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"It always comes down to a winning run or that final out. Here are some World Series moments where the pitcher struck out the batter to win - do you recognize them?"
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The very first World Series in 1903 was a best-of-nine series that was decided in the eighth game with a final strikeout in the top of the ninth. Bill Dinneen of the Boston Americans struck out the National League batting champion Honus Wagner to win. Which (losing) team did Wagner play for?
New York Giants
It took 22 years from the original World Series in 1903, before another championship was decided by a strikeout throw. Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher John Cyrus Oldham struck out Washington Senators left fielder Leon Allen Goslin to take the series in seven games. By what nicknames were those two players known?
'Old Man' Oldham and 'Groove' Goslin
'Sparky' Oldham and 'Goofy' Goslin
'Red' Oldham and 'Goose' Goslin
'Pudge' Oldham and 'Gator' Goslin
The 1933 World Series pitted the Washington Senators against the (then) three-time champion New York Giants. The Senators won their first World Series in the fifth game when Jack Russell struck out Giants right fielder Mel Ott.
While the world was at war in 1944, the battle of St. Louis was taking place at the World Series. What St. Louis Cardinals pitcher, in his first year playing, struck out St. Louis Browns outfielder Mike Chartak to take the championship?
The midpoint of the century saw the New York Yankees face the Philadelphia Phillies in the 1950 World Series. Allie Reynolds capped off a four-game sweep for his team by striking out Stan Lopata. Which team won?
(Yankees or Phillies .. Y or P)
After winning the 1963 World Series with his Los Angeles Dodgers, this lefty did it again in 1965, following up a 26-8 season pitching record with a World Series-winning strikeout against Minnesota Twins outfielder Bob Allison in game 7. Who was this pitching great?
In the 1980 World Series match, Frank 'Tug' McGraw struck out the Kansas City Royals' Willie Wilson to win it in six games for his team. It was their first World Series win since the franchise had formed in 1883. Which team?
San Diego Padres
Jesse Orosco dashed the Boston Red Sox's hopes of breaking the 'curse of the Bambino' when he struck out second baseman Marty Barrett in game 6 of the 1986 World Series. Which team did Orosco play for?
New York Mets
San Francisco Giants
The 2006, 2007 and 2008 World Series championships were each decided with a strikeout. Was this the first time that it happened in three consecutive years?
The 2010 World Series saw the San Francisco Giants 'cruise' to a victory in five games over the Texas Rangers. Who did Giants pitcher Brian Wilson leave standing at the plate for the series win?
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