1986 BOSTON RED SOX
(THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 10) ...

"IT AIN'T OVER 'TIL IT'S OVER"
... Yogi Berra
 

Norm Cash   Hank Greenburg   Red Ruffing   Johnny Cooney
Died: Oct 12th   Died: Sept 4th   Died: Feb 17th   Died: July 8th
Wade Miley   Pablo Sandoval   Junichi Tazawa   Jake Arietta
Born: Nov 13th   Born: Aug 11th   Born: June 6th   Born: March 6th


The 1986 Red Sox were within one pitch of winning the World Series on three consecutive New York Mets batters in Game #6, and each time, there result was allowing a base hit. Then in the sixth inning of the deciding game, the Red Sox held a 3 to 0 lead, only to lose 8 to 5. It was one of the most agonizing defeats in the history of the Boston Red Sox. The Boston Red Sox claimed another blown World Championship.

With the passage of time, Bill Buckner's blame for letting ground ball go through his legs, in one of the most infamous plays in World Series history, has been deemphasized, especially since he should have never been playing that late in the game.

At the time the Red Sox were burdened with 68 years of frustration and were leading the New York Mets three games to two and ahead by a score of 5 to 3 in the bottom of the 10th inning. Red Sox pitcher Calvin Schiraldi got two quick outs and champagne was being iced in the Red Sox locker room.

Then the Mets got three consecutive singles and the score was 5-4. In came reliever Bob Stanley and he threw a wild pitch that brought home the tying run. Next was a sinker ball to induce a grounder, and Mookie Wilson tapped a slow one down to  Buckner at first base. The ball rolled between his legs, the Mets won the game, setting themselves up for their final win and a World Championship in the next game.

DON BAYLOR, LOU GORMAN
& CALVIN SCHIRALDI

The year started with general manager Lou Gorman adding Schiraldi, along with Wes Gardner, in a trade for Bobby Ojeda. Then he traded Mike Easler to the Yankees for Don Baylor.

But Roger Clemens was the key for the Red Sox in 1986. He emerged as one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball and demonstrated what he would mean to the club for much of the next decade. Almost by himself, year after year, Clemens insured a winning season for the Red Sox. When Clemens won, so did the Sox. He stopped losing streaks, filled Fenway Park, and insured a level of respectability. That's what happened to the Red Sox in 1986.

The Red Sox were expected to finish in the middle of the pack because Clemens was coming off shoulder trouble and the rest of the pitching staff was unproven. But from the very first game, the Sox pitching was better than expected and the A.L. East was much weaker.

The Sox started the season in Detroit and lost two games by stranding men on base and because of a bullpen that couldn't hold the lead. Bill Buckner picked up the 2,300th hit of his career on April 10th.

On April 11th in Comiskey Park, Roger Clemens won his first game since August 3, 1985. He threw 129 pitches and came within one out of registering his first complete-game victory since May 17, 1985. Most significantly, it was Clemens' first win since his shoulder surgery last August 30th.

A grueling week on the road ended with a 12-2 thrashing of the Chicago White Sox on April 13th. They were clearly the superior team, pounding out 16 hits to record their third victory in four games, evening their record at 3-3. With luck, it could have been a 5-1 trip. In the six games, the Sox pounded out 63 hits, including 11 doubles and 7 home runs and scored 44 runs.

After losing the first two home games to the Royals, Don Baylor supplied the fireworks with his 11th career grand slam to gave the Sox a 6-2 victory on April 17th. But it was the pitching. Roger Clemens pitched a complete game - his first at Fenway Park since April 26, 1985.

The next day, April 18th, Bruce Hurst out-dueled Tom Seaver of the White Sox, in a 2-1 Red Sox victory. Hurst struck out 11 and now led the American League with 24 strikeouts. On April 19th, Oil Can Boyd beat the White Sox 3-2, pitching the fourth complete game in a row for the Red Sox.

The Sox won 7 of 10, and had allowed two or fewer runs in 8 of the 10 games, leading the league with a 2.62 ERA, and managed to sweep three from Chicago without hitting a home run.

Meanwhile, the vaunted Red Sox batters were attacking the ball like conscientious objectors. They had scored only 19 runs in six games since coming home. They managed only 37 hits in 50 innings of the homestand. None of the five players who bat third through seventh was hitting higher than .238. Marty Barrett (.395 BA) was leading the team in batting. The Red Sox hit only two home runs in the six games at home.

The Sox next won two of three games to the Tigers at Fenway. The starters had made it into the seventh inning in 14 of 15 games. They had struck out 94 batters, while Sox hitters fanned a league-low 47 times (an astounding 2-1 ratio). Hurst led the league with 33 strikeouts. The staff was on a 1,000-strikeout pace.

 

Roger Clemens ripped off three straight wins and became the pitcher Red Sox fans had been waiting for. On April 29th against the Seattle Mariners at Fenway Park, he struck out 20 hitters, a feat that no major league pitcher had ever done before. The Mariners put only 10 balls in play. He threw 138 pitches, 97 for strikes, tied an A.L. record with eight straight punch-outs, and broke the single-game Red Sox strikeout record (17 by Bill Monbouquette in 1961). He became a national figure overnight.

The following night, April 30th, the Sox rallied to beat the Mariners. Bruce Hurst, Sammy Stewart and Bob Stanley combined to strikeout 16 Seattle batters, running up a major league record 36 strikeouts in back-to-back games.

Clemens' 4-0 start and his record strikeout performance, made him the obvious choice as American League Pitcher of the Month. He had a 1.62 ERA in 33 1/3 innings, striking out 39.

After sweeping the Mariners, the Sox took 2 of 3 from Oakland and moved to 1/2 game of first place, when Clemens (5-0) beat the A's on May 4th, with 10 strikeouts. Wade Boggs got two hits and raised his average to .337, while Jim Rice extended his hitting streak to 11 games. A split with the Angels gave the Sox a 6-2 record in the homestand. They had gone 12-5 after a 3-5 start and headed to the west coast.

In the Kingdome, the Sox swept a two game series from the Mariners. Rice's hot streak (13 of 14 games, 24 for 63, .381) boosted his average from .196 to .303. Boggs went 3 for 4 on May 8th and raised his average to .376.

Clemens was brilliant for eight innings, on May 9th, striking out 11 Oakland A's and tying an A.L. record for strikeouts in three games (41). But in the ninth, he ran out of gas and old reliable Bob Stanley came in to get the win in the 10th inning. In the next game, on May 10th, the Sox went another 10 innings to get a win in Oakland. Bruce Hurst struck out 11 batters. He had recorded 10 or more strikeouts eight times in his career, tying a Sox record set by Cy Young and matched by Clemens. Jim Rice singled, and in so doing, joined the 2,000-hit club. The Sox won 11 of their last 13 games.

On May 11th, the Sox grabbed first place by sweeping the Athletics. It was their fifth straight victory, all on the road. The sizzling Sox were winners of eight of nine, and 12 of 14. They were 10 games over .500, which hadn't happened since 1984 when they were 86-76. It was Boston's best start since a 20-9 log in 1982.

Their five-man rotation was 17-8 with 182 strikeouts and a 2.81 earned run average for 227 innings. The bullpen has eight saves and three victories. Marty Barrett extended his hitting streak to 12 games (17 for 49, .347).

In Anaheim, the Sox lost two of three to the Angels, but remained in first place, tied with the Yankees as they ended their 6-2 west coast road trip. Bill Buckner had the game-winning on May 14th, but was still struggling at .199, and his left elbow had kept him in the DH role for four games. Boggs was hitting .365 with 23 RBIs. He was batting .457 (21 for 46) in his last 12 games.

