The Top 3 World Series Games Ever Played
Last night – or very early this morning if you live on the east coast – the Houston Astros beat the L.A. Dodgers 7-6 to win an epic World Series game that featured a record eight home runs and remarkable late-inning drama. (Note: Yahoo’s Jeff Passan did a fantastic job with his column on the game. Check it out here: https://sports.yahoo.com/astros-won-epic-homer-happy-world-series-game-2-091418878.html)
And as you know, each Thursday on his show on Richmond’s ESPN Radio, Greg Burton asks me to pick my Top 3. This week’s timely topic: Top 3 World Series Games ever played.
No. 3: Game 6, 1975: Red Sox 7, Reds 6 (12 innings)
Hall of Famers on both sides, Bernie Carbo's dramatic three-run home run, a play-at-the-plate in the 9th, and the historic Carlton Fisk homer to win the game in the 12th.
No. 2: Game 6, 1986: Mets 6, Red Sox 5 (10 innings)
It was in the 10th inning of Game 6 at Shea Stadium with the Red Sox leading the Mets 5-3. Ahead in the series 3-2, the Sox needed one more out to win their first World Series since 1918. Then, there was a two-out hit, a wild pitch, and then Mookie Wilson came to the plate, and then .... the ball rolled through Bill Buckner's legs.
No. 1. Game 7, 1960: Pirates 10, Yankees 9
Bill Mazeroski's 10th inning home run won this game as the underdog Pirates beat the favored Yankees in a dramatic game seven. Look at that box score! Look at those names: Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, Roger Maris, Roberto Clemente. Dick Groat. Yes, the Duke basketball star turned MLB hero.
Pirates led 4-0. Yankees rallied to take a 7-4 lead in the 8th inning. Buccos score 5-runs to re-take the lead in the 8th, but New York scores twice in the 9th to tie the game. Then...Maz.