There have been many great performances during the World Series through the years. Too many to list here. Being able to cull them down to five was not the easiest of tasks.
What follows is a list of the greatest performances in a single World Series game. I’d be interested to hear what you have to say about these performances, especially number three. For me, it is one of the most overlooked moments in World Series history. You can give your opinion on our Twitter feed for Facebook page.
5.) 1960: Bill Mazeroski’s solo homer in Game Seven beat Yankees
The powerful Yankees of 1960 were seemingly unstoppable with Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Yogi Berra and Bobby Richardson. They won 97 games to win the American League. During the 1960 Series they outscored the Pirates 55-27, winning by scores of 12-0, 10-0 and 16-3. However, in Game 7 at Forbes Field, with the game tied 9-9 in the bottom of the ninth, Mazeroksi hit one of the most famous home runs in history–a lead-off shot off New York’s Ralph Terry. Mazeroski, who hit only 11 homers during the 1960 season, is still considered one of the biggest heroes in Pittsburgh sports history.
4.) 1991: Jack Morris pitches 10 scoreless innings as Twins beat Braves to win Game 7
Morris, at age 36, was pitching in his third game of the 1991 World Series. For most of the game, he was matched by the Braves’ John Smoltz. However, Smoltz was pulled in the eighth and the Twins would go on to win the game with a walk-off hit in the bottom of the 10th. Morris tossed 126 pitches in that game, walked two and struck out eight. He was named series MVP in what will go down as arguably the greatest Game 7 in World Series history.
3.) 1965: Sandy Koufax tosses a three-hit shutout to beat the Twins in Game 7
If you often wonder why the career of Sandy Koufax ended prematurely, you need look no further than his efforts in leading the Dodgers to the 1965 World Series championship. Koufax pitched game two of the series and lost to the Twins and Jim Kaat 5-1. However, on Monday, October 11, with the series tied 2-2, Koufax pitched a complete game, four-hit shutout to beat the Twins 7-0. Three days later, on Thursday, October 14, he pitched ANOTHER complete game shutout, allowing only three hits as the Dodgers captured the series in seven games with a 2-0 win. Koufax was the series MVP. His arm, and career, lasted only one more season.
2.) 1977: Reggie Jackson hits three homers in Game 6 as Yankees win series over Dodgers
This was the game that gave Jackson the nickname Mr. October. The homers were hit off three different pitchers (Burt Hooton, Elias Sosa and Charlie Hough) on three swings of the bat. It propelled the Yankees to an 8-4 win and the World Series title in six games. It was also the first World Series title for the Yankees since 1963. Jackson had five homers in the series and batted .450. He was named MVP. Trivia Question: Who was the first base coach for the Yankees that season. Answer: Bobby Cox.
1.) 1956: Don Larsen’s perfect game against the Brooklyn Dodgers
There have been only 23 perfect games (27 up-27 down) in Major League Baseball history. The only one in World Series history came in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series when Don Larsen of the Yankees pitched to a 2-0 win over Brooklyn. Larsen, who was 11-5 that season, had stayed out all night drinking the previous night. He was hung-over and felt terrible. But the 27 year old right-hander tossed 97 pitches and struck out seven to do something no other pitcher has ever done.