The Sox returned home to face Texas in mid May. In the opener, Bruce Hurst (3-3, 2.79 ERA), the AL strikeout king with 71, struck out 14, a career-high bettered by only five Red Sox pitchers ever. It marked the fourth time this year that Hurst had struck out 10 or more, and the ninth time in his career tying him with Luis Tiant and Dave Morehead in that category. Hurst held the career record for Sox lefties. He had achieved his previous career high of 11 K's on six occasions. The Sox had scored only one run for him in each of his three losses.

Pitcher, Al Nipper was lost to the team when he suffered a severe knee injury in the final game of the Texas series.  The Sox took two of three from the Rangers and still led the Yankees by 1/2 game on May 18th.

Wade Boggs reeled off five straight hits in the Red Sox' 17-7 victory over the Minnesota Twins on May 20th and had a chance to tie the club record of six, shared by three players. But his bid for No. 6 in the seventh inning was a routine grounder to first, which Mickey Hatcher let go through his legs for an obvious error. Boggs, whose 5-for-6 night boosted his average to a major league-leading .383, had collected at least four hits 21 times in his career. Small wonder Roger Clemens reeled off his seventh victory without a loss. The Sox swept the Twins, winning 5 of their last 6 games and 14 of their last 18 games, to give them a 2 game lead in the A.L. East.

The Sox moved into Arlington and took 2 of 3 from the Texas Rangers. Clemens breezed to a 7-1 victory on May 25th,  flirting with a no-hitter for 7 2/3 innings, before settling for an eight-strikeout (four-walk) two-hitter.

The Sox next swept three games in Cleveland. Don Baylor hit safely for the ninth time in 10 games (14 for 34, .412). In that span, he had driven in 16 runs and collected 33 total bases. He achieved another milestone, this one more painful, as he became the first American Leaguer to be hit by pitches 200 times in his career.

In Minnesota on May 31st, the Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins, 7-2. By winning, the Sox expanded their lead to 2 1/2 games over New York, but suffered a costly blow when Bruce Hurst went down in agony with a pulled groin muscle, at the end of the fifth inning and had to be carried off the field by teammates. Wade Boggs had his second five-hit game against the Twins in two weeks, and raised his average to .402.

The Sox were 20-6 in the month of May, their best record since a 23-7 month in 1978. They had won 10 of their last 11 games and were 17 games above .500 (31-14) for the first time since September 1982, when they were 79-62. The Sox had played at a .793 clip (23-6) since an 8-8 start.

The team took 2 of 3 from Minnesota and on June 1st, Roger Clemens (9-0) again made it look easy in a 6-3 victory over the Twins that brought a happy end to a 7-2 road trip in which the Sox established themselves as the legitimate force in the American League East, leading the Yankees by 2 1/2 games.  If there was a problem with Clemens' sore middle finger, you'd never have known it, as he was able to strike out seven of the first 10 batters he faced. His nine strikeouts gave him the AL lead again (90), one more than Hurst. In the last four games, the Sox batters pounded out 62 hits.

On June 4th, the Sox beat the Indians and swept their three game series at Fenway. The entire pack in the American League East looked up to see the Sox 4 1/2 games ahead.  They were off to the best start since their pennant predecessors of 1946. Wade Boggs, who hit .609 and slugged .652, was named AL Player of the Week.

In Milwaukee Clemens made it 10-0 and Boggs raised is batting average to .404 on June 6th. But after losing 3 of 4 games to the Milwaukee Brewers at County Stadium, the Sox saw their lead in the American League East shaved to three games. They had only 26 hits in their four-game stay. As had been suspected, an injury to Sammy Stewart's forearm was serious enough to place him on the 21-day disabled list.

On June 11th, Clemens pitched eight gutty innings following a rain delay of 2 hours 47 minutes, showing some of the resiliency that has carried him to an 11-0 record, in a 3-2 win. He tied the Red Sox record for victories at the start of a season, set by Roger Moret in 1973, and his six strikeouts raised his season total to a league-leading 104. The Sox took two of the three games with the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Boggs then injured a rib when he slipped and fell against a couch in his Toronto hotel room.  Against Milwaukee at Fenway, the Sox lost two of the three games in their series. Boggs lasted only two innings before leaving the game on June 15th. The injury has been described as a "sprained rib". Boggs, who missed one game in Toronto because of the injury, had played with the pain for three games. Then he complained that the pain was causing an "unnatural swing." He was having trouble running and asked to be removed from the game after lining to left in the second inning. Unfortunately, he then had to go to Florida after the death of his mother, who was killed in an automobile accident.

In New York, the Sox faced off against the second place Yankees. In the first game of the series, on June 16th, the Red Sox wound up a 10-1 winner. Roger Clemens was given a seven-run lead, as the Sox pounded out 16 hits, including three each by Jim Rice and Tony Armas. It made him the majors' first 12-game winner, and only the 10th man in history, and the first Red Sox pitcher, to start a season with 12 straight victories.

In the second game, on June 17th, the Sox escaped with a 7-6 victory. What looked to be a second straight rout became a survival test as the Sox nearly squandered a pair of five-run leads. Dwight Evans had smashed two long-distance homers, accounting for four runs.

On June 18th, Don Baylor victimized the Yankees with a three-run double in the ninth inning, giving the Red Sox a 5-2 victory and a three-game series sweep.

Clemens went eight innings, on June 21st, striking out six and walked three en route to a 7-2 victory over the Orioles, to make his record 13-0. He led the league in ERA (2.18) and strikeouts (114). The Sox have scored an average of 6.9 runs in his 14 starts. Since he had allowed only 2.18 runs per nine innings, the "typical" Clemens game results in a 7-2 Red Sox victory. The Sox lost two of three to Baltimore.

The Sox slump continued against the Yankees, losing 2 of 3, but ended the series leading New York by 5 games in the AL East. The team rewarded designated hitter Don Baylor for his leadership with a contract extension through the 1987 season. Joe Sambito had six saves and a victory in 24 appearances. The Red Sox bullpen had 19 saves in 23 chances covering 21 games.

TOM SEAVER

On June 27th, Clemens made it 14-0 in Baltimore. It was the fifth-best start in major league history. Baltimore's Dave McNally was the last man to go this far. In 1969, McNally was 15-0 before losing to the Minnesota Twins. McNally shared the record with Johnny Allen of the 1937 Indians. Clemens wound up with 11 strikeouts, his fifth double-digit strikeout game of the season, and raised his AL-leading total to 125. He threw 121 pitches. Fred Lynn fanned four times, the fourth time Clemens had struck out a batter four times. The Red Sox had won all 15 games that he has started. Don Baylor had driven in 17 runs in those 15 games.

June 29th's 8-3 victory in Baltimore meant a sweep of the series and inflated the Sox first-place lead to eight games over the Yankees. The Sox' margin was as large as it had been, and doubled since they set foot in Manhattan two weeks ago. In the dozen games against the Yankees and Orioles, they went 8-4, and they did it the hard way with two sweeps on the road.

As June ended, the Sox were 25-6 in games started by Clemens and Oil Can Boyd (10-5). They then solidified the pitching staff by trading Steve Lyons to the White Sox for 41-year-old, future Hall of Famer, Tom Seaver.

