Golden Baseball Magazine

The Ultimate Game

This series presents the final game of each post-season series that went all the way.
Until 1946, that means World Series Game Sevens (none of the best-of-nine World Series went the full length).
1975 - Game 7: Cincinnati Reds @ Boston Red Sox

Gary Nolan

Fred Norman

Rawly Eastwick

Pedro Borbon

Rick Wise

Dick Drago

Carlton Fisk waves his
Game 6 HR fair.

Luis Tiant and Johnny Bench

By 1975, the Big Red Machine was functioning on all cylinders in Cincinnati.
  • The nickname had taken hold in 1970 when the Reds won the NL pennant with a record of 102-60 under rookie manager Sparky Anderson in their new Riverfront Stadium. Admittedly overconfident, Sparky's boys lost the World Series to Baltimore in five games.
  • Plagued by injuries, the Reds slumped to 79-83 in '71.
  • Healthy and with a new 2B named Joe Morgan acquired from the Astros, the Redlegs rocketed back to the top of the NL before falling to Oakland in the World Series in seven games.
  • 1973 brought more disappointment - a 99-63 record for 1st in the West again but an upset loss to the Mets in the NLCS.
  • 98 wins in '74 were good for only 2nd in the West to the Dodgers.
  • Finally, in '75, 108 wins - exactly 2/3 of the games played - left Los Angeles in the dust 20 games behind. A sweep of the Pirates propelled the Machine into their third World Series in six seasons.

To win 108 games, the third highest total in NL history, you need a well-rounded team.

  • The Reds led the league with 5.19 runs per game and were third in ERA at 3.62. They also topped the circuit with a .984 fielding percentage.
  • Three regulars smacked 20 or more HRs - C Johnny Bench (28), LF George Foster (23), and 1B Tony Perez (20).
  • 2B Morgan won the MVP Award for a season in which he led the NL in walks (132), on-base percentage (.466), and on-base-plus-slugging (.974). He and Pete Rose set the table at the top of the lineup for the sluggers that followed.
  • Six pitchers recorded double-digit victory totals. Righties Gary Nolan and Jack Billingham and southpaw Don Gullett registered 15 wins while another lefty, Fred Norman, racked up 12, Pat Darcy 11, and Clay Kirby 10.
  • Anderson employed "Bullpen by Committee," earning the nickname "Captain Hook" for his frequent use of relievers. Rawly Eastwick led the club with 22 saves and lefty Will McEnaney garnered 15 more. Pedro Borbon and Clay Carroll served mainly as setup men, Borbon leading the relievers with 125 innings.

Heart of the Big Red Machine (L-R): Tony Perez, Johnny Bench,
Sparky Anderson, Joe Morgan, Pete Rose

In the American League, the Red Sox finally ended the Athletics' three-year Reign of Terror.

  • Oakland won 98 games to cop the West Division crown for the fifth straight year only to fall to Boston in three straight in the ALCS.
  • The Bosox led the Junior Circuit in batting average (.275) and runs per game (4.97) to overcome a so-so ERA of 3.98 (9th out of 12).
  • 35-year-old Carl Yastrzemski held down 1B after years of playing the ca­roms off the Green Monster in LF. That made room for Jim Rice, who hit .309, smacked 22 HRs, and drove in 102 runs.
  • 23-year-old Fred Lynn won both the AL Rookie of the Year and MVP awards. He hit .331, scored 103 runs and drove in 105, and clouted 21 HRs. He also excelled on defense in CF.
  • Similar to the Reds, Boston had four starters with 13 or more wins: Rick Wise (19-12), Luis Tiant (18-14), wacky southpaw Bill Lee (17-9), and Reg­gie Cleveland (13-9).
  • Dick Drago led the team in saves with 15.

Red Sox outfield: Jim Rice, Fred Lynn, Dwight Evans

Commissioner Bowie Kuhn again refused to allow the Designated Hitter to be used even in World Series games at Fenway Park.

