Win or Go Home: Sudden Death Baseball

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It has happened only eight times in the last 120 years—two teams tied for first place on the final day of the regular season square off in a winner-take-all playoff to determine a division or pennant winner. Before 1969, "up to three" games were played to determine the champion, but since then, only one game has been played between the top two teams.

This history of sudden death playoffs is supplemented by interviews with over 30 major leaguers who had the opportunity to play in...

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Overview

It has happened only eight times in the last 120 years—two teams tied for first place on the final day of the regular season square off in a winner-take-all playoff to determine a division or pennant winner. Before 1969, "up to three" games were played to determine the champion, but since then, only one game has been played between the top two teams.

This history of sudden death playoffs is supplemented by interviews with over 30 major leaguers who had the opportunity to play in some of baseball's most critical and exciting games. Covered are the sudden death games between the 1946 Brooklyn Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, the 1948 Boston Red Sox and Cleveland Indians, the 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants, the 1959 Los Angeles Dodgers and Milwaukee Braves, the 1962 Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, the 1978 Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, the 1980 Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros, and the 1995 Seattle Mariners and California Angels. A box score is provided for every game.

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Some would claim that nothing in baseball is as exciting as the season finale, with two teams tied for first playing a decisive series or game to see which one advances to the post-season championship. The author tells us that this has happened only eight times in the last 120 years, so these games are truly special. Parker, a writer and publications consultant, is especially adept at detailing such classics as the 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants match won by a dramatic home run. He ably uses interviews, box scores, and statistics to help set the scene. For informed baseball fans. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786410965
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/11/2001
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword 1
Foreword 3
Introduction 5
1 1946: Brooklyn Dodgers vs. St. Louis Cardinals 9
2 1948: Cleveland Indians vs. Boston Red Sox 39
3 1951: New York Giants vs. Brooklyn Dodgers 76
4 1959: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. Milwaukee Braves 103
5 1962: Los Angeles Dodgers vs. San Francisco Giants 134
6 1978: New York Yankees vs. Boston Red Sox 167
7 1980: Houston Astros vs. Los Angeles Dodgers 206
8 1995: California Angels vs. Seattle Mariners 229
Bibliography 259
Index 261
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