For the first time since 1954, the Giants' franchise has brought home a title...and for the first time ever... to San Francisco.
Willie Mays. Orlando Cepeda. Willie McCovey. Gaylord Perry. Will Clark. None of these guys were ever able to bring the title to SF. But, behind a 26-year-old ace (and Mitch from Dazed and Confused look-alike), in Tim Lincecum and the ever-so-clutch Edgar Renteria, the Giant's self-proclaimed cast of misfits defeated the Texas Rangers in Game 5 last night to become Champions.
Congrats to the team, the city and their fans!
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Ending the season 15 games ahead of the nearest competition, the 1984 Detroit Tigers won 104 games in the regular season. From the beginning of the season, winning thirty-five of their first forty games, the Tigers seemed destined for the '84 World Series. They swept the Kansas City Royals for the American League Pennant. Setting their sights on the title the Tigers would achieve their goal in five games at the expense of the San Diego Padres, who were making their first appearance in the World Series.
Two players that contributed in a large part to the victory of the Tigers were Allan Trammell and Kirk Gibson in Games 4 and 5. In Game 4 Trammell had two, two-run home runs in the 1st and 3rd with the Tigers winning that game 4-2. And in Game 5 Gibson would have 2 home runs, one in the 1st and the other in the 8th inning. Gibson also helped pushed the Tigers into the lead stealing home on a shallow fly ball to right field in the fifth. Lance Parrish would also contribute by hitting a home run in the 7th.
In 1968 Al Kaline missed two months that season due to a broken arm. In a move later called one of the ten greatest coaching decisions of the century by ESPN, Tiger manager Mayo Smith brought Kaline back into the lineup. Benching shortstop Ray Oyler and sending center fielder Mickey Stanley to take his spot helped to make room for Kaline in the outfield.
The St. Louis Cardinals were up three games to one in the 1968 World Series. In Game 5 the Cardinals had a 3-2 lead in the 7th inning. Kaline hit a single with the bases loaded, driving in two runs to take the lead. The Tigers went on to win Games 5, 6 & 7 to win their first World Championship since 1945. In seven games and his only World Series appearance Al Kaline hit .379 with two home runs and eight RBIs.
Kaline finished his career with 3,007 hits, 399 home runs and 1583 RBIs.
September 11, 1918 - prior to 2004 this marked the date of the last year that the Boston Red Sox had won the World Series. Whether you are a Red Sox fan or not, as long as you are a fan of the sport you know the weight that this date holds. For Red Sox fans it was a date that would weigh heavily on their hearts and spirit.
The Boston Red Sox defeated the Chicago Cubs in four games to two in the 1918 World Series. Due to World War I the series was held in September due to a "Work or Fight" order which would cause the early end to the season. This series remains the only World Series to be played entirely in September. Playing their 1915 and 1916 World Series home games at Braves Field, the Red Sox would return to Fenway Park for the 1918 World Series. Losing a number of players to the war left the Cubs pitching staff very thin compared to the strength of the Red Sox staff which included Babe Ruth and Carl Mays. Cubs pitcher Hippo Vaughn would have to face the two best arms the Red Sox had. He would prove to be no match for them losing two of the Cubs four losses.
During game one, in the bottom of the 7th before Chicago came up the game was halted as the band played "The Star Spangled Banner." Though some believed this to be the beginning of what is now a baseball tradition, the song was actually first played eighteen years earlier before a game in Boston. The Red Sox took game one, but another game was beginning to take over in game two. Cubs coach Otto knabe had ridden Ruth with foul language and so mercilessly that Ruth went to look for him after the game. In game two Knabe took to aiming his words at Boston coach Heine Wagner. Wagner was less patient then Ruth and at the end of the inning he went to the Cub's dugout in a fit of rage throwing punches at Knabe. The two fell to the ground and the Red Sox then poured into the Cubs dugout finally realizing what was happening. The rest of the game was played hard trying to inflict pain and cause harm whenever and where ever possible. Chicago would go on to win tying up the series.
Game three was played with cooler heads and was taken by Boston for the lead in the series. The two teams would head to Boston for game four of the series. This would be the first series game played at Fenway park since the 1914 Braves met the Athletics. The Cubs could not score although Ruth was struggling through every pitch as the result of a swollen finger he sustained while traveling back to Boston. Ruth was up to bat and with a full count hit a shot that would rally a crowd of twenty-five thousand and bring two men home to take the lead. In the ninth Ruth gave up a single and a walk to the first two hitters. With Ruth fading Joe Bush was brought into pitch and Ruth was sent to left field. Boston won.
Leading the Series 3-1, the Boston Red Sox were shut out by Hippo Vaughn. Game 5 was played with a grey cloud looming with players going on strike right before the game was to start. Boston ws said to have played as if they were unsure whether they were still on stirke or not. With only a little over fifteen thousand fans in attendance, almost ten thousand less then the previous five games, the Red Sox would pull out what would be the last world championship for the team for a little more then eight decades.
The Phillies were no strangers to the World Series. They made appearances in the in the 1915 World Series and the 1950 World Series. In each series the Phillies came up short, losing in 1915 to the Red Sox and in 1950 to the New York Yankees. In 1980 they were given another chance to finally bring home the coveted title. A tight race between the KC Royals, who also were not strangers to second place, and the Philadelphia Phillies began. The Phillies won Games 1 & 2 at “The Vet” and then went on the road to KC for the next three games. KC took Games 3 & 4, but the Phillies were able to take Game 5 for the lead in the series. Now, back at home for Game 6 Tug McGraw loaded the bases three times in the last two innings but only giving up one run to hold their lead to 4-1. With one out and the bases loaded in the ninth Frank White hit a high foul pop near the Phillies dugout. Catcher Bob Boone got under it, the ball bounced in and out. First baseman Pete Rose was close behind and was able to grab the loose ball for out number two. Willie Wilson was next up to bat only to be struck out. The Phillies won the title!