Those final moments of World Series glory   

Updated: October 29, 2007, 2:35 PM ET

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Teams play 162 games to have the chance. They must win 10 more games in the postseason to get there. And then they must get that final out or deliver the final clutch hit that wins the World Series.

In ranking these World Series-ending moments, I used one basic criteria: How exciting would it have been to be present for that moment? (Yes, the clinching moment for your favorite team will always ring most memorable.)

1. 2001, Game 7: Diamondbacks 3, Yankees 2
I admit, I'm a little biased: I was actually here for this one. The Yankees were about to win their fourth straight World Series title. Mariano Rivera was about to convert his 23rd consecutive postseason save opportunity. The non-Yankees fans in the crowd -- which meant pretty much everyone except Rudy Giuliani -- were depressed just thinking of another pin-striped title. But the fans in Arizona started waving their towels, and then Mark Grace led off with a single and then Tony Womack doubled in the tying run and then Luis Gonzalez blooped an 0-1 pitch over Derek Jeter's head. The Evil Empire had been defeated with the only bottom-of-the-ninth Game 7 comeback in World Series history.

2. 1960, Game 7: Pirates 10, Yankees 9
The series itself was terrible until Game 7, which may have been the greatest baseball game ever played. In a 9-9 game, Bill Mazeroski hits the only Game 7 walk-off home run in Series history, knocking Ralph Terry's 1-0 slider over the left-field fence at Forbes Field.

3. 1962, Game 7: Yankees 1, Giants 0
The ultimate pitcher-batter showdown in World Series history: The Yankees lead the Giants in the bottom of the ninth, Matty Alou is on third and Willie Mays on second after a two-out double (with Roger Maris making a great play in right field to hold Alou at third). Willie McCovey digs in against Ralph Terry, who has gone the distance and is trying to avoid losing Game 7 in the ninth inning for the second time in three years. McCovey drills a 1-1 pitch -- he would call it the hardest ball he's ever hit -- but it smacks right into the glove of second baseman Bobby Richardson.

4. 1991, Game 7: Twins 1, Braves 0
We remember Jack Morris' 10-inning, 126-pitch complete game, but it was Gene Larkin's one-out single on the first pitch from Alejandro Pena that scored Dan Gladden, capping one of the most exciting World Series ever played.

5. 1955, Game 7: Dodgers 2, Yankees 0
Next year arrives for Brooklyn. Johnny Podres pitches an eight-hit, 2-0 shutout, Elston Howard grounds out to Pee Wee Reese for the final out at Yankee Stadium and they go crazy in Flatbush.

6. 1993, Game 6: Blue Jays 8, Phillies 6
Joe Carter lines a 2-2 pitch from Mitch Williams over the left-field fence for a three-run homer and goes on a jubilant romp around the bases, while a wild celebration ensues in Toronto (it's the unofficial end of the Mullet Era in Major League Baseball).

7. 1912, Game 8: Red Sox 3, Giants 2
Turn back the clock: It's the first season at Boston's new Fenway Park. The best pitcher in baseball, the legendary Christy Mathewson, is trying to finish off a 2-1 victory after the Giants score a run in the 10th. But the Red Sox, helped by Fred Snodgrass' dropped fly ball to start the inning, score twice, with Larry Gardner's sac fly scoring Steve Yerkes with the winning run. Think you may want to be there for this one?

8. 1946, Game 7: Cardinals 4, Red Sox 3
After the Cardinals scored in the bottom of the eighth on Enos Slaughter's famous mad dash, Harry Brecheen gave up two singles to start the ninth. A force and pop out brings up pinch-hitter Tom McBride with runners at first and third. He grounds out, second to short.

9. 1924, Game 7: Senators 4, Giants 3
It's the bottom of the 12th at Griffith Stadium in Washington. Two Giants errors, by catcher Hank Gowdy (on a foul pop) and shortstop Travis Jackson, bring up Earl McNeely, who doubles to left to give the Senators their only World Series title.

