Every Game 7 in World Series history
Below is a summary of every Game 7 in World Series history:
Oct. 16, 1909 -- Pirates 8, Tigers 0
At Detroit: Pirates pitcher Babe Adams won his third game of this Series, pitching a six-hit shutout, while Honus Wagner and Dots Miller each drove in two runs in the win for Pittsburgh. Tigers legend Ty Cobb went 0-for-4 and hit just .231 for the series.
Oct. 16, 1912 -- Red Sox 3, Giants 2 (10 innings)
At Boston: This game was tied 1-1 after nine innings. In the top of the 10th, the Giants' Fred Merkle delivered an RBI single off Smoky Joe Wood (who entered in the eighth in relief of Hugh Bedient) to give New York a 2-1 lead. But in the bottom of the 10th, after pinch hitter Clyde Engle reached on a two-base error by center fielder Fred Snodgrass to start the inning and moved to third on a fly out, Boston star Tris Speaker hit a one-out single off Christy Mathewson to score Engle with the tying run. Two batters later, Larry Gardner's sac fly to right scored Steve Yerkes with the Series-winning run.
Oct. 10, 1924 -- Senators 4, Pirates 3 (12 innings)
At Washington, D.C.: The Giants scored three times in the sixth to take a 3-1 lead, but the Senators tied the game in bottom of the eighth on a two-out, two-run single by Bucky Harris. Washington pitching legend Walter Johnson entered in relief in the ninth and allowed three hits and struck out five in four innings of work. Then, in the bottom of the 12th, the Senators' Muddy Ruel hit a one-out double in an at-bat that was extended when Giants catcher Hank Gowdy tripped on his mask trying to catch a foul popup. Two batters later, Earl McNeely's grounder to third hit a pebble and hopped past Giants third baseman Fred Lindstrom, allowing Ruel to score the Series-winning run. This is the only World Series ever won by a team from the nation's capital.
Oct. 15, 1925 -- Pirates 9, Senators 7
At Pittsburgh: The defending world champion Senators, who had held a 3-1 Series lead, broke out early with four runs in the first inning, but the Pirates were able to rally back against Hall of Famer Walter Johnson, eventually taking the lead with three runs in the bottom of the eighth. Kiki Cuyler delivered the decisive blow in that eighth inning, as his two-run ground-rule double with two outs snapped a 7-7 tie.
Oct. 10, 1926 -- Cardinals 3, Yankees 2
At Bronx, N.Y.: The Cardinals scored three unearned runs in the top of the fourth off Waite Hoyt. Tommy Thevenow went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and Grover Cleveland "Pete" Alexander, one day after winning Game 6, pitched 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to lift St. Louis to the win. Babe Ruth hit a third-inning solo HR off Cards starter Jesse Haines, but also made the last out of the series when he was caught stealing second with Bob Meusel at the plate in the bottom of the ninth.
Oct. 10, 1931 -- Cardinals 4, Athletics 2
At St. Louis: The Cardinals scored twice in the first and twice more in the third, and Burleigh Grimes struck out six in 8 2/3 innings of work for the victory. The Cardinals' George Watkins went 2-for-3, with a two-run HR in the third inning. The Athletics did not appear in the World Series again until 1972, by which time the franchise was in Oakland after a stopover in Kansas City.
Oct. 10, 1934 -- Cardinals 11, Tigers 0
At Detroit: The Cardinals scored seven runs in the third inning, three on Frankie Frisch's three-run double, and Dizzy Dean pitched a complete-game six-hitter. Tigers fans pelted Cardinals star Joe Medwick with garbage when he took his position in left field an inning after he slid hard into Detroit third baseman Marv Owen on a triple. Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis ordered that both Medwick and Owen be removed from the game.
Oct. 8, 1940 -- Reds 2, Tigers 1
At Cincinnati: The Tigers got their only run of the game on Charlie Gehringer's RBI single in the third inning off Paul Derringer. But the Reds clawed back and scored two in the seventh inning of Bobo Newsom, who was looking for his third win of the Series. Jimmy Ripple drove in the tying run with a double and scored the eventual Series-winning run on Billy Myers' sac fly. It was the Reds' first world title since the infamous 1919 "Black Sox" World Series.
Oct. 10, 1945 -- Tigers 9, Cubs 3
At Chicago: The Tigers scored five times in the first inning, chasing Cubs starter Hank Borowy after just three batters, and coasted to their first world championship since 1935. For the Cubs, this remains the last World Series game in the franchise's history to date.
Oct. 15, 1946 -- Cardinals 4, Red Sox 3
At St. Louis: The Cards led 3-1 heading into the eighth inning, but the Red Sox tied the game in the top of the inning when Dom DiMaggio hit a two-run double off reliever Harry Brecheen. Then, with two out in the bottom of the eighth, Harry Walker doubled to center field and Enos Slaughter scored from first ahead of the relay from substitute outfielder Leon Culberson and shortstop Johnny Pesky. The run, known as "Slaughter's Mad Dash," lifted the Cardinals to their third World Series crown in five seasons.
