Originally Posted by RedsBaron
I have always regarded Tony Perez's HR off Bill Lee as being the key at bat of that game. When Joe hit his 9th inning single the game was tied but the Reds, with a deeper bullpen, seemed to have the advantage. Until The Big Dog hit his 2 run bomb over the Green Monster (I think the ball landed in New Hampshire), the Reds had appeared dead in the water, down 3-0.
I agree with you, Doggies HR certainly was the key hit in the game, but Joe's at bat was in the top of the 9th, 7th game of the WS. They absolutely needed a hit, and Joe delivered. Total clutch AB.