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MLB: Pitchers with Three Wins in a Single World Series

Randy Johnson Won Three Games In The 2001 World Series

Randy Johnson Won Three Games In The 2001 World Series

Dominant Madison Bumgarner almost joined today’s list of pitchers with three wins in one World Series, a feat accomplished just 13 times in 110 Fall Classics (and with some caveats, at that).

After winning Games 1 and 5, Bumgarner wrapped up Game 7 last night with a five-inning relief effort – but only got the save. “Middle reliever” Jeremy Affeldt, who pitched just 2.1 innings, but happened to be in the game when the San Francisco Giants took the final 3-2 lead, got the win.

Think about the challenge of winning three games in one World Series. First of all, that’s the most. No pitcher has ever won four games in one go-round (in either a best-of-seven or best-of-nine Series).

No relief pitcher has ever done it, although some of these starters below notched a win in relief, like the last to do it, Randy Johnson (2001). Johnson is the only pitcher to win three games in a single World Series in almost 50 (!) years – since Bob Gibson in 1967.

A handful of the Series noted (and asterisked) below deserve some further explanation, and enhance the accomplishment we’re talking about, too.

The 1903* and 1920* World Series were best-of-nines and finished 5-3 and 5-2, respectively. The 1912*** World Series went eight games; Game 2 was a tie called for darkness. So for these three Series (and the four pitchers that won three games in them), there was more opportunity to earn an extra win.

In 1903**, two pitchers did it in the same Series on opposing teams, making the Pittsburgh PiratesDeacon Phillippe the only pitcher ever to win three games for the losing team.

The Pirates lost to the Boston Americans, now the Boston Red Sox, in that very first World Series.

PITCHER WORLD SERIES GAMES FOR AGAINST
1. Bill Dinneen 1903* 2, 6, 8 Boston Americans Pittsburgh Pirates
2. Deacon Phillippe 1903* 1, 3, 4 Pittsburgh Pirates** Boston Americans
3. Christy Mathewson 1905 1, 3, 5 New York Giants Philadelphia Athletics
4. Babe Adams 1909 1, 5, 7 Pittsburgh Pirates Detroit Tigers
5. Jack Coombs 1910 2, 3, 5 Philadelphia Athletics Chicago Cubs
6. Smoky Joe Wood 1912*** 1, 4, 8 Boston Red Sox New York Giants
7. Red Faber 1917 2, 5, 6 Chicago White Sox New York Giants
8. Stan Coveleski 1920* 1, 4, 7 Cleveland Indians Brooklyn Robins
9. Harry Brecheen 1946 2, 6, 7 St. Louis Cardinals Boston Red Sox
10. Lew Burdette 1957 2, 5, 7 Milwaukee Braves New York Yankees
11. Mickey Lolich 1968 2, 5, 7 Detroit Tigers St. Louis Cardinals
12. Bob Gibson 1967 1, 4, 7 St. Louis Cardinals Boston Red Sox
13. Randy Johnson 2001 2, 6, 7 Arizona Cardinals New York Yankees

Photo: Matt York, AP via nydailynews.com

NFL Quarterbacks: Most Games with Five or More Passing Touchdowns Since the Merger

Drew Brees, Along With Peyton Manning, Has The Most Five-Or-More Passing Touchdown Games In The Modern Era

Drew Brees, Along With Peyton Manning, Has The Most Five-Or-More Passing Touchdown Games In The Modern Era

We’re going up the ladder.  Yesterday, it was quarterbacks with the most 4-or-more passing touchdown games since the merger in 1970. Peyton Manning holds that record by eight over Drew Brees.

Today, it’s quarterbacks with the most 5-or-more passing touchdown games since the first modern football season when the AFL and NFL united into the NFL (becoming the AFC and NFC Conferences). And it’s Manning again – this time tied with Brees at the top. They have eight apiece.

What about six touchdowns? How about seven touchdowns? One more post in this series, tomorrow.

UPDATED LIST: Through Week 8 of 2014. Tom Brady threw for five TDs today, breaking his tie for fourth below with Brett Favre and Warren Moon.

