The top 5 World Series of all time

Years later during an interleague series at Minnesota, retired Jack Morris and the Braves' John Smoltz discussed their 1991 Game 7 matchup that was one of the greatest in World Series history. (AP photo)

Years later during an interleague series at Minnesota, retired Jack Morris and the Braves' John Smoltz discussed their 1991 Game 7 matchup that was one of the greatest in World Series history. (AP photo)

I’m sure there will be plenty of disagreement, but here’s how I rank the top five World Series. Let me know how you’d rank ‘em, if you’d put another series or two in the top five instead of any of these and why.

5. 1972: Athletics over Reds in seven games

The budding “Big Red Machine” was favored; the Oakland A’s played without injured Reggie Jackson. But unheralded Gene Tenace, with five homers in the season, hit four in the World Series and two in a 3-2 opening victory. The A’s led the series 3-1 before Pete Rose sparked a 5-4 victory in Game 5. Cincinnati took Game 6 before Catfish Hunter won in relief in a 3-2 Game 7.

4. 1924: Senators over Giants in seven

Washington won the first and only World Series title for the nation’s capital, despite losing both of Walter “Big Train” Johnson’s starts, including the 12-inning opener. Washington’s Roger Peckinpaugh had a walk-off double in Game 2, and close contests continued until the Nationals won a wild Game 7 on another 12th-inning walk-off hit, with Johnson winning in relief.

3. 2001: Diamondbacks over Yankees in seven

The memory of the 9/11 attacks was still fresh, and the Yankees stirred New Yorkers with a pair of extra-innings walk-off victories after tying both times in the ninth. Arizona, in its fourth season, rode aces Randy Johnson and Curt Schilling and got its own walk-off victory in Game 7, when they scored two in the ninth against Mariano Rivera.

Carlton Fisk pleads for his home run to stay fair. Which it did.

Carlton Fisk pleads for his home run to stay fair. Which it did.

2. 1975: Reds over Red Sox in seven

The series featured five one-run games and a few ninth-inning rallies. The jewel of the series was a legendary Game 6, when both teams came back from three-run deficits — Boston on Bernie Carbo’s three-run homer — before Carlton Fisk’s iconic 12th-inning walk-off homer that barely stayed fair. In Game 7, the Reds scored a run in the top of the ninth for a 4-3 victory.

1. 1991: Twins over Braves in seven

The greatest World Series didn't end well for the Braves.

The greatest World Series didn't end well for the Braves.

What can you say? Teams that finished last the year before. Five games decided by a run. Four walk-off hits, a postseason record. Kirby Puckett’s 11th-inning, Game 6 homer off Charlie Liebrandt, who had just entered the game (to the surprise of many).  And three extra-inning games, including the Twins’ 1-0, 10-inning victory in the epic Game 7 duel of 24-year-old John Smoltz vs. aging Jack Morris, who pitched a 10-inning shutout.

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Kurt Smith

October 21st, 2012
2:12 pm

I agree with 1, 2, and 3, although I would have them in reverse order. As far as 4 and 5…well I thought 1993 was a great one even though it only went six…the Toronto team was loaded but the Phillies refused to go away, and it was one with one of the only two walkoff home runs that ended a series. For that matter, how about the upset of the Pirates over the Yankees in 1960? I think the Yankees overwhelming outscored the Pirates in that one.

2002, 2011, and 1986 were all great. And as much as this O’s fan still hates it, 1979 was a good one too.

smallmouth6

October 21st, 2012
3:41 pm

Thanks for the reminder.

AdirondackDave

October 21st, 2012
3:47 pm

Great picture of Jack Morris and John Smoltz, two of the grittiest pitchers ever.

Melky

October 21st, 2012
4:39 pm

Doug,
Great list. Agree with them all.

BrandonLee49

October 21st, 2012
4:44 pm

Decent list for somebody 16 yrs old.. c’mon… 1968 Tigers upset mighty Bob Gibson, 1960, 61.. what’s with this??? You still wet behind your ears boy?

rc35

October 21st, 2012
4:46 pm

Although I was a Yankees fan at the time (courtesy of Maris and Mantle), the 1960 World Series should not be overlooked. The Yankees outscored the Pirates overall, but the Pirates still managed to win four games, and that’s what counts.

Buford T. Pusser

October 21st, 2012
4:58 pm

Agree with number one and two but the 1979 “We are Family” series should be on the list. Chuck Tanner v. Earl Weaver and Willie Stargel leading a group of of players that were tagged as underdogs by everyone but themselves.