10. 1926, Game 7: Cardinals 3, Yankees 2
Babe Ruth is on first after a two-out walk, cleanup hitter Bob Meusel steps in, with Lou Gehrig on deck ... and Ruth tries to steal. Catcher Bob O'Farrell guns him down.

11. 2004, Game 4: Red Sox 3, Cardinals 0
Maybe the World Series sweep was anticlimactic after the ALCS, but Red Sox fans will forever remember the call of WEEI's Joe Castiglione:

    "Foulke to the set, the 1-0 pitch, here it is ... swing and a ground ball, stabbed by Foulke. He has it. He underhands to first. And the Boston Red Sox are the world champions. For the first time in 86 years, the Red Sox have won baseball's world championship. Can you believe it?"

12. 1997, Game 7: Marlins 3, Indians 2
First the Indians blow a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the ninth and then they lose in the 11th. Edgar Renteria's two-out single to center off Charles Nagy scores Craig Counsell for Florida's 3-2 win.

13. 1975, Game 7: Reds 4, Red Sox 3
Game 6 (Fisk's homer) gets all the highlights, but Game 7 wasn't decided until the Reds scored a run in top of ninth. Will McEnaney got Carl Yastrzemski to fly out to Cesar Geronimo in center on a 2-1 pitch to complete 1-2-3 bottom of the inning, giving the Reds their first World Series title since 1940.

14. 1980, Game 6: Phillies 4, Royals 1
Bases loaded, two outs, Tug McGraw pitching, Veterans Stadium going nuts -- after all, the Phillies had never won the World Series. Willie Wilson strikes out swinging on a 1-2 pitch (amazingly, his 12th whiff of the series in 26 at-bats). Who can forget McGraw leaping into the air?

15. 1969, Game 5: Mets 5, Orioles 3
Top of the ninth at Shea Stadium ... Jerry Koosman pitches to Davey Johnson ... fly ball to Cleon Jones in left field ... the Miracle Mets, who had never finished better than ninth before 1969, pull off one of the biggest upsets in World Series history.

16. 1965, Game 7: Dodgers 2, Twins 0
Sandy Koufax, on two days' rest, got the ball instead of Don Drysdale and pitched a three-hit shutout. In the bottom of the ninth, Harmon Killebrew singled with one out but Bob Allison struck out swinging, Koufax's 10th K of the game. The legend of Koufax was cemented.

17. 1931, Game 7: Cardinals 4, A's 2
Burleigh Grimes, the 38-year-old spitballer, took a 4-0 lead into the top of the ninth, but two walks and a pair of two-out singles brought up leadoff hitter Max Bishop with two on. Cardinals skipper Gabby Street calls for Bill Hallahan from the pen. Bishop flies out to center.

18. 1986, Game 7: Mets 8, Red Sox 5
Jesse Orosco strikes out Marty Barrett, the Mets win after trailing 3-0 in the sixth inning, and the hearts of Red Sox Nation are broken again.

19. 1903, Game 8: Red Sox 3, Pirates 0
The Americans -- as they were known then -- captured the first World Series, 5 games to 3, which was considered a huge upset at the time. The finale at Huntington Avenue Baseball Grounds was played before 7,455 fans. Bill Dinneen struck out the great Honus Wagner to end it.

20. 1923, Game 6: Yankees 6, Giants 4
After losing to the Giants the previous two seasons, the Yankees get some revenge -- and win their first World Series title. While it was the first year of Yankee Stadium, Game 6 was at the Polo Grounds. The Yanks scored five in the eighth and Sad Sam Jones got Jack Bentley on a grounder to second. And then Babe Ruth went out and chugged down a Coke to celebrate the title.

21. 2005, Game 4: White Sox 1, Astros 0
It was a sweep, but all four games were close. With 88 years of history on the line, rookie closer Bobby Jenks comes on at Minute Maid Park and gives up a leadoff single to Jason Lane. But after a sac bunt and foul out, he retires Orlando Palmeiro on a grounder to shortstop. The other curse was over.

