Fenway Park Field

Sept. 11, 1978

The Collapse of 1978 hit bottom. The Yankees came to Fenway Park four days earlier, four games behind but riding a wave that was about to hit its crest.

It was recorded in baseball history as the Boston Massacre. New York swept the series and were responsible for what remains standing as the worst four-game sweep ever endured by the Red Sox.

The Yankees outscored the Red Sox, 42-9. They outhit them, 67-20. The Red Sox committed 12 errors, the Yankees five.

SInce taking over for Billy Martin when their season was one punch away from completely crumbling, Yankees manager Bob Lemon was 34-13. The Massacre was more than the Red Sox folding; it wouldn’t have come to that had the Yankees not been able to straighten out the nonsense that made for some great headlines in the New York tabloids.

The Red Sox were sleep-walking through the next week, falling 3½ games back. They ended the regular season with an eight-game winning streak to force a one-game playoff at Fenway.

Bucky Dent took it from there.

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