninth with a double to right field. Lee was then replaced by right-handed closer Dick Drago. Bench moved to third on a groundout by Tony Pérez. After George Foster popped out for the second out, Dave Concepción hit a clutch single up the middle that Boston second baseman Denny Doyle fielded behind second base, but had no play at first as Bench scored to tie the game. After Concepcion stole second base, Ken Griffey hit a double into left-center field scoring Concepcion with the game-winner. Rawly Eastwick retired the Sox in the ninth to get the save and even the series.

The Reds' only other run scored in the fourth when Joe Morgan walked, went to third on a Bench single, and scored on a Pérez force out.

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

Game 3

Tuesday, October 14, 1975 8:30 pm (ET) at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Boston 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 0 5 10 2
Cincinnati 0 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 1 6 7 0
WP: Rawly Eastwick (2–0)   LP: Jim Willoughby (0–1)
Home runs:
BOS: Carlton Fisk (1), Bernie Carbo (1), Dwight Evans (1)
CIN: Johnny Bench (1), Dave Concepción (1), César Gerónimo (1)

At home, the Reds prevailed in another squeaker in a game that featured the first major controversy of the series involving the umpires. The Reds had opened up a 5-1 lead through five innings before Boston rallied, capped by a two-run homer by Dwight Evans in the top of the ninth to tie the game at 5. The game stayed tied until the bottom of the 10th inning. Cesar Geronimo led off the bottom of the 10th with a single off Jim Willoughby. Reds manager Sparky Anderson then sent pinch-hitter Ed Armbrister up to sacrifice in place of reliever Rawly Eastwick. Armbrister's bunt bounced high near the plate toward the first-base line. Boston catcher Carlton Fisk was quick to pounce on the ball in front of the plate as Armbrister was slow to get out of the box. He hesitated before running and appeared to collide (or at least impede) Fisk as he was retrieving the ball. Fisk's hurried throw to second base to force out Geronimo sailed over shortstop Rick Burleson into center field as Geronimo went to third base and Armbrister to second. Fisk and Boston manager Darrell Johnson argued that Armbrister should have been ruled out for interference, but home plate umpire Larry Barnett ruled otherwise. The play stood and the Reds had the potential winning run on third with no outs. Willoughby then intentionally walked Pete Rose to load the bases and set up a force play at any base. Johnson then brought in left-hander Roger Moret, to face Ken Griffey, but Anderson countered with right-handed hitting Merv Rettenmund. Rettenmund struck out for out No. 1, but Joe Morgan knocked in Geronimo with the game-winner by hitting a deep fly to center over a drawn in outfield.

For nine innings, the game was a homer-fest as each team put three over the wall. Fisk put the Sox on the board in the second with a homer off Reds starter Gary Nolan. The Reds countered by taking a 2–1 lead in the fourth when Tony Pérez walked and Johnny Bench hit a two-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 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 Yastrzemski 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 homer off Clay Carroll.

In the top of the ninth, with Reds closer Eastwick on the mound, Rico Petrocelli singled and Evans hit the game-tying home run, sending the game into extra innings.

Game 4

Wednesday, October 15, 1975 8:30 pm (ET) at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 5 11 1
Cincinnati 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 9 1
WP: Luis Tiant (2–0)   LP: Fred Norman (0–1)

With the Reds leading the series 2–1, Luis Tiant would pitch his second complete game win of the Series. 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 Pérez error on a ball hit by Juan Beníquez, 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. 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 an over the shoulder catch. Joe Morgan then popped out to first on Tiant's 163rd pitch of the game.

Game 5

Thursday, October 16, 1975 8:30 pm (ET) at Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, Ohio
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 5 0
Cincinnati 0 0 0 1 1 3 0 1 X 6 8 0
WP: Don Gullett (1–1)   LP: Reggie Cleveland (0–1)   Sv: Rawly Eastwick (1)
Home runs:
BOS: None
CIN: Tony Pérez 2 (2)

Reds' lefty Don Gullett pitched like an ace as the Reds won their final home game in Game 5 to put Cincinnati on the brink of their first World Series championship in 35 years. Cincinnati first baseman and cleanup hitter Tony Pérez broke out of an 0-for-15 World Series slump with a pair of home runs while driving in four runs off Boston starter Reggie Cleveland. Pete Rose contributed an RBI double and Dave Concepción hit a sacrifice fly for the other Reds runs, while Gullett pitched ​8 23 innings, limiting the powerful Boston lineup to five hits. Reds closer Rawly Eastwick came on to strike out Boston third baseman Rico Petrocelli for the game's final out.

Game 6

Tuesday, October 21, 1975 8:15 pm (ET) at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 6 14 0
Boston 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 7 10 1
WP: Rick Wise (1–0)   LP: Pat Darcy (0–1)
Home runs:
CIN: César Gerónimo (2)
BOS: Fred Lynn (1), Bernie Carbo (2), Carlton Fisk (2)

This game would go down as one of the greatest in postseason history. Thanks to three days of rain in Boston, Red Sox manager Darrell Johnson was afforded the luxury of having his top two starting pitchers, Luis Tiant and Bill Lee, available for Games 6 and 7, respectively, while the Reds were able to have their ace, Don Gullett, available for a potential Game 7 after pitching a gem in Game 5.

Boston's Fred Lynn opened the scoring in the first with a two-out, three-run homer off Reds starter Gary Nolan. Meanwhile, Tiant breezed through the first four innings, holding the Reds scoreless. The Reds finally broke through in the fifth. With two on, Ken Griffey tripled to deep center scoring both runs on a ball that Lynn just missed making spectacular leaping catch against the wall. Lynn would suffer a rib injury, but remained in the game. Lynn told moderator Bob Costas during MLB Network's "Top 20 games in the last 50 years" that, for a short time, he was barely conscious and couldn't feel his legs.[9] 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 homer to chase Tiant and give the Reds a 6–3 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth, Reds reliever Pedro Borbón gave up a single to Fred Lynn, and then walked Rico Petrocelli. Rawly Eastwick replaced Borbon and struck out Dwight Evans and retired Rick Burleson on a line-out to left. Bernie Carbo 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 Beníquez to pinch hit for Carbo if he made the move. Carbo looked overmatched by Eastwick early in the count, but worked it to a 2-2 count. On the next pitch, Carbo tied the game with a three-run home run to center field.

As Carbo approached third base on his home run trot, 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 to Foster in foul territory in left, and Foster gunned down Doyle, who tagged up and attempted to score. McEnaney then retired Petrocelli, ending the jam. In the top of the 11th, with Ken 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 running catch near the visitors bullpen in deep right to rob Morgan and double Griffey off first.

In the bottom of the 12th, 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 well above the Green Monster. In what has now become an iconic baseball film highlight, the NBC left-field game camera[10] 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.

Game 7

Wednesday, October 22, 1975 8:15 pm (ET) at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts
Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Cincinnati 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 1 4 9 0
Boston 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 5 2
WP: Clay Carroll (1–0)   LP: Jim Burton (0–1)   Sv: Will McEnaney (1)
Home runs:
CIN: Tony Pérez (3)
BOS: None

Despite the exciting Game 6, there were no worries about Game 7 being anti-climactic. The game was scoreless until the third inning when Reds starter Don Gullett experienced control problems. 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 before striking out Rick Burleson for the final out. Gullett pitched a scoreless fourth before being relieved by Jack Billingham. The Reds bullpen pitched five scoreless innings and gave the Cincinnati offense a chance to rally.

Boston starter Bill Lee was again sharp, as he shut out the Reds through five innings. In the sixth, with Pete Rose on first base and one out, Johnny Bench hit what appeared to be an inning-ending double play grounder to shortstop Burleson who flipped the ball to Denny Doyle covering second base. But Rose slid high and hard into Doyle at second and forced an errant throw that sailed into the Boston dugout as Bench moved to second base. On a 1-0 count, Lee threw a blooper pitch to Tony Pérez who slammed the ball over the Green Monster and onto Lansdowne Street for a two-run home run, his third HR in the final three Series games, to draw the Reds to within 2-3.

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

In the ninth, Griffey led off with a walk, was sacrificed to second by César Gerónimo, and went to third on a groundout. Boston reliever Jim Burton then walked Rose to set up a forceout, but Joe Morgan reached down and blooped a low breaking ball into center field to score Griffey with the go-ahead run. In the ninth, Will McEnaney retired the Sox in order, with Yastrzemski flying out to center field to end the game.

Composite line score

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

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E
Cincinnati Reds 2 0 0 6 7 5 3 2 3 1 0 0 29 59 2
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[11]

Statistics summary

Series batting stats

Cincinnati Reds

                                          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 Borbón        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 Pérez          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

                                          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 Beníquez       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 Seguí         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

Cincinnati Reds

                        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 Borbón        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

                        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 Seguí         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.

Broadcasting

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

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

This was the only World Series broadcast for Stockton, who would become a prominent national sportscaster for such networks as CBS, Fox, and TNT.

This is the earliest World Series broadcast whose games survive today in their entirety. Portions of many previous Series broadcasts also survive, but the general practice of the networks in the past was to wipe old broadcasts to save money and space. All subsequent World Series broadcasts since this one also have had all their games preserved.

Notes

  1. ^ ESPN: WORLD SERIES 100th ANNIVERSARY
  2. ^ "1975 World Series Game 1 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  3. ^ "1975 World Series Game 2 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  4. ^ "1975 World Series Game 3 – Boston Red Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  5. ^ "1975 World Series Game 4 – Boston Red Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  6. ^ "1975 World Series Game 5 – Boston Red Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  7. ^ "1975 World Series Game 6 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  8. ^ "1975 World Series Game 7 – Cincinnati Reds vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
  9. ^ "MLB's 20 Greatest Games". MLB. Retrieved December 27, 2012.
  10. ^ Verducci, Tom (October 21, 2015). "Game Changer: How Carlton Fisk's home run altered baseball and TV". Sports Illustrated.
  11. ^ "World Series Gate Receipts and Player Shares". Baseball Almanac. Archived from the original on May 2, 2009. Retrieved June 14, 2009.

See also

References

  • Adelman, Tom. (2003). The Long Ball: The Summer of '75—Spaceman, Catfish, Charlie Hustle, and the Greatest World Series Ever Played. Boston, Massachusetts: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-06899-3.
  • Frost, Mark. (2009). Game Six: Cincinnati, Boston, and the 1975 World Series: The Triumph of America's Pastime. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 1-4013-2310-3.
  • Gammons, Peter. (1985). Beyond the Sixth Game: What's Happened to Baseball Since the Greatest Game in World Series History. Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton Mifflin. ISBN 0-395-35345-9.
  • Hornig, Doug. (2003). The Boys of October: How the 1975 Boston Red Sox Embodied Baseball's Ideals—and Restored Our Spirits. New York: McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-140247-0.
  • 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)
  • Posnanski, Joe. (2009). The Machine: A Hot Team, a Legendary Season, and a Heart-stopping World Series: The Story of the 1975 Cincinnati Reds. New York: William Morrow. ISBN 0-06-158256-5.
  • Reichler, Joseph, ed. (1982). The Baseball Encyclopedia (5th ed.), p. 2197. Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 0-02-579010-2.

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