10/02/2004 9:24 PM ET
Red Sox postseason history
Boston makes second straight playoff appearance
By Chris Begley / MLB.com
1903: Boston Americans over Pittsburgh's Pirates in the World Series, 5-3
Baseball's first-ever World Series featured the Pilgrims and Pirates. The two cities would split the opening two games, but the Pirates would then take the next two for a 3-1 series edge. Boston, however, rallied to win the final four games behind the pitching of Cy Young and Bill Dinneen. Each pitcher tossed two complete-game victories over a seven-day span to deliver Boston the first world hampionship.
1912: Red Sox over the New York Giants in the World Series, 4-3-1
A tie in the World Series? Back in 1912, that's how Game 2 ended between the Red Sox and Giants when the game was called after 11 innings because of darkness and the score deadlocked at 6. New York edged Boston, 2-1, in Game 3, but the Sox would then take the next two games for a 3-1 edge. The Giants answered back by taking the next two games, setting up Game 8. Larry Gardner hit sac fly to right field in the 11th inning to score Steve Yerkes and give the Sox their first World Championship since 1903.
1915: Red Sox over Philadelphia in the World Series, 4-1
After a two-year absence, the Red Sox were back in the World Series. Philadelphia won the opener, 3-1, but that would be the only game it would win. Boston then won the next three games with the same score, 2-1. The Red Sox trailed, 4-2, after seven frames of Game 5, but Duffy Lewis evened things in the eighth with a two-run homer. In the ninth, Harry Hooper smacked a solo home run to give Boston a 5-4 victory and another World championship.
1916: Red Sox over the Brooklyn Dodgers in the World Series, 4-1
Making their second straight World Series appearance, the Red Sox jumped out to a 2-0 series lead. Brooklyn notched its first postseason victory in Game 3, but it would be the only affair the Dodgers would win. In Game 4, Boston third baseman Gardner hit a three-run inside-the-park homer to erase a 2-0 deficit. Ernie Shore pitched a gem in Game 5, allowing the Dodgers a single run and three hits for a complete-game victory.
1918: Red Sox over the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, 4-2
Little did we know back then, but this would be the Red Sox's last World Series victory. Babe Ruth hurled a six-hit shut out in Game 1 and then limited the Cubs to a pair of runs over seven innings in Game 4 to give the Sox a 3-1 series lead. Hippo Vaughn shaked off his tough 1-0 loss in the opener and fired a five-hit shutout in Game 5. Carl Mays delivered Boston its fifth World Championship in 15 years by scattering three hits and one run in a complete-game victory.
1946: Cardinals over the Red Sox in the World Series, 4-3
Making their first World Series appearance in 28 years, the Red Sox battled the Cardinals in an epic seven-game series. Rudy York hit a 10th inning solo homer to give the Red Sox a 3-2 win in Game 1. St. Louis tied the series in Game 2 behind Harry Brecheen's four-hit blanking of Boston. Red Sox ace Boo Ferriss pitched a six-hit shutout in Game 3, as Boston took a 2-1 series lead. Game 4 was a no-contest, as the powerful Cardinals routed Boston, 12-3. The Sox handed the Cardinals a 5-3 defeat in Game 5 and were one win away from their first World Championship in almost three decades. St. Louis, however, rallied to take the final two games, and it would be another 21 years before Boston would return to the World Series.
1967: Cardinals over the Red Sox in the World Series, 4-3
The Impossible Dream team went from ninth place the year before to first the following season. Boston and St. Louis would split the first two games, but then the Cardinals won the next two to take a commanding 3-1 lead. Jim Lonborg, who pitched a complete-game one-hitter in Boston's Game 1 victory, allowed St. Louis one run and scattered three hits to pull the Red Sox within a game of knotting the series. In Game 6, the Red Sox snapped a 4-4 deadlock in the seventh by sending 10 men to the plate and scoring four runs for an 8-4 decision. Cardinals ace Bob Gibson pitched brilliantly in the deciding game, yielding just two runs and three hits in St. Louis' 7-2 victory before 35,188 at Fenway Park.