  • Second-year Red Sox manager took a practical approach when asked whe­ther the Reds hurlers would have an advantage because of their experience as hitters. If we can't get their pitchers out, we won't win many games.
  • First game starter Tiant joked, I'm going for long ball. I have eight homers in my career. When I hit the ball, I hit it deep.

The Reds were installed as 8-5 favorites to win the Series.

  • Jim Rice, who broke his wrist September 21, would not play.
  • Johnson would use Yastrzemski in LF against righthanders with Cecil Cooper at 1B. With a southpaw starter, he went with Yaz at 1st and Juan Beniquez in LF.
Series Results
  1. Saturday, October 11 @ Boston: Red Sox 6 Reds 0
    WP: Luis Tiant; LP: Don Gullett
  2. Sunday, October 12 @ Boston: Reds 3 Red Sox 2
    WP: Rawly Eastwick; LP: Dick Drago
  3. Tuesday, October 14 @ Cincinnati: Reds 6 Red Sox 5 (10 innings)
    WP: Eastwick; LP: Jim Willoughby
  4. Wednesday, October 15 @ Cincinnati: Red Sox 5 Reds 4
    WP: Tiant; LP: Fred Norman
  5. Thursday, October 16 @ Cincinnati: Reds 6 Red Sox 2
    WP: Gullett; LP: Reggie Cleveland
  6. Tuesday, October 21 @ Boston: Red Sox 7 Reds 6 (12 innings)
    WP: Rick Wise; LP: Pat Darcy

Game 6 was a classic.

  • Played after three days of rain in New England, the game saw each team come from behind.
  • After the Sox plated 3 in the first, the Reds matched that in the 5th.
  • Fortunes looked bleak for the home team when they trailed 6-3 entering the bottom of the 8th. But PH Bernie Carbo drilled a 3-run shot to tie the game.
  • The contest rocked along until the bottom of the 12th when Carlton Fisk hit a HR that glanced off the LF foul pole. The video of Fisk waving the ball fair is one of the most famous in Fall Classic history.
    Morgan: Our clubhouse was like a morgue. But there were some guys, espe­cially Pete, talking about what an honor it was to play in such a game. ... When the writers came to me wanting to know how I felt, I said ... I honestly felt that it (the tough defeat) would have no effect whatsoever. "When you come out here tomorrow," I said, "you'll see the best team in baseball go at 'em again. And we will win. Hey, I'll take these guys every day of the week in the seventh game of the World Series."
Cincinnati Lineup
Pete Rose 3B
Joe Morgan 2B
Johnny Bench C
Tony Perez 1B
George Foster LF
Dave Concepcion SS
Ken Griffey RF
Cesar Geronimo CF
Don Gullett P
Boston Lineup
Bernie Carbo LF
Denny Doyle 2B
Carl Yastrzemski 1B
Carlton Fisk C
Fred Lynn CF
Rico Petrocelli 3B
Dwight Evans RF
Rick Burleson SS
Bill Lee P

Bill Lee

Don Gullett

Pete Rose

Johnny Bench

Bernie Carbo

Denny Doyle

Carl Yastrzemski

Carlton Fisk

George Foster

Dave Concepcion

Fred Lynn

Rico Petrocelli

Dwight Evans

Rick Burleson

Ken Griffey

Cesar Geronimo

Merv Rettenmund

Jack Billingham

Tony Perez homers.

Roger Moret

Jim Willoughby

Anderson and Bench wait for new pitcher.

Clay Carroll

Jim Burton

Will McEnaney

Juan Beniquez

Bob Montgomery

Game 7: Wednesday, October 22 @ Fenway Park
  • Johnson had used his ace, Tiant, in the do-or-die Game 6. So he went with Bill "Spaceman" Lee in the finale. The southpaw had allowed only two runs in eight innings in Game 2.
    Morgan on Lee's performance: Lee was one of these guys who threw slow, slower, and slowest. Even knowing that and waiting on him, we didn't do much with him anyway.
    Lee on being passed over for Game 6: I was upset. I knew I could handle the Reds in Game Six at Fenway. But more importantly, I knew Luis needed another day of rest. ... I was lying on the trainers table when Fisk hit his home run, but I got out to the dugout pretty fast.
  • Sparky went with his well-rested ace, Don Gullett, who had lost Game 1 but pitched much better in Game 5. Don missed two months of the season with a broken thumb but still gained 15 victories against only 4 defeats.
  • The Series was already being hailed by many as the greatest of all time. It pro­duced the largest TV ratings in history.

