1986 American League Championship Series

The 1986 American League Championship Series was a back-and-forth battle between the Boston Red Sox and the California Angels for the right to advance to the 1986 World Series to face the winner of the 1986 National League Championship Series. The Red Sox came in with a 95–66 record and the AL East division title, while the Angels went 92–70 during the regular season to win the AL West.

1986 American League Championship Series
Teams
Team (Wins) Manager Season
Boston Red Sox (4) John McNamara 95–66, .590, GA: 5½
California Angels (3) Gene Mauch 92–70, .568, GA: 5
DatesOctober 7–15
MVPMarty Barrett (Boston)
UmpiresLarry Barnett, Larry McCoy, Terry Cooney, Nick Bremigan, Rocky Roe, Rich Garcia
Broadcast
TelevisionABC
TV announcersAl Michaels and Jim Palmer
RadioCBS
Radio announcersErnie Harwell and Curt Gowdy

Summary

Boston Red Sox vs. California Angels

Boston won the series, 4–3.

Game Date Score Location Time Attendance 
1 October 7 California Angels – 8, Boston Red Sox – 1 Fenway Park 2:52 32,993[1] 
2 October 8 California Angels – 2, Boston Red Sox – 9 Fenway Park 2:47 32,786[2] 
3 October 10 Boston Red Sox – 3, California Angels – 5 Anaheim Stadium 2:48 64,206[3] 
4 October 11 Boston Red Sox – 3, California Angels – 4 (11 innings) Anaheim Stadium 3:50 64,223[4] 
5 October 12 Boston Red Sox – 7, California Angels – 6 (11 innings) Anaheim Stadium 3:54 64,223[5] 
6 October 14 California Angels – 4, Boston Red Sox – 10 Fenway Park 3:23 32,998[6] 
7 October 15 California Angels – 1, Boston Red Sox – 8 Fenway Park 2:39 33,001[7]

Game summaries

Game 1

Tuesday, October 7, 1986, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
California 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 3 0 8 11 0
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 1
WP: Mike Witt (1–0)   LP: Roger Clemens (0–1)

Angels left fielder Brian Downing went 2-for-5 with four RBI and Mike Witt pitched a five-hit complete game, allowing just one run in the sixth on Marty Barrett's RBI single after a two-out walk and single. After getting two outs, Red Sox starter Roger Clemens walked two in the second before Ruppert Jones's RBI single, Wally Joyner's RBI double, and Downing's two-run single put the Angels up 4–0. Gary Pettis's RBI single with two on extended their lead to 5–0, the run unearned due to shortstop Spike Owen's throwing error to first on Bob Boone's ground-ball. In the eighth, Dick Schofield singled with one out, stole second and scored on Boone's single. After a Pettis single, Joe Sambito relieved Clemens and allowed a two-out walk to load the bases, then Downing's two-run single capped the game's scoring at 8–1 as the Angels took a 1–0 series lead.

Game 2

Wednesday, October 8, 1986, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
California 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 11 3
Boston 1 1 0 0 1 0 3 3 X 9 13 2
WP: Bruce Hurst (1–0)   LP: Kirk McCaskill (0–1)
Home runs:
CAL: Wally Joyner (1)
BOS: Jim Rice (1)

The next day, the tables were turned. The Red Sox struck first in the bottom of the first when Wade Boggs hit a leadoff triple off Kirk McCaskill and scored on Marty Barrett's double. Barrett's bases-loaded RBI single next inning made it 2–0 Red Sox, but Bill Buckner hit into an inning-ending double play to limit the damage. Dick Schofield's bases-loaded single in the fourth cut the Red Sox's lead to 2–1, but Bruce Hurst retired the next two batters to keep them in front. Next inning, Wally Joyner's home run tied the game, but in the bottom half, Dwight Evans's RBI double with two on put the Red Sox ahead for good, 3–2. Boston padded their lead in the seventh. An error, single and walk loaded the bases with one out before another error on Evans's ground ball allowed one run to score and keep the bases loaded, then a third error on Rich Gedman's force out allowed two more runs to score. Next inning, Buckner's sacrifice fly with runners on first and third off Gary Lucas made it 7–2 Red Sox before Jim Rice's home run off Doug Corbett capped the game's scoring at 9–2. Hurst pitched a complete game as the Red Sox tied the series 1–1 heading to California.

