Date: Oct. 14, 1975
Scene: Riverfront Stadium, World Series Game 3
Situation: Boston Red Sox 5, Cincinnati Reds 5, bottom of the 10th inning, runner on first, no outs
Final score: Cincinnati Reds 6, Boston Red Sox 5
Series result: Reds in seven
Bottom line: After the Red Sox had rallied from a 5-1 deficit to send the game into extra innings, career pinch-hitter/runner Ed Armbrister bunted a high bouncer in front of the plate. He glanced up at the ball, barely stepped out of the batter’s box then inexplicably froze in his tracks.
As a result, he impeded the path of Boston catcher Carlton Fisk to the ball, yet Larry Barnett didn’t flinch. Fisk did well to make a barehanded stab, but when his hurried throw to second base sailed into center field, the fireworks were about to commence.
While MLB officials agreed that Armbrister did not intend to obstruct the fielder, his decision not to run immediately to first base was highly suspect, to say the least.
Either way, the non-call was tumultuous. Joe Morgan singled to give the Reds a 2-1 series lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.