With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Chris Chambliss led off for the Yankees, and launched the first pitch over the wall in right-center field. Instead of getting mobbed by his teammates at home plate, Chambliss was forced to duck for cover from the joyous fans who overtook the field after this instant Yankee classic.
Rick Monday's ninth-inning blast stuns the Expos
Oct. 19, 1981, NLCS Game 5: Dodgers 2, Expos 1
Needing only three outs and one run to earn the first World Series appearance in their franchise history, the Montreal Expos instead had to watch in stunned disbelief as Rick Monday and the Dodgers took the National League Pennant with a dramatic ninth-inning home run.
Padres rally in game and NLCS for Series berth
Oct. 7, 1984, NLCS Game 5: Padres 6, Cubs 3
he Cubs had a 3-0 lead after the top of the sixth inning, seemingly on their way to that elusive World Series. In the sixth inning, the Padres cut the Cubs' lead to 3-2 with a pair of singles by Alan Wiggins and Tony Gywnn, a walk to Steve Garvey, and sacrifice flies by Graig Nettles and Terry Kennedy. In the seventh inning, the Padres started off quickly and never looked back. Tie game. Then, before you knew it, it was 6-3, Padres.
Astros ride Scott's pitching performance to victory
Oct. 8, 1986, NLCS Game 1: Astros 1, Mets 0
Mike Scott, the ace of the Houston staff, was on top of his game. He didn't surrender a base hit until the fourth inning, and didn't walk a batter until the sixth. The potent Mets offense was reduced to shambles.
Greatest LCS game ever? Mets finally win in 16th
Oct. 15, 1986, NLCS Game 6: Mets 7, Astros 6
The game settled into extra innings and had reached the 14th frame when a Wally Backman single put the Mets up by a run. But the Astros answered, as Billy Hatcher homered in left to keep the season alive for Houston. In the 16th, the Mets rallied for another three runs. Once again, the Astros responded by scoring two runs of their own before Orosco struck out Kevin Bass to close out what many consider the most exciting game in playoff history.
Henderson earns redemption, leads Sox past Angels
Oct. 12, 1986, ALCS Game 5: Red Sox 7, Angels 6
The Angels tied the game in the bottom of the ninth on Brian Downing's sacrifice fly but Steve Crawford escaped a one-out, bases-loaded jam to send the game to extra innings. Dave Henderson's sacrifice fly in the 11th gave the Red Sox the lead and they went on to win the series in seven games.
Bream's modern-day "mad dash" wins pennant for Atlanta
Oct. 14, 1992, NLCS Game 7: Braves 3, Pirates 2
The series took seven games to determine a winner, but it will forever be remembered for just a single play. The bases were loaded, two out, and the season on the line, Atlanta's Francisco Cabrera slapped a single to left. The first run scored easily to tie the game. Then Sid Bream, the former Pirate, came lumbering toward the plate from second. The tag was not in time. Bream slid in safely, sending the Braves back to the World Series.
Jeter's controversial HR helps lift Yanks over O's
Oct. 9, 1996, ALCS Game 1: Yankees 5, Orioles 4
The Orioles clung to a 4-3 lead going to the bottom of the eighth. That's when fate - in the form of 12-year-old Yankee fan Jeffrey Maier - intervened. Yankee rookie shortstop Derek Jeter lofted a fly ball to deep right field; Orioles rightfielder Tony Tarasco drifted back to the wall and appeared to have the ball measured for the catch. But Maier reached over the wall and snatched the ball away from Tarasco and over the fence, and Jeter circled the bases as rightfield umpire Rich Garcia signaled the game-tying home run.
Mussina Ks 15 through seven, but Indians win thriller in 12th
Oct. 11, 1997, ALCS Game 3: Indians 2, Orioles 1
Mike Mussina achieved postseason greatness for the Orioles, but the Indians took advantage of a Baltimore miscue to win Game 3 in 12 innings, 2-1, and take a two games to one edge in the ALCS.
Rocket rebounds to dominate Mariners
Oct. 14, 2000, ALCS Game 4: Yankees 5, Mariners 0
When Roger Clemens came to the Yankees, he was approaching the final chapter of a Hall of Fame career. Winning the World Series with New York in 1999 gave the Rocket his first ring, but it wasn't until the following season that the right-hander gave his team a performance which ranked among the greatest of all time. Clemens wasn't perfect, but he was awfully close with a one-hitter over Seattle.
