1977 BOSTON RED SOX ...
THE SOX BATS RUMBLE, BUT THE PITCHING STUMBLES ...

 

Bucky Harris   Ernie Lombardi   Bob Meusel   Ernie Neitzke
Died: Nov 8th   Died: Sept 26th   Died: Nov 28th   Died: April 27th
Spike Merena   Billy Holm   Pinky Pittenger   Ernie Pinckert
Died: March 9th   Died: July 27th   Died: Nov 4th   Died: Aug 30th
Fred Haney   Nemo Leibold   Billy Marshall   Frankie Pytlak
Died: Nov 9th   Died: Feb 4th   Died: May 5th   Died: May 8th
Baby Doll Jabobson   Del Pratt   Bob Klinger   Roger Peckinpaugh
Died: Jan 16th   Died: Sept 30th   Died: Aug 19th   Died: Nov 17th
Bronson Arroyo   Kevin Cash   Paxton Crawford   Ryan Dempster
Born: Feb 24th   Born: Dec 6th   Born: Aug 4th   Born: May 3rd
Javier Lopez   Tom Brady   Kyle Snyder   Eric Hinske
Born: July 11th   Born: Aug 3rd   Born: Sept 9th   Born: Aug 9th
Roy Halladay   Carlos Beltran   Randy Moss   Paul Pierce
Born: May 14th   Born: Apr 24th   Born: Feb 13th   Born: Oct 13th
Wally Szczerbiak   Zdeno Chara   Shawn Thornton   Stephon Marbury
Born: Mar 5th   Born: Mar 18th   Born: July 23rd   Born: Feb 20th
Roosevelt Colvin   Damien Woody   Vince Carter   Marc Savard
Born: Sept 5th   Born: Nov 3rd   Born: Jan 26th   Born: July 17th
             
             

The 1977 Boston Red Sox were able to rekindle the hope, with a strong run at the AL East title, but like so many Red Sox teams, managed to come up just a little bit short.

The new MLB "Basic Agreement" called for a draft of free agents. On November 4th, pitcher Bill Campbell decided to leave the Minnesota Twins and become a free agent. The Sox selected him in the draft and signed him to a five-year contract worth just over $1 million dollars. They also drafted free agents Bobby Grich and Don Gullett, but Haywood Sullivan, who had become the team's vice president, had the ear of Jean Yawkey and the trustees. He thought spending that kind of money was outrageous and the trustees agreed with him. Instead they traded for former Sox players, George Scott and Bernie Carbo, giving up Cecil Cooper.

BILL CAMPBELL

The Sox could score runs, and power was their calling card. They hit 213 home runs in 1977. Jim Rice led the way, going deep 39 times and driving in 114 runs. And though they would come to regret trading Cooper to the Brewers in future years, it worked out fine in 1977. George Scott hit 33 HRs,  Butch Hobson hit 30 HRs, Carl Yastrzemski had 28 HRs, and Carlton Fisk had 26 HRs.

Nor were the Sox just a slugging team that couldnt get on base. They were second in the American League in on-base percentage, and Fisk had an outstanding all-around offensive season. He finished with a .402 OBP/.521 slugging percentage. Rick Burleson had a .338 OBP, as he played shortstop and hit at the top of the order.

Rightfield was split between Carbo and Dwight Evans. But whoever manager Don Zimmer put out there, it resulted in productivity. Carbos numbers were .409 OBP/.522 slg, while Evans was at .363 OBP/.526 slg, and perhaps the best throwing arm in the game. Even with centerfielder Fred Lynn, having a down year, the hitters were getting it done at Fenway. And speaking of getting it done, 37-year-old Yaz, was as good as ever. He played left field with brilliance, had a .372 OBP and .505 slg pct, while driving in 128 runs, as he furiously chased the World Series ring that had eluded him.

When the Sox were hitting, they were unbelievable, but a baseball team does not live by offense alone, and Sox had pitching problems. Bill Campbell had 13 wins and saved 31 games, with a 2.96 ERA. But their pitching staff overall was eighth in the American League. It became a killer problem to have against strong pitching staffs from their key rivals, the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles.

Ferguson Jenkins became the ace of the Sox staff with a 3.68 ERA, but the 34-year-old former Cy Young winner only had 10 wins, while the 36-year-old, Luis Tiant (4.53 ERA) had 12 wins.  Bill Lee (4.43 ERA) only had nine wins and both Reggie Cleveland (4.26 ERA) and Rick Wise (4.77 ERA) managed to get 11 wins each.

Bob Stanley and Mike Paxton were competent out of the bullpen, but there was just no consistent shutdown starter or dominant reliever, aside from Campbell, that the team could rely on. Rookie Don Aase joined the team in July and was impressive. He struck out 11 in his debut and threw four complete games. He finished the season with a 3.12 ERA.

The crew of veteran pitchers were unhappy with Zimmer. The key to being a good manager is to keep his players in a winning frame of mind and Zim's hard-nosed 1950s approach to ballplayers was out of touch with this group. He kept tinkering with the rotation and only Jenkins and Tiant avoided time in the bullpen. But Tiant was forced to pitch every fifth day rather than every fourth and was not happy about it. Wise felt that since he did not know when he was going to pitch, he could not get into a routine and find his rhythm. The other veteran pitchers like Lee and Cleveland lost respect for their manager. Zimmer and Lee never talked and disliked each other and everyone knew it. It got so bad that Lee led the attack on him in public and kept taunting him with the nickname "the Gerbil".

The Sox were streaky all year, riding a winning streak into first place and then following it with the inevitable losing streak that pushed them back.

The Sox started the year losing two to the Indians at Fenway Park. The second game, on April 10th, is a prime example on what was wrong with the 1977 version of the Red Sox. The Sox scored nine runs in the game and lost 19-9. They could hit and score lots of runs but their pitching couldn't hold down their opponents.