22. 1935, Game 6: Tigers 4, Cubs 3
Goose Goslin's two-out single in the bottom of the ninth off Larry French scores Mickey Cochrane with the winner. Detroit fans, who had seen their team lose in four previous World Series trips, rush the field and spill out into the streets of Detroit to celebrate.

23. 1953, Game 6: Yankees 4, Dodgers 3
The Dodgers had tied it in the top of ninth on Carl Furillo's two-run HR, but against Clem Labine, Hank Bauer walks, Yogi Berra lines out, Mickey Mantle singles and Billy Martin singles to center. The Yankees go home happy, Dem Bums wait for next year. Again.

24. 1940, Game 7: Reds 2, Tigers 1
Paul Derringer gets three ground-ball outs in the top of ninth, getting pinch-hitter Earl Averill on a 4-3 groundout to end it.

25. 1977, Game 6: Yankees 8, Dodgers 4
The final out may have been anticlimactic -- Lee Lacy bunted in the air back to pitcher Mike Torrez with two on -- but the rest of the game wasn't bad: Reggie Jackson hit three home runs.

OTHER SEVEN-GAME SERIES

26. 1925: Pirates 9, Senators 7 -- In one of the wildest Game 7s, the teams combine for 22 hits and five errors -- two by Washington shortstop Roger Peckinpaugh (his seventh and eighth). The last one helps the Pirates score three in the bottom of the eighth. Red Oldham enters in the ninth and goes 1-2-3, getting Goose Goslin looking for the last out.

27. 2002: Angels 4, Giants 1 -- After the Angels' dramatic comeback in Game 6, Troy Percival entered to protect the lead. He gives up a single to J.T. Snow and a one-out walk to David Bell. After striking out Tsuyoshi Shinjo, Kenny Lofton offers at the first pitch and flies out to Darin Erstad in center. The Angels have their first World Series title.

28. 1972: A's 3, Reds 2 -- Six of the seven games were decided by one run. Oakland's Rollie Fingers hits Darrell Chaney with two outs, bringing up Pete Rose, who flies out to Joe Rudi in left, and the A's win the first of three straight world titles.

29. 1971: Pirates 2, Orioles 1 -- With a slim one-run lead, Pittsburgh starter Steve Blass heads to the mound in the bottom of the ninth to face the heart of the Baltimore lineup: 3-4-5 hitters Boog Powell, Frank Robinson and Merv Rettenmund. He gets a grounder to second, pop to short and grounder to short.

30. 1968: Tigers 4, Cardinals 1 -- Bob Gibson had won seven straight World Series starts, but Mickey Lolich stole Gibby's thunder; Lolich lost his shutout only when Mike Shannon homered with two outs in the ninth. Tim McCarver popped out to the catcher to end it.

31. 1952: Yankees 4, Dodgers 2 -- The Yankees win the final two in Brooklyn. Pee Wee Reese flies to left off Bob Kuzava, who pitched 2.2 innings of perfect relief.

32. 1958: Yankees 6, Braves 2 -- How's this for a World Series? Bob Turley pitched a CG shutout in Game 5 for the Yankees. He got the final out in the 10th inning of Game 6 to preserve a 4-3 win. And in Game 7, he pitched 6.2 innings of one-run relief. The Yanks broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the top of the eighth. With two on in the bottom of the ninth, Red Schoendienst lined out to Mickey Mantle.

33. 1979: Pirates 4, Orioles 1 -- The Pirates had scored twice in the top of the ninth to gain some breathing room. Sidearmer Kent Tekulve goes 1-2-3, getting Pat Kelly to fly out to center fielder Omar Moreno, capping Pittsburgh's comeback from being down 3-1 in the series.

34. 1987: Twins 4, Cardinals 2 -- Frank Viola had given up just six hits and thrown 95 pitches, but Twins manager Tom Kelly brought in Jeff Reardon in the bottom of the ninth. Reardon goes 1-2-3, with Willie McGee grounding out to Gary Gaetti for the final out.

35. 1973: A's 5, Mets 2 -- The A's win the final two at home. Rollie Fingers pitches 3 1/3 innings in relief, but the Mets score on an error to make it 5-2. With two runners on, lefty Darold Knowles comes on to face lefty-swinging Wayne Garrett. He pops out to shortstop Bert Campaneris.

