The Top 10 Best World Series Performances Ever

We Look Back At The Top 10 Best World Series Performances
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We Look Back At The Top 10 Best World Series Performances
Men's Lifestyles Sports – 10 Best World Series Performances

Men's Lifestyles Sports

Since professional baseball has been around, from the late19th century, pitchers were so dominant that from between 1876-1920 it was known as the "Dead Ball Era". Appropriately named so, because it wasn't until 1883 that Buck Ewig was able to break out of the single digit home runs average, and hit 10 homers for the New York Gothams.

In 1903, the World Series claimed it's place as the begging the best-of-7 games championship series between the National Leaguechamps, and the American League champs.

For 112 years, the world has come to watch the World Series as the second oldest professional sports championship in North America, second to The Stanley Cup, which began in 1893.

Over those past 112 years, the World Series has only been missed twice. Once in 1904 due to New York Giants owner, John Bushboycotting the series and refusing to play in the American League. And once again in 1994 due to the player's strike, causing the World Series to skip it's second championship ever.

Of the 109 World Series Champions, the New York Yankees own the record for most victories with 24, while the St.Louis Cardinalsare far behind in second place with only 11. The Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, Tampa Bay Rays, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres, Milwaukee Brewers, Seattle Mariners, and Washington Nationals are the only 8 MLB teams without a World Series title.

Since only two teams, Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals, have never been to the World Series, the past 112 seasons has given us plenty of athletes from Babe Ruth and Ted Williams to Mickey Mantle and Bob Gibson.

There are so many amazing performances that it is going to be tough to pick only the best of the best. However, in true baseball fanatic fashion, we have done the work so that all that is left is a list of the greatest World Series performances of all-time.

Men's Lifestyles Sports – John Wetteland, Yankees (1996)

10. John Wetteland, Yankees (1996)

  • Games: 5
  • Walks: 1 Innings 
  • Pitched: 4.1
  • Strikeouts: 6 
  • Hits: 4
  • Saves: 4 
  • Earned Runs: 1 Earned Run 
  • Average: 2.08   
Men's Lifestyles Sports – Curt Schilling, RHP, Diamondbacks (2001)

9. Curt Schilling, RHP, Diamondbacks (2001)

  • Games: 3
  • Earned Run Average: 1.69 
  • Wins: 1
  • Strikeouts: 26 
  • Innings Pitched: 21.1
  • Walks: 2 
  • Hits: 12
  • Earned Runs: 4   
Men's Lifestyles Sports – Mariano Rivera, CL, Yankees (1999)

8. Mariano Rivera, CL, Yankees (1999)

  • Games: 3
  • Walks: 1 
  • Wins: 1
  • Strikeouts: 3 
  • Innings Pitched: 4.2
  • Saves: 2 
  • Hits: 3
  • Earned Run Average: 0.00   
Men's Lifestyles Sports – Billy Hatcher, CF, Reds (1990)

7. Billy Hatcher, CF, Reds (1990)

  • At-bats: 12
  • Runs: 9 
  • Batting Avg: .750
  • Doubles: 4 
  • On-Base Pct: 800
  • Triples: 1 
  • Slugging Pct: 1.250
  • RBIs: 2 
  • Hits: 9
  • Walks: 2   
Men's Lifestyles Sports – Mickey Lolich, LHP, Tigers (1968)

6. Mickey Lolich, LHP, Tigers (1968)

  • Games: 3
  • Walks: 6 
  • Innings Pitched: 27
  • Strikeouts: 21 
  • Hits: 20
  • Saves: 4 
  • Earned Runs: 5
  • Complete Games: 3 
  • Earned Run Average: 1.67
  • Wins: 3   
Men's Lifestyles Sports – Bob Gibson, RHP, Cardinals (1968)

5. Bob Gibson, RHP, Cardinals (1968)

  • Games: 3
  • Walks: 5 
  • Innings Pitched: 24
  • Strikeouts: 29 
  • Hits: 13
  • Shutouts: 2 
  • Earned Runs: 1
  • Complete Games: 2 
  • Earned Run Average: .38
  • Wins: 2   
Men's Lifestyles Sports – Babe Ruth, OF, Yankees (1928)

4. Babe Ruth, OF, Yankees (1928)

  • At Bats: 16
  • Doubles: 3 
  • Batting Avg: .635
  • Home Runs: 3 
  • On Base Pct: .647
  • Runs: 9 
  • Slugging Pct: 1.375
  • RBIs: 4 
  • Hits: 10
  • Walks: 1   
Men's Lifestyles Sports – David Ortiz, DH, Red Sox (2013)

3. David Ortiz, DH, Red Sox (2013)

  • At Bats: 16
  • Hits: 11 
  • Batting Avg: .688
  • Runs: 7 
  • On Base Pct: .760
  • Doubles: 2 
  • Slugging Pct: 1.188
  • Home Runs: 2 
  • Hits: 11
  • RBIs: 6   
Men's Lifestyles Sports – Sandy Koufax, Dodgers (1965)

2. Sandy Koufax, Dodgers (1965)

  • Games: 3
  • Walks: 5 
  • Innings Pitched: 24
  • Strikeouts: 29 
  • Hits: 13
  • Complete Games: 2 
  • Earned Runs: 1
  • Wins: 2 
  • Earned Run Average: 0.38
  • Shutouts: 2   
Men's Lifestyles Sports – Don Larsen, RHP, Yankees (1956)

1. Don Larsen, RHP, Yankees (1956)

  • Games: 2
  • Walks: 4 
  • Innings Pitched: 10.2
  • Strikeouts: 7 
  • Hits: 1
  • Complete Games: 2 
  • Wins:1
  • Shutouts: 1 
  • Earned Run Average: 0.00 

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