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PKalltheway
11-26-2007, 02:39 PM
What was the first World Series you remember watching, and what stands out in your memory of that Series?

The first one I remember watching was the 1995 World Series between the Braves and Indians. I remember how Braves fans were giving David Justice the business, and he ended up hitting the deciding home run in Game 6. I also remember thinking that the Indians were going to steamroll through Atlanta, and how devastated the Indians looked after losing that series.

On a side note, one weird thing is that until around last year or so, I did not know that ABC carried some of the games from that World Series. Every time I thought of that series, I always thought of Bob Costas calling it, not Al Michaels. I guess I only watched the games that were on NBC.

LITTLE NELL
11-26-2007, 02:43 PM
1955 Brooklyn Dodgers vs. New York Yankees.

Oblong
11-26-2007, 02:44 PM
1979 - Pirates. I remember the hats, the stars on them, and Willie Stargell. I was 6. I've seen every WS celebration since then (having to rush home from the bar in 2005).

Fenway
11-26-2007, 02:46 PM
I'm getting old.

I remember my father taking me to Sears in North Cambridge so he could watch the game on color tv. I remember everybody was excited watching but I had no clue why.

This was the game
http://www.dugout-memories.com/goffyan1.jpg (http://www.dugout-memories.com/goffya11.html)

Oblong
11-26-2007, 02:46 PM
On a side note, one weird thing is that until around last year or so, I did not know that ABC carried some of the games from that World Series. Every time I thought of that series, I always thought of Bob Costas calling it, not Al Michaels. I guess I only watched the games that were on NBC.

ahh... The Baseball Network! I'd forgotten all about that. Otherwise known as "So what channel is the game on tonight?"

spawn
11-26-2007, 02:48 PM
1977. Yankees vs. Dodgers.

Rockabilly
11-26-2007, 02:49 PM
First one that I remember watching was the Royals VS Phillies...

Paulwny
11-26-2007, 03:02 PM
1954 Indians vs Giants
Mays catch, Dusty Rhodes pinch hitting

FedEx227
11-26-2007, 03:02 PM
1993 Joe Carter walk-off is the first one I remember vividly.

russ99
11-26-2007, 03:03 PM
I'd have to go with Red Sox / Reds in 1975, but I have no memory of it.

I'll be a little more specific as the first big game I can remember: 1978 Yankees vs Red Sox one-game playoff. Also known as the "Bucky Dent" game.

MUsoxfan
11-26-2007, 03:06 PM
1989 with the earthquake

Max Power
11-26-2007, 03:07 PM
1988 - A's vs. Dodgers. Someone (Canseco?) hit a HR that hit a TV camera in the stands; that's the oldest World Series memory I have. I liked the A's then and was disappointed they lost the series.

Oblong
11-26-2007, 03:11 PM
1988 - A's vs. Dodgers. Someone (Canseco?) hit a HR that hit a TV camera in the stands; that's the oldest World Series memory I have. I liked the A's then and was disappointed they lost the series.

That was a grand slam and I think it was in the first inning. He hit it straight away. We were thinking, man, this thing's going to be over in 3 games. Dodgers have no chance.

palehozenychicty
11-26-2007, 03:12 PM
1986: New York Mets vs. Boston Red Sox.

I remember Game 6 for the Met fans suffering through the Queens crosswind. I was at home watching it, but it LOOKED chilly. The ending was ice on the cake. The book about that 1986 Met team written by Jeff Pearlman (The Bad Guys Won) was really enlightening. I had no idea they were such a gashouse gang.

WisSoxFan
11-26-2007, 03:12 PM
1970 - Reds vs. Orioles. I was seven.

michned
11-26-2007, 03:24 PM
1972 - Reds vs. A's. The most vivid memory of I have is Bert Campaneris throwing a bat at Lerrin Lagrow's head in the playoffs that year.

C-Dawg
11-26-2007, 03:30 PM
I'd have to go with Red Sox / Reds in 1975, but I have no memory of it.



That series and the one a year later (Cincinnati 7-0 in the post season) are still my all-time favorites right behind 2005 of course. However, one aspect of the 75 series in particular that I remember was how late my brother and I were allowed to stay up - not the norm in my early-to-bed childhood home!

Blueprint1
11-26-2007, 03:55 PM
1984 tigers v padres. I still remember watching it on a mini TV in my room.

doublem23
11-26-2007, 03:59 PM
1990 Reds v. A's

johnr1note
11-26-2007, 04:22 PM
I was only 5 years old, but there was a pivotal play in the 1964 World Series where Ken Boyer made some kind of amazing play to rob a Yankee batter when they could have scored runs and gone ahead, and I recall my Father going bezerk (my Dad's boyhood idol was Mickey Mantle, and he always pulled for the Yankees in the post season), and for years complained about how the Yankees should have won that series. My memory of the moment is probably enhanced by my Father's retelling of the story.

