Jan. 7, 1973

Before Dick Stockton began doing a little bit of everything for CBS, FoxSports, TNT, and a bunch of freelance gigs, he was the 6-and-11 p.m. sportscaster on WBZ-TV Ch. 4 news.  He also called Celtics telecasts.

Stockton left WBZ and Boston after being passed over for the Red Sox play-by-play job.

When the old WHDH-TV was rejected by the FCC in seeking to extend his broadcasting license, the Red Sox signed up with WBZ. With, no doubt, a request from the Red Sox for the rights deal, WBZ kept Ken Coleman and Johnny Pesky as its Red Sox broadcast team. Ned Martin stuck with WHDH radio 850-AM.

Stockton returned to Boston when WSBK-TV 38 took over the Red Sox TV rights in 1975. Ken Harrelson was brought in as the color man.

As was the custom, NBC called on the home TV play-by-play announcer to serve on its World Series  crew. Stockton then had one of his top career moments, calling Carlton Fisk’s 12th-inning home run to force a seventh game against the Reds.

There was a gaffe in that call. Stockton initially described Fisk’s drive as going “over The Wall, into the net.” The homer ricocheted off the foul pole to left fielder George Foster, which Stockton and color man Joe Garagiola discovered on one of the replays of that moment.

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