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The 1975 World Series was between the Boston Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds. In many eyes, it was one of the greatest World Series ever played. Cincinnati won the series 4-3.

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 a pinch-hit three-run homer by the Sox' Bernie Carbo that tied the game and a game-saving defensive play in extra innings by the Sox' Dwight Evans, it is most remembered for the walkoff home run hit in the bottom of the 12th by Carlton Fisk. The camera shot of Fisk "waving" his home run fair is one of the most-replayed moments in baseball history. Fisk's home run gave the Sox a 7-6 win to send the series to a deciding seventh game which the Reds narrowly won.

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, and many other memorable events.

Managers: Darrell Johnson (Boston), Sparky Anderson (Cincinnati)

Umpires: Art Frantz (AL), Dick Stello (NL), George Maloney (AL), Satch Davidson (NL), Larry Barnett (AL), Nick Colosi (NL)

Series MVP: Pete Rose (Cincinnati)

Television: NBC (Curt Gowdy, Tony Kubek, Joe Garagiola, Ned Martin, Dick Stockton and Marty Brennaman announcing)

Box Scores

Game 1

 October 11, 1975 at Fenway Park II (Boston Red Sox)

                                1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                                -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
   Cincinnati Reds              0  0  0    0  0  0    0  0  0     0  5  0
   Boston Red Sox               0  0  0    0  0  0    6  0  X     6 12  0

   PITCHERS: CIN - Gullett, Carroll (7), McEnaney (7)
             BOS - Tiant

              WP - Tiant
              LP - Gullett
            SAVE - none

  HOME RUNS: CIN - none
             BOS - none

 ATTENDANCE: 35,205

Game 2

 October 12, 1975 at Fenway Park II (Boston Red Sox)

                                1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                                -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
   Cincinnati Reds              0  0  0    1  0  0    0  0  2     3  7  1
   Boston Red Sox               1  0  0    0  0  1    0  0  0     2  7  0

   PITCHERS: CIN - Billingham, Borbon (6), McEnaney (7), Eastwick (8)
             BOS - Lee, Drago (9)

              WP - Eastwick
              LP - Drago
            SAVE - none
 
  HOME RUNS: CIN - none
             BOS - none

 ATTENDANCE: 35,205

Game 3

 October 14, 1975 at Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati Reds)

                                1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9   10     R  H  E
                                -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -    -     -  -  -
   Boston Red Sox               0  1  0    0  0  1    1  0  2    0     5 10  2
   Cincinnati Reds              0  0  0    2  3  0    0  0  0    1     6  7  0

   PITCHERS: BOS - Wise, Burton (5), Cleveland (5), Willoughby (7), Moret (10)
             CIN - Nolan, Darcy (5), Carroll (7), McEnaney (7), Eastwick (9)

              WP - Eastwick
              LP - Willoughby
            SAVE - none

  HOME RUNS: BOS - Fisk, Carbo, Evans
             CIN - Bench, Concepcion, Geronimo

 ATTENDANCE: 55,392

Game 4

 October 15, 1975 at Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati Reds)

                                1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                                -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
   Boston Red Sox               0  0  0    5  0  0    0  0  0     5 11  1
   Cincinnati Reds              2  0  0    2  0  0    0  0  0     4  9  1

   PITCHERS: BOS - Tiant
             CIN - Norman, Borbon (4), Carroll (5), Eastwick (7)

              WP - Tiant
              LP - Norman
            SAVE - none

  HOME RUNS: BOS - none
             CIN - none

 ATTENDANCE: 55,667

Game 5

 October 16, 1975 at Riverfront Stadium (Cincinnati Reds)

                                1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                                -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
   Boston Red Sox               1  0  0    0  0  0    0  0  1     2  5  0
   Cincinnati Reds              0  0  0    1  1  3    0  1  X     6  8  0

   PITCHERS: BOS - Cleveland, Willoughby (6), Pole (8), Segui (8)
             CIN - Gullett, Eastwick (9)

              WP - Gullett
              LP - Cleveland
            SAVE - Eastwick

  HOME RUNS: BOS - none
             CIN - Perez (2)

 ATTENDANCE: 56,393

Game 6

 October 21, 1975 at Fenway Park II (Boston Red Sox)

                                1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9   10 11 12     R  H  E
                                -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
   Cincinnati Reds              0  0  0    0  3  0    2  1  0    0  0  0     6 14  0
   Boston Red Sox               3  0  0    0  0  0    0  3  0    0  0  1     7 10  1

   PITCHERS: CIN - Nolan, Norman (3), Billingham (3), Carroll (5), Borbon (6), Eastwick (8), McEnaney (9), Darcy (10)
             BOS - Tiant, Moret (8), Drago (9), Wise (12)

              WP - Wise
              LP - Darcy
            SAVE - none

  HOME RUNS: CIN - Geronimo
             BOS - Lynn, Carbo, Fisk

 ATTENDANCE: 35,205

Game 7

 October 22, 1975 at Fenway Park II (Boston Red Sox)

                                1  2  3    4  5  6    7  8  9     R  H  E
                                -  -  -    -  -  -    -  -  -     -  -  -
   Cincinnati Reds              0  0  0    0  0  2    1  0  1     4  9  0
   Boston Red Sox               0  0  3    0  0  0    0  0  0     3  5  2

   PITCHERS: CIN - Gullett, Billingham (5), Carroll (7), McEnaney (9)
             BOS - Lee, Moret (7), Willoughby (7), Burton (9), Cleveland (9)

              WP - Carroll
              LP - Burton
            SAVE - McEnaney

  HOME RUNS: CIN - Perez
             BOS - none

 ATTENDANCE: 35,205

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 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 Concepcion     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
*Cesar Geronimo      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

                                          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

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 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

                        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. 

Quote of the Series

"There it goes! A long drive if it stays fair...HOME RUN!"--Dick Stockton, calling Carlton Fisk's home run.

Trivia about the Series

  • The image of Carlton Fisk waving his Game 6, 12th inning homerun 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 71 million TV viewers.
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