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8th Game Thriller (1912 Sox / L. Gardner)

Go back as far as you want: championships have forever been decided by the thinnest of margins and strangest of plays. It’s what makes sports so amazing to witness and celebrate. Case in point: the 10th inning of the eighth game of the 1912 World Series between the home team Boston Red Sox (playing in their brand new ballpark) and the New York Giants. An eighth game was necessary because the seventh had ended in a tie due to darkness. (Remember, it was 1912 - natural light, only.)

Down 2-1, Boston began the bottom half of the inning with a glimmer of hope when Giant center fielder Fred Snodgrass dropped an easy pop-up, allowing the base runner. Snodgrass followed his error with a difficult running catch in deep center for the first out, but the base runner advanced to third. Hall of Fame pitcher Christy Mathewson walked the next batter. Another Hall of Famer, Tris Speaker batted next and hit what should have been an easy out, a foul ball on the first base side that dropped serendipitously between Mathewson, the catcher and first baseman, bringing home the tying run. Larry Gardner (career .289 average; 1931 hits; 29 HR; 934 RBI; 165 SB) then flied to right field, driving in Steve Yerkes for the 3-2 win. The thinnest of margins. The strangest sequence of plays. But a win is a win, and a championship is a championship! Playmaker: Chris S.