QUARTERBACK GAMES WITH 5 OR MORE PASSING TDS FOR
1. Peyton Manning 8 Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos
1. Drew Brees 8 San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints
3. Dan Marino 6 Miami Dolphins
4. Tom Brady 5 New England Patriots
5. Brett Favre 4 Green Bay Packers, New York Jets
5. Warren Moon 4 Houston Oilers, Seattle Seahawks
7. Daunte Culpepper 3 Minnesota Vikings
7. Dan Fouts 3 San Diego Chargers
7. Jim Kelly 3 Buffalo Bills
7. Dave Krieg 3 Seattle Seahawks
7. Joe Montana 3 San Francisco 49ers
7. Matthew Stafford 3 Detroit Lions
13. Lynn Dickey 2 Green Bay Packers
13. Boomer Esiason 2 Cincinnati Bengals
13. Joe Ferguson 2 Buffalo Bills
13. Vince Ferragamo 2 Los Angeles Rams
13. Matt Hasselbeck 2 Seattle Seahawks
13. Tommy Kramer 2 Minnesota Vikings
13. Donovan McNabb 2 Philadelphia Eagles
13. Carson Palmer 2 Cincinnati Bengals
13. Aaron Rodgers 2 Green Bay Packers
13. Ben Roethlisberger 2 Pittsburgh Steelers
13. Tony Romo 2 Dallas Cowboys
13. Kurt Warner 2 St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals

Thanks again to pro-football-reference.com!

Photo: Wesley Hitt, Getty Images via kowb1290.com

Peyton Manning and Most Games with Four or More Passing Touchdowns Since the Merger

Peyton Manning, Touchdown...Again

Peyton Manning, Touchdown…Again

Here’s a quarterback record that Peyton Manning broke some time ago (as opposed to his most recent record-breaking feat).

Manning has more games with four or more passing touchdowns than anyone else since the completed NFL-AFL merger in 1970 – 33 – and with a little room to play with, and some time yet to pad his stats.

Though the second best QB on this list is still active. Drew Brees has done it 25 times and it is possible Brees could take over one day. He’s about three years younger.

Then you have three of the usual suspects: Brett Favre, Dan Marino and Tom Brady.

But check this: Aaron Rodgers is next, ahead of his time, but on a different level. It goes from Brady with 20 to Rodgers with 13.

And check this: the top 20 QBs with the most “4-or-more” regular season games, below.

What about “five-or-more” or even “six or more” passing touchdown games? Check that, tomorrow.

QUARTERBACK GAMES WITH 4 OR MORE PASSING TDS FOR
1. Peyton Manning 33 Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos
2. Drew Brees 25 San Diego Chargers, New Orleans Saints
3. Brett Favre 23 Green Bay Packers, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings
4. Dan Marino 21 Miami Dolphins
5. Tom Brady 20 New England Patriots
6. Aaron Rodgers 13 Green Bay Packers
7. Dan Fouts 12 San Diego Chargers
8. Drew Bledsoe 11 New England Patriots, Buffalo Bills
8. Donovan McNabb 11 Philadelphia Eagles
10. John Elway 10 Denver Broncos
10. Jim Kelly 10 Buffalo Bills
10. Eli Manning 10 New York Giants
13. Tommy Kramer 9 Minnesota Vikings
13. Warren Moon 9 Houston Oilers, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks
13. Steve Young 9 San Francisco 49ers
16. Jeff Garcia 8 San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns
16. Dave Krieg 8 Seattle Seahawks, Arizona Cardinals
16. Joe Montana 8 San Francisco 49ers
16. Tony Romo 8 Dallas Cowboys
16. Brian Sipe 8 Cleveland Browns
16. Kurt Warner 8 St. Louis Rams, Arizona Cardinals
16. Danny White 8 Dallas Cowboys

Thanks to the best football reference site on the Web. It’s pro-football-reference.com, where I punched in this query, and where you can see every quarterback who’s ever had even one 4-or-more passing TD game. OK one more time – Check it out!

Photo: AP via abc13.com

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