Who Is the Ultimate Champion in an All-Time MLB Tourney Bracket?
March Madness is one of the most exciting times in sports and everyone loves filling out their brackets. This is a unique baseball bracket that pits some of the best teams in MLB history against each other.
There will be only one team that can come out on top as the best team in MLB history and it will be a tough road to get there. Teams will not find an easy win in this tournament.
Teams from different eras will meet up and the biggest stars from a number of generations will go up against each other.
Imagine Honus Wagner and Stan Musial coming to the plate in the same game. That will happen in this tournament.
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To keep with the tournament style, these will be one-game matchups between the teams. This should lead to a number of interesting upsets and there could be a Cinderella team or two that makes a deep run in the tournament as a result.
The top-seeded team in the round will be the home team.
There will be one day in between rounds of the tournaments, so a team cannot have their ace on the mound for every game. For teams that had pitchers who went to the mound on a daily basis, that will be the case here. Teams from later eras will have to go deeper into their rotation.
Pitching rotation order will be determined by the listings for each team on Baseball-Reference.
Teams were selected by a committee and as with NCAA March Madness, there are some teams that felt that they were left out and others just managed to sneak in off of the bubble.
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Teams from every one of baseball's eras have been selected to participate in this exclusive tournament and they have been seeded as follows.
1) 1927 New York Yankees
2) 1939 New York Yankees
3) 1932 New York Yankees
5) 1907 Chicago Cubs
6) 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates
7) 1976 Cincinnati Reds
8) 1998 New York Yankees
9) 1970 Baltimore Orioles
10) 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates
11) 1910 Philadelphia Athletics
12) 1906 Chicago Cubs
13) 1905 New York Giants
14) 1986 New York Mets
15) 1929 Philadelphia Athletics
16) 1975 Cincinnati Reds
17) 1995 Cleveland Indians
18) 1961 New York Yankees
19) 2004 Boston Red Sox
20) 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers
21) 1917 Chicago White Sox
22) 2001 Seattle Mariners
23) 1942 St. Louis Cardinals
24) 1995 Atlanta Braves
25) 1912 Boston Red Sox
26) 1995 Cleveland Indians
27) 1886 Chicago White Stockings
28) 1984 Detroit Tigers
29) 1954 New York Giants
30) 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers
31) 1930 St. Louis Cardinals
32) 1978 New York Yankees
First Round: 1) 1927 New York Yankees vs 32) 1978 New York Yankees
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The New York Yankees have won 27 World Series titles, so it should not be that surprising that two of their teams ended up in a matchup against each other in this tournament.
Ron Guidry faces a tough task as he has to face the famed Murderer's Row of the 1927 Yankees. He is opposed by the ace of the 1927 Yankees, Waite Hoyt.
Even though Guidry pitched his way to a 1.74 ERA and a 208 ERA+ in 1978, he gets lit up in this matchup. The power of the 1927 team's lineup is too much and Babe Ruth's Yankees get off to an early 3-0 lead and they never let go.
Hoyt gets tagged for one run in seven innings as Reggie Jackson hits a solo home run in the fifth inning of the game, but that is all the 1978 Yankees get.
The 1927 Yankees walk away from this matchup with an easy 8-1 win.
First Round: 2) 1939 New York Yankees vs 31) 1930 St. Louis Cardinals
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Joltin' Joe DiMaggio helped lead the 1939 New York Yankees to a 106-45 record and a World Series title. His team faces off against the 1930 St. Louis Cardinals.
That Cardinals team has the distinction of being the only team in MLB history to have all eight of its starters have an average over .300 for the year.
Red Ruffing takes the mound against Burleigh Grimes in this matchup.
St. Louis hops out to an early lead in the third inning after stringing together a number of base hits. They find themselves up 2-0 over the favored Yankees.
The lead does not last long as Joe DiMaggio hits a two-run shot in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie things up. Things go back and forth and the game enters the bottom of the ninth inning tied at two.
DiMaggio leads off the inning with a double in the gap off of Cardinals reliever Hi Bell. Bill Dickey then steps to the plate and laces a single into left, which gives the Yankees the dramatic win.