After 14 straight victories, Clemens' mastery came to a halt in a 4-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on July 2nd. The Sox split their series with the Blue Jays as they completed a string of 29 games against the American League East. They went 17-12 in the stretch, which began June 2nd, and increased their lead from 2 1/2 games to 7.

On July 10th, against the Angels, the Red Sox won a ballgame with an implausible, if not downright incredible, rally. Jim Rice hit a two-run homer and Rich Gedman rapped a run-scoring single in the bottom of the 12th to lift the Red Sox into a 7-7 tie  and made for a most unpredictable climax. With runners on second and third, California reliever Todd Fischer was prepared to throw his first pitch to Rey Quinones, but never got the chance as plate umpire Joe Brinkman called a balk and waved home Dwight Evans for the victory in this clash of American League division leaders.

Then American League All-Star manager, Dick Howser named Roger Clemens the AL starter. Clemens was the 26th Red Sox pitcher chosen for an All-Star Game and the fifth to start one. The others were Lefty Grove (1936), Mel Parnell (1949), Bill Monbouquette (1960) and Dennis Eckersley (1982). Named as reserves were Wade Boggs, Jim Rice and Rich Gedman.

Clemens wasn't the only Red Sox player putting together a good first half. Rice, although his power numbers were down, was hitting over .330, while Don Baylor had knocked out 15 home runs.

When Oil Can Boyd (11-6) learned that his record had not been good enough to make the team, he exploded and stormed out of the clubhouse and threatened to go home to Mississippi. Making the All-Star team would have earned him a much-needed $25,000. His actions infuriated manager John McNamara and his teammates. He was suspended without pay for a minimum of three days when he failed to appear for the next game. In this instance, Boyd clearly was a troubled individual, but he had the second most wins on the team. The club intimated that he was on drugs, after he was rousted by undercover police. He agreed to be hospitalized for evaluation.

After winning 8 of 14 in their homestand against Toronto and the western teams, the Sox took a 7 game lead into the All Star break.

Roger Clemens started the 57th All-Star Game, pitching the maximum three innings and facing the minimum nine batters as he captured the victory in the American League's 3-2 decision over the National League. He came through with one of the tidiest efforts in All-Star history. Clemens threw 25 pitches, 21 for strikes. He tossed 14 straight strikes at one juncture and retired four men who have won National League MVP awards. He struck out only two. He won the Most Valuable Player trophy, and on a night when Fernando Valenzuela of the Dodgers struck out five batters in a row, that is an honor.

Coming out of the All Star break, the Sox went into their biggest slump of the season thus far. The slump started on the final weekend at Fenway Park, when Oil Can Boyd exploded, and continued with 10 losses on the road. They went into the Kingdome and lost 3 of 4 games to the Mariners, lost three games in Oakland, three in Anaheim and 3 of 4 in Chicago.

The Sox were 3-1 in Roger Clemens' games and 1-12 in the rest. Tom Seaver had allowed but three runs in his last four starts, covering 25 2/3 innings, but he had lost three of them, and the Sox had been shut out twice while he was working. The staff ERA, not including Clemens', is 5.52. They had scored only 21 runs in the 13 losses, and were batting under .200 with men in scoring position. Only Clemens was a major beneficiary of runs with 22 in four starts.

The dismal hitting on the July road trip resulted in a team average of .228. Marty Barrett .220 (11 for 50); Wade Boggs .229 (11 for 48); Bill Buckner .226 (12 for 53); Jim Rice .286 (10 for 35); Don Baylor .229 (11 for 48); Dwight Evans .283 (13 for 46); Rich Gedman .209 (9 for 43); Tony Armas .154 (2 for 13); Kevin Romine .231 (3 for 13); Ed Romero .183 (1 for 12); Rey Quinones .156 (5 for 32); others .079 (3 for 38).

Also, the Sox fielding percentage was a league-low .975. The Red Sox had committed 99 errors in 102 games.

The Sox returned to Fenway and took two of three from the Royals. The luckless Tom Seaver lost the middle game. He was 0-4 in his last five starts, and the Sox had scored only five runs in his starts.  He was 2-4 with the Red Sox, but had done the job the Sox want him to do. His Red Sox earned run average was 3.57. He had pitched at least six innings in each of his seven Boston starts.

But on August 3rd, the Sox found their closer. With the Sox up by two runs, Calvin Schiraldi provided the big lift by coming into a two-on, none-out jam in the ninth and retiring three straight Royals and two on strikeouts.

However, the slump continued. The Sox lost 2 of 3 to the White Sox and the seven-game security blanket of the All-Star break was down to 2 1/2 games over the surging Baltimore Orioles. The Sox had lost five of seven and 11 of 15. The club had scored one run in the last 19 innings.  Buckner had two hits in his last 26 at-bats and Don Baylor was 1 for 18.

Tom Seaver was brilliant on August 8th in Detroit. He retired 11 straight from the third through the seventh and 17 of 18 from the first through the seventh. He took a one-hitter into the seventh, and had at least one strikeout in every inning after the first. Thanks to Wade Boggs (4 hits, 2 walks) on August 9th, the Sox had a three-game winning streak. The went on to take 3 of 4 from the Tigers. They had 50 hits in their last five games.

After splitting a series with the Royals at Royals Stadium, the results extended the Sox' American League East lead to four games over the Yankees. The Sox finished with a 5-3 record on a road trip in which a record of at least .500 was a necessity.

ROGER CLEMENS

Roger Clemens (18-4), who was 0-2 in his last three starts, finally got his 18th victory, the most by any Red Sox pitcher since Dennis Eckersley won 20 in 1978. For his first 15 starts, 14 of them victories, Clemens’ 18th victory on August 15th can be considered vaguely disappointing, but it says something about what kind of a season it has been on Yawkey Way.

Oil Can Boyd, on the other hand, found himself in the same kind of slump that plagued Al Nipper and Bruce Hurst after their injury layoffs. Since his re-instatement, the Can had a 0-3 record. He had allowed 21 hits and 13 earned runs in 19.2 innings.

After taking two of three from the Tigers, on August 17th, Lou Gorman worked a trade with the Seattle Mariners to shore up their defense and depth. The Red Sox acquired outfielder Dave Henderson and shortstop Spike Owen for shortstop Rey Quinones, pitchers Mike Brown and Mike Trujillo, and a minor league player to be named later.

The Sox went on to take 2 of 3 in Minnesota, as Wade Boggs battled Kirby Puckett for the lead in the A.L. Batting race.

Then in Cleveland on August 21st, the Sox exploded, beating the Indians, 24-5. The Sox stroked 24 base hits, which like the 24 runs was a major league high this season. Tony Armas drove in six runs with a grand slam and a two-run homer. His seven at-bats tied an AL record for a nine-inning game. Spike Owen tied Johnny Pesky's American League record of six runs in a game. In the sixth inning, the Red Sox set a team record by scoring 11 of their 12 runs after two were out. At one point, 11 straight batters reached base, one short of the American League record. The Sox had scored more than 24 runs only once, a 29-4 win over St. Louis on June 8, 1950.

The Sox split the series in Cleveland, but lost two of three in Texas and returned home with a 4 1/2 game lead.

Off the field, Oil Can Boyd stated that he was taking drug "tests" every five days in order to clear the air about his physical condition. Boyd's tests were supervised by Arthur Pappas, the team physician.

Back at Fenway the Sox lost the opening game of the Cleveland series, marking 5 losses in their last 6 games. But on August 30th, Clemens won his 20th game, beating the Indians 7 to 3, and notching his 200th strikeout of the season.