NBC broadcast the Series on television and radio.

  • Curt Gowdy called the play-by-play on TV while Tony Kubek provided color com­mentary. Ned Martin of the Red Sox handled the first half of the game.
  • Joe Garagiola and Marty Brennaman of the Reds did the radio broadcast.

The weather could not have been better - 70° at game time, dropping to the mid-60s by the end.

1st inning

  • Pete Rose, hitting right-handed against Lee, blooped a fly that RF Dwight Evans came in and caught.
    Anderson moved Joe Morgan (5-for-23 in the Series ) up to the second spot against the lefty. Morgan fanned on a 3-2 curve - Joe's first strikeout of the Series.
    Johnny Bench (6-for-25) grounded out 6-3.
  • Bernie Carbo, who had hit two pinch-hit HRs in the Series, led off with a double high off the LCF wall. The wind from LF held the ball in the park.
    Denny Doyle (7-for-26) flew to RF on the first pitch.
    Johnson after the game: Until a strike is thrown to Doyle, we give him a chance to hit a ball to the right side or possibly through for a base hit. He got the ball to right but up in the air. If he had one strike on him, we would have bunted Carbo to third.
    A third straight lefthanded batter, Carl Yastrzemski, stepped in. (Johnson said his lefthanders hit Gullett better than his righties.) Carbo moved to 3rd as Mor­gan threw out Yaz.
    The fans gave Carlton Fisk a standing ovation for his first AB since his game-win­ning homer in Game 6. Throwing nothing but fastballs, Gullett struck out Fisk.
2nd inning
  • After throwing a fastball strike, Lee threw his "ephus" pitch - a slow curveball - over the plate to Tony Perez. The Reds 1B then bounced to 3B Rico Petrocelli.
    George Foster smacked the first pitch off the LCF wall but was thrown out Carbo-to-Doyle trying to stretch it to a double.
    Dave Concepcion (4-for-24) grounded to his counterpart at SS, Rick Burleson.
  • Fred Lynn, with a sore tailbone after banging into the CF wall in Game 6, walked.
    With his Fenway Park swing, Petrocelli (7-for-23) smashed the first pitch foul over the LF wall. Rico then swung through Gullett's patented rising fastball.
    Dwight Evans, who made what Sparky Anderson called the greatest catch he'd ever seen in Game 6, fouled to Rose in front of the stands down the LF line.
    Rick Burleson flew to Ken Griffey near the line in short RF.

