Monday, October 6, 2003 Updated: October 7, 2:52 PM ET
Best of Beantown Sports
ESPN Classic celebrates Boston sports with a Best of Beantown Sports presentation on Saturday, Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. ET. Highlights include Pedro striking out 17 Yankees, Flutie's "Hail Mary" game, Boston College's basketball upset of Providence in 1987, and a re-cap of the 2001 New England Patriots Super Bowl season.
Larry Bird won three consecutive NBA MVP awards, 1984-86.
Here's our complete schedule: All times easternBest of Beantown Sports Saturday, Oct. 11 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. ET 9 a.m. - Classic College Football
Boston College at Miami (1984)
"The Flutie Game"
On a wing and prayer, Boston College shows it's not a fluke, but Flutie. That's Doug Flutie, who will clinch the Heisman Trophy with one magnificent "Hail Mary" throw. Trailing 45-41 with six seconds left and the ball on Miami's 48-yard line, Flutie calls for "Flood Tip," Boston College's version of everybody go deep.
The 5-foot-9 3/4 quarterback scrambles back and to his right, giving four receivers time to reach the end zone. From his own 37-yard line, he plants his left foot and lets it fly, 64 yards in the air. No tip is needed.
The ball goes over two Miami defenders and settles poetically into the waiting arms of Flutie's roommate, Gerard Phelan, a yard deep in the end zone. The touchdown gives the Eagles an incredible 47-45 victory over the defending national champions in Miami's Orange Bowl.
Noon - Classic MLB
1975 World Series, Game 6
Reds at Red Sox
The Red Sox tied the game in the 8th on a pinch-hit 3-run HR by Bernie Carbo. Carlton Fisk's home run off the foul pole in left leading off the 12th inning won the game 7-6 for the Red Sox.
The game starts with a bang in the first inning as lead off man Pete Rose lofts a fly ball to left only to be robbed of a hit by a diving Carl Yaztremski. Then Luis Tiant (coming off of two complete game efforts in games 1 and 4) strikes out Johnny Bench to a thunderous Fenway roar.
With two outs in the bottom of the first Yaz and Carlton Fisk get back to back singles and Fred Lynn crushes a three run homer off of Gary Nolan and stakes the Sox to the early lead.
In the bottom of the 3rd Nolan gives up a double and a couple of walks to load the bases. The crowd smells a blowout but Billingham comes in to get Rico Pettrocelli to strikeout to end the inning.
The top of the 5th produces drama as Ken Griffey triples off the wall in center to score two runs and leaves Rookie of the Year Fred Lynn on the ground in pain. The Reds tie the game later in the inning on an RBI single by Bench. 3-3 after 5 innings.
2 p.m. - Classic College Hoops
Providence vs Boston College (1987)
A follow-up layup with four seconds left by Ted Kelley lifted Boston College to a 67-66 upset of No. 17 Providence and sparked an eruption by Friars Coach Rick Pitino.
"Those three guys (referees) are the most gutless group I've ever seen," said Pitino, who had charged after the officials as they left the court when the buzzer sounded to end the Big East Conference game.
Pitino was upset when no foul was called on Kelley, who Pitino said shoved Providence forward Marty Conlon aside to get the rebound of a missed jumper by Jamie Benton that led to his winning shot. "That play was an absolute disgrace to the game of basketball," Pitino, whose team entered the Top Twenty this week for the first time since 1978, said. "It was a very good college basketball game, but it's a shame it had to be lost because the refs had no guts to make a basketball call."Providence's Ernie "Pops" Lewis made a 3-point field goal from the corner to give the Friars a 66-65 lead with 49 seconds left.
4 p.m. - Classic MLB
Red Sox at Yankees (2000)
Pedro Martinez and Roger Clemens hooked up in a throwback game, a classic pitchers' battle that had the look and feel of October instead of May.
Never mind that the game was settled by a long ball - Trot Nixon's two-out, two run homer in the ninth giving Boston a 2-0 victory. This was an old-time duel between a couple of Cy Young winners matching zeroes, pitching the way it used to be before baseball turned into longball.
With first place in the American League East at stake, Martinez beat Clemens 2-0 on a two-out, ninth-inning home run by Trot Nixon. Martinez limited New York to four hits and struck out nine.
Clemens matched him until the ninth, also working on a three-hitter and striking out 13. With two outs, Jeff Frye hit a ball back at the pitcher. It glanced off Clemens and Frye was able to beat it out for an infield hit.
That brought up Nixon, who had tripled in the seventh but was stranded when Clemens struck out Brian Daubach and Nomar Garciaparra. This time Nixon hit a 2-1 pitch into the right-field bleachers for his sixth home run of the season, breaking up the scoreless battle.
6 p.m. - 2001 New England Patriots Yearbook
A recap of the New England Patriots' 2001 Superbowl winning season.
6:30 p.m. - Classic Day in History
1975 World Series Special
A recap of the entire 1975 World Series, which went the full 7 Games and included one of the most memorable games of all-time, Game 6 in Boston.