MLB: Teams that Have Come Back to Win the World Series After Being Down 3-2

The 1985 Kansas City Royals Came Back To Win The World Series After Being Down 3-2

The 1985 Kansas City Royals Came Back To Win The World Series After Being Down 3-2

The Kansas City Royals‘ backs are up against the wall. They’re returning home, down to the San Francisco Giants 3-2 in the 2014 World Series.

Well, 21 times a team in such a position, including the 1985 Royals, has come back to win it all. Of those 21 teams, 12, again including the ’85 Royals, had home field advantage. In other words, they won the last two games at home (and KC also won the last game in St. Louis – they actually were down 3-1).

And in other words, it ain’t over till it’s over.

The last time an underdog came back from 3-2 to win the final two games on the road was in 1979, when the Pittsburgh Pirates stole the title from the Baltimore Orioles.

One more note: We know the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals have the most World Series titles – the Yanks far ahead – so naturally they are both well represented below with 12 of the 21 comebacks involving either or both teams.

But here is one area where the Cardinals excel over the Yankees. The Cards have come back from down three games to two an amazing five times (to the Yankees two).

In other words, five of the Cardinals 12 championships (41.6 percent) were born of this scenario. That’s one turnaround away from half. Wow.

SEASON WINNER LOSER SERIES
1. 1903 Boston Americans* Pittsburgh Pirates 5-3
2. 1921 New York Giants* New York Yankees 5-3
3. 1924 Washington Senators* New York Giants 4-3
4. 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates* Washington Senators 4-3
5. 1926 St. Louis Cardinals New York Yankees* 4-3
6. 1934 St. Louis Cardinals Detroit Tigers* 4-3
7. 1940 Cincinnati Reds* Detroit Tigers 4-3
8. 1946 St. Louis Cardinals* Boston Red Sox 4-3
9. 1952 New York Yankees Brooklyn Dodgers* 4-3
10. 1958 New York Yankees Milwaukee Braves* 4-3
11. 1968 Detroit Tigers St. Louis Cardinals* 4-3
12. 1973 Oakland A’s* New York Mets 4-3
13. 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates Baltimore Orioles* 4-3
14. 1982 St. Louis Cardinals* Milwaukee Brewers 4-3
15. 1985 Kansas City Royals* St. Louis Cardinals 4-3
16. 1986 New York Mets* Boston Red Sox 4-3
17. 1987 Minnesota Twins* St. Louis Cardinals 4-3
18. 1991 Minnesota Twins* Atlanta Braves 4-3
19. 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks* New York Yankees 4-3
20. 2002 Anaheim Angels* San Francisco Giants 4-3
21. 2011 St. Louis Cardinals* Texas Rangers 4-3

* Home field advantage

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NFL: Top 20 Players with the Most Receiving Touchdowns on Monday Night Football

Jerry Rice Even Had A Monday Night Football Touchdown With The Seattle Seahawks

Jerry Rice Even Had A Monday Night Football Touchdown With The Seattle Seahawks

Here’s another record for Jerry Rice, one that won’t have any viers for some time, if ever.

Rice has 34 receiving touchdowns on Monday Night Football, 13 more than Terrell Owens in second and 24 more than the first active player on the list, 34-year old Anquan Boldin.

There is one other active present, and he is on a Monday night tear (thanks in part to his consistently good team that gets scheduled for MNF and also his future Hall of Fame QB, Drew Brees). It’s tight end Jimmy Graham who already has eight MNF touchdowns through six games in just four-and-a-half seasons.

Not bad, but can he catch Rice? Nah.

Speaking of tight ends, the best TE scorer on Monday Night Football was Joe Montana‘s (and Steve Young‘s) Brent Jones. He’s tied with Boldin at 10.

Check out these related Monday Night Football touchdown posts:

