World Series 2011: Top 10 Game 2's in World Series History
History tells us that Game 2 has featured some of the most memorable moments in World Series history. Will Thursday's game make the following list?
Let's take a look at the top 10 Game 2's in World Series History.
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10. Atlanta Braves vs. Minnesota Twins 1991 World Series
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The Twins easily won Game 1 of the 1991 World Series, but virtually every game excepting Game 5 turned out to be a thriller.
Game 2 saw the Twins and Braves tied at 2-2 for most of the game.
It would remain that way until the bottom of the eighth innning when Scott Leius—who?—hit a solo home run off of Tom Glavine to give the Twins the lead and ultimately the victory.
The Twins would ultimately win the thrilling 1991 World Series in seven games.
Note: That's actually a picture of Scott Leius. He does exist.
9. New York Yankees vs. St. Louis Cardinals 1942 World Series
The Cardinals led Game 2 of the 1942 World Series for almost the entire game.
The Yankees' bats finally awoke in the top of the eighth inning when Joe Dimaggio singled in a run and Charlie Keller hit a dramatic, game-tying two run homer to even the game at 3-3.
The Cardinals answered right back in the bottom of the eighth when Stan Musial singled in Enos Slaughter to give the Cardinals the win—and ultimately the victory.
The Cardinals would go on to win the series in five games.
8. Toronto Blue Jays vs. Atlanta Braves 1992 World Series
The Braves had won Game 1 and held a 4-2 lead heading into the top of the eighth inning.
Roberto Alomar doubled and Joe Carter singled to put runners on the corners for Toronto.
Dave Winfield stepped to the plate and delivered a clutch single to score Alomar and make the score 4-3.
The Blue Jays had runners on first and third with just one out, but Mike Stanton relieved John Smoltz and ended the Blue Jays' rally without allowing any more runs.
The Blue Jays weren't done, though.
Derek Bell drew a one-out walk and Ed Sprague hit a dramatic, ninth inning two-run home run to give the Blue Jays the 5-4 lead and, ultimately, the Game 2 victory.
The Braves would get two runners on base in the ninth, but couldn't get the tying run across the plate.
The Blue Jays would go on to win the series in six games.
7. New York Giants vs. Washington Senators 1924 World Series
The Giants won Game 1 of the 1924 World Series in marathon 12-inning game.
Game 2 looked like it would go to the Washington Senators until Hack Wilson and the Giants tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the ninth.
However, Roger Peckinpaugh of the Senators delivered a clutch double, scoring Joe Judge to give the Senators the dramatic victory in the bottom of the ninth.
The Senators would go on to win the series in seven games.
6. St. Louis Browns vs. St. Louis Cardinals 1944 World Series
The Browns and Cardinals faced off in the first and only all-St. Louis World Series.
The Browns had taken Game 1 by holding onto a 2-1 victory after a late Cardinals surge in the bottom of the ninth.
The Cardinals were leading 2-0 into the seventh inning of Game 2 when Red Hayworth and Fred Mancuso had big hits to tie the game up at 2-2.
The score remained tied until the bottom of the 11th inning, when Ken O'Dea singled in Ray Sanders to give the Cardinals the dramatic walk-off victory.
The Cardinals evened the series at 1-1, but ultimately won the series in six games.
5. Brooklyn Robins vs. Boston Red Sox 1916 World Series
Game 2 of the 1916 World Series turned out to be the very epitome of a pitcher's duel.
Babe Ruth turned in one of—if not the—greatest pitching performance in World Series history.
Ruth tossed 14 innings, allowing just six hits and one earned run.
The score was locked at 1-1 until Del Gainer finally singled home Mike McNally to win the game and give the Red Sox a 2-0 series lead.
The Red Sox would go on to win the series in five games.
4. Oakland Athletics vs. Cincinnati Reds 1990 World Series
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The underdog Cincinnati Reds had won Game 1 of the 1990 World Series easily, but were trailing 4-2 early in Game 2.
The Reds scored one run in the fourth and another in the bottom of the eighth to tie the game up and send it to extra innings.
Joe Oliver delivered a clutch single in the bottom of the 10th to score Billy Bates and give the Reds the walk-off victory.
The Reds would ultimately win the series in four games.
3. New York Yankees vs. Cincinnati Reds 1976 World Series
The Reds had won Game 1 of the 1976 World Series and had taken an early 3-1 lead on the Yankees in Game 2.
However, the Yankees rallied back in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 3-3. The score would remain tied until the bottom of the ninth when Tony Perez knocked a Catfish Hunter pitch into left field for a single that scored Ken Griffey Sr. and gave the Reds the walk-off, Game 2 victory.
The Reds would go on to sweep the Yankees in four games.
2. St. Louis Cardinals vs. Detroit Tigers 1934 World Series
The Cardinals easily won Game 1 of the 1934 World Series behind a strong pitching performance from Dizzy Dean.
They had a 2-1 lead heading into the bottom of the ninth inning when Gee Walker singled in Pete Fox to tie the game at 2-2 and head into extra innings.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the 12th inning when Goose Goslin singled in Charlie Gehringer to win the game and even the up series for the Tigers.
The Tigers would ultimately lose the series in seven games.
1. Houston Astros vs. Chicago White Sox 2005 World Series
The White Sox had taken Game of the 2005 World Series and led Game 2 6-4 heading into the top of the ninth inning.
Jeff Bagwell started the ninth off with a single, and two batters later, Chris Burke walked to put the go-ahead run at the plate.
Jose Vizcaino roped a single to left field after Brad Ausmus advanced the runners to second and third base, and the Astros tied the game up at 6-6.
The White Sox came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth and Scott Podsednik—the same Scott Podsednik that had zero home runs in 568 plate appearances in 2005—hit a solo home run to right-center, giving the White Sox the walk-off victory and a 2-0 series lead.
The White Sox would go on to sweep the Astros in four games.