Oct. 3, 1972

Had Luis Aparicio been forced to accept a Red Sox cap on his Hall of Fame plaque, he’d likely have passed on the opportunity to be immortalized.

That would never have happened, of course; the greatest days of his big-league career were spent with the White Sox and Orioles.

In Boston, Aparicio is best remembered for falling down while rounding third in an attempt to score on Carl Yastrzemski’s drive over Tiger center fielder Mickey Stanley’s head. Aparicio picked himself up and scrambled back to third, only to be greeted there by Yastrzemski. Any opportunity to turn the fourth into a big inning vanished.

The Red Sox went on to lose the game 4-1, never again threatening Tigers lefty Mickey Lolich.

Instead of being tied for first in the American League East standings, Boston was two behind the Tigers with two to play.

The Red Sox lost the next night, 3-1.

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