Most Rushing Touchdowns on Monday Night Football

Most Passing Touchdowns on Monday Night Football

PLAYER POS. MNF RECEIVING TDS FOR MNF GAMES PLAYED CAREER SPAN
1. Jerry Rice WR 34 San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Seattle Seahawks 45 1985-2004
2. Terrell Owens WR 21 San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, Dallas Cowboys, Cincinnati Bengals 24 1996-2010
3. Randy Moss WR 18 Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers 19 1998-2010, 2012
4. Mark Clayton WR 15 Miami Dolphins 20 1983-1993
5. Andre Reed WR 13 Buffalo Bills 24 1985-2000
6. Tony Hill WR 12 Dallas Cowboys 20 1977-1986
7. Anquan Boldin WR 10 Arizona Cardinals, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers 11 2003-Present
7. Cris Carter WR 10 Philadelphia Eagles, Minnesota Vikings 22 1987-2002
7. Marvin Harrison WR 10 Indianapolis Colts 14 1996-2008
7. Brent Jones TE 10 San Francisco 49ers 24 1987-1997
7. Rod Smith WR 10 Denver Broncos 20 1995-2006
12. Cliff Branch WR 9 Okland Raiders 20 1972-1985
12. Nat Moore WR 9 Miami Dolphins 24 1974-1986
12. John Taylor WR 9 San Francisco 49ers 19 1987-1995
15. Tim Brown WR 8 Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders 26 1988-2004
15. Donald Driver WR 8 Green Bay Packers 25 1999-2012
15. Mark Duper WR 8 Miami Dolphins 19 1982-1992
15. Russ Francis TE 8 New England Patriots, San Francisco 49ers 17 1975-1988
15. Jimmy Graham TE 8 New Orleans Saints 6 2010-Present
15. Rodney Holman TE 8 Cincinnati Bengals 11 1982-1995
15. Torry Holt WR 8 St. Louis Rams 16 1999-2009
15. Keyshawn Johnson WR 8 New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, Carolina Panthers 18 1996-2006
15. Steve Largent WR 8 Seattle Seahawks 15 1976-1989
15. Derrick Mason WR 8 Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens 20 1997-2011
15. Art Monk WR 8 Washington Redskins 25 1980-1995
15. John Stallworth WR 8 Pittsburgh Steelers 17 1974-1987
15. Hines Ward WR 8 Pittsburgh Steelers 19 1998-2011

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Madison Bumgarner and the Top 20 Pitchers with the Most World Series Wins

A Young (21) Whitey Ford After His First (1950) Of 10 World Series Wins

A Young (21) Whitey Ford After His First (1950) Of 10 World Series Wins

San Francisco Giants‘ hurler Madison Bumgarner just joined some elite company with his fourth World Series win tonight.

In the history of baseball, only 36 pitchers have won at least that many World Series games. It’s hard enough just getting there – and if you’re lucky enough to do so, there are only so many starts or chances to go around.

What’s more, Bumgarner is one of only five pitchers that have accumulated that many victories in the past 30 years.

Whitey Ford is at the top of today’s list, holding on to what could be an unbreakable record: 10 wins over seven World Series.

Then you have Red Ruffing, Allie Reynolds and Bob Gibson with seven.

What do the top four have in common?

Old school…and an older, different kind of game.

It’s hard to conceive of “today’s” pitcher in “today’s” league not only winning that many, but having the opportunity to do so. Even the latest (Derek Jeter) New York Yankees dynasty that collected five championships only has one representative amongst the top 20, below.

Andy Pettitte, despite being in all those World Series mustered just five wins in total. Of course, that’s not to say he didn’t pitch well, just that there were a handful of sweeps in there (and so fewer starts) and no-decisions.

The five pitchers mentioned above include Pettitte, now Bumgarner, Jack Morris, Tom Glavine, and Curt Schilling.

As for the rest, as usual, the Yankees represent most of the players with World Series credits – 13 of the 36 played for the Bronx Bombers.

  PITCHER WORLD SERIES WINS TEAM(S) SEASON GAME
1. Whitey Ford 10 New York Yankees 1950 Game 4
        1955 Game 1
        1955 Game 6
        1956 Game 3
        1957 Game 1
        1960 Game 3
        1960 Game 6
        1961 Game 1
        1961 Game 4
        1962 Game 1
           
2. Red Ruffing 7 New York Yankees 1932 Game 1
        1937 Game 2
        1938 Game 1
        1938 Game 4
        1939 Game 1
        1941 Game 1
        1942 Game 1
           
2. Allie Reynolds 7 New York Yankees 1947 Game 2
        1949 Game 1
        1950 Game 2
        1951 Game 4
        1952 Game 4
        1952 Game 7
        1953 Game 6
           
2. Bob Gibson 7 St. Louis Cardinals 1964 Game 5
        1964 Game 7
        1967 Game 1
        1967 Game 4
        1967 Game 7
        1968 Game 1
        1968 Game 4
           
5. Waite Hoyt 6 New York Yankees 1921 Game 2
        1921 Game 5
        1926 Game 4
        1927 Game 1
        1928 Game 1
        1928 Game 4
           
           
5. Lefty Gomez 6 New York Yankees 1932 Game 2
        1936 Game 2
        1936 Game 6
        1937 Game 1
        1937 Game 5
        1938 Game 2
           
