We’ve got ten, count em, ten Baseball’s Greatest Games titles from A&E here to giveaway. Here’s what they have to say for themselves. You might want to go get a sandwich or something. There’s a lot to be said.
BASEBALL’S GREATEST GAMES: THE 1960 WORLD SERIES, GAME 7
PITTSBURGH PIRATES V. NEW YORK YANKEES
On October 13, 1960 the Pittsburgh Pirates completed one of the most unlikely upsets in World Series history. It was a classic, tense Game 7 marked by heroics, lead changes, and a stunning home run from “Maz.” After six games, the heavily favored New York Yankees had compiled impressive Fall Classic numbers: .340 team batting average, 78 hits, and 46 runs to the Pirates 17. Yet the opportunistic Pirates had the series even at three wins apiece. In Game 7, the Pirates stormed to an early 4-0 lead, but waves of scoring from both clubs had the game knotted at nine in the bottom of the ninth. Then 24-year-old Bill Mazeroski, known more for his glove than his bat, approached the plate and launched the first World Series-ending home run in Major League history, setting off a delirious celebration that reverberated from Forbes Field across Pittsburgh and through the annals of all-time sports achievements.
BASEBALL’S GREATEST GAMES: 1975 WORLD SERIES, GAME 6
BOSTON RED SOX V. CINCINNATTI REDS
The 1975 World Series pitted The Boston Red Sox against The Cincinnati Reds. Ranked as “the second greatest world series ever” by ESPN, Game 6 of this series epitomized the edge-of-your-seat action of this championship series. This see-saw battle of titans was ignited by Red Sox rookie sensation (1975 American League Rookie of the Year and MVP) Fred Lynn, whose first-frame salvo started the spectacle. By mid-point, Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine had evened the scoring and charged ahead, just six outs from wrapping up the Fall Classic. Ah, but the night was young. The second of Boston’s three heart-stopping home runs was launched by Bernie Carbo to square the diamond-drama at six. For the next three frames opportunities flashed and faded until the bottom of the 12th inning when New England’s own Carlton Fisk topped the Green Monster and the Reds with one well-placed, histrionic-heavy, home run creating an iconic image and a breath-taking victory.
BASEBALL’S GREATEST GAMES: 1979 WRIGLEY FIELD SLUGFEST
PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES VS. CHICAGO CUBS
In 1979, the Philadelphia Philles were down 21-9 to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. However all was not lost for the Phillies as they came storming back to win the game 23-22, capping one of the greatest comebacks in MLB history. The Phillies, having won the prior day’s game at Wrigley 13-0, jumped out on top 21-9. With the Chicago faithful straining for hope–lo’ and behold, in one of the wildest Wrigley Field slugfests of all time–the Cubbies stormed back to knot the score at 22! The stage for thisscoreboard jamming contest was set in the first stanza. The Cubs starting pitcher recorded only one out, allowing six runs, while the Phillies starter–who homered in the first inning, also exited after recording only one out and allowing five runs! The two lineups were filled with stars: Mike Schmidt (2 home runs), Larry Bowa (5 hits), Bob Boone (5 RBI), Bill Buckner (7 RBI), and Dave Kingman (3 home runs). Yes, the wind was blowing out that day at Wrigley. Direct from the Major League Baseball archives, this rare and extraordinary television broadcast includes the quintessential making of a Wrigley classic, mind-boggling offense and one unforgettable baseball game.
BASEBALL’S GREATEST GAMES: 1985 NLCS, GAME 5
ST. LOUIS CARDINALS VS. LOS ANGELES DODGERS
The St. Louis Cardinals, under manager Whitey Herzog, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, led by Tommy Lasorda, were even at two wins as the 1985 NLCS moved to Game 5. In the quintessential style of “Whitey Ball” the Cardinals initiated the scoring with two walks and a two- RBI double by Tommy Herr. From then on the Dodgers dazzling ace Fernando Valenzuela stilled the Cardinals while the Dodgers evened the scoring behind Bill Madlock’s 2-run home run. Tom Niedenfuer, who anchored the Dodger bullpen in 1985 (19 Saves, 106.1 innings pitched) and had saved Game 1 with 2 2/3 innings pitched, was summoned for the bottom of the 9th with the score at 2-2. And, with one out, Ozzie Smith the light-hitting, switch-hitting “Wizard” stroked the game-winning home run â€“ his first career left-handed home run after 3,009 at-bats â€“ prompting Jack Buck’s famous exclamation, “Go crazy folks!”