Greg P

October 21st, 2012
5:44 pm

1957 braves over yanks in 7.. Bob buhl came back on 2 days rest to pitch gm 7 and I believe won all 3 of his starts in the series… That’s gotta be on there

Greg P

October 21st, 2012
5:44 pm

1957 braves over yanks in 7.. Bob buhl came back on 2 days rest to pitch gm 7 and I believe won all 3 of his starts in the series… That’s gotta be on there

Greg P

October 21st, 2012
5:44 pm

1957 braves over yanks in 7.. Bob buhl came back on 2 days rest to pitch gm 7 and I believe won all 3 of his starts in the series… That’s gotta be on there

Greg P

October 21st, 2012
5:44 pm

1957 braves over yanks in 7.. Bob buhl came back on 2 days rest to pitch gm 7 and I believe won all 3 of his starts in the series… That’s gotta be on there

Les Weiss

October 21st, 2012
5:49 pm

Lew Burdette not Bob Buhl

jj

October 21st, 2012
6:12 pm

Still mad as hell with Bobby Cox for putting Charlie Liebandt in to pitch..still makes me sick!

jj

October 21st, 2012
6:14 pm

Trading has started– Wake up Wren no sleeping this winter.

John

October 21st, 2012
6:39 pm

Gotta include the 60 world series.

Stan the Man

October 21st, 2012
6:55 pm

Did you not watch the 2011 World Series? Seven classic games and the greatest game ever played in game six.

"Chef" Tim Dix

October 21st, 2012
7:19 pm

Game 7 ‘91 Series, the greatest WS game EVER.

Boston Dawg

October 21st, 2012
7:26 pm

DOB, this is a little off-topic, but reading about the top World Series reminded me of top plays in playoff history. I have had discussions with friends in recent years about top plays (we’re all 20’s or 30’s so we haven’t seen a ton) and Walt Weiss diving to stop a shot up the middle, while the infield was in, to gun down a runner at the plate (98 Division Series I believe) always tops my list. However, my friends, not being Braves fans, aren’t familiar with the play. I have scoured the internets for a video of this play and have been quite unsuccessful. Do you have any idea where I might be able to view it? I would be eternally grateful.

Stumpknocker

October 21st, 2012
7:32 pm

Remember Lonnie Smith getting “deeked-out” by Twins second baseman Chuck Knoblock, when he should have advanced to third on a base hit (instead stopping a second) . The next batter hits a long fly ball to the outfield and Smith should have scored on the sac fly.

Mike

October 21st, 2012
7:56 pm

Actually Lonnie Smith should have scored on a hit-and-run double by Pendleton but hesitated around second and only made it to third. He was stranded there after a ground out, intentional walk and double play.

Brave

October 21st, 2012
8:05 pm

2012 Braves vs Cardinals was the best game ever.

BrandonLee49

October 21st, 2012
8:25 pm

I know you threw in 1924 just to throw Most everybody Off… and 1972… a 52 yr span, nice attempt, but No Real Cigar, we’ll only give you a Swisher Sweet, Just cuz you got Most folks round here over a Barrell.. Give you a Little Credit = That Picture of Jack Morris and Smoltzie would be My Plug for Best over-all Pitching Duo (Not the same Team-Obviously) But maybe Best in Each League Covering the Past 25 yrs…. Not So beyond this new era of a Lacklustre Market for Pitchers the Past 20 yrs. Why Hitters have Made the Headlines, with exception to Mariners Starting Gemologist, and their Rock Throwing Phenom.

BosnianBaller

October 21st, 2012
8:27 pm

2013 is missing. Braves over Astros

BrandonLee49

October 21st, 2012
8:36 pm

Pitchers beyond 25 years you got Tom Seaver, Billy Williams, Goose Gossage, Mickey Lolich, Denny McLain, Niekro, Phil, not Joe, Koufax, Whitey Ford, Drysdale and Marichal and Gibson… Hitters today ? They Ain’t seen Nothin, i mean Nothin compared to these Greats.. there is very little to compare.. .Rules were Different: Pitchers Ruled the Plate. Period. End of Story. Sure back in before WWII There was a whole Nuther Crop of Greats, but this will suffice to cover the fact that from ‘60 to maybe ‘73, there was an era of Pitchers unequalled Since, nor ever will again.

Mitchell

October 21st, 2012
8:53 pm

No Braves pitcher in Game 7 gave up a hit that would have scored a run.

The last batter hit a fly ball that would have been an out.

Jack Morris should have been the losing pitcher, but thanks to Lonnie Smith he got off the hook.

Abnerish

October 21st, 2012
9:05 pm

Besides 1991, 1986 World Series is the most memorable for me. As far as WS games go, I think 91 game 7 and last year’s game 6 are two of the best.

Chopdawg

October 21st, 2012
9:36 pm

Without looking this up…was 1924 the year Casey Stengel hit his inside-the-park HR?

Bravesfan54

October 21st, 2012
9:50 pm

Greg P – it was Lew Burdette who the three games. Buhl was an 18 game winner that year and the next. (Fidegty Lew might have been the first to win three games in the serious – which of course is all modern era. Miller Park by the way, has featured Braves heritage – though not a successor franchise. Brewers also the their name from early NL and AL teams in Milwaukee who were known as the Brewers, but dind’t survive as a team. In fact longest tenure of a professional team in Milw was their American Association team (called the Brewers, of course) that lasted from 1902 to 1952.

dawg4u

October 21st, 2012
10:06 pm

That is a good list DOB. I would replace the ‘24 WS with the ‘60 WS between the Yanks and Pirates at #4. I would reverse the order of the #1 and #2 WS even though I am a Braves fan. The ‘75 WS between the Reds and Sox is just a classic and will always be imbedded in my (and I’m sure many others) memory. The ‘78 WS gets an honorable mention here because the Dodgers went up 2-0 and had a classic game 2 deciding game in which Bob Welch struck out Reggie Jackson in an absolutely awesome battle to end the game. It appeared the Dodgers had all the momentum but the Yanks came back and won the next four games. A truly great WS!

playmeortrademe

October 21st, 2012
10:12 pm

I’ll stick to WS I remember in my short lifetime, I don’t want to pretend I know anything about 1960 or 1924. So starting with the first one I remember, O’s vs. Phillies in 1983,

5) Tie between 1986, 1997, and whatever year the White Sox won it. Don’t really care for the winners of the 1986 and 1997 WS, but 1986 game 6 and 1997 game 7 are memorable. The White Sox because of Podsednik’s walk-off and just the fact that team surprised everybody that year.
4) 2001 – I don’t like the Yankees, but their comebacks in Yankee Stadium were awesome. I still feel like Gonzalez’s series winner was really weak, and looking at the whole series, it just seems like the wrong team ended up winning that series.
3) 1988 – Gibson’s HR was epic and the Dodgers were such heavy underdogs. But Dodgers beat the A’s, the Miami Hurricanes of baseball in the late 80’s, in 5 games behind Hershiser and Mickey Hatcher.
2) 2011 – Game 6 was probably the most memorable WS game ever, but the series as a whole was not the greatest
1) 1991 – Games 3, 4, 6, and 7 ended with a run scoring on the final at-bat. The best WS Game 7 ever (1992 NLCS is the best game 7 of all game 7s), even though it still stings 21 years later.

Bravesfan54

October 21st, 2012
10:22 pm

Dave – ironic that Cards beat us with our poor defensive play, not it’s happening to them. I see San Fran taking the final game tomorrow. Big Mo (boltered by better pithching, hitting, running – what’d i miss?)has accompanied the Gigantes to SF, where as “wha’happened” will be playing cards late tonight with some Cardinal night owls. I love STL for its support of its team, but hey those SF fans are moving up in my estimation.

Love the BRavos, but…there is something I can’t put my finger on. Those old “business as usual” teams didnt’ come through too often during the streak, the fans vacillated between fickle and coy (coy in there habit of disquising themselves as empty seats). Thanks to you fandom is high, even if attendance is a struggle. (Note: I am leaving Liberty and Coaches Bobby and Fredi out of this: I have no problem with their positions, moves, etc. Same goes JS and FW – yes, there are quibbles, but these are knowledgeable baseball guys who make the moves dictated by the hands they are played.

I can’t just blame the “small market” which dictates economics. Look at TB, Miami, Oakland – more often than not they have outperformed the big spenders.

What is missing? I am guessing we are “victims” of some of the statistical aberrations that separate winners and losers. For nearly a decade we had 3 HOF pitchers, and a half-dozen more who won 20 in a season, but too often lacked the hitting necessary to get through a short series against the Kerry Woods, Kurt Shillings, etc. Statistically, Jesus Secoming Coming will be at a church near you, before you see three HOF guys showing up for ST season after season.

The nucleus of very good team is evident. Medlen, Heyward, Freeman, Prado, Minon, Huddy (not Tommny H, sorry, and sadly JJ is done – but added to these we got the best middle, long, and closing guys around. (We had them during the glory years, too, but far fewer.)

McMann needs to come back and he’s a gamer who will be very successful “when healthy”, but he’s no Yadier Molina or Buster Posey.

Andrellton is a future fixture in the infield. Reed a reliable platoon guy (or more). Rossy – “priceless”.

Bourne – no can do double digit millions and long-term contract.

Uggla – a gamer and a classy guy who has a lot of baseball left in him. He has improved his fielding and his HR production could easily pick back up to the mid-to-high 20’s and 70-90 rbi. (He has too much pride, too much skill to bust. He won’t do it.)

So we need an affordable center fielder, a healthy catcher, one more solid glove AND bat in the same infielder, a pinch hitter to remind us of how Hinkse produced for us for awhile (”but not named Hinkse!”) and were “in bidness”.

Thanks for all of your blogs. I am retiring in Febr, and living in Florida (5 miles from Viera), plan on attending a game (not nessarily the Braves) at each one of the Florida venues this coming ST.

A buddy of mine and I in late Aug/early Sept road-tripped (flew!)to Chicago (saw Cubs at Wrigley), then took a train to Milw and saw Brewers, train back to Chi and saw the White Sox at Cellular, then a train trip from Chicago to StL and saw the Cardinals. Flew home happy as hell.

jj

October 21st, 2012
10:42 pm

Giants win 6-1… going to game 7 tomorrow night.

Brave

October 21st, 2012
11:19 pm

Wait, the braves are playing the Giants in this year World Series. How can it be? Did the Giants just move to AL within the last few hours. It does not matter, braves will win in 8. Go braves!!

StingerSplash

October 22nd, 2012
12:50 am

You just wanted to write the name Peckinpaugh, didn’t you, DOB?

Lame picks again

October 22nd, 2012
4:47 am

My goodness Greatest world series the 69 Mets winnin world series is greatest cause Baltimore was picked win easy..and 1960 Pirates win over Yankees and lets not forget chokin braves make list for 91 lost and 92 lost and 96 choke job away and 99 lost was best ever cause it made yankees the team of the 90’s ha ha….but st.louis win was also greatest for world series Game 6 epic game…other wise 72 73 and 74 were also greatest in world series and follow the 98 99 2000 yankees in world series in history greatest moments!

Suicide Squeeze

October 22nd, 2012
6:57 am

Good job Dave. Man that ‘91 WS still hurts! Glad to see the ‘24 WS on the list and a shout out to Big Train, my favorite pitcher of all time.

Shug

October 22nd, 2012
8:01 am

1991, it hurts, it still hurts. Wasted opportunity after wasted opportunity, only to followed by a decade and half of more wasted opportunities. I cannot blame Braves fans for throwing items on the field during this year’s version of the post season. Frustration never gets old.

bill

October 22nd, 2012
8:22 am

The favorite to win the 1969 national league pennant was TADA the Braves. They lost in three straight to the Mets. Bobby Cox cost us two Series 1991 for playng Skates and Liebrandt when we needed real players and 1996 when he sat on his sorry ass while Wohlers tried to trick leyrirz when that jack ass coulld not hit my fastball. Throwing Leyritz a change up would be like trying to frame OJ for the two murders what a joke. We also had the Yankees down 3 to 1 in 1958 and lost that series and if i could figure out how to I would blame Cox for that too.

bill

October 22nd, 2012
8:29 am

Brandon Lee that was when the mound was 15 inches above the playing field surface and every pitcher looked like a 6′ 7″ pitcher. When Yaz won the triple crown he was the only Batter in the American League who hit over .300 that year. That said, you listed some great pitchers. You left out Warren Spahn who still has won more games left handed than anyone else ever will. Bob Feller was missing . Atleast you did not list Mr. Overated Don Drysdale.

WTF

October 22nd, 2012
8:31 am

Dave all I can say about the Braves-Twins series: fredo you broke my heart

bill

October 22nd, 2012
8:34 am

The team of the 70’s was not the big red machine it was the Green and Gold Oakland three straight WS victories and divisions bookending those wins. Back then i was an A’s fan and was from the 50’s and a kid. Ihave always cheered for lovable losers and thats why i am a Braves fan but they are less lovable every year.

bill

October 22nd, 2012
8:38 am

had Puckett not been juived could he have jumped high enough to make that game saving catch?

bill

October 22nd, 2012
8:52 am

When i went to the Hall of Fame they rated 1991 as the greatest Series also.

Carroll

October 22nd, 2012
9:42 am

Boston Dawg: I remember that play!! That was the 99 NLDS–before the Braves started giving up and rolling over in the divisional series. They went on to beat the Mets in a most classic NLCS before wetting the bed on the biggest stage. Below is a link to the video from the astros’ archives. Look for October 8, 1999 and click the link. http://www.astrosdaily.com/media/

reckingball

October 22nd, 2012
10:43 am

Lonnie Smith stopping at 3rd, on a play that he clearly could have scored on, is still highly suspicious to me.
You can add Eric Gregg’s umpiring performance behind the plate of game 6 of the ‘97 NLCS.
Add on Ron Gant being called out, after he was wrestled off of 1st base, in the ‘91 WS.
And a new one, the infield fly rule call, in this year’s NL wildcard shootout. That call looked like it was not made, until that umpire realized that no one was going to catch it, around 30 feet from hitting the ground. Very suspicious.

Brave New World in Arizona

October 22nd, 2012
10:50 am

Don’t forget the awesome series Mark Lemke had in that ‘91 WS. Hit after hit after hit. And who was the guy that pulled Ron Gant off the bag for a critical out. How about Greg Olsen standing on his head after that bone crushing play at the plate with Gladden?! A World Series for the ages. Simply amazing.

I remember calling my mom from college the next day to talk about the game and she would reply “son, we are sooooo tired!” If you remember, those extra inning games against the Twins would go well into the early morning. So many people had blood shot eyes the next day. Love my Braves forever after that contest. Just wish we could have gotten it done in that Game 7.

St. Louis Cardinals

October 22nd, 2012
11:06 am

Frank Wren for GM of the year !

Once again, the Braves enabled the Cardinals to be in the post-season.

Thanks, Frank!

Please give Brian McCann an extension, like your fans want !

joe

October 22nd, 2012
11:12 am

How can you not have 1960 on this list? The only WS that was won in game 7 via a walk off home run. Bill Mazaroski, Pittsburgh Pirates.

Tumbledown

October 22nd, 2012
11:23 am

Maybe I am misremembering, but wasn’t there a claim that, during the 1991 World Series, Twins’ officials worked the air system in the Metrodome so that it was blowing out when the Twins were batting and blowing in when the Braves were batting? Regardless, I despise that stupid stadium (although the Falcons got some measure of revenge by beating the Vikings in the 1999 NFC championship game).

Why It's a Ruger, thank you

October 22nd, 2012
11:42 am

bill, you are incorrect. Yaz won the Triple Crown in 67 and there were 3 other .300 hitters in the AL that year. It was 68 when Yaz won the AL Batting title at .301…the mound was lowered AFTER 1968

rl

October 22nd, 2012
11:46 am

1986 mets vs sox

rl

October 22nd, 2012
11:46 am

1986 mets vs sox

ChipperisGod

October 22nd, 2012
12:01 pm

95. Because the Braves won!!!!! No, in all seriousness those series were better than 95, however, 95 was still a pretty good series. Especially that game 3 in Cleveland even though we lost that one, had more twists and turns than any WS game in recent memory.

Also, game six was epic. A 1 hit shutout by Glav and Wholers and Justice delivering the day after he called out the fans with the biggest homer of his life.

Erin

October 22nd, 2012
12:32 pm

You started off calling Washington the Senators then you later called them the Nationals. LOL
@ ChipperisGod- I wonder how Justice felt about the wildcard game this year for the braves. The fans were GREAT then. I wished I was there.

Tumbledown

October 22nd, 2012
12:35 pm

That Game Six performance by Glavine and Wohlers in 1995 was even more epic when you consider how tough that Indians’ lineup was.

Superadam

October 22nd, 2012
12:43 pm

Dob you have the senators listed as the nationals at the end of no.4

JR1967

October 22nd, 2012
2:46 pm

Though the Braves were on the short end of Game 6 of the ‘91 Series, Jack Buck’s call of Kirby Puckett’s walk-off homer in the 10th was one of the most memorable and iconic calls ever.

“AND WE WILL SEE YOU TOMORRROWW NIGHT!!!”

Carroll

October 22nd, 2012
2:47 pm

@Tumbledown: 95 Indians–Lofton in his prime, Baerga in his prime, Belle in his prime, an aged but still dangerous Eddie Murray, Thome in his prime, Manny Ramirez in his prime, Omar Vizquel in his prime, Sandy Alomar Jr in his prime, Paul Sorrento in his prime, with Brian Giles, Jeromy Burnitz,Dave Winfield, and David bell on the bench. My goodness how is it that we won that series seemingly so easily, yet we always struggled with middling opposition every year thereafter???

No Flag Since Lemke

October 22nd, 2012
2:54 pm

This is the first such list I have ever seen that did not include the ‘60 Pirates-Yanks series. That was a classic. The ‘91 series was great if you were a detached viewer and ignored the Metrodome crap and Hrbek etc. etc.

Kentavo

October 22nd, 2012
2:55 pm

Shouldn’t ‘95 Series be on here? C’mon? I thought Cleveland was going to beat our brains in with that lineup – Manny, Alomar, Thome, Belle, Murray

rich

October 22nd, 2012
3:04 pm

I remember racing home from grade school to watch Bob Gibson, Mickey Lolich and Denny McLain in the 68 series between the Cards and Tigers…..that series has to be in the top 5

Carroll

October 22nd, 2012
3:08 pm

@JR: my most memorable call from Jack Buck (there were plenty in that series)…game 4, tie game, bottom 9…Lemke on 3rd with one out, and little-known pinch-hitter Jerry Willard hit what initially looked like a sure game-winning sac fly to RF…but then it looked like Lemke would be thrown out at home…but the catcher never tagged him with the ball in glove:

“This is gonna be a winner for Atlanta! Here’s the throw from Mack. Here’s Lemke!! and he is ou…SAFE SAFE SAFE and Atlanta wins it!!”

ChipperisGod

October 22nd, 2012
3:21 pm

@Erin. I was there, and while the fans were really into the game (myself included), what some of them did (throwing the trash on the field) I did not condone. However, I will not argue that the passion was there. I’m all for heckling and screaming, going nuts, but that was crossing the line. Yeah, I do wonder what he thought about that.

No matter what anyone thinks, people can’t deny that the fans were into the game.

Tumbledown

October 22nd, 2012
3:30 pm

I know that this is off topic from the general discussion of World Series games. But, one of the most memorable Braves’ playoff games for me was Game Six of the 1991 playoffs against Pittsburgh with the Braves down 3-2 in the series. This game was a Steve Avery masterpiece that eventually reached unbearable tension in the bottom of the ninth with Alejandro Pena trying to preserve a 1-0 shut-out.

I will never forget watching Andy Van Slyke nearly ending the Braves’ season by barely missing a two-run home run. I was sure the series was over until the TV announcer said it was foul. Pena ultimately preserved the win, and the Braves went on to win Game 7 in a shut-out as well. It is amazing how the Braves’ fortune twisted and turned with the many 1-0 playoff games they played in the 90s (See this game, Game 7 of the 1991 WS, Game 6 of the 1995 WS, and Game 5 of the 1996 WS).

Tumbledown

October 22nd, 2012
3:33 pm

Carroll – “This is gonna be a winner for Atlanta! Here’s the throw from Mack. Here’s Lemke!! and he is ou…SAFE SAFE SAFE and Atlanta wins it!!”

I know Jack Buck was criticised for this call, but he definitely communicated exactly what I was thinking as the play unfolded.

Old timer

October 22nd, 2012
4:41 pm

Oh man, you guys missed the great series of the 1960’s. No mention???
How can you overlook the 1968 series with the Tigers coming back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Cards and the incredible Bob Gibson behind Denny McClain and Mickey Lolich. Wow!!
Also in 1967, Lonborg (flirted with no-hitter in game 2) vs Gibson and the Cards. Triple Crown winner Carl Yastrzemski leading the BoSox. Gibson was too much in Game 7.

Pete

October 22nd, 2012
7:27 pm

I will always remember the “96 world series. The Braves starting with game 5 of the NLCS had won 5 straight blowout games to win NLCS and take a 2-0 lead in world series over Yankees. After the Yankees won game 3 in Atlanta the Braves led game 4 6-0 in the middle innings. The Yankees came back to win game 4 and beat the Braves in pitcher’s duel games in game 5 & 6 to win the world series.

kreedham

October 22nd, 2012
8:00 pm

Another reason the Braves might have won. Kent Hrbek lifted and body slammed Ron Gant off 1st base!

MitchC

October 22nd, 2012
9:30 pm

I agree with most of those, but I would add two others to the list.

Someone already mentioned 1960, and I agree. The Yankee scored a lot of runs, and yet got defeated in seven games.

Another series I would include in there is the 1973 A’s Mets series, where the 83 win Mets who were in last place that August, took the powerful A’s to 7 games. From everything I’ve read about that series, it was truly one of the classics.

Dirty Dawg

October 22nd, 2012
10:27 pm

This ain’t a World Series going on right now, but I really have to comment on the Giants-Cardinals game. It’s 7-zip in the sixth and if things stay as they are it will prove, at least to me, that God really is a baseball fan and, like me a lot of others, has had enough of the damn St. Louis team. Shoot he even managed to see to it at the two Cardinal b@tt-boys were announcing the, so far, debacle…and the pain in their voices is palpable. Hope to hell it stays this way…whoa!…Cain just hit Holliday and all they can do is claim it was, finally, pay-back for ‘the slide’. Tough s$$t boys. Looks as if you’re gonna have to fake your feelings for some other team…at least I hope so.

Dirty Dawg

October 22nd, 2012
10:27 pm

This ain’t a World Series going on right now, but I really have to comment on the Giants-Cardinals game. It’s 7-zip in the sixth and if things stay as they are it will prove, at least to me, that God really is a baseball fan and, like me a lot of others, has had enough of the damn St. Louis team. Shoot he even managed to see to it at the two Cardinal b@tt-boys were announcing the, so far, debacle…and the pain in their voices is palpable. Hope to hell it stays this way…whoa!…Cain just hit Holliday and all they can do is claim it was, finally, pay-back for ‘the slide’. Tough s$$t boys. Looks as if you’re gonna have to fake your feelings for some other team…at least I hope so.

Dirty Dawg

October 22nd, 2012
10:27 pm

This ain’t a World Series going on right now, but I really have to comment on the Giants-Cardinals game. It’s 7-zip in the sixth and if things stay as they are it will prove, at least to me, that God really is a baseball fan and, like me a lot of others, has had enough of the damn St. Louis team. Shoot he even managed to see to it at the two Cardinal b@tt-boys were announcing the, so far, debacle…and the pain in their voices is palpable. Hope to hell it stays this way…whoa!…Cain just hit Holliday and all they can do is claim it was, finally, pay-back for ‘the slide’. Tough s$$t boys. Looks as if you’re gonna have to fake your feelings for some other team…at least I hope so.

Dirty Dawg

October 22nd, 2012
10:27 pm

This ain’t a World Series going on right now, but I really have to comment on the Giants-Cardinals game. It’s 7-zip in the sixth and if things stay as they are it will prove, at least to me, that God really is a baseball fan and, like me a lot of others, has had enough of the damn St. Louis team. Shoot he even managed to see to it at the two Cardinal b@tt-boys were announcing the, so far, debacle…and the pain in their voices is palpable. Hope to hell it stays this way…whoa!…Cain just hit Holliday and all they can do is claim it was, finally, pay-back for ‘the slide’. Tough s$$t boys. Looks as if you’re gonna have to fake your feelings for some other team…at least I hope so.

Dirty Dawg

October 22nd, 2012
10:27 pm

This ain’t a World Series going on right now, but I really have to comment on the Giants-Cardinals game. It’s 7-zip in the sixth and if things stay as they are it will prove, at least to me, that God really is a baseball fan and, like me a lot of others, has had enough of the damn St. Louis team. Shoot he even managed to see to it at the two Cardinal b@tt-boys were announcing the, so far, debacle…and the pain in their voices is palpable. Hope to hell it stays this way…whoa!…Cain just hit Holliday and all they can do is claim it was, finally, pay-back for ‘the slide’. Tough s$$t boys. Looks as if you’re gonna have to fake your feelings for some other team…at least I hope so.

Dirty Dawg

October 22nd, 2012
10:28 pm

Sorry guys…thought my machine wasn’t working. Looks as if it was working too good.

No Flag Since Lemke

October 23rd, 2012
6:03 am

Dirty Dawg – No that was fine. I enjoyed reading it several times. As you said, proof there is a God.

DIPEN PATEL

October 23rd, 2012
9:32 am

OH the TOP 5 FALL CLASSICS OF COURSE, are the 91,92,95,96 and 99, ESPECIALLY when the BRAVES are TOTALLY INVOLVED in ALL 5 of these FALL CLASSICS.GO BRAVESNATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DIPEN PATEL

October 23rd, 2012
9:39 am

Speaking of the POSTSEASON I knew the cardinals would run OUT OF LUCK TOTALLY SOON, ESPECIALLY when they were not going to be LUCKY all the time.2006 and 2011 was NOTHING BUT PURE LUCK during their WORLD SERIES RUNS, HEY this is 2012, this is NOT AT ALL 2011 OR 2006 MY FRIENDS.And I will be CONGRATULATING the tigers fow WINNING the WORLD SERIES if or when they WIN IT.MAY THE BEST TEAM PREVAIL/TRIUMPH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Marvin Mangrum

October 23rd, 2012
11:39 am

First, Braves, 95, second Braves 56, third, Reds 1975, fourth, Pirates 60, Yankees, 27.

Dum-Bass

October 23rd, 2012
11:47 am

Well at least the TX Rangers won’t lose it this year. They have yet to win one and lost the last two yrs. It’s about time they took some grief like the Braves always have. BTW, the SF Giants owe the Braves dearly. The Braves had a hand in them winning the WS in 2010 as McCann got the winning hit in the All Star game that gave the Giants the homefield advantage, which was huge for them. Then this year if not for the Braves the Giants would not have been playing the St. Louis Cardinals for the NL title. So the way I see it the Giants owe the Braves some draft choices. Nice to see the Braves can help someone else as they sure don’t help themselves!

[...] The top 5 World Series of all time [...]

Carroll

October 24th, 2012
11:23 am

The Cards/Giants series reminded me of the 96 NLCS….Cards got all high and mighty when their vastly inferior team rode its “magic” and luck to a 3-1 series lead over the defending world champ bravos. I remember Eck pumping his fist like a madman as he glared into our dugout after the last out of game 4. I remember the smug fans with their “tomahawk choke” signs. But then the Braves turned it on and absolutely destroyed the cards the next 3 games…almost to the point where you kinda felt a lil bad for them haha! That’s the problem with running on magic and luck…it eventually runs out, and usually at the most inopportune time ;-) Couldn’t happen to a better team or fan base! Enjoy your defeat snatched right from the jaws of victory!

NCDawg

October 24th, 2012
3:56 pm

Braves got screwed… plain and simple. There is no objective way to justify those calls. We should have at least 2 WS titles.

PEPr

October 25th, 2012
3:45 pm

Bravesfan54 – You are right on, sir! We need more bloggers like you with common sense instead of wild emotion. Thanks

Matt

October 29th, 2012
8:00 pm

Personally, I think the ‘95 Series was the greatest ever, but I might be a little biased.

gotigers72

October 30th, 2012
10:06 am

The 1960 WS has to be in the Top 5. Mazerowski’s walk off is iconic in the history of baseball. I was in the 5th grade and took my transistor radio to school w/o my parent’s knowledge. I still remember how those covers on transistors smelled. All or most Serie’s games were played in the daytime then, so school kids got screwed on being able to watch OR listen, unless you were sneaky like I was.

My granny was lunchroom manager, so I was sitting on the steps behind the lunchroom, listening to the Series on my transistor. I was pulling for the Pirates because I couldn’t stand the Yankee dynasty [and still can't]. When Maz hit his homer, I went nuts, yelling and screaming. About that time one of the teachers came around the corner, called me by name and asked me what was wrong. I told her I was just letting off some steam.

She told my granny and my granny asked what really happened to cause my sudden ebullience. She knew me too well. I showed her my transistor and told her the Yankees got beat. I knew she wouldn’t rat me out to my parents and she didn’t. That’s how grandparents are. Anyhow, that was one of the happiest days of my life, and in my estimation that is why the ‘60 Series is one of the Top 5.

Will

December 20th, 2012
1:44 am

The 1975 World Series was the greatest World Series of all time. First it had the two top teams in the league at their peaks. The Red Sox had great players like Fisk, Yaz, Rice, Lynn, Evans, and Cooper. The Reds had the Great Eight in Bench, Perez, Morgan, Concepcion, Rose, Foster, Geronimo, and Griffey. These two teams had very similar season stats and were very evenly matched up. Play after play there were great defensive stops made in the field like, Foster’s through to get Doyle at the plate, Evans robing Morgan of a home run, Fisk’s walk off in the 12th and that’s just game six. Then there’s also the fact that back then only the two best teams in each league squared of in the playoffs. Now you don’t even have to win your division to make it in(another brilliant move from Bud Selig). Also, how is a series with teams that just the season before finished last even considered to be the greatest Series ever? The 91 series had only three hall of fame caliber players in it, the 1975 Reds had four hall of fame caliber players on their team alone( I would argue that Concepcion deserves to be in the hall of fame as well, which would make it 6). Then add on the three hall of famers from the Red Sox to that. The 1991 World Series may have been a good story but, it’s far from the best ever played.

steve

February 7th, 2013
11:36 pm

The 91 world series between Minnesota/Atlanta in ‘91 was one of great admiration–only series that players from both teams shook hands that I’ve ever seen–funny hockey is the only one of the 4 majors that does so every year , even after ll the physical play fighting!

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