The 50 Greatest Red Sox Games


Where were you when Roger Clemens notched his first 20-strikeoutgame? Did your grandfather regale you with moral lessons to begleaned from the last day of Ted Williams's phenomenal .406 season? Did you groan in accustomed agony as that weak little nubber rolledbetween Bill Buckner's legs? Are you still energized by relivingthat incredible day—October 27, 2004—when the curse wasshattered and the Red Sox won the World Series after 86 years ofdashed hopes?

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Where were you when Roger Clemens notched his first 20-strikeoutgame? Did your grandfather regale you with moral lessons to begleaned from the last day of Ted Williams's phenomenal .406 season? Did you groan in accustomed agony as that weak little nubber rolledbetween Bill Buckner's legs? Are you still energized by relivingthat incredible day—October 27, 2004—when the curse wasshattered and the Red Sox won the World Series after 86 years ofdashed hopes?

Every Red Sox fan cherishes memories that will never beforgotten and wonders what it would have been like to be in thepark for other outstanding moments from the team's checkered past.Covering an entire century of Boston baseball, The 50 Greatest RedSox Games lets you relive the very best (and agonizingly worst)moments experienced by the team that has lifted more spirits andbroken more hearts than any other sports franchise on the planet.From history-making plays to incredible individual achievements,from regular season games to post-season knuckle-biters, CeciliaTan and Bill Nowlin recreate the suspense, excitement, and drama ofevery contest—and you're sitting right behind home plate whenthe action begins.

Drawing upon in-depth research, including contemporary pre- andpost-game player interviews, Tan and Nowlin devote eachaction-packed chapter to a single, legendary game. They quotenewspaper and magazine accounts of the day, cite personalrecollections from players and managers, and provide box scores,stirring vintage photos, and comments about the people, places, andevents that gave each game a permanent place in Red Sox lore.You'll hear from such Red Sox greats as Carl Yastrzemski, CarltonFisk, Fred Lynn, Bill Monbouquette, Jim Lonborg, Dwight Evans,Nomar Garciaparra, and Johnny Damon, to name just a few. You'llalso meet some of the not-so-famous figures who contributed tounforgettable moments in Sox history.

Be there as:

  • Babe Ruth hurls a stunning, 14-inning complete game to win Game2 of the 1918 World Series
  • The struggling 1927 Bosox outgun "Murderers' Row" to come frombehind and beat the Yankees in 18 innings
  • The greatest hitter who ever lived slams a home run in his lastmajor league at-bat—for the second time
  • Yaz and Gentleman Jim bring the magic back by winning the"Impossible Dream" pennant
  • Luis Tiant records a titanic victory to even the 1975Series
  • Bucky Dent hits "the homer"
  • Cy Young meets Cy Old in the 1999 ALCS
  • The Red Sox, with their backs to the wall, take four straightfrom the Yankees to win the 2004 ALCS

Written with the enthusiasm, spirit, and grit of die-hard RedSox fans, The 50 Greatest Red Sox Games captures all the mania,mystery, and underdog tenacity of the Olde Towne Team.

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Editorial Reviews

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Any living, breathing Boston fan remembers the greatest day in Red Sox history: the golden moment in 2004 when the Mighty Men of Fenway became World Series champions, forever extinguishing the Curse of the Bambino. But can you name the other 49 greatest games in Bosox history? Cecilia Tan and Bill Nowlin can. In The Greatest Red Sox Games, they provide game highlights, player interviews, anecdotes, and photos.
From the Publisher
"Any guesses as to which game Cecilia Tan and Bill Nowlin choose as the greatest of them all in their Fifty Greatest Red Sox Games (Wiley)? Correct. And second to that magic engagement that spanned Oct. 17 and 18, 2004, is Sunday, Oct. 12, 1986, best remembered for Dave Henderson's exculpatory home run and sacrifice fly against the Angels. It saved the Red Sox from extinction in the ALCS, propelling them toward Oct. 25, 1986, the sixth greatest contest, according to the two savants, synonymous though it is with the expression 'Bill Buckner.' The games, which range from 1903 to 2004, are excellently described and reflected upon—as well as highly debatable, making the book a bible for bibulous evenings." (The Boston Globe)
Library Journal
Gathered here are 50 stories of wondrous, and sometimes disastrous, moments for the BoSox, beginning with victory in the first World Series over 100 years ago and continuing with Cy Young's perfect game of 1904 (his mere no-hitters are not included), Tris Speaker's great catch in 1915, and multiple series wins and losses, culminating in the triumph of October 2004. The book will rekindle fond memories and propel new fans to Fenway, looking for the next 50 great Red Sox games. For all collections supporting these fans. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471697510
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 3/31/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,379,290
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.41 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

