Fenway Park

Oct. 10, 1978

For the teams not actively involved, the World Series is an informal convention of clubs plotting their next championship chase. Trades are not made, but the executives are letting one another know that of their wants and what they are willing to give to reel them in.

Nine days after their dreams of grandeur dissolved with Bucky Dent’s three-run pop fly into the net, the Red Sox were beginning their mating dances.

General manager Haywood Sullivan was known to have some interest in Houston’s Bob Watson (who he acquired the following summer) and Joe Sambito (who landed in Boston in 1986).

Teams expressed interest in Bill Lee (much to Don Zimmer’s delight) and Rick Wise (much to Zimmer’s displeasure).