1975 World Series Game 6 “The greatest game ever played”

fiskOn October 21st, 1975, one of the most memorable games in all of sports was taken place in Boston at Fenway Park. The Cincinnati Reds who swept the Pittsburgh Pirates in the NLCS were looking for their first World Series title since 1940 in which they made it to the World Series in 1970 and 1972 but lost. Boston Red Sox swept the three-time defending World Series champion Oakland A’s in the ALCS and were looking for their first World Series title since 1918. Through the first five games of the series it seemed that both The Reds and The Red Sox were evenly matched as the series shifted back to Boston at Fenway Park for Game 6 as the Reds were up 3-2 with a win away from winning the World Series. The Red Sox got off to a great start when in the bottom of 1st, Red Sox’s Fred Lynn smacked a three-run homer off Reds pitcher Gary Nolan. The Reds would respond in the fifth with Ken Griffey hitting a three-run homer himself to tie the game 3-3. In the seventh the Big Red Machine Reds struck again scoring scoring two runs and adding another in the 8th to make it 6-3 Reds. Red Sox would come back immediately in the bottom of the 8th when former-first round pick of the Reds now turned Red Sox tied the game with a three-run home run to the left of dead center field and the game was knotted 6-6. The game eventually went to extra-innings and the Reds had chances but couldn’t capitalize. Finally in the bottom of the 12th, Red Sox’s Carlton Fisk faced Red’s pitcher Pat Darcy. Darcy’s second pitch was lifted high down the left-field line. Camera caught Fisk wildly waving his arms to his right after hitting the ball and watching it go while he was drifting down the first base line as if he was trying to make the ball to “stay fair”. The ball stayed fair as the Red Sox won the game 7-6 to send the series to a deciding game Game 7 in which the Reds would eventually win the game to win the World Series but this game will forever be a classic. In MLB Network’s 20 Greatest Games this game was ranked Number 1 at the top of the list.

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