After losing four straight, Luis Tiant got the Sox their first win on April 16th, by beating the Indians 8 to 4 in Cleveland. He allowed three hits in the five innings he pitched. The Sox runs came on two-run triple by Jim Rice and home runs by Carl Yastrzemski and Dwight Evans. The next day the Sox and Indians split a doubleheader. Reggie Cleveland won the first game, allowing just four hits in a 4 to 1 win.

The Sox got their first Fenway win on Patriots Day, April 18th, against the Tigers. Steve Dillard got three hits in the 5 to 3 victory. Butch Hobson gave the Sox the lead with a two-run homer in the sixth and drove in an insurance run in the eighth. The next day the Sox ripped the Tigers, 11 to 3, knocking out 17 hits. Rick Miller drove home three runs with three hits and Rick Burleson had two RBIs with his three hits. But the Sox lost the next two games for a series split.

After two rained out games, the Red Sox finally got to face the new expansion team, Toronto Blue Jays in Canada on April 24th. Canadian citizen, Ferguson Jenkins put them in their place with a 9 to 0, three-hit shutout. Only two runners reached second base. The next day the Sox won the second game of a doubleheader by a score of 6 to 5. They got four runs in the seventh inning to tie the game and Rick Burleson's sacrifice fly scored the winning run the next inning. In Milwaukee, on April 26th, Rick Wise allowed five hits and Carlton Fisk knocked out three hits in a 3 to 1 win.

Back home on April 29th, three home runs, including a three-run shot by Fisk, powered the Sox to a 7 to 4 victory over the Oakland A's. Burleson drove in three runs with a pair of hits and Dwight Evans smacked a two-run homer to beat the A's, 8 to 4, in the next game. The Sox swept Oakland by winning the third game, 6 to 4. It was Fisk again, driving in five runs with a pair of homers, to extend his hitting streak to eight games. The Sox (10-9) started May, two games out of first place.

The expansion Seattle Mariners came to Fenway for the first time and lost 2-of-3 to the Red Sox. On May 4th, Jim Rice clouted a home run and a triple, to lead the Sox to a 5 to 2 victory. The next night Rice hit another homer, with a man aboard, as the Sox won once again by a 5 to 2 score. The win gave Ferguson Jenkins his fourth straight victory.

Against the California Angels, on May 8th, Bob Stanley chalked up his first major league win, by shutting them out, 3 to 0. The next day Dwight Evans broke up a tie game with a sixth inning homer, putting the Sox ahead to stay, 4 to 3. The Sox finished their homestand against the west coast teams, winning seven of the nine games.

BOB STANLEY

Onto the west coast where the Sox lost two in Oakland. But in Seattle, on May 13th, George Scott rescued the Sox from a 5-4 deficit with a two-run eighth inning homer, to give them a 7 to 5 win. Jim Willoughby turned in a brilliant seven inning relief job and Fred Lynn hit two homers on the first two pitches thrown to him. Bob Stanley won his third straight game the next day, 8 to 4. The Mariners left six men on base in the last three innings, allowing homers by Rice and Fisk, a triple by Butch Hobson and four doubles to hold up. In the last Seattle game, Bill Lee picked up his first win, throwing six strong innings, winning 5 to 4. Bill Campbell (0.59 ERA) picked up his 6th save in nine appearances.

Then in Anaheim, the Sox found themselves tied for first place on May 16th. They had won 11-of-15 and took this game in 11 innings, 8 to 7. Denny Doyle's base hit scored Dwight Evans. Campbell was the winner in relief.

The Sox came home and it was their pitching that would continue to haunt the Sox. The staff's ERA was mediocre at 4.12. Stanley, Reggie Cleveland and Ferguson Jenkins had pitched well, with Luis Tiant, Rick Wise and Bill Lee struggling to find their good stuff. Campbell and Willoughby were the only relievers that could be counted on at all.

One of the most roller-coaster games was held at Fenway on May 21st, with the lead changing hand back and forth numerous times, until the Sox prevailed over the Brewers 10-9, when they scored four runs in the ninth inning. Dwight Evans barreled into secondbaseman Don Money, breaking up an attempted doubleplay and permitting Carlton Fisk to score the winning run with two outs in the ninth.

George Scott's grandslam homer highlighted a record tying 11 home run spree in the first game of a doubleheader, which the Sox won by a score of 14-10 on May 22nd. Fred Lynn had two home runs, while Evans, Scott, Butch Hobson and Carl Yastrzemski, each had one. The second game was a 6-0 two-hitter turned in by the Brewers' Eddie Rodriguez.

In New York, the Sox beat the Yankees, 4 to 3, on May 23rd. Evans and Hobson belted consecutive home runs in the second inning, and then Hobson ignited a tie-breaking two-run eighth, with a double. Bill Lee allowed five scattered hits beating the Yanks for the 12th time in 16 career decisions. The Yankees won the next game, 6-5, and the Sox left New York, tied with the Yankees for second place, 1 1/2 games behind the Orioles.

On May 27th, Carl Yastrzemski singled home a run, while Carlton Fisk and George Scott homered, to lead the Sox to a 10-1 victory over the Royals at Fenway Park. Ferguson Jenkins struck out six and walked one. The next game, on May 28th, the Sox booming bats rallied from an 8-2 deficit, finishing with a 17-12 victory over the Royals. Jim Rice drove in five runs with two home runs and a single, in powering the Sox biggest scoring outburst of the season.

The Sox split a series with the Yankees to finish out the month of May. On the 31st, Rice and Hobson each hit homers, while Rick Miller knocked in two insurance runs to beat the Yankees, 5 to 1. The Sox had played .500 ball during the month and were in third place, 2 1/2 games behind.

Then the Sox made their move, winning 17 of the first 21 games in June. The month started with the Red Sox in Arlington, Texas, facing the Rangers. On June 1st Yaz banged out two home runs to lead the Sox in a 7 to 5 come-from-behind victory.

