Mem­o­rable mo­ments from past Game 7s

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Jake Seiner

On Wed­nes­day night, the Chicago Cubs and Cleve­land In­di­ans played the 38th de­ci­sive World Se­ries Game 7, and the pre­vi­ous 37 have in­cluded some re­mark­able mo­ments.

The Chicago Cubs have played 178 games this sea­son, the Cleve­land In­di­ans 175.

Wed­nes­day night, they get one chance to make them all worth it.

The Cubs and In­di­ans will play the 38th de­ci­sive World Se­ries Game 7, and the pre­vi­ous 37 have in­cluded some re­mark­able mo­ments.

Can Corey Klu­ber or Kyle Hen­dricks make like Jack Mor­ris with wire-to-wire dom­i­na­tion? Will An­drew Miller or Aroldis Chap­man chan­nel Madi­son Bum­gar­ner with a 15-out save? Can the In­di­ans give Cleve­land a long-awaited party at home? Will the Cubs get a GOAT or just an­other goat?

Noth­ing left to do but find out. In the mean­time, here’s a lit­tle his­tory to fill the hours un­til first pitch. The Pitts­burgh Pi­rates beat the Detroit Tigers 8-0 in the first con­clu­sive Game 7 in 1909, with rookie Babe Adams get­ting a shutout and this third vic­tory in that Se­ries.

The next 36 in­cluded mo­men­tous homers, sig­nif­i­cant saves and a whole lot of cham­pagne. Plus, a cou­ple of clunkers — Dizzy Dean and Bret Saber­ha­gen both won 11-0 romps.

Here’s a look at seven no­table World Se­ries Game 7s:

Maz sinks the Yanks

1960: Pitts­burgh Pi­rates 10, New York Yan­kees 9

Be­tween 1947 and 1962, the Yan­kees won 10 cham­pi­onships, but Bill Maze­roski and the Pi­rates stole one away with a wild Game 7 at Forbes Field that in­cluded the first ever Se­ries-end­ing homer. Pitts­burgh led 4-0 af­ter two in­nings, but Mickey Man­tle and the Yanks roared back for a 5-4 lead af­ter six. New York added two more runs be­fore the Bucs ral­lied in the eighth, with Hal Smith’s homer putting Pitts­burgh ahead 9-7. Man­tle and Yogi Berra had RBIs in the ninth to tie it 9-9, set­ting the stage for Maze­roski’s cel­e­brated blast. The un­der­sized fu­ture Hall of Famer led off the ninth with a shot to left against Ralph Terry, putting his hel­met in hand and wav­ing his arms as he rounded the bases.

Mor­ris’ mo­ment

1991: Min­nesota Twins 1, Atlanta Braves 0, 10 in­nings

Jack Mor­ris made one of the most mem­o­rable starts in base­ball his­tory by dom­i­nat­ing for 10 in­nings against the up­start Braves at the Metrodome. The 37-year-old re­tired the fi­nal seven bat­ters he faced, in­clud­ing a dou­ble play to es­cape a bases-loaded jam in the eighth in­ning — Lon­nie Smith got lost while run­ning the bases ear­lier in the in­ning, cost­ing Atlanta a sure run. Pinch-hit­ter Gene Larkin won it in the 10th, sin­gling to deep left-cen­ter to score Dan Glad­den and give Min­nesota its sec­ond ti­tle in five years. John Smoltz coun­tered Mor­ris with a solid out­ing, pitch­ing 7 1/3 fine in­nings, but Ale­jan­dro Pena and the bullpen couldn’t out­last Min­nesota’s durable righty.

Bum­gar­ner’s big save

2014: San Fran­cisco Giants 3, Kansas City Roy­als 2

Madi­son Bum­gar­ner ce­mented him­self as one of the World Se­ries’ best-ever pitch­ers with a re­mark­able five-in­ning save just three days af­ter throw­ing a shutout in Game 5. Michael Morse broke a 2-2 tie with an RBI sin­gle in the fourth in­ning, and af­ter get­ting one more in­ning out of left-han­der Jeremy Af­feldt, man­ager Bruce Bochy gave the ball to Bum­gar­ner in the fifth and never came back for it. Bum­gar­ner struck out four and al­lowed just two hits, get­ting Sal­vador Perez to pop up in foul ter­ri­tory with a run­ner on third in the bot­tom of the ninth for the fi­nal out. The big lefty won the opener, too, and eas­ily took Se­ries MVP hon­ors.

D’Backs get to Mo

2001: Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs 3, New York Yan­kees 2

Mar­i­ano Rivera, base­ball’s most feared closer of all time, also suf­fered through one of the Se­ries’ the most crush­ing blown saves. Yan­kees man­ager Joe Torre asked Rivera to get the fi­nal six outs in a one-run game at Ari­zona, but Rivera couldn’t come through. Tony Wo­mack’s dou­ble tied it with one out in the ninth in­ning, and two bat­ters later, Luis Gon­za­lez blooped a sin­gle into cen­ter and jumped his way to first base be­fore be­ing mobbed by team­mates. It was the fifth and most re­cent game-end­ing hit in a Game 7.

The Game 7 let­down

1986: New York Mets 8, Bos­ton Red Sox 5

Game 7s aren’t al­ways the most mem­o­rable in the Se­ries, and in 1986, the fi­nale lacked the drama of per­haps the most fa­mous Game 6 ever. Fol­low­ing Bill Buck­ner’s game-end­ing er­ror two days ear­lier, New York strug­gled ini­tially against left­hander Bruce Hurst in Game 7, but Keith Her­nan­dez put the Mets on the board with a two-run sin­gle in the sixth and Gary Carter drove in an­other run to tie it at 3. Bos­ton went to the bullpen for the sev­enth, and Se­ries MVP Ray Knight led off with a goa­head homer. New York later added on, with Darryl Straw­berry tak­ing his time get­ting around the bases af­ter a home run, and Jesse Orosco pitched two in­nings for a save to clinch the Mets’ sec­ond World Se­ries ti­tle.

Cubs’ last World Se­ries Game 7

1945: Detroit Tigers 9, Chicago Cubs 3

AL MVP Hal Ne­w­houser and the Tigers spoiled the Cubs’ most re­cent Game 7 in the World Se­ries, strik­ing out 10 in a com­plete game at Wrigley Field. Hank Borowy started for Chicago but was lifted af­ter three runs and no outs, and Detroit led 6-1 af­ter 1 ½ in­nings. Doc Cramer had three hits for Detroit, and Hall of Fame slug­ger Hank Green­berg won his sec­ond World Se­ries a year af­ter re­turn­ing from the U.S. Army.

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