The 2012 World Series begins Wednesday night in San Francisco, pitting the NL Champion Giants against the AL Champion Detroit Tigers. Baseball fans everywhere will be hoping for a classic, as we do every year.
Every once in a while, our wish is granted. Just last year, the St. Louis Cardinals used a dramatic victory in Game 6 to win their 11th title in franchise history by defeating the Texas Rangers in seven games. And the Cardinals’ victory came less than a decade after the Anaheim Angels used their own dramatic Game 6 victory to beat the San Francisco Giants in another seven-game classic in 2002.
But despite periodic additions to the list of possible greatest World Series of all-time, one entry remains at the top: the 1960 World Series between the New York Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Reverence for this legendary World Series has been passed down from generation to generation among baseball's devoted followers. In my own family, my father, late grandfather and great uncle have all instilled in me a deep sense of admiration for this classic contest.
So as an homage to these three men and all baseball fans of an older generation, I give you 14 reasons why the 1960 World Series is the greatest of all-time.