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October 30, 2013

One win away from Fenway's finest hour

SERIES: Would be first title clinched at Fenway since 1918

BOSTON — Ted Williams was just 12 days old, the Green Monster still was made of wood and there was no such thing as “Pesky’s Pole” or the red seat in Row 37 of Section 42 the last time the Boston Red Sox won a World Series clinching game here at historic Fenway Park.

Just 15,238 fans were in attendance to celebrate that Game 6 clincher, which lasted only 1 hour, 46 minutes.

Red Sox right-hander Carl Mays hurled a complete game, allowing just one run while also going 1 for 2 with a walk and run scored. Mays, the great Babe Ruth and the Boston Red Sox were 2-1 victors over the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 11, 1918 to win the World Series at then 6-year-old Fenway Park.

Here we are 95 years later. Fenway Park is 101 years old. Mays has been dead 42 years and Ruth 65 years. Williams, then an infant, passed away 11 years ago. And the Red Sox today get their third chance since 1918 to clinch a World Series here on 4 Yawkey Way inside the oldest ballpark in the major leagues.

Boston enters today’s Game 6 against the St. Louis Cardinals with a 3-2 series lead. Sox right-hander John Lackey, who won the clinching Game 7 of the 2002 World Series as a rookie for the Angels, will face Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha. He beat Lackey in Game 2 last week and is 4-0 with a 1.00 ERA in four postseason starts.

Taking into account the 95-year home-field clinching drought, how Sox players rallied around this city during the Boston Marathon terrorist bombings tragedy, and all the historical moments that have happened inside these Fenway walls since Sept. 11, 1918, we’re watching history unfold in front of our eyes.

Win or lose.

“I think what’s really built over the course of this season, I think our fans have appreciated the way we’ve gone about playing the game,” Red Sox manager John Farrell said here at Fenway yesterday.

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