In Minnesota, on June 4th, Fred Lynn, who had missed 29 games because of an ankle injury, robbed Dan Ford of a homer with an acrobatic catch, stabbing a towering drive as it cleared the fence at the 440-ft mark in Metropolitan Stadium. He also drove home two runs with two singles as the Sox beat the Twins, 5 to 2. The next game saw Butch Hobson knocked out a pair of RBI singles and Yaz belted a two-run homer in a 5-1 victory over the Twins.

Yaz continued his slugging assault in Kansas City the next day, belting a seventh inning solo homer that provided Luis Tiant with the winning run, in a 1-0 pitching duel with Dennis Leonard of the Royals. Tiant gave up four hits, before handing the ball over to Bill Campbell in the eighth inning.

The Sox returned to Fenway in third place, one game behind the Yankees and Orioles, who were tied for first place. They pushed Baltimore out of the tie by taking the first two games of the homestand from them. On June 8th the Sox beat up the Birds, 14 to 5. Hobson finished off an 11-run inning second inning with a three-run homer. The next night, Jim Rice hit two home runs and Lynn and Fisk belted one each to power the Sox to a 7-3 win.

BUTCH HOBSON

The Red Sox swept a doubleheader from the Texas Rangers, at Fenway Park, on June 12th. Luis Tiant pitched a three-hitter in his first complete game of the year, a 2-0 shutout, in the second game. He struck out eight and didn't allow a walk. The Sox won the opener in the ninth inning, when Rick Miller sprinted home, with the winning run, on Fred Lynn's sacrifice fly.

On June 13th, Carlton Fisk's third hit of the game put the Sox in first place for the first time since the final day of the season in 1975. Fisk, who was second in the AL batting race with .349 BA, gave the Red Sox, a 5 to 4 walk-off 10th inning win over the White Sox, with a line single to center, that scored Rick Burleson. He had now hit in 12 straight games and in 21 of the last 22. The win, the Red Sox' fifth straight and eight in nine games, put them in first, 1/2 game ahead of the Yankees.

Bill Campbell once again had to come in to save the game for the Red Sox on June 14th. He relieved a tiring Rick Wise and dispatched all six White Sox batters he faced to help the Red Sox win, 7 to 1. The $1 million Campbell, who started off the season by losing three games with blown saves, turned his season around. In his last 47 1/3 innings he compiled a 5-0 record, with 12 saves, for an ERA of 1.52

The early season showdown that resulted in a sweep of the Yankees started on June 17th. The Sox bombed Catfish Hunter and equaled a club record with four home runs in one inning, winning 9 to 4. Rick Burleson led off the first inning with a rising line drive into the net. Fred Lynn followed with a towering drive into the right field bleachers. After retiring the next two batters, Carlton Fisk bombed one over the left field screen. After a quick visit to the mound from Billy Martin, and before he had a chance to get back to his spot in the dugout, George Scott drove one onto Lansdowne Street.

The next day, on June 18th, Bernie Carbo and Carl Yastrzemski drilled two home runs each, in leading the Sox to a 10-4 win. But this game is remembered for a nationally televised audience seeing a dugout confrontation between New York manager Billy Martin and Reggie Jackson turn physical.

In the series finale, Ferguson Jenkins pitched a strong three hitter as the Sox swept the Yankees by a 11-1 score. Denny Doyle drove in three runs and homered while Carbo, Rice, Yaz and Scott also homered.

The Red Sox bats thoroughly unloaded over the weekend. The Sox scored thirty runs in the three-game sweep of their archrival. No one was hotter than Yaz. He went 9-for-14 in the sweep, drove in ten runs and hit four home runs in a weekend to remember. The Sox completed their homestand going 9-1, set major league records by hitting 16 home runs in three games, 18 in their last four games and 21 in five games. Their lead in the AL East was at 2 1/2 games.

The Sox left home, headed to Baltimore and next swept the Orioles in the next four games. In their first match-up on June 20th, Rick Wise pitched a two-hit shutout, struck out 10 and beat the Os, 4 to 0. Jim Rice tripled home one run, Carl Yastrzemski, doubled in two more and a solo homer from Butch Hobson let the Sox tie the major league record of 22 homers in six games.

Next it was Luis Tiant's turn to throw a two-hitter. He shutout the Orioles, 7 to 0, the next night. Rice and Scott homered for 24 home runs in seven games tying another record.

The third game on June 23rd was a 7 to 4 victory. The Sox, who trailed 4-1 after six innings, continued their assault on the record book with five homers, for 32 in eight games, a new major league record. Carlton Fisk's second home run of the game, in the ninth inning, gave the Sox a 7 to 4 win. Hobson, Scott and Rice also hit long balls.

In the series finale, a 7 to 3 win, Hobson's home run extended the Sox streak to 30 in nine consecutive games. The Red Sox (41-25) had won 16 of their last 18 games and their lead in the AL East grew to five games, but a return trip to the Bronx brought them back to earth.

On June 24th, in New York, the Sox had a 5-3 lead and were ready to close out another win. Bill Campbell was on the mound and got the first two outs. Then he gave up a triple to Willie Randolph, a home run to Roy White and the game was lost in extra innings. The Sox however, had three homers from Yaz, Hobson and Scott for 33 in the last 10 games.

Mike Torrez handed the Sox a 5-1 loss in the second game and stopped the home run streak. But the Red Sox had set eight major league records and tied one.

The third game on June 26th saw the Sox trailing 3-1, but they rallied to tie the game and go ahead 5-3. But Bill Campbell gave it back in the bottom of the ninth, and the Yankees walked-off with a 6 to 5 win in the 11th inning.

The Red Sox then dropped three straight in Detroit and three straight to Baltimore back at Fenway, as July began. Rick Wise and Luis Tiant each had lost two games, showing how the lack of a rotation stopper left them vulnerable to long losing streaks. After nine consecutive losses, their lead in the AL East had totally disappeared. They had come full circle and were back in second place one game behind the Yankees, the same spot they were in when their winning homestand started against Baltimore back on June 8th.

