The Red Sox in the Playoffs

A Postseason History, 1903–2005

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About the Book

The dramatic postseason collapses and logic-defying defeats suffered by the Boston Red Sox in the 86 long years between their 1918 and 2004 world championships are the stuff of legend. Fan fixation on the climactic moments—Johnny Pesky’s late throw in 1946, Bill Buckner’s boot in 1986 and so many others—leaves the full story of the team’s experiences in the playoffs and World Series too little remembered.
This thorough history covers all postseason appearances from 1903 through 2005, including the one-game playoffs of 1948 and 1978. A review of each playoff team’s regular season exploits not only explains how the team qualified for postseason play, but also captures the feeling of the team and its fans during the campaign. Every postseason game is studied in detail.

About the Author(s)

Joshua R. Pahigian is the author of several baseball books, including The Ultimate Baseball Road Trip and 101 Baseball Places to See Before You Strike Out, and of the novel Strangers on the Beach. He has also contributed articles to a variety of magazines, including ESPN.com. He teaches undergraduate writing at the University of New England, and graduate writing at Western Connecticut State University.

Bibliographic Details

Joshua R. Pahigian
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 285
Bibliographic Info: 30 photos, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2006
pISBN: 978-0-7864-2778-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Introduction      1

Chapter 1. 1903      3

Chapter 2. 1912      17

Chapter 3. 1915      29

Chapter 4. 1916      40

Chapter 5. 1918      51

Chapter 6. 1946      63

Chapter 7. 1948      78

Chapter 8. 1967      85

Chapter 9. 1975      99

Chapter 10. 1978      115

Chapter 11. 1986      120

Chapter 12. 1988      137

Chapter 13. 1990      146

Chapter 14. 1995      155

Chapter 15. 1998      162

Chapter 16. 1999      170

Chapter 17. 2003      183

Chapter 18. 2004      198

Chapter 19. 2005      216

Appendix I: Regular Season Results      223

Appendix II: Postseason Results      226

Appendix III: Postseason Statistics      232

Chapter Notes      265

Bibliography      271

Index      273