The World Series, the 88th edition of which begins on Oct. 19, has a tradition of producing unlikely heroes. Here are 10 such players who shone in the Fall Classic.
Hank Gowdy, 1914 Braves. Gowdy batted only .243 during the season, but in the Miracle Braves' sweep of the vaunted Athletics, the catcher hit .545 with three doubles, one triple and one home run.
Mark Koenig, 1927 Yankees. Koenig, a shortstop who went 9 for 18, was the reed killer for Murderers' Row in their sweep of the Pirates.
Howard Ehmke, 1929 A's. Connie Mack had a feeling that this little-used junkballer (on the bike, below) would give the Cubs trouble, so he bypassed Lefty Grove to give Ehmke the start in Game 1. Ehmke won 3-1, striking out 13.
Jimmie Wilson, 1940 Reds. An injury to catcher Ernie Lombardi and the suicide of Willard Hershberger forced the Reds to go to Coach Wilson, then 40. He responded by hitting .353 against the Tigers.
Billy Martin, 1953 Yankees. "We wuz heat by a .257 hitter," said Dodger manager Charlie Dressen after Martin hit .500 with two HRs and eight RBIs.
Dusty Rhodes, 1954 Giants. An extra outfielder, Rhodes balled .667 with two homers and seven RBIs as New York swept the favored Indians.
Al Weis, 1969 Mets During the season, Weis, a reserve infielder, hit only .215, but against the Orioles, he went 5 for 11 with a game-tying home run in New York's decisive Game 5 victory.
Gene Tenace, 1972 A's. Tenace, a .225-hitting catcher, balled .348 with four homers and nine RBIs as the A's beat the Reds in seven games.
Bucky Dent, 1978 Yankees. The light-hitting shortstop went 10 for 24 against the Dodgers with seven RBIs. Together, Dent and second baseman Brian Doyle had 17 hits in the Series, only six fewer than L.A. had.