In spite of the ups and downs since the All Star break, the Sox had weathered their slump and fans started getting nervous with anticipation and excitement about making it to the World Series. With 20 games remaining, the Red Sox held a lead of 3 1/2 games over the Toronto Blue Jays. The Sox then ran off a 12 game winning streak.

On August 31st, The Sox came from behind, scored three in the seventh, watched Calvin Schiraldi face five Cleveland batters, with four strikeouts, and rallied for the walk-off game winner in the ninth, on Don Baylor's two-on, two-out bloop flare. And so the Sox took two of three from the Indians.

The next night, September 1st, down two runs, the Sox rallied for three runs in the third, another in the fifth and two in the seventh, then withstood a ninth-inning, two-out home run derby by the Rangers

Again on September 2nd, Don Baylor was the hero again, when he hit a home run over the left-field wall in the sixth inning, a two-run shot that erased a 5-3 Texas lead.

Wade Boggs stepped into the hero's role on September 3rd. The Sox came back in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on a run-scoring walk-off double by Boggs. The win went to Bob Stanley, the 100th of his career. The victory completed a three-game sweep over the Rangers.

JIM RICE

Roger Clemens won his 21st game on September 5th, as the Sox made it five straight come-from-behind wins, running their winning streak to six games. In the game the Sox scored 12 runs and had 11 hits, including a grand slam home run by Jim Rice, the fifth of his career.

In the second game of the series on September 6th, Marty Barrett delivered pinch runner Dave Henderson with a game-winning single in the bottom of the ninth. Rice picked up three more hits to raise his average to .329. He had 12 RBIs in his last 10 games and 52 multiple-hit games.

Then there were fifteen hits, including the second grand slam in three days by the sizzling Jim Rice. Enemy runners cut down at the plate on successive plays when there was still no score and a complete game, no-walk shutout by Bruce Hurst on September 7th, completed a sweep of the Twins and a wildly successful 8-1 homestand.

The team traveled on to Baltimore where they grabbed their 9th straight win in 11 innings, on September 8th. The Sox had won 16 games on their final at-bat. The Red Sox hit .323 (102-316) and outscored opponents, 62-26, with two errors. The staff ERA was 2.82. Their lead in the AL East was 7 games.

On September 9th, a 7-5 victory gave the Sox their 10th straight win. On September 10th it was the 11th straight win, their longest streak since 1977. It was the 9th time in the last 10 games the Sox had come from behind. Rice's single in the 7th inning was his 12th game winning hit of the year.

The Sox winning streak ended the next game. The had a 3 1/2 game lead in the AL East when it began, and they left Baltimore with a 9 game lead over the second place Blue Jays.

In New York, Bill Buckner's two homers put the Sox back in the win column on September 12th. He drove in four runs, sending home an insurance run in a four-run eighth. He has seven home runs and 15 RBIs in his last eight games. At the start of September,  Buckner was hitting .257 and struggling. Since then he had been on a .435 spree (20 for 46) and now had a career high 17 home runs and  98 RBIs. He was named American League Player of the Week.

Roger Clemens won his 23rd game on September 16th, as the Sox took a doubleheader from the Brewers. Clemens, who pitched his 10th complete game, had won more games than any Red Sox pitcher in 37 years. With 10 more strikeouts, he tied the club record of eight games with at least 10 or more strikeouts in one season. Jim Lonborg set the record in 1967. For his career, Clemens had 10-plus strikeout games 12 times. In winning his 23rd game, he became the biggest Red Sox winner since Mel Parnell won 25 games in 1949.

The team was now 23-9 in one-run games, and had come from behind to win 39 times this year. They had scored the winning run in their final at-bat 17 times this season.

The Sox completed a four-game sweep of Milwaukee with a victory on September 18th. For the 10th time in his career, Bruce Hurst struck out 10 batters or more, tying Jim Lonborg and Ray Culp on the Red Sox' all-time list. Only Joe Wood (18) and Clemens (12) have accomplished the feat more times.

Wade Boggs walked for the 100th time this season, a career high. He also had his 44th double, tying his career best. With his 20-game hitting streak, Boggs became only the second Red Sox hitter since 1951 to hit in at least 20 straight games twice. Boggs had a 28-game streak last year. The other was Fred Lynn in 1975 and '79.

Clemens won his 24th game on September 21st. He was leading the league in strikeouts (232) and ERA (2.55) and was the AL's only 20-game winner.

After losing 2 of 3 in Toronto the Sox lost Tom Seaver, who sprained his knee.

With 12 games left, Jim Rice was hitting .324. His power totals were down as late as mid-August, but after a recent surge, he was up to 20 home runs and 107 RBIs, both close to his career averages. He was batting .643 (36 for 56) with runners in scoring position and less than two out.

Bruce Hurst made his Fenway Park record, 6-0 with a 1.68 ERA and 49 strikeouts in 53 2/3 innings, on September 27th when he shutout the Blue Jays, 2-0. He had completed six of his last seven starts at Fenway Park. He had won five straight starts with four complete games. He had 67 percent of the Sox' 1986 shutouts (4 of 6), and in his last 36 innings had allowed only 3 earned runs while walking 3 and striking out 33.

And on September 28th, Oil Can Boyd threw a one hitter, as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays, 12 to 3, to clinch the division title.

All that was left was Wade Boggs chasing the the batting title with Don Mattingly. He collected his 200th hit for the fourth straight year, a first for any Red Sox player. On September 30th, he went 4-for-4, after picking up two hits on September 29th. But then he pulled his hamstring and sat out the remaining games of the season, still having enough of a lead to get the batting crown with a .357 BA.

The ALCS was played by two clubs obsessed by their past. The California Angels were managed by Gene Mauch, who was still haunted by his experience as manager of the Phillies, who blew the pennant in 1964.

In spite of the loss of Tom Seaver to a knee injury, Clemens made Boston the favorite. However history could not be ignored. The 1986 Red Sox started to resemble their ancestors.

It all started in the second inning of Clemens' final meaningless regular-season start on October 1st. He was hit on the elbow by a line drive off the bat of Baltimore catcher John Stefano. His arm went numb and Sox fans' hearts sunk. X-rays were negative they were just as they were, when Ted Williams was hit by a pitch prior to the 1946 World Series.

Then the front office took a page from 1946 also. In a radio interview on the eve of the championship series, Lou Gorman defended the club's policy of limiting pitchers to two year contracts, citing that Clemens was a question mark because of his elbow. The unnecessary comment annoyed Clemens and he responded with his worst performance of the season in Game #1 of the ALCS, as the Angels beat him 8 to 1, behind Mike Witt's five hitter. The 6-foot-7-inch California right-hander had a no-hitter for five innings and faced the minimum of 17 batters before giving up a two-out walk to Spike Owen and an infield single to Boggs in the sixth.

The Red Sox came back to win Game #2 behind Bruce Hurst, but the final 9-2 score didn't begin to reflect the barrage of errors, mental mistakes, muffed grounders and adventures created by the sun. The breaks came early for the Red Sox. A first-inning run was produced by a triple off the wall by Wade Boggs that took a hop over the head of center fielder Gary Pettis.

Four singles led to a 2-0 lead in the second inning. Rich Gedman led off with a single and moved to second on a one-out single to short by Spike Owen, which was the second gift of the day. The ball struck a clump of dirt, and a sure double play became a rally. Next came Boggs, who hit a slow roller to the mound. The ball took a crazy hop, right into the sunlight, and Kirk McCaskill couldn't make the play. Barrett followed with a single to left, scoring Gedman.

