Baseball's postseason history is chock-full of legendary performances, mysterious happenings, amazing plays and epic failures. Now, for the first time, fans can vote on the players, coaches, teams and moments that have stood out the most over countless Octobers as part of ESPN.com's Hall of Fall.
In the end, the 1927 "Murderers' Row" Yankees will be enshrined as the most memorable and influential postseason squad of all time, winning 35 percent of the total vote. The 2004 "Why Not Us" Red Sox came in a close second with 28 percent, getting most of their support (unsurprisingly) from Massachusetts. The 1919 Black Sox, 1969 Mets, and 1975-76 Reds were neck and neck for third place.
Note: The ESPN research team of Mark Simon, Mike Lynch, Dan Braunstein, Greg Dohmann, Gregg Found, Jeremy Lundblad, Justin Havens, David Schoenfield and Rob Neyer contributed to this project.
1919 Chicago White Sox: A.K.A ... the Black Sox. Sure, throwing the World Series isn't a good thing. But it's 90 years later and we still talk about Shoeless Joe and company. Plus, how many teams have had a Hollywood movie made about them?
1927 New York Yankees (WINNERS): Fronted by Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, the Murderer's Row lineup produced one of the most dominating teams in baseball history. The Yankees led the AL in home runs with 156 -- 100 more than the next team. In addition to the lineup, the Yankees had arguably the league's best pitching staff and recorded 110 wins. They were wire-to-wire winners and swept the Pirates in the World Series.
1969 New York Mets: Since entering the league in 1962, the Metropolitans had finished, in order, last, last, last, last, second-to-last, last and second-to-last leading up to 1969. However, everything changed in the summer of '69, as the team was led by a strong pitching staff, including Tom Seaver's 25-7 season. The Mets' five-game series win over the Orioles is considered one of the great upsets in World Series history.
1975-76 Cincinnati Reds: These incarnations of The Big Red Machine went 108-54 and 102-60, respectively, with a lineup that conjures up nightmares for 1970s-era opposition: Pete Rose, Ken Griffey Sr., Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, Tony Perez, George Foster and Dave Concepcion. The '75 squad beat the Red Sox in a legendary series, while the '76 team went unscathed through the playoffs, sweeping the Phillies in the NLCS and the Yankees in the World Series.
2004 Red Sox: In the first season under manager Terry Francona, the team went 98-64, winning the AL wild card. After falling down 3-0 to the Yankees in the ALCS, including a 19-8 drubbing in Game 3, the Red Sox were down 4-3 in Game 4 in the bottom of the ninth and facing Mariano Rivera. The rest is history, as the Sox would win seven games in a row, ending an 86-year World Series drought.