The one-game playoff Tuesday night between the Chicago White Sox
and Minnesota Twins was easily one of the most exciting of the entire
season because so much was at stake. No tomorrows. No scoreboard watching. Just
one game to determine who will go to the playoffs and who goes home.
Tiebreaker games don't happen every year, but the past two seasons we've
been treated to two nail-biters, the Rockies' 13-inning win over the Padres in
2007 and this year's 1-0 gem won by the White Sox. Chicago actually took two
must-win games Sunday and Monday just to have a shot against the Twins.
But 30 years ago today/Oct.1 was perhaps the mother of all tiebreakers,
the Yankees vs. the Red Sox in Fenway Park on a Monday afternoon. Each team won
99 games and were playing for the right to face the Royals in the ALCS (back
when Kansas City was annually a good team). Three future Hall of Famers played
big roles, the Yanks' Reggie Jackson hit a home run and Goose Gossage got Carl
Yastrzemski to pop up with two runners on in the ninth to give the Yankees a 5-4
The big hero of the game, however, remains Bucky Dent, whose improbable
three-run homer in the sixth inning gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead they would never
give up. But just before Dent's homer, a Yankees player saw Dent's bat was
cracked and gave him a new one to make history with. Who was that player?
A) Thurman Munson. B) Reggie Jackson. C) Mickey Rivers. D) Willie
Talk about it in the comment section below and look for the answer in the On the Web story on Page D2 in the print edition of The Buffalo News on Thursday, Oct. 2.