On July 4th, it was the Red Sox who supplied the fireworks. Fred Lynn and George Scott hit two homers each and Butch Hobson, Bernie Carbo, Jim Rice and Carl Yastrzemski one apiece, as the Sox snapped their losing streak with a 9 to 6 comeback over the Blue Jays. The Sox set a major league record by hitting five or more home runs in a game for the seventh time this season. The eight homers tied a major league record set by the '39 Yankees, '53 Braves, '56 Reds, '61 Giants and the '63 Twins. The Sox hit four in one inning, marking the 10th time in major league history that it had been accomplished. It was the fifth time the Sox had done it and second time this season.

Yaz and Lynn had four hits apiece in the next game on July 6th, as the Sox smashed 17 hits, beating the Blue Jays 9 to 5. Yaz (.311 BA) also made a run-saving diving catch and turned a line drive into a doubleplay. He scored three runs and drove in two.

Carlton Fisk drove in three runs with a homer and a sac fly, while Jim Rice knocked out three hits, including a home run as the Sox completed a three game sweep of the Jays on July 7th.

In Milwaukee, Rice belted a two-run homer and George Scott and Bernie Carbo added solo shots in a 7 to 3 victory in the first game of a four game set on July 8th. Rick Burleson's single and triple sparked the Sox to an 8 to 5 comeback win in the first of two games on July 10th. A homer by Scott triggered a four-run second inning in the second game for a 7 to 3 doubleheader sweep.

In his second start of the season, Bob Stanley pitched a five-hitter in Cleveland that beat the Indians, 2 to 1 on July 11th. Two days later, a pair of towering homers by Jim Rice kept the Sox in the game and Butch Hobson, who had four hits, won it with a three-run blast in the 10th, to give the Sox a 9 to 7 triumph over the Indians. In the next game, on July 14th, Hobson knocked out his third homer in three games, to lead the Sox to a 7-4 win in Cleveland. Yaz also had a homer and a single to move him past Ted Williams with his 2654th hit to make him the Red Sox all-time leader in hits.

In Chicago on July 16th, Yaz's tie-breaking sacrifice fly scored Jim Rice to give the Red Sox a 4 to 3 win over the White Sox. But even though the division lead had vanished, the Sox still got the All-Star break within a half-game of first place.

Yaz started in centerfield for the American League All Stars at Yankee Stadium on July 19th. Carlton Fisk and Rick Burleson found themselves in the starting AL lineup also. Fred Lynn, Jim Rice, George Scott and Bill Campbell rounded out the contingent of Sox All Stars. The American Leaguers went down in defeat, 7 to 5. Rice singled in the eight inning and Scott hit a "tater" in the ninth inning over the 385 ft sign in right field.

The Sox split a doubleheader with Cleveland at Fenway, to start the second half after the All Star break on July 21st. Butch Hobson slammed a three-run homer, for his second hit in a nine run seventh inning, going 3-for-4, in the game the Sox won, 11 to 4. Luis Tiant struck out eight to push him over the 2000-mark in career strikeouts. The next day, Rick Wise chucked a 3 to 0 shutout at the Indians.

A soft schedule run with the Milwaukee Brewers, California Angels, Seattle Mariners and Oakland As, resulted in an 11-game win streak for the Red Sox over late July and early August.

On July 26th, Don Aase was called up to make his first major league start. He responded by striking out 11 batters and beat the Brewers 4 to 3. Two days later, rookie Mike Paxton pitched a four-hitter and beat the Brewers 12-0.

In Anaheim, Bernie Carbo's 10th inning homer led the Sox to a 6 to 5 victory over the Angels on July 29th. The next night, Luis Tiant out-pitched Nolan Ryan, beating the Angels, 3-0. Don Aase pitched another gem in his second Red Sox appearance, shutting-out the Angels 1-0 with seven strikeouts, for the series sweep.

The sweep put the Sox back in first place. But as July turned into August, the pitching was clearly holding them back. The Sox led the majors with 146 home runs, but had a pitching staff with an ERA of 4.36 ... Jim Rice was third in the AL with a .320 BA, leading the league with 27 HRs. George Scott was second with 25 HRs.

Fred Lynn's sacrifice fly scored Denny Doyle in the 10th inning to edge the Mariners, in Seattle, 3 to 2 on August 2nd. The Sox pummeled the Mariners in the next game. Bernie Carbo blasted a grand slam and Jim Rice added two solo homers in the 12-4 pummeling.

On August 4th, Ferguson Jenkins won his first game since June 23rd in Oakland. He went the distance, pitching a three-hitter and winning, 3 to 1. Luis Tiant posted his second consecutive shutout, firing a five-hitter and winning 1 to 0, against the A's the next day. Don Aase won his third straight major league game, in the third game of the series, 2 to 1. The Sox swept the A's and ran their winning streak on the west coast, to a perfect 9-0, by beating the Athletics, 5 to 2. on August 7th. Bernie Carbo's leadoff homer in the ninth inning provided the winning margin, while Fred Lynn added a 3-run homer, later in the inning. They returned home, enjoying a 3 1/2 game lead in the AL East.

Carbo drilled a two-run pinch-hit home run in the eighth inning and Carl Yastrzemski singled across the go-ahead run as the Sox rallied for an 11 to 10 victory over the California Angels on August 10th. It extended their winning streak to 11 games.

JIM RICE

After getting the streak snapped, the Sox beat the Seattle Mariners, 7 to 2, two days later. The Sox scored six runs in the first inning and Rick Wise breezed to his ninth win. Jim Rice drilled his 30th homer in the game. More homers followed in the next game, which the Son won 13 to 6. Yaz launched his 20th along with bombs from Scott, Hobson and Dwight Evans. The Sox swept the Mariners in the third game with homers from Fisk and Evans in the final meeting, for their major league leading 162 HRs. The score was 11 to 1.

The Kansas City Royals came to Fenway and lost a dramatic, 2 to 1 game to the Sox on August 15th. Reggie Cleveland pitched brilliantly for eight innings and Bill Campbell got George Brett in the ninth inning, with the bases loaded, for his 20th save. The next night, Butch Hobson drilled a three-run homer and triggered a two-run seventh to break a tie game. The Sox beat the Royals, 5 to 3 for their 16th victory in their last 17 games, but that was all about to change.

