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    Let’s write about some World Series’ firsts.

    I’ll start.

    First inside the park home run

    Patsy Dougherty (Boston Americans) in game 2 of the first official World Series in 1903.

    I suppose it’s not to surprising that this first came when it did.
    "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
    Carl Yastrzemski

  • #2
    first one i attended - game 7, 1979

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    • #3
      First pitcher to win a world series game without throwing a complete game:
      Ed Walsh - game 5 - 1906 (relieved by Doc White in the 7th)

      First pitcher to win a world series game in relief and first time any team used 3 pitchers in one world series game:
      Mordecai Brown - game 1 - 1908. Ed Reulbach started, Orval Overall pitched the 7th, Brown pitched the 8th and 9th. Cubs, down 6-5, scored 5 runs in the top of the 9th to win 10-6.

      2nd pitcher to win a world series game in relief:
      Mordecai Brown - game 4 - 1910

      1st pitcher with 10 fingers to win a world series game in relief:
      Doc Crandall - Game 5 - 1911
      Last edited by mordeci; 01-30-2006, 06:40 AM.

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      • #4
        I only know these because I am a southpaw fanatic:

        1. The first (and only) pitcher to appear in all 7 games of a World Series was Darold Knowles in 1973

        2. Harry Brecheen is the first lefthander in major league history to win 3 games in a single World Series (1946 against the Boston Red Sox).

        3. Harry Brecheen is the first pitcher in major league history to win both Games 6 and 7 of the World Series (1946). That record remained uncontested for 55 years until fellow lefty Randy Johnson won Games 6 and 7 of the 2001 World Series.

        4. On October 8th 1967, Ken Brett became the youngest pitcher ever to pitch in the World Series, doing so in Game 4 against the St. Louis Cardinals. He was 19 years, 20 days old. Coincidentally, he and fellow lefty Don Gullett are the only teenagers ever to pitch in World Series competition (Gullett was 19 years, 9 months, and 5 days old when he appeared in Game 2 of the 1970 World Series).

        5. Sandy Koufax was the first pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter, win a Cy Young award, and win a World Series MVP award all in the same year when he accomplished all three feats in 1963. He would later be joined by Bob Gibson and Bret Saberhagen as the only 3 to ever achieve that trifecta.

        6. Dave McNally is the first and only pitcher in World Series history to hit a grand slam (October 13th, 1970).

        The following aren't "firsts", per se, but interesting nonetheless:

        1. Dan Plesac holds the major league record for having pitched the most games without ever having played in the World Series (1,064).

        2. Lefty Gomez holds the major league record for most World Series victories without a loss (6-0).

        3. Mickey Lolich of the 1968 Detroit Tigers was the last pitcher to start and win 3 games in a single World Series (Randy Johnson of the 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks also won three games, but only started two of them).

        Southpaw Legacy
        Last edited by cjedmonton; 01-30-2006, 08:12 AM.

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        • #5
          The 1937, the New York Yankees were the first team to go errorless in a World Series.
          "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
          Carl Yastrzemski

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          • #6
            joe carter was the first player to start the first three games of a world series at three different positions:

            first base, left field, right field for the 1992 bluejays
            "you don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. just get people to stop reading them." -ray bradbury

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            • #7
              First one I attended - Game 1 - 1993
              "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
              Carl Yastrzemski

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              • #8
                Yogi Berra has the first pinch-hit world series home run.
                "I was pitching one day when my glasses clouded up on me. I took them off to polish them. When I looked up to the plate, I saw Jimmie Foxx. The sight of him terrified me so much that I haven't been able to wear glasses since." - Left Gomez

                "(Lou) Gehrig never learned that a ballplayer couldn't be good every day." - Hank Gowdy

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Myankee4life
                  Yogi Berra has the first pinch-hit world series home run.
                  Are you sure?

                  I thought it was George Shuba in game one of the 1953 series at Yankee Stadium.
                  "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
                  Carl Yastrzemski

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                  • #10
                    Babe World Series pitching debut in 1916. Longest complete game victory in WS history, a 14 inning 2-1 victory over the Brooklyn Robins.

                    And

                    First 3 homer game in a World Series. 1926 against the Cards.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by cjedmonton
                      5. Sandy Koufax was the first pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter, win a Cy Young award, and win a World Series MVP award all in the same year when he accomplished all three feats in 1963. He would later be joined by Bob Gibson and Bret Saberhagen as the only 3 to ever achieve that trifecta.
                      Koufax was also the first two-time WS MVP. Bob Gibson and Reggie Jackson are also two-timers; no one has won three.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by bkmckenna
                        first one i attended - game 7, 1979
                        I remember watching that game on the tube.

                        I don't remember much about it other than Willie Staragell hitting a home run and Kent Tekulve pitching.

                        I'll bet you were pissed.

                        I remember Jim Palmer pitching a couple of the games. That was the first time I had ever seen Plamer.

                        Funny what we remember. The first time I ever heard Ty Cobb's name was during Rose's hit streak. He was just about to surpass Cobb or he just had.
                        "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
                        Carl Yastrzemski

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                        • #13
                          The first WS game I watched was Game 1, 1988. Being nine years old, I had no idea that that game would become one of the most famous ever. It was probably about ten years later that I saw them talking about the game on ESPN and realized its significance.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by abacab
                            The first WS game I watched was Game 1, 1988. Being nine years old, I had no idea that that game would become one of the most famous ever. It was probably about ten years later that I saw them talking about the game on ESPN and realized its significance.
                            I remember Conseco's grand slam although it is largely forgotten by what Gibson did.
                            Last edited by runningshoes; 01-30-2006, 12:00 PM.
                            "I think about baseball when I wake up in the morning. I think about it all day and I dream about it at night. The only time I don't think about it is when I'm playing it."
                            Carl Yastrzemski

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                            • #15
                              First inning, fastball outer half, center field.

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