- 1954 and I was in elementary school. I had been following the Cleveland Indians the entire year since a few of my classmates were Indians fans. That, plus one of my best friends, Bill, loved the New York Yankees and I couldn't stand any team associated with New York. Just loved to kid him about how bad teams from New York really were. Pitchers Early Wynn and Bob Lemon were the top pitchers for the Indians in '54. They were playing the New York Giants who had this young center fielder named Willie Mays on their team. Game one of the series was at the Polo Grounds in NY. It was the top of the 8th inning and the score was tied 2-2 when Indians batter Vic Wertz hit a drive deep to center field. In most stadiums it would have been a home run, but the Polo Grounds had a huge outfield. Willie Mays ran toward the fence with his back toward the batter and made what is now known as "The Catch" when he caught the ball with his back to home plate. He spun around and kept both of the runners, who were already on base, from scoring. The Giants won the World Series four games to none. I must admit Willie Mays became my all-time favorite player after that catch.
- 1975 and the Cincinnati Reds were playing the Boston Red Sox.
- 1986 with the New York Mets playing the Boston Red Sox and once again it is the sixth game of the series that I remember the most.
- My final favorite memory of the World Series didn't happen while watching the game but flying a few thousand feet above the United States in 2008, listening to the pilot of our 747 give the play-by-play over the plane's audio system.
Just getting back from Barbados and
walking past a Phils sign in the airport.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
The "These Are A Few Of My Favorite World Series Memories" Story
It was an ordinary day. Getting ready for the upcoming World Series. For those who don't follow sports or are from a country where baseball isn't played, the World Series pits the two best teams in baseball against each other at the end of the baseball season. I have loved the sport of baseball all my life and have participated in it as a player, coach and fan. Over those years I have watched the World Series every year except when my family didn't have television, and then I can remember listening to the World Series on radio. So, today I will share with you my four most memorable moments from the World Series as I remember them. PS - click on photo to enlarge.