3rd inning

  • Griffey (6-for-24) lined a single to RCF.
    Cesar Geronimo (7-for-22 with a HR in Game 6) hit a high hopper than turned into a 4-6-3 double play.
    Gullett, batting righthanded, stung a low liner into RF for a single.
    Rose smacked a grounder up the middle. The ball bounced off Lee's glove toward 3B. Bill retrieved the ball and in one motion threw to 2nd to force Gullett, who went into the bag standing up.
  • Lee bunted foul on the 0-2 pitch.
    Still having trouble getting his breaking ball over, Gullett walked Carbo on a full count.
    Doyle smacked a single to RF sending Carbo to 3rd. Denny became the only player on either club to hit safely in all seven games.
    Yaz grounded a single into RF, scoring Carbo with Doyle moving to 3rd. When Griffey overthrew the cutoff man, Yaz took 2nd.
    Fisk was walked intentionally, provoking the usual boos from the fans.
    Pitching coach Larry Shepard spoke to Gullett briefly as Pedro Borbon and Jack Billingham started throwing in the bullpen.
    Lynn was called out on strikes and objected to home plate umpire Art Frantz.
    Gullett fell behind Petrocelli 3-0, then fought back to run the count full. Then he threw a fastball high to force in a run.
    Gullett fired a ball very high to Evans. That brought Morgan in for a brief chat that did no good. Three more balls and another run walked in. Anderson still made no move.
    Gullett rewarded his skipper's faith by striking out Burleson.
    After the game, Sparky revealed a conversation he had with Gullett. He told me, "I just can't calm down. I'm overthrowing everything, and my pitch is straight as a string, not moving or rising like it should." The skipper added: Gullett's my ace. I had to go as far as I could with him. I'll admit I planned to take him out after he walked Evans, but something told me to let him pitch to Burleson. If anything had happened with Burleson that would have hurt us, I'd have second-guessed myself all winter because I did go too long with Donnie.
    Red Sox 3 Reds 0
4th inning
  • The Reds were in the same position they'd been in the night before - down 3-0.
    Would the long bottom of the 4th affect Lee?
    Morgan dragged a bunt down the 1B line. Lee's attempt to scoop it to Yaz with his glove failed, but he wouldn't have gotten Joe anyway.
    That put a runner who had stolen 67 bases at 1st. Morgan had said that he figured out Lee's move during Game 2. Would he try for 2nd even with a 3-run deficit?
    Whether distracted by the runner of not, Lee fell behind Bench 3-0. After a strike, Johnny flew to Lynn in deep CF near the bullpen.
    After several pitches, Morgan stole 2nd easily, drawing no throw.
    Perez popped to Doyle in short RF.
    Lee started Foster with a changeup that he popped to Fisk near the 3B dugout.
  • Lee fell behind in the count before grounding a single into RF. That continued the trend of lefthanders getting all four hits off Gullett in the game.
    Two hurlers resumed throwing in the Reds bullpen.
    With Carbo squared around to bunt, Gullett threw high off Bench's glove to the backstop to send the runner to 2nd. Carbo hit a grounder up the middle that Morgan snared and threw to 1st as Lee hurried to 3rd.
    With the infield in about 2/3, Doyle checked his swing but grounded to Rose right in front of the 3B bag. Lee alertly got back to the bag as Pete threw to 1st for the out.
    Yaz popped the first pitch to Morgan near the 1B coaching box.

5th inning

  • Lee continued to move the ball around and change speeds.
    Concepcion hit a grounder that Yaz fielded wide of 1st. Lee hurried to 1st but couldn't corral the throw as Davey beat out the hit.
    Griffey cracked a low liner that skipped through Doyle into RCF. The error sent Concepcion to 3rd.
    Geronimo fell behind 0-2, fouled off two pitches, then took a curve for strike three.
    Merv Rettenmund batted for Gullett and hit a tailor-made grounder to SS for a 6-4-3 douple play to retire the side.
  • Jack Billingham took over on the mound. He had allowed only one earned run in 20 2/3 innings of World Series pitching.
    Fisk fanned on a low curve.
    Lynn received the sixth walk for the Red Sox.
    Petrocelli grounded a single in the hole between 3rd and SS.
    Evans lofted the first pitch into CF where Geronimo caught it on the warning track. Lynn scampered to 3rd.
    With the pitcher up next, Billingham pitched around Burleson to load the bases.
    The crowd gave Lee a standing ovation, especially after he worked out of a 2nd­and-3rd-none-out jam in the top of the inning. Lee drove Geronimo almost to the warning track in CF to retire the side.
    Morgan: The bench on a major-league team is not a place where a lot of rah-rah stuff goes on. Ours was almost silent. Each of us was all too aware of what we had to do. As the Red Sox took their inning warm-ups, Sparky suddenly got up and walked from one end of the dugout to the other. This was completely out of character for him, but he was talking to us. "Look, fellas," he said, "we've got some outs left, I don't want anybody to panic, don't go up there looking to hit the ball out - somebody get on base and Bench, Morgan, or Perez will hit a home run and we'll be back in it."

