Which World Series is worth time traveling for?

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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

nine years pass...

Some time travel here--very cool.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FQ-rnU8Yk04

Think I counted four walk-offs.

clemenza, Saturday, 4 November 2023 16:43 (three months ago) link

The person who put that together got lazy--you can go back much further than 1990.

All the '80s final outs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkDMn2ddH9U

All the '70s final outs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TYaKaZ63Igc

All the '50s and '60s final outs, back to 1943:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dzt7cphw7o8

clemenza, Saturday, 4 November 2023 20:45 (three months 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 (three months 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 (three months 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 GarcĂ­a Fan (H.P), Sunday, 5 November 2023 01:20 (three months ago) link


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