36. 1967: Cardinals 7, Red Sox 2 -- The Impossible Dream Red Sox were at Fenway for Game 7, but Cy Young winner Jim Lonborg, starting on two days' rest, was ineffective. Bob Gibson fanned 10, including George Scott to end it.

37. 1964: Cardinals 7, Yankees 5 -- Bob Gibson, who won Game 5, started Game 7 on two days' rest. He staggered to the finish line at Sportsman's Park, giving up two homers in the ninth, but held on as Bobby Richardson popped out to second base.

38. 1957: Braves 5, Yankees 0 -- Milwaukee's Lew Burdette silenced the 61,000 at Yankees Stadium with a 5-0 shutout, his third win of the Series. Bill Skowron grounded out to third for the final out.

39. 1909: Pirates 8, Tigers 0 -- Rookie Babe Adams was the surprise starter, but he won his third game of the Series. Ty Cobb, outplayed by Honus Wagner in the seven games, goes 0-for-4 and Tom Jones flies to left to end it.

40. 1947: Yankees 5, Dodgers 2 -- Joe Page closes out the win over Brooklyn by getting Bruce Edwards to ground into a 6-4-3 DP.

41. 1956: Yankees 9, Dodgers 0 -- Another year, another seven-game series between the Yankees and Dodgers. Game 7 at Ebbets Field was all Yankees as Johnny Kucks pitched a three-hitter and Jackie Robinson struck out to end it -- Kucks' first K of the game and the last at-bat Robinson ever had.

42. 1982: Cardinals 6, Brewers 3 -- In a classic '80s scene, the bearded Bruce Sutter fans the hirsute Gorman Thomas on the 10th pitch of the at-bat as Busch Stadium gets all happy.

43. 1985: Royals 11, Cardinals 0 -- At least the Royals will also have George Brett leaping into Bret Saberhagen's arms after Andy Van Slyke flies out to right.

44. 1945: Tigers 9, Cubs 3 -- The last time the Cubs were in the World Series. They had won Game 6 at Wrigley, 8-7 in 12 innings, but the home crowd was quickly disappointed as Detroit scored five times in the top of the first in Game 7. Hal Newhouser got Don Johnson to ground out to second to end it.

OTHER SIX-GAME SERIES

45. 1951: Yankees 4, Giants 3 -- Everyone remembers Bobby Thomson's home run to get the Giants to the Series, but most forget the Yankees won. The Giants mounted a top-of-the-ninth rally with three straight singles off Johnny Sain to load the bases, but Bob Kuzava entered and got two sac flies and then Sal Yvars and a line drive to right field that Hank Bauer makes a diving, tumbling catch on.

46. 1992: Blue Jays 4, Braves 3 -- Dave Winfield's two-run double in the 11th gave Toronto the lead, but the Braves scored once and had a runner on third with two outs and Otis Nixon up. The Jays brought in Mike Timlin to replace Jimmy Key. The speedy Nixon tried to bunt, but tapped right back to Timlin for the final out.

47. 1921: Giants 1, Yankees 0 (actually Game 8 in a best-of-nine series) -- In the ninth, with one out and Aaron Ward on first, Frank Baker grounded out to second; Ward attempted to take third on the play but was thrown out by first baseman George Kelly. Nice hustle, dumb idea.

48. 1996: Yankees 3, Braves 2 -- The Braves did get three singles off closer John Wetteland to score a run in the top of the ninth before Mark Lemke fouled out to third baseman Charlie Hayes. Not only were the Yankees back and a dynasty set in motion, but we saw Wade Boggs riding around on a horse.

49. 1995: Braves 1, Indians 0 -- The only run scored on a David Justice home run off Jim Poole in the sixth inning. Tom Glavine had given up just one hit through eight innings and thrown 109 pitches, but Bobby Cox goes to closer Mark Wohlers. He gets Carlos Baerga to fly out to center fielder Marquis Grissom.