In the fourth, with runners on first and second and one out, Boggs messed up a double-play ball, loading the bases. Dick Schofield then hit a grounder to Owen, who decided to throw to third, only to find that Boggs wasn't on the bag. Now it was 2-1. But all this was only a prelude to the seventh, when the Sox put the game out of reach because of three errors in the inning.

The Red Sox lost Game #3, by a score of 5 to 3. A 1-1 pitchers' duel between Oil Can Boyd and  John Candelaria disappeared quickly. After two outs in the seventh, Boyd threw one bad pitch to Dick Schofield who smashed a homer and the Angels had the lead. Two bad pitches, with the second one coming after a single by Bob Boone, and Gary Pettis blasted a home run and Boyd was done.

In Game #4, Clemens carried a 3 to 0 shutout into the ninth. Then after giving up a leadoff home run and two singles, manager John McNamara turned the game over to Calvin Schiraldi, who had been almost untouchable.

But Schiraldi, who was one strike away from beating the Angels and tying the American League Championship Series at two games each, somehow let one slow breaking ball got away. Jim Rice had lost Gary Pettis' fly ball in the lights for a double, and after an intentional walk to load the bases, Schiraldi hit Brian Downing to bring in the tying run. He then gave up the game-winning hit in the 11th inning to Bobby Grich. The Angels were now one win away from going to the World Series. Would this be another blown playoff opportunity?

In Game #5, with Bruce Hurst pitching, the Red Sox nursed a 2 to 1 lead into the sixth inning. Then Dave Henderson, who entered the game as a defensive replacement when Tony Armas sprained his ankle, lost a fly ball in the sun and the Angels tied the game. Grich then slammed a long fly ball to centerfield and Henderson went back to the fence, jumped and caught the ball, only to have it knock loose when his hand hit the fence. It fell to the other side for a home run, giving California a 3 to 2 lead.

DAVE HENDERSON

Entering the ninth, with the Angels leading 5 to 2, Bill Buckner singled and Don Baylor homered to make the score 5 to 4 with one out. Dwight Evans then popped out and with the police circling the field to protect it from an impending celebration, Gene Mauch brought in left-hander Gary Lucas to face Rich Gedman. But Lucas hit Gedman with a pitch and the Red Sox stayed alive. This brought up Henderson, with a chance to redeem himself. Mauch called for Donnie Moore, who had saved 21 games that season. Henderson worked the count to 2-2 on a series of fastballs. The Angels were one strike away from a trip to the World Series. Bob Boone called for a split fingered fastball, and Moore put the ball over the plate only to see Henderson jerk it in the air toward left.  He danced and jumped on his tip toes as the ball sailed eight rows deep into the left-field stands, giving the Red Sox a 6 to 5 lead.

In the bottom of the ninth Bob Stanley and Joe Sambito failed to put the game away and it seemed the Red Sox were once again about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, as the Angels tied it up and the game went into extra innings.

But in the 11th, the pendulum of fate, swung back toward the Red Sox as Moore tired and Boston loaded the bases with no outs. Henderson lifted a fly ball to center that scored Don Baylor, and Schiraldi got through the 11th, giving the Red Sox a chance to live another day.

The Angels couldn't handle it and gave the final two games of the series to the Red Sox in Boston.

Oil Can Boyd won Game #6 as the Red Sox broke open the 2-2 game with a five-run outburst in the third inning. In all, they reeled off 16 hits, including four by Spike Owen and three by Marty Barrett. After a shaky first inning, Boyd settled down and turned in six more innings of effective pitching to force a final game showdown.

Clemens coasted in Game #7. The Red Sox made it look easy with a resounding 8-1 victory over the Angels. Overall, the little guys, Marty Barrett (the series MVP with a record-tying 11 hits) and Spike Owen, dominated the offense. The Red Sox won the pennant and Mauch and the Angels never recovered.

Back in Boston everyone was convinced that this was a team of destiny and would break the "Curse of the Bambino". Wade Boggs called his club a team of magic, and Schiraldi was ecstatic to have the goat horns removed. The Red Sox players tried to stay focused and deflected any talk about fate. All that had happened in the previous 10 days, the preceding year and in the entire life of the franchise, since Babe Ruth was traded, was slowly building toward the most improbable climax of all.

The World Series started and in Game #1, Bruce Hurst and Schiraldi combined for a 1 to 0 shutout and a seventh-inning fielding gaffe by Mets second baseman Tim Teufel that allowed Jim Rice to score the lone run.

In Game #2, Roger Clemens and Dwight Gooden faced each other in a pitching showdown, but neither one made it past the sixth inning. The Red Sox however, knocked out 18 hits and the Sox breezed to a 9 to 3 victory and a 2 to 0 lead in the series. This was a humiliating experience that was even more damaging for the Mets because Gooden was victimized for six runs and eight hits, a team World Series record. Included among the assault were homers by Dave Henderson and Dwight Evans.

Back the teams went to Fenway Park for Game #3, and Bob Ojeda beat Oil Can Boyd.  New York scored four times off him in the first inning, on their way to a 7-1 victory. The Sox had only five hits off Ojeda.

In Game #4, manager McNamara elected to go with Al Nipper, who was beaten by Ron Darling to tie up the series. The Sox had but four hits, two of them doubles. The Mets had three homers, two of them by Gary Carter and one by Len Dykstra, to nail the Sox, who had been anything but productive in their home park.

Game #5 pitted Bruce Hurst against Dwight Gooden. For the second time in a week, he came up with an important victory, going the distance, beating the Mets, 4 to 2 and putting the Red Sox one gave away from winning the World Series. He was in complete command, scattering 10 hits and striking out six while stretching his shutout streak to 15 1/3 innings before surrendering a run in both the eighth and ninth. Hurst threw 130 pitches and saved the best for last when he struck out Len Dykstra, the potential tying run, to end the game.

As the teams traveled back to New York, the cynical Red Sox fans were wondering if baseball's heartbreak kids would pull it off, or were they being set up for another cataclysmic fall. Was it the threshold of a dream, or the eve of destruction?  But everything seemed to be lining up in favor of the positive. Roger Clemens was ready to pitch and Dave Henderson was playing heroically and Hurst's complete game had left the bullpen well rested. All across the country Red Sox fans of every generation gathered on the evening of October 25th in anticipation to witness the end of their heartbreaking history in Game #6.

The game started as the Sox easily and efficiently took command. In the second inning the Red Sox went up 2-0. Clemens was pitching and was unhittable. But in the fifth inning, the Mets tied the game. The score stayed tied through the sixth and then  Rich Gedman lined a single to left to score Marty Barrett, and the Red Sox now led 3 to 2.

Clemens got through the seventh inning but developed a blister on the middle finger of his left hand. Calvin Schiraldi now came into pitch in the eighth. Gary Carter lined a single to left that scored Lee Mazzilli with the tying run.

Neither team scored and the game went into extra innings. Dave Henderson led off the 10th by smashing a pitch over the left-field fence for a home run. The Red Sox led 4 to 3.  Wade Boggs came up with two outs and slapped a double to left and then Marty Barrett grounded a single up the middle to score an insurance run and put the Sox up 5 to 3.

A Red Sox championship seem to be a certainty and Shea Stadium fell quiet. The Red Sox were now three outs from a world championship.

