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Fisk, Tiant to collaborate on first pitch

BOSTON -- On Wednesday night, Fenway Park will finally host another Game 6 of a World Series.

The last one, played between the Red Sox and Reds on Oct. 21, 1975, was such a classic that there have been books written about it, not to mention countless retrospective documentaries.

Before the Red Sox and Cardinals take the field for Game 6 on Wednesday, there will be a flavor of 1975.

Hall of Fame catcher Carlton Fisk and right-hander Luis Tiant, Boston's battery for Game 6 in 1975, will collaborate in the first-pitch ceremony.

Everyone remembers Fisk hitting the home run -- and seemingly waving it off the left-field foul pole -- to beat the Reds in the bottom of the 12th. There was also a three-run, pinch-hit homer by Bernie Carbo in the eighth that tied the game. And a sensational catch by Dwight Evans in the right-field corner against Joe Morgan that prevented the Reds from taking the lead.

On Wednesday, the Red Sox can win the World Series with a win. Back in 1975, they needed Game 6 to stay alive, which they did, before losing by a run in Game 7.

"With Carlton, you know, it's an iconic video and a highlight that is shown repeatedly, and one of the more memorable swings that probably has taken place in this ballpark," said manager John Farrell. "But hopefully there's somebody tomorrow night that can wave their arms just the same."

Ian Browne is a reporter for Read his blog, Brownie Points, and follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne.
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