I thought I'd put the question to our board too. Let's say that it has to be a year before you born.
― NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10:11 (nine years ago) link
Tough decision. I think my first choice would be '46, Cards vs Red Sox, Musial and Williams (his only WS appearance), seven games, Slaughter scores the Series-winning run when Pesky holds the ball too long (a must-see play in person).
After that, the '27 Series, Yankees vs Pirates. A sweep for the Yankees, but worth it to see a legendary team do their thing.
My third choice would probably be 1919, Black Sox vs Reds, for all the reasons Steven Goldman describes.
― NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 10:18 (nine years ago) link
Just one is hard... I'd have to think it would need either to feature Ruth, or be a Brooklyn-Yankees one from the '50s. The first one i'd consider would be 1909 between Pirates and Tigers, for Wagner and Cobb. Then McGraw and Mathewson, maybe vs the A's.
― this horrible, rotten slog to rigor mortis (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:09 (nine years ago) link
I'd want to see one of the Dodgers-Yankees series from the '50s--preferably the one the Dodgers won. Also the '34 Series. If I open the window a bit to include after I was born but before I became a fan, I would really love to have seen Gibson and Koufax in the '60s.
It's impossible to gauge this--media probably drives it, and the simple matter of having been there--but at a point where about half the Series were played before I was born and half after, I suspect most of the greatest ones were played after.
― clemenza, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 11:31 (nine years ago) link
You can't argue with Dodgers-Yankees -- probably a toss-up between '55 and '56.
but at a point where about half the Series were played before I was born and half after, I suspect most of the greatest ones were played after.
I did a quick check, taking 1961 as approximately the midway point: Before 1961 there were 17 seven-game series, and 20 after 1961. For six-game series, pre-1961 there were 13, and post-1961 there were 11. It seems fairly even!
― NoTimeBeforeTime, Tuesday, 21 October 2014 12:00 (nine years ago) link
well, the midpoint of WS history now is '58/59.
― this horrible, rotten slog to rigor mortis (Dr Morbius), Tuesday, 21 October 2014 13:40 (nine years ago) link
1919 for me.
― Van Horn Street, Thursday, 23 October 2014 01:27 (nine years ago) link
Some time travel here--very cool.
Think I counted four walk-offs.
― clemenza, Saturday, 4 November 2023 16:43 (one month ago) link
The person who put that together got lazy--you can go back much further than 1990.
All the '80s final outs:
All the '70s final outs:
All the '50s and '60s final outs, back to 1943:
― clemenza, Saturday, 4 November 2023 20:45 (one month ago) link
I watch these sorts of videos on YT from time to time. There were a few walkoffs but in the last 30 years or so, the clinching game wasn't all that close. Out of the non-walkoffs, in how many of these was the WS winner in doubt down to the last pitch? I'm talking about a one or two run game in G6 or G7. There's 2014 and 2016, but not really anything else.
― NoTimeBeforeTime, Saturday, 4 November 2023 21:41 (one month ago) link
I cannot get over Reggie's dash to the dugout in '77 (2:25 on the '70s clip). He absolutely flattens one guy. Captures that moment--the Bronx is Burning--and the late-'70s in general very well.
― clemenza, Saturday, 4 November 2023 22:02 (one month ago) link
Wow, first time seeing that 1993 walk-off! Pitcher falling over to give up a 3hr walk-off, beautiful. We should poll these. 2001 gets my vote from the 90's-2020's group (though maybe I need to watch that 1993 game)
― #1 García Fan (H.P), Sunday, 5 November 2023 01:20 (one month ago) link