Game 1, ninth inning, Gibson vs. Eckersley: "Eckersley has not allowed a home run since Aug. 24." Seven pitches later, Gibson blasted his famous dinger.
Game 3, ninth inning, Mark McGwire vs. Jay Howell: " Howell has not allowed a home run to a righthanded batter this season (110 at bats)." Eight pitches later...history.
Kalb, who comes up with the stats, and Simon, who chooses the moment to put them on the air, claim no special powers other than those produced by hard work. But, said Simon, "after the Series, we're going to get on the first plane to Vegas."