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Four Days in October

Four Days in October is a baseball documentary produced by Gary Waksman,[1] ESPN and MLB Productions. It chronicles the last four games of the 2004 American League Championship Series between the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees. The series became famous when the Red Sox — who lost the first three games of the series to the Yankees — became the first team in Major League Baseball history[note 1] to win a best of 7 playoff series after falling behind 3–0.

The documentary begins with few highlights of the Yankees–Red Sox rivalry over the years and then some highlights from Game 3 which was won by the Yankees 19–8 at Fenway Park. The show's narrative begins with Game 4. The Yankees stood three outs away from sweeping the Red Sox at Fenway and advancing to their 40th World Series appearance. The series turned when the Red Sox rallied to tie the game in the 9th inning. They would win it on a home run by David Ortiz and keep the series alive. The ninth inning rally proved to be the turning point of the series as the Red Sox would win the next three games, clinching the series at Yankees Stadium.[note 2]

The Red Sox would go on to sweep the St. Louis Cardinals and win their first World Series championship in 86 years a week later, ending the 2004 postseason on an 8 game winning streak.


  1. ^ They were the 3rd team overall to do accomplish the feat, the rest being in the NHL — the 1942 Maple Leafs and the 1975 New York Islanders. Since then two other NHL teams — the 2010 Flyers and the 2014 Kings — also overcame a 3 game deficit in a best of 7 series.
  2. ^ After 2008, the Yankees moved to a new ballpark also called Yankee Stadium. The ballpark used in 2004 was demolished in 2010 after the Yankees moved to a new Yankees Stadium in 2009.


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