World Series: The Fall Classic's 10 Greatest Moments

Patrick LanguzziContributor IIIOctober 24, 2010

World Series: The Fall Classic's 10 Greatest Moments

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    Of course we could all speculate on the greatest moments in World Series history.

    But as you will see, I've taken moments from many different eras and tried to compile what I believe to be some of the World Series' greatest moments.

    Some may surprise you, and others were probably forgotten about.

    Let's take a look.

No. 10: Kirby Puckett's HR To Win Game 6 of 1991 World Series

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    Kirby Puckett played his entire major league career with the Minnesota Twins. He was inducted in major league baseball's Hall of Fame on his first year of eligibility in 2001.

    But what a lot of people may not recall is Puckett's game-winning, walk-off home run in Game 6 of the 1991 World Series, hit off Atlanta Braves pitcher Charlie Leibrandt. Puckett's game-winning home run forced a Game 7, which the Minnesota Twins won 1-0 in 10 innings.

No. 9: Dwight Evans' World Series Catch in the Top of the 11th Inning

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    In the 11th inning of Game 6 of the 1975 Word Series against the Cincinnati Reds, Dwight Evans made a spectacular running catch deep in the right field corner to rob Joe Morgan of a home run, then doubled off Ken Griffey, Sr. off first base.

    Cincinnati's manager Sparky Anderson was later quoted as saying that Evans' catch was one of the greatest he'd seen in World Series history.

No. 8: Bernie Carbo's Pinch-Hit Home Run in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series

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    In my opinion, one of the most underrated plays in World Series history was Bernie Carbo's pinch-hit home run in Game 6 of the 1975 series vs. the Cincinnati Reds.

    Carbo launched the greatest pinch-hit home run on a 3-2 count when the Red Sox were four outs away from elimination. Carbo came off the bench to smash a three-run homer into the center field bleachers, the deepest part of Fenway park, tying the score at six.

    That blast set up Carlton Fisk's arm-waiving, 12th inning walk-off home run for the ages.

No. 7: Joe Carter's Game 6 Walk-Off Winning Home Run

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    Carter's three-run blast in Game 6 of the 1993 World Series victimized Phillies reliever Mitch Williams, who was out there to protect a one-run lead that would have extended the series to a deciding Game 7.

No. 6: Oct. 18, 1977, Reggie Jackson's Three Home Runs

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    On October 18, 1977, Reggie Jackson cemented himself in Yankee history by belting three home runs against the Dodgers in the decisive Game 6 of the 1977 World Series.

    Reggie! Reggie! Reggie!

No. 5: Willie Mays: Sept. 29, 1954, "The Catch"

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    Centerfielder Willie Mays' back-to-the-infield catch of Vic Wertz's drive to the outer reaches of the Polo Grounds sparked the Giants' 1954 World Series sweep of the Indians.

    Some says it's the greatest catch in World Series history!

No. 4: Oct. 25, 1986, Bill Buckner's Game 6 World Series Error

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    Mookie Wilson's dribbler down the first base line on a 3-2 pitch goes through Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner's legs.

    That error allowed Ray Knight to score from second base with the Mets' winning run in Game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

No. 3: Don Larsen's Perfect Game, Oct. 8, 1956

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    Twenty-seven Dodgers up, 27 down for Yankees pitcher Don Larsen in Game 5 of the 1956 World Series. The first no-hitter, and only perfect game, in the Fall Classic's long history.

No. 2: Oct. 21, 1975, Carlton Fisk's Infamous Walk-Off Home Run

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    In the bottom of the 11th inning of the 1975 World Series vs. the Cincinnati Reds, Fisk's infamous walk-off home run broke a 6-6 tie at Fenway Park off the left field foul pole. Still to this day, Fisk's shot is considered one of the most famous home runs in World Series history.

No. 1: Bill Mazeroski's Game 7 Walk-Off World Series Home Run

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    On October 13, 1960 at 3:36 p.m., Pirates second baseman Bill Mazeroski won the World Series against the New York Yankees with a stunning leadoff home run in the bottom of the ninth inning of game 7.

    To this day it is still considered the greatest home run ever.

    Hope you enjoyed the show!