For the second time this season, the Sox would endure another long losing streak, losing the next 8-of-9 games and again falling out of first place. After splitting a two game series in Milwaukee, the Sox would be swept in Kansas City, swept in Minnesota and lose two of three to the Rangers back in Boston. From having a 3 1/2 game lead in the AL East, they dropped to 2 games behind, never to sit in the top spot again.

In a game where both Rick Burleson and Bill Lee had it out with Don Zimmer, the Sox beat the Twins at Fenway, 7 to 5, on August 27th.

September started with Bill Lee beating the Indians and Dennis Eckersley, 3 to 1. Carl Yastrzemski had a double and two singles, to go along with his 13th outfield assist of the season.

While the Sox were fluctuating wildly, the Yankees were gaining traction and by Labor Day, the Yanks led by 4 1/2 games over the Sox and five over the Orioles. The Red Sox, contrary to their image, didnt fold up at this key moment of the season. Instead, they came on strong, with a 22-9 finish. The problem was the Yankees went 20-10 over this same period. The Sox won 10-of-11 games starting on September 3rd, but could only cut the Yankees' lead in the AL East to 1 1/2 games.

On September 5th, the Sox swept a doubleheader in Toronto with two shutouts. Reggie Cleveland allowed five scattered hits in his 6 to 0 complete game, while Don Aase threw a three-hit shutout, 8 to 0. The next day, Carlton Fisk drove in seven runs with a first-inning grandslam to lead the Sox to an 11-2 romp over the Jays.

Fisk knocked in five runs with two homers against the Jays on September 8th. Along with George Scott, they helped the Sox set a major league record for consecutive home runs, having done it 16 times during the season.

DON AASE

Jim Rice slammed two home runs back at Fenway on September 9th, as the Sox swept a doubleheader from the Tigers. by scores of 5-1 and 8-6. Bill Campbell saved both games for his 25th and 26th saves. The next game was another pitching gem by Don Aase, who scattered five hits in beating the Tigers, 7 to 1. Bernie Carbo triggered a four-run sixth inning with his 14th homer. Rice's first career grandslam led the Sox to a series sweep of the Tigers with a 6 to 2 victory.

The Yankees' lead in the AL East lead was 2 1/2 games over both the Sox and Orioles, after the Yankees took two-of- three games at Yankee Stadium. The Sox then lost the next two-of-three to the O's in Baltimore, and fell to third place, behind 4 1/2 games.

Back at Fenway, the Sox kept their hopes alive by taking two games from the Yankees. In the first game on September 19th, Carlton Fisk broke a 1-1 tie with his 24th home run into the left field nets, as the Sox won, 6 to 3. George Scott's sixth inning homer broke a 2-2 tie the next day, and the Sox won again, 3 to 2. They were 2 1/2 games behind the Yankees and 1/2 game behind the Orioles.

The Sox kept pace winning three-of-four in Detroit. Bill Lee fired a four-hitter and Butch Hobson hit a three-run homer in a 5-1 victory on September 23rd. The Sox won the next game, 6 to 2, as Yaz's two-run homer into the upper deck at Tiger Stadium, broke a 1-1 tie. Home runs by Fisk, Yaz and Hobson powered the Sox past the Tigers, 12 to 5, in the last game. But with seven games left, the Yankees led by three games.

The Sox took 3-of-4 from the Blue Jays at Fenway, keeping their hopes alive. In a doubleheader, on September 27th, Jim Rice picked up his 200th hit and Yaz knocked in his 100th RBI, for the fifth time in his career.

When the final weekend began, the Red Sox and Orioles both trailed the Yankees by three games with three to play. To make things easier for New York, they would play a bad Detroit team at home, while the Sox and Baltimore had to play each other. Even though the Yankees lost on Friday and Saturday, the Red Sox knocked the Birds out on Friday, and Baltimore returned the favor on Saturday. The Red Sox drive at the top of the AL East was over. The Yankees won the division and both the Sox and the Orioles finished 2 1/2 games behind.

One of the memorable moments of the season occurred on the last day, instead of a game with the Orioles that was rained out, Oriole catcher Rick Dempsey gave the fans their money's worth. He put on a 15 minute barefoot show on the tarpaulin, dancing, slipping and sliding, and then led the delighted Fenway fans in a chorus of "Sweet Rosie O'Grady". He finished by throwing his hat in the stands, hitting a mock home run, and sprinting around the tarp, scoring with a belly-flop slide across the plate.

The 1977 Boston Red Sox still won 97 games and provided a lot of entertainment with the muscle of their offense. They were great at hitting home runs (213 HRs), but just too flawed in the pitching department to be able to get over the top.

Carlton Fisk (.315 BA), the Sox MVP, finished the year with a 16 game hitting streak, drove in 100 runs and scored 100 runs in 1977, being only the fifth catcher to ever do so.

 

 

 