First Round: 3) 1932 New York Yankees vs 30) 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers
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In 1932 a number of players from the fantastic 1927 New York Yankees team were still on the roster, but they had aged. That did not stop them from producing, as Babe Ruth hit 41 home runs at age 37.
Sandy Koufax leads the 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers into this tough matchup against the Yankees. There are few pitchers in baseball history that would provide a more interesting matchup in this game.
A 23-year-old Lefty Gomez is making the start for the New York Yankees, but he has nerves of steel.
The two pitchers exchange shutout innings for the first five frames. In the sixth, the Yankees go ahead on a Lou Gehrig solo shot. They would take that lead into the seventh inning, but the Dodgers manage to tie the game on a Johnny Roseboro RBI double.
Koufax keeps going strong and keeps the Yankees to just that one run. Ruffing exits the game after the seventh and Ed Wells replaces him. A Jim Lefebvre home run off of Wells gives the Dodgers a one-run lead going into the bottom of the eighth.
The Yankees see why Koufax is regarded as one of the best pitchers in MLB history, as he shuts them down in the eight and ninth to seal the shocking win for the Dodgers. His one-run, five-hit performance against one of the best teams in baseball history is nothing short of impressive.
First Round: 4) 1910 Philadelphia Athletics vs 29) 1954 New York Giants
One of the things that makes this matchup so interesting is the fact that it features two future Hall of Famers that were among the best all time at their position when they were at a very young age.
Both Eddie Collins of the 1910 Philadelphia Athletics and Willie Mays of the 1954 New York Giants were only 23 years old.
Pitching for the Athletics is Jackie Combs. He won 31 games and had a 1.30 ERA and a 182 ERA+ in 1910. Going for the Giants is Johnny Antonelli, whose 21 wins, 2.30 ERA and 178 ERA+ led the Giants.
This game is one that presents an opportunity for an upset. The Athletics hit 22 home runs as a team in 1910 while Mays slugged 41 home runs that year.
Mays puts the Giants up early with a two-run homer in the first inning. Antonelli is not able to hold the lead and he gives up three runs over the next five innings.
Down one in the eighth inning, Mays hits his second home run of the game to tie things up. The game stays tied and goes to extra innings. As the Giants go to their bullpen, Combs stays in and pitches the 10th and 11th innings.
The Athletics take the game when Home Run Baker hits an RBI double in the bottom of the 11th.
First Round: 5) 1906 Chicago Cubs vs 28) 1984 Detroit Tigers
Each team in this matchup won 100 games during the year. The 1906 Cubs went 116-36 and their .763 winning percentage is the highest mark in MLB history. Detroit won 104 games in 1984.
On the mound for the Cubs is Mordecai "Three Fingers" Brown. He had a remarkably low 1.04 ERA in 1906, which gave him a ridiculous 253 ERA+.
Opposing Brown is Jack Morris, who won 19 games in 1984. He only managed a 109 ERA+ that year.
This game is one of the easiest wins that a team has in the first round. Brown sets the Tigers down almost as quickly as they come up to the plate and he only allows three hits all game. The Cubs offense may not be prolific, but they manage to score four runs and that is more than enough.
They win the game 4-0.
First Round: 6) 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates vs 27) 1886 Chicago White Stockings
The 1886 Chicago White Stockings were the only team from the 19th century to make this bracket and they certainly deserve a lot of credit for that.
Honus Wagner is definitely the man to watch in this matchup, but Cap Anson also will draw in some attention from the fans in the stands.
Jack Chesbro is on the hill for the Pittsburgh Pirates and his counterpart for the White Stockings is John Clarkson.
This matchup is a pitchers duel and it both of the starters are in it for the long haul. The White Stockings get 10 scoreless innings out of Clarkson and he is matched by Chesboro. In the 11th inning, Chesboro once again shuts down the White Stockings.
Honus Wagner leads of the bottom of the 11th inning with a triple off of Clarkson. He is then driven in by a sacrifice fly to give the Pirates a 1-0 win.
First Round: 7) 1976 Cincinnati Reds vs 26) 1995 Cleveland Indians
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Neither team in this matchup has great pitching, but both of the teams have a lot of offensive firepower.
