ESPN Network: | | | | ABCSports | EXPN | INSIDER | FANTASY   

Kurkjian: The ultimate catcher

Stark: Perez finally in the spotlight

Sparky now among the greats

Wednesday, November 19, 2003
MLB Hall of Fame Special

ESPN Classic's 2000 MLB Hall of Fame Special
Time Program
9 a.m. 1975 World Series Game 6: Reds @ Red Sox
11:30 a.m. 1975 World Series Game 7: Reds @ Red Sox
1:30 p.m. 2000 MLB Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
4:30 p.m. Up Close Classics: Sparky Anderson
ESPN Classic celebrates the 2000 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Sunday, July 23 by presenting eight hours of baseball memories including the live enshrinement of the class of 2000. It will be a reunion of sorts for three of the inductees. Carlton Fisk, playing catcher for the Boston Red Sox, drilled a dramatic 12th inning home run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series to beat the Cincinnati Reds and force a Game 7. Reds first baseman Tony Perez followed-up Fisk's heroics by belting a two-run homer in Game 7 to spark the Reds to a 4-3 comeback win. Reds manager Sparky Anderson led the Big Red Machine to their first world title in 35 years. Fisk, Perez and Anderson will be inducted into the Hall of Fame along with Turkey Stearns and Bid McPhee.

Carlton Fisk
Carlton Fisk jumps as he sees his 12th-inning home run hit the left field foul pole to win Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.
In honor of the new inductees, ESPN Classic will air both Game 6 and 7 of the 1975 World Series immediately preceeding the Induction Ceremony. This special event begins at 9 a.m. with one of the most memorable games and finishes in MLB history, Game 6 of the '75 Series. The Reds entered Fenway Park needing one win to claim their first world title since 1940. Things looked good for Cincinnati as they led 6-3 entering the bottom of the eighth, but Boston pinch hitter Bernie Carbo came through with the game-tying homer--as great as the play was it would ultimately be overshadowed by another. The tension mounted as neither team could score through the 11th. Then in the bottom of the 12th, Carlton Fisk stepped up to the plate and smacked a home run over the Green Monster to keep the Red Sox alive. It was one of those moments that becomes locked in our consciousness. As the ball was drifting toward foul territory, Fisk jumped along toward first base waving his arms trying to will the ball to stay fair. It did, hitting the foul pole and giving the Red Sox life for another day. Relive the excitement of what is considered by many as the greatest World Series game ever.

Game 7 immediately follows Game 6 at 11:30 a.m. ET. Boston jumped out to an early 3-0 lead but the Reds came back behind Perez's two-run homer to tie the game by the seventh. Joe Morgan lifted a bloop single RBI in the top of the ninth to give the Reds a 4-3 win and the World Series.

Sparky Anderson
Sparky Anderson won 1,331 games in 17 seasons with Detroit.
Beginning at 1:30 p.m. ET, ESPN Classic will provide live coverage of the 2000 MLB Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony from Cooperstown, N.Y. ESPN's Brian Kenny and Tim Kurkjian will host the program. The 2000 inductees are Sparky Anderson, Carlton Fisk, Tony Perez, Bid McPhee and Turkey Stearns.

Following the ceremony and in celebration of Sparky Anderson's induction into the Hall of Fame, ESPN Classic presents a special Up Close Classics at 4:30 p.m. ET. Sparky talks about his years at the helm of the Big Red Machine in Cincinnati, Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, the Detroit Tigers and more.

Send this story to a friend | Most sent stories