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    Bob Feller, Warren Spahn, and Satchel Paige all pitched in game 5 of the 1948 World Series. Off the top of my head I can't think of a better trio of pitchers to appear in a regular season or meaningful post season game. The 2001 W.S. game 7 trio of Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson is close, but I don't think Schilling, as good as he is, belongs with Paige, Spahn, Feller, Johnson and Clemens. Other than All Star games and exhibition games, can anyone else think of a game that featured three such top pitchers?

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    I think in game 3 of the 2003 ALCS........... Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, and Mariano Rivera.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by Myankee4life
      I think in game 3 of the 2003 ALCS........... Pedro Martinez, Roger Clemens, and Mariano Rivera.

      a trio cant get any better than that

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      • #4
        Originally posted by stan opdyke View Post
        Bob Feller, Warren Spahn, and Satchel Paige all pitched in game 5 of the 1948 World Series. Off the top of my head I can't think of a better trio of pitchers to appear in a regular season or meaningful post season game. The 2001 W.S. game 7 trio of Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson is close, but I don't think Schilling, as good as he is, belongs with Paige, Spahn, Feller, Johnson and Clemens. Other than All Star games and exhibition games, can anyone else think of a game that featured three such top pitchers?
        I would take Clemens, RJ, and Schilling over Feller, Spahn, and Paige in a heartbeat.
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        • #5
          I bet you can find all kinds of regular season games that featured at least 3 Hall of Famers and/or superstars of the era back in the 1920s and 1930s when starters relieved regularly. I flipped through a few of Dizzy Dean's relief appearances in his first couple seasons (1932 and 1933) and found some stellar match ups with starters and relievers in the same game.
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            [QUOTE=stan opdyke;476237]Bob Feller, Warren Spahn, and Satchel Paige all pitched in game 5 of the 1948 World Series. Off the top of my head I can't think of a better trio of pitchers to appear in a regular season or meaningful post season game. /QUOTE]

            I don't think this is the best example. 1948 was a down year for both Feller and Spahn. Paige was obviously way past his prime when he was with the Indians.

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            • #7
              [QUOTE=EdTarbusz;2402584]
              Originally posted by stan opdyke View Post
              Bob Feller, Warren Spahn, and Satchel Paige all pitched in game 5 of the 1948 World Series. Off the top of my head I can't think of a better trio of pitchers to appear in a regular season or meaningful post season game. /QUOTE]

              I don't think this is the best example. 1948 was a down year for both Feller and Spahn. Paige was obviously way past his prime when he was with the Indians.
              Yeah, we can get real creative by listing guys in relieving roles either on their way out or in, but not in their best shape career-wise. I didn't think that was a good example of top pitchers in their prime either. The 2001 World Series reference was much better, in my opinion. That is how teams played 80-90 years ago, with their best starters coming in to finish off a game when needed and not just in the Series or a pennant race either.
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              • #8
                I'm kind of surprised this thread didn't get more action when it was opened. It seems like a fun research topic.
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by stan opdyke View Post
                  The 2001 W.S. game 7 trio of Roger Clemens, Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson is close,
                  Rivera also pitched in that game.

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                  • #10
                    [QUOTE=Herr28;2402591]
                    Originally posted by EdTarbusz View Post

                    Yeah, we can get real creative by listing guys in relieving roles either on their way out or in, but not in their best shape career-wise. I didn't think that was a good example of top pitchers in their prime either. The 2001 World Series reference was much better, in my opinion. That is how teams played 80-90 years ago, with their best starters coming in to finish off a game when needed and not just in the Series or a pennant race either.
                    In the 1948 World Series Paige appeared in a very short mop-up role in game five. That was the only blowout in the Series with the Braves winning 11-5. Game five was the first game in that Series in which the Indians used any relief pitching.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                      I would take Clemens, RJ, and Schilling over Feller, Spahn, and Paige in a heartbeat.
                      Maybe. Certainly over Clemens, Pedro, and a reliever (post 3)

                      Now if Rivera pitched in the Clemens/RJ/Schilling game...that is quite the foursome.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by GiambiJuice View Post
                        I would take Clemens, RJ, and Schilling over Feller, Spahn, and Paige in a heartbeat.
                        I 2nd this. And was mentioned, Rivera pitched in that game. #1 easily
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                        • #13
                          No box scores available, but it would be interesting to see if Walter Johnson, Rube Waddell and Eddie Plank ever were in the same game in 1907 for Philly vs. Washington.
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                          • #14
                            Not as overwhelming as the trios mentioned, but there were a few games in 1996 in which David Cone, John Wetteland, and Mariano River pitched.

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                            • #15
                              On July 14, 1956, Herb Score and Bob Lemon (who would both win 20 games) combined with Don Mossi (2nd in AL retro-saves) and Bob Feller (who, despite having a poor final season, had an ERA of 1.82 in over 20 innings of relief in June & July).
                              Last edited by dgarza; 02-03-2015, 11:25 AM.

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