The Big Red Machine is one of the best teams in baseball history and they were led by Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench and Pete Rose. They were unstoppable on their way to a World Series title in 1976.
Albert Belle had a 50-home run season for the Cleveland Indians in 1995 and his teammates Manny Ramirez and Jim Thome also had big years. The team was eventually beaten in the World Series by the Atlanta Braves.
A 40-year-old Dennis Martinez starts this game on the mound for the Indians and he is facing off against Gary Nolan. Pitching is not the big draw of this matchup.
The game features seven home runs and the lead changes a number of times. In the end, The Big Red Machine proves to be too much and they win the game by a score of 13-8.
First Round: 8) 1998 New York Yankees vs. 25) 1912 Boston Red Sox
Few teams in recent memory have been more dominant than the 1998 New York Yankees. They won 114 games in the regular season and they lost just two games in the postseason on their way to the World Series title.
The 1912 Boston Red Sox were equally as dominant during the regular season, as they hit and pitched their way to a 105-47 record and a World Series title.
On the mound for the Yankees is Andy Pettitte. He had a 16-11 record with a 4.24 ERA and a 104 ERA+. The Yankees' powerful offense needs to face off against Smokey Joe Wood. In 1912, Wood had a 34-5 record to go along with a 1.91 ERA and a 179 ERA+.
Early on, Smokey Joe Wood shows why he could have been one of the best pitchers in baseball history had he not gotten hurt. He is just blowing his fastball past hitters and the Yankees sluggers look confused.
Boston takes an early lead after Tris Speaker is driven in after a fourth-inning triple. The Yankees tie it up in the seventh after a Derek Jeter RBI double.
New York hands things over to Mike Stanton in the eighth to try keep things even, but he blows the lead as Duffy Lewis hits a long ball. Wood continues his great performance and scores the Red Sox an upset win.
First Round: 9) 1970 Baltimore Orioles vs 24) 1995 Atlanta Braves
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This game features two World Series champions, the 1970 Baltimore Orioles and the 1995 Atlanta Braves.
The matchup is certainly one that will be entertaining as Greg Maddux, who had a 19-2 record, 1.63 ERA and 262 ERA+ is on the mound for the Braves. Baltimore tries to counter this with their powerful lineup. Jim Palmer, a 20-game winner with a 134 ERA+ in 1970 takes the hill for the Orioles.
Greg Maddux shows why he earned the nickname "Mad Dog" as he is tears through the Orioles' lineup. Baltimore eventually scores one in the sixth on a Boog Powell RBI double.
Atlanta ties things up in the seventh and then goes on to take the lead in the eighth inning after young third baseman Chipper Jones laces a two-RBI double to right.
The Braves hand their two-run lead to closer Mark Wohlers in the ninth inning and it is lights out for the favored Orioles.
First Round: 10) 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates vs 23) 1942 St. Louis Cardinals
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The 1942 season marked Stan Musial's first full year in the major leagues with the St. Louis Cardinals. He would be a World Series champion that year.
That Cardinals team finds themselves matched up against the 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates. These World Series champions were led by Honus Wagner and Chief Wilson.
With Mort Cooper and his 1.78 ERA and 194 ERA+ on the mound for the Cardinals and Vic Willis with is 2.24 ERA and his 115 ERA+ on the mound for the Pirates, the fans should be in for a good matchup.
St. Louis jumps out to an early lead in the second inning with a two-RBI single from Stan "The Man" Musial. The underdog Cardinals hold on to their lead until the seventh inning.
With Cooper out of the game after loading the bases in the seventh inning, the Pirates are able to score three on a Chief Wilson double off of Murry Dickson. That hit would be the difference in the game, as the Pirates hold on for a 3-2 win.
First Round: 11) 1884 Providence Grays vs 22) 2001 Seattle Mariners
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This game features the 1884 Providence Grays, a team that won the World Series title that year and the 2001 Seattle Mariners, who tied a major league record by winning 116 games. However, the Mariners could not succeed when it mattered in the playoffs.