50. 1906: White Sox 8, Cubs 3 -- The Cubs had the highest winning percentage in major league history (.763, 116-36), but their crosstown rivals, known as the "Hitless Wonders" (they were last in the AL in batting average) pulled off the shocker, with Frank "Wildfire" Schulte grounding out to player/manager Frank Chance at first base.

51. 2003: Marlins 2, Yankees 0 -- To put it bluntly, Josh Beckett stuck it to the Bronx Bombers. For the final out, Jorge Posada tapped out to Beckett, who tagged him out.

52. 1948: Indians 4, Braves 3 -- Rookie knuckleballer Gene Bearden retires Tommy Holmes on a fly ball to left field with the bases empty.

53. 1918: Red Sox 2, Cubs 1 -- Carl Mays, who would later kill a batter with a pitch, got the final three outs for the Red Sox, pitching a three-hitter. They don't win again for 86 years. You may have heard.

54. 1978: Yankees 7, Dodgers 2 -- Goose Gossage retires Ron Cey on a foul pop to Thurman Munson.

55. 1944: Cardinals 3, Browns 1 -- The Browns, long the doormat of the American League (they drew 80,922 fans for the entire 1935 season and finished last in attendance 18 consecutive seasons), led the series 2-1, but Ted Wilks struck out Mike Chartak to end the dream.

56. 1917: White Sox 4, Giants 2 -- Red Faber earns his third win of the series as Lew McCarty grounds out with a runner on. The White Sox don't win the World Series again for 88 years.

57. 1911: Athletics 13, Giants 2 -- This was the series in which Frank Baker won himself a nickname -- "Home Run" for two late winning blasts. But Game 6 was a snoozer, with Chief Bender retiring Art Wilson on a grounder to third baseman Baker.

58. 1936: Yankees 13, Giants 5 -- Yanks explode with seven in the top of the ninth, and then Johnny "Grandma" Murphy gets Harry Danning to ground to first to finish off their cross-Bronx rivals.

59. 1930: Athletics 7, Cardinals 1 -- George Earnshaw gets Jimmie Wilson on a fly to right and Philly.

60. 1981: Dodgers 9, Yankees 2 -- The Dodgers blow it open in the fifth off reliever George Frazier (his third loss of the series) and Steve Howe gets Bob Watson to fly out to Ken Landreaux in center for the final out. The Yankees wouldn't reach the postseason again for 14 years.

61. 1959: Dodgers 9, White Sox 3 -- Rookie reliever Larry Sherry gets his second win of the Series -- to go with two saves -- as Luis Aparicio flies to left, giving the Dodgers their first West Coast title.

OTHER FIVE-GAME SERIES

62. 1929: A's 3, Cubs 2 -- After the A's won Game 4 10-8 with a memorable 10-run seventh inning, they rallied again, scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Mule Haas hit a two-run homer and then Bing Miller doubled in Al Simmons with two outs.

63. 1905: Giants 2, A's 0 -- In what many consider the greatest World Series performance ever, Christy Mathewson tossed his third shutout, retiring Lave Cross on a grounder to third to finish his 27th scoreless inning.

64. 1908: Cubs 2, Tigers 0 -- Think the 6,210 fans in attendance at Bennett Park that day knew they'd seen the only World Series celebration for the Cubs in 100 years? Ty Cobb's Tigers would lose in '07, '08 and '09, with Orval Overall shutting them down in the clincher, getting three groundouts in the bottom of the ninth.

65. 1913: Athletics 3, Giants 1  In a battle of future Hall of Famers, Eddie Plank outduels Christy Mathewson, getting Larry Doyle to fly to right in the bottom of the ninth.

66. 1941: Yankees 3, Dodgers 1 -- The first World Series between the New York rivals goes to the Yankees, as Tiny Bonham pitches a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth, with Jimmy Wasdell flying out to deep center. Brooklyn would lose four more World Series to the Yankees.

67. 2000: Yankees 4, Mets 2 -- The Subway Series went just five games, but three were decided by one run and two by two. The Yankees scored twice off Al Leiter in the top of the ninth, and then Mariano Rivera induced Mike Piazza to fly out to Bernie Williams to clinch the Bombers' third straight title.