Gary Carter stepped to the plate and slapped one into left for a base hit. Kevin Mitchell was called on to pinch-hit, lined a single to center and Carter pulled up at second base. Up came Ray Knight and he sent a looper into shallow center field. Carter scored and Mitchell alertly went to third. The score was now 5 to 4. With Mookie Wilson due up, McNamara signaled for Bob Stanley.

Wilson went down 0-1 and then took two balls. He fouled off the next pitch to make it 2-2. Again, the Red Sox were one strike away. Then another foul ball and another and another. There were five in all. Stanley's next pitch was a sinker ball, down and away. The ball bounced off Gedman's glove and went all the way to the backstop. The game was tied at 5 to 5.

Wilson fouled off two more pitches and then on the ninth pitch fired by Stanley, he topped a ground ball down toward Buckner at first base. The moment froze in time. Buckner reached down to field a ball like he had caught hundreds of times. But tonight it bounced between his legs and scooted untouched beneath his glove. Knight wheeled around third, waving his arms and jumping up in the air as the Mets poured from the dugout to greet him as he landed at home plate with the winning run to tie up the Series and force a deciding game.

John McNamara elected to pitch Bruce Hurst and skip over a well rested Oil Can Boyd in Game #7. Hurst pitched heroically as the Sox grabbed a 3 to 0 lead in the second inning. They then had to claw back from a 6 to 3 deficit in the eighth inning, to make the score 6 to 5. But the Mets scored two more runs in their half of the eighth and the Sox went down meekly in the ninth, losing 8 to 5 without a hit or a baserunner. The Mets were world champions and so as Babe Ruth grinned down from the heavens, the Red Sox were once again ... the same Red Sox.

 

Smokey Robinson singing what is considered one of the All Time great renditions of "The Star Spangled Banner."

(The singing of "The Star Spangled Banner" started during the 1918 World Series between the Red Sox and Cubs. The United States had just entered World War I and patriotic fervor spread throughout the country. The baseball season had been shortened as players became "dough boys" or went to work in shipyards. During the seventh inning stretch of Game #1, on a patriotic whim, a brass band struck up “The Star Spangled Banner” to the express delight of the fans and players who joined in and sang. And thus, a time-honored tradition was born at baseball games forever after.)

 

