It is important to note, though, that prior to 1969, there were no playoff series – only the World Series. And then, between 1969 and 1984, the ALCS and NLCS were both only three-of-five series.
The 2012 San Francisco Giants are trying to become just the third National League team to come back from being down three games to one and also join this list of those six teams to do it.
Three of them were Boston Red Sox.
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LIST UPDATED: Through 2012 Postseason. It turns out the Giants did come back from 3-1 against the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012’s NLCS to become the seventh team overall and third from the NL. Then they went on to win the World Series. I’ve denoted all the WS winners with an asterisk. Five of the seven went on to win it all, which says something about momentum and mindset.
|1.||1985||ALCS||Kansas City Royals*||Toronto Blue Jays||George Brett|
|2.||1986||ALCS||Boston Red Sox||California Angels||Marty Barrett|
|3.||1996||NLCS||Atlanta Braves||St. Louis Cardinals||Javy Lopez|
|4.||2003||NLCS||Florida Marlins*||Chicago Cubs||Ivan Rodriguez|
|5.||2004||ALCS||Boston Red Sox*||New York Yankees||David Ortiz|
|6.||2007||ALCS||Boston Red Sox*||Cleveland Indians||Josh Beckett|
|7.||2012||NLCS||San Francisco Giants*||St. Louis Cardinals||Marco Scutaro|
No team has ever come back from a three games to none deficit to win the World Series. In fact, it has only happened once in all of the postseason: the Boston Red Sox were on the brink in the 2004 ALCS, down 3-0 to archenemy the New York Yankees, and won the next four to advance. As almost an afternote, the Sox went on to win their first World Series in 86 years.
That’s the greatest comeback in all of baseball’s postseason history. The Red Sox are one of six teams to come back from at least a 3-1 deficit in either the American League Championship Series (ALCS) or National League Championship Series (NLCS).
The Pittsburgh Pirates did it twice. How nice.Follow @VinGetz
|1.||1903**||Boston Americans||Pittsburgh Pirates||None|
|2.||1925||Pittsburgh Pirates||Washington Senators||None|
|3.||1958||New York Yankees||Milwaukee Braves||Bob Turley|
|4.||1968||Detroit Tigers||St. Louis Cardinals||Mickey Lolich|
|5.||1979||Pittsburgh Pirates||Baltimore Orioles||Willie Stargell|
|6.||1985||Kansas City Royals||St. Louis Cardinals||Bret Saberhagen|
* The World Series MVP was first awarded in 1955
** The first World Series in 1903 was a best-of-nine (first team to five wins, wins). The Boston Americans (renamed the Boston Red Sox in 1908) were down 3-1 to the Pittsburgh Pirates and won the next four games.
Thanks to baseball-reference.com!