Oct. 6, 1947 -- Yankees 5, Dodgers 2
At Bronx, N.Y.: The Dodgers took a 2-0 lead in the top of the second on RBI hits by Bruce Edwards (single) and Spider Jorgensen (double). But the Yankees took the lead in the bottom of the fourth courtesy of Bobby Brown's RBI double and Tommy Henrich's RBI single. Joe Page pitched five scoreless innings in relief, allowing just one hit, as the Yankees won the Series for the third time in the 1940s.
Oct. 7, 1952 -- Yankees 4, Dodgers 2
At Brooklyn, N.Y.: The Yankees scored single runs in four straight innings and Billy Martin made a running catch on Jackie Robinson's wind-blown popup to end a Dodgers threat in the bottom of the seventh. Mickey Mantle went 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBIs as the Bombers won the fourth of their five straight World Series titles from 1949-53 (this was the only Series in that run that went seven games).
Oct. 4, 1955 -- Dodgers 2, Yankees 0
At Bronx, N.Y.: Gil Hodges drove in both Dodgers runs with an RBI single in the fourth and a sac fly in the sixth. With Brooklyn still up 2-0 in the bottom of the sixth, Yogi Berra hit a fly ball down the left-field line that seemed like a certain hit, but Sandy Amoros made a running catch near the foul pole and then relayed the ball back to the infield to complete a double play. Series MVP Johnny Podres struck out four and scattered eight hits in a complete-game shutout as "next year" finally arrived for the Dodgers.
Oct. 10, 1956 -- Yankees 9, Dodgers 0
At Brooklyn, N.Y.: In the series best remembered for Don Larsen's perfect game in Game 5, Johnny Kucks tossed a three-hit shutout, Yogi Berra had two home runs and four RBIs, and Moose Skowron had a homer and four RBIs as the Yanks cruised to victory in the last Yankees-Dodgers Subway Series before the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles.
Oct. 10, 1957 -- Braves 5, Yankees 0
At Bronx, N.Y.: Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron each drove in runs in a four-run third inning and Lew Burdette pitched a seven-hit shutout as the Braves won their first World Series since 1914, when the franchise was in Boston.
Oct. 9, 1958 -- Yankees 6, Braves 2
At Milwaukee: The game was tied 2-2 in the top of the eighth when the Yankees scored four runs, one on Elston Howard's RBI single and three on a three-run HR by Moose Skowron, to complete a comeback from a 3-1 Series deficit.
Oct. 13, 1960 -- Pirates 10, Yankees 9
At Pittsburgh: The Yankees led 7-4 going into the bottom of the eighth, but the Pirates scored five times in the inning, capped by Hal Smith's three-run HR. The Yankees tied the game with two runs in the top of the ninth, but Pittsburgh's Bill Mazeroski led off the bottom of the ninth with a solo HR off Ralph Terry to win the game and the Series for the Pirates. It remains the only Game 7 walk-off home run in World Series history.
Oct. 16, 1962 -- Yankees 1, Giants 0
At San Francisco: The only run of the game came in the top of the fifth, when Moose Skowron scored on a double-play ball off the bat of Tony Kubek. In the bottom of the ninth, the Giants had the tying and winning runs in scoring position with two outs, but Willie McCovey's line drive was snared by Bobby Richardson and the Yankees held on for the win.
Oct. 15, 1964 -- Cardinals 7, Yankees 5
At St. Louis: Series MVP Bob Gibson allowed five earned runs but also struck out nine in a complete-game effort, while Ken Boyer and Lou Brock each belted home runs as the Cardinals claimed their first World Series crown since 1946. For the Yankees, they did not return to the Fall Classic until 1976.
Oct. 14, 1965 -- Dodgers 2, Twins 0
At Bloomington, Minn.: Sandy Koufax struck out 10 and pitched a three-hit shutout while Lou Johnson (solo HR) and Wes Parker (RBI single) each drove in runs in the fourth inning as the Dodgers won their second world championship in three seasons.
Oct. 12, 1967 -- Cardinals 7, Red Sox 2
The Cards' Bob Gibson struck out 10 and pitched a complete-game three-hitter -- and also hit a solo HR -- as the Cardinals wrote an unhappy ending to the Red Sox's "Impossible Dream" season. Julian Javier also homered and drove in three runs for St. Louis.
Oct. 10, 1968 -- Tigers 4, Cardinals 1
At. St. Louis: Cardinals ace Bob Gibson and Series MVP Mickey Lolich tossed matching zeros until the top of the seventh, when Cards center fielder Curt Flood misjudged a Jim Northrup fly ball, turning it into a two-run triple. Bill Freehan and Don Wert also drove in runs for Detroit as the Tigers rallied from a 3-1 Series deficit to win their first world championship since 1945.