CECILIA TAN has written for Mudville, Baseball Ink, BaseballToday, and Picto. She produces her own online baseball magazine,Why I Like Baseball, and is a member of the Society for AmericanBaseball Research (SABR). Tan is coeditor (with Bill Nowlin) of TheFenway Project, an account of one night at the ballpark toldthrough the eyes of over 60 different spectators and observers.

BILL NOWLIN, Tan's coeditor on The Fenway Project, wroteor cowrote Tales from the Red Sox Dugout and nine other Red Soxbooks. He has written for the Boston Globe Magazine, Bostonmagazine, Red Sox Magazine, Boston Baseball, Diehard, the BaseballResearch Journal, the National Pastime, and other newspapers andmagazines. Nowlin is editor of publications for the Ted WilliamsMuseum.

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Table of Contents

Cecilia's Preface.

Bill's Preface.

1. October 2, 1903: Pittsburgh at Boston.

First Act: In which Big Bill Dineen tallies the first of histhree victories in the first modern World Series.

2. October 13, 1903: Pittsburgh at Boston.

Fever Pitch: In which a bloody baseball buzzes by the FlyingDutchman.

3. May 5, 1904: Philadelphia at Boston.

Farmer Young Feeling His Oats: In which "No Quaker Gets Far asFirst Base" (Boston Globe).

4. October 10, 1904: Boston at New York.

Capture the Flag: In which the Olde Town Team prevails in theirfirst pennant race against their rivals from Gotham.

5. July 29, 1911: St. Louis at Boston.

Throwing Smoke: In which Howard Ellsworth Wood achieves moundmastery.

6. October 12, 1912: New York at Boston.

Taking the Fifth: In which a rookie bests The ChristianGentleman.

7. October 16, 1912: New York at Boston.

To Err Is Human: In which Fred Snodgrass etches his name inbaseball parlance.

8. October 9, 1915: Boston at Philadelphia.

Foster Home: In which a pitcher allows three hits and talliesthree of his own. 

9. October 13, 1915: Boston at Philadelphia.

Cinched Tight: In which Harry Hooper is the hitting hero.

10. October 9, 1916: Brooklyn at Boston.

Leftist Duel: In which a big southpaw must record 42 outs toearn a World Series win.

11. June 23, 1917: Washington at Boston.

What A Relief! In which the Carolina professor picks up the ballthe Babe dropped.

12. September 5, 1918: Boston at Chicago.

Wartime: In which a lone run is all the Babe needs.

13. September 11, 1918: Chicago at Boston.

Bittersweet: In which Boston seals a fifth championship underdire circumstances.

14. September 5, 1927: New York at Boston.

New York Marathon: In which fans crash the gates to see the homerun race and are treated to an 18-inning marathon.

15. September 12, 1931: Detroit at Boston.

Bull Headed: In which a curveballing Carolinian completes acontest.

16. September 28, 1941: Boston at Philadelphia.

Splendid: In which the greatest hitter who ever lived stakes hisclaim.

17. September 13, 1946: Boston at Cleveland.

Round-Tripper: In which a home run is a run home and pennantclincher at the same time.

18. October 6, 1946: Boston at St. Louis.

Glory Days: (now facing Cardinals again in WS).

19. October 15, 1946: Boston at St. Louis.

Dash of Bitters: In which the Red Sox are Slaughtered byaggressive base-running.