Rocket vs. Pedro escalates rivalry to new heights
Oct. 11, 2003, ALCS Game 3: Yankees 4, Red Sox 3
Game 3 of the 2003 American League Championship Series saw Roger Clemens vs. Pedro Martinez in a matchup for the ages. Things got heated after Martinez hit a batter in the top of the fourth, and in the bottom of the fourth the arguments turned into a brawl. The most surreal moment came away from the action, where Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer ran aggressively toward Martinez. The pitcher grabbed the 72-year-old by his head and threw him to the ground in front of Boston's dugout. Zimmer was attended to, heading back to the bench with a cut on his nose, as order was restored after a 13-minute delay.
Bambino... Bucky... Boone! 11th inning blast sinks Sox
Oct. 16, 2003, ALCS Game 7: Yankees 6, Red Sox 5
This thriller -- won 6-5 by the Yankees in 11 innings -- instantly became labeled as a classic. And perhaps even that doesn't do it justice. For the Red Sox, it was their latest chapter in classic heartbreak. As far as the Yankees were concerned, the ending was nothing less than majestic. Third baseman Aaron Boone, who slumped throughout the series, belted a Tim Wakefield knuckleball down the line in left for a walk-off homer.
Big Papi pops Yankees
Oct. 18, 2004, ALCS Game 5: Red Sox 5, Yankees 4
Down 3-1 in the series, the Red Sox had no time to be tired. Neither did the Yankees, who had no interest in bringing their rivals back to New York with them. What ensued in Game 5 was one of the all-time playoff classics. Again, the Red Sox came back in the late innings to tie it. Again, they rode the clutch bat of Ortiz to victory. With two outs in the bottom of the 14th inning, Ortiz fisted a 2-2 pitch from Esteban Loaiza into center field. Johnny Damon raced home from second on the single, setting off another wild celebration at home plate.
Sox take magical history tour to Game 7
Oct. 19, 2004, ALCS Game 6: Red Sox 4, Yankees 2
Curt Schilling, complete with an ailing ankle and a bloody sock, tossed seven brilliant and gutsy innings, while Mark Bellhorn hit a three-run homer as the Red Sox became the first team in Major League history to force a Game 7 after having trailed in the series 3-0.
Legends of the fall: Sox win pennant!
Oct. 20, 2004, ALCS Game 7: Red Sox 10, Yankees 3
The Red Sox kept their October run alive, completing the biggest series comeback in Major League postseason history by taking Game 7 to win their first AL pennant since 1986. Johnny Damon came alive in Game 7 of the ALCS, cracking a grand slam and a two-run homer to pace the Red Sox's decisive win.
Gateway to best: Cards kings of NL
Oct. 21, 2004, NLCS Game 7: Cardinals 5, Astros 2
Scott Rolen blasted a two-run homer in the sixth inning to provide the go-ahead runs and Jeff Suppan threw six strong innings to lead St. Louis into its first World Series since 1987.
Pujols keeps Cards' season alive
Oct. 17, 2005, NLCS Game 5: Cardinals 5, Astros 4
Even after struggling through an ugly 0-for-4 and leaving four runners on base, St. Louis' Albert Pujols knew he needed just one more chance. One more at-bat, and he could turn around the game, the National League Championship Series and the Cardinals' season. He got the chance, and he did what great players do -- he seized it. Pujols obliterated a hanging slider from previously impenetrable Brad Lidge, depositing it 412 feet over the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park to give the Cardinals a 5-4 win over the Astros in an NLCS Game 5 for the ages.
Ordonez sends Tigers to sweep, Series
Oct. 14, 2006: ALCS Game 4, Tigers 6, A's 3
The fall charge of the Tigers took another dramatic step Saturday night as Magglio Ordonez's walk-off three-run homer in the ninth inning finished the A's, 6-3, capped a four-game sweep of the American League Championship Series, and blasted manager Jim Leyland's squad into its first World Series since Detroit won it all in 1984.
Spirit of St. Louis soars into World Series
Oct. 19, 2006, NLCS Game 7: Cardinals 3, Mets 1
Yadier Molina's two-run homer in the ninth unlocked Game 7 and lifted the Cardinals into the World Series with a 3-1 victory over the Mets. MVP Jeff Suppan dominated, allowing only two hits in seven-plus innings.