Old Hoss Radbourn had arguably the greatest pitching season in MLB history in 1884. He went 59-12 with a 1.38 ERA, which was good for 19.8 fWAR. Despite the fact that he was born in 1854, Radbourn has mastered Twitter.
Going against Radbourn is 24-year-old Freddy Garcia. He led the Mariners with a 3.05 ERA and was second on the team with 18 wins.
From the start, Radbourn is in control of the game. He keeps the Mariners scoreless through seven. The Grays don't get their first run until the fifth and then they score again in the sixth.
In the seventh, the Mariners get on the board on an RBI single by superstar rookie Ichiro Suzuki. The Mariners would not score again. The Grays tack on two more in the eighth for a 4-1 victory.
First Round: 12) 1907 Chicago Cubs vs 21) 1917 Chicago White Sox
A battle for Chicago supremacy, the matchup between the 1907 Chicago Cubs and the 1917 Chicago White Sox is sure not to disappoint.
Taking the hill for the Cubbies is Orval Overall. With 23 wins, a 1.63 ERA and a 149 ERA+, Overall was one of the best pitchers on the Cubs' staff. Going against him is Eddie Cicotte. The White Sox starter won 28 games in 1917 thanks in part to a 1.53 ERA and a 174 ERA+.
The White Sox are surprisingly sloppy during the game and they commit three errors in the first five innings as the Cubs hop out to a 4-2 lead. Shoeless Joe Jackson makes some outstanding plays in the field for the White Sox.
The score remains the same until the eighth inning. After loading the bases, Jackson clears them with a triple to give the White Sox a 5-4 lead.
In the bottom half of the ninth inning, Cicotte seems to lose control as he gives up a single and walked two. With two outs, a slow roller was hit towards shortstop Swede Risberg. The game should have been over, but Risberg makes an unfathomable error and sees the ball bounce off his glove. This allows two runs to score and gave the Cubs the win.
After the game, there is talk that some of the White Sox threw the game.
First Round: 13) 1905 New York Giants vs 20) 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers
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In a game that was sure to become an instant classic, two teams that eventually move away from New York square off on the first round of our tournament.
Each of the teams involved, the 1905 New York Giants and the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers, were World Series champions.
With ace Christy Mathewson and his 1.28 ERA on the mound, the Giants are very confident that they will win the game. Don Newcombe and his 3.20 ERA is on the hill for the Dodgers.
Roy Campanella and Duke Snider help the Dodgers get an early lead as they each hit solo home runs. Mathewson recovers and does not give up another run all game. The problem is that the Giants cannot buy a run.
Finally in the eighth inning, the Giants break through on a Sam Mertes RBI triple. In the top half of the ninth, the Giants bring in Moonlight Graham as a defensive replacement. The Dodgers don't score and the Giants get two men on with one out in the bottom half of the inning.
The Giants cannot drive in a run and Graham never gets a chance to step to the plate. Hopefully the 27-year-old will get a chance to have an at-bat in another game.
First Round: 14) 1986 New York Mets vs 19) 2004 Boston Red Sox
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There may not be a more interesting matchup in the first round of this bracket than this game between the 1986 New York Mets and the 2004 Boston Red Sox. Each team found itself with its back against the wall on their road to a World Series crown.
Pitching phenom Dwight Gooden takes the mound for the Mets. The 21-year-old had 17 wins and a 2.84 ERA. Going up against Gooden is Curt Schilling, who had a 21 wins and a 3.26 ERA. He suffered a tendon injury, but that will not keep the Red Sox ace out of the game.
Boston gets out to an early lead as they pick up a run in the first and the second inning. The Mets tie things up in the fifth inning on a two-run home run by Gary Carter. Each team picks up one more run, the Red Sox in the seventh and the Mets in the eighth.
The game heads to extra innings. In the top half of the 10th inning, the Red Sox score two more runs. It seems as if they had the game in the bag. However, an ineffective Mike Timlin allows the Mets score one run.
Mets left fielder Mookie Wilson steps up to the plate with runners on the corners, as Keith Foulke enters the game to face him. A wild pitch from Foluke ties things up. Wilson hits a slow dribbler up the first base bag that should be played for an easy out by first baseman David Ortiz. Instead, the ball goes through his legs and the Mets win.
