On October 1, 1978, the Boston Red Sox win their eighth consecutive game to force a playoff game that will decide the American League East.

Luis Tiant turned in one of the greatest clutch pitching performances in Red Sox history — shutting out Toronto, 5-0, on the final day of the regular season. The Yankees lost to Cleveland 9-2, leaving Boston and New York tied atop the AL East at 99-63.

“If we lose today, it will be over my dead body,” El Tiante had said before the game. “They’ll have to leave me face down on the mound.”

After 142 pitches, Tiant — and the Red Sox — were very much alive.