GAME LOG
  RECORD PLACE GB/GF OPPONENT   SCORE  PITCHER W/L
04/07/1977 0-1 4th -1  Cleveland Indians L 5-4 Bill Campbell 0-1
04/08/1977 0-1 4th -1  
04/09/1977 0-1 5th -1  Cleveland Indians pp  
04/10/1977 0-2 5th -2  Cleveland Indians L 19-9 Bill Campbell 0-2
04/11/1977 0-2 5th -2  
04/12/1977 0-3 6th -2  at Chicago White Sox L 5-2 Rick Wise 0-1
04/13/1977 0-4 6th -3  at Chicago White Sox L 7-3 Ferguson Jenkins 0-1
04/14/1977 0-4 7th -3 1/2  
04/15/1977 0-4 7th -3  
04/16/1977 1-4 4th -3  at Cleveland Indians W 8-4 Luis Tiant 1-0
04/17/1977 2-4 5th -3  at Cleveland Indians W 4-1 Reggie Cleveland 1-0
2-5 6th -3 1/2 L 10-5 Tom Murphy 0-1
04/18/1977 3-5 5th -3  Detroit Tigers W 5-3 Ferguson Jenkins 1-1
04/19/1977 4-5 4th -3  Detroit Tigers W 11-3 Bob Stanley 1-0
04/20/1977 4-6 4th -3  Detroit Tigers L 3-2 Luis Tiant 1-1
04/21/1977 4-7 5th -3 1/2  Detroit Tigers L 8-0 Reggie Cleveland 1-1
04/22/1977 4-7 5th -3  at Toronto Blue Jays pp  
04/23/1977 4-7 5th -3 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays pp  
04/24/1977 5-7 5th -3 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 9-0 Ferguson Jenkins 2-1
04/25/1977 5-8 5th -3 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 4-3 Bill Campbell 0-3
6-8 5th -3 1/2 W 6-5 Jim Willoughby 1-0
04/26/1977 7-8 3rd -2 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers W 3-1 Rick Wise 1-1
04/27/1977 7-9 5th -3 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers L 4-2 Reggie Cleveland 1-2
04/28/1977 7-9 5th -3 1/2  
04/29/1977 8-9 4th -3 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 7-4 Ferguson Jenkins 3-1
04/30/1977 9-9 4th -2 1/2  Oakland Athletics W 8-4 Luis Tiant 2-1
05/01/1977 10-9 4th -2  Oakland Athletics W 6-4 Bill Campbell 1-3
05/02/1977 10-9 4th -2 1/2  
05/03/1977 10-10 4th -3 1/2  Seattle Mariners L 10-8 Rick Wise 1-2
05/04/1977 11-10 4th -2 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 5-2 Reggie Cleveland 2-2
05/05/1977 12-10 3rd -1 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 5-2 Ferguson Jenkins 4-1
05/06/1977 12-11 4th -1 1/2  California Angels L 8-4 Luis Tiant 2-2
05/07/1977 13-11 4th -1 1/2  California Angels W 3-0 Bob Stanley 2-0
05/08/1977 14-11 4th -1 1/2  California Angels W 4-3 Jim Willoughby 2-0
05/09/1977 14-12 4th -2  at Oakland Athletics L 2-1 Reggie Cleveland 2-3
05/10/1977 14-12 4th -2  
05/11/1977 14-13 3rd -2  at Oakland Athletics L 3-1 Ferguson Jenkins 4-2
05/12/1977 14-13 3rd -1 1/2  
05/13/1977 15-13 3rd -1 1/2  at Seattle Mariners W 7-5 Jim Willoughby 3-0
05/14/1977 16-13 3rd -1 1/2  at Seattle Mariners W 8-4 Bob Stanley 3-0
05/15/1977 17-13 3rd -1  at Seattle Mariners W 5-4 Bill Lee 1-0
05/16/1977 18-13 1st -  at California Angels W 8-7 Bill Campbell 2-3
05/17/1977 18-14 2nd -1/2  at California Angels L 6-2 Ferguson Jenkins 4-3
05/18/1977 18-14 2nd -1/2  
05/19/1977 18-14 2nd -1  
05/20/1977 18-15 3rd -1  Milwaukee Brewers L 15-7 Luis Tiant 2-3
05/21/1977 19-15 2nd -1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 10-9 Tom House 1-0
05/22/1977 20-15 2nd -1/2  Milwaukee Brewers W 14-10 Bill Campbell 3-3
20-16 2nd -1/2 L 6-0 Ferguson Jenkins 4-4
05/23/1977 21-16 2nd -1/2  at New York Yankees W 4-3 Bill Lee 2-0
05/24/1977 21-17 2nd -1 1/2  at New York Yankees L 6-5 Luis Tiant 2-4
05/25/1977 21-18 3rd -2 1/2  Minnesota Twins L 13-5 Bob Stanley 3-1
21-19 3rd -2 1/2 L 9-4 Mike Paxton 0-1
05/26/1977 21-19 3rd -2 1/2  
05/27/1977 22-19 3rd -2 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 10-1 Ferguson Jenkins 5-4
05/28/1977 23-19 2nd -2 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 17-12 Bill Campbell 4-3
05/29/1977 23-20 3rd -2 1/2  Kansas City Royals L 3-0 Bob Stanley 3-2
05/30/1977 23-21 3rd -3 1/2  New York Yankees L 5-4 Bill Lee 2-1
05/31/1977 24-21 3rd -2 1/2  New York Yankees W 5-1 Reggie Cleveland 3-3
06/01/1977 25-21 2nd -1 1/2  at Texas Rangers W 7-5 Mike Paxton 1-1
06/02/1977 25-22 3rd -1 1/2  at Texas Rangers L 3-1 Ferguson Jenkins 5-5
06/03/1977 25-23 3rd -2 1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 6-2 Bob Stanley 3-3
06/04/1977 26-23 3rd -2  at Minnesota Twins W 5-2 Bill Lee 3-1
06/05/1977 27-23 3rd -1  at Minnesota Twins W 5-1 Reggie Cleveland 4-3
06/06/1977 28-23 3rd -1  at Kansas City Royals W 1-0 Luis Tiant 3-4
06/07/1977 28-24 3rd -1  at Kansas City Royals L 5-4 Mike Paxton 1-2
06/08/1977 29-24 2nd -1  Baltimore Orioles W 14-5 Rick Wise 2-2
06/09/1977 30-24 2nd -1  Baltimore Orioles W 7-3 Bill Lee 4-1