Game 3

Friday, October 10, 1986, at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Boston 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 9 1
California 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 X 5 8 0
WP: John Candelaria (1–0)   LP: Oil Can Boyd (0–1)   Sv: Donnie Moore (1)
Home runs:
BOS: None
CAL: Dick Schofield (1), Gary Pettis (1)

In Game 3, the Red Sox struck first in the second on Rich Gedman's RBI single with two on off John Candelaria, but after pitching five shutout innings, Oil Can Boyd allowed a game-tying RBI single to Reggie Jackson in the sixth. Dick Schofield's two-out home run in the seventh put the Angels up 2–1. After Bob Boone singled, Gary Pettis's two-run home run extended their lead to 4–1. The Red Sox scored two runs in the eighth on Donnie Moore's balk with runners on second and third and Gedman's RBI single, but the Angels padded their lead in the bottom half on Ruppert Jones's sacrifice fly off Calvin Schiraldi. Moore pitched a scoreless ninth as the Angels went up 2–1 in the series with a 5–3 win.

Game 4

Saturday, October 11, 1986, at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Boston 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3 6 1
California 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 4 11 2
WP: Doug Corbett (1–0)   LP: Calvin Schiraldi (0–1)
Home runs:
BOS: None
CAL: Doug DeCinces (1)

Roger Clemens, the Game 1 loser for the Red Sox, started Game 4, and was solid for most of the game. Boston put up a run in the sixth on Bill Buckner's RBI double with two on off Don Sutton. In the eighth, Spike Owen hit a leadoff single off Vern Ruhle, moved to third on a groundout and wild pitch, then scored on Marty Barrett's single. Chuck Finley relieved Ruhle and a passed ball and error on Buckner's ground ball allowed Marty to score to make it 3–0 Red Sox. Another error and walk off Doug Corbett loaded the bases, but Rich Gedman hit into a forceout to end the inning. In the bottom of the ninth, Doug DeCinces led off with a home run. After the next batter grounded out, Dick Schofield and Bob Boone singled. After coming within two outs of a complete game, Clemens was removed, and Boone was replaced with a pinch runner. Gary Pettis, batting next, doubled to score Schofield. Ruppert Jones was intentionally walked to load the bases, a fatal mistake, as two batters later, Brian Downing was hit by a pitch, bringing in the tying run.

Angels relief pitcher Doug Corbett pitched a perfect tenth and eleventh innings, and California broke through in the bottom of the eleventh. Jerry Narron scored on Bobby Grich's one-out single off Calvin Schiraldi, giving California a 4–3 win and a 3–1 series lead.

Game 5

Sunday, October 12, 1986, at Anaheim Stadium in Anaheim, California

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Boston 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 1 7 12 0
California 0 0 1 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 6 13 0
WP: Steve Crawford (1–0)   LP: Donnie Moore (0–1)   Sv: Calvin Schiraldi (1)
Home runs:
BOS: Rich Gedman (1), Don Baylor (1), Dave Henderson (1)
CAL: Bob Boone (1), Bobby Grich (1)

Heading into Game 5, California looked set to earn their first-ever trip to a World Series. Rich Gedman's two-run home run in the second put the Red Sox up 2–0, but Bob Boone's home run off Bruce Hurst in the third cut the lead to 2–1. Bobby Grich, the previous night's hero, hit a two-run home run to give the Halos a 3–2 lead in the sixth inning; Red Sox center fielder Dave Henderson had tried to leap at the wall to catch Grich's long fly ball, but ended up deflecting it over the fence. The Angels added to their lead in the seventh off Bob Stanley on Rob Wilfong's RBI double with two on and Brian Downing's bases-loaded sacrifice fly.

