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Bosox Vs. Angels: A Pair Of Heartstoppers
Peter Gammons
October 20, 1986
That was truly a lovely affair, said Mrs. Yawkey to Mr. Autry. The grande dame of the Red Sox was sitting in the Singing Cowboy's box in Anaheim Stadium—along with Ted Williams—and she was referring to a party held the night before Game 3. But Mrs. Yawkey could just as well have been talking about the American League Championship Series between her Red Sox and Mr. Autry's Angels. It was truly a lovely affair, with high drama and low comedy, agony and ecstasy, sin and redemption. After the first five games of the playoffs, the Angels took a 3-2 lead with them to Boston, but whatever the outcome, both clubs will be long remembered for what they did in Games 4 and 5. "I'm just happy that we are in this together," said Mr. Autry to Mrs. Yawkey.
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October 20, 1986

Bosox Vs. Angels: A Pair Of Heartstoppers

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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."

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