Fans and the media question why Ortiz was in the game when manager Terry Francona had the much more sure-handed Doug Mientkiewicz on the bench.
First Round: 15) 1929 Philadelphia Athletics vs 18) 1961 New York Yankees
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Both the 1929 Philadelphia Athletics and the 1961 New York Yankees picked up more than 100 wins in the regular season on their way to a World Series title.
Starting this game for the Athletics is Lefty Grove. He finished the year with a 20-6 record, 2.81 ERA and a 151 ERA+. Whitey Ford is the Yankees' choice for this game. Ford had a 25-4 record with a 3.21 ERA and a 114 ERA+.
People watching this game expect runs and they get them. This game is an absolute slugfest. Al Simmons launches two home runs for the Athletics and Jimmie Foxx adds one. The Yankees get two long balls from Mickey Mantle and one from Roger Maris.
The final score favors they Yankees, as they manage to eke out a 14-12 victory.
First Round: 16) 1975 Cincinnati Reds vs 17) 1950 New York Yankees
The last game of the first round features another incarnation of The Big Red Machine as well as yet another New York Yankees team.
The 1975 Cincinnati Reds decide to give the start to Gary Nolan after he finished the year with a 15-9 record to go along with a 3.16 ERA and a 114 ERA+. On the mound for the 1950 Yankees is Vic Raschi. He earned the start after going 21-8 with a 4.00 ERA and a 108 ERA+.
A battle of World Series champions, this game is not even close. The Reds score early and often and take the Yankees out of the game. Cincinnati cruises to an easy 7-2 win behind the power of two Tony Perez home runs.
Sweet Sixteen: 1) 1927 New York Yankees vs 16) 1975 Cincinnati Reds
Entering this game, the 1927 New York Yankees are the favorites over the 1975 Cincinnati Reds. This game is expected to be an offensive battle as the Murderer's Row of the Yankees takes on The Big Red Machine.
Jack Billingham is on the mound for the Reds and while his 15 wins are great, his 88 ERA+ does not instill that much confidence in his team. The Yankees run out Herb Pennock. He won 19 games in 1927 and had a 130 ERA+.
This matchup is not about the pitchers, as the offense reigns supreme. Runs are scored left and right in this game and a number of balls leave the park.
In the end, the mighty Yankees stop The Big Red Machine and win the game by a score of 10-6 behind home runs from Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri.
Sweet Sixteen: 2) 1939 New York Yankees vs 18) 1961 New York Yankees
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This is the second time that the New York Yankees have had two teams match up against each other in this tournament.
Pitching for the 1939 Yankees is Lefty Gomez. He had a 12-8 record along with a 3.41 ERA and a 129 ERA+ that year. The 1961 Yankees are going to Bill Stafford in this big game. Stafford was just 21 years old that year, but he went 14-9 with a 2.68 ERA and a 140 ERA+.
The magnitude of this game clearly shakes Stafford as the 1961 Yankees are able to get to him early and they score on hits by Joe DiMaggio and Joe Gordon in the first three innings. It takes until the fifth inning for the 1961 Yankees to score on Gomez.
This would be the last run of the game and the 1931 Yankees would hold on to see another day.
Sweet Sixteen: 14) 1986 New York Mets vs 32) 1966 Los Angeles Dodgers
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After the Brooklyn Dodgers left for Los Angeles, it opened up the door that eventually led to the creation of the New York Mets. Now, the Mets will be meeting with the Los Angeles version of the Dodgers.
Having used Sandy Koufax in the first game of this tournament, the 1966 Dodgers must turn to Don Drysdale. He struggled that year, going 13-16 with a 3.42 ERA and a 96 ERA+. The 1986 Mets are giving the start to Ron Darling. On the road to the World Series, Darling went 15-6 with a 2.81 ERA and a 127 ERA+.
The game turns into a somewhat surprising pitchers duel, with neither team scoring until the sixth inning when the Mets break through on a solo home run by Darryl Strawberry. Los Angeles ties things up in the eighth on an RBI single by Willie Davis.