68. 1988: Dodgers 5, A's 2 -- L.A.'s upset ended appropriately with postseason hero Orel Hershiser striking out Tony Phillips.

69. 1974: A's 3, Dodgers 2 -- The A's win their third game of the series by a 3-2 score and wrap up their third title in a row when Rollie Fingers gets Von Joshua on a grounder back to the mound.

70. 1915: Red Sox 5, Phillies 4 -- Harry Hooper's home run in the ninth gave the Sox the lead, and Rube Foster cruised in the bottom of the inning, getting pinch-hitter Bill Killefer on a grounder to shortstop.

71. 1949: Yankees 10, Dodgers 6 -- Joe Page strikes out the side in the bottom of the ninth, fanning Gil Hodges with two on to start the Yankees' streak of five straight World Series titles.

72. 1984: Tigers 8, Padres 4 -- Cy Young and MVP Willie Hernandez closed out Detroit's dominating run, as Tony Gwynn flew out to left.

73. 1942: Cardinals 4, Yankees 2 -- After St. Louis scores two in the top of the ninth, the first two Yankees reach, but Joe Gordon is picked off second base by catcher Walker Cooper and Johnny Beazley gets a pop out and grounder to second to wrap it up.

74. 1933: Giants 4, Senators 3 -- Mel Ott's homer in the top of the 10th gave the Giants the lead, and Dolf Luque struck out Joe Kuhel with two on for the win.

75. 1937: Yankees 4, Giants 2 -- The Yankees were a machine, winning four straight World Series from 1936-39, winning 16 of 19 games. Lefty Gomez got Jo-Jo Moore on a 3-1 groundout in this one.

76. 2006: Cardinals 4, Tigers 2 -- Detroit's dream season hit a roadblock in the World Series. Or, more accurately, ended in a flurry of errors and fielding miscues. Cardinals rookie Adam Wainwright fanned Brandon Inge on three pitches to end it.

77. 1943: Yankees 2, Cardinals 0 -- Spud Chandler scatters 10 hits and gets Debs Garms to ground to second with two on for the final out.

78. 1910: Athletics 7, Cubs 2 -- At the West Side Grounds in Chicago (we need ballpark names like that!), Jack Coombs won his third game of the series. Johnny Kling grounded into a 6-4 force to win it for Connie Mack's bunch.

79. 1920: Indians 3, Robins 0 (actually Game 7 of a best-of-nine) -- Commonly known as the Robins in honor of manager Wilbert Robinson, the Dodgers lost to Cleveland as Stan Coveleski won his third game. Ed Konetchy grounded into a 6-4 force for the final out.

80. 1916: Red Sox 4, Robins 1 -- Ernie Shore got Mike Mowrey to pop out to second; Shore tossed a three-hitter.

81. 1970: Orioles 9, Reds 3 -- The home fans go home disappointed as Mike Cuellar tosses the complete game. Pinch-hitter Pat Corrales grounds out to Brooks Robinson for the final out.

82. 1983: Orioles 5, Phillies 0 -- Scott McGregor tossed the five-hit shutout, getting Garry Maddox to line out to Cal Ripken on his 113th pitch.

83. 1961: Yankees 13, Reds 5 -- The Yanks scored five in the top of the first and Bud Daley delivered 6 2/3 innings in relief, retiring Vada Pinson on a fly ball to left fielder Hector Lopez.

SWEEPS

84. 1963: Dodgers 2, Yankees 1 -- Sandy Koufax gives up leadoff single in top of ninth to Bobby Richardson, but strikes out Tom Tresh and Mickey Mantle looking. After Elston Howard reaches on error, Hector Lopez grounds out to shortstop Maury Wills.

85. 1927: Yankees 4, Pirates 3 -- The famous Murderer's Row Yankees are tied 3-3, bottom of the ninth. Johnny Miljus walks Earle Combs, Mark Koenig reaches on a bunt single and after a wild pitch, Babe Ruth is intentionally walked. Miljus nearly works out of the jam by striking out Lou Gehrig and Bob Meusel, but then wild pitches in the winning run.

