Major League Baseball's slogan for the 2011 playoffs is "Legends are Born in October," reflecting the countless greats of the game who sealed their legendary statuses with great performances in the postseason. From Babe Ruth's called shot in the 1932 World Series to Willie Mays's incomparable catch in the 1954 World Series to Curt Schilling's bloody sock in the 2004 ALCS, the annals of baseball history are full of unforgettable performances from baseball's immortals.
Yet not only legends have propelled their teams to victory. Just as often, forgettable players who can only get to Cooperstown by paying admission have gotten hot at exactly the right time and excelled in the postseason. In this year's playoffs, stars like Ryan Braun and Adrian Beltre have earned their October paychecks, but so have a number of players whose names are far less familiar to the casual fan.
Here we take a look at the most notable of these unexpected performances from surprising contributors.