GAME LOG
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/07/1986 0-1 6th -1  at Detroit Tigers L 6-5 Sammy Stewart 0-1
04/08/1986 0-1 6th -1  
04/09/1986 0-2 7th -2  at Detroit Tigers L 6-5 Bob Stanley 0-1
04/10/1986 1-2 6th -2  at Detroit Tigers W 4-2 Al Nipper 1-0
04/11/1986 2-2 5th -1  at Chicago White Sox W 7-2 Roger Clemens 1-0
04/12/1986 2-3 5th -2  at Chicago White Sox L 3-1 Bruce Hurst 0-1
04/13/1986 3-3 2nd -2  at Chicago White Sox W 12-2 Tim Lollar 1-0
04/14/1986 3-4 5th -2 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 8-2 Oil Can Boyd 0-1
04/15/1986 3-4 4th -3  
04/16/1986 3-5 7th -3 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 1-0 Al Nipper 1-1
04/17/1986 4-5 5th -2 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 6-2 Roger Clemens 2-0
04/18/1986 5-5 3rd -1 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 2-1 Bruce Hurst 1-1
04/19/1986 6-5 2nd -1/2  Chicago White Sox W 3-2 Oil Can Boyd 2-1
04/20/1986 7-5 2nd -1/2  Chicago White Sox W 6-2 Mike Brown 1-0
04/21/1986 7-6 4th -1 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 5-4 Al Nipper 1-2
04/22/1986 8-6 2nd -1 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 6-4 Roger Clemens 3-0
04/23/1986 8-7 4th -2 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 3-1 Bruce Hurst 1-2
04/24/1986 8-7 3rd -3  
04/25/1986 8-8 3rd -4  at Kansas City Royals L 6-0 Oil Can Boyd 2-2
04/26/1986 9-8 2nd -3  at Kansas City Royals W 6-1 Al Nipper 2-2
04/27/1986 9-8 2nd -2 1/2  at Kansas City Royals pp  
04/28/1986 9-8 2nd -2 1/2  
04/29/1986 10-8 2nd -2 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 3-1 Roger Clemens 4-0
04/30/1986 11-8 2nd -2 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 9-4 Sammy Stewart 1-1
05/01/1986 12-8 2nd -1 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 12-2 Oil Can Boyd 2-2
05/02/1986 12-9 3rd -1 1/2  Oakland Athletics L 4-1 Al Nipper 2-3
05/03/1986 13-9 3rd -1 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 4-3 Sammy Stewart 2-1
05/04/1986 14-9 3rd -1/2  Oakland Athletics W 4-1 Roger Clemens 5-0
05/05/1986 15-9 3rd -1/2  California Angels W 3-0 Bruce Hurst 2-2
05/06/1986 15-10 3rd -1 1/2  California Angels L 6-2 Oil Can Boyd 2-3
05/07/1986 16-10 3rd -1 1/2  at Seattle Mariners W 11-5 Al Nipper 3-3
05/08/1986 17-10 3rd -1  at Seattle Mariners W 4-2 Mike Brown 2-0
05/09/1986 18-10 3rd -1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 9-6 Bob Stanley 1-1
05/10/1986 19-10 2nd -1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 4-2 Bruce Hurst 3-2
05/11/1986 20-10 1st +1  at Oakland Athletics W 6-5 Oil Can Boyd 3-3
05/12/1986 20-11 1st -  at California Angels L 7-1 Al Nipper 3-4
05/13/1986 20-12 2nd -1  at California Angels L 5-4 Mike Brown 2-1
05/14/1986 21-12 1st -  at California Angels W 8-5 Roger Clemens 6-0
05/15/1986 21-12 1st +1/2  
05/16/1986 21-13 1st +1/2  Texas Rangers L 4-1 Bruce Hurst 3-3
05/17/1986 22-13 1st +1/2  Texas Rangers W 8-2 Oil Can Boyd 4-3
05/18/1986 23-13 1st +1/2  Texas Rangers W 5-4 Bob Stanley 2-1
05/19/1986 24-13 1st +1  Minnesota Twins W 8-7 Joe Sambito 1-0
05/20/1986 25-13 1st +2  Minnesota Twins W 17-7 Roger Clemens 7-0
05/21/1986 26-13 1st +2  Minnesota Twins W 3-2 Sammy Stewart 3-1
05/22/1986 26-13 1st +1 1/2  at Pawtucket Red Sox pp  
05/23/1986 27-13 1st +1 1/2  at Texas Rangers W 2-1 Oil Can Boyd 5-3
05/24/1986 27-14 1st +1/2  at Texas Rangers L 3-2 Bob Stanley 2-2
05/25/1986 28-14 1st +1/2  at Texas Rangers W 7-1 Roger Clemens 8-0
05/26/1986 29-14 1st +1 1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 5-3 Bruce Hurst 4-3
05/27/1986 30-14 1st +2  at Cleveland Indians W 2-0 Mike Brown 3-0
05/28/1986 31-14 1st +2  at Cleveland Indians W 13-7 Oil Can Boyd 6-3
05/29/1986 31-14 1st +1 1/2  
05/30/1986 31-15 1st +1 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 13-5 Rob Woodward 0-1
05/31/1986 32-15 1st +2 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 7-2 Bruce Hurst 5-3
06/01/1986 33-15 1st +2 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 6-3 Roger Clemens 9-0
06/02/1986 34-15 1st +3 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 3-1 Oil Can Boyd 7-3
06/03/1986 35-15 1st +4 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 5-1 Mike Brown 4-0
06/04/1986 36-15 1st +4 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 6-4 Rob Woodward 1-1
06/05/1986 36-16 1st +4  at Milwaukee Brewers L 7-5 Jeff Sellers 0-1
06/06/1986 37-16 1st +5  at Milwaukee Brewers W 3-0 Roger Clemens 10-0
06/07/1986 37-17 1st +4  at Milwaukee Brewers L 3-0 Oil Can Boyd 7-4
06/08/1986 37-18 1st +3  at Milwaukee Brewers L 7-3 Mike Brown 4-1
06/09/1986 37-19 1st +3  at Toronto Blue Jays L 5-1 Rob Woodward 1-2
06/10/1986 38-19 1st +4  at Toronto Blue Jays W 4-3 Bob Stanley 3-2
06/11/1986 39-19 1st +4  at Toronto Blue Jays W 3-2 Roger Clemens 11-0
06/12/1986 38-19 1st +4  Milwaukee Brewers pp  
06/13/1986 40-19 1st +4 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 5-3 Oil Can Boyd 8-4
06/14/1986 40-20 1st +4 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers L 2-0 Mike Brown 4-2
06/15/1986 40-21 1st +3 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers L 7-3 Jeff Sellers 0-2
06/16/1986 41-21 1st +4 1/2  at New York Yankees W 10-1 Roger Clemens 12-0
06/17/1986 42-21 1st +5 1/2  at New York Yankees W 7-6 Bob Stanley 4-2
06/18/1986 43-21 1st +6 1/2  at New York Yankees W 5-2 Oil Can Boyd 9-4
06/19/1986 43-21 1st +7  
06/20/1986 43-22 1st +6  Baltimore Orioles L 14-3 Mike Brown 4-3
06/21/1986 44-22 1st +6  Baltimore Orioles W 7-2 Roger Clemens 13-0
06/22/1986 44-23 1st +6  Baltimore Orioles L 4-0 Jeff Sellers 0-3
06/23/1986 44-24 1st +5  New York Yankees L 11-3 Oil Can Boyd 9-5
06/24/1986 44-25 1st +4  New York Yankees L 8-1 Rob Woodward 1-3
06/25/1986 45-25 1st +5  New York Yankees W 5-4 Al Nipper 4-4
06/26/1986 45-25 1st +5  
06/27/1986 46-25 1st +6  at Baltimore Orioles W 5-3 Roger Clemens 14-0
06/28/1986 47-25 1st +7  at Baltimore Orioles W 7-3 Oil Can Boyd 10-5
06/29/1986 48-25 1st +8  at Baltimore Orioles W 8-3 Jeff Sellers 1-2
06/30/1986 49-25 1st +8  Toronto Blue Jays W 10-9 Bob Stanley 5-2
07/01/1986 50-25 1st +8  Toronto Blue Jays W 9-7 Tom Seaver 3-6
07/02/1986 50-26 1st +8  Toronto Blue Jays L 4-2 Roger Clemens 14-1
07/03/1986 50-27 1st +7  Toronto Blue Jays L 8-5 Oil Can Boyd 10-6
07/04/1986 51-27 1st +8  Seattle Mariners W 6-5 Jeff Sellers 2-2
07/05/1986 51-28 1st +7  Seattle Mariners L 9-5 Al Nipper 4-5
07/06/1986 52-28 1st +8  Seattle Mariners W 7-3 Tom Seaver 4-6
07/07/1986 52-29 1st +7  Oakland Athletics L 6-4 Roger Clemens 14-2
07/08/1986 53-29 1st +8  Oakland Athletics W 8-7 Oil Can Boyd 11-6
07/09/1986 54-29 1st +8  Oakland Athletics W 7-6 Jeff Sellers 3-2
07/10/1986 55-29 1st +8  California Angels W 8-7 Tim Lollar 2-0
07/11/1986 55-30 1st +7  California Angels L 5-0 Tom Seaver 4-7
07/12/1986 56-30 1st +7  California Angels W 3-2 Roger Clemens 15-2
07/13/1986 56-31 1st +7  California Angels L 12-3 Jeff Sellers 3-3
07/14/1986 All Star Game Break
07/15/1986
07/16/1986
07/17/1986 56-32 1st +6  at Seattle Mariners L 5-1 Bob Stanley 5-3
07/18/1986 56-33 1st +5  at Seattle Mariners L 10-4 Al Nipper 4-6
07/19/1986 57-33 1st +6  at Seattle Mariners W 9-4 Roger Clemens 16-2
07/20/1986 57-34 1st +6  at Seattle Mariners L 9-5 Jeff Sellers 3-4
07/21/1986 57-35 1st +5  at Oakland Athletics L 5-2 Bruce Hurst 5-4
07/22/1986 57-36 1st +4  at Oakland Athletics L 4-2 Tom Seaver 4-8
07/23/1986 57-37 1st +3  at Oakland Athletics L 9-2 Al Nipper 4-7
07/24/1986 57-37 1st +3  
07/25/1986 58-33 1st +4  at California Angels W 8-1 Roger Clemens 17-2
07/26/1986 58-34 1st +4  at California Angels L 4-1 Bruce Hurst 5-5
07/27/1986 58-39 1st +3  at California Angels L 3-0 Tom Seaver 4-9
07/28/1986 59-39 1st +4  at Chicago White Sox W 3-1 Al Nipper 5-7
07/29/1986 59-40 1st +4  at Chicago White Sox L 4-1 Jeff Sellers 3-5
07/30/1986 59-41 1st +4  at Chicago White Sox L 7-2 Roger Clemens 17-3
07/31/1986 59-41 1st +4  
08/01/1986 60-41 1st +4 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 5-3 Bruce Hurst 6-5
08/02/1986 60-42 1st +3 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 13-2 Tom Seaver 4-10
08/03/1986 61-42 1st +4 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 5-3 Al Nipper 6-7
08/04/1986 61-43 1st +3 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 1-0 Roger Clemens 17-4
08/05/1986 61-44 1st +2 1/2  Chicago White Sox L 3-1 Oil Can Boyd 11-7
08/06/1986 62-44 1st +3 1/2  Chicago White Sox W 9-0 Bruce Hurst 7-5
08/07/1986 62-44 1st +4  
08/08/1986 63-44 1st +5  at Detroit Tigers W 6-1 Tom Seaver 5-10
08/09/1986 64-44 1st +5  at Detroit Tigers W 8-7 Al Nipper 7-7
08/10/1986 65-44 1st +6  at Detroit Tigers W 9-6 Joe Sambito 2-0
08/11/1986 65-45 1st +5  at Detroit Tigers L 5-0 Oil Can Boyd 11-8
08/12/1986 65-46 1st +4  at Kansas City Royals L 5-1 Bruce Hurst 7-6
65-47 1st +3 1/2 L 6-5 Bob Stanley 5-4
08/13/1986 66-47 1st +3 1/2  at Kansas City Royals W 5-2 Tom Seaver 6-10
08/14/1986 67-47 1st +4  at Kansas City Royals W 11-6 Al Nipper 8-7
08/15/1986 68-47 1st +4  Detroit Tigers W 8-5 Roger Clemens 18-4
08/16/1986 68-48 1st +4  Detroit Tigers L 12-6 Oil Can Boyd 11-9
08/17/1986 69-48 1st +5  Detroit Tigers W 7-5 Calvin Schiraldi 1-0
08/18/1986 70-48 1st +5 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 3-1 Tom Seaver 7-10
08/19/1986 70-49 1st +5 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 5-1 Al Nipper 8-8
08/20/1986 s71-49 1st +5 1/2  at Minnesota Twins W 9-1 Roger Clemens 19-4
08/21/1986 72-49 1st +6  at Cleveland Indians W 24-5 Oil Can Boyd 12-9
08/22/1986 73-49 1st +6  at Cleveland Indians W 6-3 Bruce Hurst 8-6
08/23/1986 73-50 1st +6  at Cleveland Indians L 5-4 Bob Stanley 5-5
08/24/1986 73-51 1st +6  at Cleveland Indians L 5-2 Al Nipper 8-9
08/25/1986 73-52 1st +6  at Texas Rangers L 4-2 Calvin Schiraldi 1-1
08/26/1986 74-52 1st +6 1/2  at Texas Rangers W 8-1 Oil Can Boyd 13-9
08/27/1986 74-53 1st +5  at Texas Rangers L 4-1 Bruce Hurst 8-7
08/28/1986 74-53 1st +4 1/2  
08/29/1986 74-54 1st +3 1/2  Cleveland Indians L 7-3 Tom Seaver 7-11
08/30/1986 75-54 1st +3 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 7-3 Roger Clemens 20-4
08/31/1986 76-54 1st +3 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 4-3 Calvin Schiraldi 2-1
09/01/1986 77-54 1st +3 1/2  Texas Rangers W 6-4 Bruce Hurst 9-7
09/02/1986 78-54 1st +4 1/2  Texas Rangers W 8-6 Sammy Stewart 4-1
09/03/1986 79-54 1st +4 1/2  Texas Rangers W 4-3 Bob Stanley 6-5
09/04/1986 79-54 1st +4 1/2  New York Mets L 7-3  
09/05/1986 80-54 1st +5 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 12-2 Roger Clemens 21-4
09/06/1986 81-54 1st +5 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 3-2 Oil Can Boyd 14-9
09/07/1986 82-54 1st +6 1/2  Minnesota Twins W 9-0 Bruce Hurst 10-7
09/08/1986 83-54 1st +7  at Baltimore Orioles W 9-3 Calvin Schiraldi 3-1
09/09/1986 84-54 1st +8  at Baltimore Orioles W 7-5 Al Nipper 9-9
09/10/1986 85-54 1st +8 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 9-4 Roger Clemens 22-4
09/11/1986 85-55 1st +9  at Baltimore Orioles L 8-6 Steve Crawford 0-1
09/12/1986 86-55 1st +10  at New York Yankees W 7-2 Bruce Hurst 11-7
09/13/1986 86-56 1st +9  at New York Yankees L 11-6 Tom Seaver 7-12
09/14/1986 86-57 1st +9  at New York Yankees L 11-5 Al Nipper 9-10
09/15/1986 86-57 1st +8 1/2  
09/16/1986 87-57 1st +8 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 2-1 Roger Clemens 23-4
88-57 1st +9 W 9-3 Calvin Schiraldi 4-1
09/17/1986 89-57 1st +10  Milwaukee Brewers W 4-1 Oil Can Boyd 15-9
09/18/1986 90-57 1st +10 1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 7-1 Bruce Hurst 12-7
09/19/1986 90-58 1st +9 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 6-4 Tom Seaver 7-13
09/20/1986 90-59 1st +8 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 5-2 Al Nipper 9-11
09/21/1986 91-59 1st +9 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 3-2 Roger Clemens 24-4
09/22/1986 91-59 1st +10  
09/23/1986 91-60 1st +9  at Milwaukee Brewers L 8-5 Oil Can Boyd 15-10
09/24/1986 91-60 1st +8 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers pp  
09/25/1986 91-60 1st +8  
09/26/1986 91-61 1st +7  Toronto Blue Jays L 1-0 Calvin Schiraldi 4-2
09/27/1986 92-61 1st +8  Toronto Blue Jays W 2-0 Bruce Hurst 13-7
09/28/1986 93-61 1st +9  Toronto Blue Jays W 12-3 Oil Can Boyd 16-10
09/29/1986 94-61 1st +9 1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 7-5 Al Nipper 10-11
09/30/1986 94-62 1st +8 1/2  Baltimore Orioles L 6-3 Bob Stanley 6-6
10/01/1986 95-62 1st +9 1/2  Baltimore Orioles W 11-7 Rob Woodward 2-3
10/02/1986 95-63 1st +8 1/2  New York Yankees L 6-1 Bruce Hurst 13-8
10/03/1986 95-63 1st +8 1/2  New York Yankees pp  
10/04/1986 95-64 1st +7 1/2  New York Yankees L 5-3 Steve Crawford 0-2
95-65 1st +6 1/2 L 3-1 Al Nipper 10-12
10/05/1986 95-66 1st +5 1/2  New York Yankees L 7-0 Jeff Sellers 3-7
 
