The World Series, as you may have noticed, at long last has begun; seems like this postseason, while very exciting, has been quite the start-and-stop affair.
An aside: My mom is from Minnesota and I knew had an allegiance with the Twins, as well as the Mariners (she’s lived in the Northwest for more than 60 years), but she told me last week the Kansas City Royals are her favorite baseball team because theirs is the only major league stadium she’s ever been to.
She went at the right time, while visiting my brother there in 1977. The George Brett-led Royals of that summer were on their way to the second of three straight American League West titles, though they just could not solve the Yankees in the playoffs in any of those years.
Myself, I’ve been to a few stadiums besides the Royals’, and the one I’ve visited the most, Safeco Field, is home to one of the few teams — the Mariners — that have never reached the Fall Classic.
One of these years. Maybe.
The first Series I have a strong recollection of watching was the 1972 matchup between Oakland and Cincinnati. It really seems I should remember Pirates-Orioles in 1971, Reds-Orioles in 1970 and Mets-Orioles in 1969 better than I do, but I just don’t recall them all that well.
I have, though, read about those Series and most of the other ones a lot, and watched replays and highlights whenever I could, which brings us to this week’s list:
My Top 7 World Series moments that occurred before I was born, that is pre-1963.
Here we go:
1) Don Larsen’s perfect game for Yankees, 1956.
2) Bill Mazeroski’s Series-winning homer for Pittsburgh, 1960.
3) Sandy Amoros’ Game 7 catch rescues Brooklyn en route to 1955 title.
4) Tommy Henrich reaches base on dropped-third strike to spark ninth-inning, Game 4 rally for Yankees, 1941.
5) Cookie Lavagetto of Brooklyn breaks up no-hit bid by Yankees’ Bill Bevens with two outs in ninth, winning Game 4 for Dodgers, 1947.
6) Aging, alcoholic and epileptic Grover Cleveland Alexander stymies Babe Ruth’s Yankees in 1926, pitchin two complete-game victories before saving Game 7.
7) Enos Slaughter scores go-ahead run from first base on single in eighth inning in Game 7, 1946.
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