BASEBALL’S GREATEST GAMES: 1986 WORLD SERIES, GAME 6
NEW YORK METS VS. BOSTON RED SOX
Was this the greatest game in World Series history? A lead-changing contest for the first nine innings, the Boston Red Sox took a two-run lead into the bottom of the eventful 10th inning. The Red Sox faithful moved to within one out of a long awaited World Series championship. One more out and this would be their first title since 1918. One out. The Mets World Series was kept alive by Gary Carter’s two-out single which was matched by Kevin Mitchell, then Ray Knight. For Mets fans in the blink of a teary eye the score was tied and the cosmic momentum was headed in one direction. The sequence of Mookie Wilson’s “a little roller up along firstâ€¦” and the Shea Stadium-rocking delirium that followed is forever chiseled in World Series history.
BASEBALL’S GREATEST GAMES: 1991 WORLD SERIES, GAME 7
MINNESOTA TWINS VS. ATLANTA BRAVES
There are games that transcend the season or era or generations and rise to the pantheon of baseball greatness. The 1991 World Series matched two surprising ball clubs as each rose from last place finishes the year before. Over seven games â€“ including three extra-inning affairs and five contests decided by one run â€“ these two clubs battled as champions. Game 7 of this relentless thriller matched veteran ace Jack Morris of the Minnesota Twins against the Atlanta Braves young gun big-game pitcher John Smoltz. With the hankie-waving HHH Metrodome masses creating jet-engine audio and energy, the game amazingly remained scoreless into extra innings. And when the marvelous Morris set down the Braves in the 10th frame and the fates unfolded as Gene Larkin’s World Series-ending RBI-single capped the 1991 Fall Classic, it stamped this as perhaps the greatest World Series in the history of the game.
BASEBALL’S GREATEST GAMES: 1992 NLCS, GAME 7
PITTSBURGH PIRATES VS. ATLANTA BRAVES
The Pittsburgh Pirates were riding a three-year streak of 95+ wins and three consecutive NLCS appearances. The year prior Atlanta had eliminated the Pirates and advanced to the World Series. This year, in this Game 7 the momentum appeared to sit with the Pirates, who carried a 2-0 lead into the bottom of the 9th. But, as with many of baseball’s Greatest Games, the script for this unfolding drama
took unanticipated, heart-stopping, wonderful twists, which ended in a euphoric celebration for the home team. Down to their last out and with the bases loaded Bobby Cox summoned rarely used pinch hitter Francisco Cabrera from the Atlanta bench. And with one single to left, the game and the series turned, punctuated by a dramatic, series-ending play at home plate and Sid Bream’s immortalized slide.
BASEBALL’S GREATEST GAMES: 1993 WORLD SERIES, GAME 6
TORONTO BLUE JAYS VS. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES
From the start the 1993 World Series, matching the Philadelphia Phillies and defending champions Toronto Blue Jays, was a scoreboard operator’s nightmare as the first four games produced 65 runs. Game Five calmed the scorekeepers, as the Phillies’ Curt Schilling spun a complete-game 2-0 shutout. With the series shifting back to Canada, the Blue Jays 3-run first inning had the Toronto faithful poised to party for a second straight year. However, the tough as nails “Dudes” from Philadelphia stormed back and carried a one-run lead to the bottom of the 9th. The sport’s greatest leadoff hitter, Rickey Henderson sparked the action; the series best player and MVP Paul Molitor singled and the stage was set for an historic home run: With one mesmerizing swing, and delirious dance around the diamond, Joe Carter hit only the second World Series winning walk-off home run in baseball history.
BASEBALL’S GREATEST GAMES: 2003 ALCS, GAME 7
BOSTON RED SOX VS. NEW YORK YANKEES
The theatre was Yankee Stadium, and as the stage lights came on fierce, longtime rivals â€“ the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox — squared off to determine which would advance to the 2003 World Series. The two starting pitchers, Roger Clemens and Pedro Martinez (combined nine Cy Young Awards), were poised, the crowd settled in, and the energy cranked up to a frenzy. What unfolded was baseball drama for the ages. Boston struck early and shot to a 4-run lead, but New York chipped away, led by core players and new comers who struck loudest and last. Fittingly, the finale was a Bronx Bombers blast as Aaron Boone’s 11th inning leadoff home run brought down the house and closed the curtain on another glorious Red Sox/Yankees performance.
BASEBALL’S GREATEST GAMES: 2004 ALCS, GAME 4
BOSTON RED SOX VS. NEW YORK YANKEES
Exactly one year and a day prior, Boston had fallen to New York in a crushing and decisive ALCS Game 7. Fast forward and the Bronx Bombers, having won the previous game 19-8, were on the verge of sweeping the Red Sox. Entering the bottom of the 9th inning down a run with the greatest closer in postseason history on the mound — all signs pointed to another chilly autumn in New England. But the fates and Terry Francona’s Red Sox had a different tale to write. The history-changing revolution began with a harmless 9th inning walk and ended with an explosive 12th inning walkoff game winner. No baseball team had ever clawed back to win a series after losing the first three games until the fall of 2004 when the Red Sox rewrote the record books.
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