But the earliest independent memory of a world series is 1967, Red Sox and Cards. I had been so bitterly disappointed by the White Sox missing the pennant that year, I watched the World Series with great intent for the very first time.

D. TODD
11-26-2007, 04:34 PM
I was a little ****, but I do remember the big red machine sweeping the Yanks, and winning in the epic 7 gamer against the Red Sox.

My first very vivid memory of an entire series were the Yanks vs. Dodgers battles though, with the Bob Welsh drama vs. Reggie, Nettles putting on a defensive clinic at third, and of course Reggie rising to the occasion in the end.

downstairs
11-26-2007, 04:41 PM
1983 O's over Phils. I was very young, but everyone was so excited about the postseason in Chicago that I was always around to watch the games.

I've seen every World Series clinching game since then.

AZChiSoxFan
11-26-2007, 04:45 PM
1977. Yankees vs. Dodgers.

1978 Yanks and Dodgers for me.

Bucky F. Dent
11-26-2007, 04:51 PM
Red Sox v. Reds, 1975.

I vividly remember Pudge waving that home run fair.

WhiteSox5187
11-26-2007, 04:57 PM
1993 Blue Jays v. Phillies, I think I only remember that so vividly because of the ALCS that year.

WSox597
11-26-2007, 05:00 PM
1959, Sox vs. Dodgers. Mostly I remember the air raid sirens that the mayor had set off. People thought the Russkies were invading.

Scared the snot out of lots of people. People were very excited about the World Series, and then the Sox lost. Quite a letdown back then.

Still, they got in, which has only happened one more time since then. With better results.

Here's to next time, whenever that might be.

asindc
11-26-2007, 05:04 PM
1971. Orioles v. Pirates. I remember thinking that Roberto Clemente was amazing. I still think he was the best player I've seen in my lifetime.

Chez
11-26-2007, 05:16 PM
1965 Dodgers v. Twins. I believe that was the year in which Koufax refused to pitch on a Jewish holiday. I also remember thinking that Zoilo Versailles (Twins shortstop) was a very cool name!

Frater Perdurabo
11-26-2007, 05:54 PM
1982. I remember the Cardinals playing a team with a weird name, from a city with a weird name, filled with guys with weird last names like Yount, Yost, Vuckovich, Fingers, etc. Of course, I was six years old, so my cultural and geographic myopia ought to be forgiven.
:redface:

Oblong
11-26-2007, 06:01 PM
1968 Tigers over the Cardinals 4 games to 3.

Mickey Lolich won 3 games
Gibson was dominate but was out pitched by Lolich in game 7
Northrup had a grand slam in one of the games.
Northrup hit a triple off Gibson in game 7.

The Tigers came back from being down a 3 games to 1.

1969 Amazing Mets was my favorite WS till 2005.
Lolich also hit a HR.

TornLabrum
11-26-2007, 06:09 PM
1955: Next year finally came for the Dodgers, although at age 5 I wasn't aware of that. I just remember they beat the Yankees and I loved it because even at that tender age, I knew the Yankees were evil personified.

thomas35forever
11-26-2007, 06:17 PM
1996. The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the Series before the Yanks came back and won the next four.

eastchicagosoxfan
11-26-2007, 07:19 PM
The '75 tilt between the Reds and Bosox. I also remember a series, maybe not the World Series, from either the late '70'or 1980. Were there day games played on weekdays? One of my teachers put a tv in class, and had everyone watch the game. My dad found out, and came to school the next day intent on beating the **** out of that teacher. He didn't, but there were no more baseball games in class.

4th Gen. Sox Fan
11-26-2007, 07:46 PM
1991: Braves and Twins, I remember all those 'Homer Hankies' being waved

Dick Allen
11-26-2007, 07:57 PM
1960 - Pirates vs. Yankees

The Pirates won on Mazeroski's HR in game 7. A strange series statistically, as the Yankees won their 3 games by huge margins, while the Pirates' four wins were all close games. You would have thought from looking at the stats that the Yankees won the series easily.

Corlose 15
11-26-2007, 09:27 PM
I remember the earthquake in '89 but I don't really remember much of the Series that year and for some reason I don't really remember the Reds A's series in 90. I was probably aware of it but didn't pay much attention.

The first series I really remember watching was the '91 Twins Braves series. My dad rented a hot tub that week and I remember sitting out in the tub and then running inside and checking the score. I also remember those war chants that the fans in Atlanta used to do. This was the first series that I really remember paying attention to.

nccwsfan
11-26-2007, 09:55 PM
1979, Pirates vs. Orioles. We Are Family, Willie Stargell hitting a HR during Game 7, and Kent Tekulve stick out in my mind.

