1975 October

1st  Montreal fires manager Gene Mauch. Karl Kuehl is named to succeed him.

4th  The Reds Don Gullett hurls a complete game, and contributes a HR, a single, and 3 RBI to lead his team to an 8–3 win over Pittsburgh in the opening game of the NL Championship Series. Boston, behind Luis Tiant’s 3-hitter, beats Oakland 7–1 in the AL opener.

5th  Carl Yastrzemski’s 2-run HR is the big blow as the Red Sox win the 2nd ALCS game, 6–3.

The Reds also win for the 2nd time 6–1, as Tony Perez drives in 3 runs with a HR and single.

7th  Pittsburgh’s John Candelaria strikes out 14 Reds, but is knocked out of the box by Pete Rose’s 8th-inning HR. The Reds complete their sweep of the LCS with a 5–3 win.

The Red Sox match Cincinnati with a 5–3 win and 3-game sweep over Oakland. Yastrzemski makes 2 great plays in the OF and has 2 hits to back Rick Wise’s pitching.

Dick Moss, attorney for the Players’ Association, files a suit in behalf of Dodgers pitcher Andy Messersmith, contending that Messersmith, having completed his renewal year, now qualifies as a free agent. The All-Star pitcher will finally sign with the Braves after furious bidding.

11th  Boston’s Luis Tiant shuts down the Big Red Machine and scores the first run as the Red Sox win the opening game of the 1975 WS, 6–0. The Sox score all their runs in the 7th. Ump Nick Colosi calls a balk on Tiant—for an illegal use of his leg.

12th  Down 2–1 in the 9th inning, the Reds rally to win the WS 2nd game, 3–2. Concepcion’s 2-out single off Dick Drago scores Bench with the tying run, and Griffey’s double wins it.

14th  In a game featuring 6 HRs, 3 by each team, the Reds prevail 6–5 in the 10th inning. The game is marred by a controversial play involving Cincinnati’s Ed Armbrister and Boston’s Carlton Fisk. Armbrister lays down a sacrifice bunt in the 10th and seemingly hesitates breaking out of the batter’s box; Fisk’s subsequent throwing error leads to the Reds winning run. The Sox scream for an interference call from ump Barney Barnett, but to no avail.

15th  At Riverfront Stadium, Luis Tiant throws 163 pitches in winning his 2nd game 5–4, and evening the Series at 2 games apiece.

16th  Tony Perez breaks out of an 0-for-15 Series slump with 2 HRs and 4 RBI, as the Reds win the 5th game 6–2. Don Gullett goes 8 2⁄3 innings for the win.

17th  Charles Finley s manager Alvin Dark. Dark had guided the team to the Divisional title the past two seasons.

19th  The Boston Globe uses aerial photography to measure the exact distance of the LF wall at Fenway from home plate.  The distance: 304.779 feet. Art Keefe and writer George Sullivan measure it this month at 309 feet, 4 inches.

20th  For the 3rd consecutive day, rain postpones game 6 of the WS.

21st  Fred Lynn’s 3-run first-inning HR is matched by teammate Bernie Carbo’s pinch 3-run HR in the 8th to tie the game at 6-all. The Sox then fill the bases with no outs in the 9th but fail to bring in a run. But Boston evens the Series again with a dramatic 7–6 victory, won by Fisk’s 12th-inning HR off the LF foul pole.

22nd  At Boston, the Sox take a 3–0 lead in the 3rd off Don Gullett, but the Reds rally to tie it in the 7th. Perez hits a 2-run shot in the 6th off Bill Lee, golfing one of the Spaceman’s bloopers over the Green Monster. Jim Willoughby is relieved by Jim Burton and Joe Morgan’s single wins the deciding game 4–3. The Reds come from behind in all four of their victories. Rose is named the WS MVP.

24th  Club owners, through the Player Relations Committee, respond to the October 7th Andy Messersmith suit, contending that “claims made by the [Players’] Association are not within the scope of the arbitration panel.”

25th  The Reds swap P Joaquin Andujar to Houston for pitcher Carlos Alfonso and Luis Sanchez.

28th  New Cubs GM Salty Saltwell trades veteran SS Don Kessinger to the Cards for reliever Mike Garman and a minor leaguer.

29th  Boston’s Fred Lynn is the overwhelming choice as AL Rookie of the Year.

30th  Giants P John “the Count of” Montefusco outpoints Expos C Gary Carter to win NL Rookie of the Year honors.