In the ninth, Mike Witt allowed a leadoff single to Bill Buckner but struck out Jim Rice, putting him two outs away from his second complete game victory of the series. The next batter, Don Baylor, hit a two-strike, two-run home run to pull the Red Sox within one run. After retiring the next batter, Witt was replaced. Gary Lucas was brought in to face catcher Rich Gedman who had been 3 for 3 in the game against Witt, including a double and a home run. Lucas, on the other hand, had a history of striking Gedman out. But with his very first pitch, Lucas hit Gedman, and was replaced by Donnie Moore. The Angels closer brought his team within one strike of its first-ever AL pennant, but Henderson---one strike away from being the Goat of the Series because of what happened on Grich's homer---caught hold of a Moore forkball and launched a home run into the left field stands, stunning the hometown crowd and greatly redeeming himself for his earlier miscue. Boston had taken a 6–5 lead.

The lead would not last, however, as in the bottom of the ninth, Bob Boone singled off Stanley, and Ruppert Jones pinch-ran for him. Gary Pettis sacrificed Jones to second, and Wilfong singled him home off Joe Sambito, tying the game. Dick Schofield then singled, sending Wilfong to third, and Downing was intentionally walked to load the bases with only one out. All of Boston's top-half heroics would have been washed away with a mere sacrifice fly at this point. But instead, Doug DeCinces only managed to hit a short fly ball to right field. Grich's subsequent line-out to pitcher Steve Crawford ended the inning.

The teams settled down and the tenth inning was again scoreless, but the Red Sox loaded the bases in the top of the eleventh off Donnie Moore on a hit-by-pitch and two singles for Henderson. He hit a sacrifice fly, scoring Baylor with the go-ahead run. Calvin Schiraldi then retired the Halos in order in the bottom of the eleventh, completing a shocking comeback and sending the series back to Boston.

Game 6

Tuesday, October 14, 1986, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
California 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 4 11 1
Boston 2 0 5 0 1 0 2 0 X 10 16 1
WP: Oil Can Boyd (1–1)   LP: Kirk McCaskill (0–2)
Home runs:
CAL: Brian Downing (1)
BOS: None

Still reeling from their Game 5 loss, the Angels struck first in the top of the first off Oil Can Boyd on back-to-back two-out RBI doubles by Reggie Jackson and Doug DeCinces after a one-out walk, but the Red Sox tied the game in the bottom of the inning off Kirk McCaskill without a hit. With runners on second and third and one out via two walks and a groundout, a passed ball and Jim Rice's groundout scored both runners. In the third, after back-to-back leadoff singles, Marty Barrett's RBI double put the Red Sox up 3–2, then Bill Buckner's RBI single extended their lead to 4–2. After a forceout at home, Don Baylor's two-run single (aided by first baseman Bobby Grich's throwing error) and Dwight Evans's RBI single made it 7–2 Red Sox. Dave Henderson's bases-loaded groundout off Doug Corbett in the fifth made it 8–2 Red Sox. Brian Downing hit a home run in the top of the seventh off Boyd, but in the bottom of the inning, Spike Owen's two-run triple off Corbett after a single and walk made it 10–3 Red Sox. The Angels got a run in the eighth off Bob Stanley on shortstop Owen's throwing error on Rob Wilfong with Dick Schofield at second, but could not score again as the Red Sox's 10–4 win forced a deciding Game 7.

