Wednesday, April 30, 2008

1 Zip

Last night on the post-game, TC mentioned that before last night, the last walkoff, 1-0 win for the Red Sox came in 1980. Joy of Sox mentions the exact game here. That game was a 10-inning affair. So I got to wonderin', when was the last time the Sox walked off with a 1-0 win in nine innings?

In 1973 and 1969, the Sox had 1-0 walkoff wins, but both of those were extra-inning contests. (The '69 game was a 14-inning win against the Yanks.) So I kept going backwards.

Finally, I hit it: May 12th, 1960. Red Sox win 1-0 at home with a run in the bottom of the ninth. So it had been nearly 48 years. I started going back beyond 1960, and right away I found another one. September 15th, 1959, the Sox again get a 1-0 walkoff in nine innings. Peter Runnels scored the winning run in the '59 game, and knocked it in in the '60 game.

So in the span of 17 home games, the Red Sox had two nine-inning, 1-0 walkoff wins. After that, it would be more than 3,800 home games till it happened again.


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