With Bob Miller on the mound in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Mets are able to put two men on. Mookie Wilson steps to the plate with one out, but Miller strikes him out. Kevin Mitchell drives a ball to left field past a diving Lou Johnson to give the Mets a 2-1 win.
Sweet Sixteen: 4) 1910 Philadelphia Athletics vs 20) 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers
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Legendary manager Connie Mack brings the 1910 Philadelphia Athletics into a tough matchup with the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers.
Getting the start for the Athletics is Cy Morgan. With a 18-12 record, 1.55 ERA and a 153 ERA+, Morgan turned in a solid year for the A's. Opposing Morgan is Carl Erskine. The 28-year-old starter went 11-8 with a 3.79 ERA and a 108 ERA+.
Brooklyn strikes first, as they score when Jackie Robinson steals home following a triple in the third inning. However, the Dodgers lead is short lived.
Philadelphia picks up two runs in the bottom half of the fourth on a Danny Murphy triple. The two sides trade runs and the Athletics enter the eighth up 3-2.
Home runs by Duke Snider and Roy Campanella give the Dodgers a 5-3 lead in the eighth. It is one that they would not give up.
In the end, the powerful bats of the Dodgers lineup were too much for the Athletics.
Sweet Sixteen: 5) 1906 Chicago Cubs vs 12) 1907 Chicago Cubs
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While the 1906 Chicago Cubs are tied for the record for the most wins in season, they would much rather have the World Series title that the 1907 Chicago Cubs had.
There are not many differences when it comes to players between these two teams, so this is expected to be a close game.
The 1906 Cubs are using Jack Pfiester as their starter. Pfiester had a 20-8 record, 1.51 ERA and a 174 ERA+. Mordecai Brown makes his first start for the 1907 Cubs. That year he went 20-6 with a 1.39 ERA and a 179 ERA+.
Scoring starts in the third inning as Harry Steinfeldt drives in two with a double for the 1907 Cubs. The 1906 Cubs answer with a two-run double from Harry Steinfeldt.
No more runs are scored until the eighth inning. A Johnny Kling triple gives the 1907 Cubs a 4-2 lead. Surprisingly, in the bottom half of the inning, Johnny Kling hits a two-RBI triple to tie the game.
The dead lock is eventually broken by pinch hitter Doc Gessler, whose RBI single in the bottom of the 13th gives the 1906 Cubs the win.
Sweet Sixteen: 6) 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates vs 11) 1884 Providence Grays
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Featuring two of the oldest teams in the tournament, the Sweet Sixteen game between the 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1884 Providence Grays should be considered an old-timers' game.
The Pirates are turning to Deacon Phillips to give them the edge in this game. Phillips went 20-9 with a 2.05 ERA and a 134 ERA+ in 1902. Old Hoss Radbourn is up for another start after his dominant performance against the 2001 Seattle Mariners. This should come as no surprise, since Radbourn was a workhorse and made 73 starts in 1884.
As good as his performance against the Mariners was, Radbourn is even better in this game. He shuts out the Pirates and only gave up six hits.
The Grays get two runs in the game on an RBI double by Jerry Denny and an RBI triple by Paul Hines.
Sweet Sixteen: 7) 1976 Cincinnati Reds vs 10) 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates
With one of The Big Red Machine teams eliminated from the tournament already, the 1976 Cincinnati Reds are hoping that they can keep their franchise alive. The 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates are hoping to do the same for their franchise.
Taking the hill for the Reds is Pat Zachry. The 24-year-old starter had an impressive year, going 14-7 with a 2.74 ERA and a 128 ERA+. Going to the mound for the Pirates is Howie Camnitz. The Pirates starter had a fantastic year as he went 25-6 with a 1.62 ERA and a 158 ERA+.
The offensive firepower of The Big Red Machine gets the Reds out to an early 3-0 lead. Pittsburgh gets a run back on a Dots Miller RBI triple.
Cincinnati matches that run in the seventh inning and makes the score 4-1. With the game in the top of the ninth inning, the Pirates load the bases. Honus Wagner steps to the plate and is determined to keep his team's chances alive.
