And that brought Schiraldi out of the bullpen and onstage for his shot at redemption. "When I got to the park I was down and a little stiff," he said. "But by the time the game got going, I felt better and better, and all I wanted was the ball back in my hand again." He struck out the first two hitters, and then got Downing to pop up for the final out, sending the series back to Fenway. The final score was 7-6, same as it was in the epic sixth game of the '75 World Series.
When Baylor was hit to start the 11th, he trotted to first and stood beside Grich, his close friend since they signed with the Orioles in 1967. "What do you think?" Grich asked Baylor.
"Greatest game I've ever played in," Baylor replied.
Grich slapped Baylor's hand. "Me, too, partner."