6th inning

  • Rose grounded a single between 1st and 2nd to tie Yaz for the Series lead with nine hits.
    Jim Willoughby began tossing in the Boston bullpen.
    Morgan flew to RF.
    Bench grounded to SS who tossed to Doyle for the force, but Denny threw high to 1st to prolong the inning. Bench wound up at 2nd.
    Rose: I went into him (Doyle) as hard and clean as I could. He jumped so high trying to avoid me he had to throw the ball away.
    Perez made the Red Sox pay by driving a blooper pitch over the screen atop the Green Monster. Tony Kubek wondered on national TV if Bench on 2nd relayed a sign to Tony.
    Lee recalled: I never should have thrown that pitch. But I was still brooding about the missed double play.
    Perez afterwards: He sort of gave that pitch away with some kind of hesitation before he threw it. I guess it is that bloop thing he throw, and I am right.
    Morgan: Perez homered on one of Bill Lee's famous slow curves - just as Sparky said - and we were back in it! Their scouting report should have told them that slow curves were the Big Dog's meat!
    Foster stepped out several times to rattle Lee. Once he stepped out, but Frantz called the pitch a strike. Finally, George flew to RF.
    Red Sox 3 Reds 2
  • Carbo hit a grounder that hit the 1B bag, but Perez snared it and tagged the bag just in time.
    Doyle skied to Foster in short LF.
    Yaz hit an easy hopper to Morgan.
7th inning
  • Rick Miller replaced Carbo in LF.
    Concepcion laced a hot grounder to Burleson who launched a strong throw to 1st.
    Griffey walked on four pitches - Lee's first free pass of the evening.
    Johnson came to the mound and signalled for the lefthander, Roger Moret. Lee received a standing ovation as he departed. Curt Gowdy reported that Bill de­veloped a blister on his left thumb.
    Moret was likely to walk as many as he struck out. No one on the staff could throw harder.
    Geronimo popped to Burleson in short CF.
    Anderson sent Ed Armbruster to bat for Billingham as veteran Clay Carroll worked in the bullpen. The crowd booed Armbruster for his role in the contro­versial interference play in Game 3 in Cincinnati.
    With the count 1-2, Griffey stole 2nd. That made the Reds 9-for-11 in steals during the Series. Armbruster then walked.
    Rose lined a single to CF to score the tying run. Armbruster advanced to 3rd and Pete to 2nd on Lynn's throw to the plate.
    Rose: I thought I might have hit that ball too hard. You know, I'm really a better lefthanded hitter because I hit more often that way.
    Morgan walked on a 3-2 pitch.
    Jim Willoughby, a sinker baller, replaced Moret on the hill. Reggie Cleveland and Jim Burton continued to throw in the pen.
    Bench hit a high foul behind the plate. Fisk leaned into the stands and snagged it.
    Red Sox 3 Reds 3
  • "Go, Sox, go!" chanted the fans as Clay Carroll warmed up.
    Fisk bunted the first pitch foul down the 3B line. Rose stayed deep. Carlton struck out for the third time.
    Lynn hit a grounder that Perez fielded to his right and looped a throw that Carroll snagged just before touching the bag.
    Concepcion threw out Petrocelli.

