Game 6 of the 1975 World Series….

I was in my senior year of high school, and was counseling at a camp for underprivileged kids (Camp Joy) that week. After we got the kids asleep, the counselors snuck off to an empty cabin and listened to the game on a little transistor radio. I can remember the highs and lows of that game like it was yesterday….

The folks running the camp let us go up to the dining hall the next night for Game 7.

Great memories.

I have friends from Boston that can’t for the life of them remember Game 7, they still think they won that series.

I’ve been a Reds fan since the late ’60’s, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in ’84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in ’90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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  1. I don’t have an interesting story like Bill’s regarding my recollection of Game 6 – I was in high school and watched on TV.

    But I did attend Game 3 at Riverfront in person. The series was tied 1-1 after two games in Bahston. The Reds had blown a 5-1 lead and the game went to extra innings. I still remember the Ed Armbrister bunt play very clearly. Joe Morgan had the GWRBI.

  2. Many Red Sox fans are still stuck at Carlton Fisk’s home run in game six. Hello! The Reds won game seven and the Series. I’ve always felt that part of the reason Commissioner Giamanti came down so hard on Pete Rose was that Pete and The Machine put it to his beloved Red Sox.

  3. Work had me living in Indy at that time. Most of my memories of the Circle City are sweet or fond but I seem to recall a lack of Reds fans among my co-workers and friends. I think many of them were Indy natives jealous that their city was the AAA farm club of the Reds. Game 6 I was listening to on the radio because I was working nights. I knew from early in Marty’s call that Foster had nailed the one potential winning run at the plate. I also recall the frustration as Marty tried to will the Fisk homer foul every bit as hard as Fisk was willing it fair. And yes gloriously there was a tomorrow where Doggie and Joe set things right.

  4. @OhioJim: And if either of those calls were actually made by Joe, I’m sorry Leftie. Age can play tricks with memory

  5. I remember that whole nite like it was yesterday. I was living in New Haven but had taken the train into NYC for business. So I watched the game in a bar in Grand Central Station. Except for me, everyone was rooting for the Red Sox. In those days, Yankee fans hated the Reds more than the Red Sox.

    I had to catch the last train back to New Haven at 12:35 AM. Fisk was the last batter I could watch. He homered at 12:34 AM. I had to sprint to catch my train. No one else on the train knew the outcome of the game.

  6. @OhioJim: In addition to Doggie and Joe setting things right, it was Pete Rose, who contributed to all 3 Reds scoring innings in Game 7. Also the bullpen, especially Jack Billingham, after Gullet had to be pulled early behind 3-0.

  7. As Carlton Fisk said, the Red Sox won the series 3 games to 4. This was the belief in New England. I’ve looked at books about the ’75 Red Sox that treated game 7 as an inconsequential footnote.

    I have Yankee fan friends who grew up thinking that the Red Sox had won the 1975 WS.

  8. Game 7 of the 1975 WS was probably the biggest win in Reds history. If they lose the game, then the BRM only wins one WS, and is not remembered as one of the greatest teams ever.

    • Game 7 of the 1975 WS was probably the biggest win in Reds history. If they lose the game, then the BRM only wins one WS, and is not remembered as one of the greatest teams ever.

      Agree. The pitching staff had collapsed before the 1970 series event started. There was the bad hop or misplay or whatever involving the tracks in in the Riverfront OF plus JB being played for a fool on the fake intentional walk in 1972 and as mentioned here the collapse versus the Metz in 1973.

      If the Reds don’t win that series in 1975, they are probably remembered like the Buffalo Bills or Minnesota Viking teams that got to all those Super Bowls but could win one.

  9. @OhioJim: Right. A baseball analogy would be the Brooklyn Dodgers, who during their last 10 years in Brooklyn won a lot of pennants but only one WS. Or the 1990’s Braves.

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About Bill Lack

I've been a Reds fan since the late '60's, with my luck of being able to attend plenty of games at Riverfront during the BRM era. I was sitting in the Green Seats in the OF when Pete came home in '84 and was in the Red seats when Glenn Braggs reached over the fence in '90 to beat the Pirates. I have had many favorites from Jim Maloney to Johnny Bench, Barry Larkin, Adam Dunn, and Jay Bruce.

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