Lip Man 1
11-26-2007, 11:25 PM
1961 Reds - Yankees. I was home with (I think) the measles and had to sit in a darkened room only watching on a small TV.

Lip

ShoelessJoeS
11-27-2007, 12:59 AM
1996. The Braves took a 2-0 lead in the Series before the Yanks came back and won the next four.That is the first one that I can remember as well. Unfortunately.

fusillirob1983
11-27-2007, 01:39 AM
1991 Twins vs. Braves

SOX LA Mikey
11-27-2007, 02:28 AM
I remember the 1970 Series O's v Reds
Brooksie taking down the Big Red Machine
One Hopping throws to first on the new artificial turf.
I started collecting baseball cards in 1971 the rest is History

ksimpson14
11-27-2007, 05:14 AM
1997 Marlins over Cle, was watching it as family moved into new house, TV was one of the only things officially moved in.

Years later, it was the first game I scored since our teachers set aside a period a day to teach something they liked, and one was a sports nut and he used that as our sample

Railsplitter
11-27-2007, 07:28 AM
1973, Mets vs A's

WSox597
11-27-2007, 07:28 AM
I remember thinking that Roberto Clemente was amazing. I still think he was the best player I've seen in my lifetime.

I agree with you. I've never seen anybody better. Best all-around player I've seen.

soxwon
11-27-2007, 08:18 AM
1965 twins-Dodgers? i think it was the dodgers.
i was 9 years old, back then they had series games in the afternoon.
i put a transistor radio in my pencil case and would listen to the games at school.

pagansoxfan
11-27-2007, 08:48 AM
'81, Yankees vs Dodgers. I remember Cey getting beaned in the head.

FarWestChicago
11-27-2007, 08:56 AM
1968 Tigers over the Cardinals 4 games to 3.

Mickey Lolich won 3 games
Gibson was dominate but was out pitched by Lolich in game 7
Northrup had a grand slam in one of the games.
Northrup hit a triple off Gibson in game 7.

The Tigers came back from being down a 3 games to 1.I know I saw earlier ones, but this is the first one I remember well.

soxwon
11-27-2007, 09:17 AM
I know I saw earlier ones, but this is the first one I remember well.

I made a bet with a friend for a dollar, hey i was 12 then, after detroit was down 3-1.
He still owes me, how much with interest is that $1 worth now?

skottyj242
11-27-2007, 10:26 AM
Probably 1985 when the Royals won. I wanted to be George Brett so bad.

Orta 4-6-3
11-27-2007, 11:37 AM
I have vague memories of '68 and the Tiger comeback, but my first clear WS memories are of '69 and the Amazin' Mets. I was rooting hard for the Mets, not because they overtook the Cubs but because I hated the Orioles for always beating the crap out of the Sox.

duke of dorwood
11-27-2007, 12:38 PM
The one in 1958, I think, that the Milwaukee Braves were in-because my mom always told me I looked like Eddie Matthews (good ole #41)

Save McCuddy's
11-27-2007, 06:07 PM
I can remember Fisk's homer and the excitement of '75 and I was only 6 at the time. However, I recall absolutely nothing of the Reds sweeping NYY the next year.

captainclutch24
11-27-2007, 06:17 PM
Braves Indians

TommyJohn
11-27-2007, 06:40 PM
1976 Reds sweep out Yankees; only team to sweep the postseason since
the playoffs started in 1969.

Colorado came close this year, unfortunately for them rules dictated
that they had to play the American League team.

WhiteSoxJunkie
11-27-2007, 06:58 PM
1995 Braves vs Indians. I don't remember much but I remember thinking that the Indians were unstoppable that season and I was shocked that the Braves beat them.

MDF3530
11-27-2007, 07:15 PM
1982 Cardinals vs. Brewers.

MDF3530
11-27-2007, 07:18 PM
'81, Yankees vs Dodgers. I remember Cey getting beaned in the head.
The Department of Redundancy Department.

When you get hit by a pitch in the head (aka "the bean"), it is called getting beaned. Otherwise, it is called getting plunked.

ode to veeck
11-27-2007, 08:49 PM
Koufax mowing down 15 Yankees

Brian26
11-27-2007, 08:53 PM
Yankees vs. Dodgers, 1978. I was six.

Grzegorz
11-27-2007, 09:13 PM
1970: Cincinnati Reds -vs- Baltimore Orioles

beckett21
11-27-2007, 09:14 PM
I'd have to say the '77 Yanks/Dodgers series is the first I remember. (The one in the ESPN special earlier this year, The Bronx is Burning). I vaguely remember that series, mostly because of Reggie Jackson.