06/10/1977 30-24 2nd -1 1/2  Texas Rangers pp  
06/11/1977 30-24 2nd -2  Texas Rangers pp  
06/12/1977 31-24 2nd -1  Texas Rangers W 3-2 Reggie Cleveland 5-3
32-24 2nd -1/2 W 2-0 Luis Tiant 4-4
06/13/1977 33-24 1st +1/2  Chicago White Sox W 5-4 Bill Campbell 5-3
06/14/1977 34-24 1st +1/2  Chicago White Sox W 7-1 Rick Wise 3-2
06/15/1977 34-24 1st +1/2  
06/16/1977 34-25 2nd -1/2  Chicago White Sox L 7-3 Luis Tiant 4-5
06/17/1977 35-25 1st +1/2  New York Yankees W 9-4 Bob Stanley 4-3
06/18/1977 36-25 1st +1 1/2  New York Yankees W 10-4 Reggie Cleveland 6-3
06/19/1977 37-25 1st +2 1/2  New York Yankees W 11-1 Ferguson Jenkins 6-5
06/20/1977 38-25 1st +3 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 4-0 Rick Wise 4-2
06/21/1977 39-25 1st +4 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 7-0 Luis Tiant 5-5
06/22/1977 40-25 1st +4 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 7-4 Mike Paxton 2-2
06/23/1977 41-25 1st +5  at Baltimore Orioles W 7-3 Ferguson Jenkins 7-5
06/24/1977 41-26 1st +4  at New York Yankees L 6-5 Ramon Hernandez 0-1
06/25/1977 41-27 1st +3  at New York Yankees L 5-1 Luis Tiant 5-6
06/26/1977 41-28 1st +2  at New York Yankees L 5-4 Bill Campbell 5-4
06/27/1977 41-29 1st +2  at Detroit Tigers L 4-1 Rick Wise 4-3
06/28/1977 41-30 1st +1 1/2  at Detroit Tigers L 3-2 Bill Campbell 5-5
06/29/1977 41-31 1st +1  at Detroit Tigers L 7-2 Bill Lee 4-2
06/30/1977 41-31 1st +1/2  at Detroit Tigers pp  
07/01/1977 41-32 1st +1/2  Baltimore Orioles L 8-2 Luis Tiant 5-7
07/02/1977 41-33 2nd -1/2  Baltimore Orioles L 5-2 Reggie Cleveland 6-4
07/03/1977 41-34 2nd -1  Baltimore Orioles L 12-8 Rick Wise 4-4
07/04/1977 42-34 2nd -1  Toronto Blue Jays W 9-6 Bill Campbell 6-5
07/05/1977 42-34 3rd -1 1/2  
07/06/1977 43-34 3rd -1  Toronto Blue Jays W 9-5 Bill Campbell 7-5
07/07/1977 44-34 2nd -1  Toronto Blue Jays W 5-2 Bob Stanley 5-3
07/08/1977 45-34 2nd -1  at Milwaukee Brewers W 7-3 Reggie Cleveland 7-4
07/09/1977 45-35 2nd -1  at Milwaukee Brewers L 3-2 Ferguson Jenkins 7-6
07/10/1977 46-35 1st -  at Milwaukee Brewers W 8-5 Bill Campbell 8-5
47-35 1st +1/2 W 7-3 Rick Wise 5-4
07/11/1977 48-35 1st +1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 2-1 Bob Stanley 6-3
07/12/1977 48-36 1st +1/2  at Cleveland Indians L 7-1 Reggie Cleveland 7-5
07/13/1977 49-36 1st +1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 9-7 Bill Campbell 9-5
07/14/1977 50-36 1st +1/2  at Cleveland Indians W 7-4 Mike Paxton 3-2
07/15/1977 50-37 2nd -1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 9-7 Bob Stanley 6-4
07/16/1977 51-37 2nd -1/2  at Chicago White Sox W 4-3 Rick Wise 6-4
07/17/1977 51-38 2nd -1/2  at Chicago White Sox L 3-2 Reggie Cleveland 7-6
07/18/1977  All Star Game Break
07/19/1977
07/20/1977
07/21/1977 52-38 2nd -1/2  Cleveland Indians W 11-4 Luis Tiant 6-7
52-39 2nd -1/2 L 8-2 Bob Stanley 6-5
07/22/1977 53-39 1st +1/2  Cleveland Indians W 3-0 Rick Wise 7-4
07/23/1977 53-40 1st +1/2  Cleveland Indians L 9-8 Bill Campbell 9-6
07/24/1977 53-41 2nd -1  Chicago White Sox L 9-6 Ferguson Jenkins 7-7
07/25/1977 53-42 2nd -2  Chicago White Sox L 8-7 Bill Campbell 9-7
07/26/1977 54-42 2nd -1  Milwaukee Brewers W 4-3 Don Aase 1-0
07/27/1977 54-43 2nd -2  Milwaukee Brewers L 14-5 Bob Stanley 6-6
07/28/1977 55-43 2nd -1  Milwaukee Brewers W 12-0 Mike Paxton 4-2
07/29/1977 56-43 2nd -1  at California Angels W 6-5 Bill Campbell 10-7
07/30/1977 57-43 2nd -1  at California Angels W 3-0 Luis Tiant 7-7
07/31/1977 58-43 1st -  at California Angels W 1-0 Don Aase 2-0
08/01/1977 58-43 2nd -1/2  
08/02/1977 59-43 1st -  at Seattle Mariners W 3-2 Bill Campbell 11-7
08/03/1977 60-43 1st -  at Seattle Mariners W 12-4 Mike Paxton 5-2
08/04/1977 61-43 1st +1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 3-1 Ferguson Jenkins 8-7
08/05/1977 62-43 1st +1 1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 1-0 Luis Tiant 8-7
08/06/1977 63-43 1st +2 1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 2-1 Don Aase 3-0
08/07/1977 64-43 1st +3 1/2  at Oakland Athletics W 5-2 Rick Wise 8-4
08/08/1977 64-43 1st +3  
08/09/1977 64-43 1st +2 1/2  at Pawtucket (All Stars) L 1-0  
08/10/1977 65-43 1st +2 1/2  California Angels W 11-10 Jim Willoughby 4-0
08/11/1977 65-44 1st +1 1/2  California Angels L 7-3 Don Aase 3-1
08/12/1977 66-44 1st +1 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 7-2 Rick Wise 9-4