Wager blasts a grand slam over the right field fence to give the Pirates a 5-4 lead. They manage to hold on as George Foster strikes out with a runner in scoring position to end the game.
Sweet Sixteen: 24) 1995 Atlanta Braves vs 25) 1912 Boston Red Sox
This pairing was not one that many people had when they filled out their brackets, as both teams pulled first-round upsets to get here. The 1995 Atlanta Braves took care of the 1970 Baltimore Orioles to get here while the 1912 Boston Red Sox beat the 1998 New York Yankees.
Atlanta is turning to Tom Glavine to pitch this game. He finished 1995 with a 16-7 record, 3.08 ERA and a 139 ERA+. For the 1912 Boston Red Sox, Buck O'Brien will be on the mound. O'Brien went 20-13 with a 2.58 ERA and a 132 ERA+.
Neither team is able to break through early on and the game enters the fifth inning tied at zero. Atlanta strikes first in the bottom of the fifth by scoring two on a Fred McGriff home run.
The Red Sox answer in the top of the sixth by scoring three on a bases-clearing triple by Tris Speaker. Atlanta ties things up on a RBI single by David Justice.
Things stay even and the game goes to extra innings. The Braves turn to their bullpen while O'Brien stays on the mound. This turns out to be the difference maker.
In the top of the 12th, the Red Sox break through on a RBI double by Duffy Lewis off of Pedro Borbon. That is enough for the Red Sox to come out on top.
Elite Eight: 1) 1927 New York Yankees vs 25) 1912 Boston Red Sox
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A bracket like this would not be complete without a matchup between a New York Yankees team and a Boston Red Sox team. This game pits the No. 1 overall seed 1927 New York Yankees against the 1912 Boston Red Sox.
The Yankees turn things over to Urban Shocker for this game. Shocker went 18-6 with a 2.84 ERA and a 137 ERA+ in 1927. Knowing the importance of this game, the Red Sox turn to Smokey Joe Wood, the pitcher that started their first game of the tournament.
Wood is the better pitcher of the two, but Shocker is able to step up and keep the Yankees in the game. Neither team scores through the first nine innings. Shocker is relieved by Bob Shawkey and he keeps the Red Sox scoreless.
Babe Ruth leads off the bottom of the 10th inning and Wood strikes him out. Wood then strikes out Lou Gehrig for his 15th strikeout of the night. Bob Meusel singles to left field to bring Tony Lazzeri up to the plate with two outs. Lazzeri laces a double to right field and Meusel comes home to give the Yankees a 1-0 win.
Elite Eight: 2) 1939 New York Yankees vs 10) 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates
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After seeing the 1927 New York Yankees advance to the Final Four, the 1939 New York Yankees are looking to do the same. To get there, they will need to get past the 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates.
The pitching matchup pits Bump Hadley of the Yankees against Nick Maddox of the Pirates. Hadley went 12-6 with a 2.98 ERA and a 148 ERA+. Maddox picked up 13 wins to go along with a 2.21 ERA and a 116 ERA+.
Pittsburgh jumps out to an early lead in the top of the first inning, as Chief Wilson drives in two with a double. They add to that 2-0 lead in the fourth with a Honus Wagner RBI single.
After going down 3-0, the Yankees try to get something going, but Maddox is able to keep them at bay. In the seventh inning the Yankees finally break through, getting RBI singles from George Selkirk and Joe DiMaggio.
In the top of the ninth, Pittsburgh adds an insurance run on a Wagner RBI single. With one out in the bottom of the ninth, Joe DiMaggio hits a double. His teammates are not able to drive him in and the Pirates escape with a 4-2 win.
Elite Eight: 11) 1884 Providence Grays vs 14) 1986 New York Mets
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The 1986 New York Mets are looking to keep their miraculous run alive and continue to the Final Four. The 1884 Providence Grays are the only thing standing in their way.
Old Hoss Radbourn will not be making the start for the Grays and they are going to their number two starter, Charlie Sweeney, for the game. Sweeney went 17-8 with a 1.55 ERA and a 185 ERA+.
At 28 years old, Bob Ojeda is the veteran of the Mets' pitching staff and the man that they are turning to in this big game. In 1986, Ojeda went 18-5 with a 2.57 ERA and a 140 ERA+.
