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The Red Sox lose a general manager and a World Series, but stage one of the most dramatic comebacks in their history as well.
Games of Note: It's October 12, 1967, and also game seven of the World Series between the Red Sox and Cardinals. As you know, given you can do the math between 1918 and 2004, Boston does not come out on top in this contest. They can thank Bob Gibson for that, as he struck out 10 Sox in a complete-game effort. Gibson limited Boston to two runs and six baserunners, and even hit a solo home run off of Boston starter Jim Lonborg. With the Impossible Dream at an end, the Red Sox wouldn't see the World Series again for nearly a decade.
There were more playoffs to be played in 1986, so even though the 1967 World Series was over and done with on October 12, the teams had not yet been determined in the 1986 series. The Red Sox were facing the California Angels in game five of the ALCS, facing elimination. Dave Henderson came to the plate against Angels' hurler Donnie Moore, with two outs in the ninth inning. He hit a home run to tie the game and send it into extras, where Boston would win 7-6 in 11.
While that wouldn't result in a World Series victory either, the man who helped put together the two clubs that would left the Red Sox on this day. Theo Epstein, one year ago today, agreed to join the Chicago Cubs front office, leaving his Red Sox contract before it was over. It would take time for the move to become official, though, as compensation needed to be worked out. That compensation wouldn't be sorted out by the time Epstein officially left the Red Sox, but it did come together eventually.
Transactions: Back in 1933, the Red Sox traded pitcher Lloyd Brown to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Bill Cissell. Brown had been with Boston just briefly, as they acquired him along with Rick Ferrell from the St. Louis Browns in May of that same season. Brown posted a 110 ERA+ in 21 starts and 12 relief appearances with Boston, then put up a 122 ERA+ over the next three seasons for Cleveland. Cissell wasn't quite as successful with the Sox: he hit just .267/.315/.346 in 102 games with Boston, before he was traded to Portland of the Pacific Coast League.
Birthdays: The aforementioned Rick Ferrell was born on this day in 1905. Rick was the brother of Wes Ferrell, who also pitched with the Red Sox. Rick eventually made the Hall of Fame courtesy of the Veteran's Committee. Over five seasons with Boston, Ferrell posted his only above-average offensive numbers, and just barely. His forte was catching, though, so hitting wasn't everything. Wes and Rick were able to play together on the Red Sox for three seasons, from 1934 through 1936, with a little bit of 1937 thrown in before they were both traded to the Senators.
Those two were managed by Joe Cronin, Boston's Hall of Fame second baseman, whose birthday is also today.