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A look at World Series Game 7s

A look at World Series Game 7s

A Game 7 is one of the rarest treats in sports, and now we get another one. Not since the 1980s has the World Series gone to a winner-take-all-game three times in a four-year span, but that’s what will happen Wednesday, after the Dodgers extended this Fall Classic with a 3-1 win over the Astros on Tuesday night.

• World Series Gm 7: Tonight, 7:30 p.m. ET air time | 8 ET game time on FOX

Wednesday’s showdown will be the 39th Game 7 in Major League history. The Dodgers have played in five of them, going 2-3 in such games in franchise history, and this will be the first one played at Dodger Stadium. The last Game 7 the Dodgers played was in 1965, when they went on the road to beat the Twins, 2-0, at Metropolitan Stadium thanks to a three-hitter from Sandy Koufax.

Gm Date Air time/
Game time
Matchup/
Results
TV/
Video
1 Oct. 24 LAD 3, HOU 1 Watch
2 Oct. 25 HOU 7
LAD 6 (11)
Watch
3 Oct. 27 HOU 5, LAD 3 Watch
4 Oct. 28 LAD 6, HOU 2 Watch
5 Oct. 29 HOU 13
LAD 12 (10)
Watch
6 Oct. 31 LAD 3, HOU 1 Watch
7 Nov. 1 7:30 p.m.
8 p.m.
HOU vs. LAD FOX

 

If the rest of this Series has been any indication, Game 7 should be packed to the brim with drama, intrigue and memorable moments. But first, let’s take a look back and relive every Game 7 in World Series history.

Nov. 2, 2016 — Cubs 8, Indians 7 (10)
Chicago led by scores of 5-1 and 6-3, but Cleveland kept battling back. Rajai Davis‘ game-tying two-run homer in the eighth inning for the Tribe will go down in World Series lore, but it was Ben Zobrist who made himself a Cubs legend, hitting a go-ahead double in the 10th inning to help put their 108-year title drought to rest.

Oct. 29, 2014 — Giants 3, Royals 2
Madison Bumgarner delivered a pitching performance for the ages, throwing five shutout innings in relief, on two days’ rest, to clinch the Giants’ third championship in five seasons. He protected a one-run lead the entire time, the longest save in postseason history, en route to winning Series MVP.

Oct. 28, 2011 — Cardinals 6, Rangers 2
St. Louis backed up its wild comeback win in Game 6 to secure its second championship in six years. Allen Craig hit the go-ahead homer in the third inning, and Chris Carpenter threw six solid innings.

Oct. 27, 2002 — Angels 4, Giants 1
Garret Anderson’s three-run double in the third inning broke a 1-1 tie, and three Angels relievers backed John Lackey as Anaheim won its second straight game at home to claim the series.

Nov. 4, 2001 — D-backs 3, Yankees 2
A battle between starters Roger Clemens and Curt Schilling was decided when Yankees closer Mariano Rivera made a rare postseason stumble. Tony Womack tied the score with an RBI double, and Luis Gonzalez’s bloop single won it.

Gonzalez beats Mo

Oct. 26, 1997 — Marlins 3, Indians 2 (11)
The Marlins locked up their first championship in their fifth season. Craig Counsell hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to tie the score, then scored the winning run on Edgar Renteria’s 11th-inning walk-off single.

Oct. 27, 1991 — Twins 1, Braves 0 (10)
It was a pitchers’ duel for the ages as the game remained scoreless into extras. The Twins’ Jack Morris would prevail to earn his fourth win of the postseason. Gene Larkin delivered a pinch-hit RBI single to seal the win in the 10th.

Oct. 25, 1987 — Twins 4, Cardinals 2
Frank Viola had already started Game 4 of the Twins’ World Series run. It didn’t go well as he gave up five runs in just 3 1/3 innings. Viola came back strong in eight innings during Game 7, allowing just two runs on six hits to lead the Twins to their first World Series.

Oct. 27, 1986 — Mets 8, Red Sox 5
Keith Hernandez and the Mets wouldn’t let the Red Sox repeat their Game 7 ALCS magic. Hernandez racked up three RBIs as teammates Darryl Strawberry and Ray Knight each had solo shots to help the Mets win their second and latest championship.

Mets win World Series

Oct. 27, 1985 — Royals 11, Cardinals 0
After topping the Blue Jays in an American League Championship Series Game 7, Bret Saberhagen led the Royals in a rout over the Cardinals with a shutout. Saberhagen allowed five hits as a scorching Darryl Motley went 3-for-4 to seal the championship.

