Will there be an unforgettable game between Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants in the 2012 World Series? The five ever-lasting World Series games below featured some of the greatest moments and individual performances in postseason baseball history. Feel free to add your own favorite Fall Classic games at the end of the article.
1960 World Series (Game 7) -- I'll admit, I wasn't around for this World Series, but who doesn't know about Bill Mazeroski's walk-off, series-ending home run to win the 1960 Fall Classic for the Pittsburgh Pirates? His famous solo blast in the bottom of the ninth inning defeated the heavily-favored New York Yankees, 10-9. What's often overshadowed by Mazeroski's epic home run is the fact that the Yanks and Pirates combined to score 10 runs in the final two innings of the game.
2001 World Series (Game 7) -- The 2001 Fall Classic between the Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks featured three dramatic walk-off wins, including Luis Gonzalez's series-ending single off immortal closer Mariano Rivera to end New York's run of three straight titles. Both Games 4 and 5 featured inconceivable, game-tying, ninth-inning home runs off D-Backs closer Byung-Hyun Kim followed by walk-off wins by the Yanks in extra innings. Those games deserve recognition, too.
1991 World Series (Game 7) -- John Smoltz and Jack Morris matches zeroes in one of the greatest pitching duels in World Series history. Smoltz lasted 7.1 innings, but Morris went the distance as the Minnesota Twins defeated the Atlanta Braves, 1-0, in 10 innings. The game ended when pinch-hitter Gene Larkin lifted a long fly ball to left-center field, allowing Dan Gladden to jog home with the winning run. Morris, who started three games and posted a 1.17 ERA, was named the Series MVP.
1986 World Series (Game 6) -- The New York Mets' miracle comeback against the Boston Red Sox in the 1986 Fall Classic to this day is one of my greatest sports memory of all time. I vividly remember doing a victory dance in my living room when Mookie Wilson's ground ball scooted under Bill Buckner's legs at first base to plate the winning run. The infamous error capped a two-out, three-run rally in the bottom of the 10th inning. The Mets won the game, 6-5, and took Game 7, 8-5.
2011 World Series (Game 6) -- Years from now, we'll still be talking about David Freese's hardball heroics for the Cardinals against the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series. His two-out, two-run triple in the bottom of the ninth inning tied Game 6, 7-7, and his walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th won it, 10-9. The Cards were down to their final strike several times before winning. The Rangers never recovered and St. Louis easily won Game 7, 6-2. Freese was named Series MVP.
What's the greatest game in World Series history? Do you have a favorite World Series moment? Let me know in the comments section below.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who roots for the New York Mets (and any team that is playing the New York Yankees). An avid fantasy baseball player and fan of Major League Baseball, his games of choice growing up were Strat-O-Matic and MicroLeague Baseball.
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