Game Stories

October 23-25, 1884: The first "World Series"

This chapter is not about a single game. Instead, it is about…

October 23, 1886: Curt Welch’s winning slide

After the 1885 season the two major-league pennant winners, the…

October 21, 1887: Sam Thompson's triple trouble

Sam Thompson may have been the best hitter in baseball in 1887.…

October 18, 1889: Genesis of a rivalry: Brooklyn vs. New York

In 1889, for the first time, both the National League and the…

October 29, 1889: Giants win back-to-back World’s Series

They might have called it the first “Subway Series” if there…

October 1892: The Split-Season Playoff

Major-league baseball faced a serious crisis in the early 1890s.…

October 9, 1914: Rudolph outpitches Bender in World Series opener

The upstart Boston Braves surprised the defending World Series…

October 10, 1914: Bill James outduels Eddie Plank in Game Two

On an unusually warm October day in Philadelphia in front of…

October 12, 1914: Braves win Game Three in 12 innings

In the second consecutive thrilling contest, Philadelphia played…

October 13, 1914: Braves finish off shocking World Series upset in Game Four

Backed by stout defense,1 Dick Rudolph easily won his second…

October 11, 1915: Red Sox squeeze by Pete Alexander's Phillies in Game Three

The 1915 World Series featured the upstart Philadelphia Phillies,…

October 12, 1915: Ernie Shore leads Red Sox to Game Four victory

Game Four of the 1915 World Series was the second home game in…

October 1, 1932: The Babe calls his shot ... or does he?

“Keep up the pepper, boys!”1 Chicago manager Charlie Grimm…

October 6, 1938: Sore-armed Dizzy Dean loses Game Two on Crosetti's late homer

Knowing visitors to Wrigley Field realize upon entering the venerated…

October 10, 1945: Newhouser leads Tigers to Game 7 victory

The Chicago Cubs defeated the Detroit Tigers in the 1907 and…

October 10, 1964: Mickey Mantle's record World Series home run wins it in 9th

The World Series is baseball’s Big Stage. Of necessity, a…

October 8, 1966: Wally Bunker shuts out Dodgers in Game Three of World Series

It was anybody’s game heading into the bottom of the fifth…

October 4, 1969: Orioles win first-ever ALCS game

On October 4, 1969, nearly 40,000 fans filed into Memorial Stadium…

October 15, 1970: Orioles clinch 1970 World Series championship in Game Five

The 1970 Cincinnati Reds [102-60] ran away with the National…

October 17, 1971: Blass, Clemente lead Pirates to victory in World Series Game 7

It was the culmination of the 1971 baseball season. Game Seven…

October 11, 1992: Alomar, Blue Jays emerge out of shadows in ALCS Game 4

When Blue Jays second baseman Roberto Alomar stepped into the…

October 8, 1995: Mariners win ALDS on Edgar Martinez's 11th-inning double

The 1994 players strike, which ended the season prematurely and…

October 20, 2004: Cardinals extend NLCS on Edmonds' homer in Game 6

The 2004 regular season ended with the St. Louis Cardinals winning…

November 2, 2016: Cubs end World Series curse with thrilling Game 7 victory

Entering Game Seven of the 2016 World Series at Cleveland’s…