McKinney: Quick Hitter

Oct. 21, 2013 @ 09:42 PM

On this date in 1975, the Cincinnati Reds defeated the Boston Red Sox 4-3 in Game 7 of an unforgettable World Series.

Joe Morgan’s go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth inning capped the Reds stirring rally from a 3-0 deficit to take the decisive game and the title.

As great as Game 7 was, it proved to be a historical footnote compared to Game 6 the night before.

That epic 12-inning contest saw Carlton Fisk deliver the game-winning homer that he so famously waved fair to send the Fenway Park crowd into a frenzy.

Fisk’s blast and body english remain one of the most recognizable moments in World Series history.

But the ‘75 World Series ranks among the all-time great Fall Classics for much more than tremendous Game 6 and Game 7 drama.

This World Series featured a pair of extra-inning games and saw five of the seven contests decided by a single run.

The Red Sox actually outscored the Reds 30-29 and held a 60-59 edge in hits.

But it was The Big Red Machine that made emerged victorious for the first of consecutive World Series championships.

A recent ESPN survey ranked the 1975 World Series as the second best Fall Classic of all time, behind only the Twins’ seven-game triumph over the Braves in 1991.

That ‘91 World Series was fantastic, but as a fan old enough to remember both, I rate the ‘75 World Series as the greater of the two.

— Mark McKinney