UPENDS REGGIE SMITH
THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 6 ...
"THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM"
the Red Sox
18, 1967 ... The Red Sox lost to the Chicago
White Sox by a 5 to 2 score, with Bruce Howard pitching very well for
Chicago until the ninth-inning. The Red Sox finally scored after
going 17 innings scoreless, and Tony Horton, who took George Scott's
place at first base, drove in the first run with a single.
field, the Red Sox handed the White Sox three runs in a weird sixth inning. The
White Sox had scored a run in the first off Darrell Brandon on a walk, a single
to right by Tom McCraw, and a wild pitch.
Brandon did quite well matching Howard until the sixth inning. It started
with a walk to Don Buford. Everyone in the ballpark knew that Ken Berry was
going to bunt except Reggie Smith. So the bunt came and Tony Horton came in from
first to field the ball, but nobody was at first. The scorer generously gave
Berry a base hit, since it had to be an error of omission on Smith. But that was
only the beginning.
McCraw walked to load the bases and then Pete Ward hit a long fly ball that
scored Buford from third. But the next hitter, Jerry Adair, grounded down to
Petrocelli at short. The ball ran up Rico's arm and his throw to first was late.
Adair was given a base hit and the bases were loaded. Then things finally fell
apart with Duane Josephson hitting easy grounder down to Joe Foy. Foy never
touched it and the ball rolled into left field while two runs scored.
Howard had a very easy game until the ninth-inning, when with one out, Tony
Conigliaro singled to left. Then Reggie Smith singled to right and Tony Horton
lined a single to center. Conigliaro broke for the plate and Tommy Agee threw
home. It was close, but Conigliaro was safe with the first run, making it 5 to
1. In the collision at the plate, Josephson lost the ball and Reggie Smith was
able to make it to third. He scored when Rico Petrocelli grounded out, but
Dalton Jones, who replaced Foy at third, popped out to end the game.