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Old 01-09-2019, 04:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Airman Doors, USAF View Post
1960 World Series. The Yankees had a roster loaded with Hall of Famers. The games they won were by the scores of 10-0, 12-0, and 16-3. They outscored the Pirates 55-27. In the end they were beaten by a bad hop on a ground ball to Tony Kubek and a home run by a light-hitting second baseman in the least hospitable ballpark ever built for home runs. Iím a Pirates fan and a Yankees hater, and even I can say that objectively the better team lost. Thatís why they play the games.
Other examples from baseball would include the 1914 World Series, in which the heavily favored Philadelphia Athletics lost in four straight games to the Boston Braves (who had been in last place before catching fire in mid-season). Some have asserted that there may have been "external factors" (think Pete Rose) involved in the result.

Another example was the 1954 Cleveland Indians' World Series loss to the New York Giants. The Indians, who'd set a National League record with 111 wins, fell in four straight. In the mid-1980s, a friend of mine who knew a long-time maintenance guy at the Indians' stadium said that the team had never really recovered from that loss. In fact, the maintenance guy told him, they'd never really recovered from"that catch", Willie Mays' legendary catch (and throw) off Vic Wertz in the first game, which stopped an 8th-inning Indians rally and set the stage for the rest of the series.