Oct. 20, 1982 — Cardinals 6, Brewers 3
Joaquin Andujar grabbed his third straight postseason win to earn the Cardinals their ninth set of World Series rings. Andujar gave up seven hits and three runs, as the Redbirds had a solid outing from the plate with 15 hits.

Oct. 17, 1979 — Pirates 4, Orioles 1
It was a defensive standoff between the Orioles and Pirates as Jim Bibby and Scott McGregor took the mound. Despite an eight-inning gem from McGregor, the Bucs would win their fifth and latest championship, following a three-RBI outing by Willie Stargell.

Oct. 22, 1975 — Reds 4, Red Sox 3
The Red Sox took a 3-0 lead in third inning, but the Reds fought back and took the lead in the ninth to secure Cincinnati’s first World Series title since 1940.

Reds win 1975 World Series

Oct. 21, 1973 — Athletics 5, Mets 2
The A’s went up, 4-0, in the third inning when Bert Campaneris and Reggie Jackson belted two-run home runs off Jon Matlack to secure the victory and give Oakland its second consecutive title.

Oct. 22, 1972 — Athletics 3, Reds 2
A pair of runs in the sixth inning handed the A’s a 3-1 lead before Rollie Fingers shut the door in the ninth to hand the city of Oakland its first world championship in any sport.

Oct. 17, 1971 — Pirates 2, Orioles 1
Pittsburgh starter Steve Blass carried a two-hit shutout into the eighth inning before Baltimore managed a run. However, he retired the O’s in order in the ninth to clinch the title.

Oct. 10, 1968 — Tigers 4, Cardinals 1
A year removed from his amazing World Series performance, Bob Gibson was outpitched by Mickey Lolich, who worked on just two days’ rest to secure a Tigers championship.

Oct. 12, 1967 — Cardinals 7, Red Sox 2
Bob Gibson dazzled in the deciding game, allowing only three hits. He was backed by a St. Louis offense that scored seven runs off of Boston’s Jim Lonborg.

Oct. 14, 1965 — Dodgers 2, Twins 0
Sandy Koufax was close to untouchable in the Dodgers’ win over the Twins. Koufax retired 13 of the final 14 batters he faced, finishing the game with a three-hit shutout.

Koufax's Game 7 gem

Oct. 15, 1964 — Cardinals 7, Yankees 5
With Bob Gibson and Mel Stottlemyre both working on two days’ rest, Stottlemyre was lifted after four innings, while Gibson went the distance to claim the World Series for St. Louis.

Oct. 16, 1962 — Yankees 1, Giants 0
The Yankees scored a run in the fifth inning when Tony Kubek hit into a double play. It proved to be the difference in a tight 1-0 World Series win for New York.

Oct. 13, 1960 — Pirates 10, Yankees 9
Possibly the greatest Game 7 in World Series history, Bill Mazeroski came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning with the score tied at 9-9 and hit a home run to give the Pirates their first World Series title since 1925.

Mazeroski wins it

Oct. 9, 1958 — Yankees 6, Braves 2
The two teams were locked in a 2-2 tie through seven innings before the Yankees scored four runs in the eighth inning behind a three-run home run from Moose Skowron to secure a World Series win.

Oct. 10, 1957 — Braves 5, Yankees 0
Lew Burdette, who had already won two games in the series, got the ball for Milwaukee in Game 7. He tossed a seven-hit shutout, as the Braves knocked out Don Larsen in the third inning, cruising to a 5-0 victory.

Oct. 10, 1956 — Yankees 9, Dodgers 0
Don Larsen’s perfect game in Game 5 wasn’t the only Yankees shutout in the series. After the Yanks took the lead with two first-inning runs, Johnny Kucks tossed a three-hitter to defeat the Dodgers and starter Don Newcombe.

Oct. 4, 1955 — Dodgers 2, Yankees 0
“Wait ’til next year” was the Dodgers’ motto when they famously lost their first seven World Series. Brooklyn starter Johnny Podres made sure “next year” was 1955 by tossing a shutout against the vaunted Yankees lineup in Game 7.

Dodgers win their first Series

Oct. 7, 1952 — Yankees 4, Dodgers 2
The Yankees carried a 4-2 lead into the seventh inning, where reliever Bob Kuzava retired Duke Snider and Jackie Robinson with the bases loaded to end the threat. He pitched another two scoreless frames and earned his second Series-clinching save in as many years.

Oct. 6, 1947 — Yankees 5, Dodgers 2
The Dodgers took an early 2-0 lead to knock out Yankees starter Spec Shea. But it was all Yanks after that as they scored five runs in four different innings. New York’s Joe Page tossed five innings of one-hit relief work.

