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
MVP Pete Rose (Cincinnati)
Umpires Art 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.
ALCS Boston Red Sox over Oakland A's (3–0)
NLCS Cincinnati Reds over Pittsburgh Pirates (3–0)
Broadcast
Television NBC
TV announcers Curt 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
Radio NBC
Radio announcers Joe 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)
  1974 World Series 1976  

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.

Major League Baseball Professional baseball league

Major League Baseball (MLB) is a professional baseball organization, and the oldest of the four major professional sports leagues in the United States and Canada. A total of 30 teams play in the National League (NL) and American League (AL), with 15 teams in each league. The NL and AL were formed as separate legal entities in 1876 and 1901 respectively. After cooperating but remaining legally separate entities beginning in 1903, the leagues merged into a single organization led by the Commissioner of Baseball in 2000. The organization also oversees Minor League Baseball, which comprises 256 teams affiliated with the Major League clubs. With the World Baseball Softball Confederation, MLB manages the international World Baseball Classic tournament.

The 1975 Boston Red Sox season was the 75th season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished first in the American League East with a record of 95 wins and 65 losses. Following a sweep of the Oakland Athletics in the ALCS, the Red Sox lost the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds in seven games. In their 4 losses in the World Series, they had at least a one run lead in each game, only to let the Reds come back and win all 4, spoiling the Sox's chances at winning the World Series for the first time since 1918, which would have ended the Curse of the Bambino. In game 7, the Red Sox had a 3-0 lead at one point, but the Reds rallied back to spoil the Red Sox chances of a major upset.

The 1975 Cincinnati Reds season was a season in American baseball. The Reds dominated the league all season, and won the National League West with a record of 108–54, best record in MLB and finished 20 games ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Reds went on to win the National League Championship Series by defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in three straight games, and the World Series in seven games over the Boston Red Sox. The Reds were managed by Sparky Anderson and played their home games at Riverfront Stadium. It was the first World Series championship for Cincinnati since 1940. The 1975 Reds are one of the few teams to consistently challenge the 1927 Yankees, what some people call the best in baseball history, for the title for the best team in MLB history. Some sources consider the 1975 Reds the greatest team to ever play baseball. But according to some sources, a lot of them put the 1927 Yankees ahead of the '75 Reds. The Reds went 64–17 at home in 1975, which is the best home record ever by a National League team, which still stands today. It is currently the second best home record in MLB history, behind the 1962 Yankees, who went 65-16.

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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.

The National League West is one of the three divisions of the National League of Major League Baseball in North America. This Division was formed for the 1969 season when the National League expanded to 12 teams by adding the San Diego Padres and the Montreal Expos. For purpose of keeping a regular-season of 162 games, half of the teams were put into the new East Division and half into the new West Division. Within each division, the teams played 18 games each against their five division mates, and also 12 games against the teams in the opposite division, totaling 162 games.

The 1975 Los Angeles Dodgers finished in second place, 20 games behind the Cincinnati Reds in the Western Division of the National League.

The 1975 Pittsburgh Pirates season was the 94th in the history of the franchise and their 89th in the National League. The Pirates' 92–69 record was good enough to win their fifth National League East title in six seasons by 6​12 games over their cross-state rivals, the Philadelphia Phillies. The Pirates, however, lost the National League Championship Series to the Cincinnati Reds, three games to none.

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

Jim Rice American baseball player

James Edward Rice, nicknamed "Jim Ed", is a former Major League Baseball left fielder and designated hitter who played his entire 16-year baseball career for the Boston Red Sox.

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.

Joe Morgan Major League Baseball second baseman

Joe Leonard Morgan is an American former professional baseball second baseman who played Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies, and Oakland Athletics from 1963 to 1984. He won two World Series championships with the Reds in 1975 and 1976 and was also named the National League Most Valuable Player (MVP) in each of those years. Considered one of the greatest second basemen of all-time, Morgan was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1990. After retiring as an active player, Morgan became a baseball broadcaster for the Reds, Giants, and ESPN. He currently hosts a weekly nationally-syndicated radio show on Sports USA, while serving as a special advisor to the Reds.

Extra innings

Extra innings is the extension of a baseball or softball game in order to break a tie.

Fenway Park Baseball stadium in Boston, Massachusetts

Fenway Park is a baseball park located in Boston, Massachusetts near Kenmore Square. Since 1912, it has been the home for the Boston Red Sox, the city's American League baseball team, and since 1953, its only Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. It is the oldest ballpark in MLB. Because of its age and constrained location in Boston's dense Fenway–Kenmore neighborhood, the park has been renovated or expanded many times, resulting in quirky heterogeneous features including "The Triangle" (below), Pesky's Pole, and the Green Monster in left field. It is the fourth-smallest among MLB ballparks by seating capacity, second-smallest by total capacity, and one of eight that cannot accommodate at least 40,000 spectators.

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

The 1970 World Series matched the American League champion Baltimore Orioles against the National League champion Cincinnati Reds (102–60), with the Orioles winning in five games.

The 1972 World Series matched the American League champion Oakland Athletics against the National League champion Cincinnati Reds, with the Athletics winning in seven games. It was the first World Series win for the A's in 42 years, since 1930.

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.

The 1971 World Series was the 68th edition of Major League Baseball's championship series, and the conclusion of the 1971 season. A best-of-seven playoff, it matched the defending World Series and American League (AL) champion Baltimore Orioles against the National League (NL) champion Pittsburgh Pirates, with the Pirates winning in seven games. Game 4, played in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, was the first-ever World Series game played at night.

1973 World Series 1973 Major League Baseball championship series

The 1973 World Series matched the defending champions Oakland Athletics against the New York Mets; the A's won in seven games for their second of three consecutive World Series titles.

Summary

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

GameDateScoreLocationTimeAttendance 
1October 11Cincinnati Reds – 0, Boston Red Sox – 6 Fenway Park 2:2735,205 [2]  
2October 12Cincinnati Reds – 3, Boston Red Sox – 2Fenway Park2:3835,205 [3]  
3October 14Boston Red Sox – 5, Cincinnati Reds – 6 (10 innings) Riverfront Stadium 3:0355,392 [4]  
4October 15Boston Red Sox – 5, Cincinnati Reds – 4Riverfront Stadium2:5255,667 [5]  
5October 16Boston Red Sox – 2, Cincinnati Reds – 6Riverfront Stadium2:2356,393 [6]  
6October 21Cincinnati Reds – 6, Boston Red Sox – 7 (12 innings)Fenway Park4:0135,205 [7]  
7October 22Cincinnati Reds – 4, Boston Red Sox – 3Fenway Park2:5235,205 [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
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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
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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 win 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.)

Team123456789101112 R H E
Cincinnati Reds 20067532310029592
Boston Red Sox 51350273300130606
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.

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