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Jack McCallum
May 24, 2004
SEVEN GAME 7s TO REMEMBER
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May 24, 2004

Baseball

SEVEN GAME 7s TO REMEMBER

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1. WORLD SERIES, Oct. 16, 1912, BOSTON RED SOX VS. NEW YORK GIANTS, Fenway Park

A dropped fly ball by normally dependable Giants centerfielder Fred Snodgrass came to be known as "the $30,000 Muff" (that was the approximate difference between the winning team's and the losing team's shares) as it helped the Red Sox to a 3-2 win over Christy Mathewson. (Ironically, Snodgrass followed that error by making a sensational catch on a ball hit by Harry Hooper.) Wait—the Red Sox won a World Series? This was a long time ago. So long ago, in fact, that Game 2, tied at 6-6, was called because of darkness. So it was actually an eight-game seven-game series.

2. WORLD SERIES, Oct. 10, 1924, NEW YORK GIANTS VS. WASHINGTON SENATORS, Griffith Stadium, Washington

It just seemed the Nats (as they were commonly known then) were destined to win, which they did, 4-3 in 12 innings, but not without the help of two bad-hop hits that jumped over the head of third basemen Freddie Lindstrom and two key errors. Pitching in relief, the immortal Walter (Big Train) Johnson got the win.

3. WORLD SERIES, Nov. 4, 2001, ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS VS. NEW YORK YANKEES, Bank One Ballpark, Phoenix

So, there's the best postseason closer in baseball holding a 2-1 lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Never mind what the dandy D-Back duo of Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson had done earlier: The Yanks looked like a lock. But Mariano Rivera got himself in trouble, and Luis Gonzalez won the game with a bases-loaded bloop single over a drawn-in shortstop Derek Jeter. Johnson got the win in relief.

4. WORLD SERIES, Oct. 13, 1960, PITTSBURGH PIRATES VS. NEW YORK YANKEES, Forbes Field

For once the bounces didn't go the Pinstripers' way, specifically an eighth-inning bad-hopper that nailed shortstop Tony Kubek in the throat and set the stage for a Hal Smith home run that put the Pirates ahead 9-7. The Yanks tied it in the ninth, but Bill Mazeroski, better known for his glove and second-base pivot, led off the bottom of the inning with the only walkoff Game 7 homer in World Series history.

5. WORLD SERIES, Oct. 27, 1991, MINNESOTA TWINS VS. ATLANTA BRAVES, Metrodome

Years before Bud Selig thought about contracting the Twins out of existence, Minnesota's Jack Morris and the Braves' John Smoltz, Mike Stanton and Alejandro Pena locked up in a scoreless duel for 9� innings. The Twins' Gene Larkin singled home Dan Gladden with the winning run with one out in the bottom of the 10th to give Minnesota its second World Series title in five seasons.

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