||1967 Red Sox
|In the biggest upset of the first round, the '67 Red Sox kept their Impossible Dream going by beating the '19 White Sox in five games. The Red Sox are the 41st seed in a 42-team tournament (the 1962 Mets are No. 42).|
And this time, you can't question the losers' effort...or can you?
GAME 1 in Chicago: Jim Lonborg outdueled Eddie Cicotte, 3-1. Carl Yastrzemski's two-run homer in the sixth provided a lead for Lonborg, who gave up three hits and four walks in eight innings before John Wyatt saved it.
GAME 2 in Chicago: Boston pushed across runs in the eighth and ninth to take the second straight game at Comiskey Park, 5-3. Reggie Smith drove in the winner by hitting into a force play with the bases loaded. Sparky Lyle, in relief of Gary Bell, was the winner, with Lee Stange getting the save, while Red Faber, also in relief, took the loss. Joe Foy homered for the winners.
GAME 3 in Boston: The travel day didn't disrupt momentum for the Red Sox, who won 7-4 to take a 3-0 series lead. Smith knocked in three runs and Jose Santiago went seven innings for the victory. Dickie Kerr took the loss, giving up 13 hits and seven runs.
GAME 4 in Boston: The Fenway faithful brought out the brooms, but the Black Sox came out smoking against Lonborg, scoring three in the first, two in the second and seven in the third on the way to a 15-1 victory. Lonborg, who walked seven, was hit for 10 runs in 2 1/3 innings. Chick Gandil, having a fine series, drove in five runs, including a bases-loaded double in the third, and Joe Jackson and Happy Felsch each had three RBIs. Cicotte, given the huge lead, went the distance with an eight-hitter.
GAME 5 at Boston: The White Sox entered the bottom of the ninth with a 4-1 lead and looked as if they would be heading home with the momentum. But the Red Sox had other ideas. Tony Conigliaro led off with a single against Lefty Williams, only the seventh Boston hit on the day. George Scott then hit a potential double-play ball to short, but Swede Risberg bobbled it, bringing the tying run to the plate. Rico Petrocelli singled to load the bases. A frustrated Kid Gleason, the '19 White Sox manager, left a weary Williams in to face the dangerous Reggie Smith, who doubled to center, clearing the bases and tying the game. Grover Lowdermilk entered and intentionally walked pinch-hitter Dalton Jones. Still nobody out. Another pinch-hitter, Jerry Adair, drove one between Jackson and Felsch in left-center as Smith, fittingly, scored the winning run to send Fenway Park up for grabs. Stange picked up the win while Williams suffered the defeat.
The Red Sox face the 1961 Yankees in the second round.
67R: Foy .450; Yaz .381; Smith .300 (four doubles, 8 RBIs)
19W: Nemo Leibold .450 (eight runs); Jackson .389, Gandil .381 (five RBIs for both), Eddie Collins .316; Felsch .143, but six RBIs and the only Chicago homer of the series.
Other "Black Sox":
Cicotte (1-1, 2.25 ERA)
Williams (0-1, 4.15 ERA)
Risberg (.211, 2 RBI, key error)
McMullin (0 for 1 as PH)
Thanks to their one decisive victory, the White Sox actually outscored the Red Sox 27-21 in the series.
1919 White Sox
Lost World Series to Reds, 5-3