A trio of World Series sweep starts today’s roll…
2012 – The San Francisco Giants complete their sweep of the Detroit Tigers as they win Game 4 by a final of 4-3 in 10 innings. In the top of the 10th, Marco Scutaro singles off Phil Coke, scoring Ryan Theriot for the winning run. Pablo Sandoval (.500/.529/1.125, 3 HR, 4 RBI) is named MVP.
2007 – The Boston Red Sox sweep the Colorado Rockies to win their second World Series of the 2000’s. In the deciding game, the Red Sox took a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the 8th, but the Rox plated a pair on a Garrett Atkins two-run homer. That was all for the scoring and Boston’s Mike Lowell (.400/.500/.800, HR, 4 RBI) is named MVP.
1989 – Tony LaRussa‘s Oakland Athletics take Game 4 to sweep the Giants. After 5.5 innings, the A’s held a lead of 8-0 before the Giants chipped away at the lead, scoring two in the 6th and four in the 7th. That’s as close as the Giants would get. Dave Stewart, who started Games 1 and 3, is named MVP.
Other clinchers on this date…
2011 – The St. Louis Cardinals cap off an incredible Series taking Game 7 from the Texas Rangers by a final of 6-2. In part because of his Game 6 heroics, David Freese (.348/.464/.696, HR, 7 RBI) receives MVP honors.
1995 – The Atlanta Braves win Game 6 over the Cleveland Indians and capture their first World Series since the move from Milwaukee. The only run of the game came in the game’s 6th inning as David Justice hit a solo home run. Tom Glavine (2 GS, 2-0, 1.29 ERA, 0.714 WHIP, 4 H, 11 SO, 14 IP) garners the MVP nod.
1981 – In the strike shortened season, the Los Angeles Dodgers overcome a 2-0 deficit to win the next four games in defeating the New York Yankees for the title. A trio of Dodgers share MVP: Ron Cey, Pedro Guerrero and Steve Yeager. Guerrero and Yeager both hit two home runs while Guerrero drove in seven. Cey drove in six and hit .350.
And there is also this little item…
1953 – After 15 years in the booth, Red Barber resigns from his broadcasting position with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Barber would assume the same position with the rival New York Yankees. He began his broadcasting career with the Cincinnati Reds in 1934.
Bob Melvin (1961)