June 15, 1983

What a great night in Detroit – for everyone but old Red Sox demon Larry Barnett.

In Game 3 of the 1975 World Series, Barnett was the umpire who failed to call interference on Reds batter Ed Armbrister for getting entangled with Carlton Fisk, whose ensuing wild throw led to the winning run scoring in the bottom of the 10th.

In what embittered New Englanders may have considered delayed justice, Barnett was knocked out of action when Kirk Gibson barrelled into him on a play at the plate. The ump was taken to the hospital with lower back pain.

Gibson had already left his imprint on the game. He sent a shot off Red Sox starter Mike Brown completely out of Tiger Stadium and across Trumbull St., landing on the roof of a building. It was later measured at 523 feet from home plate.

But the Red Sox won the game, 6-2. And Barnett returned to work at third base the next night

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