The 107th World Series opened tonight in San Francisco as the Giants take on the Detroit Tigers. Whether this series is done in a flash in four games or stretches out to a seven game classic, there will be some plays that will be memorable for quite some time. There will be others that are just as important but may get overlooked particularly if we have a Game 6 like last year. Here are highlights that may be well-known but are not considered the high point of either the game or the Series in which it took place.
George Foster‘s catch and throw-Game 6 1975
This will always be known as the game in which Carlton Fisk ended the game in the 12th inning with a memorable home run giving Boston a 7-6 victory over the Reds to force a Game 7. One of the subplots was Bernie Carbo‘s 8th inning pinch hit, three-run homer to tie the game at 6. However, it was Foster’s catch in left field that added to the legend of this contest. The Sox loaded the bases in the bottom of the 9th and no one out. Fred Lynn lifted a flyball, not deep but toward the wall in foul territory. Foster made the catch and then gunned down Denny Doyle trying to tag up and win the game. Cincy’s Will McEnaney then retired Rico Petrocelli and it was off to extra innings. You can see the play at about the 2.45 mark.
Joe Ferguson‘s catch and throw-Game 1 1974
About the only memorable moment from this World Series is that the Oakland A’s beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4 games to 1 to win their third consecutive title. This clip is from Game 1 of that series in which the A’s won 3-2 and took place in the top of the 8th inning. In fact, the runner Sal Bando, plated the deciding run by reaching on throwing error and advancing to third. Ferguson made the catch in right field and threw a missile to catcher Steve Yeager.
Eric Davis‘s home run-Game 1 1990
The A’s had advanced to their third straight AL Championship against the upstart Reds and their “Nasty Boys” bullpen. Cincinnati pulled off one of the biggest shockers in baseball history by sweeping the mighty A’s. This two run home run by Eric Davis in the first inning set the tone for the Reds’ romp.
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