A look at the greatest Red Sox wins in Fenway Park’s first 100 years:
Red Sox 1, Senators 0, September 6, 1912
An overflow crowd packed the first-year ballpark to watch the juggernaut Sox and their dynamic ace Joe Wood (34-5 record) match up against Washington and the other hurler deemed the game’s best, the unimpeachable Walter Johnson (33-12). With the pitchers locked in a scoreless duel, Johnson broke in the sixth on Duffy Lewis’s two-out RBI double. That was enough for Wood, who finished with a six-hit shutout for win No. 30 (and 14th in a row, two short of Johnson’s American League record set earlier in the season), and ended the game with his ninth strikeout to set off a wild celebration.
From Sept. 7, 1912: Wood beats Johnson in Fenway classic
Red Sox 8, Indians 4, July 28, 1951
The middle game of a big midseason series with Cleveland was one of the quirkiest in Sox history. Two runs in the first brought false hope as Boston would go scoreless over the next 13 innings. The reason that wasn’t a problem was 22-year-old Mickey McDermott pitched all 16 innings (two weeks after pitching 17 in one game), striking out 15. The Indians scored once in the 15th, but Clyde Vollmer tied it with a single off Bob Feller, who entered on one day’s rest. Cleveland scored again in the 16th, but Ted Williams hit an RBI double and Vollmer ended the marathon with a walkoff grand slam, the latest in big league annals.
Red Sox 5, Twins 3, October 1, 1967
No one would have believed at the beginning of the season that the Sox would be the team to win a four-horse race to the pennant. Needing to keep the “Impossible Dream” alive, Boston had to sweep two games from the Twins. With one win down, the Sox sent ace Jim Lonborg to the mound and he allowed an unearned run in the first and third innings. Twins ace Dean Chance unraveled during the Sox’ five-run sixth, while Lonborg retired 13 of 14. He shook off trouble in the eighth, got a big double play in the ninth, and Rich Rollins’s game-ending pop to shortstop Rico Petrocelli turned Fenway into a madhouse.
From Oct. 2, 1967: Red Sox clinch AL for first pennant in 21 years
Red Sox 7, Reds 6, October 21, 1975
Carlton Fisk’s walkoff home run in the 12th inning is the enduring image of the timeless Game 6 of the 1975 World Series, but the list of candidates is quite long. Fred Lynn’s three-run homer in the first. Lynn crashing into the wall in pursuit of Ken Griffey’s two-run triple in the fifth. George Foster’s go-ahead two-run double in the seventh. Bernie Carbo’s three-run, pinch-hit homer to knot things in the eighth. Dwight Evans’s homer-saving catch in right field and spinning throw for a double play in the 11th. The relentless drama lasted four hours before Boston forced a seventh game after midnight.
From Oct. 22, 1975: Fisk’s home run in 12th beats Reds, 7-6
Red Sox 6, Yankees 4, October 17, 2004
The win that started it all and helped end an 86-year drought. Coming off a 19-8 embarrassment in Game 3 of the ALCS, the Sox took a 3-2 lead in the fifth inning on a two-run single by David Ortiz. The Yankees jumped back ahead in the sixth against Mike Timlin and turned a 4-3 lead over to their incomparable closer, Mariano Rivera. Kevin Millar opened the ninth with a walk, leading to pinch runner Dave Roberts’s famous steal and Bill Mueller’s tying single. The tension lasted for three more innings before David Ortiz turned on a Paul Quantrill offering for a walkoff two-run home run in the 12th.
From Oct. 18, 2004: Red Sox avert sweep as walkoff homer downs Yankees