08/13/1977 67-44 1st +2 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 13-6 Ferguson Jenkins 9-7
08/14/1977 68-44 1st +2 1/2  Seattle Mariners W 11-1 Mike Paxton 6-2
08/15/1977 69-44 1st +3 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 2-1 Reggie Cleveland 8-6
08/16/1977 70-44 1st +3 1/2  Kansas City Royals W 5-3 Bill Campbell 12-7
08/17/1977 70-45 1st +3  at Milwaukee Brewers L 5-3 Rick Wise 9-5
08/18/1977 71-45 1st +3 1/2  at Milwaukee Brewers W 8-4 Ferguson Jenkins 10-7
08/19/1977 71-46 1st +2 1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 9-3 Mike Paxton 6-3
08/20/1977 71-47 1st +1 1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 5-2 Luis Tiant 8-8
08/21/1977 71-48 1st +1/2  at Kansas City Royals L 6-4 Bill Campbell 12-8
08/22/1977 71-49 1st +1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 5-4 Bill Lee 4-3
08/23/1977 71-50 2nd -1/2  at Minnesota Twins L 7-0 Ferguson Jenkins 10-8
08/24/1977 71-51 2nd -1 1/2  Texas Rangers L 3-0 Mike Paxton 6-4
71-52 2nd -2 L 6-3 Reggie Cleveland 8-7
08/25/1977 72-52 2nd -2  Texas Rangers W 9-6 Jim Willoughby 5-0
08/26/1977 72-53 2nd -3  Minnesota Twins L 6-4 Rick Kreuger 0-1
08/27/1977 73-53 2nd -2  Minnesota Twins W 7-5 Bill Lee 5-3
08/28/1977 74-53 2nd -2  Minnesota Twins W 6-5 Mike Paxton 7-4
08/29/1977 74-54 2nd -3  Oakland Athletics L 8-7 Bill Campbell 12-9
08/30/1977 75-54 2nd -3  Oakland Athletics W 7-2 Luis Tiant 9-8
08/31/1977 75-55 2nd -4  Cleveland Indians L 4-3 Bob Stanley 6-7
09/01/1977 76-55 2nd -3 1/2  Cleveland Indians W 3-1 Bill Lee 6-3
09/02/1977 76-56 3rd -4 1/2  at Texas Rangers L 6-4 Ferguson Jenkins 10-9
09/03/1977 77-56 2nd -4 1/2  at Texas Rangers W 2-1 Mike Paxton 8-4
09/04/1977 78-56 2nd -4 1/2  at Texas Rangers W 8-4 Rick Wise 10-5
09/05/1977 79-56 2nd -3 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 8-0 Don Aase 4-1
80-56 2nd -2 1/2 W 6-0 Reggie Cleveland 9-7
09/06/1977 81-56 2nd -2 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 11-2 Bill Lee 7-3
09/07/1977 81-57 2nd -3 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays L 3-2 Ferguson Jenkins 10-10
09/08/1977 82-57 2nd -3 1/2  at Toronto Blue Jays W 7-2 Mike Paxton 9-4
09/09/1977 83-57 2nd -3 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 5-1 Luis Tiant 10-8
84-57 2nd -3 W 8-6 Rick Wise 11-5
09/10/1977 85-57 2nd -2  Detroit Tigers W 7-1 Don Aase 5-1
09/11/1977 86-57 2nd -1 1/2  Detroit Tigers W 6-2 Bill Lee 8-3
09/12/1977 86-57 2nd -1 1/2  
09/13/1977 86-58 2nd -2 1/2  at New York Yankees L 4-2 Mike Paxton 9-5
09/14/1977 86-59 3rd -3 1/2  at New York Yankees L 2-0 Reggie Cleveland 9-8
09/15/1977 87-59 2nd -2 1/2  at New York Yankees W 7-3 Luis Tiant 11-8
09/16/1977 87-60 3rd -3 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles L 6-1 Don Aase 5-2
09/17/1977 87-61 3rd -4 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles L 11-2 Bill Lee 8-4
09/18/1977 88-61 3rd -4 1/2  at Baltimore Orioles W 10-4 Bob Stanley 7-7
09/19/1977 89-61 2nd -3 1/2  New York Yankees W 6-3 Reggie Cleveland 10-8
09/20/1977 89-61 3rd -3 1/2  New York Yankees pp  
09/21/1977 90-61 3rd -2 1/2  New York Yankees W 3-2 Jim Willoughby 6-0
09/22/1977 90-62 3rd -3  at Detroit Tigers L 5-4 Jim Willoughby 6-1
09/23/1977 91-62 3rd -3  at Detroit Tigers W 5-1 Bill Lee 9-4
09/24/1977 92-62 3rd -2 1/2  at Detroit Tigers W 6-2 Mike Paxton 10-5
09/25/1977 93-62 2nd -3  at Detroit Tigers W 12-5 Reggie Cleveland 11-8
09/26/1977 93-62 2nd -3 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays pp  
09/27/1977 94-62 2nd -3 1/2  Toronto Blue Jays W 6-5 Don Aase 6-2
95-62 2nd -3 W 5-1 Luis Tiant 12-8
09/28/1977 95-63 2nd -4  Toronto Blue Jays L 3-2 Bill Lee 9-5
09/29/1977 96-63 2nd -3  Toronto Blue Jays W 7-3 Bob Stanley 8-7
09/30/1977 97-63 2nd -2  Baltimore Orioles W 11-10 Bill Campbell 13-9
10/01/1977 97-64 2nd -2  Baltimore Orioles L 8-7 Jim Willoughby 6-2
10/02/1977 97-64 2nd -2 1/2  Baltimore Orioles pp  
 
1977 RED SOX BATTING & PITCHING
 
 

 

 

FINAL 1977 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees 100 62 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

97 64 2 1/2

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 97 64 2 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 74 88 26

 

 

Cleveland Indians 71 90 28 1/2

 

 

Milwaukee Brewers 67 95 33

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 54 107 45 1/2

 

 

 
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