#6 2006 St. Louis Cardinals over Detroit Tigers (4-1)
The Cards only won 83 games that year but somehow found vengeance after losing the '04 World Series to the Red Sox after having baseball's best record that season.
St. Louis squeaked — and limped — into the playoffs, only taking the central division by 1.5 games after leading it by seven on September 20. The 83 wins by the Cards that year is the worst of any World Series champion in history. They defeated the Tigers that won 95 games that season.
#5 1914 Boston Braves over Philadelphia Athletics (4-0)
Was this a long time ago? Yes. But the result was so bad that it left a Hall-of-Fame manager senseless; selling off nearly his entire team following the sweep.
The Boston Braves were in last place as late as July 4, but went white-hot the rest of the way, going 70-19 to finish the year. The A's had 99 wins that year and a plethora of talent and management, but were outscored 16-6 in the series. A's manager Connie Mack was so frustrated that he sold his MVP second baseman, Eddie Collins, to the Chicago White Sox.
The Braves had players with the names of Rabbit Maranville, Possum Whitted and Iron Davis. Sounds like a family reunion on my dad's Amish side.
#4 2003 Florida Marlins over New York Yankees (4-2)
The Marlins were fresh off a gift: a miracle come from behind win against the Cubs in the NLCS, thanks to Steve Bartman. They also came into the playoffs as the Wild Card that year, finishing 10 games behind the Braves. They had a measly $54 million pay roll that season.
The Yankees were coming off a 101 win season. They had been in the World Series six of the last eight years and had pitchers by the names of Andy Pettitte, Mike Mussina, Roger Clemens and David Wells. They had a payroll of $164 million.
And oh ya, New York out-hit the Marlins in three of Florida's victories. One of sports' all-time greatest paradoxes?
#3 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates over New York Yankees (4-3)
This World Series featured seven past, present, or future league Most Valuable Players. The Yanks had guys like Mantle, Maris, Berra and Ford. The Pirates, well, they had Roberto Clemente….and a guy named Mazeroski.
What's insane about this series is that the Yankees won their three games by a total of 38-3. The Pirates won the close games though and when it came to a final Game 7 that saw four lead changes, it was the epic 'shot heard around the world' that propelled this series into baseball folklore forever.
Bill Mazeroski, bottom of the 9th. Game. Over.
Maz only had 11 home runs that year, but he made this one count.
It should also be noted that this was one of the true golden eras of any team in the history of sports with the Yankees. They simply were not used to losing. From 1947 to 1964, New York won 15 pennants and 10 World Series championships.
#2 Los Angeles Dodgers over Oakland Athletics (4-1)
We all know this series famous for the Kirk Gibson home run. But let me remind you that Gibson was not only ruled out for the game — and possible series — due to nagging knee and hamstring injuries, but he also had the flu. Either Tommy Lasorda is one nutty guy or he was smoking some serious peace pipe that night.
The A's were in the middle of the 'roided up 'Bash Bros.' dynasty. They would take three AL pennants in a row from '88-'90. They won 104 games in 1988 and had the most dominant closer in the game in Dennis Eckersley.
The Doyers won 94 games, but amazingly didn't rank in the top five in any major NL category. In fact, they only hit .248 on the season.
The famous 'I don't believe what I just saw' call made by announcer Jack Buck is one of the most famous of it's kind in the history of sports. It was also Gibson's only at-bat in the series. And of course, his shot came off the typically error-less Eckersley.
Lasorda, you crazy goon. You tried to make a little magic to make your team believe you could beat the unbeatable. And you pulled it off. Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco and the rest of the A's only scored 11 runs all series.
#1 1969 New York Mets over Baltimore Orioles (4-1)
The 'Miracle Mets' pulled off just that in 1969, a miracle — the unlikeliest of World Series champions in the history of the sport.
The Orioles had Frank Robinson and Boog Powell, who combined for 69 homers and 221 RBIs that season. They also had pitchers Mike Cuellar and Dave McNally, who had 20 wins each. Throw in a Hall-of-Fame second baseman — Brooks Robinson — and the Orioles won 109 that year.
The Mets were only in their 8th year of existence and never finished with a winning record. In fact, they had never finished better than 9th place out of the 10 NL teams and lost over 100 games five times.
The Cubs led the division for most of the season before suffering a late-season collapse, opening the door for the 'Amazin' Mets.'
The video above is one of the coolest vintage baseball pieces I've seen.
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