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Tuesday, October 20, 2020

THE FALL CLASSIC

 After Sunday, it is the story everybody is talking about. Covid? Nope. Dolphins shut-out? Nah. Trump trashes Fauci? Dog bites man. 

It is Los Angeles vs. Tampa Bay. The World Series. And we have been wondering about the greatest world series moments. Here are our nominees. Submit yours. 

1) Reggie Jackson. Three swings. Three Home Runs on one October night in the Bronx and Yanks win the series. 


2) There has only been one, bottom of the 9th walk off game 7 world series winning home run and it occurred sixty years ago this month as the Pirates Bill Mazeroski did it against the Yankees. This series was fascinating for the scores of the games. The Yanks out scored the Pirates 55-27, winning three games with scores of 16-3, 10-0, and 12-0. But the Pirates hung in, winning close games with scores of 6-4, 3-2, and 5-2.  This game was perhaps the greatest game seven ever played as the score see-sawed back and forth. The Pirates went up 4-0. The Yanks came back and were up 7-5 when fortune favored the Bucs in the form of a ground ball that was a certain double play ball. But it hit a pebble and struck Yankee shortstop Tony Kubeck in the throat sending him to the hospital. The runners were safe and then the Bucs scored another run before Pirate- catcher Hal Smith hit a three run home run to give the Pirates a 9-7 lead.  The Yanks came back in the top of the ninth and tied it sending the game to the bottom of the ninth and bringing light hitting second baseman Bill Mazeroski to the plate.  



3) There have been dozens of pitchers in the world series who would end up in the Hall of Fame. Whitey Ford; Bob Gibson; Tom Seaver; Sandy Kofax; Mariano Rivera. But there has only been one perfect game pitched in the World Series and Don Larsen did it for the New York Yankees in 1956.  27 Dodgers up and 27 Dodgers down. No hits. No walks. No errors. No baserunners.  Just perfection. 



4)  Jack Buck's call may be better than the home run:  "I don't believe what I just saw". But we are putting  Kirk Gibson's pinch hit home run with one good leg against Hall Of Fame reliever Dennis Eckersley to win the game for the Dodger  in Game one of the 1988 World Series. 

  Game 6. 

5) 1986. The Boston Red Sox are one out away from breaking the curse of the Bambino. The NY Mets are down to their last at bat. Bottom of the tenth. Two on. Two out and Mookie Wilson and Bill Buckner are about to be linked forever in Baseball history as Mookie has the most epic game-winning at bat  in WS history. 

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great memories. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Those are good ones, Rumpole. Thanks for assembling the videos.

Anonymous said...

Game 6 of the '86 series is easily the greatest WS game ever played. Unless you're a Sox fan of course.

Anonymous said...


1. Carlton Fisk homers in '75.
2. Bob Gibson (RIP) strikes out 17 in game 1 in '68.
3. The '69 Mets. No particular moment but you get the drift
4. I am getting old but my memory is not. 1962. Game 7. Yanks/Giants. Bottom of the 9th. Alou on 3d, Mays on 2d, 2 out. McCovey lines out to Bobby Richardson. Game and series over.
5. And let's not forget our own Marlins. 1997. Game 7 against Cleveland. Edgar Renteria lines a single to center to win it all in the 11th.

Rumpole said...

Yeah, in retrospect Pudge's HR is better than Gibson's.
Miracle Mets are the best WS champions but the actual games were nothing too special other than the miracle of the Mets being there to begin with. Those Oriole teams should have several WS championships. They lost to the Mets in 69 and the Bucs in 71 and were the better team on paper both years.

And yup, should have had Renteria's GWRBI in there. You are correct. Thanks for participating in this.

Rumpole said...

Game 6 86 is an amazing game. if you have a chance to review Game 7 1960 it is equally amazing. 86 had Buckner's error. Game 7 had the ball striking Kubeck in the throat to avoid the double play.
Interesting that a few announcers called Maz's home run. One- who ended up in the hall of fame called the wrong pitcher. Ralph Terry was on the mound. Announcer Chuck Terry said Art Ditmars was on the mound. Ditmars was so aggrieved by the error that he sued Terry for defamation of character along with a Beer company who during the 1985 world series ran the home run with Terry's wrong call. Ditmars said the call wrongly subjected him to humiliation and ridicule. A district court judge dismissed the lawsuit. _ this info comes from a Pirate fan/local lawyer who emailed us extensively about the 1960 series. He is apparently obsessed with it. and it is fascinating stuff.

CAPTAIN JUSTICE said...


THE CAPTAIN WEIGHS IN:

Rumpole: As a Marlins fan, I am hard pressed to find a more exciting ending to a WS than the 1997 game seven extra inning finale between the Marlins and the Indians. I was there, sitting in the club seats, as Edgar Renteria had the game winning and WS winning single to beat the Indians four games to three.

You need to also mention the only other walkoff HR to ever win a WS. In 1993, the Toronto Blue Jays were ahead 3 game to 2. In game six, heading into the bottom of the 9th inning, the Phillies were leading by a score of 6-5. Phillies ace closer Mitch (“WILD THING”) Williams (not to be confused with Charlie Sheen) tried to send the series to a game seven. Rickie Henderson walked to lead off the inning. Devon White (he won again with the Marlins in 97) flied out and Paul Molitor hit a single. Up came Joe Carter, and with the count at 2-2, Carter hit the only other shot to be heard around the world (Mazerowski’s was the first). Blue Jays win back to back WS championships.

CAP OUT .......