The Most Memorable Moments In World Series History
With the World Series in full swing, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers are battling in an instant classic. The two teams have already combined to hit 22 home runs, shattering the old record of 14. Will this series be remembered for the long ball or will it have a different defining moment? Only time will tell! Here is a look at the most memorable moments in World Series history.
Willie Mays "The Catch" - Game 1 (1954)
The 1954 Series featured the National League Champion New York Giants vs The American League Champion Cleveland Indians. In Game 1, the score was tied at 2, and the Indians had runners on base when Vic Wertz stepped to the plate looking to give Cleveland the win. Wertz drove the baseball to deep center field, where Giants center fielder Willie Mays made an iconic game-saving catch. The catch remains one of the most historic plays in the history of the Game.
Bill Buckner's Error - Game 6 (1986)
The Boston Red Sox appeared on the cusp of ending their long title drought. The Red Sox had a two-run lead against the New York Mets, and needed only one out to clinch the championship. Mets outfielder Mookie Wilson hit a routine ground ball to Red Sox's first baseman Bill Buckner, who misplayed the ball, allowing the Mets to tie the game and eventually win the series.
Luis Gonzalez's Walk-Off Hit - Game 7 (2001)
In game 7, the Yankees held a slim 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning. Lockdown closer Mariano Rivera seemed certain to finish the job. However, Rivera imploded, allowing 2 runs to score, including Luis Gonzalez's soft single, which allows the Diamondbacks to win the championship.
Kirby Puckett's Walk-Off HR - Game 6 (1991)
The 1991 series between the Minnesota Twins and the Atlanta Braves is considered one of the greatest of all time. Almost every game in the Series was decided at the end. Game 6 went to extra innings. With the score tied at 3, Twins outfielder Kirby Puckett hit a game-winning home run to left center field off of Braves pitcher Charlie Leibrandt. The Twins won the series.
Reggie Jackson's 3 HR Game - Game 6 (1977)
Reggie Jackson dominated the 1977 playoffs. His defining moment came in Game 6 against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Jackson hit three home runs to help the Yankees win the championship and cement himself as Mr. October.
Bill Mazeroski's Walk-Off HR - Game 7 (1960)
The 1960 series between the New York Yankees and Pittsburgh Pirates was entertaining, and that was no different in Game 7. With the score tied at 9 in the bottom of the ninth, Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski hit the first series-winning home run in the history of MLB.
Joe Carter's Walk-Off HR - Game 6 (1993)
The Toronto Blue Jays blew a huge lead in the seventh inning of game 6 and looked certain to play a 7th game. However, Joe Carter hit a three-run home run off of Philadelphia Phillies closer Mitch Williams, clinching the Blue Jays second consecutive world championship.