World Series: Ranking the Greatest Game 6 Moments in History
Over the 107 years in which the World Series has been played, there have been many great moments. And many of these classic snapshots in time have come in Game 6 of the Fall Classic.
After a historic Game 6 of this year's Series, here's a look at the greatest Game 6 moments of all-time, from Goose Goslin in 1935 to David Freese this year ...
15. 1945: Stan Hack Hits Walk-off Single in Cubs' Last Win in a World Series
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The 1945 World Series is perhaps most remembered as the last Fall Classic that the Chicago Cubs played in.
It was also the Series in which the infamous "curse of the billy goat" was allegedly placed on the franchise by a local tavern owner named Billy Sianis, who brought his goat to the game and was kicked out because of the animal's odor.
Sianis purportedly cursed the Cubs and declared that they would never again win another World Series.
The last Cubs victory in a World Series game came in Game 6 in 1945, when Stan Hack hit a walk-off single to force a Game 7, which the Detroit Tigers would win by a final of 9-3.
14. 1958: Tying-Run Stranded at Third in 10th Inning as Yankees Defeat Braves
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In Game 6 of the 1958 World Series between the New York Yankees and Milwaukee Braves, Whitey Ford matched up against Warren Spahn in a duel of future Hall of Fame hurlers, and the contest went into extra innings.
With the score tied 2-2, the Yankees scored twice in the top of the 10th to take a 4-2 lead.
Then, in the home half of the 10th, the Braves scored a run and were threatening to tie the game again, as Milwaukee's Frank Torre came to the plate with two outs and the tying run 90 feet away at third base.
Torre hit a liner, but to second base, and the game was over. New York would then win Game 7 and the title.
13. 1951: With Tying-Run at Second, Yankees Escape Giants, Win Series
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In 1951, the New York Giants were the miracle team of the season, if not the century, as they went 50-12 down the stretch to catch the Brooklyn Dodgers and force a three-game playoff for the National League Pennant.
That series was won by "the Shot Heard 'Round the World" off the bat of Bobby Thompson, sending the Giants to the World Series against the Yankees.
In Game 6 of the World Series, the Giants had the tying run at second base in the top of the ninth inning, trailing 4-3 after already scoring two runs to narrow the deficit.
But Sal Yvars lined out to right field, and the Yankees were again world champions.
12. 1956: Jackie Robinson Hits Walk-off Single to Propel Dodgers Past Yankees
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Jackie Robinson left a legacy that went far beyond the baseball diamond, but one of his great moments on the field came in Game 6 of the 1956 World Series between his Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Yankees.
Robinson singled home the game-wining run in the 10th inning of what was to that point a scoreless game, and the Dodgers forced a Game 7.
The Yankees, however, had Brooklyn's number and won the seventh and deciding game to clinch another world championship.
11. 1935: Goose Goslin Gives Detroit Its First Title
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The 1935 World Series would also pit the Chicago Cubs against the Detroit Tigers, and again, the Cubs would fall short.
This time, Goose Goslin of the Tigers delivered a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning of Game 6 to give Detroit its first world championship.
10. 2002: Angels Rally (Monkey)
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The San Francisco Giants were eight outs away from claiming their first World Series title since moving west from New York in 1958.
It was the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 6 of the 2002 World Series, and the Anaheim Angels were staring defeat straight in the face, trailing the series 3-2.
Then, the miraculous happened.
Giants starter Russ Ortiz gave up back-to-back singles, followed by a three-run homer by Scott Spezio, bringing Anaheim to within two.
Giants manager Dusty Baker then pulled Ortiz, and San Francisco's bullpen blew the lead, as Darren Erstad homered in the eighth, and Troy Glaus hit a go-ahead double to put the Angels ahead in the game, 6-5.
Anaheim wouldn't look back, as they came back the next night and beat the Giants in Game 7 to win the World Series.
9. 1985: Iorg's Pinch-Hit Single in the 9th Wins It for Kansas City
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In 1985 the Kansas City Royals faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the Fall Classic, with St. Louis ahead in the series 3-2 going into Game 6.
In that game, pinch-hitter Dane Iorg came to the plate with his Royals down 1-0, and the Cards two outs away from a title.