5. Chief Bender 6 Philadelphia Athletics 1905 Game 2
        1910 Game 1
        1911 Game 4
        1911 Game 6
        1913 Game 1
        1913 Game 4
           
8. Vic Raschi 5 New York Yankees 1949 Game 5
        1950 Game 1
        1951 Game 6
        1952 Game 2
        1952 Game 6
           
8. Andy Pettitte 5 New York Yankees 1996 Game 5
        1998 Game 4
        2003 Game 2
        2009 Game 3
        2009 Game 6
           
8. Herb Pennock 5 New York Yankees 1923 Game 2
        1923 Game 6
        1926 Game 1
        1926 Game 5
        1927 Game 3
           
8. Christy Mathewson 5 New York Giants 1905 Game 1
        1905 Game 3
        1905 Game 5
        1911 Game 1
        1913 Game 2
           
8. Catfish Hunter 5 Oakland A’s 1972 Game 2
        1972 Game 7
        1973 Game 6
        1974 Game 3
      New York Yankees 1978 Game 6
           
8. Jack Coombs 5 Philadelphia Athletics 1910 Game 2
        1910 Game 3
        1910 Game 5
        1911 Game 3
      Brooklyn Robins 1916 Game 3
           
8. Mordecai Brown 5 Chicago Cubs 1906 Game 4
        1907 Game 5
        1908 Game 1
        1908 Game 4
        1910 Game 4
           
15. Bob Turley 4 New York Yankees 1957 Game 6
        1958 Game 5
        1958 Game 7
        1960 Game 2
           
15. Warren Spahn 4 Boston Braves 1948 Game 5
      Milwaukee Braves 1957 Game 4
        1958 Game 1
        1958 Game 4
           
15. Curt Schilling 4 Philadelphia Phillies 1993 Game 5
      Arizona Diamondbacks 2001 Game 1
      Boston Red Sox 2004 Game 2
        2007 Game 2
           
15. Johnny Podres 4 Brooklyn Dodgers 1955 Game 3
        1955 Game 7
      Los Angeles Dodgers 1959 Game 2
        1963 Game 2
           
15. Monte Pearson 4 New York Yankees 1936 Game 4
        1937 Game 3
        1938 Game 3
        1939 Game 2
           
15. Jim Palmer 4 Baltimore Orioles 1966 Game 2
        1970 Game 1
        1971 Game 2
        1983 Game 3
           
15. Art Nehf 4 New York Giants 1921 Game 8
        1922 Game 5
        1923 Game 3
        1924 Game 1
           
15. Jack Morris 4 Detroit Tigers 1984 Game 1
        1984 Game 4
      Minnesota Twins 1991 Game 1
        1997 Game 7
           
15. Dave McNally 4 Baltimore Orioles 1966 Game 4
        1970 Game 3
        1971 Game 1
        1971 Game 6
           
15. Eddie Lopat 4 New York Yankees 1949 Game 4
        1951 Game 2
        1951 Game 5
        1953 Game 2
           
15. Don Larsen 4 New York Yankees 1956 Game 5
        1957 Game 3
        1958 Game 3
        1962 Game 4
           
15. Sandy Koufax 4 Los Angeles Dodgers 1963 Game 1
        1963 Game 4
        1965 Game 5
        1965 Game 7
           
15. Carl Hubbell 4 New York Giants 1933 Game 1
        1933 Game 4
        1936 Game 1
        1937 Game 4
           
15. Ken Holtzman 4 Oakland A’s 1972 Game 1
        1973 Game 1
        1973 Game 7
        1974 Game 4
           
15. Lefty Grove 4 Philadelphia Athletics 1930 Game 1
        1930 Game 5
        1931 Game 1
        1931 Game 6
           
15. Tom Glavine 4 Atlanta Braves 1991 Game 5
        1992 Game 1
        1995 Game 2
        1995 Game 6
           
15. George Earnshaw 4 Philadelphia Athletics 1929 Game 2
        1930 Game 2
        1930 Game 6
        1931 Game 4
           
15. Lew Burdette 4 Milwaukee Braves 1957 Game 2
        1957 Game 5
        1957 Game 7
        1958 Game 2
           
15. Tommy Bridges 4 Detroit Tigers 1934 Game 5
        1935 Game 2
        1935 Game 6
        1940 Game 3
           
15. Harry Brecheen 4 St. Louis Cardinals 1944 Game 4
        1946 Game 2
        1946 Game 6
        1946 Game 7
           
15. Madison Bumgarner 4 San Francisco Giants 2010 Game 4
        2012 Game 2
        2014 Game 1
        2014 Game 5

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