Red Sox collapses and fantastic finishes
Globe file photo
1972: The Red Sox lost the AL East by a half-game to the Detroit Tigers. Due to a players strike, the season did not start until April 15, and a rainout that was never rescheduled cost Carlton Fisk (pictured) and the Sox a game. The Red Sox also dropped three of the last four, the most critical being a 4-1 loss to the Tigers in Detroit on Oct. 2, 1972. Luis Aparicio stumbled and fell as he approached third base after Carl Yastrzemski hit a drive off the top of the center field wall in the third inning. Aparicio tried to get back to third, but Yaz was already on the bag. Aparicio attempted to go home, but fell again and had to hustle back to third base. Yaz was tagged out when he tried to scramble back to second base.