We’ve had a World Series for just over 100 years now. In all that time game seven has been the ultimate finale of a season. There were a handful of Series’ that were a best of nine, but none of them ever went nine. So game seven remains the capstone of a baseball season. In all those 100 plus years, there have been exactly nine times that a pitcher has thrown a complete game shutout. Here’s some information about them.
1. Only twice has the pitcher gone on to the Hall of Fame. Dizzy Dean did it in 1934 and Sandy Koufax in 1965.
2. Most of the games have been blowouts. Five of them were won by scores of 5-0 or worse.
3. The other four have been won by scores of 2-0 (1955), 1-0 (1962), 2-0 (1965), and 1-0 (1991).
4. Only one, 1991, went into extra innings, with the winning run occurring in the 10th inning.
5. Much of Jack Morris’ Hall of Fame defense lies in that 1991 game seven.
6. The biggest blowouts were both 11-0 (1934 and 1985).
7. The initial game seven complete game shutout was by Babe Adams for Pittsburgh in 1909. It was also the first time that a seven game series went seven games.
I did a post on 1991 a long time ago. Over the next few posts I want to look at the other three close games. They are in many ways, the ultimate nail-biters.