No Moore: Henderson delivers decisive blow

Updated: October 17, 2005, 4:31 PM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to

Oct. 12, 1986

Donnie Moore enters the game knowing the California Angels are one out from reaching their first World Series in their 26-year history. But instead of sticking with his fastball, which Dave Henderson has been late on, the right-handed reliever throws a split-finger on a two-ball, two-strike count. Henderson rips it for a two-run homer to give the Boston Red Sox a 6-5 lead in the ninth inning of Game 5 of their American League playoff series in Anaheim.

The Angels tie the game in the bottom of the inning. Moore, who gets Jim Rice to hit into a double play with runners on the corners in the 10th, gives up a sacrifice fly to that man Henderson again in the 11th. After Boston's 7-6 win, Moore says, "I blew it. (On the homer) he (Henderson) hit an off-speed pitch that I shouldn't have even thought about throwing."

Boston will win the next two games as well to capture the pennant.

Three years later, the 35-year-old Moore will shoot and critically wound his wife, Tonya, with whom police say he had been arguing, and then shoot and kill himself. Friends will say that Moore was haunted by memories of the homer he gave up to Henderson.