Sept. 20, 1973

Anyone fretting over Major League Baseball’s dive into the deep end of analytic tyranny by kicking the concept of starting pitchers into the ditch, the following is just for you.

The Red Sox and Yankees played a Wednesday night game at Fenway Park. It was one of those cold, dreary evenings when autumn breaks down the door and shreds lingering thoughts of summer (unless a Second Summer makes a teasing, cameo appearance).

Boston stood in second place, 6½ games behind Baltimore with 10 to play. New York was in fourth place, 15 games back.

Despite it all, 17,433 paid their way in to see  3-1 Red Sox win. At least some of them must have visited the old yard in hopes that they could see Luis Tiant’s 19th win.

Tiant put on a show, walking none, striking out 10 and bedeviling the Yankees as he so often did, It should be unnecessary to report that Tiant threw all nine innings. Yankees starter Mel Stottlemyre three a complete game, too.

One game, worked by a grand total of two pitchers. What a quaint concept.

The next time a TV reporter breathlessly tells us that a team is on the verge of finishing a “combined” no-hitter, envision Tiant spitting tobacco juice on the reporter’s shoes.

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