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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Classic Boston Red Sox


ESPN Classic celebrates the Boston Red Sox on Saturday, Feb. 8 from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. ET. Highlights include the Red Sox rallying from a two game deficit in 1995 to beat Cleveland in the ALDS, a feature on Fenway Park, Pedro Martinez striking out 17 Yankees in 1999 and Boston clinching the AL East title on the final day of the 1990 season. Here's our complete schedule:
All times eastern

Carlton Fisk
Fisk's dramatic homer in 1975 set up a decisive seventh game, which the Red Sox lost, 4-3.
Classic Boston Red Sox
Saturday, Feb. 8
10 a.m. - 9 p.m. ET

10 a.m. - 1999 ALDS, Game 5: Red Sox at Indians
Troy O'Leary smashed two homers and had seven RBI and Pedro Martinez struck out eight in six hitless innings of surprise relief as the Red Sox rallied for a 12-8 victory that clinched the series after being down two-games-to-none. O'Leary hit a grand slam in the third and snapped an 8-8 tie in the seventh with a three-run homer. Boston became the fifth major league team to rally from an 0-2 deficit in a best-of-5 series. Jim Thome homered twice and Travis Fryman hit a solo shot for the Indians.

Noon - Classic MLB Video: Forever Fenway

1:30 p.m. - Classic Day in History
1975 World Series Special

The Red Sox and Cincinnati Reds battle through a tough seven-game series in which the Reds prevail, 4-games-to-3. Included is one of the most celebrated shots in MLB history when Boston's Carlton Fisk ran down the first base line waving his home run ball to stay fair as he won Game 6 with the longball in extra innings.

Pedro Martinez
Pedro struck out a career best 17 to highlight a 3-1 victory over the Yankees in Sept. 1999.
2 p.m. - Red Sox at Yankees (1999)
Pedro Martinez struck out a record 17 Yankees batters and pitched a one-hitter, allowing only a second-inning home run to Chili Davis in leading the Red Sox over the Yankees 3-1. Martinez retired the final 22 batters, set a career high for strikeouts and matched his best low-hit game.

After the home run by Davis, he did not allow another runner in completing a near-perfect effort. Martinez struck out the final five hitters and faced just 28 batters. Mike Stanley hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning against former teammate Andy Pettitte as the Red Sox won for the 13th time in 17 games.

4 p.m. - SportsCentury: Carl Yastrzemski
Known as Yaz, the lefthanded batter hit .266 that first year, then two seasons later led the American League with a .321 average, his first of three batting titles. In 1967, Yastrzemski lifted the Red Sox to a magical season, winning the Triple Crown and MVP as he drove Boston through a riveting pennant race to the World Series.

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound Yaz figured in Red Sox victories for 16 more seasons and helped them to another pennant in 1975. He learned to field exceptionally, leading the league in outfield assists seven times and winning seven Gold Gloves. A lifetime .285 hitter in his 23 seasons, he played an American League-record 3,308 games. He was the first AL player to get 3,000 hits and 400 homers. In 14 World Series games, he batted .352.

5 p.m. - White Sox at Red Sox (1990)
The Red Sox captured the AL East title in the final regular season game, as Tom Brunansky's sliding catch at the wall near the right-field foul pole robbed Chicago's Ozzie Guillen of a game-tying extra-base hit, nailing down a 3-1 victory over the White Sox. It marked Boston's third division title in the last five years. Mike Boddicker got the win, scattering five hits in seven innings and Jeff Reardon picked up his 21st save, allowing just two hits in the last two innings. Mike Greenwell, Dwight Evans and Brunansky scored second-inning runs for Boston.

Ted Williams
Williams spits into the air as he crosses the plate after hitting his 400th homer.
7 p.m. - Up Close Classics: Ted Williams

7:30 p.m. - SportsCentury: Carlton Fisk
Carlton Fisk played 24 seasons in the majors, retiring as baseball's all-time leader in games caught (2,226) and in home runs by a catcher (351). His .269 lifetime batting average with 376 homers and 1,330 RBI are proof that Fisk could do more than call a good game. He also became a New England hero. The image of "Pudge" finessing his ball fair for a home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series is one that will endure as long as the game is played. Fisk's work ethic and drive for perfection established him as a role model. His ultimate honor came in January 2000, when he became the 13th catcher voted into the Hall of Fame.

8:30 p.m. - Classic Sports Special
Before They Were Pros





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