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Readers' List: Greatest World Series moments
From the Page 2 mailbag
On Monday, Page 2 offered its list of the greatest World Series moments of all-time. We asked for your take, and you filled our mailbag with plenty of choices.
1. Kirk Gibson's home run, Game 1 in 1988 (154 letters)
In terms of a moment, it has to be Kirk Gibson's home run, simply because it couldn't happen. The Dodgers couldn't beat the A's. No one could hit Eckersley. Gibson couldn't swing. Heck, Gibson could barely walk. He had one at-bat in the whole series and it arguably won the title for the Dodgers. The ninth inning of Game 1 was the classic moment when the impossible became possible and baseball took on a storybook feel that none of us who saw it will ever forget. Sam Partridge New York I still remember this one like it was yesterday. Kirk Gibson was hobbled worse than James Caan's character in "Misery." It was all or nothing with a World Series game on the line. And the Dodgers send in a pinch hitter who can barely make it to the batter's box without assistance. Then, in an at-bat that lasted about two years, Gibson kept fouling them off until he found his pitch. After every foul, he fell down on the bad legs, and had to go through the agonizing process of standing back up. And the best part was that all along, you knew he was going to homer, because there was no way for him to run to first.
Kirk Gibson's walk-off homer. Nothing else comes close to the drama of the fall classic -- an injured hero bails out his team.
2. Kirby Puckett's home run, Game 6 in 1991 (101 letters)
Kirby Puckett's game-winning home run in Game 6 of the 1991 Series, who could forget that face and that fist in the air and the thousands of homer hankies waving? Jack Buck crying, "We'll see you tomorrow night!" as the ball cleared the fence ... it gives me goose bumps still.
Sioux Falls, S.D. How do you not even put Kirby Puckett's Game 6 walk-off home run in 1991 on the list? I see Maz's, Fisk's, Gibson's, and Joe Carter's in the list. Kirby put the whole franchise on his back in that game and saved them from elimination in that one at-bat. It was the climax of the greatest World Series ever and the final touches on the greatest individual game I have seen an athlete have. Jordan has only had individual performances close to that caliber with the season on the line. While the other homers and moments on the list were great this homer had so much more around it with the Series that year being so close and the Twins facing elimination and going on to win.
Sioux City, Iowa
Being a Cubs fan, I'm forced to rely on the great World Series moments of other teams. And one of my favorites is Kirby Puckett's 1991 Game 6 shot off Charlie Leibrandt to send one of the best World Series of all-time to a seventh game. One of my favorite calls, too: "We'll see you tomorrow night!"
3. Jimmy Leyritz's home run, Game 4 in 1996 (86 letters)
Any true Yankees fan can point to one World Series play that has sparked this modern-day dynasty. "Back, at the track, at the wall, we are tied!" Jim Leyritz's three-run home run to tie the game 6-6 after trailing 6-0, and down two games to none in the Series. As we all know the Yanks went on to win in six, giving them their first of four in five years. The image of Leyritz rounding the bases at a stunned Fulton County Stadium is one that will be etched in my mind (and all other Yankee fans' minds) forever.
Jim Leyritz's game-tying home run against Mark Wohlers in Game 4 of the '96 series. Has there ever been a turning point in a Series more evident than this home run? Down two games to none and facing a 6-0 deficit, the Yankees rally to tie the game and eventually win the series to mark the beginning of one of baseball's greatest dynasties.Few people remember that this moment would have never happened without Rafael Belliard. With men on first and second and no outs, Mariano Duncan hit a tailor-made double play ball to Belliard. Belliard bobbled the ball and was only able to get the forceout at second, allowing Leyritz to become another Yankees postseason legend.
4. Bill Buckner's error, Game 6 in 1986 (70 letters)
State College, Pa.
Bill Buckner.1986, Game 6. Simply said, it backs up everything that is great about baseball and the famous Yogi Berra line: "It ain't over, 'til it's over."
I wasn't alive in 1960, but I still remember hearing about Bill Mazeroski's home run. It gives me chills every time. What kid hasn't dreamed of coming to the plate in the Game 7 clutch situation and smacking a homer? Moreover, who hasn't dreamed about doing it to the damn Yankees? Forget the technicalities of baseball, it's magic like this that makes the game worth watching ... and playing.
6. Carlton Fisk's homer, Game 6 in 1975 (44 letters)
7. Joe Carter's homer, Game 6 in 1993 (38 letters)
Whenever I see Joe Carter's home run, and the way he jumped around the bases, it still gives me goosebumps. I was 9 years old then, and he was living my dream.
8. Edgar Renteria's RBI, Game 7 in 1997 (22 letters)
Gloucester Township., N.J.
9. Kirk Gibson's homer, Game 5 in 1984 (19 letters)
In the eighth, Goose Gossage is on the hill as Gibby steps into the box. Gossage has owned Gibson throughout his career -- Gibson had struck out on three pitches against Gossage in his first Major League at-bat, and he had never really fared better since. Therefore, Goose did not want to give Gibby the intentional pass, and Padres skipper Dick Williams wasn't going to argue. Tigers manager Sparky Anderson goaded Gibson, yelling from the dugout, "[Gossage] doesn't respect you! He thinks you can't hit him! He don't want to to walk you!" Gibby looked into the upper deck in right field, turned to Anderson, held up all 10 fingers on his hands and said, "Ten bucks, I'm taking him out!" And he did. He drove a rocket into that right-field upper deck. The Tigers won the Series; the city, predictably, burned.
10. Jack Morris' 10-inning shutout, Game 7 in 1991 (15 letters)
"Black Jack" Morris screams at Manager Tom Kelly to keep him in in the top of the 10th. Jack Morris pitched 10 innings of shutout ball, and the Twins won on a Gene Larkin single to bring in Dan Gladden, closing up the greatest World Series of all-time with a pitching performance that was just dominating.
Saint Paul, Minn.
Ruth's called shot, Don Denkinger's blown call, Bernie Carbo's homer (Game 6 in 1975), Brooks Robinson's fielding in the 1970 Series, David Justice's Game 6 homer in 1996, Sandy Amoros' catch to win the 1955 Series
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