THE A.L. CHAMPIONSHIP  SERIES
  RECORD GAME OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
10/07/1986 0-1 Game #1  California Angels L 8-1 Roger Clemens 0-1
10/08/1986 1-1 Game #2  California Angels W 9-2 Bruce Hurst 1-0
10/09/1986

 Mayor Flynn, Ted Williams and the Red Sox players, family and staff fly to Anaheim

10/10/1986 1-2 Game #3  at California Angels L 5-3 Oil Can Boyd 0-1
10/11/1986 1-3 Game #4  at California Angels L 4-3 Calvin Schiraldi 0-1
10/12/1986 2-3 Game #5  at California Angels W 7-6 Steve Crawford 1-0
10/13/1986

 The Sox have an informal workout at Fenway, as the Angels arrive late

10/14/1986 3-3 Game #6  California Angels W 10-4 Oil Can Boyd 1-1
10/15/1986 4-3 Game #7  California Angels W 8-1 Roger Clemens 1-1
   
10/16/1986

 New bats arrive for the pitchers.

10/17/1986

 Bill Buckner gets a cortisone shot, but Don Baylor works out at first base.

 
THE WORLD  SERIES
  RECORD GAME OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
10/18/1986 1-0 Game #1  at New York Mets W 1-0 Bruce Hurst 2-0
10/19/1986 2-0 Game #2  at New York Mets W 9-3 Steve Crawford 2-0
10/20/1986

 The Sox workout at Fenway, while the Mets have meetings without a workout

10/21/1986 2-1 Game #3  New York Mets L 7-1 Oil Can Boyd 1-2
10/22/1986 2-2 Game #4  New York Mets L 6-2 Al Nipper 0-1
10/23/1986 3-2 Game #5  New York Mets W 4-2 Bruce Hurst 3-0
10/24/1986

 The confident Red Sox quietly fly back to New York

10/25/1986 3-3 Game #6  at New York Mets L 6-5 Calvin Schiraldi 0-2
10/26/1986 3-3 Game #7  at New York Mets pp  
10/27/1986 3-4 Game #7  at New York Mets L 8-5 Calvin Schiraldi 0-3
10/28/1986

 The Red Sox arrive back in Boston

10/29/1986

 The Red Sox parade through the streets of Boston and rally at City Hall Plaza

  
1986 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING
 
 

 

 

FINAL 1986 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

95

66

-

 

 

New York Yankees

90 72 5 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers

87 75 8 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

86 76 9 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians

84 78 11 1/2

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers

77 84 18

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

73 89 22 1/2

 

 

 
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