Sunday, October 22, 2000

1975 World Series: Game 1

'El Tiante' shut out Reds on only 5 hits

By John Erardi
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        On the 25th anniversary of the "Greatest World Series Ever,' The Enquirer is running a series of stories about each game.

        Boston, Oct. 10, 1975 — “El Tiante” — Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Luis Tiant — was the star of Game 1, shutting out the Reds, 6-0. It was the first complete game pitched in a World Series in four years.

        Portending another Cuban pitcher 25 years later — Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez of the New York Yankees — there was some mystery about Tiant's age. He said he was 34 years old, but the pundits suspected he was at least two or three years older. And his thick, dark moustache made him look even older than that.

        But to the Reds, the only mystery was why they couldn't score. They hit quite a few pitches hard, but right at the Boston fielders. The Reds managed only five hits.

        “His best ball was the at 'em ball,” said Pete Rose, the Reds' defiant leadoff hitter.

        Joe Morgan was more generous: “Tiant put nine zeroes up on the scoreboard. That's what he was supposed to do ... It doesn't matter whether he had good stuff or not.”

        Reds starter Don Gullett, who gave up four runs on 10 hits in six innings, took the loss.

        Tiant started (and ended) the Red Sox sixth-inning rally that produced all six of their runs. He singled the first time up, and eight batters later, fouled out.


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