86. 1990: Reds 2, A's 1 -- Reds scored twice in the eighth off Dave Stewart. After Jose Rijo strikes out Dave Henderson, Randy Myers comes on to get Jose Canseco to ground out and Carney Lansford to foul out to first base.

87. 1976: Reds 7, Yankees 2 -- Reds complete 7-0 postseason, score four in top of ninth, Will McEnaney gets Roy White on fly to left fielder George Foster. Second straight year McEnaney was on the mound for the clinching out.

88. 1928: Yankees 7, Cardinals 3 -- Babe Ruth hit three home runs in this one. Yanks get second straight sweep with final out a Frankie Frisch foul ball to left. It was caught, fittingly, by Ruth.

89. 1914: Braves 3, Athletics 1 -- The Miracle Boston Braves sweep the A's as Dick Rudolph gets Stuffy McInnis to ground out to third to end it.

90. 1950: Yankees 5, Phillies 2 -- The Phillies scored twice in the top of the ninth off Whitey Ford, prompting Casey Stengel to go to Allie Reynolds, who fanned Stan Lopata for the celebration.

91. 1954: Giants 7, Indians 4 -- Game 1 featured Willie Mays' catch but Game 4 ended with Johnny Antonelli retiring pinch-hitter Dale Mitchell (more famous for striking out as the final out in Don Larsen's perfect game) on a pop foul to third base.

92. 1938: Yankees 8, Cubs 3 -- Red Ruffing retires Billy Herman on a grounder back to the mound as Lou Gehrig records the out; the next spring, he'd have to retire after eight games.

93. 1999: Yankees 4, Braves 1 -- Yanks complete 11-1 postseason as Mariano Rivera gets Keith Lockhart to fly out to left fielder Chad Curtis.

94. 1998: Yankees 3, Padres 0 -- Mariano Rivera gets Mark Sweeney to ground to third on an 0-2 pitch.

95. 1939: Yankees 7, Reds 4 -- Some call these Yanks the greatest team ever; they scored three times in the 10th inning and Grandma Murphy gave up two singles in the bottom of the inning but then retired Ernie Lombardi, Al Simmons and Wally Berger (on a lineout to shortstop).

96. 1907: Cubs 2, Tigers 0 -- Three-Finger Brown tosses the shutout, striking out Ty Cobb to start the ninth and getting Boss Schmidt to pop out to short with a runner on to end it.

97. 1922: Giants 5, Yankees 3 -- In a series in which Babe Ruth hit .118, the Giants beat the Yanks in five games (one was a tie). Art Nehf tosses the CG in the clincher, cruising through a 1-2-3 ninth. Aaron Ward flies to right to end it.

98. 1989: A's 9, Giants 6 -- A's outscore the Giants 32-14 and outhit them .301 to .209. Dennis Eckersley retires Brett Butler on a soft grounder to second base.

99. 1966: Orioles 1, Dodgers 0 -- How dull was this World Series? The Orioles hit .200 -- and won all four games. The Dodgers hit .142, getting shut out the final three games. Dave McNally gave up two runners in the ninth but got Lou Johnson to fly to center.

100. 1932: Yankees 13, Cubs 6 -- The Yanks pound out 19 hits and Herb Pennock gets Riggs Stephenson to fly out to right. No, not Babe Ruth -- Ben Chapman was the right fielder; Ruth started in left and was replaced in the ninth by Sammy Byrd.

AND ONE THAT SHALL NOT BE NAMED

101. 1919: Reds 10, White Sox 5 -- Shoeless Joe makes the final out, grounding out to second with two on, as the Reds win the series, 5 games to 3. Did he try on that at-bat? Or did Hod Eller fool him with a dropball? Did the 32,930 at Comiskey Park have any idea? Should this be higher on the list? Indeed.

David Schoenfield is an editor for Page 2. You can check out baseball-reference.com for the play-by-play and box score of every World Series game.


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