This Day In Sports History (October 20th) – Boston Red Sox
It was on this day in 2004 that the Boston Red Sox completed the greatest comeback in baseball history. The Red Sox defeated the Yankees in Game 7 after being down in the ALCS 0-3.
This was the first time in baseball history that a team had come back in a series after being down 0-3 and only the third time in the three major sports that use the best-of-seven format (MLB, NHL, NBA). The Red Sox used late game heroics in Games four and five and a great pitching performance by Curt Schilling, who was pitching with a torn tendon in his right ankle, in game six. The Red Sox were the 26th team in baseball history to face a 3-0 series deficit and they became the first to force a game seven.
Although games four, five and six turned out to be dramatic, closely contested games, game seven was anything but that. Boston jumped out to an early 6-0 lead on the strength of a second inning grand slam by Johnny Damon and they never looked back. The Sox went on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals in four games to win their first World Series title in 86 years.
Here are still photos from the 2004 ALCS.
Keith Hernandez, MLB – Born October 20th 1953 (age 58) in San Francisco, California
Eddie Jones, NBA – Born October 20th 1971 (age 40) in Pompano Beach, Florida
Willis McGahee, NFL – Born October 20th 1981 (age 30) in Miami, Florida