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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

Photo: nydailynews.com

Biggest Blowouts in World Series History (Game)

Bill Dickey And Tony Lazzeri Had Home Runs In The 1936 Game 2 Blowout

Bill Dickey And Tony Lazzeri Had Home Runs In The 1936 Game 2 Blowout

It seems more often than not, World Series games (if not the Series themselves) are close.

Out of all those meetings (631 of them through 2013), only 17 (2.69 percent) were blowouts of 10 runs or more. In the last 30 years, we have seen only seven such games.

There hasn’t been a beating of this kind of magnitude in a good six seasons. The Boston Red Sox were the last team to hand one out, whupping the Colorado Rockies 13-1 to open the 2007 Fall Classic sweep.

The biggest blowout ever was a 14-run annihilation of the New York Giants by the eventual champion New York Yankees in 1936.

It’s doubtful we’ll see anything of this sort in 2014 with the pitching-focused talent of both the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals.

Check out what happened in 1960 – it has to be one of the greatest World Series of all time. The Yankees beat the Pittsburgh Pirates by 13 in Game 2, by 10 in Game 3 and by 12 in Game 6. But the Pirates won the Series in Game 7, thanks to Bill Mazeroski‘s walk-off home run.

UPDATED LIST: Through 2014 Game 6, where the Kansas City Royals defeated the San Francisco Giants 10-0 to force a Game 7.

SEASON WINNER LOSER GAME RUN DIFF.
1. 1936 New York Yankees 18 New York Giants 4 Game 2 14
2. 1960 New York Yankees 16 Pittsburgh Pirates 3 Game 2 13
2. 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks 15 New York Yankees 2 Game 6 13
4. 1951 New York Yankees 13 New York Giants 1 Game 5 12
4. 1960 New York Yankees 12 Pittsburgh Pirates 0 Game 6 12
4. 1968 Detroit Tigers 13 St. Louis Cardinals 1 Game 6 12
4. 1982 St. Louis Cardinals 13 Milwaukee Brewers 1 Game 6 12
4. 2002 San Francisco Giants 16 Anaheim Angels 4 Game 5 12
4. 2007 Boston Red Sox 13 Colorado Rockies 1 Game 1 12
10. 1911 Philadelphia Athletics 13 New York Giants 2 Game 6 11
10. 1934 St. Louis Cardinals 11 Detroit Tigers 0 Game 7 11
10. 1959 Chicago White Sox 11 Los Angeles Dodgers 0 Game 1 11
10. 1985 Kansas City Royals 11 St. Louis Cardinals 0 Game 7 11
10. 1996 Atlanta Braves 12 New York Yankees 1 Game 1 11
15. 1960 New York Yankees 10 Pittsburgh Pirates 0 Game 3 10
15. 1978 New York Yankees 12 Los Angeles Dodgers 2 Game 5 10
15. 1982 Milwaukee Brewers 10 St. Louis Cardinals 0 Game 1 10
15. 2014 Kansas City Royals 10 San Francisco Giants 0 Game 6 10

Photo: lonecadaver.com

NFL: Tight Ends with the Most Receiving Touchdowns (Career)

Antonio Gates, Superman

Antonio Gates, Superman

The tight end watch is getting really interesting. Already this season, Jason Witten became only the third tight end in NFL history to breach the 10,000-receiving yards plateau. He’s now second all-time behind Tony Gonzalez after surpassing Shannon Sharpe just yesterday.

Twelve-year San Diego Chargers tight end Antonio Gates is now at 9,556 yards and needs to average just 50 yards a game the remainder of this season to become the fourth member of the 10,000-yard club.

Check out the top 20 tight ends with the most career receiving yards in this previous post. There are a couple more actives on the list.

When it comes to tight ends with the most career receiving touchdowns, there are definitely some differences.

It’s still Gonzalez at the top (he is arguably the greatest offensive TE, ever), but it’s Gates this time who’s actually pretty close to topping the record, as opposed to Witten (much farther)  in the yards chase. No way Gates will do it this season – he still needs 18 TDs to break the record. So it will be dependent on whether he returns for 2015. That would most certainly clinch it.

Witten, a little surprisingly, is seventh all-time, behind even the San Francisco 49ersVernon Davis.

Rob Gronkowski already has 46 touchdowns and just made the pros in 2010. Jimmy Graham has 44 and also came through in 2010. These guys have a long way to go yet in the yards department, far below their more aggressive TD pace (but understandable given the short sample of about 3.5 seasons).

Makes you think…there are three kinds of “offensively-performing tight end types”: those who specialize more in scoring, those who collect yards (and probably rescue the quarterback quite often) and the elite who do both.

TIGHT END RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS FROM TO
1. Tony Gonzalez 111 1997 2013
2. Antonio Gates 94 2003 Present
3. Shannon Sharpe 62 1990 2003
4. Jerry Smith 60 1965 1977
5. Vernon Davis 55 2006 Present
6. Wesley Walls 54 1989 2003
7. Dallas Clark 53 2003 2013
7. Jason Witten 53 2003 Present
9. Dave Casper 52 1974 1984
10. Ben Coates 50 1991 2000
11. Keith Jackson 49 1988 1996
12. Raymond Chester 48 1970 1981
13. Ozzie Newsome 47 1978 1990
14. Rob Gronkowski 46 2010 Present
15. Rich Caster 45 1970 1982
15. Kellen Winslow 45 1979 1987
17. Jimmy Graham 44 2010 Present
18. Mike Ditka 43 1961 1972
19. Paul Coffman 42 1978 1988
19. Todd Heap 42 2001 2012

Photo: K.C. Alfred via utsandiego.com

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