With MLB Postseason in full effect, we decided to take a break from our regular blog posts and share with you some of the most exciting MLB postseason moments from the past!
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In 1993, the Toronto Blue Jays led the Philadelphia Phillies 3 games to 2 heading into game 6. The Phillies rallied from behind, a 5-1 deficit, to take a 6-5 lead heading into the bottom of the 9th. Joe Carter came up with two men on base and hit a game winning walk-off homerun to win the World Series for Toronto.
Reggie Jackson earned his nickname "Mr. October" after game 6 of the 1977 World Series. He single handedly beat the Dodgers with his heroic performance. Not only did Jackson hit 3 home runs, but he did so in 3 straight at bats. He earned MVP honors after hitting 5 home runs and driving in 8.
Following Kirby Puckett's dramatic walk-off home run in game 6 of the 1991 World Series, Jack Morris produced arguably one of the greatest pitching performances in postseason history. After battling John Smoltz with matching 9 shutout innings, Morris demanded the ball in the 10th in a scoreless game. He shut down Atlanta, setting the stage for a walk-off win in the bottom of the inning to win the World Series for Minnesota.
One could argue that Don Larsen did something that may never be done again. He threw a perfect game in the World Series. 27 men came to the plate. 27 men were turned away. Larson led the New York Yankees to a victory in Game 5 of 1956 World Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Yankees would win the series in 7 games. To this day, a perfect game has never been tossed during postseason play.
Gibson bruised his knee sliding into second base in the NLCS game against the New York Mets in 1988. Due to his injury he got only one at bat for the rest of the postseason. In game 1 of the 1988 World Series Gibson’s team (Dodgers) were down 5-4 until Gibson hit a walk-off 2 run homerun to win the game! His team ended up winning the World Series in 5 games!
After the Red Sox came off a big 19-8 loss in game 3 of the ALCS, they were in a bad position in game 4 looking like they were going to get sweeped. The game was tied 4-4 in the bottom of the 12th inning with a guy on first. David Ortiz stepped up to the plate and hits a homer to right field to walk off and take game 4. The Red Sox go on to win the World Series and become the first team to come back from a 3-0 start!
Roy Halladay in his postseason debut became the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter in playoff history as the Philadelphia Phillies won 4-0 over Cincinnati in Game 1 of the NLDS.
The 1997 World Series, Marlins vs. Indians, went to a game 7. The Indians took the early lead in game 7 but the Marlins found a way to tie it up in the bottom of the 9th to send the game to extra innings. In the bottom of the 11th the Marlins loaded the bases and Edgar Rentería walks up to the plate to hit a walk-off single to win the World Series.
2001 world series game 4 is tied 3-3 bottom of the 10th inning with two outs, Derek Jeter is up to bat, it goes to a full count before he hits a walkoff bomb to take game 4.
Game 1 of the 1954 World Series is tied 2-2 in the 8th inning. The Indians get runners on first and second. Wertz is up to bat and drives a ball deep into center field that looked like it would add to his RBI total. Instead Giants center fielder Willie Mays ran the ball down on a dead sprint, catching it over his shoulder for one of the greatest defensive plays of all time known simply as “The Catch”.
Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas goes airborne to catch a foul ball hit in the sixth inning of ALCS game in 2014.
Hope you enjoyed and stay tuned for this post season’s highlights!