It is not long before the Mets are able to take advantage of the fact that Radbourn was not on the mound. They put up four on Sweeney in the second.
For a team like the Grays that does not score many runs, this is a tough deficit to over come. They score once in the sixth and once again in the eighth.
New York adds two insurance runs on a Keith Hernandez RBI double and they cruise the rest of the way to a 6-2 victory.
Elite Eight: 5) 1906 Chicago Cubs vs 20) 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers
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With the last spot in the Final Four on the line, it is no doubt that the 1906 Chicago Cubs and the 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers will be fighting hard in this game.
The Cubs are resting their hopes on starter Ed Reulbach. In 1906 he posted a 19-4 record, 1.65 ERA and a 159 ERA+. On the mound for the Dodgers is Johnny Podres. 1955 was a rough year for Podres, as he went 9-10 with a 3.95 ERA and a 103 ERA+.
Chicago gets out to a huge lead early on and Podres is not able to get out of the first inning. The Cubs bat around and score six runs in the first inning.
Reulbach is able to keep the Dodgers at bay for the start of the game, but they score their first run in the fourth.
The powerful Dodgers offense continues their comeback and Duke Snider and Carl Furillo help cut the deficit to two in the seventh.
However, with Fred Beebe coming on in relief, the Cubs are able to shut down the Dodgers and hold on for a 6-4 win.
Final Four: 1) 1927 New York Yankees vs 5) 1906 Chicago Cubs
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The 1927 New York Yankees were expected to get this far, while the 1906 Chicago Cubs were able to take a fairly easy road here.
Both teams are going back to starters that they used earlier in the tournament. The Yankees are using ace Waite Hoyt while the Cubs are sending Mordecai Brown to the mound.
With two elite pitchers on the mound, the hitters are going to be the ones that make a difference in a game like this.
The gamet is expected to be a pitchers duel does not turn out as such, as the Yankees' bats drive in five runs in the first five innings.
Hoyt struggles starting in the sixth inning, but only gives up two runs. The scoreline does not change the rest of the way and the 1927 Yankees find themselves as winners by a score of 5-2.
Final Four: 10) 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates vs 14) 1986 New York Mets
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The 1927 New York Yankees have already punched their ticket to the finals of this bracket and now they are waiting to see who they are going to play. The 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates and the 1986 New York Mets are fighting it out for that spot.
Vic Willis is taking the hill for the Pirates, while the Mets are going back to their phenom Dwight Gooden.
New York gets on the board in the third inning thanks to a Gary Carter RBI single and they score once again in the fourth as Darryl Strawberry drives in two with a double.
The Pirates struggle to get anything going against Gooden, as he shows that he has a mastery of the strike zone. That remains the same all game.
Keith Hernandez adds a solo shot as Gooden continues his shutout. Gooden finishes the game with an impressive stat line. He gave up eight hits, but struck out 16 and allowed no runs.
Finals: 1) 1927 New York Yankees vs 14) 1986 New York Mets
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The battle for the championship of this tournament also turns out to be the battle for New York. One of these teams, the 1927 New York Yankees, was expected to get here, while the 1986 New York Mets have been riding great pitching to the finals.
This game pits Herb Pennock of the Yankees against Ron Darling of the Mets.
Babe Ruth puts the Yankees on the board early with a solo home run in the first inning. That is then followed up by a Lou Gehrig home run.
The Mets answer in the top of the fourth inning with RBI singles by Ray Knight and Tim Teufel. That's the last time that the Mets are even with the Yankees.
After Darling comes out of the game in the sixth inning, the Yankees tag reliever Doug Sisk for four runs, including a three-run home run by Babe Ruth. The Yankees have a 6-2 lead.
Darryl Strawberry's two-run home run in the top of the eighth makes it a 6-4 game. The game is put out of reach, as Ruth hits his third home run of the game, a two-run shot, in the bottom of the eighth.
The 1927 New York Yankees are the champions of baseball's all-time tournament. Ruth takes home the tournament's MVP award to add to his already extensive list of honors.