1975: Reds over the Red Sox in the World Series, 4-3
It's one of the game's best postseason highlights. Bottom of the 12th. Tie game. Carlton Fisk drilled Pat Darcy's 1-0 pitch toward left field. As the 27-year-old Hall of Fame catcher heads toward first, he began willing the ball fair with his arms. The ball caromed off the foul pole. Game over. Sox win, 7-6, sending Fenway Park into bedlam and tying the series with the Big Red Machine. In Game 7, Boston took a 3-0 lead in the third, but it wouldn't find the left field scoreboard for the remainder of the game. Pete Rose tied it with an RBI single in the seventh. In the ninth, Joe Morgan's RBI single with two outs scored Ken Griffey to give Cincinnati a 4-3 victory.
1986: Mets over the Red Sox in the World Series, 4-3
One strike. That's all that separated the Red Sox from their first World Championship in 68 years. Backed by Dave Henderson's 10th-inning solo homer and Marty Barrett's RBI single, the Red Sox were up, 5-3, in Game 6. Calvin Schiraldi recorded two quick outs, but things unraveled quickly for the Red Sox. The Mets strung together three singles to make it a one-run affair and end Schiraldi's night. Bob Stanley then threw a wild pitch that allowed New York to tie at 5. The Steamer went to a full count with Mookie Wilson, who hit a slow roller up the first-base line. The ball trickled under Bill Buckner's legs and allowed Ray Knight to score the winning run from second. Many in Red Sox Nation forget the Sox actually took a 3-0 lead in Game 7, but it was short-lived. The Mets rallied to tie it with a three-spot in the sixth and went ahead for good in the next frame with another three-run inning.
1988: A's over the Red Sox in the ALCS, 4-0
Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley notched four straight saves in the series and was named the ALCS MVP. Third baseman Wade Boggs batted .385 (4-for-13) and catcher Rich Gedman was 4-for-14 (.357) in the sweep.
1990: A's over the Red Sox in the ALCS, 4-0
Just like two years before, the Red Sox were brushed aside in four straight by the A's. Boston managed to score only one run in each game. Boggs was 4-for-16 (.438) and had the team's lone home run in the series.
1995: Indians over the Red Sox in the ALDS, 3-0
Tony Pena belted a solo home run at 2:08 a.m. ET in the 13th inning of a twice rain-delayed Game 1 to give the Indians a 5-4 victory. Cleveland would blank Boston, 4-0, in Game 2, and sweep the series two nights later with an 8-2 win before 34,211 at Fenway Park.
1998: Indians over the Red Sox in the ALDS, 3-1
Mo Vaughn had two home runs and seven RBIs while Nomar Garciaparra also went yard and notched four RBIs as the Red Sox throttled the Indians, 11-3, in Game 1. The contest also marked Pedro Martinez's first postseason appearance in a Boston uniform (7 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 8 Ks). It would be Boston's only victory of the series, as it dropped three straight and was eliminated.
1999: Yankees over the Red Sox in the ALCS, 4-1
On the verge of elimination in the ALDS, the Red Sox rallied to win three straight over Cleveland -- backed by Martinez's six scoreless innings (0 H, 3 BB, 8 Ks) of relief in Game 5 -- to reach the ALCS. The Red Sox led Games 1 and 2, but New York rallied to beat Boston by a lone run in each contest, setting the stage for a Martinez and Clemens duel at Fenway. Clemens, making his first postseason appearance at Fenway Park since 1990, didn't make it out of the third (two-plus IP, 6 H, 5 R 2 BB, 2 Ks, 1 HR), as Boston hammered its rival, 13-1. But it was the only game the Red Sox would win, as the Yankees won the next two in convincing fashion, 9-2 and 6-1, en route to their 25th World Championship.
2003: Yankees over the Red Sox in the ALCS, 4-3
Making their first postseason appearance in four years, Boston found itself in a familiar position, down 0-2 to the A's in the ALDS. Once again, the Red Sox circled the wagons, won the next three and punched their ticket to the ALCS. Boston was five outs away in Game 7 from making its first trip to the World Series in 17 years, but Martinez couldn't protect a 5-2 lead with one out in the eighth inning. After the Yankees tied it up, the game went to extra innings. Tim Wakefield, who won Games 1 and 4, tossed a perfect 10th, but his first pitch to Aaron Boone in the 11th landed in the left-field seats, dashing Boston's World Series dreams.
Chris Begley is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.