Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Don Baylor and the Forgotten Homerun

Don Baylor would play for the Boston Red Sox for less than two seasons. He would be acquired via trade with the New York Yankees, of all teams, following the 1985 season. Baylor would have an immediate impact on the Red Sox lineup and the clubhouse but he also hit one of the biggest homeruns in Red Sox history, a homerun that many don't seem to remember.

 The Red Sox entered Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS trailing the series 3-1. Their backs were against the wall as they entered the 9th inning of that game trailing 5-2. Baylor came to the plate with a man on and one out and delivered a two run homer off Mike Witt. The Red Sox were still alive and three batters later Dave Henderson homered off of Donnie Moore to tie it.

The Red Sox would go on to win that game in 11 innings and then win Game 6 and Game 7 of the ALCS giving the Red Sox their first pennant in 11 years.

 There is no Dave Henderson heroics without Baylor. There is no 1986 AL pennant without him either.

By all accounts, Baylor was a much better person than he was a baseball player and he was one hell of a baseball player. He was also a huge piece to the 1986 Red Sox and hit the most important homerun that nobody seems to remember. We remember it today. RIP to our DH.

Here is the boxscore from Game 5 of the 1986 ALCS

Here is the video of Baylor's homerun

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