8th inning

  • Perez popped to 3rd.
    Burleson raced in, scooped up Foster's roller, and threw in time to 1st.
    Concepcion bounced to Petrocelli.
  • Evans drew a full-count walk to break a string of seven Bostonians retired in a row. It was the eighth walk issued by Reds hurlers.
    Burleson took a strike, then bunted foul. After evening the count, Rick grounded into a 5-4-3 DP.
    Cecil Cooper, just 1-for-18 in the Series, hit for Willoughby and fouled to Rose on the first pitch.
9th inning
  • Lefty Jim Burton took over the pitching chores.
    Johnson: Dick Drago was available to pitch, but Burton was the best pitcher available for that situation in my opinion.
    Morgan: The Red Sox brought in a rookie left-handed pitcher, Jim Burton, to try to hold the tie. The choice of a rookie was risky because no one could know how he would respond under such enormous pressure. But we had left-handed hitters coming up. The risk had to be taken.
    Griffey walked.
    Geronimo turned to bunt as Burton threw to 1st to make him commit. Then Cesar bunted down the 3B line. Petrocelli slipped as he fell but threw to 1st while sitting down to nip the runner. However, the go-ahead runner moved to 2nd.
    Dan Driessen hit for Carroll. He rapped the first pitch on the ground to 2B to send Griffey to 3rd.
    Johnson walked deliberately to the hill but left Burton in as Cleveland worked in the pen.
    Burton fed a steady diet of breaking ball to Rose, who led the Series with ten hits. With the count full, a curve came nowhere near the plate - high and outside.
    Rose: I'm not a firm believer in leaving things up to the next guy. But I was glad he walked me 'cause sometimes you wonder how many hits you have in your bat any one time.
    in his autobiography: I can still feel the chill of that New England night on my skin. The sound of 35,000 fans, waiting, expectant, abuzz, still runs like a current through my body. I can feel the time and place as though it were yester­day, not eighteen years ago. ... Everybody thinks they pitched around Pete, but they didn't. Pete took two strikes then went to 3 and 2 before he walked. I was the happiest guy in the place. Call it cockiness, ego, whatever, this was what I lived for. ... But this kid Burton was ready. If he was a rookie, he never showed it. His best pitch was a hard, late-breaking slider which was really difficult to pick up.
    Morgan took a curve low and outside, fouled off a fastball, lined a foul into the stands down the LF line, grounded a curve foul down the 1B line, and finally blooped a low outside slider off the end of his bat into CF to put the Reds ahead. Rose just beat the throw to 3rd as Joe continued to 2nd.
    Morgan: All I wanted to do was to foul it off. That was all I wanted. I knew I did­n't get good wood on the ball. I could feel the dead heaviness of the ball against the bat. I saw a blur of white heading toward CF, and as I ran I watched it hit the ground. The Red Sox fans fell silent, and a cheer burst out from our side of the field. I knew it was going to fall in. They'd been playing me deep all Series.
    Fisk could see as soon as Joe hit the ball that it would fall in. I never felt so helpless.
    Burton: I didn't think I could throw a better pitch. It was just where I wanted it.
    Johnson: The kid made a hell of a pitch. Morgan just got the end of the bat on it and flopped it out there.
    Morgan: Standing on second with the run home, I tried to suppress a grin. I looked into the dugout. The guys were ecstatic. Normally, when one of us got a broken-bat hit, the dugout would carry on, yelling out to the hitter that he had just embarrassed the Reds. I couldn't have gotten a bigger reaction from them if I had sent one over the scoreboard on top of the bleachers in dead CF.
    Johnson called for Cleveland, who had become the first Canadian-born player ever to start a World Series game.
    Trying to knock home an insurance run or two, Bench swung and missed a 3-0 fastball. Eventually he walked.
    Perez, the Series leader in RBIs, flied to Evans.
    Reds 4 Red Sox 3
  • The fans clapped in unison as southpaw Will McEnaney warmed up. He twice had strings of 25 or more innings without allowing an earned run.
    Juan Beniquez pinch hit for LF Miller and lined out to Griffey.
    Bob Montgomery, a right-hand hitting reserve C batting for Doyle grounded to SS.
    The fans cheered Yaz as he stepped in as the Red Sox's last hope. Carl hit the 2-1 pitch high in the air to CF.

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Pete Rose won the MVP Award for the Series.
  • Not a single Red had been born when Cincinnati last won the World Series in 1940.
  • However, Pete was born just six months later in the Queen City.
Future Hall of Famers in the 1975 World Series
Cincinnati: Johnny Bench, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Manager Sparky Anderson
Boston: Carl Fisk, Jim Rice, Carl Yastrzemski


  • As soon as the game ended, Anderson hurried up the runway connecting the dugout to the visitors' clubhouse. He sat alone on the third step before greeting his players at the locker room door. He quickly thanked God as well as his mother and father and the other people who played a part in making this moment pos­sible.
  • When Sparky reached his office, he received a congratulatory phone call from Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey. Thank you, Mr. Yawkey. But baseball was the winner in this World Series. This one was so great for the game. It belongs to the fans more than it does to the Reds or Red Sox.