20. August 17, 1947: Boston at New York.

Denny's The Menace: (Denny Galehouse 11 inning CG).

21. October 4, 1948: Cleveland at Boston.

Fit to be Tied: In which the American League flag comes down towinner-take-all.

22. June 24, 1949: St. Louis at Boston.

21-Gun Salute: In which Boston delivers a pasting of epicproportions.

23. October 2, 1949: Boston at New York.

Double Indemnity: In which the Olde Towne Team goes to the wirea second year in a row.

24. August 28, 1950: Cleveland at Boston.

Against All Odds: In which an eleven run deficit provessurmountable.

25. May 18, 1955: Cleveland at Boston.

Shut Out: In which the Tribe sets a record at Boston'sexpense.

26. September 28, 1960: Baltimore at Boston.

Exclamation Point: In which the Splendid Splinter puts the finalmark of punctuation on his career.

27. June 18, 1961: Washington at Boston.

Long Shot: In which a player goes 2-for-11 in a doubleheader butties one game and wins another.

28. August 1, 1962: Boston at Chicago.

Sweet Taste: In which a native son finds his groove at last.

29. October 1, 1967: Minnesota at Boston.

Boston Glee Party: In which a future dentist and the son of aLong Island potato farmer bring the magic back to the Athens ofAmerica.

30. October 9, 1967: Boston at St. Louis.

Jim Dandy: In which a gentleman proves himself the master of thehill once again.

31. October 12, 1967: St. Louis at Boston.

Heartbreak Hill: In which we come to love the impossible.

32. October 15, 1975: Boston at Cincinnati.

Marathon Man: In which El Tiante pitches a titanic victory toeven the Series.

33. October 21, 1975: Cincinnati at Boston.

All's Fair: In which an immortal moment in time is granted anative son.

34. October 2, 1978: New York at Boston.

Tie Breaker: In which the Sox become the first team in AmericanLeague history to force a one-game contest for the second time.

35. April 29, 1986: Seattle at Boston.

Whiff of Immortality: In which a Hall of Fame career gets offthe launch pad.

36. October 12, 1986: Boston at California.

Roller Coaster: [needs running line].

37. October 18, 1986: Boston at New York .

Bright Lights, Big City: In which a masterful Mormon gets on theway toward becoming Series MVP.

38. October 25, 1986: Boston at New York.

Loyal to a Fault: In which a generous impulse leads to alifelong blot on an excellent career.

39. April 12, 1992: Boston at Cleveland.

No Win Situation: In which a journeyman pitcher succeeds inlosing.

40. September 2, 1996: Boston at Seattle.

Green Monster: In which a Sox lifer accounts for everytally.

41. September 18. 1996: Boston at Detroit.

Retro Rocket: In which a hurler repeats a singular feat.

42. September 10, 1999: Boston at New York.

Upon this Rock: In which a bantam-weight Dominican knocks outthe Yankees.

43. October 16, 1999: New York at Boston.

Cy Young versus Cy Old: In which the mantle passes while theRocket goes down in flames.

44. April 27, 2002: Tampa Bay at Boston.

How Lowe: In which a pitcher sinks to new heights.

45. July 23, 2002: Tampa Bay at Boston.

Birthday Bash: In which the franchise player gives Boston apresent.

46. June 27, 2003: Florida at Boston.

Hook, Line, & Sinker: In which the new-look Red Sox blow thesoon-to-be champs out of the water.

47. October 6, 2003: Boston at Oakland.

A-Ball: In which the Red Sox take a giant step toward thePromised Land.

48. October 16, 2003: Boston at New York.

The Hardest Battle: In which two ancient foes go to the verybrink.

49. October 17 & 18, 2004: New York at Boston.

Sequel: In which the stakes are higher and the road harder thanever before.

50. October 27, 2004: Boston at St. Louis.

Hallelujah: In which the Red Sox accomplish something manysnakebitten fans still remain skeptical ever occurred.

The Games Ranked 1 - 50.

The "Other" Games.


Notes on Sources and Technological Advances.



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