Biggest Events in Sports The World Series Part 2

About the World Series, history and information about the major sporting event and the biggest baseball games.



1905 Christy Mathewson pitched a record three shutouts in the New York Giants' Series victory over the Philadelphia Athletics.

1914 The Boston Braves shouldn't have been there in the first place, having been last-place dwellers in the National League at midseason. But they came storming back with 34 wins in 44 games and capped their miracle year with a four-game sweep of the heavily-favored Athletics.

1920 Cleveland's Bill Wambsganss pulled off an unassisted triple play against Brooklyn. (See "Best from Books," Chap. 2.)

1926 Down 3-2 in the 7th game against the St. Louis Cardinals, the Yankees loaded the bases with two out in the 7th inning. The Cards' manager brought in his ace, Grover Cleveland Alexander, to pitch to the dangerous Tony Lazzeri. With the count 1-1, Lazzeri lashed a line shot down the left-field line--foul by inches. The veteran Alexander came back with a money pitch to strike out Lazzeri and snuff the Yankee rally. The Cards held, 3-2, for their first world championship.

1928 The two leaders of the Yankee dynasty, Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, put on a dazzling display of hitting in the Yankees' second straight Series sweep, this time over the St. Louis Cardinals. The Babe hit. 625 and collected four RBIs, three of which came from solo home runs in Game 4. The Iron Man batted .545 with four home runs and nine RBIs.

1947 Yankee pitcher Bill Bevens had a no-hitter going into the bottom of the 9th in the 4th game against the Dodgers. Then, with two men aboard on walks, pinch-hitter Cookie Lavagetto stepped in and doubled off the right-field wall for a 3-2 Dodger win. The Yanks went on to win the Series, 4-3.

1954 In what is generally acknowledged to be the most spectacular catch in World Series history, the Giants' Willie Mays went 460 ft. into center field and, with his back to the plate, flagged down Vic Wertz's line drive that would have given the Cleveland Indians the 1st-game victory. The Giants won in 10 and went on to sweep the Series.

1956 Don Larsen's perfect game (see Sports Poll at beginning of this chapter).

1960 It was the bottom of the 9th inning of the 7th game between the Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates, the score tied 9-9. The stage was thus set for Bill Mazeroski's 11th-hour dramatics. He drove Ralph Terry's second pitch over the left-field wall for a 10-9 Pirate victory and a world championship.

1969 The New York Mets, who had never finished better than 9th, somehow found themselves on top of the heap in the newly created National League East. They went on to sweep the Atlanta Braves three straight in the play-offs and knock off the veteran Baltimore Orioles for their first World Series crown.

1977 The object of much abuse throughout the season in his new role as a Yankee, Reggie Jackson redeemed himself with even his harshest critics in the World Series against the Dodgers. His club needing a victory in the 6th game to clinch the Series. Reggie belted three home runs, a feat topped only by the immortal Babe Ruth, who did it twice--in 1926 and 1928--on three first pitches by three different Dodger hurlers in the 8-4 Yankee rout.

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