Ed Armbrister

Ed ArmbristerIn the tenth inning in Game Three of the 1975 World Series, Ed Armbrister was called on to pinch-hit. A sacrifice bunt was in order and Armbrister laid one down in front of the plate. The baseball bounced high off the hard surface at Riverfront Stadium and Boston catcher Carlton Fisk pounced out from behind the plate to make a ply on it. Armbrister collided with Fisk and the catcher tossed his throw into center field, allowing the runner to move to third base. He would later score the winning run. The Red Sox protested that interference should have been called on Armbrister, and the play was very controversial, but it stood.

Armbrister served as a backup outfielder, pinch-runner, and pinch-hitter for Sparky Anderson’s Reds in the mid-1970s and earned two rings as a member of the 1975-1976 World Series champions.