Bat in the Night
According to Fisk, he turned to teammate Fred Lynn, who was batting fifth in the order behind Fisk this game, before his leadoff at bat in the 12th inning and said, “I’m going to hit one off the wall and it’s up to you to bring me home.” But Darcy, the last of eight pitchers for the Reds this game who had pitched two scoreless innings, made the conversation irrelevant when he allowed the Fisk round-tripper.
The game took four hours, one minute to complete, the longest game, time-wise, in World Series history up to that point. With Tuesday night becoming Wednesday morning, the clock read 12:33 a.m. when “Pudge” hit his shot smack against the yard-wide yellow mesh attached to the inside of the left field foul pole near the Green Monster. Soon, Fenway Park organist John Kiley was playing “Stouthearted Men,” the “Hallelujah Chorus” and “The Beer Barrel Polka.”
“Until this one, I thought the extra-inning game we lost in Cincinnati (a 6-5 loss in 10 innings in Game 3) was as emotional as we could get. The stage was set for everything, though, in this one,” Fisk said. “We knew the Reds weren’t going to blow us out of the park and we knew we weren’t going to blow them out. Everyone was emotional.”
The Reds would capture their first World Series title in 35 years the next day with a 4-3 win.
Bill Francis is a Library Associate at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum