Top Ten MLB World Series
#10. 1952 World Series - New York Yankees vs Brooklyn Dodgers
The 1952 World Series was a fierce local rivalry with the New York Yankees defeating the Brooklyn Dodgers four games to three to win their fourth straight World Series Title. The Yankees had to fight back from a game down on two occasions and only narrowly avoided defeat in Games Six and Seven. Billy Martin’s catch to keep Game Seven alive is considered one of the biggest players in World Series history.
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#9. 1995 World Series – Atlanta Braves vs Cleveland Indians
The Atlanta Braves defeated the Cleveland Indians four games to two to win the 1995 World Series. Although the series didn’t go to seven games it is still one of the closest in World Series history as five of the six games were decided by only one run. A solo David Justice home run was the difference maker in Game Six and won the Braves a deserved inaugural World Series Title – their first in franchise history.
#8. 1964 World Series – St. Louis Cardinals vs New York Yankees
The St. Louis Cardinals capped off a remarkable late season run to defeat the New York Yankees and win the 1964 World Series. The turning point of the series was Game 5 when the Cardinals, led by pitcher Bob Gibson, scrapped out a narrow extra innings victory over the Yankees. Gibson returned prematurely in Game 7 to lead the Cardinals to an upset World Series victory.
#7. 1972 World Series – Oakland Athletics vs Cincinnati Reds
The Cincinnati Reds came back from two games down on two occasions but lost the 1972 World Series four games to three to the Oakland Athletics. Six of the seven games during the series were decided by only one run and two games featured game winning home runs in the ninth innings. The victory was the Athletics first World Series title since they moved to Oakland.
#6. 2002 World Series – Anaheim Angels vs San Francisco Giants
The Anaheim Angels produced a remarkable comeback to defeat the San Francisco Giants and win the 2002 World Series. The Giants were only two innings away from winning the World Series title in Game Six with a five to zero lead but the Angels rallied of six straight runs to keep the series alive and secured the World Championship with a comfortable victory in Game Seven. Game Two of the series is considered one of the most exciting games in World Series history as the Angels scored a dramatic eleven to ten victory.
#5. 1958 World Series – New York Yankees vs Milwaukee Braves
The New York Yankees came from three games to one down to win their seventh World Series title in ten years. Two games in this series required a tenth innings to decide the winner making this one of the tightest World Series in history. Game Seven was tied two runs apiece heading into the eighth innings but a William Skowron three-run homer was enough to win the Yankees the game and the series.
#4. 1975 World Series – Cincinnati Reds vs Boston Red Sox
The Cincinnati Reds produced a Game Seven comeback to defeat the Boston Red Sox four games to three in the 1975 World Series. The Reds looked as though they had the series wrapped up in Game Six but a Carlton Frisk walk-off home run forced a seventh game. The Curse of the Bambino looked as though it might finally be over when the Red Sox took a three nothing lead but an offensive rally from the Reds broke the hearts of Red Sox supporters once again.
#3. 1986 World Series – New York Mets vs Boston Red Sox
The Curse of the Bambino struck again in 1986 when the Boston Red Sox blew two golden opportunities to win the World Series. The Red Sox had the chance to close out the series in Game Six but an inexplicable fielding error from Bill Buckner cost them the game. Bucker looked as though he would be saved by embarrassment when the Red Sox took a three nothing lead but they threw it away to give the New York Mets an eight to five victory.
#2. 2001 World Series – Arizona Diamondbacks vs New York Yankees
The Arizona Diamondbacks overcame some very nervous moments and inspired play from the New York Yankees to win the 2001 World Series four games to three. Amazingly, the Yankees won Games Four and Five of this series despite trialing in the ninth innings but the Diamondbacks recorded a comeback off their own to win the World Series with a walk off hit in Game Seven.
#1. 2011 World Series – St. Louis Cardinals vs Texas Rangers
While there have been a number of amazing comebacks in World Series history nothing tops the Cardinals effort to win the 2011 World Series four games to three. Game Six of the series is one of the best in the history of Major League Baseball as the Cardinals came back from two run deficits on two occasions to win the game and clinched the World Series with a win in Game Seven. On two occasions during Game Six the Rangers were only one strike away from claiming their first World Championship.