The Red Sox Collapse of 1978

Don Zimmer managed the Red Sox in 1978 when they went from being 14 games ahead of the Yankees in July to losing the AL East pennant to New York in a one-game playoff in October.

The graphic below charts the Red Sox' fall over the summer. Mouse over the bars or tap on them to see more details about each game. Height of bars reflect the lead over the Yankees.
Red Sox win
Red Sox lose
Off day

DATA:, Boston Globe archives

Sean Leahy, Matt Pepin, David Butler, Chiqui Esteban / Globe Staff

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