Iorg singled home two runs to give the Royals the win and force a Game 7, which Kansas City would win 11-0.
8. 1995: Atlanta's Tom Glavine Tosses 1-Hit Shutout Through 8
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Tom Glavine turned in one of the greatest pitching performances in World Series history, tossing eight shutout innings, over which he allowed just one hit, putting the Atlanta Braves in position to win their only title of a decade in which they dominated the National League in almost every other way.
Mark Wohlers would close out the Cleveland Indians in the ninth, and the Braves were finally world champions.
Glavine was named World Series MVP.
7. 1953: Billy Martin Singles Home the Winning Run of Series
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Billy Martin is widely remembered for his managerial days with the Yankees, among other clubs, but he was a good ballplayer in his own right.
Martin was the center of one of the great moments in World Series history when, in Game 6 of the 1953 Fall Classic, he singled home the winning run of the Series, giving the Yankees the championship.
6. 1992: Dave Winfield Doubles Home Series-Winning Runs in the 11th
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Game 6 of the 1992 World Series in Atlanta was a classic, as the Braves and Blue Jays battled into the 11th inning with the score tied, 2-2.
The Blue Jays were ahead in the series, 3-2, and Dave Winfield would ensure that Toronto would take home the title on this night, as he hit a two-run double to put his club ahead, 4-2.
Toronto would give up a run in the ninth, but Atlanta's rally would fall short, as would their season. The Blue Jays were world champions.
5. 1991: Kirby Puckett Forces Game 7 with a Walk-off Blast
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One of the most famous and iconic moments in World Series history occurred on Oct. 26, 1991 at the Metrodome in Minneapolis, during Game 6 of that season's Fall Classic.
That's when Kirby Puckett delivered a walk-off home run to force a Game 7, which his Twins would ultimately win in another classic, as Jack Morris out-dueled Atlanta's John Smoltz for the crown.
4. 1986: The Red Sox Thwarted Again as "Ball Gets by Buckner!"
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Although the sting of that season's near-miss has alleviated since the Boston Red Sox finally won a world championship in 2004, Game 6 of the 1986 World Series will live on in Red Sox infamy.
In that game, with Boston just one out away from its first title in 68 years, the Sox blew a two-run lead to the New York Mets, a collapse which culminated in a slow ground ball going through first baseman Bill Buckner's legs, allowing the winning run to score.
The Series now tied 3-3, the Red Sox couldn't recover in Game 7, and the Mets became the 1986 world champions.
3. 1975: Carlton Fisk Homers off of the Foul Pole to Put Sox on the Brink
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Game 6 of the 1975 World Series was a 12-inning marathon between the Boston Red Sox and the Cincinnati Reds.
But in the bottom of that 12th inning, history was made with one swing of the bat from Boston catcher Carlton Fisk.
With the contest knotted at 6-6, Fisk hit a towering drive down the left field line toward the foul pole, signaling it to stay fair as he skipped down the first base line, and it did, hitting the pole and sending the Red Sox to a Game 7.
While Boston would lose that game and the Series, Fisk's home run lives on as one of the greatest moments in World Series history.
2. 2011: David Freese Ties, and Later Wins Game 6 for Cardinals
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Game 6 of the 2011 World Series was one of the greatest Fall Classic contests of all-time.
In the bottom of the ninth, with the St. Louis Cardinals trailing the series three games to two, and trailing the Texas Rangers 7-5, David Freese tripled off the wall in right field to drive in two and tie the game.
In the bottom of the 10th, Lance Berkman and the Cardinals were again down to their last strike, now trailing Texas 9-8.
Berkman singled to once again knot the score.
In the bottom of the 11th, Freese delivered again, this time a walk-off home run to force a Game 7.
1. 1993: Joe Carter Hits Walk-off Homer to Win the World Series
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Joe Carter gave baseball one of its signature moments in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series, when he lined a Mitch Williams pitch over the left field wall at Toronto's Sky Dome to give the Toronto Blue Jays their second consecutive World Series championship.
Carter's classic, walk-off homer to win the series is the quintessential dream of every youngster with big league aspirations.