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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

1958 Yankees, 1968 Tigers, 1985 Royals came back from 1-3 deficits to win World Series games 5,6,7.

The Chicago Cubs have come back to win games 5 and 6 and tie the 2016 World Series (tournament finals) 3-3 against the Cleveland Indians with games 6 and 7 being played in Cleveland.

In three previous World Series teams have overcome such deficits and won games 5, 6, 7. It's also been done in a preliminary best of seven game semi final series. The old American and National Leagues were split into east and west divisions in 1969. Division winners played best of five series from 1969 through 1984. These semi final series were lengthened to best of seven in 1985. In 1994 a third division was added to what had become conferences, which added a quarter final five game series.

OK, back to the old World Series.

1958 World Series (4-3): New York Yankees (92-62) over Milwaukee Braves (92-62)


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Yankee starter Bob Turley won the 1958 Cy Young award, which went to the best pitcher in either league. Starting in 1967, there was a CY award for both AL and NL. Note Turley's performances in games 5,6,7 played Monday, Wednesday, Thursday  Oct. 6,8,9 1958.


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Bob Turley, W (1-1) 9 5 0 0 3 10 0 3.86 34 84 0.358 0.68 4.0
Team Totals 9 5 0 0 3 10 0 0.00 34 84 0.358 0.68 4.0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/2/2016.


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Whitey Ford 1.1 5 2 2 1 2 0 4.11 10 37 -0.263 1.25 -2.6
Art Ditmar 3.2 2 0 0 0 2 0 0.00 12 3 0 0.256 1.04 2.9
Ryne Duren, W (1-1) 4.2 3 1 1 2 8 0 1.93 19 0 0 0.275 1.51 0.8
Bob Turley, S (1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.72 1 2 0 0.189 7.05 0.5
Team Totals 10 10 3 3 3 12 0 2.70 42 37 5 0 0.457 1.45 1.5
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/2/2016.


Pitching IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA BF GSc IR IS WPA aLI RE24
Don Larsen 2.1 3 1 1 3 1 0 0.96 13 45 -0.063 1.48 -0.5
Bob Turley, W (2-1) 6.2 2 1 1 3 2 1 2.76 24 2 0 0.241 1.09 2.6
Team Totals 9 5 2 2 6 3 1 2.00 37 45 2 0 0.178 1.23 2.1
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/2/2016.

Turley pitched a complete game shutout, saved game six and the next day entered in the third inning and finished game seven. All within four days.
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1968 World Series (4-3): Detroit Tigers (103-59) over St. Louis Cardinals (97-65)



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Tiger lefty starter Mickey Lolich started and won games 2, 5, 7. All complete games. Lolich is one of only 13 pitchers to win three games in a single World Series and the most recent to do it all with starts. In 2001 Randy Johnson won three, one in relief.
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1985 World Series (4-3): Kansas City Royals (91-71) over St. Louis Cardinals (101-61)


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This was more of a team effort rather than a single pitcher going way above and beyond. Royals starter Brett Saberhagen threw complete game victories in games 3 and 7, allowing only one run in 18 innings.
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Start and win games 1, 4, 7 in World Series: Coveleski, Gibson, ... Kluber? Friday, October 28, 2016

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...


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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