Oct. 15, 1946 — Cardinals 4, Red Sox 3
Dom DiMaggio’s two-run double tied the game in the top of the eighth inning for Boston. But the Cardinals famously took the lead in the bottom of the inning when Enos Slaughter scored all the way from first on a Harry Walker single to center field.

Oct. 10, 1945 — Tigers 9, Cubs 3
The series best known for the Curse of the Billy Goat came down to a decisive Game 7 at Wrigley Field. The Tigers scored five runs in the first inning, and starter Hal Newhouser went the distance to clinch the series for Detroit in what was the Cubs’ last trip to the Fall Classic.

The Tigers’ Eddie Mayo is safe at home in the eighth inning of Detroit’s 9-3 win in Game 7 of the 1945 World Series.AP

Oct. 8, 1940 — Reds 2, Tigers 1
Bobo Newsom, whose father had suffered a fatal heart attack earlier in the series, pitched six solid innings for Detroit on just one day’s rest. But he tired in the seventh, surrendering a game-tying double and a game-winning sac fly, and the Reds held on for the victory.

Oct. 9, 1934 — Cardinals 11, Tigers 0
Dizzy Dean, pitching on just one day of rest, was brilliant in tossing a six-hit shutout. The game was delayed after St. Louis’ Joe Medwick and Detroit’s Marv Owen fought after Medwick’s hard slide into third, which prompted fans to throw soda bottles and fruit onto the field.

Oct. 10, 1931 — Cardinals 4, A’s 2
The Cardinals jumped out in front early with two runs in the first inning and put the game essentially on ice with two more in the third. Philadelphia wouldn’t score until the ninth inning, but its two runs weren’t enough.

Oct. 10, 1926 — Cardinals 3, Yankees 2
Grover Cleveland Alexander held the Yankees scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings after he had picked up the victory in Game 6. With Lou Gehrig at the plate and the Yanks trailing by one, Babe Ruth was caught stealing second base to end the series.

Oct. 15, 1925 — Pirates 9, Senators 7
The Senators blew a 6-3 lead when Hall of Famer Walter Johnson, who won Games 1 and 4 in the series, ran out of gas. Pittsburgh scored three times in the eighth and won, 9-7. Washington shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh, the AL MVP Award winner, committed eight errors in the series.

Oct. 10, 1924 — Senators 4, Giants 3 (12)
Many baseball historians argue this was the greatest Game 7. Washington fell behind, 3-1, but tied it with two runs in the eighth. The Senators went on to win the game in the 12th on a bad-hop grounder that scored Muddy Ruel, giving the city of Washington its only title.

Oct. 16, 1912 — Red Sox 3, Giants 2 (10)
In what was technically Game 8, after Game 2 resulted in a tie because of darkness, New York went ahead, 2-1, in the top of the 10th on Fred Merkle’s single. But in the bottom of the frame, center fielder Fred Snodgrass dropped a lazy popup, which proved to be very costly in Boston’s 3-2 win.

Oct. 16, 1909 — Pirates 8, Tigers 0
On just one day of rest, Babe Adams tossed a six-hit shutout for the Pirates, who easily won baseball’s first winner-take-all Game 7. It marked Ty Cobb’s last appearance in a World Series and the third consecutive year the Tigers lost in the Fall Classic.

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Mike Petriello

5 questions that will decide Game 7 (8 ET, FOX)

5 questions that will decide Game 7 (8 ET, FOX)

For the second World Series in a row — and for the first time in Dodger Stadium history — we’re fortunate enough to be treated to a Fall Classic that will head to a Game 7. Given how competitive and entertaining the Series has been so far, and that it’s the first time since 1970 that two 100-plus-win teams are facing off in the Fall Classic, this feels like a fitting resolution. This Series always had to go the distance.

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World Series Game 7: In Real Life

World Series Game 7: In Real Life

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All 38 World Series Game 7s, ranked

All 38 World Series Game 7s, ranked

It’s only fitting that a series this wild — this filled with unforgettable moments — will be decided with the four greatest words in baseball: World Series Game 7. And with so many exciting players — from Altuve to Bellinger to Springer to Darvish to Available Reliever Dallas Keuchel to Available Reliever Clayton Kershaw — it’s bound to be one of the best of all-time.

But that got us thinking: Just what is the best World Series Game 7 of all-time? There are almost too many iconic moments to choose from, so we’re going to have to solve this the old-fashioned way: by ranking all 38 of them.

 

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