October 22, 1920: The 1919 Chicago White Sox gambling conspirators are officially in trouble. From the bullpen section of baseball-reference.com:
Eight members of the Chicago White Sox are indicted for supposedly throwing the 1919 World Series. Although considered heavy favorites to win the Series, the White Sox lost to the Cincinnati Reds in eight games in what will become known as the Black Sox Scandal.
Here’s a link to a whole lot more of the story from baseball-reference.com.
October 22, 1972: Gene Tenace drives in two runs to lead the Oakland A’s to a 3-2 victory over the Reds, giving the A’s the World Series Championship in seven games. Tenace is the World Series MVP batting .348 with four homers and nine rbi in the seven game series.
The A’s opened the game with one run in the top of the first. With one out, Reds centerfielder Bobby Tolan misjudged Angel Mangual’s line drive and Mangual wound up at third on three-base error. With two outs, Tenace singled home Mangual to give the A’s a 1-0 lead.
A’s starter John “Blue Moon” Odom retired the first 10 Reds batters in the game and held the Reds scoreless until the fifth inning. Tony Perez led off the Reds fifth with a double and Cesar Geronimo walked one-out later. Odom fell behind in the count to Dave Concepcion and A’s manager Dick Williams called on Jim “Catfish” Hunter to relieve Odom and finish Concepcion’s at bat. Concepcion walked anyway to load the bases with one out. Reds manager Sparky Anderson then sent Hal McRae to the plate to pinch hit for Reds starter Jack Billingham. Billingham had not allowed an earned run in 13 2/3 innings during the 1972 World Series and had retired 10 A’s in a row. McRae scored Perez on a sacrifice fly to tie the game at 1-1. Next up was Pete Rose, who had hit Hunter’s first pitch in Game Five for a home run, but this time flied out to deep right-center field to end the inning.
Bert Campaneris led off the A’s sixth with a single off Reds reliever Pedro Borbon. Mangual sacrificed Campaneris to second and Campaneris advanced to third on a Joe Rudi ground out. Tenace doubled to left, scoring the A’s shortstop and giving the A’s a 2-1 lead. A’s “designated pinch runner” Allan Lewis entered the game to pinch run for Tenace. Sal Bando then doubled to centerfield when Tolan pulled a hamstring chasing what seemed to be a routine fly ball to center with Lewis scoring on the play and giving the A’s a 3-1 lead.
The Reds got one run back in the eighth. Rose singled off Hunter to start the inning. Lefty Ken Holtzman relieved Hunter and Joe Morgan doubled off him, with Rose stopping at third base. Reds manager Anderson sent up veteran Julian Javier to pinch hit for young George Foster who had replaced Tolan after Tolan pulled his hamstring. A’s manager Williams relieved Holtzman with A’s star reliever Rollie Fingers, pitching in the sixth game of the seven game Series. The Reds called back Javier, and sent up lefty pinch hitter Joe Hague to bat for Javier, but Hague popped up to shortstop for the first out. Johnny Bench was intentionally walked to load the bases and Perez drove in Rose with a sacrifice fly with Morgan advancing to third. Bench stole second to put the tying and go ahead runs in scoring position, but Denis Menke flied out to end the inning. Fingers pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the game and win the Series for the A’s.
October 22, 1975: The Reds fought back from a 3-0 deficit to defeat the Boston Red Sox and win the 1975 World Series in seven games with a 4-3 win in Boston.
The Red Sox scored all three runs in the bottom of the third inning, taking advantage of unusual wildness by Reds starter Don Gullett and unusual patience by Reds manager Sparky Anderson. Anderson, nicknamed Captain Hook, stayed with Gullett during this seventh game despite issuing four walks in the inning (one intentional). Bernie Carbo drew a one-out walk and Denny Doyle singled him to third base. Carl Yastrzemski singled to right to score the game’s first run with Doyle advancing to third. The Reds chose to intentionally walk Carlton Fisk with Yastrzemski still on first to load the bases. Fred Lynn struck out swinging, but Gullett walked both Rico Petrocelli and Dwight Evans with the bases loaded to force in two runs before Rick Burleson struck out to end the inning.
The Reds cut the lead to 3-2 in the sixth inning off Red Sox starter Bill Lee. Pete Rose led off with a single, Joe Morgan flied out, but Rose was forced at second base by Johnny Bench. However, second bsaeman Doyle’s relay throw was wide to first, allowing Bench to advance to second base. Tony Perez then drilled a Lee eephus pitch over the left field wall for a home run to close the gap to one run.
The Reds tied it in the seventh when Ken Griffey walked with one out. Cesar Geronimo popped up, but Griffey stole second base. Pinch hitter Ed Armbrister drew a walk and Pete Rose singled home Griffey with the game’s tying run. Morgan walked to load the bases, but Bench fouled out to end the threat.
The tie held until the top of the ninth inning. Rookie Jim Burton took the mound for the Red Sox, having pitched only 29 regular season games and one post season game in his major league career to this point. Griffey walked to lead off the inning with Geronimo sacrificing him to second. Dan Driessen grounded out, Griffey now advancing to third with two outs. Rose walked before Morgan drove in what proved to be the Series game-winning run with a single to centerfield. Veteran Reggie Cleveland relieved Burton and walked Bench to load the bases before the inning ended on a Perez flyball. Will McEnaney pitched a scoreless ninth inning to preserve the World Series victory for the Reds, the Reds first World Series victory since 1940.