MarketWatch: The 5 most amazing World Series ever

From SABR member David B. Wilkerson at MarketWatch on October 24, 2012, with mention of SABR members John Thorn, Tim Wendel, Mark Pattison, David Raglin, Jane Leavy, Jim Thielman, James Rygelski, Robert L. Tiemann, Charles Alexander:

The World Series. For decades it was America’s premier sporting event, and it remains a compelling coda to the longest regular season in professional sports.

We asked John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s official historian and senior creative consultant for Ken Burns’s acclaimed “Baseball” series, to name five outstanding World Series and explain what made them special.

Thorn’s picks appear on the following pages.

1. 1991 World Series — Minnesota Twins (95-67) defeat Atlanta Braves (94-68), 4 games to 3

Both teams went from last place in their respective divisions in 1990 to first in ‘91. “You had never seen two teams go from last to first before,” said Thorn, in an interview. “And Jack Morris made a pretty good Hall of Fame case for himself based on one game, right? I mean, he had a great career, but everyone knows that’s the one game [Game 7] that makes him stick in memory.

“And with the Braves, you were looking at the start of something. This was a club that was there 14 out of 15 years in the postseason. To have a dynasty with so many changing parts over the years was very impressive, and a testament to Bobby Cox and [general manager] John Schuerholz.”

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Originally published: October 24, 2012. Last Updated: October 24, 2012.