The '77 Sox were my first great baseball memory and the primary reason I am a Sox fan to this day. I was 7.

Southsider101
11-27-2007, 10:01 PM
1957 New York Yankees vs Milwaukee Braves. I was seven years old. After the Braves won this one, it seemed that half the kids on the South Side were wearing Braves caps the next season.

chisoxfanatic
11-27-2007, 10:05 PM
I only watched bits of each WS from around 95ish on; but, the only one I watched pitch-for-pitch was the 2005 World Series...I wonder why!!!

HomeFish
11-27-2007, 10:39 PM
1995, Game 3.

ChiSox Charlie
11-27-2007, 11:17 PM
Yankees vs Dodgers in 1963 - Koufax fanned 15 in game one.

Also, the first football game I remember was the Bears vs NY Giants in the NFL Championship later in 1963. Had to listen on the radio since there was a blackout for all home games on TV then.

areilly
11-27-2007, 11:36 PM
I can sort of remember watching parts of 1988 and 1989, but the first one that really stuck with me was 1991 - Twins over Braves, game 7, Kirby, Glavine, Avery, Pendleton, Mark Wohlers, Chili Davis. Back then, I thought Jack Morris had to be the toughest, most grizzled guy to ever pitch a game of baseball.

And you know something? I still do.

I remember watching some show on ESPN a few years ago about great World Series moments, and Tom Glavine said something I'll never forget about Game 7: "You know, I'm pretty certain that somewhere, right now, Jack Morris and John Smoltz are still pitching that game."

I really enjoyed watching that one go down. And I was still too young to appreciate hating the Twins yet.

Law11
11-28-2007, 02:06 PM
I dont remember quite the year but mid 70's Pirates/orioles.
Kent Tekulve, dave Parker, Wllie Stargell etc.. Just remember the whole we are family thing.. Those square hats...

soxfan13
11-28-2007, 02:23 PM
!977 Yankess- Dodgers Series when Reggie officially became Mr. October

Juice16
11-28-2007, 02:37 PM
1982 Brewers vs Cardinals. I was 5, my dad went to a game in MIL and bought me a Brewers jersey. I still have a soft spot for the Brew Crew in my heart.

JB98
11-28-2007, 03:10 PM
1985 - Cardinals vs. Royals.

I was seven in 1983, and that was the first summer I really watched a lot of baseball. I don't think I watched the World Series, though, because I was so disappointed when the Sox lost to the Orioles in the playoffs.

Frankly, I don't have any recollections of the Tigers winning in 1984. I'm sure I watched some of it, but my first real distinct memories are of the Cardinals blowing that '85 series. Complete meltdown in Game 7.

WhiteSox5187
11-28-2007, 03:55 PM
I dont remember quite the year but mid 70's Pirates/orioles.
Kent Tekulve, dave Parker, Wllie Stargell etc.. Just remember the whole we are family thing.. Those square hats...
That was '79.

TommyJohn
11-28-2007, 10:48 PM
1985 - Cardinals vs. Royals.

I was seven in 1983, and that was the first summer I really watched a lot of baseball. I don't think I watched the World Series, though, because I was so disappointed when the Sox lost to the Orioles in the playoffs.

Frankly, I don't have any recollections of the Tigers winning in 1984. I'm sure I watched some of it, but my first real distinct memories are of the Cardinals blowing that '85 series. Complete meltdown in Game 7.

You didn't miss much in 1984. That was the first time in the World Series that Psycho Gibson hit a home run and ran around the bases screaming
like a nutjob just escaped from the asylum.

Grzegorz
11-29-2007, 05:32 AM
You didn't miss much in 1984. That was the first time in the World Series that Psycho Gibson hit a home run and ran around the bases screaming
like a nutjob just escaped from the asylum.

Yeah, Gibson...

The same guy that kept showing up in the clutch whether it be for the Tigers or the Dodgers.

We fans could have used a guy like him on the 1983 Chicago White Sox.

TommyJohn
11-29-2007, 09:19 AM
Yeah, Gibson...

The same guy that kept showing up in the clutch whether it be for the Tigers or the Dodgers.

We fans could have used a guy like him on the 1983 Chicago White Sox.

I probably would have liked his screaming. But he's still a psycho whacko
nutjob loony whacko.

Grzegorz
11-29-2007, 09:36 PM
I probably would have liked his screaming. But he's still a psycho whacko
nutjob loony whacko.

With two World Series rings for teams where he was a major contributor.

DoItForDanPasqua
11-30-2007, 01:32 AM
My first memory is the 1980 World Series between Philadelphia and Kansas City. It was the first World Series played entirely on an artificial surface; I'm glad that we live an era where that can't happen. There are no National League parks that have Astro Turf.