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Friday, October 28, 2016

Start and win games 1, 4, 7 in World Series: Coveleski, Gibson, ... Kluber?

Corey Kluber started, pitched six innings and won game one of the 2016 World Series for the Cleveland Indians against the Chicago Cubs three days ago. Can Kluber also start and win games 4 and 7? A Cleveland starting pitcher did it 96 years ago.

Pitchers winning three games in a World Series. Sunday, October 26, 2014

It's amazing how many people still cling to the fantasy that a pitcher can start and win three games in the World Series: games one, four and seven.  Thirteen pitchers have won three games in a World Series, none more than once, three in the first two WS, only one since 1968.  Eight of the 13 occurred between 1903 and 1920.  Since 1920 only three started and won three games: Lew Brurdette 1957, Bob Gibson 1967 and Mickey Lolich 1968.  The only pitcher ever to start and win games 1, 4, 7 in a best of seven: Bob Gibson 1967. Stan Coveleski did it in a best of nine: 1920. These pitchers won a game in relief: Wood, Faber, Brecheen and Randy Johnson, the most recent three game winner (2001).
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1964 World Series: Bob Gibson emerges. Saturday, November 1, 2014

In 1967 and 1968, Gibson pitched complete games 1, 4, 7.  Gibson is still the only pitcher to start and win those games in a best of seven World Series. (1967)
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Indians - Dodgers 1920: the forgotten World Series. Saturday, October 22, 2016

In the 1920 World Series Stan Coveleski was the pitching star for Cleveland: three complete game victories in three starts: ERA 0.67. In the regular season he was second to Bagby, Sr. in innings with 315 and 24-14, ERA 2.49. He won World Series games 1, 4, 7. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1969.
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