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October 30, 2013

One win away from Fenway Park's proudest day


The two failed attempts to clinch titles here at Fenway were in Game 7 of the 1967 World Series and Game 7 of the 1975 World Series.

Both years, Boston entered Game 6 at Fenway down 3-2 in the best-of-seven series and won to extend the series to a Game 7.

Game 6 in 1975 arguably was the most dramatic and legendary finish to any game in Fenway Park history considering what was at stake. That was the game when Carlton Fisk blasted a solo homer off the left field foul pole in the bottom of the 12th inning to force Game 7, which Boston lost 4-3 to the Cincinnati Reds the next night despite leading 3-0 heading into the sixth inning.

Fisk motioned with his hands as he headed down the first base line, trying to keep the baseball fair.

“With no disrespect to history or to Carlton, you know, it’s an iconic video and a highlight that is shown repeatedly, and one of the more memorable swings that has taken place in this ballpark, but hopefully, there’s someone tomorrow night that can wave their arms just the same,” Farrell said.

Want some similarities between the 1918 and 2013 teams?

The 1918 club batted just .186 with a .259 on-base percentage, .233 slugging percentage and .492 OPS but posted a team ERA of 1.70 in their six-game World Series.

The 2013 club has batted just .205. with a .268 on-base percentage, .317 slugging percentage and .585 OPS but has posted a team ERA of 2.01 in five World Series games entering today.

Want to talk about a pair of aces? Ruth was 2-0, 1.06 ERA in the 1918 Series. Jon Lester is 2-0 with an 0.59 ERA in the 2013 Series.

It will be up to Lackey tonight to get the job done like Mays did in 1918.

Lackey said about potentially clinching a World Series at Fenway: “It would be awesome. As far as personally, I’m just thinking about executing pitches and trying to win a game. And hopefully, we get to that point.”

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