8 Times The Real Magic Happened In Game 6

Game 7 is fine and all, but seriously, anyone who knows what’s up is more into the earlier stuff.

8. New York Yankees vs. L.A. Dodgers, 1977

This is the game when Mr. October was born. Reggie Jackson belted three home runs against the Dodgers to help the Yankees clinch the 1977 World Series.

7. Boston Red Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds, 1975

Carlton Fisk’s famous extra-inning home run against the Cincinnati Reds forced a Game 7 of the 1975 World Series, which the Red Sox ended up losing. But the image of him begging the ball to stay fair remains one of the most iconic in MLB history.

6. Anahiem Angels vs. San Francisco Giants, 2002

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The 2002 Giants were eight outs away from getting Barry Bonds a World Series ring until the Angels’ bats erupted in the 7th inning, a rally that spring-boarded the franchise to its own first World Series title one game later.

5. Chicago Bulls vs. Utah Jazz, 1998

Everyone knows this one. It’s arguably the most well-known jump shot of the past 25 years. Jordan’s last J as a Bull gave the team a 87-86 victory and helped secure the team’s second three-peat.

4. St. Louis Cardinals vs. Texas Rangers, 2011

Easily one of the wildest back-and-forth games in postseason history. The Rangers were within one out of being World Series champs until Nelson Cruz misplayed David Freese’s shot to left field, allowing the Cardinals to tie the game. In the 10th inning Josh Hamilton gave the Rangers another two-run lead, only to see it slip away in the bottom half. The lasting image is Freese’s walk-off home run to dead center field. The Cardinals won the series in seven games.

3. Toronto Blue Jays vs. Philadelphia Phillies, 1993

It’s easy to forget just how good the Toronto Blue Jays were in the early ’90s. They won back-to-back World Series, the second one coming in very dramatic fashion. With his team trailing by a run in the 9th inning, Joe Carter drove a fastball over the left field fence for a walk-off World Series title.

2. Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs, 2013

This game was over. Fans were in the parking lot. The champagne was on ice. And then one missed free throw and a three-pointer by one of the greatest shooters in NBA history turned this game into one of the greatest in Finals history in less than 30 seconds.

1. New York Mets vs. Boston Red Sox, 1986

The greatest Game 6 of them all, and perhaps the most famous mistake in sports history. Sorry, Red Sox fans.

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