Game 7

Wednesday, October 15, 1986, at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
California 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 6 2
Boston 0 3 0 4 0 0 1 0 X 8 8 1
WP: Roger Clemens (1–1)   LP: John Candelaria (1–1)
Home runs:
CAL: None
BOS: Jim Rice (2), Dwight Evans (1)

In Game 7, the Red Sox loaded the bases in the second off John Candelaria with no outs on an error, single and walk. Rich Gedman's groundout scored a run and after an intentional walk reloaded the bases, Wade Boggs's two-run single made it 3–0 Red Sox. In the fourth Dave Henderson reached third on an error, then scored on Spike Owen's single. After a two-out walk, Jim Rice's three-run home run made it 7–0 Red Sox, all runs unearned. Dwight Evans's home run in the seventh off Don Sutton made it 8–0 Red Sox. The Angels scored their only run of the game on Doug DeCinces's RBI single off Calvin Schiraldi, the run charged to starter Roger Clemens. Schiraldi pitched two innings to close as the Red Sox advanced to the World Series with an 8–1 win after trailing the series three games to one. It was their first pennant in 11 years.

Composite box

1986 ALCS (4–3): Boston Red Sox over California Angels

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 R H E
Boston Red Sox 3 7 5 4 2 2 6 7 4 0 1 41 69 7
California Angels 2 4 2 1 1 3 6 6 4 0 1 30 71 8
Total attendance: 324,430   Average attendance: 46,347

Aftermath

By virtue of winning the ALCS, the Red Sox advanced to the 1986 World Series, where they faced the New York Mets, with memorable results. Like the Angels in the ALCS, the Red Sox found themselves one strike away from winning the World Series, yet could not hold the lead. Taking a 5–3 lead into the bottom of the tenth inning of Game 6, the Red Sox gave up three runs, culminating in an infamous ground ball through the legs of Bill Buckner to hand the Mets a 6–5 victory. The Mets would go on to win Game 7 and the Series.

As for the Angels, Donnie Moore was regarded the goat of the series for giving up Henderson's home run in Game 5, and then his game-winning sacrifice fly two innings later. Moore was blasted by the sports media, as well as the fans. He sank into depression and alcoholism over the next two years, and committed suicide on July 18, 1989.

In retrospect, most people consider the 1986 postseason to be one of the best (if not the best) postseasons of all time, as it not only was exciting but also made up for a lackluster regular season, in which the Red Sox, Angels, Mets, and Houston Astros all won their divisions handily.

In 2002, the Angels would finally have their moment(s) of glory. They would win the American League Wild Card, as well as their Division Series (dethroning the four-time defending A.L. champion N.Y. Yankees in four games), their first-ever pennant (over Minnesota in five games), and their first-ever World Series title (over San Francisco in seven games).

In 2004, the Angels and Red Sox met in the American League Division Series with the Red Sox sweeping the series. The Red Sox would eventually go on to defeat the New York Yankees for their first pennant since 1986 and also win their first World Series title since 1918 against the St. Louis Cardinals.

In 2007, the Angels and Red Sox again in the ALDS. The Red Sox again swept the series, continuing their domination of the Halos in the postseason. The Red Sox would go on to win another world championship that year.

From Game 4 of the 1986 ALCS until Game 3 of the 2008 ALDS. the Angels lost 11 straight playoff games against the Red Sox. who won all four playoff meetings against them in that span. The Red Sox would win the ALDS three games to one despite losing eight of nine regular season games against the Angels.

In 2009, the Angels finally broke through and defeated the Red Sox in a sweep of the ALDS.

References

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  2. ^ "1986 ALCS Game 2 - California Angels vs. Boston Red Sox". Retrosheet. Retrieved September 13, 2009.
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Bill Buckner

William Joseph Buckner (December 14, 1949 – May 27, 2019) was an American professional baseball first baseman and left fielder, who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for five teams from 1969 through 1990, most notably the Chicago Cubs, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Boston Red Sox. Beginning his career as an outfielder with the Dodgers, he helped the team to the 1974 pennant with a .314 batting average, but a serious ankle injury the next year eventually led to his trade to the Cubs prior to the 1977 season. The Cubs moved Buckner to first base, and he enjoyed his greatest success with the team, winning the National League (NL) batting title in 1980 with a .324 mark, and being named to the All-Star team the following season as he led the major leagues in doubles. After setting a major league record for first basemen with 159 assists in 1982, Buckner surpassed that total with 161 in 1983 while again leading the NL in doubles, before feuds with team management over a loss of playing time resulted in his being traded to the Red Sox in the middle of the 1984 season.

