from Remembering Fenway Park: An Oral and
Narrative History of the Home of the Boston Red
Sox/Abrams 2011 - - now available in stores and
on-line and direct from the author)
STEVE RYDER: Then all of a sudden:
BILL WHITE (GAME CALL) "Deep to left!
will not get it -- it's a home run! A three-run
home run for Bucky Dent and the Yankees now lead
. . . Bucky Dent has just hit his fourth home
run of the year and look at that Yankees bench
out to greet him..."
CARL YAZSTREMSKI: I've always loved
Fenway Park. But that was the one moment I hated
the place, the one moment the wall got back at
us. I still can't believe it went in the net.
BILL LEE: Torrez threw that horseshit
slider that is still sitting there in middle of
the plate, and Bucky Dent hit right near the end
of the bat. I couldn’t believe he hit it out,
but he did.
ROGER KAHN: My memory is Dent slamming a
foul ball into his foot and hobbling around and
there was a delay of several minutes. During
that whole delay Mike Torrez did not throw a
single pitch. Normally, you just throw to keep
loose. Dent got a new bat from Mickey Rivers.
And the first pitch Torrez threw after the break
that may have been five minutes, was that shot
to leftfield. You could see Yastrzemski
thinking he could play the ball and kind of
crumpling when the ball went out.
LEIGH MONTVILLE: It was a ball that
everyone thought was going to be caught, a
nothing kind of hit.
DON ZIMMER: When Bucky hit the ball, I
said, “That's an out.” And usually you know when
the ball hits the bat whether it's short,
against the wall, in the net or over the net. I
see Yaz backing up, and when he's looking up, I
still think he's going to catch it. When I see
him turn around, then I know he's going to catch
it off the wall. Then the ball wound up in the
MIKE TORREZ: I was so damn shocked.I
thought maybe it was going to be off the wall.
Damn, I did not think it was going to go out.
BUCKY DENT: When I hit the ball, I knew
that I had hit it high enough to hit the wall.
But there were shadows on the net behind the
wall and I didn't see the ball land there. I was
running from the plate because I thought I had a
chance at a double. I didn't know it was a home
run until the second-base umpire signaled it was
a home run. It was an eerie feeling because the
ballpark was dead silent.
STEVE RYDER: It was just a pop fly off
Mike Torrez. It just made the netting. The
crowd was just absolutely stunned, absolutely
Don Zimmer changed the Yankee shortstop's name
to "Bucky F_____g Dent." Red Sox fans were even
more vulgar in their language.
Yaz had two hits in that game, including a homer
off Ron Guidry, but he also made the last out.
DAN SHAUGHNESSY: I was covering for the
Baltimore Eagle Sun in the second or
third row. The old press box was down low. I
was downstairs later in the stands when Gossage
got Yaz to pop up because we were getting ready
to go to the locker room and it looked like
they were going down and that was interesting
how Sox fans in those days had a sense of gloom,
anticipating. Whatever happened, it wasn’t
going to end well.
DICK FLAVIN: I was in a box seat right
behind the Red Sox dugout. You could put your
beer right on the roof. So I had a great look of
Yaz coming off the field right after he popped
up. He had his head down, anguish.
STEVE RYDER: I saw that popup up
close. It was a fairly high one, you could say
it was a homerun in a silo. it just ended the
game ,and the people left in kind of a dejected
attitude and demeanor. Whipped.
DON ZIMMER: Instead of going into the
clubhouse, I sat in the dugout and watched their
DENNIS ECKERSLEY: Yaz was crying in the
trainer’s room. It was not as crushing for me
because when you’re 23 you think, well, we’ll do
it next year. We have such a good team. But if
I knew what I know now, I would have been
devastated. We never really got there again
WALTER MEARS: Tip O'Neill went to Rome
that fall and saw the Pope. When he came back he
was at some function with Yaz and told him the
Holy Father had spoken of him. Yaz wanted to
know what the Pope had said.
" Tip,” he said, “How the heck could Yastrzemski
pop out in the last of the ninth with the tying
run on third? "
After the game a Bucky Dent buddy called the Red
Sox inquiring if the home-run ball was
available. He was told that the net had been
littered with balls from batting-practice home
runs –the “Bucky Dent ball” could not be
identified amidst all the others.
JOE MOONEY: I got blamed for taking the
ball Bucky Dent hit for the home run. I never
touched it. I never spoke to Bucky Dent, but
later I found out that he was accusing me. I
know who took that ball he hit. But I’d never
say nothing. We’ll leave that to history.