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)
|Bob Turley, W (1-1)||9||5||0||0||3||10||0||3.86||34||84||0.358||0.68||4.0|
|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|
|Bob Turley, W (2-1)||6.2||2||1||1||3||2||1||2.76||24||2||0||0.241||1.09||2.6|
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.
1968 World Series (4-3): Detroit Tigers (103-59) over St. Louis Cardinals (97-65)
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.
1985 World Series (4-3): Kansas City Royals (91-71) over St. Louis Cardinals (101-61)
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).