During the 1985 season, Buckner emerged as the Red Sox stalwart first baseman, starting all 162 games and shattering his own big league record with 184 assists. Toward the end of the 1986 season, he was hobbled by leg injuries and struggled throughout the playoffs. Buckner’s tenth-inning error in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series against the New York Mets remains one of the most memorable plays in baseball history; it was long considered part of a curse on the Red Sox that kept them from winning the World Series, and led to years of fan anger and public mockery that Buckner handled graciously before being embraced by Red Sox fans again after their 2004 World Series victory.

After spending his last few seasons with the California Angels, Kansas City Royals, and a second stint with the Red Sox, Buckner became the 21st player in MLB history to play in four decades, ending his career with 2,715 hits and 498 doubles, having batted over .300 seven times with three seasons of 100 runs batted in (RBI). Never striking out 40 times in a season, he finished with the fifth-lowest strikeout rate among players whose careers began after 1950. Buckner led his league in assists four times, with his 1985 mark remaining the American League (AL) record, and retired with the fourth-most assists by a first baseman (1,351) in major league history, despite not playing the position regularly until he was 27 years old. After retiring as a player, he became a real estate developer in Idaho, and later coached a number of Minor League Baseball (MiLB) teams before leaving baseball in 2014.

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Bruce Hurst

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Dave Henderson

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Henderson is best remembered for the two-out, two-strike home run he hit in the top of the ninth inning in Game 5 of the 1986 American League Championship Series. He helped his teams reach the World Series four times during his career—Boston in 1986 and Oakland from 1988 to 1990, with Oakland winning the championship in 1989. His uncle Joe Henderson appeared in 16 MLB games as a pitcher during the mid-1970s.

Don Baylor

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Don Drysdale

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Donnie Moore

Donnie Ray Moore (February 13, 1954 – July 18, 1989) was an American relief pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) who played for the Chicago Cubs (1975, 1977–79), St. Louis Cardinals (1980), Milwaukee Brewers (1981), Atlanta Braves (1982–84) and California Angels (1985–88). He is best known for giving up an important home run to Boston Red Sox outfielder Dave Henderson in the 1986 American League Championship Series. He committed suicide shortly after his professional career ended.

John McNamara (baseball)

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Rich Gedman

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Roger Clemens

William Roger Clemens (born August 4, 1962), nicknamed "Rocket", is an American former baseball pitcher who played 24 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for four teams. Clemens was one of the most dominant pitchers in major league history, tallying 354 wins, a 3.12 earned run average (ERA), and 4,672 strikeouts, the third-most all time. An 11-time All-Star and two-time World Series champion, he won seven Cy Young Awards during his career, more than any other pitcher in history. Clemens was known for his fierce competitive nature and hard-throwing pitching style, which he used to intimidate batters.

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Clemens was alleged by the Mitchell Report to have used anabolic steroids during his late career, mainly based on testimony given by his former trainer, Brian McNamee. Clemens firmly denied these allegations under oath before the United States Congress, leading congressional leaders to refer his case to the Justice Department on suspicions of perjury. On August 19, 2010, a federal grand jury at the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., indicted Clemens on six felony counts involving perjury, false statements and Contempt of Congress. Clemens pleaded not guilty, but proceedings were complicated by prosecutorial misconduct, leading to a mistrial. The verdict from his second trial came in June 2012, when Clemens was found not guilty on all six counts of lying to Congress.

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