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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

MLB World Series: Every Team’s Game 7 Record

TEAM W L WINS LOSSES W-L PCT.
1. Miami Marlins 1 0 1997 Cleveland Indians None 1.000
1. Arizona Diamondbacks 1 0 2001 New York Yankees None 1.000
1. Anaheim Angels 1 0 2002 San Francisco Giants None 1.000
4. Pittsburgh Pirates 5 1 1909 Detroit Tigers 1903* Boston Americans* 0.833
1925 Washington Senators
1960 New York Yankees
1971 Baltimore Orioles
1979 Baltimore Orioles
5. Cincinnati Reds 3 1 1919* Chicago White Sox* 1972 Oakland A’s 0.750
1940 Detroit Tigers
1975 Boston Red Sox
6. St. Louis Cardinals 8 3 1926 New York Yankees 1968 Detroit Tigers 0.727
1931 Philadelphia A’s 1985 Kansas City Royals
1934 Detroit Tigers 1987 Minnesota Twins
1946 Boston Red Sox
1964 New York Yankees
1967 Boston Red Sox
1982 Milwaukee Brewers
2011 Texas Rangers
7. Oakland A’s 2 1 1972 Cincinnati Reds 1931 St. Louis Cardinals 0.667
1973 New York Mets
8. Minnesota Twins 3 2 1924 New York Giants 1925 Pittsburgh Pirates 0.600
1987 St. Louis Cardinals 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers
1991 Atlanta Braves
9. Cleveland Indians 1 1 1920* Brooklyn Robins* 1997 Florida Marlins 0.500
9. Kansas City Royals 1 1 1985 St. Louis Cardinals 2014 San Francisco Giants 0.500
9. New York Mets 1 1 1986 Boston Red Sox 1973 Oakland A’s 0.500
12. New York Yankees 5 7 1947 Brooklyn Dodgers 1921* New York Giants* 0.417
1952 Brooklyn Dodgers 1926 St. Louis Cardinals
1956 Brooklyn Dodgers 1955 Brooklyn Dodgers
1958 Milwaukee Braves 1957 Milwaukee Braves
1962 San Francisco Giants 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates
1964 St. Louis Cardinals
2001 Arizona Diamondbacks
13. Detroit Tigers 2 3 1945 Chicago Cubs 1909 Pittsburgh Pirates 0.400
1968 St. Louis Cardinals 1934 St. Louis Cardinals
1940 Cincinnati Reds
14. Los Angeles Dodgers 2 4 1955 New York Yankees 1920* Cleveland Indians* 0.333
1965 Minnesota Twins 1947 New York Yankees
1952 New York Yankees
1956 New York Yankees
14. Boston Red Sox 2 4 1903* Pittsburgh Pirates* 1946 St. Louis Cardinals 0.333
1912* New York Giants* 1967 St. Louis Cardinals
1975 Cincinnati Reds
1986 New York Mets
14. Atlanta Braves 1 2 1957 New York Yankees 1958 New York Yankees 0.333
1991 Minnesota Twins
14. San Francisco Giants 2 4 1921* New York Yankees* 1912* Boston Red Sox* 0.333
2014 Kansas City Royals 1924 Washington Senators
1962 New York Yankees
2002 Anaheim Angels
18. Baltimore Orioles 0 2 None 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates 0.000
1979 Pittsburgh Pirates
18. Chicago Cubs 0 1 None 1945 Detroit Tigers 0.000
18. Chicago White Sox 0 1 None 1919* Cincinnati Reds* 0.000
18. Milwaukee Brewers 0 1 None 1982 St. Louis Cardinals 0.000
18. Texas Rangers 0 1 None 2011 St. Louis Cardinals 0.000
18. Colorado Rockies 0 0 None None 0.000
18. Houston Astros 0 0 None None 0.000
18. Philadelphia Phillies 0 0 None None 0.000
18. San Diego Padres 0 0 None None 0.000
18. Seattle Mariners 0 0 None None 0.000
18. Tampa Bay Rays 0 0 None None 0.000
18. Toronto Blue Jays 0 0 None None 0.000
18. Washington Nationals 0 0 None None 0.000

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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