Reds' Clubhouse

  • Anderson: There never has been a better World Series, and they (Boston) can stand right up there with us as the best in baseball. Before this series began, I promised myself that me and my club would do nothing to hurt baseball. I knew we would win the big ones. We're the best in all the world but not by much now that we've seen the Red Sox. They played us tougher than any team we saw in our league all year.
    on Gullett: I don't know why, but this happens to Donnie away from our own place. Get Donnie out by his old, Kentucky home, with his folks around and all, and you can't touch him, but he's different away.
  • Morgan on his winning hit: Two, three years ago I would have struck out on the pitch that kid threw me. He made a good pitch on me, down and away, but I went down and got just enough of it to drop it where nobody could catch it. It was a pro­fessional hit. It shows I've learned to be a good hitter and that I can stay with a good pitch. Give Klu (Reds' batting coach Ted Kluszewski) a lot of the credit. He kept on me, worked with me to get me where I am today. ... I wanted to get that opportunity to drive in the winning run. I've heard guys say I had a disappointing World Series, but I don't think I did. I'm displeased I didn't get more hits, but look at the line drives they caught on me, and how 'bout the one I almost hit out Tuesday night?
    Morgan recalled: The celebration in our clubhouse went on for hours. After eve­ryone was doused with champagne, they were doused all over again by buckets of water. ... It had been four full seasons since Sparky had said I was the missing piece of the puzzle, four years since we had gotten to a World Series only to lose it. At long last, we were the Big Red Machine everyone said we world, world champions ...
  • Rose in his hoarse voice: I've never been so excited in my whole life. Well, maybe just once before, the time Bench hit a home run off Giusti in the '72 playoffs I think it was. But I couldn't be happier if I had all the money in the world. I'm near a coro­nary, I guarantee you, but this proves once and for all the Cincinnati Reds win big games and championships. Some people might have been comparing us to the Dal­las Cowboys for not winning the big ones. No more. ... The guy who's watching my house taped every game for me. I'll see the whole thing Thursday, and I'll get mad at Carlton Fisk again for hitting that homer Tuesday night. Hey, I'm the biggest base­ball fan in the country. If I could be sure it would end the same way, I wish today was tomorrow. This is great, but I hate to see the baseball season end until next February.

Sparky enjoys the moment.

Bench savors victory.
Red Sox Clubhouse
  • Johnson, who was expected to sign a new two-year contract the next day: In the first place, I'm not very happy at having lost a baseball game, but this team has done a job for this city, its fans, and the organization and me as well as everybody connected with the club that will be hard to beat. As he spoke, Boston Mayor Kevin White pushed his way through the crowd to shake hands with Darrell. You made all of us proud. All of you did a great job.
    The skipper continued with the press: We lost because of the little breaks. The two teams are so evenly matched that it was like a toss of the coin as far as I'm con­cerned. But for a little flip here and a little flip there, things might have been differ­ent.
  • Yastrzemski: You've been around as long as I have, you get so you learn to roll with the punches over these things, but I have to admit this is some kind of tough disappointment to see it all end like this. I almost wish Morgan had hit the ball out of the plark like he did Tuesday.
  • Fisk: We weren't intimidated by the Reds. They have a great club, but I thought our pitchers handled their big hitters well. We may have surprised them a bit, but they're solid. Carlton admitted he probably would replay the Series a lot up to Thanks­giving. Then I'll forget about it and set my sights on spring training - so we'll be here again next fall.
The attendance totaled 308,272.
  • Each Red earned $19,060.
  • Losing team members pocketed $13,326 each.
1975 World Champion Cincinnati Reds

References: The World Series, David S. Neft & Richard M. Cohen (1990)
The Seventh Game, Barry Levenson (2004)
They Call Me Sparky, Sparky Anderson with Dan Ewald (1998)
Joe Morgan: A Life in Baseball, Joe Morgan and David Falkner (1993)

Next in this series: 1979: Pittsburgh @ Baltimore