Obit of the Day: A Rat, A Cameraman, and The Red Sox

Some fans consider it the greatest game in World Series history. A twelve-inning nail biter that featured the Cincinnati Reds against the Boston Red Sox in Fenway Park. The Reds were leading the series three games to two, winning game six would earn them the title.

At 12:34 a.m. EST, four hours after the game began, Carlton Fisk stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the twelfth. Pat Darcy was on the mound for the Reds. On the second pitch, Fisk pulled the ball down the left field line towards the famous Green Monster. The moment the ball glanced off the foul pole the Red Sox won, 7-6.

The dramatic home run would have earned a place in history based on circumstance. But Lou Gerard, a cameraman who was behind the Fenway Park scoreboard, gave the moment additional drama when he focused on Fisk hopping down the first base line waving the ball fair.

It was not because Mr. Gerard was looking for that special shot. It was because he was looking at a rat. A rat “that’s as big as a cat” was on Mr. Gerard’s leg and so he and his producer decided to stay on Fisk rather than follow the ball. The forced choice was the best one and the images captured by Mr. Gerard are as famous as the home run itself.

Lou Gerard died on February 8, 2013 at the age of 86.

Sources: NY Post, Sporting News,, Wikipedia

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The Chicago White Sox and the Boston Red Sox were original members of the American League. In the 112 seasons that have come and gone (including the current season) only 30 men have suited up for both franchises. Here are a few highlights:

The first to don white and red socks was Ed Hughes who played one game for Chicago in 1902 and eight for Boston in 1905 and 1906.

Two Hall of Famers have played for both teams. Carlton Fisk immediately comes to mind. In a fantastic piece of uniform trivia, “Pudge” wore 27 with the Red Sox and flipped it to 72 when he joined the White Sox in 1981. The other is 1971 inductee Harry Hooper who played 12 seasons in Boston (1909-1920) and then five in Chicago (1921-1925).

The most recent player to call “The Cell” and Fenway home was reliever Bobby Jenks who pitched with Chicago from 2005 until 2010 and then the 2011 season with Boston.

And for those who thought that “Youkilis” would surely be alphabetically last on the list of White & Red Soxers, sorry, Bob Zupcic played for both teams in the 1990s.

For the full list click on the link above.