Oct. 17, 1971 -- Pirates 2, Orioles 1
At Baltimore: Series MVP Roberto Clemente hit a solo HR in the fourth, Jose Pagan had an RBI double in the sixth and Steve Blass threw a complete-game four-hitter, striking out five, as the Pirates won the world title for the first time since 1960.
Oct. 22, 1972 -- Athletics 3, Reds 2
At Cincinnati: Series MVP Gene Tenace broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI double off Pedro Borbon in the top of the sixth and Sal Bando added another RBI double in that inning as the Athletics won the World Series for the first time since 1930, when the franchise was in Philadelphia.
Oct. 21, 1973 -- Athletics 5, Mets 2
At Oakland: The A's scored four runs in the third inning off Mets starter Jon Matlack on the strength of two-run HRs by Bert Campaneris and Series MVP Reggie Jackson, and three Oakland pitchers scattered eight hits, as the Athletics won the second of their three straight world championships from 1972-74.
Oct. 22, 1975 -- Reds 4, Red Sox 3
At Boston: After Boston's dramatic 12-inning win in Game 6, the Red Sox took a 3-0 in the second inning of Game 7 thanks to Carl Yastrzemski's RBI single and two bases-loaded walks by the Reds' Don Gullett. Cincinnati rallied for two runs in the sixth on Tony Perez's two-run HR and tied it in the seventh on an RBI single by Series MVP Pete Rose. Then, with two out in the top of the ninth, Joe Morgan singled off Jim Burton to score Ken Griffey with the eventual Series-winning run as the Reds won their first World Series since 1940.
Oct. 17, 1979 -- Pirates 4, Orioles 1At Baltimore: Series MVP Willie Stargell belted a go-ahead, two-run HR in the sixth and the Pirates tacked on two more runs in the eighth as Pittsburgh rallied from a 3-1 Series deficit to win the world championship, winning the final two games on the road.
Oct. 20, 1982 -- Cardinals 6, Brewers 3
At St. Louis: Trailing 3-1 going into the bottom of the sixth, the Cardinals rallied to take the lead on a two-run single by Keith Hernandez and an RBI single by George Hendrick. Series MVP Darrell Porter and pinch hitter Steve Braun drove in insurance runs in the eighth, and Bruce Sutter pitched two innings of scoreless relief in support of starter Joaquin Andujar, as the Cardinals won their first world championship since 1967.
Oct. 27, 1985 -- Royals 11, Cardinals 0
At Kansas City: After the Royals' controversy-tinged comeback win in Game 6, Game 7 was a one-sided affair. Darryl Motley's two-run HR off John Tudor in the second inning gave K.C. a lead it never relinquished, and Bret Saberhagen pitched a five-hit shutout as the Royals won their only world championship to date.
Oct. 27, 1986 -- Mets 8, Red Sox 5
At Flushing, N.Y.: Two days after the classic Game 6 of this series -- rain pushed Game 7 back a day -- the Red Sox took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, due in part to back-to-back HRs by Dwight Evans and Rich Gedman. The Mets rallied to tie the game in the sixth, and then Series MVP Ray Knight led off the seventh with a solo HR off Calvin Schraldi to help lift the Mets to their second World Series championship.
Oct. 25, 1987 -- Twins 4, Cardinals 2
At Minneapolis: Greg Gagne's RBI single in the sixth broke a 2-2 tie and Frank Viola struck out seven in eight innings of work as the Twins won their first World Series since moving to Minnesota from Washington in 1961. The home team won all seven games in this series.
Oct. 27, 1991 -- Twins 1, Braves 0 (10 innings)
At Minneapolis: The Twins' Jack Morris and the Braves' John Smoltz engaged in a classic pitching duel. In the top of the eighth, the Braves' Lonnie Smith got deked by Twins second baseman Chuck Knoblauch and did not score on a double by Terry Pendleton. Atlanta did not score in the inning, nor did the Braves manage a single run in 10 innings against Morris. The Twins won their second World Series in five seasons when Gene Larkin drove in Dan Gladden with the winning run on a fly ball, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 10th.
Oct. 26, 1997 -- Marlins 3, Indians 2 (11 innings)
At Miami: The Indians led 2-1 going to the bottom of the ninth, but the Marlins tied the game against Jose Mesa on a Craig Counsell sac fly. Then, in the bottom of the 11th, following a Tony Fernandez error, Edgar Renteria drove in the winning run with a single to center field as the Marlins won their first World Series title.
Nov. 4, 2001 -- Diamondbacks 3, Yankees 2
At Phoenix: The Yankees took a 2-1 lead on an eighth-inning HR by Alfonso Soriano, but the Diamondbacks rallied for two runs in the bottom of the ninth off Mariano Rivera, with Luis Gonzalez driving in the Series-winning run with a bloop single to center field.
Oct. 27, 2002 -- Angels 4, Giants 1
At Anaheim: Garrett Anderson's three-run double in the bottom of the third inning broke a 1-1 tie and lifted the Angels to their first world championship. John Lackey and three Angels relievers scattered six hits in the victory.
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